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The FIVE BEST MMORPGs

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  • GTwanderGTwander San Diego, CAPosts: 6,035Member

    @Caldrin

    Yeah, but it's more visible depending on class type. Warriors can skirt around a target while swinging and slayers can cancel out to dodge quickly enough, while lancer only has a forward pushing motion and zerker sits still the entire time.

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  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranPosts: 4,533Member Uncommon

    @GTwander

     

    Yeah it just seemed very limited to me.. but i guess it is a class based themepark game in the end.. :) Teras combat system was a step in the right direction for themepark games..

     

  • ScotScot UKPosts: 5,769Member Uncommon
    In no particular order:
     
    1. DaoC
    2. LotrO
    3. AoC
    4. CoH
    5. AC
  • PrenhoPrenho AracajuPosts: 298Member

    1 - Lineage 1 - the last true sandbox MMO live in the world, 100% player driven economy-politics, with almost 1 million subscribers in Asia currently, and it's still P2P in east. But unfortunatelly, dead in west.

    2 - Lineage Eternal - not released yet, but NC wants to bring the old L1 style back, and I hope to experience the old L1 drama when Eternal comes here.

    3 - Blade & SOul due to its mechanics and gameplay, but putting it aside, it semms to be a WoW clone.

    4 - Lineage 2, it is not great as L1, but it still had a good drama and great sieges, I hope with the Glory Days update NC can bring all the drama of the old L2 days back, lost after GoD update.

    5 -  I won't say anything, all MMOS I've played lately were WoW clones, focused in a game campaing where you reach level cap in 1 week via quests, and after that, you play in instanced rooms for multipayer content, doing the same arenas over and over.

  • FoomerangFoomerang Portland, ORPosts: 5,565Member Uncommon

    UO
    SWG
    FFXI
    AC
    EQ

  • Vunak23Vunak23 In your house eatin'' your cookies, FLPosts: 635Member

    In no particular order since they would be to hard to order

    UO (not much I can say, but this game had it right to begin with...and to bad the genre has gotten away from it)

    FFXI (best community and social)

    L2 (Sieges need I say more)

    DAOC (RvR... very fun; 3 faction war etc)

    EVE (This games depth is amazing, even though I wasn't able to get into it as much as I would have liked it still demands respect and a spot on the best list)

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  • buegurbuegur Belle Fourche, SDPosts: 458Member

    Alltime:

    1. DAoC - Put the reason into doing PvP.  Atlantis expansion was a hugh PVE time sink that the high level players didn't want.  Improvements to the battle grounds were a hugh step backwards and crowd control with area effects were too strong. 

    2.  SWG - Best open feel MMO ever.  Bad is they destroyed the game trying to improve it and now it is gone.

    3.  Vanguard - very interesting races, classes and second best open feel to it.  Loved the Diplmoacy. Bad is no love given to adding content and low population.

    4.  Uncharted Waters Online - Another RvR game with a different pace and feel to it. Old time sailing ships.  Bad is slow pace can get you bored.

    5.  Pirates of the Burning Seas - Was absolutely a blast if you were in a good fleet, Port battles were great.  bad is with low population the economy doesn't function correctly and it effects the end game play.

     

    Present:

    1. SWTor - Fun getting to max level and doing your story.  Unfortunately end game isn't there in my opinion.

    2. STO - I like the ships, bridge crew, player made quests.  Once again a bit weak on the end game although much better than SWTor.

    3. Rift - Love the character skill choices and fun leveling up with plenty to keep you occupied.  The end game still lacking for me.

    4.  EQ2 - Doubt there is a MMo that has more content this MMO.  My one complaint is the end game is high level dungeons and raids

  • NoamNoam Traverse City, MIPosts: 17Member

    It depends if your talking now or all time.

     

    Now

     

    1.  Rift

    2.  EQ2

    3-5.  There really are no other mmos close in terms of content or quality.

     

    All time

    1.  EQ1 Hands down the best MMO ever made. If you did not play EQ1 at release then you realy missed the golden age of MMOs.

    2.  UO

    3.  DAOC  Speaking of the golden age of MMOs.  Like EQ1 DAOC had an amazing community that had what iI would call ethical or honoerable PvP.

