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why not try forced grouping? Or a mmorpg that focuses more in grouping than soloing

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  • Cephus404Cephus404 Redlands, CAPosts: 3,675Member

    Originally posted by FrostWyrm

    "Forced" grouping IS the way some players like. Those that dont are free to choose a game that better suits them.

    The problem is that those who do dont have such freedom, because these games just aren't out there.

    Because those games have failed miserably in the market.  There just aren't enough people who want "forced grouping" in a game to warrant those games to exist.  Games are expensive to create.  They need to make a profit.  Nobody is stupid enough to make a game to cater to a tiny niche audience who won't even pay the development costs.

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  • Cod_EyeCod_Eye jarrowPosts: 1,016Member

    Maybe someone may try developing an mmo that has servers with different dificulty setting, Casual solo or hard grouping servers, could be viable option.  I dont mind forced grouping because thats the way I prefer to play MMO's, and probably why I liked FFXI so much.

  • DewmDewm Soldotna, AKPosts: 1,341Member

    Originally posted by nomatics856

    These "solo" mmorpgs today are failing hard, and are nothing more but online action games than any thing else, a company needs to try something different by focusing more on grouping and less on soloing, not getting rid of soloing all together, but maybe go the EQ route were there are more benefits to grouping than soloing.

     

    mmorpgs today if you solo, you get more exp per mobs, no fighting over loot, a faster way to level, if you group up, there is a exp shared pentaty, fighting over loot, etc etc.

     

    I dont like how mmorpgs are going these days, in SWTOR I can take on 6-7 mobs and kill almost everything in one to two hits, and really its not even SWTOR fault, its how most mmorpgs are today, how is that fun? This is how these "mmorpgs" of today are becoming boring. Trying to balance soloing and grouping in one game is proving too difficult for these companys today. One side will cry nerf, one side will cry buff. Generally the solo crowd wins and the mobs become easier.

    What we need is a mmorpg whos focus is on grouping seeing as its an "RPG" and "Online". Did companys seem to forget that RPGS were almost always about partying even in single player rpgs.  So what we need is a mmorpg that focuses on grouping but gives soloing options, like a couple classes that excel at soloing, like EQ did with the beastlord and necromancer.

     

     

    I would say there was FFXI, buuuttt...since its only lasted 8 years and has never had a sub above 500k its a failure.. so yeah...don't waist your time with that game.

     

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  • DarSepkiDarSepki NotNeeded, IAPosts: 51Member

    Calling the game design "forced grouping" sounds terible on its own. It conveys a negative image of playing with people or in a way you do not like. However there has been too much rewarding for solo players as of late.

    Forming groups take time, reward those who do it. Don't make the game just as easy or in many cases easier to solo than to group. A good community makes a good MMO. Successful players in an MMO rewarding grouping likely will have teamwork as a core value. Successful players in an MMO that rewards solo players likely will have self interest as a core value. Think what happens to the community then?

    I will not lie, grouping, taking the time to learn to work together as a team, takes far more time than going on your own. But the difference would be between playing a game among people, which could be an fulfilling experience lasting years. From a game that would be played in a few weeks/months with little lasting memories of the experience.

  • CalmOceansCalmOceans BergenPosts: 2,273Member


    Originally posted by Venger

    Wasn't that vanguards claim to fame.  Remind me again how did that do?  Tank and spank grouping is dead.

    Vanguard crashed for completely unrelated reasons to this. If thats your argument, there are plenty of games that were perfectly soloable that have failed as well.

    The game crashes and bugs was a major reason I think, but to be fair I remember plenty of players with complaints about the grouping, the running, the lack of flying mounts, even the XP rate. I think even without the crashes and bugs, Vanguard wouldn't have done very well, forced grouping, death penalties and extended travel times seem to have become a niche market.

  • waynejr2waynejr2 West Toluca Lake, CAPosts: 4,474Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by biggarfoot

    Maybe someone may try developing an mmo that has servers with different dificulty setting, Casual solo or hard grouping servers, could be viable option.  I dont mind forced grouping because thats the way I prefer to play MMO's, and probably why I liked FFXI so much.

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  • DevokanDevokan Noord-HollandPosts: 29Member

    your topic title already says it.

