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Posted: Aug 21st 2010 10:35AM alinos said

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ill probably burn through all of them the ones that start to get grindy will be the first that get dropped

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 10:41AM Higurashi said

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Rift, Tera, and Guild Wars 2 all look really good to me, but it's hard to judge until you play them for yourself.

I will continue to play Lineage 2 until I see how they all pan out. I'm also not quite sure that my comp will be able to handle this new wave of MMOs. I'll probably give them a try to test out the new PC I plan on building in the next year or so.

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 11:24AM Controlled Chaos said

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I'm about the same as many, really. The fact that I'm playing the games I am is pretty much because there hasn't been anything enough to wow me over the last while. Once something comes down the pipe that makes me want to download it or even fork out a subscription fee, then I'll probably be departing my current games for greener pastures. I've been fiddling with the current ones for a while, so finding some new places to hang around might just be in the near future.

Currently into GW and Runes of Magic because of the fun gameplay, as well as dabbling in DDO now, I think there's a few that caught my eye, like SW:TOR and Black Prophecy. I would say GW2 as well, but, well, a few things lately have started my interest in it waning already. If I had to pick one to be excited about though? Probably Black Prophecy.

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 11:48AM Greyhame said

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Keeping an eye on Cataclysm simply because I still play WoW and have fun. Though I'm taking a break now for other game pursuits in non-MMO gaming that I want to focus more on, and just due to current boredom while waiting for the expansion. I can't really pin down what keeps me in WoW, other than I find it fun.

Mostly keeping an eye on Black Prophecy, Jumpgate Evolution and Earthrise. Interested to see how Guild Wars 2 works out, but don't overly care about it. Not sure which I'm actually more excited for.

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 12:29PM Lateris said

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The people I game with play a major factor in staying with an MMORPG.

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 12:48PM elliotrock said

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Although there seems to be a few new games coming out what makes the decision for me is if it doesn't have a subscription. Yes I know that goes against all of those titles except GW2 but I refuse to let entertainment rule my life and subscription games are about creating a sense of "must play because I paid".

And from the list what seems interesting to me if probably Rift as the class system seems to add something interesting but I am unfortunately a huge fan of spellborn so if it relies on the archaic dice roll instead of aiming and hitting then I will be bored. I never want to play a game where I need a healer or am force to group to progress.

Tera I believe will be another Aion and never drown WoW, like they think! In fact I think it may do even worst.

The title that could be very interesting is CCP fantasy title as they have really redefine the genre with Eve.

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 1:31PM SgtBaker said

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CCP doesn't have resources to do more than one game. And even that's questionable these days.

If they release something else - EVE goes up shitcreek. If they keep dev'ing EVE, the other game suffers.

But the way things are going now, CCP will kill off EVE with the lackluster expansions (Dancing in Stations and Boretary Interactions) and miserable cluster performance in 1-2 years and they're free to put all of their resources to the new game....
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Posted: Aug 21st 2010 2:19PM Daelda said

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In general, the thing that keeps me tied most to any one MMO is my Guild - my friends.

After that, how solo/duo-friendly is it? Can I have fun even if my friends aren't online at the moment? What if it is just myself and my wife? Can we have fun together in the game? Can we quest together and actually get things accomplished? I play a LOT and sometimes I just get tired of other people and want to be alone...but I still want to accomplish things in the game.

Finally, it is the immersion and the story. How pulled in am I? Do I feel like my actions really matter? Do things around me change according to my actions? Do NPCs remember what I did for them? How is the story? Is it any good? Is it just walls of text, or are there cinematics and other things to break up the monotony? I didn't sign up to read a novel.

These are all reasons why I am looking forward to SWTOR. So far, it appears to meet, or at least come closer to meeting my criteria than any other MMO I have tried has previously. I am already in a TOR Guild - establishing friendships and keeping abreast of the information as it comes. Hopefully TOR will meet my expectations. If it does, it keeps the bugs to a minimum and there is plenty of content to play with (which it looks like there will be), I won't see myself leaving it for a long, long time.

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 2:35PM (Unverified) said

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Iv been playing wow for 4 years and also raiding has bore me to death, i terminated my account and threw out my wow games,

Atm im playing EQ2 and im really enjoying it. And waiting for SWTOR and GW2

Lets face it.. GW2=awesome

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 4:15PM Natasha said

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I am planning on subscribing to DCUO, SWTOR, & GW2. That should keep me busy for several years! :)

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 5:26PM wondersmith said

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Going (or starting out) F2P has and will continue to bring me to AAA titles. I'm enjoying DDO now and looking forward to LotRO next month, as well as Black Prophecy, Vindictus, and Torchlight down the line.

Being F2P keeps me in games too. If there's no subscription fee, my account never lapses. I can dabble in various games and revisit old ones whenever I like.

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 5:43PM NeoWolfen said

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The only games I currently play I have lifetiem subs too, so although the "hyped" phase of enjoying those games may be over thanks to the lifetime subs I can play them casually as and when, which is great.

