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My First MMO (D'awwwww)

Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
edited January 2008 in MMO Extravaganza
So after getting a pretty awesome computer for Christmas and pretty much do nothing on it but come here and play Demos on it, I decided I'd like to try out a MMO. Since this is the MMO forum, I' guessing you guys would know good MMO for me to start out on.
I don't have a credit card, but I do have money. So if they don't have cards, I might be screwed (My parents probably would like me playing games on it, but they'd never notice if I don't say anything).
It seems my best bet is WoW, which I have tried at some friends house. It was okay, but I found some of the quests tedious, like hunting down 25 of this and then 35 of that. I hope there's more to it than that?
I dunno, basically asking what's a good MMO to start with, and if it's easy to pay for (It'd be cool if it's cheap too).
Basically something to eat up time when I'm stuck at home.
Thanks!

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    RuzanRuzan Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    If your looking for easy, and something you can pay for without a credit card, World of Warcraft is your choice.

    You can learn the basics of how mmo's work, group and raiding dynamics. There are game cards so readily available that paying with a cc should never be an issue with you.

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    ArthilArthil Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Well WoW definitely would be a decent choice, some of the quests are tedious but you will find this in practically all MMOs. World of Warcraft does have time cards so that would make it easy for you, and for just playing now and again it is alright... but there is always the choice there to play more seriously if the need hits you. But for your current situation, I'd say the bang for your biggest buck would be City of Heroes/City of Villains. The game is made where you make your character from the ground up, choosing their 'class' then the various archetype powers within these... and there are many. You make your hero/villain look how you want them to look, it has many customizing choices.

    The combat is fun, feels more real time even though you have to click your powers to fight... everything goes very smoothly. Eventually it will get boring however, because how you level is basically doing police band radio/newspaper missions. Though there are the actual storyline missions out there... it all depends. Do you want a game that is focused primarily on fighting things, though has a small smidge of crafting along with an economy(CoH/V) Or one where you... kill things still, but have broader choices in how to enjoy your time, though have far fewer customization choices. You also might want to take into account whether you like a fantasy or a 'modern' setting also.

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    AndorienAndorien Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Most MMOs (including WoW) have some form of free trial you can use, so just grab one and see if you like it.

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    SegSeg Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    You can buy time cards for most MMOs at just about any place that sells games.

    I think any MMO can be easily learned just check out the OP of most of the chat threads here, that should give you an idea of whether the game interests you or not. (WoW is the only chat thread that doesn't spend the OP promoting the game.)

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    RingoRingo He/Him a distinct lack of substanceRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Pick up Guild Wars for a one time only (per campaign) fee?

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    ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    The only two current MMOs I'd really recommend are CoX and WoW, although some people here seem to like that EVE thing.

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Scooter wrote: »
    The only two current MMOs I'd really recommend are CoX and WoW, although some people here seem to like that EVE thing.

    If you happen to like Tolkien then I'd add LOTRO to this list. But really you can get a free trial to any of these and if your friends play WoW then you might want to join them.

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    ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Scooter wrote: »
    The only two current MMOs I'd really recommend are CoX and WoW, although some people here seem to like that EVE thing.

    If you happen to like Tolkien then I'd add LOTRO to this list. But really you can get a free trial to any of these and if your friends play WoW then you might want to join them.

    Yea, the reason I don't recommend LOTRO is that it's pretty much a generic fantasy MMO in every way but the setting. If you want fantasy but aren't a fan of Tolkien (better the books than the movies), WoW would probably be better.


    If you want a CoX trial, pm me your email and I'll send you one.

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    NisslNissl Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    It seems my best bet is WoW, which I have tried at some friends house. It was okay, but I found some of the quests tedious, like hunting down 25 of this and then 35 of that. I hope there's more to it than that?

    Most MMO's have a LOT of that. But there's also grouped instances, raiding, and PVP. If you weren't swept away by the basic questing structure of WoW, though, you may find it too boring without any friends online to be worth paying for. Or limited to a couple of hours a week when you want to turn your brain off and look at some pretty art (which is what it is for me right now.)

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    WoW is pretty much the apex of the 'traditional' MMO; it's simplistic, grind-heavy, and in many ways too solo-oriented (for my taste.) But within that framework it's really well done, with pretty good gameplay, a distinctive art style and a large player base. Advancement is pretty easy, and with the new changes to leveling you never feel like you're getting bogged down.

    CoX is a lot of fun, too, but the grind in the upper levels is if anything more boring than WoW's, and in terms of content there's no "there" there (although that's slowly changing.) Still, if you just want an introduction to MMOs, it's not a bad one, and you can probably have more fun during your two week trial than you would in a two week trial of WoW.

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    NorayNoray Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    WoW is probably the best one to start with, or LotRO, since that follows the same template and is also quite noob-friendly. Both games can be as casual or as hardcore as you want them to be. What you get out of them is what you put into them, imo.

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    ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Dyscord wrote: »
    WoW is pretty much the apex of the 'traditional' MMO; it's simplistic, grind-heavy, and in many ways too solo-oriented (for my taste.) But within that framework it's really well done, with pretty good gameplay, a distinctive art style and a large player base. Advancement is pretty easy, and with the new changes to leveling you never feel like you're getting bogged down.

