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What non-MMOs provide a better multiplayer experience than MMOs?

mmoguy43mmoguy43 Member UncommonPosts: 2,770
Please share some games you find that are really fun when it comes to multiplayer interaction or unique mechanics designed around multiplayer that trump what you can get in an MMO. It would be great to discover a game offering a better or different multiplayer experience that might be hard to find in MMOs.

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  • nariusseldonnariusseldon Member EpicPosts: 27,775

    sure ...

    D3 .. click a button, jump in and play with a group ... no need to talk .. and faster than a LFD in a MMO.

     

  • JacxolopeJacxolope Member UncommonPosts: 1,140

    Civ 4 (and many other games which allow PBEM) are all fantastic.

     

    Neverwinter Nights 1 and 2 (not the 'MMO' they are passing off as NWN these days) used to have a huge community of modders making actual virtual worlds that rival anything yet seen in an MMORPG. EDIT- If you are not familiar with these game I highly recomend checking them out. The virtual worlds are controlled by a real dungeon master and the communities are small but very fun and diverse. The problem is, neverwinter replaced any hope for a real next gen NWN game so slowly the tech is becoming badly dated.

    Beyond NVN I think the turn based strategy games are about it. At least that I can think of off hand.

  • Gamer54321Gamer54321 Member UncommonPosts: 452

    Play by mail.. No joke

    I have forgotten the name of it. Hexagon map, and you moved groups of archers and such around.

  • dave6660dave6660 Member UncommonPosts: 2,699

    Out of the Park Baseball 14.

    If micro managing a sports team is your thing, it's a great game.

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  • fivorothfivoroth Member UncommonPosts: 3,916

    DOTA! 

    Starcraft 2 - tons of very fun and quirky custom maps.

    CoD/Battlefield if you are into shooters.

    Portal 2 had very interesting way of doing co-op.

     

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  • strawhat0981strawhat0981 Member RarePosts: 1,202
    Rust and DayZ are both good mp games. 

    Originally posted by laokoko
    "if you want to be a game designer, you should sell your house and fund your game. Since if you won't even fund your own game, no one will".

  • MithrailMithrail Member Posts: 21

    Well, what do you define as good multiplayer experience? To me, such requires very good skills, communication, tactics and knowledge of the game mechanics. As such, actually very few MMOs cater to that really, its mostly about who has best gear nowadays....sadface.

    Games I think that do actually have that great multiplayer experience are:

    MOBAs - League of Legends, Dota 2, SMITE - self-explanatory - they are the most played games ever.

    FPS - Battlefield, Call of Duty ( note, I havent played since Modern Warfare ), Counter Strike ( HELL YEA ), DayZ, Rust

    Strategy - Civilization I guess. Rome Total War also? ( Sadly I haven't found any good multiplayer strategy games lately )

    RPG - Diablo 3 - insanely good game for me personally. Haven't played any others in depth, really, most remind me of Diablo.

    Uh...that's all I could think of so far, you guys can expand the list :) 

  • CrusadesCrusades Member Posts: 480

    4 player co - op games, and console multiplayer COD series and Halo series.

    StarCraft 2

    Diablo 3

    Age of Empires

    Warcraft series

    League of Legends

    MMORPG's have to deal with handling large amounts of people and anymore hackers, exploiters, and even the game devs are making gameplay in mmorpgs a chore. MMORPG's are also heavily bogged down by either gear requirements that must be farmed or purchased, and microtransactions galore.

    I say today the most innovative thing about MMORPG's is the various business models.

  • MMOExposedMMOExposed Member RarePosts: 7,387

    MAG

    Resistance 2

    CoD MW2 coop mode

     

    Philosophy of MMO Game Design

  • MagiknightMagiknight Member CommonPosts: 782
    Originally posted by mmoguy43
    Please share some games you find that are really fun when it comes to multiplayer interaction or unique mechanics designed around multiplayer that trump what you can get in an MMO. It would be great to discover a game offering a better or different multiplayer experience that might be hard to find in MMOs.

