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Posted: Mar 6th 2010 1:15PM Luk said

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Got into STO on a free buddy pass and could not play it for more than 2 hours before uninstalling it. Sorry, that game is too shallow and not really Trek.

Allods - hell no,lol.

Keeping hopeful for for the following games in 2010:

Black Prophecy - maybe it will be the sci fi MMO that can dethrone EvE.
TERA - looks like Asian grinder, but the graphics (got to love T&A) look promising.
DCUO - another one that maybe will replace COX as the superhero MMO of choice (CO still sucks)
FF14 - never got into 11, but I like FF IP, so there is always hope.
SWTOR - umm, I liked KOTOR as a single player, not sure about MMO. Anyone saying that it will be the next best thing since sliced bread is delusiounal. It could be good, but is that enough.

Posted: Mar 6th 2010 1:19PM Averice said

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2010 looks great from my perspective. Cata, GW2, FF14. I want to try all three.

Recent information on the FF14 system... quests coming from giant shards that dot the landscape wut?! 0_o... I don't like that, but we'll see how it goes.

This is definitely a major single player year though. God of War 3, Mass Effect 2, Heavy Rain, FF13. I really hate having to buy consoles just to play these games though. Totally in love with LBP though, and since GoW3 and FF13 both look better on PS3, and Heavy Rain is ps3 exclusive (gonna wait till it's a best sale thing for $20 though), it looks like I'll be buying a PS3 soon.

Posted: Mar 6th 2010 1:25PM (Unverified) said

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GW2 is the main game I'm looking forward to (and has been for a while). A year to finish some title grind in GW1...

Lego Universe - I love legos, played with them well into adulthood (still have a bunch around, just not much time). So long as its not too kiddi-fied (it can be for younger players, fine, just not dumbed down, kids are smart).

SWTOR - some interest. I like the devs are trying to innovate in MMOs, but I fear they may just not understand the genre, based on things I've read/heard them say. I think it'll effectively be an 8 story single player game with a online economy and a few sets of a non-mainstory group quests that people actual group for. I bet 95% of the players solo their way thru the storylines so they don't have to deal with other players making irrevocable choices in their storyline.

Nothing else really holds my interest too much, but I could see a few of the other games mentioned get a look if I hear the right things about them.

Posted: Mar 8th 2010 11:55AM (Unverified) said

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Let's see:

Star Trek Online: An utter abomination and an offense to the MMO genre.

Global Agenda: Don't know much about it. It seems interesting in concept.

Allods: A very enjoyable, interesting F2P game. I like the art style and the concepts for endgame. The Cash Shop debacle was horrible and ruined it for most people. The new cash shop is better, but still a little expensive. A game that could've been one of my new time wasters, now a game I might play very casually if it all.

APB: GTA Online? Sign me up! Hopefully it will be executed well.

Lego Universe: Once again, a very interesting game that could be a blast if executed well. It could also be a complete disaster.

Final Fantasy XIV: Definitely looks good. I think this will likely be the best game of 2010.

Earthrise: A Sci-Fi sandbox. I like this idea. I like it a lot.

Black Prophecy: A real-time Space Sim MMO. Free to Play. Definitely on my radar.

DC Universe Online: I love City of Heroes, but I'd like to see another take on the Superhero MMO. Champions was pretty awful; maybe this will be better. Still, I do not trust SOE.

In summary: 2010 will be a better year than 2008 and 2009 for MMOs, but I suppose that's not saying a whole lot; the only really worthwhile games I can think of that came out in the past two years are Fallen Earth and Darkfall, and Darkfall being worthwhile is highly, highly subjective. Ditto with Fallen Earth, but I'm willing to bet the average MMO gamer will say FE is better than DF.

My money is on FFXIV being this year's biggest success. All the other MMOs I've mentioned I feel have potential to be awesome, but there's also a lot of potential for them to crash and burn, hard. We will see.

