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MMORPG.com’s Best of 2018 Awards - MMORPG.com

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  • AzmodeusAzmodeus Member UncommonPosts: 266
    And my favorite.... Legends of Aria.
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  • ConstantineMerusConstantineMerus Member EpicPosts: 2,689


    RIP Marvel Heroes... special shout-out for that game as I enjoyed it a lot, even though it died in 2017.



    My son, now finally game-age, would LOVE Marvel Heroes. He's 5, so just running around punching guys with Spider-Man, Hulk, etc would have been his everything. Sucks that he cannot. Maybe when Ultimate Alliance 3 comes out.
    He won't be able to smoke in an airplane neither. Life just sucks now! :(
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  • lahnmirlahnmir Member EpicPosts: 2,665


    RIP Marvel Heroes... special shout-out for that game as I enjoyed it a lot, even though it died in 2017.



    My son, now finally game-age, would LOVE Marvel Heroes. He's 5, so just running around punching guys with Spider-Man, Hulk, etc would have been his everything. Sucks that he cannot. Maybe when Ultimate Alliance 3 comes out.
    He won't be able to smoke in an airplane neither. Life just sucks now! :(
    Hell, I remember high school and how our history teacher let us smoke in the class room on the last day. Good times, now I haven´t smoked a cigarette in twelve years.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
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    But there are many. You can play them entirely solo, and even offline. Also, you are wrong by default.

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  • HJ-NavarreHJ-Navarre Hero's Journey GMMember UncommonPosts: 40
    There should have been ZERO 'Best Of' winners for 2018. Only, Worst, Mediocre, and Meh awards.
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  • parrotpholkparrotpholk Member EpicPosts: 4,602
    Disagree with biggest disappointment as how can you be disappointed in a game that literally failed everywhere else before it got here. To me it was destined to fail so kind of hard to be disappointed.

    BFA would have won in my book as the king of MMOs truly released a turd of an expansion.

    Pretty much agree with the rest though and am on board.
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  • Hawkaya399Hawkaya399 Member UncommonPosts: 417
    edited January 4
    lahnmir said:


    RIP Marvel Heroes... special shout-out for that game as I enjoyed it a lot, even though it died in 2017.



    My son, now finally game-age, would LOVE Marvel Heroes. He's 5, so just running around punching guys with Spider-Man, Hulk, etc would have been his everything. Sucks that he cannot. Maybe when Ultimate Alliance 3 comes out.
    He won't be able to smoke in an airplane neither. Life just sucks now! :(
    Hell, I remember high school and how our history teacher let us smoke in the class room on the last day. Good times, now I haven´t smoked a cigarette in twelve years.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
    I remember walking by a guys truck in the HS parking lot and he had a hunting rifle mounted on the back window. 20 years ago. I imagine rural schoolls are different though. I go for walks and hear hunter's shots out on the water. It's routine here so nobody worries. But it's creepy when SWAT--in full gear and empty rifles--does school shooter response training in this lonely elementary school.  I know that's the new norm, but I don't think news like that will ever sit well on me.

    Also "It’s not that Bless is a bad game, so much as it’s just way too late to the party to make the impact it could have several years ago" bothers me. The judge of a game is its audience. Let them decide. And even a small audience isn't the final decision. This shouldn't be a race.

  • TimEisenTimEisen ColumnistMember EpicPosts: 3,290
    Before people freak out and flame this I wanted to come here and make it perfectly clear that every single one of my unbiased and uninfluenced votes were bought and paid for! AHAHAHAHAHAHA


    Seriously though the fact that Torchlight Frontiers is most anticipated is both deserving, since the team behind TL actually produced a thing, and should also server as a warning to the crowd funded games. The fans are moving on, then again I'm not sure many of those games are even being built for backers now. I mean, Fortnite is a thing so I'm sure at least 68% of them are "changing direction to provide a more enhanced player experience" aka Fortlite.  
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  • MensurMensur Member RarePosts: 826
    I respect all the people whom write for mmorpg.com - BUT YOU DONT ELIMINATE MOBA from BR! DOTA 2 FOR LIFE!

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  • AethaerynAethaeryn Member RarePosts: 2,987






    RIP Marvel Heroes... special shout-out for that game as I enjoyed it a lot, even though it died in 2017.






    My son, now finally game-age, would LOVE Marvel Heroes. He's 5, so just running around punching guys with Spider-Man, Hulk, etc would have been his everything. Sucks that he cannot. Maybe when Ultimate Alliance 3 comes out.



    My son (also 5) gets lots of this with Lego games :) He just roams around the open city as heroes driving cars etc. Good times :) Now he is finishing missions and figuring out how to unlock things. I am worried about what I have created so early.
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  • QuarterStackQuarterStack Member UncommonPosts: 387
    edited January 6
    Congratulations to ZOS on another well-deserved award!

    Having played both XIV and ESO extensively, I'd say this is easily and thoroughly well-deserved. Back during 2.0 or very early 3.0, it would have been a tougher call for me, probably favoring XIV. Now though? It's a no-brainer.

