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Posted: Oct 4th 2009 8:20AM chuckasucka said

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Vanguard. :(

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 8:27AM (Unverified) said

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Final Fantasy XI. Most people who play MMOs here in the US either don't know anything about it, or hate it one reason or another.

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 12:35PM Cendres said

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Me too!! Too hardcore for me still even with the newer changes, but am looking forwards to the new one!
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Posted: Oct 5th 2009 6:18AM (Unverified) said

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Bah, it is hated even by those who love it, if they've played long enough! FFXI hurts me so, but I keep going back to it!
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Posted: Oct 5th 2009 10:22AM myr said

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FF was fun back when that's all there was. MMOs didn't exist outside of grinding.

And then by the time other games came out (WoW) they were too easy in comparison, and I kept going back to FF.

I'll miss you, FF. It's a shame not even your developers care about you anymore.
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Posted: Oct 4th 2009 8:56AM lizardbones said

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Not in the same category at all, but I really enjoyed Neo Steam. Too bad their choice of security software locks me out of playing. >

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 9:08AM Rihahn said

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Istaria (Horizons)...

The game I always seem to circle back to... Probably because my Dragon has half a lair done and I feel like I actually have some sort of responsibility to finish it some day. :)

Any MMO without meaningful crafting, player housing, and innovative races is really missing out on something.

I also miss Shadowbane, for similar reasons.

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 4:59PM (Unverified) said

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Horizons was a horrible, horrible game, but it did provide one experience which I've never seen replicated in any of the (many) MMOs I've played since: getting together with guildmates to build guild buildings. Even as a total newbie I could contribute to the effort, since loads of low-level raw materials were needed as well as the higher-end stuff, and it really felt like a team effort with people mining all over the place while other people ferried the mats to the construction site.

I guess industrial corp activities in Eve would be the only similar thing.
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Posted: Oct 4th 2009 9:10AM (Unverified) said

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Planetside, only game of its kind

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 9:32AM Malixe said

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I totally agree. I only managed to play TR for a couple months before it got shut down, but it was still probably the most fun I've ever had playing an MMO. Granted after a certain point there just wasn't anything left to do and a lot of the weapons were pointless at times, but the core gameplay was just so much more engaging despite the fact that it was actually much simpler than the typical MMO.

But you're absolutely right. Trying to hold a CP either with friends or just a random group of strangers that happened to be around when the Bane decided that they wanted a base back and they wanted it right this second was incredibly fun. It really gave you a sense that the game world was alive, especially when you weren't logged in, and that there really was a war going on. There's nothing quite like logging on in the morning, only to see that the Bane have retaken all the bases and then putting together a strike team to go retake them. I think the fact that all the friendly NPCs despawned (including quest givers, shops, healers, etc) when a base was lost really gave players an incentive to group up and retake the it.

After playing TR, I was always bothered by the keep sieges in Warhammer Online. They're supposed to be these big strategic points that two armies are fighting over, but their garrison consists of a handful of guys and a commander. And you only ever have to worry about defending against other players because it's not like the armies of Chaos or Order would ever mobilize a squad or two of soldiers to assist you. Maybe TR's dynamic bases just spoiled me.

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 9:39AM (Unverified) said

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I'll second the Tabula Rasa one. The pros of that game certainly outweighed the cons. I'm also in love with Fallen Earth, which many people love to hate.

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 1:18PM nomoredroids said

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Posted: Oct 4th 2009 9:50AM (Unverified) said

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Vanguard, even though it is everyone's MMO Punch line. I still play it at least 3 months a year...

I just cant stick with it as I have a Large community of friends in other MMOs, and I am the sole Black Sheep VG Lover.

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 9:57AM (Unverified) said

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Mabinogi, no one really loves that game.

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 10:00AM Renko said

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Couldn't agree more, I had alot of fun in Tabula Rasa.

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 10:04AM Gloon said

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Vanguard... stunning game.

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 10:04AM Muddleglum said

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Vanguard

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 10:10AM (Unverified) said

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Auto Assault enough said ... lol i loved that game

Posted: Oct 4th 2009 11:11AM (Unverified) said

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*sniff* Thank you, Auto assault was indeed a fun game while it lasted, all my friends tell me "No the game sucked." But still i miss running around hunting for crafting supplies.

Also Runescape. The game isn't dead, i do enjoy playing it once in a while, The community isn't mature and it's filled with kid "know it alls", however, sometimes ya just need to go "who cares" and play a game you truly like.
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Posted: Oct 4th 2009 10:11AM (Unverified) said

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Earth and Beyond.

This game will forever live in my soul. I still miss it. I still use my Guardians of Capella avatar sometimes.

I still think that EnB could have been a WoW success had it been handled correctly.

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