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I've played quite a bit of Everquest (which I loved) and a whole lot of WoW (which I'm getting a bit burnt on), but I'm a stay at home mom, and monthly subscriction fees just don't make sense for me anymore. I don't mind paying up front for a good game; but, as sometimes I can play for a few hours a day for weeks at a time, and others I just don't have time to play at all for weeks or even months at a time, the monthly fees have got to go. So, I'd like find a new outlet that will draw me in and keep me interested, while also allowing me to disconnect to do things like cook and clean so that my family doesn't starve, ha ha ha... So, here's what I'm looking for:
-EXCELLENT character creation (lots of races/classes/professions to choose from, high customization)
-Innovative/intersting character delevopment
-PvP arenas (or at least balanced in-world PvP play)
-Ability to solo effectively
-Useful crafting (I enjoy crafting professions, and while I don't mind the money it brings in, I prefer that my crafting skills produce items that are actually useful to my character)
-Games that don't revolve around the end game (I actually enjoy questing and leveling, as well as getting cool gear BEFORE I'm a level 50/80/whatever)
-In that same tone, ^ guilds that don't require you to be fully leveled to help you or have any fun
-Exciting PvE experience
-Not spectacular, but at least decent graphics
-Above all, I play for fun, not to show off end game stats or gear; I don't game to stroke my ego
The end game obsession is what really turned me off to WoW, people were so obsessed with stats, getting good gear, earning achievments, etc... the game ceased to be fun anymore. I would like to avoid that.
I am currently downloading Star Wars: The Old Republic to give it a shot, because I LOVED KOTOR when I played it on XBox. I've tried DC Universe Online; it was fun, but the gameplay was a bit shallow (also nearly everyone either was, or acted like they were 13). Other games I'm considering are Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan, Neverwinter and Camelot Unchained. Guild Wars 2 is also on that list, but it's a pretty pricey pick-up, with fairly limited race options; so I'd like some feedback before I lay down the cash.
Recommendations on my list of maybes? Other suggestions? Comments? Something fresh would be great... I love the fantasy genre but it gets played out, a fresh take on it would be cool. I haven't played much in the area of sci-fi, but I'm open to it. Something new like western, Japanese (fuedal or anime inspired), superhero/mutant, angels and demons... I don't know if those genres exist in the F2P MMORPG world, but I would enjoy something new.
Any tips/suggestions you can offer are greatly appreciated. Thanks!