     

    the part in the titel that says forced is what many mmo players hate 

  • GroovyFlowerGroovyFlower RdamPosts: 1,245Member

    Guild Wars 2 you can solo up to 80 and still group alot but your never forced always get reward and loot even when you kill on mob with many other players. No holding hands with dynamic events that your not forced into but its so much fun and total strangers help you or revive you and you still get full reward and loot. Seem perfect for you OP.

  • Xstatic912Xstatic912 New York, NYPosts: 365Member

    Originally posted by waynejr2

    Originally posted by biggarfoot

    Maybe someone may try developing an mmo that has servers with different dificulty setting, Casual solo or hard grouping servers, could be viable option.  I dont mind forced grouping because thats the way I prefer to play MMO's, and probably why I liked FFXI so much.

    Path of Least Resistance will win.

    THis....

     

    Thing is the average MMO players gets that grouping is apart of the game, but no matter how much XP bonus dev's stack on grouping or whatever. Soloing beats out the ignorance other player might bring to a group or raid.. 

    Life as it is, is aggrevating enough already why make your game experience be..

     

    Also the different server choice maybe a good and bad choice.. Eg, person who are not so skill don't want to be or play with the not so skill crowd, so more than likely they go to the hard servers and try as they might to become skilled...

    As it is now in Tera, grouping gives more XP, but hardly anyone want to stay with you until you finish your step of a quest.. Most have the menality "I'm done now lets move on..."


  • Originally posted by Unlight

    I'll never play a game where my personal freedom is arbitrarily subsumed into the will of a group automatically.  Playing by committee is just about the last way I'd ever want to experience a game.  In short bursts, with defined objectives and a finite timespan, yes.  Otherwise, no thank you, comrade.

    Exactly my sentiments. 

  • AxehiltAxehilt San Francisco, CAPosts: 8,714Member Uncommon

    Apart from maybe ToR, which makes grouping unnecesasrily inconvenient and clunky, most MMORPGs out there tend to reward grouping better than soloing.  It was certainly true in WOW.

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  • SteamRangerSteamRanger Great Northwest, WAPosts: 920Member Uncommon

    Seems to me they've tried that. When players found out what jackasses people could be, they either soloed or quit playing. If you have to have someone MAKE people play with you, guess where the problem is?

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  • UsualSuspectUsualSuspect CardiffPosts: 1,243Member

    Originally posted by Cephus404

    Because those games have failed miserably in the market.  There just aren't enough people who want "forced grouping" in a game to warrant those games to exist.  Games are expensive to create.  They need to make a profit.  Nobody is stupid enough to make a game to cater to a tiny niche audience who won't even pay the development costs.

    Where's the evidence of that? Since the original EverQuest the only forced grouping game I've actually seen has been FFXI and both are still up and running with a large subscriber base. The majority of solo based MMO's start off high then drop to very low figures. Why? Because people are playing them like single player games - play them for a month then move on.

    The problem I think we're seeing with all these solo based MMO's is that companies are trying to copy WoW. Now that's a given, but what I mean by that is they look at what WoW has and try to make a replica in a different world with different graphics. The fact is, they don't know what they're trying to make, what the basis of an MMORPG actually is. Original EverQuest was created by people who wanted to see their favourite MUD's in graphical 3D. They made worlds they wanted to see, monsters they wanted to fight, heroes they wanted to play..

  • madjonNZmadjonNZ AucklandPosts: 143Member

    to the OP --> GW2 seems to be the answer to your post.

     

    I'm a recent convert to the GW world, post WoW, Rift, SWTOR

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  • dadante666dadante666 buford, GAPosts: 404Member Uncommon

    all mmo have basically forcing group and that why somtimes we take around hours of making grp and wasting time  ,im glad gw 2 will change that

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  • KuinnKuinn MestaPosts: 2,093Member

    Originally posted by Axehilt

    Apart from maybe ToR, which makes grouping unnecesasrily inconvenient and clunky, most MMORPGs out there tend to reward grouping better than soloing.  It was certainly true in WOW.

     

    In ToR you actually get more loot and XP + social points when grouping (while difficulty gets trivial).

     

    Anyway, personally I like options in games, if there's core stuff forced on you that I dont like, I skip the game by default.

  • VengerVenger York, PAPosts: 1,318Member

    Originally posted by CalmOceans


    Originally posted by Venger

    Wasn't that vanguards claim to fame.  Remind me again how did that do?  Tank and spank grouping is dead.

