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Posted: May 1st 2010 11:02AM dudemanjac said

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I was convinced to come back to EQ2 for a few months years after I was in the beta. I had fun, but I have MMO ADD. I never stay with one for more than a few months before going away for something else. Ususally though it's not that I stopped liking the game, it is more that I will only play one at a time.

Posted: May 1st 2010 11:13AM elocke said

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Funny enough, yes. This is why I like to buy the retail boxes of MMORPGs, for that future day that I decide to hop back into an old world that had disappointed me at first. Here is my list:

Lord of the Rings Online- I hated this at launch. Combat felt horrible. After that patch before Moria though that changed this, it was a different game and much better.

Vanguard - Another one I hated at launch, mostly because I couldn't play it on my PC. Now that I can play it, I love it. Sadly though, not enough people play the game and the solo leveling content at certain points is to scarce to continue leveling any characters. Sad really.

Age of Conan - While I didn't hate the game at launch, I did hate the upper levels where content ran out. Now with the juicy expack on the way, I've resubbed and have been enjoying it again. Also, any game that adds a cool alternate advancement system gets kudos in my book. More bang for your buck is what I say.

On a side note, some games I will NEVER give a second chance. CoH, CO, STO to name a few. I can tell games apart from worlds and those are just games. If they were FTP it might be a different story, but don't charge me a monthly fee for crap.

Posted: May 1st 2010 3:16PM (Unverified) said

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I completely agree with everything you said here, except I've never played Vanguard. I'm currently playing Conan on Cimmeria and loving it.

I love what you said about games vs worlds also - never heard it put that way, but you hit the nail on the head. I am waiting impatiently for STO to die so another company can release a 'world' based on the IP.
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Posted: May 1st 2010 11:27AM (Unverified) said

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I was playing Warhammer at launch and only played it for the first month. I am Mac only now, so when they came out with the Mac client earlier this year I decided to give it a try and have been playing it for a while now. I only play PvP and I think it is a lot of fun for that.

Posted: May 1st 2010 11:49AM (Unverified) said

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Shadowbane would have to be the game for me... tried it out after playing WoW (first mistake) and hated every part of it. But, a few months later I tried it again with a real life friend and go into a good guild and was hooked on it for a good bit.

Posted: May 1st 2010 11:58AM krakead said

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Tabula Rasa is the main one for me. Played it in beta and it was very poor. No, sorry - it was terrible! About a year after launch I picked up the collector's edition for next to nothing (hell, it had to be worth a punt at that price) and loved it! Played it until the day they closed the servers, and it was just getting better with every patch :( Still harbour a secret hope that Garriott will get the rights back and re-launch.

Posted: May 1st 2010 12:01PM Lateris said

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1.) AOC 2 years later. I have given it a chance and the game is running smoothly. I don't like the crafting UI but I do love the combat and content. I am currently playing it all the way to lvl 80! I am using an intel e6400 and a ATI 4850. Windows 7 64bit. 4GBS of RAM. DX 9 is cranked all the way. No issues. The content is there from lvl 1-80 with choices on leveling areas. I am on Wicanna as Lateris if anyone wants to play. I am lvl 55 and I level like a turtle running.

2.) Vanguard is a much smoother game these days. I did enjoy it but felt the AoC calling me. It needs attention from SOE for marketing. I wish another studio had this game who actually cared in terms of marketing budgets. This game is amazing. I just hate how Sony will now close MMORPG's. ごヴァンガードを閉じていない

3.) Wow- 4th try. I just cant get into this game. No offense to the WoW fans.

4.) SWG NGE version- the NGE version is now fixed and I had fun with it. I suggest installing the DX 10 mod from SWG Mods. It makes it more star warsy and looks good. I love the crafting, the space game, the GCW is better, and the player house system rocks. Go star sider.

5.) MAG- still don't like it. But the keyboard hack on my PS3 made it respond faster than one of those clutzy controllers. I still don't care for FPS on a console.I do however like little big planet and love the blue ray player on my PS3.






Posted: May 1st 2010 12:09PM CCon99 said

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You only get one launch. A huge majority of people won't go back to a game that blows their launch, not when a new MMO launches every six months.

Like they say, first impressions are everything. If your first impression is an unfinished, buggy, game with big gaps of missing content, you probably will laugh every time you hear someone try to tell you the same game is incredible a year later.

Posted: May 1st 2010 12:21PM Heraclea said

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I played Age of Conan from launch for about four months, then dropped it due to lack of content for my main in the late game. Resubbed and got my first character to max level a couple weeks ago, and so far I'm enjoying it.

I had to give City of Heroes a rest after two disastrous issues in a row, but I was brought back by the invention system and ancient Romans, and stayed because of Mission Architect. It's the one game I always go back to.

On the other hand, every time I've ever returned to World of Warcraft, I always ended up regretting it. I think I have the will now to say no to Cataclysm.

Posted: May 1st 2010 12:39PM (Unverified) said

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For me it was Wow's second chance. First time around a few years ago, I had a buddy convince me to try it on his PvP realm. We rarely grouped, and I just was miserable (mostly due to ganking). So I quit... a few weeks later he stopped as well (raid burnout).

Next time around, I started a new class on a PvE realm and am having a MUCH better time. Found a nice guild and am pecking away at leveling.