I am looking forward to SWTOR very much and DCUO hopefully will be a better outing than CO or CoX

And further down the line I'd be interested in checking out WH40k's mmo provided they have some non pvp content for the PVE folks out there like me.

Secret World looks interesting too and then theres Fallout Online and World of Darkness onlines i'll be looking for updates for as well as the eventual "grown up" version MARVEL mmo.

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 6:24PM Graill440 said

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Nothing tickles my fancy currently. FF will go niche product at launch, at least for the west. That Guildleve system among other things will kill that title.

Nothing else currently out is appealing to me at least, though i have extremely high standards, zero defect one of them. Of course if ISO standards were applied to these game companies no one would be playing anything.

I will look at TOR and GW2, until then i will cruise offshore and party with friends. They will know when i find an MMO, i will dispear for days. (grin)

Posted: Aug 21st 2010 6:43PM Dranaerys said

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I keep dabbling in any MMO that comes out in hopes to find something that will give me a reason to leave wow for it, but it hasnt happened so far. I had very high hopes for Aion, but those hopes were dashed when the pretty new girl on the block turned out to be a korean whore with a soul made out of pure grind. No thankyou.

The crazy thing was that Aion had all the things I was looking for in a MMO - the lore, the quests, the combat... but alas when quests dried up, when farming mobs was a faster way to level than simply questing your way from 1 to endgame, thats where a game stops being "for me".

In that sense wow has "ruined" MMOs for me, I no longer tolerate being told to go grind mobs for XP, I no longer tolerate linear questing either. I also no longer tolerate MMOs that play "like wow", because if they feel "like wow", frankly, id rather be playing WoW.

A big part of the issue is also that after 3 years of playing WoW, I no longer have to think of mechanics, of how to play my toon, I no longer hve to think of things such as controls or what buttons to press. After 3 years its all econd nature, and all that is left is to enjoy PLAYING the game. ITs very hard for any other MMO to compete with that.

My high hopes are GW2, and TERA, mostly becasue they are delivering n experience that is very un-wow. FF14.. is a bit of the wash, playing the Beta has turned me off it a little, and added to that tis a beast of a game that requires a beat of a PC to run it, but Ill wait wiht the reviews on that one.

Posted: Aug 22nd 2010 3:29AM einstini15 said

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Yep. It cant be like wow. Because then I rather play Wow.
I played Age of Conan and Aion, and both were very promising. However, the retail version of age of conan should have been called BETA and aion was a grindfest. No thanks. I have my fantasy mmo, at least for a while.

old republic will def be a game i try. Maybe secret world, maybe DC.

New MMO has to have great lore, soloablity, benefits from grouping, no grind, and a way to avoid pvp if you wish, either another server or you must flag for pvp.
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Posted: Aug 21st 2010 11:29PM lizardbones said

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For now, it's not have to pay a subscription. I'm playing Global Agenda, Starcraft II and Myst Online. It's why I'm not playing Fallen Earth, even though it's a really cool game. I don't want to feel like I'm losing money or not getting my money's worth because I'm not playing.

That's not to say I wouldn't pay for a subscription to a game, but the game would have to be good enough that most of my gaming friends would play too.

Posted: Aug 22nd 2010 3:00AM theSkillfull1 said

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As a pretty dedicated AION player, I am excited for AoB. The pets look like a cool addition.....and it's free! Since the 1.9 update, the "hardcore grind game" has turned a bit more pleasing. The lore, visuals, and gameplay keep me coming back for more.

Posted: Aug 22nd 2010 12:42PM Joesef said

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I need a game that makes me feel like I'm living in a different world. If I can't 'feel' the environment, then it's just going to be like another WoW clone in which I already know the rules. I need a game that makes me feel that while exploring, I always need to look over my shoulder. Something that forces me to stay on my toes or else I could face some serious consequences. If I feel like I'm just playing with a toy and need to provide too much of my own imagination, I won't stay. I might as well go play tetris.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:47PM Valdamar said

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I am fairly sure I'll stay subscribed to City of Heroes even if I end up playing GW2, SW:TOR, Dark Millennium Online, Planetside 2, WoD Online, or whatever.

What keeps me in City of Heroes? Lots of customisation, fun combat, hundreds of different powerset/archetype combinations, no pressure to log-in or to keep up with other players or the content itself, and a Dev team that seems to improve on their game steadily without too many stumbles. They make it so easy for a player to just log in and have an enjoyable gameplay experience and still enjoy meaningful progression without all the stupid grind and envy-driven loot-gathering of other MMOs - and you team/raid because it's fun, not because you need to or feel pressured to.

Posted: Aug 25th 2010 7:01AM (Unverified) said

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SWTOR, GW2 and TERA all looks good. I will probably play all 3 of them sooner or later, though I fear TERA will ship too soon and lack content at launch.

And ofcourse I will play Cataclysm... have a guild there I'm in since vanilla wow.

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