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Which MMOs top the list for "alive, open world feel"?

GPrestigeGPrestige Member UncommonPosts: 523

As the title asks, which MMOs are the best at creating a world that feels open and alive? There are far too many "lobby"-like MMOs where the world feels empty and dead, or other MMOs where the zones all feel disconnected.

 

Which do you find are the best at feeling like an actual world?

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  • DocBrodyDocBrody Member UncommonPosts: 1,926

    None.

    Play Skyrim or Fallout New Vegas, even with NPCs-onlys these games feel more "alive" than most MMO themeparks.

     

     

  • DaikuruDaikuru Member RarePosts: 797
    EVE Online imo.
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  • Viper482Viper482 Member LegendaryPosts: 3,882
    Originally posted by GPrestige

    As the title asks, which MMOs are the best at creating a world that feels open and alive? There are far too many "lobby"-like MMOs where the world feels empty and dead, or other MMOs where the zones all feel disconnected.

     

    Which do you find are the best at feeling like an actual world?

    Archeage is the only one that comes close.... problem is the game is a cash shop and support nightmare with out of place grinds which takes away from how good the game could really be.

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  • KrematoryKrematory Member UncommonPosts: 608
    Only EVE gives me that feeling.

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  • CalmOceansCalmOceans Member UncommonPosts: 2,437

    MMO that felt like worlds to me:

    -Vanguard....Massive world size, dungeons were open world, travel was just slow enough, hidden areas, deep caves, massive oceans.

    -EQ....Especially early on during Kunark, when travel was extremely slow and the sheer size of Karana made it feel like a massive real world.

     

    MMO that did not feel like worlds:

    -GW, Tera, WoW, Vindictus

  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Member RarePosts: 9,686

    Actually LOTRO feels very open world to me...   Its huge, and does not have questhubs beyound every other corner..

     

    it even has open world dungeons, just ride trough the shire and see all those hobbits doing hobbity things..

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  • TorcipTorcip Member UncommonPosts: 669
    Eve online is really the only one.
  • zaberfangxzaberfangx Member UncommonPosts: 1,796

    If want pve,

    Then Rift or GW2.

     

    Pvp Eve or Arche age.

  • HarikenHariken Member EpicPosts: 2,664
    Originally posted by DocBrody

    None.

    Play Skyrim or Fallout New Vegas, even with NPCs-onlys these games feel more "alive" than most MMO themeparks.

     

     

    I have to agree with this. But i will say The Secret World comes close.

  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 41,219
    EVE is one of the only MMORPGs left these days with an open virtual world, most of the rest are just "games" that operate under significant limitations

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  • NildenNilden Member EpicPosts: 3,527
    Originally posted by DocBrody

    None.

    Play Skyrim or Fallout New Vegas, even with NPCs-onlys these games feel more "alive" than most MMO themeparks.

     

     

    Gonna have to agree your better off playing GTA 5, Just Cause 2 or Red Dead Redemption to add to that list.

    As far as feeling open and alive nothing MMO even comes close to GTA 5. The comparison between something like GTA and SWTOR for open and alive leaves SWTOR feeling stagnant, dead, and souless. Imagine if Rockstar did an open world Star Wars game...

    MMOs are pretty pathetic when it comes to open worlds that feel alive. imo

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  • bcbullybcbully Member EpicPosts: 11,813
    WoW is still the best here. 
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  • DaikuruDaikuru Member RarePosts: 797
    Originally posted by bcbully
    WoW is still the best here. 

    lol

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  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member LegendaryPosts: 9,000

    GW2

    L2

    EVE

    SWG - title didn't say current :-)

    AA

    Aion

    ESO

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  • zzaxzzax Member UncommonPosts: 324

    EVE Online.

    Even though its in space (which should be empty by design), its still most "alive" game on the market.

  • GPrestigeGPrestige Member UncommonPosts: 523
    Originally posted by Octagon7711

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    ESO

    This is the first I've seen ESO mentioned. How open does the world feel?

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  • DocBrodyDocBrody Member UncommonPosts: 1,926
    Originally posted by Krematory
    Only EVE gives me that feeling.

    true, because it´s a sandbox MMO that means players are running the show, not some scripted themepark NPCs handing out quest cookies with an exclamation mark standing around.

     

    Eve is run by players, if you remove them the game would be gone.

     

    So in Eve the content are actually the players, and the tools are the complex mechanics given by the developers.

  • golabgolab Member UncommonPosts: 21

    Ryzom.

    It's old, and it's weird, and pretty obscure, but I still think it's the closest to a living world feel I have ever come across.

    It's also still a lot of fun and you can play quite a bit of it for free these days, certainly more than enough to decide if it's your kind of thing.

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  • MikehaMikeha Member EpicPosts: 9,196

    Elder Scrolls Online

     

    The only mmo where I feel like I am in a world. You have to be able to explore and find things. Exploring the world you can just randomly run across npc's being attacked by a group of mobs which you can choose to help or ignore. It the little things like this that add up to make a world feel like a world.

  • PhryPhry Member LegendaryPosts: 11,004
    Eve Online, some systems are more alive than others, but i don't think any game has anything close to Jita, that and everything in the game is made by players themselves. Where other games try and fake it, Eve is real. image
  • MikehaMikeha Member EpicPosts: 9,196
    Originally posted by GPrestige
    Originally posted by Octagon7711

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    ESO

    This is the first I've seen ESO mentioned. How open does the world feel?

     

    It feels more open than any other non sandbox mmo. 

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuEXOdcHGwo

  • KiyorisKiyoris Member RarePosts: 2,130

    Vanguard

     

     

  • lathaanlathaan Member UncommonPosts: 476

    i played them all. AA is clearly the most open-feeling in years.

  • IridescentJoeIridescentJoe Member Posts: 89

    -Darkfall

    -Eve

    -and hoping Repopulation

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