Posted: May 1st 2010 1:17PM Sean D said

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EVE got me the third time around.

AoC got me the second time around for a while, but then I had to farm crocodiles in Khopshef for hours on end, day after day, to get the rough leather drops I needed to progress my armorsmithing and I dropped it again. It was just the tedium of the chore. It was also (imo) a point in the game where the system walked away from the lore. That is to say, every crocodile should drop some kind of leather. Anything with a skin should drop (or allow the harvesting of) some kind of leather. I'm still angry about this one. Can you tell?

LotRO got me the second time around after about 2 years. I guess I appreciate different qualities in an MMO than I did back then.

I gave WAR a dozen chances and left every time. That game is just not well made.

I have yet to give Aion a second shot. I don't feel compelled to.

I've been thinking about giving STO a second shot, but I'm still sore from the shoddy launch. I think more time needs to pass, more improvements need to be made to the game.

That's the list!

Posted: May 1st 2010 1:29PM urgan said

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City of (Villains). I played City of Heroes for a month or two and gave up for a year and a half or so. By the time City of Villains came out, there was so much extra polish, and so much they had learned about level design that I ended up playing that game for 3 years.

Posted: May 1st 2010 2:17PM Sente said

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Guild Wars is a prime example for me. Played it in beta and pretty much right after release, but never even continued past pre-searing Ascalon then. Also bought Factions and Nightfall, but never got further than a few levels in each.

Then maybe two years ago I decided to try it again before I deleted it from the hard disk and I got hooked. In the fantasy genre, this is definitely a favourite of mine now.

Also, City of Villains/Heroes - played it in European beta, did not bother to pick up the game after that. Then picked up City of Villains about 4 years ago and have been hooked since then, pretty much.

Posted: May 1st 2010 3:16PM (Unverified) said

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Played DDO at launch for a year then flipflopped between wow war and lotro until DDO went f2p. It was worth the monthly fee then and its even better now...and its free! Been playing very casually since the change, and it remains consistently fun, and continually improving. I'll still mmo-jump for a while' but DDO is excellent in the interim.

Posted: May 1st 2010 3:22PM mysecretid said

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Age of Conan.

I was very disappointed with it at launch, but I went back a year (?) or so ago, and now I love it. Almost all of the things which pissed me off have gone away. It's my favorite fantasy MMORPG now.

I actually went back to WAR as well a little while ago, and found it noticeably better -- but, alas, it was still too content-shallow in my opinion to keep me paying and playing.

Posted: May 1st 2010 3:34PM Valkenr said

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I've never been burned as described, or I was burned so bad I wasn't even prepared to give the game a chance.

First off: I'm a PvP mmo player.

City of Heroes: Great game until Isue 12 ruined PvP for the skilled players, and effectively removed all PvP players from the game, going to show, the Dev's wanted a PvE game.

Warhammer Online: Great launch, but then the devs took the wrong action. Destruction was 60-65% of the subscribers, and instead of limiting RvR numbers, they decided to give "Incentive" to play destruction (20% xp bonus to all order), and then nerf after nerf that hurt both sides, but always more so for destruction. Whenever my guild got frustrated we would go play Order and it would be 200% easier to do 500% better. This game was released a good year before it should have been. But that's what you get for teaming up with EA. Then i go back to give them a chance and they charge me $200 with a software glitch, then apologize for it a week too late.

Champions Online: Only played beta. The game was not worthy of my subscription. PvP consisted of one build because they allowed too much multi classing, and the requirements to get any power where pretty much met by level 30. They made a mistake letting everyone experience max level, If my guild hadn't have seen how horrible end game PvP was, we would have all subscribed. I see no way they can fix it without completely restructuring the game, so I will never go back to it.

SOE: Blanket statement for all their games: "We don't give a S*** what the players think"

Posted: May 1st 2010 4:47PM Deadalon said

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I have tried quite a few games again ... and again.. and again... but they just dont have it for me.

And regarding AOC. Just no... I could never ever play that game ever again. I still get nightmares after watching the loading screens every 5 mins before the game crashed cause of memory leaks..

Secondly.. You do NOT give a game that fooled million ppl at launch.. just so they could use that money to fix the horrendus issues it had. AOC is one of those games that ppl should never touch simply because if we keep allowing these sort of crap to be launched ... and then fixed 2 years later... then we will actually never see anything good... only fixes of crap launches.

Posted: May 1st 2010 6:57PM (Unverified) said

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Your entitled to your opinion and all Deadalon but if you hate it so much, then ignore the game and do something better with your time. All you get is hate directed towards you, and i have seen it everytime you try to bash this game. You may have been butthurt by AoC, but not letting it rest will just cause you more problems.

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Posted: May 1st 2010 11:14PM Birk said

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Aye mate, I understand your need to go on a holy crusade against AoC and all, but basing your opinion of the game on glitches that were around at LAUNCH (were talking 2008 here, man)...well...move on with your life.
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Posted: May 2nd 2010 10:53AM (Unverified) said

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Don't get me wrong but he has a holy crusade against more than one game ;) (Prolly WoW is the only exception, but I'm not sure.)

Back to the topic, my worthfull come-backs are with WAR, GW and AoC.
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