    This question assumes that MMOs have the same aim as other online games. I would hope that isn't the case.

  • LobotomistLobotomist Member EpicPosts: 5,967

    Dark Souls 2

     



  • MavolenceMavolence Member UncommonPosts: 635
    I would say Minecraft for sure. League, Dota, Diablo 1 and 2, Terraria, Edge of Space, Starbound, Planet Explorers,
  • nariusseldonnariusseldon Member EpicPosts: 27,775
    Originally posted by Magiknight
    Originally posted by mmoguy43
    Please share some games you find that are really fun when it comes to multiplayer interaction or unique mechanics designed around multiplayer that trump what you can get in an MMO. It would be great to discover a game offering a better or different multiplayer experience that might be hard to find in MMOs.

    This question assumes that MMOs have the same aim as other online games. I would hope that isn't the case.

    Of course they have the same aim .. to entertain and sell as a product. Anything else is just marketing talk.

     

  • strawhat0981strawhat0981 Member RarePosts: 1,202
    Originally posted by MMOExposed

    MAG

     

     

    Dude do people still play mag? I had it on my ps3 and thought it was the second coming. It was such a fun game, if people really que up for mag still, that would be awesome.

    Originally posted by laokoko
    "if you want to be a game designer, you should sell your house and fund your game. Since if you won't even fund your own game, no one will".

  • SirAoSSirAoS Member Posts: 203
    Red Dead Redemption for sure. It is almost a MMO! Western Style Sandbox. Doesn't get any better
  • JemcrystalJemcrystal Member UncommonPosts: 1,985

    I don't know if this is what you are getting at but Sims has a strong community because of heavy modding.  My first thought when I say mmorpg is a "game I can play with other people."  To me that includes forum chat.  Skyrim's another game that has a healthy forum community.  I would often forget I was playing by myself since I had my forum chat open and could talk about what we were doing atm.  

     

    For the opposite:  I'm trying to think of a game that made me feel cut off from people.  All I can think is thru the years this or that f2p had very strict forum rules like "no mentioning other games" and they seemed to turn into troll fests as a result.  No one could say what they really thought without moderation.  Aion seemed disconnected.  Beautiful world, great character creation, but the PvP only atmosphere really set the place up for unsocial cold.



  • fivorothfivoroth Member UncommonPosts: 3,916
    Originally posted by Mithrail

    Well, what do you define as good multiplayer experience? To me, such requires very good skills, communication, tactics and knowledge of the game mechanics. As such, actually very few MMOs cater to that really, its mostly about who has best gear nowadays....sadface.

    Games I think that do actually have that great multiplayer experience are:

    MOBAs - League of Legends, Dota 2, SMITE - self-explanatory - they are the most played games ever.

    FPS - Battlefield, Call of Duty ( note, I havent played since Modern Warfare ), Counter Strike ( HELL YEA ), DayZ, Rust

    Strategy - Civilization I guess. Rome Total War also? ( Sadly I haven't found any good multiplayer strategy games lately )

    RPG - Diablo 3 - insanely good game for me personally. Haven't played any others in depth, really, most remind me of Diablo.

    Uh...that's all I could think of so far, you guys can expand the list :) 

    This is pretty much spot on.

    In terms of strategy games, it depends what you want to get out of it. If you want a competitive extremely skill based strategy which gives you MOBA like adrenaline rush, play Starcraft 2. It doesn't get better than this for competitive types. Do notice, that SC2 might be actually more difficult to get into than MOBAs. 

    RPGs - Diablo 3 is the only RPG you can think of? Surely when you say that other RPGs remind you of D3, you mean action RPGs? There is a huge number of very good RPGs if you are in a more strategic, story driven experiences. Great examples of RPGs - Dragon Age Origins, Elder Scrolls Series, The Witcher Series, Dark Souls series, oldschool RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment.

    But then again all these RPGs are mostly singleplayer so if online RPGs were what you meant, then okay.

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