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[Column] General: The Worst MMOs of 2013

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,581MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Even in the best of years, we come across games that just aren’t very good. Whether it is the poor writing and forgettable story of Asura Force or the ultra-grindy repetitive questing of Ragnarok Online 2, some games just aren’t worth your time. There are games that should be good and aren’t which somehow makes them even worse. This year was light on releases but there was no shortage of bad games vying for your attention. 

Read more of Chris Coke's The List: The Worst MMOs of 2013.

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  • RocknissRockniss Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,034Member

    This was an easy list to make now wasn't it. Scarlet Blade makes for a nice introduction to mmorpgs though. So whenever a mmorpg newb is like "hey what game should I play?" I list off a handful of games and finish off my recommendations with

    "But before you try anything, You absolutely must check out Scarlet Blade"

    Imagine the face of a true newb google searching Scarlet Blade, and what must be going through thier minds.

    lol

  • remsleepremsleep Vida MatanovicaPosts: 109Member

    I've never played a single one of those games, have never heard of a handful of them.

     

  • orbitxoorbitxo fort lauderdale, FLPosts: 1,405Member Uncommon

    agree with Dust 514.

    sadly dont think theres no turning back on that one eh?...

  • remsleepremsleep Vida MatanovicaPosts: 109Member

    Oh wait Infestation Survivor Stories is War Z?

    Ah OK Ive actually played that - oh yes it was downright dreadful. 

    I didn't realize it got renamed.

    Ugh.

  • LanfeaLanfea EssenPosts: 219Member Uncommon

    eight of ten games on the list are typical low budget f2p games and since old high budget mmos (f.e. ddo, lotro, eq2 and many more) went this payment model way it was clear that those cheap ones don't have any chance on the market. for my personal taste neverwinter is missing on this list. crappy and greedy game.

  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,906Member Uncommon

    I played two on the list.

    Asura Force - I think AF has/had potential.  I made it to the lower end of mid-level before giving up.  I like slow progression when the world has a non-linear feel encouraging me to explore looking for new things to do.  This was slow, but completely linear.  And I don't mean a little bit slow.  Painful was more like it.

    No disrespect for the team is intended.  There were several aspects done quite nicely and it's technically superior to their other game(s).  It's just the base design killed it for me.

     

    Scarlet Blade - I played close to release.  WoW strippers in space?  Uninstalled after figuring out the concept didn't work for me.  Maybe I'm not understanding?  A shame because the production value seemed quite high.  I can imagine this will be very popular with some.  Just not me.

     

    One I still haven't played, but want to.

    City of Steam - This game looked so promising.  I haven't given up on it and still want to check it out.

     


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  • jogumbyjogumby Janesville, WIPosts: 18Member
    Given their recent ad on this site, it appears League of Angels aspires to be the Scarlet Blade of 2014!
  • jogumbyjogumby Janesville, WIPosts: 18Member
    Given their recent ad on this site, it appears League of Angels aspires to be the Scarlet Blade of 2014!
  • ThaneThane berlinPosts: 2,230Member Uncommon

    and because war Z worked THAT good, let's do it  again! and people are buying the SAME SHIT again :P

     

    gotta love the internet

    "I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!"

  • TalonsinTalonsin Posts: 1,468Member Uncommon

    While the truth is that Infestation changed its name due to a law suit and it was not due to their greediness, I am totally behind you with it deserving to be the number one worst MMO of 2013. 

     

    Hammerpoint is a prime example of why there needs to be reform in software legal rights.  No other industry can get away with flat out lies and greed like game companies can. 

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,356MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    Originally posted by jogumby
    Given their recent ad on this site, it appears League of Angels aspires to be the Scarlet Blade of 2014!

    :)

  • gunmanvladgunmanvlad BucharestPosts: 249Member Uncommon

    Feel a bit bad for Dust 514 and City of Steam, both games had quite some potential in their concepts. Heck, even Wizardry MIGHT have had a niche out there. However, execution on all of them was horrendous.

     

    As for War Z, Day Z, Crap Z...no, I'm not even going there.

     

    Ok guys, time to start focusing more on 2014, let's forget 2013 existed for MMOs. A "release schedule" list with main Pros/Cons would be nice please!

