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I'm looking for a decent MMORPG with a medium to high playerbase with a sense of community. It doesn't matter to me whether it is free-to-play or pay-to-play, money is not a concern to me. I'm sure everyone knows that the largest MMORPG with the most players are on WoW, but I personally do not like WoW. It's just too cartoony for me. I have tried almost every MMORPGs you could name and so far, the best MMORPG in my opinion is FFXI. But I personally feel that FFXI is dying with a very low playerbase and more will leave for SW:TOR, Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, Blade & Soul, ArcheAge, and TERA. To be honest, I am not hyped about any of those new games. RIFT is still pretty new, but it's still too much like WoW. EVE Online was great, but I'm more leaning towards to the medieval and fantasy themed MMORPGs. FFXIV has a much lower playerbase and it might increase once the finished version comes out for the PS3, but it will take months before they announce it after a couple major updates and months more before its release. Runes of Magic is a great MMORPG with about 3-4 million players, but the endgame seems to be driving players out, from what I've read due to the milking cash shops. DC Universe Online seems highly popular, but superheroes in underwears are not for me. I loved Aion: Tower of Eternity, but I am unsure about the current playerbase of that MMORPG now. I don't like Runescape at all due to its low graphics, however popular it may be. I'm unsure about Forsaken World and many of the Perfect World products because they seem cliched like many of the typical MMORPGs. I could name more MMORPGs, but I think I've pretty much covered it all.
So my current dilemma is between FFXI and Aion at the moment to play until something catches my interest or if a MMORPG has a very high playerbase where there's a lot of people to socialize and party together. It's ironic that WoW and SW:TOR should have the highest playerbase, but they're just not for me. So I should want something that still has a large population, but not as high like those two overrated monsters.
Someone once quoted, "A MMORPG lives or dies by the strength of its community."
Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.