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Garrett's Top Five Pre-WoW MMOs - The List at MMORPG.com

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  • rodingorodingo Member RarePosts: 2,864


    I can't believe that SWG isn't number one. It should be, I don't know how you can have it fifth.




    Well it's my number one since that's the only one of those that I played. Military stuff kind of caused me to be a late bloomer to the genre so I wasn't able to play, much less know about, the earlier ones.

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  • AoriAori Member EpicPosts: 4,157
    MMOs before WoW? In no order none of mine match yours. Not to say your list is bad, I just prefer mine :p

    Lineage
    Lineage 2
    FFXI
    Ragnarok Online
    Asherons Call
  • Laughing-manLaughing-man Member UncommonPosts: 3,645

    Aori said:

    MMOs before WoW? In no order none of mine match yours. Not to say your list is bad, I just prefer mine :p



    Lineage

    Lineage 2

    FFXI

    Ragnarok Online

    Asherons Call



    FFXI was technically before and after WoW, we got it about the same time as it. I agree it was freaking amazing though. I'd put it on my list. (It launched in Japan in 2002 and took until late 2004 to globally launch, wow was late 2004)
    AC was also amazing.

    While I love everything on your list I'd still have UO, EQ, and SWG in there on mine, with the other two I mentioned you having on yours.

  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 6,782
    Asherons Call should be on that list .. Not Shadowbane ..
  • WizardryWizardry Member LegendaryPosts: 16,215
    I played Ultima,for it's time and EQ were solid games,i never got much interested in them but yes they were solid.
    I lasted one day in DAOC,thought it was a very weak game and SWG,well might seem ok i expect a lot more from that type of game,so much more that no mere mortal of a developer could pull it off.
    Personally FFXI was far superior and i never even much like FFVII the game that supposedly set off the franchise.
    I tried FFXI ,it was everything i wanted missing a couple pieces but when compared to other games,for me there is no comparison.Even after Wow to this day i still play FFXI and consider it a much better,more diverse and just more FUN than WOW.
    I understand everyone is entitled to their own opinion but for me,i cannot stand chasing around yellow markers over npc heads,it looks wrong in every possible sense.FFXI never did that,is i was like whew finally someone that makes a game that makes sense.

    To this day i believe that if FFXI was simply a PC built game,it would have left Wow in the dust.What Square pulled off for the PS2 is mind blowing amazing.I look back to those days and Blizzard couldn't even convert anything to console,they were hiring other businesses to do it for them.

    Here is another thought,how many games can you comfortably play at 500+ ping?Well FFXI you could and at times i even hit 600+ pings.How many games allowed a multicultural interaction,only one FFXI NOBODY else because of it's language translator.
    Considering i would not play any otehr game other than EQ2 after FFXI ,my list would be short...
    1 FFXi
    2FFXi
    3FFXI
    4FFXi
    5EQ2


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  • AoriAori Member EpicPosts: 4,157

    Aori said:

    MMOs before WoW? In no order none of mine match yours. Not to say your list is bad, I just prefer mine :p



    Lineage

    Lineage 2

    FFXI

    Ragnarok Online

    Asherons Call



    FFXI was technically before and after WoW, we got it about the same time as it. I agree it was freaking amazing though. I'd put it on my list. (It launched in Japan in 2002 and took until late 2004 to globally launch, wow was late 2004)
    AC was also amazing.

    While I love everything on your list I'd still have UO, EQ, and SWG in there on mine, with the other two I mentioned you having on yours.

    I was playing FFXI in NA in 2003. If we're going by global launches, WoW didn't release in many regions until many years later. I don't think it released in the EU until early 2005 for that matter.

    You just gotta go by first release date, so FFXI was a done product in 2002. By all accounts FFXI released a good 2 years prior to WoW.
  • Loke666Loke666 Member EpicPosts: 21,441
    Not so sure about this list, I miss a few games.

    Meridian 59 really started the MMO thing, when it released there were just MUDs and it invented a lot of features modern MMO still uses. Of course it suffers when you compare it with games 7 years newer (M59 launched in '96) but for it's time it was a great game and I am not so sure EQ would have been the same game without it.

    Lineage even now have 3 million subscribers, it was a great game for it's time and it had and still have more players then all the games on Garrets list put together.

