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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 8:33AM Eamil said

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Guild Wars. I actually tried it once, not long after it came out. An acquaintance of mine at the time let me play a new character on his account. I didn't especially care for it at the time so I was always kind of dismissive of it after that.

Fast forward to about two months ago when suddenly I'm hearing all about Guild Wars 2 and how awesome it'll be. I look into it and think "dang, this is sounding pretty sweet, maybe I should try the first one again." So I picked up a demo and now I'm really loving it. =D

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 8:37AM AegisX said

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Mortal Online.

As a connoisseur of sandbox style MMORPGs, I've tried the vast majority of the current offerings and prevented myself from giving Mortal a go due to generally bad press.

It took a rainy day and whim for me to change my mind and drop the cash, and man am I glad I did.

Sure the game has quite a few bugs, and is unfinished... but the developers make no attempt to hide this fact. They openly state that the game is unfinished; there's a ton of content that has yet to be patched in, and they're taking the time to fix bugs as the put in the new content.

They recently had a fairly major patch that brought the game engine to near intended state; while the full textures and such are still not in, the update paved the way to better foliage, better creature pathfinding and a whole host of other positive changes. In addition, the vision of the development team and the near future feature additions keep Mortal an exciting world in which to live.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 9:26AM Ziglug said

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Making me want to start this game.

I'm also a sandbox fanboy/lover/whatever, and also have never thought about getting MO because of the horrible reputation it seems to have.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 9:38AM AegisX said

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I highly recommend you try it out; quite a bit of the bad press comes from new players who join up, have no idea what's going on or what they should do and get killed by someone as they (slowly, due to a lack of constitution and dexterity) run outside the starter town.

Mortal does NOT tell you what you need to do. It in no way provides any guidance, and your best bet for getting started is to either read the forums or ask nearby players for tips. People are generally willing to help; the denizens of Vadda are especially nice.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 8:43AM Lobotomist said

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LOTRO

I hated Turbine for what they did to D&D licence. And I really hated them for disfiguring sandbox MEO (Middle earth online , developed by sierra) into themepark LOTRO.

But I tried the game (in beta) and loved it so much I still play it to this day.

And wow..its even F2P now :)

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 8:59AM Xpander said

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WAR

I played 4 years WoW and i love it. I saw some videos and stuff about warhammer but as i heard its fully PvP (RvR) game i never joined it, since pvp didnt seem to be good judging by wow experience.
10 Months ago i got bored of wow and tried many mmorpgs out there. So i thought what the hell i try WAR also then... After running around there a little i started to Love PvP(RvR) instantly..Also there is plenty of nice PvE in WAR. Alltho i feared that its fully pvp game without any single pve :)

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 9:49AM Hjordis said

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Same here. I was playing AoC when WAR was in beta and there was a lot of people hating on it in AoC's /OOC channel saying it was a WoW clone (although I came to find out that WAR was being developed first but that's a whole other can of worms...) and that the graphics were crap and the classes were all broken. I swore it off completely. My hubby decided to scope it out because AoC was beginning its downward spiral and after watching him play it for about 3 days my curiosity got the better of me and gave it a whirl myself. I ended up playing for nearly a year and I resubbed about 3 months ago and I love it even more now lol. It wound up being the best overall game I've played so far so I'm glad I gave it a chance :D
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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 12:21PM (Unverified) said

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War is not a bad game in itself, its just such a mutant bastardization of the warhammer universe that fevered fanbois like me just grit our teeth at the mention of it. But there are a good number of even more radical fanbois that will happily pound on it any chance they get!

Elves allied with Karl Franz, ya right

And Chaos aligned with ANYONE? Seriously? Oil and water in the most literal sense
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Posted: Nov 11th 2010 2:43AM Revrant said

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WAR was not being developed first, Warhammer Online was being developed first, which sadly got cancelled(had a really cool trailer with some gameplay up, true to Warhammer unlike WAR), WAR as a game really came about around 2006.

EA took over Mythic and changed the direction of the game with huge overhauls to what we have today, the current iteration of WAR came around the time TBC was in beta.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 9:09AM real65rcncom said

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World of Warcraft.

I had been playing FFXI for a couple of years as my very first MMO. I was having such a great time grouping up, yakking, grinding mobs and enjoying the guild relationships. All the while I was playing, I kept hearing about this game WoW and how "kiddiefied" it was.

"It was obviously a kid's game because.. well look at the graphics!' they told me.

Yeah, and it's SOOOO easy its SOOOO boring, not like FFXI.

And its just nothing but kids on there in Barren Chat.

And it's a stupid game not fun at all.

Well, I bought right in after looking at some vids of the gameplay. Yeah, these are nothing like the clean graphics in FFXI, I thought. This game looks badly put together. And where are the groups? It's all solo! Boo..!

After another year of playing FFXI, my linkshell started to leave due to RL, boredom, and just generally moving on so I started looking for a game.

Finally after trying a few duds, Vanguard, Tabula Rasa, etc.. I did WoW.