    4,  Rift

    5.  WoW  hard to argue with the quality and innovation. Wows game design chnaged the entire genre,  Maybe not for the good but it changed it.

    Honorable mention for games that should have been if the games were actually finished

    6. Vanguard  Pronbaly the besy developed foundation and core of any MMO ever made. Sadly it needed another year plus of develipment and anyone but SOE running it.

    7.  Horizons  Great crafting game terrible adventuring game

    8.  SWG Same as Horizons but worse because of SOE

    9.  Shadowbane  Wonderful complex character creation system where there were many meaningful decisions that had to be made before one even entered the game.  This game could have been huge if the game had been stable.

  • freegamesfreegames san gabriel, CAPosts: 158Member

    Most lists are generally the opinion of the writer, but this does not even count as a list because you included 1 new game, 1 unreleased game, and 1 wildly unpopular game. Sorry I meant 2 not so populated games.

    Do have a bias for AOC though so accept that one due to population + quality.

     

    Since I like free games though I would have these games in no particular order

    RIFT

    AOC

    LOTR

    D & D

    DOAC

  • ajax7ajax7 Lewisville, TXPosts: 363Member

    Here are my five:

    1. Star Wars Galaxies

    2. Star Wars the Old Republic

    3. Age of Conan

    4. WoW

    5. GW2 so far in beta

    Ajax

  • eddieg50eddieg50 Tolland, CTPosts: 1,614Member Uncommon

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm best MMO's I have played

    1. Shadowbame-great suspense and world builder

    2. Vanguard- a lot to do outside combat

    3. SWTOR-lovd the story lines

    4. Unchartered waters onling-very good sailing sandbox

    5. AOC-first 20 levels best I have ever played

        Worst mmo's I have played-Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    1. Wurm online-controles , graphics, etc

    2. Runes of magic- poorly done wow rip off

    3. Warhammer online- bad pve and poorly organized

    4. Eve online- little dots in space, spreadsheet not a game

    5, SWG-had potential to be great

  • Garvon3Garvon3 Worcester, MAPosts: 2,898Member
    Originally posted by Noam

    It depends if your talking now or all time.

     

    5.  WoW  hard to argue with the quality and innovation. Wows game design chnaged the entire genre,  Maybe not for the good but it changed it.

    Er, what innovations? WoW hasn't contributed a single original idea to the MMO space.

  • SkuzSkuz WorcesterPosts: 1,034Member Uncommon

    For me right now:

     

    1 The Secret World

    2 Star Wars The Old Republic

    3 City of Heroes

    4 World of Warcraft

    5 Everquest II

  • spades07spades07 YesPosts: 847Member

    I've played some horrible ones, but yeah stuff like Everquest and WoW stood out. Didn't like Rift. Or Everquest 2. Suppose Ferentus, Asheron's Call 2 and LOTRO deserve a mention.

  • spades07spades07 YesPosts: 847Member


    Originally posted by Garvon3
    Originally posted by Noam It depends if your talking now or all time.   5.  WoW  hard to argue with the quality and innovation. Wows game design chnaged the entire genre,  Maybe not for the good but it changed it.
    Er, what innovations? WoW hasn't contributed a single original idea to the MMO space.

    As much as I'm not WoW's biggest fan- you're a ninny if you think that.

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,930Member Uncommon

    My list of MMOs based on time played only.

     

    1) WOW - played the most during vanilla and BC

    2) LOTRO - used to be much better than it is now

    3) SWTOR - great leveling the first time through

    4) AOC - pretty dull after Tortage to be honest.  quit about 3/4 of the way through the leveling process

     

    After that are games I quit fairly early on such as EQ2, RoM, Forsaken World, STO and EVE.  UO didn't interest me and I hated the design and graphics of EQ.

     

    I haven't tried Rift, TSW, TERA, Aion or GW2.  My guess is GW2 will be the next one I play but not on release.

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,930Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by shantideva

    1.Meridian 59

    The Big Bang of MMO's,the rest are all derivates.

    I can't think of enough superlatives to toss at this game to really make it justice.

    (This is if we're talking the best mmo's of all time, currently i would have to say TSW.)