    And I feel that Asherons call also would deserve a number on the list, it was a rather interesting game.
  • Krynt0kKrynt0k Member UncommonPosts: 243
    Mine would be 1. SWG 2. DAoC 3.Anarchy Online. 4 Everquest 5. Asherons call
    I play hI as a kid but I was only 9 so I can't include it.
  • zanfirezanfire Member UncommonPosts: 951
    edited September 2016




    Aori said:


    MMOs before WoW? In no order none of mine match yours. Not to say your list is bad, I just prefer mine :p





    Lineage


    Lineage 2


    FFXI


    Ragnarok Online


    Asherons Call






    FFXI was technically before and after WoW, we got it about the same time as it. I agree it was freaking amazing though. I'd put it on my list. (It launched in Japan in 2002 and took until late 2004 to globally launch, wow was late 2004)

    AC was also amazing.



    While I love everything on your list I'd still have UO, EQ, and SWG in there on mine, with the other two I mentioned you having on yours.






    Just for clarity sake FFXI for all was out Oct. 2003 (PC) and March 2004 (ps2) for NA. I think EU got it Sep. 04 and only on PC. So even at it's latest it was pre-WoW.

    FFXI was me and 5 of my friends 5+ year crack and i have yet to play a game that ever came close to it. At the core it did a lot of EQ did but also quite a bit original. Its also one of like 5 MMOs to this day that still has a sub fee.

    I am also surprised a few big titles like XI/AC/Rag/Lineage or Runescape did not make the list over Shadowbane. The rest are all pretty huge and make complete sense.
  • CaffynatedCaffynated Member RarePosts: 508

    Mendel said:

    The top 5 *before* WoW?  Add AC, AO, EQ2 and Meridian 59 to the list and you have covered 99% of the combined MMORPG time played before WoW.  And that's including the 3 week prior release of EQ2 as somehow significant.  A pretty pointless article / list, considering the small number of candidates.



    I'm guessing you didn't play a lot of MMOs in the 90s and early 2ks.

    The Realm, Lineage, Lineage 2, RuneScape, Earth and Beyond, Final Fantasy XI, Ragnarok Online, Eve, Horizons, Toontown, City of Heroes, and Dofus just to name a few.
  • Saur0n69Saur0n69 Member UncommonPosts: 42
    Ironically, almost all of these games are still live!
  • ZoeMcCloskeyZoeMcCloskey Member UncommonPosts: 1,357
    Anarchy Online! Also the oft mentioned CoH.

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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 33,284
    For those bemoaning their favorite game being left off the "List" realize this is largely based on titles the author played.

    I only experienced 2 of those titles, DAOC and SB and while I loved the former, the latter sucked balls IMO despite having several clever ideas I enjoyed.

    So my top 5 pre-WOW MMORPGs based on what I've played are:
    1) EVE (though I didn't play it until 2007)
    2) DAOC (2002 - 2004 were such grand years)
    3) Lineage 1
    4) Lineage 2
    5) EQ2 ( didnt try this one until 2012)

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  • KanethKaneth Member RarePosts: 2,281
    Personally, my list would be

    1) AC1
    2) DAoC
    3) AC2 (don't judge it was fun for what it was)
    4) CoH
    5) PSO on my Dreamcast
  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Member RarePosts: 2,367
    Any list without Asheron's Call is a really bad list
  • toolaktoolak Member UncommonPosts: 154

    Greyed said:

    SWG and Shadowbane on the list but not AC? Erm.



    SWG was so bad. So, soooo bad. People need to take off the rose tinted glasses. I remember the day I dropped that title. I was on a planet and needed to get to a city. One border of this city was a waterfall. I walked up the 90 degree waterfall. WALKED UP THE WATERFALL. It had no concept of what was and wasn't reasonable navigable terrain. You could literally point at your destination, autorun, and walk away to grab a soda. So exploration was right out the window.



    Mobs didn't quite grasp the concept of line of sight. Combat was chunky. To call it terrible would be an improvement. So combat was right out the window.



    All that was left was crafting. And what I recall from the crafting was... meh. Just... meh. But crafting alone didn't make a game worth forking over $$ for given the above tripe they foisted on the public.



    And Shadowbane was basically more of the same. Griefer Online was more like it. Yeah, open world PvP seemed nice but there was no way to manage your city in a way that the enemies couldn't game the system. The only decent thing that game had which should've been adopted by MMOs since was the concept that guilds could swear to guilds.



    But really, all I have to say about why those two should not be on the list over AC is this.



