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Which MMO surpassed your expectations if any ?

Tindale111Tindale111 Member UncommonPosts: 244
For me this would have to be ESO it just keeps improving ,what with the questing housing crafting dlcs and just exploring has become my favorite since EQ2 .
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  • waynejr2waynejr2 Member EpicPosts: 7,768
    City of Heroes was a refreshing change for me.
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  • DMKanoDMKano Member LegendaryPosts: 19,272
    edited April 2017
    EQ1 back in march of 1999 surpassed all my expectations
     
    The idea of a full 3d MUD was mind blowingly amazing to me.

    Pretty much all gen1 MMORPGs surpassed my expectations (UO, DAoC, AC and AO) - because my expectations were a lot lower 15+ years ago when MMORPGs were a new kid on the block.

    But EQ1 was by far the biggest awe inducing experience so I will stick to that as #1

    The reality is nothing will ever match that EQ1 experience ever again.
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  • AgnharAgnhar Member UncommonPosts: 105
    For me FFXIV, the first impression where really awful but after the firs 100 hours i got addicted and the story was amazing to the point where i felt emotional connections with the characters. ESO was ok for me, i have cleared pretty much all the content i thought would be fun and i'm done with it now after 7k hours into it. WoW Legion was for me another disappointment right after Draenor, i don't think i will be buying another WoW expansion again, super grindy expansion where they make you do the same content over and over to get AP.
  • AoriAori Member EpicPosts: 4,055
    edited April 2017
    Lineage 2, I walked in not expecting to stay. It was also the first time I've ever experienced an overwhelming adrenaline rush gaming. The PvP, player politics and economy manipulation were just so free.

    I remember going to WoW when it came back out, got to 40ish in the first month or so and went back to Lineage 2. I was playing FFXI prior to Lineage 2 while the game looked fantastic and the ambiance really hit a nice spot for me, it was fun to adventure in but it was also tiring. The time spent getting groups ready and traveling to hunting fields was to much for me.

    A little known Korean MMO called RFonline also surpassed expectations, it was really enjoyable from PvP perspective, it also scratched a sci-fi itch I had. It had a political system though easily exploitable with large guilds. It was a good RvRvR experience one of the better ones. Though like most KRMMOs mismanagement kills them.
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  • hatefulpeacehatefulpeace Member UncommonPosts: 621
    Only one for me, and I cannot remember it's name. It was the first mmorpg I played that was a fps. It had this wierd frog race, and there were jet packs. When I found it on here many years ago I thought it was gonna be garbage, but I enjoyed the combat and jet packs. 
  • hatefulpeacehatefulpeace Member UncommonPosts: 621

    Aori said:

    Lineage 2, I walked in not expecting to stay. It was also the first time I've ever experienced an overwhelming adrenaline rush gaming. The PvP, player politics and economy manipulation were just so free.

    I remember going to WoW when it came back out, got to 40ish in the first month or so and went back to Lineage 2. I was playing FFXI prior to Lineage 2 while the game looked fantastic and the ambiance really hit a nice spot for me, it was fun to adventure in but it was also tiring. The time spent getting groups ready and traveling to hunting fields was to much for me.

    A little known Korean MMO called RFonline also surpassed expectations, it was really enjoyable from PvP perspective, it also scratched a sci-fi itch I had. It had a political system though easily exploitable with large guilds. It was a good RvRvR experience one of the better ones. Though like most KRMMOs mismanagement kills them.



    Hmmm I was looking for a new mmo, I think I'll try rf,  never heard of it. Everything in this world is mismanaged so what ever lol.
  • Tindale111Tindale111 Member UncommonPosts: 244

    DMKano said:

    EQ1 back in march of 1999 surpassed all my expectations
     
    The idea of a full 3d MUD was mind blowingly amazing to me.

    Pretty much all gen1 MMORPGs surpassed my expectations (UO, DAoC, AC and AO) - because my expectations were a lot lower 15+ years ago when MMORPGs were a new kid on the block.