Posted: Mar 6th 2010 1:34PM (Unverified) said

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Only four upcoming MMOs are worth talking about because they are going to be the heavy hitters:

WoW Cataclysm
SW: TOR
FF XIV
GW 2


The rest will have few subs a-la AoC/WAR.

Posted: Mar 6th 2010 1:37PM (Unverified) said

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Also, please STOP classifying STO as an MMO! It's a single-player game with the added option of online co-op!

Posted: Mar 6th 2010 2:12PM m0rpheu2 said

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Let me start off by saying most of these I don't even consider MMO's. I consider LotRO, WAR, WoW, FF11 MMO's. I dont consider Champions Online, Star Trek Online, Global Agenda MMO's. Instances with barely any people are "C quality" MMO's that are never popular and die off quickly.

STO/APB
If STO wasn't so crappy then maybe, APB looks promising though...

Global Agenda
Just not enough work into it, another "C" MMO, its not even an MMO really, instanced off, not enough content, poor excuse for "crafting/pve".

LEGO UNIVERSE
Another kid-like MMO like Free Realms. Older people like me have absolutely no interest, sorry.

Black Prophecy
Pure space shooters, no thanks.

WoW/CATACLYSM
Looking forward to this, will be successful no matter what anyone says, every expansion is pure greatness.

FF14
Another MMO I look forward too, FF11 was decent, this looks to change a lot of things and add so much more, I'll keep on the lookout.

Allod's Online
Free, but will never be that popular because cash system just don't work that well, people rather pay monthly if it means the game will succeed. Played it and was bored of it in 2 weeks.

Posted: Mar 7th 2010 5:06AM (Unverified) said

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>> LEGO UNIVERSE
>> Another kid-like MMO like Free Realms. Older people like me have absolutely no interest, sorry.

Please speak for yourself. Judging from the fact that you can not see the potential of Lego Universe as a family friendly MMO, I guess you are a pretty new member of the "older people".

Lego has been one of the modern day wonders that allows dads and sons to connect on a very special level and Lego Universe will cater to the same experience unless they screw it up badly.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2010 2:45PM Addfwyn said

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Very very excited for FFXIV. FFXI was my first MMO, and still holds a special place in my heart because of that. Take the high production values of Square and put it into a new MMO (With all the lessons they learned from FFXI and other MMOs) and I think we'll have a real winner.

I don't count Global Agenda as a MMO, but I do like it.

If there is any chance of Earthrise OB or something this year, I'm on that too, that one looks pretty intriguing. Mostly, gonna be a FFXIV year for me.

Posted: Mar 6th 2010 4:41PM tenfootgoatman said

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No mmo realy grabs me as a must play this year . But I could be wrong Final Fantasy ,Earthrise and the Secret World all may have something to offer . As always I ll try anything thats free to play and looks half decent .

Currently I have plenty to do in Lotro , ddo and perfect world and i ve been meaning to have a look at runes of magic .

I m starting to think very few mmo's can justify the current or any subscription fee .

Posted: Mar 6th 2010 5:08PM EdmundDante said

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Nothing coming out is enough to want me to spend less time with the MMOs I'm currently playing:

EVE ONLINE
Solid sandbox play with excellent PvP and market/manufacturing/building. In a few months new expansion for planetary development. DUST 514 will be integrated into game down the road. Changes worth staying for.

LOTRO
Although I am playing less of LOTRO these days because of the lame ass PvP support for the game, it still holds interest for me as I like many people - have always liked the middle-earth world Tolkien created - the archetype of fantasy roleplaying. Visually and thematically LOTRO still is enjoyable, but it does seem to be moving more in the direction of catering to casual play - which is not something I particularly find interesting for myself.

I was looking forward to STO - considering it is one of the biggest IPs out there, and of course like many disappointed with not only what Cryptic delivered but the way their company is run as well. So line thru STO, I doubt it will ever become good enough for me to ever try.