    AC is still running. In fact it wasn't until just a year or two ago that the monthly content updates were halted. That game outlasted SWG and Shadowbane by a decade and counting.



    Anyone who called SWG crafting "Meh" needs to be flogged. It was the most in depth, complicated and time consuming crafting system ever used in a game. It made the impatient cry and everyone else curse the RNG gods. But there was never a feeling like when the rolls lined up and you got out that server best composite helmet or t-21 rifle and posted up the stats in chat. And back then you got congratulated, and an hour of pms from other crafters taking shop and players wanting special orders. It was great. Not like today when you put together xyz and get the same sword Freddie and his uncle both just made.
  • DistopiaDistopia Member EpicPosts: 21,182
    Greyed said:
    SWG and Shadowbane on the list but not AC? Erm.

    SWG was so bad. So, soooo bad. People need to take off the rose tinted glasses. I remember the day I dropped that title. I was on a planet and needed to get to a city. One border of this city was a waterfall. I walked up the 90 degree waterfall. WALKED UP THE WATERFALL. It had no concept of what was and wasn't reasonable navigable terrain. You could literally point at your destination, autorun, and walk away to grab a soda. So exploration was right out the window.

    Mobs didn't quite grasp the concept of line of sight. Combat was chunky. To call it terrible would be an improvement. So combat was right out the window.

    All that was left was crafting. And what I recall from the crafting was... meh. Just... meh. But crafting alone didn't make a game worth forking over $$ for given the above tripe they foisted on the public.

    And Shadowbane was basically more of the same. Griefer Online was more like it. Yeah, open world PvP seemed nice but there was no way to manage your city in a way that the enemies couldn't game the system. The only decent thing that game had which should've been adopted by MMOs since was the concept that guilds could swear to guilds.

    But really, all I have to say about why those two should not be on the list over AC is this.

    AC is still running. In fact it wasn't until just a year or two ago that the monthly content updates were halted. That game outlasted SWG and Shadowbane by a decade and counting.
    No just no...

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  • SavageHorizonSavageHorizon Member RarePosts: 3,399
    edited September 2016
    Lol,  I think  some of these  people didn't read the title of this thread. 

    No if or buts it was EQ that was the leading mmo before WOW and on top of that it was the first 3d mmo to go world wide. 

    We all have our favorite mmo's but that doesn't put them at the top of the list. 


    EQ was number the one mmo before WOW and the mmo that paved the way for all mmo that came before WOW. WOW was made on the foundation of EQ to the point of Blizzard employing players from some of the top EQ guilds. 

    Even today EQ is still going and releasing expansions whether some of you like it or not. 

    OK it's not the same game it was but nevertheless it's still here. Think of all the mmo that have come since 1999 and 2016, that alone should put it in perspective. 

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  • immodiumimmodium Member RarePosts: 2,574
    edited September 2016

    We all have our favorite mmo's but that doesn't put them at the top of the list. 

    Well it does when it comes to a completely subjective post like this one is.


    And this statement by Garrett
    You could even argue that one of the reasons we have better Internet and computers is because of EverQuest
    Is probably the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard.

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  • DfixDfix Member UncommonPosts: 238
    FFXI needed to be on this list. Great game and is still up and running.

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  • HJ-NavarreHJ-Navarre Hero's Journey GMMember UncommonPosts: 40
    I have played and loved all of those mentioned, except Shadowbane. Asheron's Call would have been in its place on my list.
  • SavageHorizonSavageHorizon Member RarePosts: 3,399
    immodium said:
    You could even argue that one of the reasons we have better Internet and computers is because of EverQuest
    Is probably the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard.
    This i can agree with.




  • TheodwulfTheodwulf Member UncommonPosts: 307
    The only one I played was SWG (Pre-CU, CU and NGE). It was my first MMORPG and I only gave the genre a chance because it was a Star Wars game. The game had a lot of issues, just stop by an EMU to see what they were BUT it also had a lot of real strong points. It's sad that the management ran it off a cliff.
  • AoriAori Member EpicPosts: 4,157
    Kaneth said:
    Personally, my list would be

    1) AC1
    2) DAoC
    3) AC2 (don't judge it was fun for what it was)
    4) CoH
    5) PSO on my Dreamcast
    PSO was no more an MMO than Diablo 2 was. Though it was quite the game in its day, it belongs on a list but not this one.
  • JigfrogJigfrog Member UncommonPosts: 11
    Plenty of MUDS came before all of this shit. Those were the true MMO's.
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