We all have our favorite games and why we play them varies even more.
From reading forums and getting a general idea of what the average (meaning the majority) MMORPGs wants, I can tell I am both within the group, but also in one aspect standing with a leg outside it.
When it comes to ESO, I actually dont play the game for same reasons I have played WoW forexample.
Some say ESO is somewhat a singleplayer game, this I would have to say, that compared to WoW, it does in fact feel very soloplayer minded, while it actually does not have to be.
I have raided a bit in ESO, do PvP ever so often, lvled some alts in the company with people at the Dolmens, done worldboss raids, done Imperial city raiding, do dungeons on regular basis, so the dynamic groupplay actually is there.
Yet it still feels very much like a soloplayer game, which I dont mind at all, because its ESO.
What I like about ESO is that players always have a choice, we can do what we want and there is not a wall of "You have to go this path, because we want it so" (Which WoW pretty much has turned into, was not always like that, but now it is. Imo.)
If you want group play its right there, but you have to reach out for it and guilds making group events will have to reach out to you.
The people running guilds in ESO really have to work hard and a lot of them do, so cudos to the personal engagement and initiatives people add to this game. Because for better or worse, the players experience, if they aim for group content, very much rely on them self and the community in the game.
And that is ESO in a nutshell really.
Some of their best features can also be considered some of their worst features.
Like the huge world. The world is so huge and diverse and there is always something new around the next corner. Now I find this an amazing thing, but if I wanted ESO to bring people closer to each other in the open world, Id maybe have chosen smaller maps. But to me the huge maps are amazing, I can understand why some people might be overwhelmed though and find them self very alone, when travelling from one end to the other.
Vanity items, man I love their webstore and viewing all the nice things in there. Best made store ever imo and even though I cant afford half of the stuff in there, just looking at the things is like windowshopping without having to spend money at all.
I love the attention to functionality and display they have done with that one.
Good feature, though I will admit I would not have minded if there were also ingame ways to get some of the same items.
I could name many more things that has this duplicity, like guild vendors versus central AH, I like both, but in ESO the guild vendors really fits in and they work well, of course again imo, because depending on how you travel and treasure hunt from store to store, if people dont like that gameplay, it can easily be considered the worst feature also.
The world is calm to travel in, peacefull, I like that, but after a couple of hours I switch back to WoW, because WoW at least used to have a huge crowd of visible and talkative people everywhere (again not so much these days, but it used to. Among other things phasing destroyed that and well, I guess people just do not log on in same numbers, cause during a day there can be very long quiet sessions) But for many years thats what WoW brought along, a sense of having people around everywhere.
But I really do like the peaceful nature of ESO also.
ESO is more of a living picture, a talented painters creation and we can move our characters in it.
And everything fits together, gear, costumes, weapons, mounts, buildings, landscapes, nothing sticks out as not in place.
So I guess I dont really play ESO for the full fleshed out high populated MMORPG experience that WoW used to be, but rather I play ESO to watch and travel in an amazing piece of art.
And I dont need ESO to be something different, it is its own uniqe piece of work, that I doubt will ever be recreated in any other MMORPG.
Combining it with a more traditionalistic MMORPG, as WoW though, works really well or it used to, cause I lost my place in WoW, Blizz dont want my kind there anymore.
So I am ready for a new MMORPG that is as lively as WoW once was, but Id still combine it with the peaceful world that ESO is.
Anyway, that was a few of my reason to play ESO.
I guess the tltr. would be, I play ESO for the beautiful and uniqe calm experience, not for the buzzing lively noisy MMORPG experience that Id love in a different kind of MMORPG.
But why do you play ESO? Likely you have different reasons.