I will be playing DUST 514 that CCP plans to bring out for Eve Online, though it will probably not likely come out until 2011. OTW it looks like other than the 2 MMOs I am playing currently, will stick with some excellent single player games that did come out this year, including Mass Effect II, Dragon Age ... and a European city builder game I've really been enjoying called "Dawn of Discovery" (also formerly known as Anno 1400?)

Posted: Mar 6th 2010 5:29PM Sean D said

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Disappointing. Rushed. Frantic. Slipshod. Deceptive. Quality. These words all come to mind.

There's been a lack of quality-mindedness in recently released MMOs. I feel like Atari/Cryptic, Mythic* (see below), and others - all strangers to me - are doing their best to swindle me out of my money by damn near lying about their products to sell them and then making it extremely difficult for me to withdraw after I recognize the ruse.

The only two games that have really given me hope for the future of gaming, be it online or otherwise, are EVE and Mass Effect 2. Bioware have outdone themselves. I can't say enough good things about ME2 when I tell my friends and so far every one of them shares my enthusiasm. As I see it CCP is the only MMO dev out there significantly pushing against the boundaries right now. I'll back them with my money as long as they continue to do so.

*Mythic is a bit of an odd duck for me. WAR wasn't released recently and therefore seems a bit out-of-place in the paragraph above, but my impression is that Mythic is stuck in some sort of pre-release development cycle and can't find the exit door. As a result, WAR seems like it's being perpetually re-released. Every patch brings some kind of new incarnation of the game, usually one that leaves it in worse shape overall. It feels like the game is slowly having its limbs amputated.

There are a few MMOs out there that I'm not prepared to evaluated quite yet and see no reason to rush judgment. Fallen Earth is one of them. It has a strong foundation, but needs a lot of work. I'm curious to see whether or not the devs have a clear vision and are committed to their creation, and where they go with it.

Posted: Mar 6th 2010 6:08PM PaperStab said

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Nothing upcoming interests me except SW:TOR.

Superstition Studios needs to hurry up and announce that Deadlands MMO already.

Posted: Mar 7th 2010 12:23AM Valdur said

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I see nothing worthy spending time and money among the 2010 release...may be FFXIV.I gonna wait and see.

Posted: Mar 7th 2010 5:16AM (Unverified) said

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Personally I am looking forward to SW:TOR, The Secret World and FF14. I highly doubt we will see any of those in NA/EU in 2010 though.

Cataclysm will be the first WoW thingy I'll skip. I have been clean for 2 months and I plan for it to stay that way. WOTLK killed the game for me, since they made any organized group/guild efforts obsolete.

STO crashed and burned like I expected.

Allods featured the stupidest publishing move ever, instantly killing all interest for me. Even though I like steampunk.

APB just doesn't interest me at all, basically being GTA online.

Black Prophecy/Earthrise/Jumpgate Evolution: I'm curious to see, how these start out, but none of them is worth preordering or being a "day one customer".

It's gonna be a slow year for people looking for a new MMO, since I think we're not out of the valley yet when it comes to wrongly designed, prematurely released and badly supported MMOs.

Posted: Mar 7th 2010 6:30AM SkuzBukit said

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I think 2010 will suck releases wise.

FFXIV "might" be worth taking a look at though I don't like the idea of "transitions" into combat, it's counter-immersive no matter how well you do it, but I'm no fan of turn-based combat in MMO's, though Atlantica's combat was very good the rest of the game let it down, in single player or strategy games it works just fine, it may be perfect for the franchise but while I loved the console FF games I hated FFXI because of that.

STO - steaming pile of single-player designed dung.

Looking forward I think SW:TOR will be a huge disappointment, the focus on individual hand-crafted stories I just don't see working into a MMO envoronment at all without degrading what MMO is (to me at least) and hopping on the single-player game with online mode bandwagon.
Heroes of Telara has a lot of promise if their dynamic world server-technology lives up to it's hype, it has put out some info but has gone back into hiding.
Xsyon is a scam I think, a MMO player's wet-dream list of features that big has to be impossible for a Indie company, it would be a revolution of the industry for them to have achieved that many features in two & a half years with an indie team & funding so much so that their entire set up would become a new model for game development, in short it's totally unbelievable as far as I'm concerned, little info, no video only a few screenshots that could be knocked together in photoshop in a day & a preorder already ring warning bells.
The Secret World is the game I'm most looking forward to right now, though I'd love to see what Vigil have done with WH40K, & WoD from CCP/White Wolf - if it ever comes out of hiding.

