There’s something I see on Reddit quite often that I usually feel compelled to answer, people asking for tips on which MMO they should play. I feel that my job as Editor in Chief of MMOGames.com puts me in a unique position. I get paid to keep up on the industry, play these games, and give my opinion. With that in mind here are my recommendations for MMOs, MOBAs, and other online games.
Subscription Based MMORPG: Final Fantasy XIV
Though I’ve not touched this game personally I am completely confident in recommending it to anyone looking for a subscription based MMORPG. In both my personal and professional life I see Square Enix doing no wrong with this game. The majority of my MMO playing friends and co-workers play FFXIV and have nothing but fantastic things to say about it. Since A Realm Reborn launched I’ve not heard a single complaint about it. I’m sure there must be something to comment on, a perfect game can’t really exist, can it?
So why don’t I play? There are several reasons actually. First, I’ve never played a Final Fantasy game before. I just didn’t have the exposure which seems to have drawn so many people in. Second, it (re)launched in 2011, when I was still very happily playing City of Heroes. Lastly, it just hasn’t grabbed me. The art style does nothing for me. While I’m very happy to listen to my friends gush about the game nothing they ever say makes me feel like I’m really missing out on something amazing. Which might seem odd considering I’m recommending it to you now.
Buy to Play MMORPG: The Secret World
This was actually the hardest one to pick from them all. Ultimately it game down to player happiness. People who play The Secret World are extremely happy with their game overall. Yes, of course Funcom has made mistakes and it does take quite a while for games to release but there were a lot of things I took into consideration. It might be easier to explain by eliminating the competition.
Elder Scrolls Online I removed from the list because there are a lot of disappointing game design choices and I feel that it hasn’t quite found its footing. This of course may change after the launch of the first DLC, we will just have to wait and see.
Guild Wars 2 was the first I removed. Not only because of my own personal view of the game but also seeing how the community reacts to it. There is a lot of negativity around the game from poor writing to making game changes that impact veterans negatively. Also taking into account NCSoft’s tendency to shut down games that aren’t performing, Guild Wars 2 just isn’t a game I can recommend people get sucked into. That being said, it is a fun game and I will log in every few months when I need some good old fashioned mindless killing.
What makes The Secret World so good? It’s a game for grown ups. I don’t just mean the swearing and the sexual themes scattered throughout. It’s a game for people who like a challenge. People who solving mysteries and doing research. It is the thinking man’s MMO. I often see complaints about combat, but I feel that the game is misunderstood by those people. You can’t just pick your weapons and expect to keep them throughout the game. What works well in one zone against one type of enemy may not work in the next zone against someone totally different. These people also seem to go for the weapon that is recommended for the first zone, a sword and then find it boring. Yes, I will grant you that spamming the sword swinging works against the zombies, but it isn’t any fun. To get the most from The Secret World you need to step away from your normal way of thinking about an MMO. This isn’t an easy request when ALL the others in the genre act the same.
Well, it looks like I’m going to be breaking this subject down over the next couple of days which is perfect really. Is there a genre or interest you’d like to have a recommendation for? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to know your thoughts on the first two recommendations so far also.