I'm looking for a comparatively strong grouping element. I don't like the MMO's where soloing is so strongly emphasized and how everybody essentially is doing the same quests. I realize I won't find something like original Everquest, since even modern Everquest isn't like that. I don't expect forced grouping.
Think I'd prefer a sandbox Questing system to a themepark or railroaded system. Dislike instances, but I know they're the norm so I can accept them, although I'd demand some open non-instanced places too.
In this past I've played a LOT of PvP. But I'm not looking striclty for that now.
I'm trying to save time, so I'm first reviewing modern Everquest, Everquest 2, LOTRO and Neverwinter. They're all downloaded. Still unsure what to expect. It's hard to judge a MMO based on the lwoer levels. And ti's tiring to post in the forums to ask members what ot expect in the higher levels.
Anybody played NEverwinter? It's interesting to me since it's so obscure. Not heard about it much from others. I've played only a small amount. So far it's raildroaded Quests. Boring, but maybe if groups become a bigger part I'll like it.
These're hte MMORPGs I've played, ordered by length of playtime:
Wurm Online (years)
Anarchy Online (months/years)
DDO (couple months on different alts)
MUDs (too many to list.. most for only weeks or months)
Everquest 2 (less than DDO; about a month)
Ryzom (about a month)
(insert random MMORPGs I played for days or weeks)
...Villagers and Heroes (played on iphone; fairly solo-focused so far; cartoonish-theme)
...Celtic Heroes (played on iphone; actually not bad, since some grouping and less instances)
...Darkfall: Rise of Agon (not bad; the population is very low; i may go back eventually; no instances!)
...Shroud of the Avatar (UI and skill-use is cumbersome; too much solo-emphasis)
...Eternal Lands (interesting, but too amateurish; clunky)
Played a lot of Diablo 2 in its day. It's not really an MMORPG. Even though II'm interested in Paht of Exile for the same reason I was itnerested in Diablo 2, it's not an MMORPG, so it's not part of this thread.