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First off I'm going to give a little back story about myself. I'm a long time MMO'er, first off. My first MMORPG was FFXI back in like...2003 or 2004. After that I went to World of Warcraft in around 2005-06, and I've played that off and on since then. I've also tried many other MMORPGs, but none for a very considerable amount of time, besides WoW and FFXI. But over the years both games I've grown very weary with, and I'm looking for something fresh. Maybe you guys can help me find something here... let me lay down some guildlines, and you guys tell me if anything comes to mind for you.
#1: First off, I'm considering both Pay to Play, and Free to Play MMOs right now. BUT, if the game is Free to Play, it MUST be able to be played free without being considerably behind people who pay. While I'm willing to shell out money to even buy/subscribe to a Pay to Play MMO, I hate the idea of the community not being balanced in a Free to Play MMO that gives huge above and beyond advantages to the people who pay. I just hate that idea, and I don't want to be a part of it. If it's a free to play game people actually play...for free though, that's fine!
#2: Must have WASD move along with the mouse being able to fluently turn camera. I'm not down for that click to move BS.
#3: Must have...decent graphics. I played WoW for a long time, so you know graphics don't mean too much to me...but no Maplestory or Runescape graphics, no way.
#4: Must be a game that has a healthy playerbase (isn't known to be dying off...).
#5: I absolutely love using a Great Katana / Samurai class...If it has a Samurai class, that's a huge plus! Hah!
That's all I can think of right now, as far as standards go. I'm willing to try new things, other than standard MMOs, so if you guys have any ideas, or games you think I should check out, do not hesitate to give me your suggestions! I would greatly appreciate them!
Also, if anybody has any guilds recruiting, or any active group of friends playing in any MMO, I'd love to join you! I've gamed with a group of guys for years now, but a lot of us are off doing our own things at this point, so I could use some more MMO gamer buds, heh.
Note to Guild Wars people: Hey Guild Wars players! I was actually considering on picking up Guild Wars again. I played it a long time ago back when Guild Wars: Factions was new, and I was wondering, with me only owning Guild Wars: Factions, what all would I have to buy to get brought back up to speed? And how active is that game at the moment? I'm super hyped for Guild Wars 2, so I figure maybe the current Guild Wars could hold me over until GW2.
Alright guys, thanks for the read and for your time.