As MMO game fans we're lucky enough to have a world of titles at our fingertips. New MMORPG games are released on a monthly basis in today's market and closed beta events are even more common. But what makes an MMO game stand out for you? What do you consider to be the best MMORPG game of all time?
There are some clear differences between the MMO titles we see released today. Within 60 minutes of playing you're able to gauge whether the MMO brings a little something new to a sometimes stagnant genre, or if it's just another publishers way of earning a few extra bucks. Many consider MMO portals to be the definition of poor MMORPG games, despite hugely popular releases from the likes of Games Campus and Aeria Games.
The trouble with defining the greatest MMO of all time is actually finding out what makes it great. Many games that I played as a younger lad were amazing but not because of what the game had to offer. We all remember the start of our ventures into the MMO gaming world and if you're anything like me, your standards have probably increased somewhat over the years. A great example of this; a friend of mine recently started playing MMO games for the first time. As a hardcore console player he felt many of the games were lacking in features, until he discovered some MMO variations of popular console titles. Games like Need for Speed World are a great bridge for console players to cross if they wish to enter the MMO world, but sometimes they can be a little lackluster.
Personally, Lord of the Rings Online would have to fit one of my favorite MMO games of all time. It was at a time in my MMO life that I had already experienced practically every variation of free-to-play MMO on the market, so my knowledge was fruitful and my standards high. I wouldn't even consider myself a massive fan of J.R.R Tolkiens work, but Lotro gripped me like no other MMORPG before. The huge detail and variation in the classes, the massive amounts of lore and background story; and what I consider to be some of the best end-game content seen in an MMO. It was all there, waiting to be experienced.
However, we all look for something a little different in a new MMO. So what do you think defines a great MMO game? What do you consider to be the best you've ever played. Leave a comment in the area below and let's discuss!