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[Poll Added] Which MMO Would You Play 'Offline'?

TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAMember Posts: 10,910 Common

Have you ever played an MMO, and thought to yourself that the game would be as good, or possibly better if it were not an MMO but a single player game?

I've thought this about The Secret World. The game is fine as an MMO, but the content matter seems ideal for a single player game and the feel of the game seems much more in tune with a single player game where you are on your own. I will admit that the idea of resources being diverted from MMO mechanics resulting in a higher quality game also runs around my head sometimes. :-)

What about you? Has there been an MMO you've played where you would actually prefer to play the game offline? What if the game was a by invite multiplayer game? If so, let us know what that game is, and if you know why, let us know too.

Now keep in mind, this isn't a question of whether or not a game is actually an MMO. It's about games that are marketed as MMOs, where you'd prefer to play them offline.

I don't have a poll because I think it's possible that the list of offline MMOs could exceed the number of poll options. There's no way I'd think of every possible offline MMO option.

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  • TribeofOneTribeofOne Wellford, SCMember Posts: 1,006 Uncommon
    Id play SWToR and TSW offline.
  • AmarantharAmaranthar OhioMember Posts: 2,863 Uncommon
    The big reason I want an MMO is for the other players. I really don't want an offline part of it, not even for other players, because that's not the sort of game I want to spend time in. I don't care if there are MMOs that have the option, just not in the one I want to play.

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  • MMOExposedMMOExposed lalal land, DCMember Posts: 6,435 Uncommon

    GW2 and Rift and WoW I would play offline.

     

    Edit, just thought about it. Darkfall would be pretty cool offline. No more ganks. yay!!! top of my list.

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  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAMember Posts: 10,910 Common


    Originally posted by Amaranthar
    The big reason I want an MMO is for the other players. I really don't want an offline part of it, not even for other players, because that's not the sort of game I want to spend time in. I don't care if there are MMOs that have the option, just not in the one I want to play.

    Well yeah. I didn't start playing TSW thinking, "I want to play an offline game, but instead, I'll play this." I started playing TSW and realized that I thought the game's content and style would be better enjoyed as a single player game. TSW is the only MMO where I've had this thought. It seemed unique.

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  • drchocapicdrchocapic ParisMember Posts: 27
    The Secret World obviously, a game that I enjoyed greatly except for all his MMO parts. A shame really, it would have made a quite unique and enjoyable single player game.
  • Sevenstar61Sevenstar61 Centreville, VAMember Posts: 1,670 Uncommon
    EVE :) so I can explore universe without getting one shot , but from other side why would I want to play any MMO offline if there is much more fun to play it with friends.

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  • nbtscannbtscan Phoenix, AZMember Posts: 855 Uncommon
    FFXI would be really fun if they could scale the level process to match that of a single player game.  There's so much story content and side quests in it.  But I guess that goes without saying since it's a 10 year old game.  Even when I was playing it and content was relevant, I felt like I could never keep up with it.
  • MMOExposedMMOExposed lalal land, DCMember Posts: 6,435 Uncommon
    Originally posted by lizardbones
      Originally posted by Amaranthar
    The big reason I want an MMO is for the other players. I really don't want an offline part of it, not even for other players, because that's not the sort of game I want to spend time in. I don't care if there are MMOs that have the option, just not in the one I want to play.

    Well yeah. I didn't start playing TSW thinking, "I want to play an offline game, but instead, I'll play this." I started playing TSW and realized that I thought the game's content and style would be better enjoyed as a single player game. TSW is the only MMO where I've had this thought. It seemed unique.

     

    what gives you this thought about TSW?

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  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAMember Posts: 10,910 Common


    Originally posted by MMOExposed
    Originally posted by lizardbones   Originally posted by Amaranthar The big reason I want an MMO is for the other players. I really don't want an offline part of it, not even for other players, because that's not the sort of game I want to spend time in. I don't care if there are MMOs that have the option, just not in the one I want to play.
    Well yeah. I didn't start playing TSW thinking, "I want to play an offline game, but instead, I'll play this." I started playing TSW and realized that I thought the game's content and style would be better enjoyed as a single player game. TSW is the only MMO where I've had this thought. It seemed unique.  
    what gives you this thought about TSW?


    The theme of the game is survival horror and solving mysteries. I think they did a good job of having this in an MMO setting, but I think those types of things just work better in a single player setting. While they do make a big deal of the idea that you are just a soldier in an army, it still feels like they expect you to feel special or that they want you to feel like a standout character. That's a much easier thing to do in a single player game.

