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Posted: Jul 29th 2009 5:12PM (Unverified) said

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I chose DDO because the nature of it lends itself well to this sort of thing. Also, it's timely.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 5:15PM (Unverified) said

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I chose DDO (Unlimited) as well, the beta has been a blast.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 5:43PM Grok said

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These articles actually prompted me to re-install Guild Wars, a game that I all but ignored even after I purchased it (I didn't level a character beyond level 6). Whatever prevented me from liking it the first time through, didn't show up this time, and now I'm hooked.

Looking forward to the next batch.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 6:19PM (Unverified) said

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Same here. In fact, I've since bought the entire trilogy and GWEN. While I find the game still very well populated, I'm kicking myself for not giving Guild Wars the fair shake it deserves years ago. This game is quickly becoming an all-time favorite.

Better late than never? Definitely.
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Posted: Jul 30th 2009 12:04AM Graill440 said

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I made it to level 22 in guildwars with whatever the magic user class was at the time, aoe i think, been so long ago. All the instancing killed it for me.
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Posted: Jul 31st 2009 12:57PM (Unverified) said

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An especially impressive accomplishment when the level cap is only 20!
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2009 10:39AM (Unverified) said

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I recently dusted off GW after finally quitting WoW and I have to say that I really never gave GW the chance it deserved. I'm still working my way though the content, of which there is so much, and have had a blast.

In fact, I find myself logging 3-4 hours at a time without even noticing it and with very few breakdowns over wipes. Compare that to WoW where I can't even log in for more than 5 minutes without cursing and exiting the game.

I'm not big on groups anymore since the horrible PUG experiences in WoW, but the heroes are pretty good for what I need and the henchmen are serviceable. Sometimes they aren't so bright and, despite all my effort, die doing stupid things, they are still light years beyond some random PUG.
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Posted: Jul 29th 2009 5:48PM JohnD212 said

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This was so much fun to read along and enjoy your adventures. As a casual MMO player who plays all the MMO's..but rarely gets too far or deep into them...its a nice way to live the adventure through you. Keep up the good work.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 6:17PM Tom in VA said

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I also chose DDO, but with some reservations. There is about to be a surge of new players in DDO when it goes free to play, which may turn out to be a good thing.

My own initial impressions of DDO have been a mixed bag.

--I like the quests
--I like the stories
--I like the dungeons

--I do NOT like the character graphics
--I do NOT like the combat/skill setup
--I do NOT like the (very clunky) UI

I also do not like the absurdly complex (imo) character stats and character advancement system. But perhaps some of these things will improve when DDO:U goes live (I have not tried out the beta for that).

DDO is not (nearly!) as polished as Turbine's LotRO, but it *is* more GW-like in some ways, and that's a plus in my book. So, while I voted for DDO, any of the other games you have under consideration would be fine with me as well.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 6:59PM Taawa said

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It seems many MMO's have followed a pattern of having a bad launch or being just unpopular and then improving over time. So maybe visiting a slightly older game to see if it's been shown some love would be interesting. So my nominee is:

Vanguard

Posted: Jul 30th 2009 3:32AM (Unverified) said

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Try EQ2. Going Through Neriak, Gorowyn or Kelethin though as the Freeport and Qeynos stating Isles are a bit jaded. Although the villages for good and evil do have some good story.

Mostly i just want this great game to get more screen time. =D

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 8:01PM (Unverified) said

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I hope you do Runes of Magic next. I haven't had much time to play it myself so I'm wondering what it's like further into the game. Although the game is very active the forums are not so it's hard to read up on the points of interest.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 10:40PM Yoh said

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I would have liked to see Aion on the list, so I can see precisely just how crap it is.
Plus, it's new.

Posted: Jul 30th 2009 12:16AM (Unverified) said

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I really enjoyed this series and look forward to the next one, whichever game it is. Thanks!

Posted: Jul 30th 2009 11:32AM (Unverified) said

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I chose Age of Conan. I think if it didn't launched that early maybe it would have been different for AoC. Right now I'm having a blast in AoC.

Posted: Aug 2nd 2009 9:50AM Grok said

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Looks like it's going to be LOTRO.

Great looking game and great community, but good luck staying awake after level 30.

Posted: Aug 5th 2009 3:13PM (Unverified) said

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There's plenty to do after level 30. What are you talking about?
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Posted: Aug 6th 2009 1:41PM Grok said

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It's not that there's a lack of things to do, it's that (for me at least) the novelty of the game wears off a bit around level 30, and the game begins to feel a bit grindy. Suddenly there's a lot more travel needed between the major quest areas, and instead of killing 10 boars to complete my quest, I now need to kill 40.

I've tried to get over the hump twice now and the game just doesn't seem able to retain my interest past a certain level.

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Posted: Aug 6th 2009 1:53PM (Unverified) said

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I'm in the same boat as Grok. I really want to love LotRO, but there are just too many things that kill it for me for it to be enjoyable in any sustained fashion (horrible UI, non-fluid, almost mannequin-like character animations -- in addition to what Grok said).
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