  • MargulisMargulis Glendale, AZPosts: 1,614Member

    Not sure why but I get some sort of joy and satisfaction seeing so many crapfest f2p asian mmo's on the worst mmo games list of 2013.

     

    It still is baffling to me why there is such a crowd who hang out on sites like mmohut.com that cater mostly to those type of garbage games and play only those games when all the AAA real deal mmo's are now f2p?

  • MikePaladinMikePaladin NewYork, NYPosts: 233Member
    LOL in wild star BOOB are banned and resized but Scarlet Blade  almost porno MMO is considered by gamers garbage. Dosen't this prove that gamers don't care so much about Boos as for how good game is. LOGIC fail every where
  • DauzqulDauzqul Detroit, MIPosts: 1,401Member Uncommon

    Wizardry Online was the first game I ever quit before even leaving the starting town.

  • DauzqulDauzqul Detroit, MIPosts: 1,401Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by MikePaladin
    LOL in wild star BOOB are banned and resized but Scarlet Blade  almost porno MMO is considered by gamers garbage. Dosen't this prove that gamers don't care so much about Boos as for how good game is. LOGIC fail every where
     

    That's why Ariea Games needs to rename themselves to Areola Games.

  • sudosudo Tel-AvivPosts: 697Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Dauzqul

    Wizardry Online was the first game I ever quit before even leaving the starting town.

    Same.

    "Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.
    Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."
    Hans Margolius

  • RaventreeRaventree Yourtown, MNPosts: 456Member
    I'm bummed to see Dust 514 on there.  The concept was so fantastic and revolutionary that I really was hoping for something great from CCP.  I considered buying a PS3 just to play, until the reviews started coming in.  They could save this one with some big changes, but it seems very unlikely they would scale back the buy to win and inject some better graphics and fun into this one.

    Currently playing:
    Rift
    Played:
    SWToR, Aion,EQ, Dark Age of Camelot
    World of Warcraft, AoC

  • GruugGruug Chillicothe, ILPosts: 1,311Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Raventree
    I'm bummed to see Dust 514 on there.  The concept was so fantastic and revolutionary that I really was hoping for something great from CCP.  I considered buying a PS3 just to play, until the reviews started coming in.  They could save this one with some big changes, but it seems very unlikely they would scale back the buy to win and inject some better graphics and fun into this one.

     

    It might have worked better had they decided to put it on PC instead of console.

     

    Let's party like it is 1863!

  • ragz45ragz45 rochester hills, MIPosts: 686Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by BillMurphy
    Originally posted by jogumby
    Given their recent ad on this site, it appears League of Angels aspires to be the Scarlet Blade of 2014!

    :)

     

     

    Just curious do you guys actually pick and chose which Ad space you sell to who?  Or do you just sell it in an open forum, and who ever buys it can put what ever they want?  I know sites can go either way, was just curious how you guys sold your Ad space.

     
  • cederhillcederhill Columbia, SCPosts: 7Member
    Surprised Defiance didnt make the list for a myriad of reasons.  Horrible launch, chat(as cited recently) not fixed for 9+ months with plans next month to supposedly/finally address. Went through 2 executive producers in its first 6 months and now has none.150 member studio shut down and laid off to leave a skeleton crew running, 5 month multiple times delayed first DLC, and much much more. Well, at least there's fodder still for it to be in the 2014 winner's circle. :P
  • jbombardjbombard SapporoPosts: 530Member Uncommon
    I don't know if Scarlet Blade was a good game or not, but I'm pretty sure the editors don't either.  They have done a couple pieces that amount to little more than OMG evil boobies! My eyes! My eyes!, without any real attempt at reviewing the game.  If they haven't actually played or reviewed a game what metric do they use to determine best or worst?
  • elvigyelvigy Charlotte, NCPosts: 249Member
    But your review of Dust514 gave it a score of 7.2 whereas the others on this list are all in the 4s and 5s range. So which is it? A decent game (7.2) or the second worst of the year?
  • karmathkarmath Posts: 827Member Uncommon

    No mention of the swtor? The fastest game to go ftp from a sub model ever and had to have content post launch cut because the engine lagged so horribly? Eh, dem advertising monies I suppose.

     

  • mCalvertmCalvert Tallahassee, FLPosts: 1,283Member
    I feel sorry for the OP that had to play these games. Ouch for CCP! Maybe if they designed it for PC...
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