Overall 2010 looks crap, 2011 might be more promising.

Posted: Mar 7th 2010 9:31AM bcrfan said

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I can honestly sat that I have about as much interest in STO as in shoveling sh*t, aside from just disliking Star Trek, the reports on the repetitive nature of the game turned me off 100%.

APB Could be fun, but really depends on the PvP and how they implement it, as well as the customizations, etc...

FFXIV - nope - never tried a mmo designed for a console, and dont want to, if you ask me the whole ff series went to crap after 7.

Allods? Another wow clone that's f2p, with lewt, and raidz, thanks I'll pass, themepark games bore me within 30 minutes.

Black Prophecy could be fun - esp. for the pew pew

Earthrise does look promising if they get it out the door this year, as would be Xsyon it if weren't vaporware.

In all, any other themepark, i.e. wow, lotro, etc... holds absolutely no interest for me, I've tried to get into these types of games but to no avail. It's just the same boring crap over and over, smashing the same buttons over and over.

In any case, I'm currently enjoying Fallen Earth and with the developer interest in the community and the rate at which they pump out new content, I'm more than happy to give them fifteen bux a month.

Posted: Mar 7th 2010 4:16PM (Unverified) said

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Meh, at 2010 MMOs.

Guild Wars 2 and SW:TOR are the ones I'm most interested in, and neither of those are coming out this year.

Also, whatever happened to Jumpgate? It was almost ready to come out last year, they pushed the release date back, and then it vanished off the face of the internet . . .

Posted: Mar 8th 2010 5:27AM Dread said

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I'm looking forwards to Black Prophecy - a REAL Space Combat sim that relies on twitch joystick sills rather than the same old same old dice rolls. No offline queuing up skills. No ranking up points to make you aim better. Just how good you are with your joystick and how well you can fly and fight your ship.

Truck loads of friggin awesome right there! Brings a tear to this old Wing Commanders eye.

Rest of you can bugger off to your elves in space eve crap ;)

Posted: Mar 8th 2010 6:20PM (Unverified) said

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Short answer: The current crop of MMOs drove me back to "Star Wars Galaxies".

Yes, I actually said that.

I tried STO. I was horrified that Cryptic had the gonads to essentially charge a monthly fee to allow players to try out 'Starfleet Command IV'. The gameplay was so bad, in fact, that it actually made me try out the SWG free veteran's month.

I expected to hate it. Instead, I had a great time.

I've re-subscribed to it. It likely won't be for long -- three months at the outside, now that summer is approaching -- but it scratches the itch I have for a full-featured space-operar-y MMO.

As for the others I've played lately:

WoW: Burned out. I'll pop back in for "Cataclysm", but after that I suspect it will be time to retire.

Champions Online: An MMO, now without the fun!

City of Heroes: Been there, done that, time to move on.

It just kills me that of all games, "Galaxies" would be the one I'd come back to now. Yeah, it's laggy. Yeah, the graphics are showing their age. Yeah, I sometimes miss the pre-CU game (though nowhere near as much as I thought.) Yes, having Jedi be a starting profession is odd (though, let's be honest near the end of the pre-CU days, there were a fairly ludicrous amount of Jedis running around then, too.) Nevertheless, it's fun.

Good example: This weekend my son and I helped crew a Rebel gunship in PVP. We were part of an eight person crew. With players in turrets, running "Operations", and running around the ship making repairs, it felt more like "Star Trek" then STO.

That's just sad.

So 2010 hasn't impressed me so far.

That, of course, is just me.

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