    But EQ1 was by far the biggest awe inducing experience so I will stick to that as #1

    The reality is nothing will ever match that EQ1 experience ever again.


    had a great time in EQ1, made many friends had a beastlord and was on a server that began with a V .remember a place where you went through a tunnel and there was an owlbear you had to get pass to join people at hill 1 hill 2 etc good times .
  • PpiperPpiper Member UncommonPosts: 895
    EQ1. Sitting on the newbie log as a Dark Elf Necro and having folk travel through the zone and sit with us, great experience.
  • NycteliosNyctelios Member EpicPosts: 2,899
    Initially? Guild Wars 2.

    It uses a more action based combat (slightly) than the average mmorpg's I was playing at the time. And I love the custom PVP arenas the game has - - including the limited events.

    Also the overal aesthetics and sound design - Also Jeremy Soule composed the soundtracks which are amazing!

    I know most players expected something else from the game following their passion with Guild Wars 1 and I'm actually sorry they could not have the experience they wanted - But as someone who could not play Guild Wars 1 the "sequel" got me hook real hard.

    It is one of those few games that I can sit and place my hands on the keybinds and get this feeling "I'm home again" while driving my Guardian.

    The game became a disappointment to me later, still the first years I spent on it I'll keep close to me heart since I absolute love those memories.
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  • AoriAori Member EpicPosts: 4,055




    Aori said:


    Lineage 2, I walked in not expecting to stay. It was also the first time I've ever experienced an overwhelming adrenaline rush gaming. The PvP, player politics and economy manipulation were just so free.

    I remember going to WoW when it came back out, got to 40ish in the first month or so and went back to Lineage 2. I was playing FFXI prior to Lineage 2 while the game looked fantastic and the ambiance really hit a nice spot for me, it was fun to adventure in but it was also tiring. The time spent getting groups ready and traveling to hunting fields was to much for me.

    A little known Korean MMO called RFonline also surpassed expectations, it was really enjoyable from PvP perspective, it also scratched a sci-fi itch I had. It had a political system though easily exploitable with large guilds. It was a good RvRvR experience one of the better ones. Though like most KRMMOs mismanagement kills them.





    Hmmm I was looking for a new mmo, I think I'll try rf,  never heard of it. Everything in this world is mismanaged so what ever lol.


    To be honest, the game is very dated now, it released in KR in 2004 mind you. The original NA publisher let the license expire in 2008. CCR the developer ended up opening servers some time later but I never went back to it as it implemented a gacha system. 

    Good news is, CCR is supposedly in the works of RF2. Though I wouldn't expect it until 2019 if at all.
  • DeadSpockDeadSpock Member UncommonPosts: 310
    FF11 started playing 2003 and still playing to this day, I try all new mmorpg releasing but nothing to compare to FF11.
  • TheScavengerTheScavenger Member EpicPosts: 3,272
    World of Warcraft. I was absolutely stunned how fun it was at release (vanilla). I still play occasionally. It came out of nowhere for me, cause never heard about it till I saw beta for fileplanet. Was sold on day one.

    And Guild Wars 2. At release I didn't like it, but since HoT I've been having a ton of fun. YES, it was hyped up a lot...but I figured it couldn't match the hype at all and would fail and bomb. And it actually came out really good. And I DID actually like it, so my former statement is kinda wrong...just at the time I was super into WoW and very few if any games could have made me "like it" enough to play and stop me playing WoW. But now GW2 is probably my current favorite MMO.

    The other one is Planetside 2. Its so amazing and jam packed with action non-stop. been playing past month, and wow are the battles intense and crazy. 

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  • Branko2307Branko2307 Member UncommonPosts: 305
    Id say Guild Wars 1, the dual classes and 1 giant server in pieces was not in many mmos at that time and was quite fun.

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  • MyriaMyria Member UncommonPosts: 691
    Warhammer: Age of Reckoning.

    Generally I'm not much of a fan of PvP, depending on the game and how it's handled I'm generally anywhere from 'Meh...' to loathing it. Tried WAR on a lark, expecting to hate it due to its reputation as a PvP-focused game, ending up leveling multiple character strictly through PvP, did very little of the PvE (frankly most of it was broken anyway), and had a blast.