Found it actually pretty fun... easy but it was actually fun. I didnt go into it looking for anything other than something to do and played for about a year. I wish I had tried it a bit sooner though.

I don't play it anymore but I will never talk bad about WoW. It was a very well run game and fun for when I played it.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 9:40AM Issmir said

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Darkfall. I'm only on day two of the trial and I'm not sure if I'll end up subbing but I have to say I enjoy the game a LOT more than I thought I would. It's certainly a brutal and unforgiving game, but the sense of achievement when you accomplish something is undeniable.

It can be extremely frustrating at times, and there's a ton of information that really should be communicated to players that isn't; I found a recall to bind ability I didn't know I had after 5 hours of play for example.

I'm not a huge PVPer (APB aside) so I really didn't see myself liking this game. If you're missing that sandbox fix you could do worse than checking out the trial. Not sure this would ever become my main game, but I'm pleasantly surprised.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 10:01AM Carolina said

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LotRO. I never enjoyed what I saw on videos and screenshots, it looked boring for some reason. Then I try and love it. No idea why I had that first impression /shrug.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 10:03AM Stormwaltz said

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City of Heroes. I had no interest in the subject material.

I've never, even as a child, grokked the appeal of men in primary-colored spandex outfits hitting each other to solve the world's problems. But I tried CoH at the 2004 GDC, and the combat was so fun, I ended up subscribing for over two years.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 10:10AM (Unverified) said

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Fallen Earth.

I always find the post-apocalyptic worls interesting. Seeing it as basically a Mad Max MMO with a bunch of funky sci-fi storyline about clones and the ability to craft basically anything in game was intriguing. I hated it at first due to the terrible animations and poor combat and the always brown color scheme, so I let my free trial run out. I went back to the game about 3 months ago and found myself really enjoying it this second time through.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 10:32AM Valdamar said

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Strange question - I don't normally know whether I'll hate a game until I try it - if by some chance I came to hate/dislike a game before even trying it (due to the IP licence, or to negative press) then I would have zero reason to even play it, as there are barely enough hours in a day and days in a year to play all the games I'm actually excited to play.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 10:37AM Averice said

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Has never happened to me. I've tried games I thought I would hate, for sure, but then I always still hated them. I hate it when I thought I would love a game and end up hating it : ( but that used to happen like all the time. Now instead of loving or hating a game before trying, I hopefully believe or hate.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 3:55PM Faryon said

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Same. If the question was "What game did you like until you tried it?" I could probably come up with a pretty decent size list, but I have never really changed my mind about games I hate before trying them.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 11:00AM Dumac said

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World of Warcraft. I thought it was a strategy game and i don't like those and i avoided it like the plague, lol. Back then i wasn't that much into following gaming news as i am now. I finally realized what it really is when i finally got to downloading a trial some time in 2006.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 11:02AM The Other Chris said

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I have two, actually. The first being City of Heroes. I had a friend who was playing in beta and was talking about it quite a bit. I had no real interest in it and wasn't really paying attention to everything he was saying. After all of the 'you gotta check this out' talk I decided to pick it up a few days after it launched. I had the money, it came with a free month, what the heck, right? Years later I am still playing. :)

The other game is LotRO. I was waiting for Age of Conan to come out and there were a group of us that decided to check it out in open beta, just to do something as a group. We had no intentions of actually playing the game and mingling with the 'lore-nazis'. Much to my surprise, the game was actually good. No, better than good, it was great. The class mechanics are, to this day, the best in any RPG I have played (not just MMO, all RPGs). The world is beautiful, the story they put together fit well to the books, and the combat is deep enough to make it stand out from the rest of the crowd. Even though I only played from time to time, I ended up becoming a Lifer just so I wouldn't have to worry about the fee and logging in all the time. I may not play as much as I would like, but I still enjoy the game when I do play.

An honorable mention would be Guild Wars, a game I got when it launched, but just couldn't get into (I was neck deep in CoH at the time). I think it was around when Nightfall came out that I found a friend of mine had it as well. We decided to give it another go and the rest, as they say, is history. I still take months off from the game, but I've completed Prophecies, Factions and EotN, and I'm getting close to the end of Nightfall (in the Desolate Wastes area). GW turned out to be a fun game with a few interesting stories. With the two of us teaming up, the customizable Heroes were a very welcome addition. :)

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 11:14AM (Unverified) said

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World of Warcraft!

The initial Beta was terrible, their design laughable, and their 6 months of server failure from launch date made it a laughing stock of the hardcore MMO players.

It took a few people at work to convince me to give it a try it around ver 1.5, they joked that they were "hardcore" players of MMOs and I couldnt keep up... I mocked them, since that was their first MMO and I pretty much played every MMO that was ever released 5 years prior... they all eventually quit WoW, im still playing WoW.

Surprising thing is the longest I ever played an MMO was 6 months to a year... been playing WoW for over 5 years.

Blizz's rollout of WoW was terrible...

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