    I am also loathe to admit it, but I think the development resources that went into the MMO aspects of the game would have been better spent on the stories, character animations, and some of the combat. If they didn't have to worry about latency and network bandwidth, the combat could have been smoother.

    I imagine a game like Fallout or Skyrim, but within the world of "The Secret World". You could even have the multiplayer dungeons or raids but just not have them integrated into the main world.

    Anyway, like I said, TSW is the only MMO where I've really had this thought. It just seemed like a better fit for single player instead of multiplayer.

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  • JaedorJaedor Denver, COMember Posts: 1,171 Uncommon

    I would play TSW as a single player and agree that it would be well suited to that genre. Conversely, Oblivion is the only single player game I really, really wished was an mmo.

  • eye_meye_m Notta Chance, ABMember Posts: 3,313 Uncommon
    none. There are lots of great single player games to play that are superior to mmorpg's in most aspects except for the social end of things.

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  • mmoguy43mmoguy43 In cyberspaaaaaaceMember Posts: 2,751 Uncommon

    I'd play SWTOR offline if I could but not all the time. I wouldn't want the game to be even more empty and quiet than it is.

     

    The question almost sounds like, "what MMO would be better if it was offline?" Which is silly. No MMO is better once you remove all the players.

  • Tonin109Tonin109 ??, CAMember Posts: 201
    TESO

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  • BrucyBonusBrucyBonus londonMember Posts: 220
    None; there are better single player games out there than any mmo in terms of gameplay. 
  • KenFisherKenFisher Northwest, INMember Posts: 5,035 Uncommon

    AOC's Tortage would easily be a great SP experience.

     


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  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAMember Posts: 10,910 Common


    Originally posted by Jaedor
    I would play TSW as a single player and agree that it would be well suited to that genre. Conversely, Oblivion is the only single player game I really, really wished was an mmo.

    What single player game needs to be an MMO is an entirely different question. :-)

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  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAMember Posts: 10,910 Common


    Originally posted by mmoguy43
    I'd play SWTOR offline if I could but not all the time. I wouldn't want the game to be even more empty and quiet than it is. The question almost sounds like, "what MMO would be better if it was offline?" Which is silly. No MMO is better once you remove all the players.

    I'm not talking about simply removing all the players, though it's entirely fair that is the impression that you got. It would also be a fair question to ask I think. What MMO would be better if you could just get rid of all the other players for most of the content?

    To clarify my question and stance a little bit, I think TSW would have been better had it been developed as a single player game, with possible, optional multiplayer elements. I think it's fine as an MMO, and certainly worth the box price, but while playing it I keep thinking it would be better as a single player game.

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  • ReizlaReizla 127.0.0.1Member Posts: 3,778 Uncommon
    Originally posted by TribeofOne
    Id play SWToR and TSW offline.

    Was about to say SWTOR myself, and you're right about TSW as well.

    Funny to see this thread there BTW. I was talking about this problem earlier on today in my SWTOR guild and almost everyone agreed that SWTOR is more a single player game than a MMORPG. I for once am sure not to add extra time to my sub when I've hit cap and seen all worlds. Game seems pointless after that and to level a new character only for the personal story seems silly as well. Perhaps one char on the other side to have seen it all, but that's about it...

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    Originally posted by Tonin109
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  • EtherignisEtherignis philadelphia, PAMember Posts: 249 Uncommon
    Tera, and defiance
  • JasonJJasonJ New Port Richey, FLMember Posts: 395
    SWTOR, would have been a better SPRPG than an MMO.
  • BrenelaelBrenelael MaineMember Posts: 3,797 Uncommon

    I never tried TSW so I can't comment on that but the whole time I was playing SWTOR I was thinking that it would have made a much better single player game than a MMO. It may just be the fact that I loved KOTOR but it just seemed to me that MMO mechanics just got in the way of what could have been a really great game.

     

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  • Skooma2Skooma2 Glenview, ILMember Posts: 693 Uncommon

    MMOs I'd play offline:  TSW, LotRO

     

    SPGs that I'd like to see as MMOs:  Skyrim (not  TESO MMO which I haven't played yet, so I'll hold off comenting.) 

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  • KarahandrasKarahandras Sible HedinghamMember Posts: 1,691 Uncommon
    I think ddo and sto would have made quite good single player games.  But play them as just an offline version, no thanks(not that it would have made much of a difference though tbh).
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