    Despite its problems, and they were legion, WAR got a lot right and is probably my second favorite MMO of all time.
  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member EpicPosts: 2,320

    DMKano said:

    EQ1 back in march of 1999 surpassed all my expectations
     
    The idea of a full 3d MUD was mind blowingly amazing to me.

    Pretty much all gen1 MMORPGs surpassed my expectations (UO, DAoC, AC and AO) - because my expectations were a lot lower 15+ years ago when MMORPGs were a new kid on the block.

    But EQ1 was by far the biggest awe inducing experience so I will stick to that as #1

    The reality is nothing will ever match that EQ1 experience ever again.



    Yeah, EQ1 because I had no expectations.  It was all brand new to me.  I still remember the trepidation and excitement I felt as a Barbarian the first time I looked across the water from the Halas dock and wondered what lay beyond!
  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 31,022
    EVE....saved me when I had given up on finding something different....and ended up being my favorite all time MMORPG.

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  • someforumguysomeforumguy Member RarePosts: 3,963
    Star Wars Galaxies. I never played a MMO before that and wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't expect a virtual world. I remember loving Mos Eisley and thinking it was so big (for a city in a game). Then when JTL launched and you could also have a spaceship it made the game even more impressive.

    I also was pleasantly surprised by Guild Wars 1. I didn't expect much because it wasn't an open world. But I loved how you could tinker with the dual professions and stats to counter specific missions (main story encounters). And how PVP was entirely seperate from PVE and it wasn't gear based. I am still impressed by Guild vs Guild, how team composition and the brought skills could bring awesome synergy. First time where I saw teams working flawlessly together as one in MMO PVP. Observer mode made it even enjoyable to watch the top teams.

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  • BorlucBorluc Member UncommonPosts: 250
    Ultima online.  Traveling around Britain just to see what people were up to and what misadventures I could get myself into.  Being able to write in a book, drop it, and having another person read it.  The attention to detail still not fully replicated in 3D mmorpgs since (swg came close). Being able to stack a bunch of benches, dyed cloth, and cotton to create a "hot tub " in my house.  Taming, fishing, treasure hunting, thieving, skill based character development that allowed you to make the person you wanted.  

    Buying a boat and sailing around.  No other game has given the depth of options to provide such a vibrant virtual world. I had hoped things would get better and better with new games.  Still waiting...
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  • TheocritusTheocritus Member EpicPosts: 6,412
    EQ did...My first experience with MMOs was UO and I did not like it at all....My impressions of multi-player were "great now all the players can kill me too" but when I tried EQ it was so refreshing and fun to explore.
  • cheyanecheyane Member EpicPosts: 5,811
    Everquest of course. I expected nothing because it was the very first time I played an online game and I was totally blown away. Impossible to match that feeling ever again of running scared to death from Qeynos Hills to Qeynos and dying along the way to a vicious Necromancer.
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  • Tindale111Tindale111 Member UncommonPosts: 244

    cheyane said:

    Everquest of course. I expected nothing because it was the very first time I played an online game and I was totally blown away. Impossible to match that feeling ever again of running scared to death from Qeynos Hills to Qeynos and dying along the way to a vicious Necromancer.


    Then having to find some friends to drag your body arguing about who is going to drag it out of the 20 mobs surrounding it lol
  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 11,134
    Lineage

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  • bcbullybcbully Member RarePosts: 9,356
    WoW
    EVE
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    ESO
  • eHugeHug Member UncommonPosts: 261
    Clearly Lineage 2. Years of fun. Not to mention it taught me that botting is inevitable in some games  :p

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  • SavageHorizonSavageHorizon Member RarePosts: 3,364
    EQ1 and early WOW before battle grounds was introduced. I first logged into EQ when it was night time. 

    I still didn't realise it was an mmo, I thought it was just a single RPG. Then I saw this mob run past me really fast, I tried to catch it but couldn't. 

    An hour later after realising the game was what people were calling an mmo. 

    That mob turned out to be another player and a bard class. 




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