    SE went strong into 2.0 and even early 3.0. Somewhere along the line, things went off a cliff, and the development became lazier and lazier, with less creativity, and more blatant paint-by-numbers design.

    Recently added dungeons in Stormblood use the same "square/circle/octagaon boss platforms connected by pointless loot corridors" approach they started using in 3.0. You can predict exactly where the boss fights will be in a FFXIV dungeon without stepping foot inside; just look at the map. They're using boss mechanics that have been reused over and over going back to 2.0. Seriously, did anyone else around since 2.0 get strong "deja-vu", with flashbacks to Garuda / Fenrir / Opinicus when they first saw Hedetet in 'The Burn'? I sure did.

    ESO, meanwhile, continues to come up with creative dungeon concepts and layouts, introducing new and interesting, and *challenging*, boss mechanics that are not regurgitated in dungeon after dungeon. Check out "March of Sacrifices" from the recent Wolf Hunter DLC. Check out "Fang Lair" from the Dragon Bones DLC. Check out open world dungeons (yes, ESO has them; contrary to Yoshida's claims otherwise, it *can* be done, by a capable team anyway). Check out Nchuleftength in Vvardenfell for just one such example.

    World Design... Well, in FFXIV all I can say is "what world design?". 2.0 XIV's re-built Eorzea was interesting and very well-crafted. It felt closer to a world, to me. Since 3.0, though, it's become a series of pretty dioramas that exist only to contain quest monsters and NPCs. No sense of "place". No sense of being in a living, believable world. Remember when people were concerned that 3.0's areas were so massive, but felt so empty, and Yoshida said they would continue to add more content to those zones over time to fill them out? I do. What happened to that? Nothing, that's what.

    In ESO, ZOS has crafted a *world* that feels lived-in. Running around the world, you come across hidden treasure, dungeons, random quests, little "set pieces", small encounters with Daedra, bandits attempting to rob travelers, Mages battling each other, NPCs engaging in day-to-day activities and (voice acted) conversation, and so on. All these things that tell about the world and those who live there. ESO is the first MMO I've played since FFXI where I would say the world "doesn't care" that you exist. It's there, and life goes on with or without you around.

    In short: ESO's Tamriel is a World. FFXIV is a pretty set piece for a game.

    Remember when Yoshida said Addons would be brought to XIV soon after launch? Remember how that promise gave way to delays and, ultimately, excuses about "why it couldn't be done"? Well, I guess ZOS never got that memo either, as ESO has had a healthy and active Addon community for a long time now.

    And on and on.

    Point is, ESO is *more* than deserving of this accolade, and demonstrates why in more ways than many may realize (especially those haven't actually played it), or I would dare to try and write about.

    Yoshida and his team have continued to take a lazy, uninspired, color-by-numbers approach to XIV's development.

    Matt Firor and his team have continued to pour a tangible amount of passion and creativity into ESO, growing and expanding it more and more as they go.

    Again, it's a no-brainer.

    Congratulations and Well-Done to ZOS.
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  • BlazerXBlazerX Member UncommonPosts: 42
    What a utter distasteful list of titles. I guess you could say its a "western" list.

    ESO as being the best overall mmorpg? OMG the horror of this currently MMORPG game industry. The game that has one of the worst pathing problems ever to plague a game. Loading screens that are worse than EverQuest ever was. Nerf fucking city. Not a horrible game mind you but far from what I would call "best overall MMORPG". If this is really what is out there, this industry is dead.
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  • derekthedjderekthedj Member UncommonPosts: 9
    Torchlight Frontiers could be good but it really depends on their monetization scheme. I just hope it's as good as Path of Exile's.
  • quix0tequix0te Member UncommonPosts: 126
    I liked ESO a lot, the economy pushed me away. The clunky cutesy guild vendors were annoying. I have a busy life and come and go from MMOs. The requirement to be in a guild to sell meant I had to rejoin a guild every time I started again. That said I was downloading ESO today to start again.
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  • razor247razor247 Member UncommonPosts: 39
    ESO is a joke.The game is cookie cutter content that a 2 year old can walk thru and get rewards. PvP is a joke, end game is a joke, story is a joke, there is no dumber, water-downed clicking simulator worst than ESO. Every dungeon has the same three things in it and it takes 2mins solo to get them....THATS Game of the YEAR ROFL!!! Bought and paid for.....
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  • SaunZSaunZ Member UncommonPosts: 465
    see... I am always telling everybody that ESO is the best mmorpg by far!

    ESO is probably the best of all time (is that called GOAT).

    people that hate it are usually weird... just read their posts (definitely weird)

    Sz :)

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  • AzarealAzareal Member UncommonPosts: 163
    The Division 2 ??? Really ? After the mess of the first version people are still going to fall for the second one ? Seriously, you couldn't pay me to waste my time on Division 2 after the horrendous experience of the first.
  • OG_ZorvanOG_Zorvan Member EpicPosts: 1,760
    I can get behind everything on this list, EXCEPT: BLESS was already known to be a failure 3 times over and was really not expected to be anything but when it finally hit NA.