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  • 7star7star SeoulPosts: 405Member

    1. The Secret World

     

    I'm not saying it's an all-time great. It's just my favorite MMORPG right now. Yes, I know it just released. I think it's the best one now. Ample discussion elsewhere.

     

    2. WoW

     

    Not now. But it was great for a while. Really great and addictive. Then stuff happened and it changed to be less to my liking. Much less. But I can't forget how much fun  I had back in the day. I played for 2 years through BC, then on and off after, then finally off.....

     

    3. Darkfall

     

    These guys tried to make something different. It had lots of flaws and lots of grind, but the closest I've ever found to Morrowind Online. This game had it's day -- sadly, a short one, but I played for a year. Because of that, I'm looking forward to DF2.

     

    4. Mortal Online

     

    Yeah, that's right. Buggy as hell, sometimes, but still...If you can put up with that and you have time to sink into it and you find a guild, then it could be a great experience. Played about 3 months, but just ran out of time to commit to a game like this. I realized what was involved to becoming successful, and it's not grind. You need to be active in a guild. Not a soloers paradise, as  far as I can tell.

     

    5. No number 5. That's all I feel worth mentioning for me.  Played SWG for a week for a free trial when I heard it was closing down. Seemed interesting, but really can't say more than that. Played all the other big games out except Final Fantasy XIV, which I played in beta. Just 4 worth mentioning of released games.

  • ThorqemadaThorqemada BerlinPosts: 1,277Member Uncommon

    I only come to a top 3:
    SWG
    TSW
    DAOC

    These 3 stand out of the crowd.

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  • bill4747bill4747 Lynn, MAPosts: 202Member

    Best is subjective, but here are my five personal favorites, and why.

     

     

    City of Heroes/Villains/etc...; Travel powers; Costume generator; Superhero genre. Superheroes Rule!

    Dark Age of Camelot; Three distinct realms with different classes; felt like a real world. All things Norse Rule!

    Age of Conan; Felt brutal in melee combat, darker themes than most games allow. Decapitations Rule!

    Horizons/Istaria; Good Crafting, Real Multiclassing; Option to play a Dragon with a lair. Dragons Rule!

    Guild Wars 1; Good Multiclassing, felt like a real world, innovative combat. Monk Dance Rules!

     

     

    Hard to pick a top 5

     

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,930Member Uncommon

    No offense, but GW2 and TSW shouldn't even be considered until they've been out at least several months.

  • stealthbrstealthbr BrasiliaPosts: 1,053Member

    1. Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach

    Amazing dungeon crawler. Quests are extremely fun and varied, character progression is deep and allows for tons of customization, and the gameplay is just enjoyable.

    2. RuneScape

    RuneScape is one of those games where you will probably always have something new to do. The sheer amount of features in this game is astounding and makes the game world feel alive and believable.

    3. Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

    Vanguard's scope, depth, and difficulty places it among one of the best open-world MMORPG's. It's a truly immersive game with crazy amounts of options for players.

    4. World of Warcraft

    Polish, accessability, and, most importantly, flare. World of Warcraft is filled with interesting characters, varied quests, and entertaining lore that sets it apart from the rest.

    5. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

    One of the most addicting PvP experiences in the MMO realms. It has some of, if not, the coolest character classes in the genre. 

  • TrionicusTrionicus Fort Lauderdale, FLPosts: 497Member Uncommon

    EVE might be the only game that deserves to be in a top 5 MMO list.

  • apocolusterapocoluster newport news, VAPosts: 1,321Member Uncommon

      I base my list on the "fun" factor..the factor that had me thinking about the game a work, rushing home afterwords and losing myself in it..

     

     5)  Eve Online   played it straight for 2 years for me and my Game ADD thats pretty impressive

     

     4)  EQ 2    Played at release for about 1 year and picked it up again FTP

     

     3)  LOTRO  as above

     

     2)  EQ  My starter drug err game

     

     1)  Auto Assult     I obsessed over it when I was subbed to it.    Nothing more cathartic after the long grind at work and the commute home..the logging in and running f%$kers over

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  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Originally posted by Trionicus

    EVE might be the only game that deserves to be in a top 5 MMO list.

    Nah .. it has boring combat mechanics, and uninspiring PvE. I would rather play STO.

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