    Vanguard crashed for completely unrelated reasons to this. If thats your argument, there are plenty of games that were perfectly soloable that have failed as well.

    The game crashes and bugs was a major reason I think, but to be fair I remember plenty of players with complaints about the grouping, the running, the lack of flying mounts, even the XP rate. I think even without the crashes and bugs, Vanguard wouldn't have done very well, forced grouping, death penalties and extended travel times seem to have become a niche market.

    I agree with all you said.  I don't think force grouping is what killed vanguard.  It was just another nail in the coffin.

  • SteamRangerSteamRanger Great Northwest, WAPosts: 920Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Kuinn

    Originally posted by Axehilt

    Apart from maybe ToR, which makes grouping unnecesasrily inconvenient and clunky, most MMORPGs out there tend to reward grouping better than soloing.  It was certainly true in WOW.

     

    In ToR you actually get more loot and XP + social points when grouping (while difficulty gets trivial).

     

    Anyway, personally I like options in games, if there's core stuff forced on you that I dont like, I skip the game by default.

    This is a big part of my issues with SWTOR.

    Better rewards for being a cog in the machine? Doesn't seem quite right to me.

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  • BossalinieBossalinie Hattiesburg, MSPosts: 683Member Uncommon

    Forced grouping/non forced grouping is not the reason MMO are doing bad.

  • TheWynandTheWynand Fresno, CAPosts: 3Member

    Originally posted by Unlight

    I'll never play a game where my personal freedom is arbitrarily subsumed into the will of a group automatically.  Playing by committee is just about the last way I'd ever want to experience a game.  In short bursts, with defined objectives and a finite timespan, yes.  Otherwise, no thank you, comrade.

    Agreed.

  • KonfessKonfess Dallas, TXPosts: 949Member Uncommon

    Every time I read the forums of a in development game, there is always a post asking if the game is solo friendly or does it require groups.  The proper and only answer should ever be, “Yes, you can kill level 1 bunnies for a month to level to 10.  Then come back to the starting area and start doing the level 1 quests that require a group to do otherwise.”  Why is there such a steep learning curve at endgame?  Because so many people spent their learning period soloing, and not learning how to work in a group.  Look, is you ever see anyone bragging about they can solo everything, you put them on your ignore list.  They love the isolation, then they deserve it.

    The solution to ease of LFG is obvious.  Select a Quest, select the LFG Tab.  Chose a min & Max group size and role you will fill.  Your ignore list  is used to make sure you don’t end up in a group with players you don’t like.  Over time you can build a prefered players list for group forming.  This is even done cross server.  If you have nothing holding you back, you can even move to the server with your prefer friends.  the more this happens, the sooner operators know which servers to shut down.  They won’t keep one server up for 10 players, maybe not even 100.

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  • pierthpierth San Antonio, TXPosts: 1,503Member

    Originally posted by Axehilt

    Apart from maybe ToR, which makes grouping unnecesasrily inconvenient and clunky, most MMORPGs out there tend to reward grouping better than soloing.  It was certainly true in WOW.

    Must have been a different WoW than what I played.

  • WhiteLanternWhiteLantern Nevada, MOPosts: 2,732Member

    Originally posted by pierth

    Originally posted by Axehilt

    Apart from maybe ToR, which makes grouping unnecesasrily inconvenient and clunky, most MMORPGs out there tend to reward grouping better than soloing.  It was certainly true in WOW.

    Must have been a different WoW than what I played.

    WoW is a gear-centric game. The best gear in WoW comes from group content.

    Or at least that was the WoW I played.

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  • RebelScum99RebelScum99 Mesa, AZPosts: 1,090Member

    Originally posted by dadante666

    all mmo have basically forcing group and that why somtimes we take around hours of making grp and wasting time  ,im glad gw 2 will change that

    Umm, GW2 is essentially the very defintion of "forced grouping," isn't it?  

  • dave6660dave6660 New York, NYPosts: 2,543Member Uncommon

    Wait a minute.  You mean to tell me that just because I'm playing a game with thousands of other people I'm supposed to interact with them?  All this time I thought they were just scenary for my private gaming experience.  That chat box in the corner is just so I can tell the masses what "nubs" they are and how "133t" I am.  Right?

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