A while ago I decided to cancel and uninstall WoW after realizing that I just wasn't really enjoying it any more. Raiding got to seem more like a second job than anything else. I recently got a new computer that should be able to run most MMOs much smoother than my old PC ever would have, and now that I've had some time off from the world of MMOs, I'm ready to jump back in and try out something new for a change.
My ideal MMO is an RPG or something with strong RPG elements with a complex and rewarding leveling/skills system. While I'd like to play something that has a strong PA community, solo and casual friendly play is a big plus because my play schedule tends to be pretty varied and I like to be able to sign on and do my own thing occasionally. Also, I'd really like to find a game that doesn't require a massive time investment just to get anything done. I'd like to be able to jump on for an hour and actually get something done. Also, penalties for death are pretty annoying, the harsher the more annoying. I generally prefer PvE, but if there's a game that's competently built around PvP, like WaR, I'd consider it.
So over the course of the next couple of months I'm going to be going on an MMO Trial frenzy. I'll list most of the games I plan to try here and use this thread to describe my experiences with them. Hopefully before too long I'll be able to mark this thread as SOLVED! and I'll be nice and cozy in my new MMO home. Until then please feel free to recommend your favorite MMO or one that you feel would be appropriate and extol its virtues. I am open to all suggestions.
MMOs I plan to try:
Age of Conan
I don't know a whole lot about Age of Conan, but what I do know excites me. Doyle's setting is fantastic and this game looks beautiful. Don't know much about the how character advancement works, but I like the idea of more action-based combat and the whole siege combat/city vs. city business sounds like a ton of fun. Not sure about solo/casual play potential, and I hear content tends to thin out after the opening levels, but I'm not sure if that's still true or not.
This game fascinates me because it's so different from most of the MMOs out there. It seems like it could be a lot of fun, but it also seems pretty daunting. I worry about it not being very casual-friendly, and it seems like most of the content is pretty freeform, which concerns me a bit. I like PvP and social interaction/commerce, but I also occasionally want to run through a great, dynamic quest or a "dungeon" type area. The community for this game seems really great.
The old behemoth still lives. I've never played EQ before and I'm ready to give it a go. While I worry that the mechanics may be a little too old-school for me, the game seems pretty quest-focused and I like that. Honestly, considering this franchise is such an MMO classic, I really don't know all that much about it. I like the huge array of race and class combinations available and the guild system looks like a lot of fun.
A game with a lot of potential that seems to have been hampered by a lot of technical issues. However, it seems like SOE is really doing their best to turn this one around, and it seems to be showing a lot of promise. The community looks great and I like the idea of the Spheres. I don't mind rooting for an underdog every now and again.
I've never been the greatest at PvP, but WO looks good enough that I've got to give it a try. The character customization looks fantastic and the game is beautiful. Not sure about the community, or solo/casual-friendly play, but as cool as this game looks it may not even matter.
MMOs I own and plan to try again:
City of Heroes/Villains
I love the character creation in CoX, but ended up fairly bored with the gameplay. Something about the set up of the questing system left a lot to be desired for me. I usually had more fun flying around the cities than actually trying to do something significant. Still, it's worth trying again if I can kick around some good/bad guys with my fellow PAers.
Lord of the Rings Online
Probably the game I'm most excited to try out (again). I was part of the LOTRO open beta and got Founder pricing and all that, but my computer had a tough time running it with decent graphics settings (and that seemed to make a big difference in LOTRO - the game world at high settings is gorgeous) and I had a hard time finding groups. However, I love the world, the crafting system, and the fun little extras like the music system. I'm very excited to try this again and jump in with a PA group.
MMOs I own and don't care to play again:
Final Fantasy XI
My first MMO. I just...didn't get it.
Fun for a little bit, then very monotonous.
So there you have it, PA MMO community. If you think a game deserves special attention, should be avoided, or should be on my list but isn't, yell at me about it. Thanks and cookies.