    CoX is a lot of fun, too, but the grind in the upper levels is if anything more boring than WoW's, and in terms of content there's no "there" there (although that's slowly changing.) Still, if you just want an introduction to MMOs, it's not a bad one, and you can probably have more fun during your two week trial than you would in a two week trial of WoW.


    The XP scale in CoX is supposed to be getting an adjustment in Feb or so. Also, I think the last weekend this month will be a double xp weekend.


    If end game is what you're talking about, yea, CoX is more about what you do while leveling up and has a pretty minor end-game, rather than WoW which seems to be mostly about the raiding (to me). Encourages alts, doesn't have much of the street-sweeping (kill 30 X for me) at all.

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    SegSeg Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I really really enjoyed CoH. Up to the 30s where I was when my wife and I stopped playing it was fun. Grouping is simple and easy, on a server with people you can group with it is much more enjoyable.

    If you try CoX, definatly roll on a server with people from this forum, at least then you can join them in instances as a sidekick, and if they feel like it they can exemplar for some of your instances.

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    RivaRiva Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Personally, I would recommend Tabula Rasa. I come from WoW, and I enjoy TR immensely. Scif fi setting, each class feels like it has a purpose and for once the healer (medic) is more over powered than gimped! For your first, I'd definetly recommend TR. WoW can be too grindy and repetitive (although pretty) and has an absolutely lack luster community. EVE can be fun if you have the long scale time, becoming effective at any one thing can take more than a few months, and if you want to master it... think years. The only problem with TR than I can even think of is the lack of 'end-game'. Its only three months old or so, so doesn't have a lot of super high end content available, mostly you PvP at that point.

    Send me your email address and I'll give you a trial to TR. My characters name is Morningstar and I'm on the Orion server. Also, if you want more in depth opinions on what to play and why just send me a PM and I'll give you my impressions of each game I've played =)

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    BlueDestinyBlueDestiny Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Just so you know, Guild Wars isn't an MMO by any stretch of imagination.

    WoW recently became MUCH better in terms of grinding because they reduced the amount of XP needed to get from 20-60 and increased the quest reward XP for that range. However, 60-70 now feels like a drag, much much slower than the previous levels. It is one of the best MMO's out there but good luck getting a party together at any level less than 70. Focuses way too much on end-game content IMO.

    CoX has the best character creation system hands down, and has an impressive array of powersets to choose from. The graphics are a good step up from WoW's, but this is can be a curse as well as a blessing depending on your tech specs. There are a decent amount of people playing at any given time, and teaming is VERY beneficial to all involved usually. Also, low-level characters can team with higher ones and vice-versa using Side-kicks and Exemplars. Not very well balanced, but the game is usually easy enough that even "gimped" builds can have fun.

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    hazywaterhazywater Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Try a trial of WoW and Eve. If you have some patience, wait around for a next generation MMO. Maybe Pirates of the Burning Sea, or Age of Conan, or Warhammer age of reckoning won't suck. But, pretty much just give WoW a shot. It is very popular unfortunately. I know far too many people who have the WoW addiction.

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    DevilGuyDevilGuy Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I'd say wow is your best shot, it's easy to get into, game cards are accessible, and it sounds like you have at least one friend there which would ease your way a lot. I'd still play occasionally if it weren't for most of my in game friends switching to another server, it's not that I can't afford to move my characters, the thought of forking over 75 bucks to move the three I can't live without makes me want to drive 12 hours to Burbank and scream FUCK YOU at blizzards seamless corporate facade at the top of my lungs till my throat bleeds.

    CoX is a good bet too, I don't know the situation on time cards though, I have an account and my brother and I maintain a kick back supergroup on virtue with a no rent base designed mostly to look as cool as possible.

    EvE is my current addiction, when my ties to wow were severed for me I moved to EvE, it has by far the best gameplay (read PvP) in any MMO I've seen, it is a bit daunting at first but once you get past the initial learning curve it's easy to play, and you don't need to know everything to be successful. The timecards would be a problem though, the only way to pay for eve is online because it's distributed online, there may be a way to do it through money orders which if you're in the US or Canada you just go to Safeway.

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    Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I guess I'll give WoW and CoX a try. If you want to send me a free trial send it to localhjay@hotmail.com (an alt email I have).
    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    CoX trial sent.

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    DisDis Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Try the free trial of whatever MMO that interests you...

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Although I think that it really wouldn't make a good first MMO, I'd say that if WoW doesn't really do anything for you should give EvE a shot. Mostly because it is the biggest MMO that isn't really like WoW at all. If you end up not liking either then MMOs probably aren't your thing. Which is really all to the good.

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    johnnyonoesjohnnyonoes Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    COX is defintily fun.

    WoW will get you all trained up to work with others, coming up with skill strats etc.

    Both will work out fine as a brand new MMO.

    Once you get the hang of things and are looking for something deeper, look into the newer and games and EVE.

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    padmeamandapadmeamanda Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I've played a lot of MMOs that are out there... RF Online, Lineage II, Granado Espada: Sword of the New World, Dark Age of Camelot, even Guild Wars... and I keep coming back to World of Warcraft.

    I'd definately recommend going with WoW.

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    elizabexelizabex Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I'd also recommend WoW for an easy, and fun, start. COX is a great place to turn once you're tired of the typical MMO grind
    the combat and costume design in COX is a world unto itself. :)

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