    FO76 should have won biggest disappointment due to not only the game but the shenanigans of Bethesda itself.
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  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 12,619
    @BillMurphy

    Good list and good choices in all categories.

    And I for one, appreciate the extra effort this year to use much more accurately descriptive categories.
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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,481
    lahnmir said:


    RIP Marvel Heroes... special shout-out for that game as I enjoyed it a lot, even though it died in 2017.



    My son, now finally game-age, would LOVE Marvel Heroes. He's 5, so just running around punching guys with Spider-Man, Hulk, etc would have been his everything. Sucks that he cannot. Maybe when Ultimate Alliance 3 comes out.
    He won't be able to smoke in an airplane neither. Life just sucks now! :(
    Hell, I remember high school and how our history teacher let us smoke in the class room on the last day. Good times, now I haven´t smoked a cigarette in twelve years.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
    Still time to go back to school and get some quality smoking time.
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  • Gobstopper3DGobstopper3D Member RarePosts: 835




    I think BfA was the bigger disappointment.. and caused more people to be disappointed, myself included. The only good thing about it is Warmode.



    BLESS was always going to be mediocre, at best.. and hardly anyone was interested in it anyway.


    People blow the little things about BfA WAY out of proportion.
    There was a good number of players that actually enjoyed it.

    It's hard to keep returning players around for long when it's a game as old as WoW. About a month after going back, my old boredom returned and I cancelled my sub again. I did like BfA, but it was just more of the same at the end of the day.



    I enjoyed the story and that was about it. Once I completed the story on both alliance and horde sides, I unsubbed. I came back for 8.1 to continue the story, but only on allaince side. I can't be bothered with the Horde. Once I have completed the story for 8.1 I'm done again until 8.2. No other interest in the game at this point.
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  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade Member EpicPosts: 4,674




    I think BfA was the bigger disappointment.. and caused more people to be disappointed, myself included. The only good thing about it is Warmode.



    BLESS was always going to be mediocre, at best.. and hardly anyone was interested in it anyway.


    People blow the little things about BfA WAY out of proportion.
    There was a good number of players that actually enjoyed it.

    It's hard to keep returning players around for long when it's a game as old as WoW. About a month after going back, my old boredom returned and I cancelled my sub again. I did like BfA, but it was just more of the same at the end of the day.



    I enjoyed the story and that was about it. Once I completed the story on both alliance and horde sides, I unsubbed. I came back for 8.1 to continue the story, but only on allaince side. I can't be bothered with the Horde. Once I have completed the story for 8.1 I'm done again until 8.2. No other interest in the game at this point.
    That's largely what I did too.

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    https://www.ashesofcreation.com/ref/Callaron/

  • itchmonitchmon Member UncommonPosts: 1,928
    I woulda gave the best persistent online gsme to Warframe. I was shocked how engrossed i could become in a third person shooter based game which is normally not in my wheelhouse.

    POE is still deserving tho.

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  • FoomerangFoomerang Member UncommonPosts: 5,618
    Im just here for EQ Next
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  • QuarterStackQuarterStack Member UncommonPosts: 387
    edited January 6

    quix0te said:

    I liked ESO a lot, the economy pushed me away. The clunky cutesy guild vendors were annoying. I have a busy life and come and go from MMOs. The requirement to be in a guild to sell meant I had to rejoin a guild every time I started again. That said I was downloading ESO today to start again.



    Trade guilds are one of my "love/hate" aspects of ESO. I like the idea, and I see why they make sense. But it can be a pain in the neck to get to a vendor to buy an item, esp if it's in a location you haven't been to, etc. But, again, it lends to the more "world" and less "game" aspect of ESO that I love.

    I have to rejoin one of my trade guilds after I return from breaks as well. It's a minor annoyance, really, IMO. I just contact the leader or officer of the guild, and within the day, they re-invite me. Last time it was literally within 5 minutes of me messaging them.

    Others won't kick you as long as you tell them in advance you're taking a break, but will be back.

    Others kick members very very very rarely. Another I'm in (I'm in 2 since I'm usually selling a lot of stuff :p) never kicked me at all, even during several month breaks.

    But I can see how it could be annoying to people, esp. if they're used to more centralized 'auction house' type setups which *are* more convenient for sure. To me, it's an acceptable trade-off.
  • gamerroberthgamerroberth Member CommonPosts: 1

    razor247 said:

    ESO is a joke.The game is cookie cutter content that a 2 year old can walk thru and get rewards. PvP is a joke, end game is a joke, story is a joke, there is no dumber, water-downed clicking simulator worst than ESO. Every dungeon has the same three things in it and it takes 2mins solo to get them....THATS Game of the YEAR ROFL!!! Bought and paid for.....




    You're a joke!!! #SalvoUwo
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