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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 2:11PM collectivexp said

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First! and I agree with all your winners!

Posted: Dec 31st 2011 2:13PM Alph said

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Did RoI win by default? I'm sure there were other expansions this year but I honestly can't think of any others.

Posted: Dec 31st 2011 2:44PM alphaman00 said

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@Alph Maybe they considered large-form updates as well (ones not called expansions per se by the publishers of said mmos but work similarly). In any case, it did seem to be the biggest block expansion of the year, so I guess kind of default.
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 8:51PM scfs123 said

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@Alph L2 goddess of destruction / AIon's thingy /eq2's yearly expansion
sal that comes to my mind for popular mmo's with expacs.
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 10:06PM Sunaris said

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@Alph It must have been "slim pickings". I mean how can an xpac that launches without instances get best expansion?
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 11:47PM JuliusSeizure said

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@Alph

I think City of Heroes: Freedom was technically called an expansion?
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Posted: Jan 1st 2012 3:31AM Sente said

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@JuliusSeizure
Freedom was just the payment model conversion and Issue 21: Convergence was just a content update - although in the beginning of CoH:s life every issue was called an "expansion" - not anymore though.

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Posted: Jan 1st 2012 7:53AM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, this was the only one that truly made me shake my head in surprise. LotRO players (and I was one) *know* this expansion was released unfinished, and were severely disappointed by it.
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 2:14PM nathanb said

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I am surprised the SW:TOR's launch wasn't mentioned even as an honor. I thought it was very smooth and the queues not as bad as Rift's. I do agree that Rift had a very solid launch and is a great game altogether.

Posted: Dec 31st 2011 7:47PM (Unverified) said

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@nathanb You can simply not argue that Rift had a pristine launch for any title. Even their server queue's were extremely minor. The biggest thing in Rift's favor was the simple fact that the total bug and "annoyance" factor for much of the level up content was rolled completely into one debuff gained from running away from enemies. The annoyance was quickly altered into a meaningful deterrent but a less annoying one.

While SWTOR has had queue times running well past the 45 minute+ mark as well as many complaints, bugs and other annoyances. Not the least of which is Character Responsiveness.
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 8:38PM rockman0 said

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@(Unverified) I thought it was only me. One of the reasons that I ultimately decided to wait on the game is because sometimes it would take my character a few seconds to perform the action that I specified. And this was with pings that never went above 75 ms.
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 8:43PM (Unverified) said

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@nathanb
I think the whole "Forgetting to pack keys and in some cases even discs into the game boxes" thing would ruin any chance they had at a Best Launch award.
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 9:26PM nathanb said

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@(Unverified)'s

1) I can argue all I want. :) In my experience, Rift had terrible queue times compared to what I have experiences on SWTOR. Rift's were several hours, forcing me to select a different server. The longest queue I have hit with SWTOR has been no longer than 20 minutes. This is perception and that was my personal experience. Both games have had a very solid professional launch in and I feel that SWTOR needed a mention in the same award. That is all.
2) I have had some ping issues with SWTOR, where I have had spikes, but it hasn't been long enough that it was detrimental to my game play.
3) I have no knowledge of that and always order Digital downloads from the main publisher to avoid these hassles.


I didn't play Rift for more than a few months as I found it unoriginal.... getting tired of the fantasy genre, so I can't comment much beyond the first major zone.
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Posted: Jan 1st 2012 2:02PM myr said

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@nathanb

So in other words you're saying "if and only if you have my exact situation then this game's launch was the best! so it must be the best for everyone!"

It's true that some people have gotten in and played with no issues at all. Others, meanwhile, are still hitting brick walls with the game two weeks later. Definitely not a smooth launch.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 7:11PM Adamms said

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@nathanb Between ignoring half the world and no Mac version, I think TOR would be a half-launch.
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 2:24PM jimr9999us said

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WildStar...my most anticipated as well!

Isengard, best exp? Maybe if it shipped complete. Turbine is lucky to have such a patient community.

Posted: Dec 31st 2011 2:34PM Mikx said

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Congrats to Eve for winning Best News Story of 2011!

Posted: Dec 31st 2011 2:38PM (Unverified) said

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Eve, woot! This entire year has been a milestone for Eve when it came to news stories!
Though SWTOR GOTY? *rolls eyes* I guess SPRPG's with MMO tacked on are all the rage nowadays!

Isengard was a great xpac thogh like jimr9999us mentioned it was a little incomplete but still a great addition! Gogo Wildstar and Guild Wars 2!

Posted: Dec 31st 2011 2:59PM Tiresias said

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Will you please stop calling SWTOR a single-player game. I have never grouped so much while leveling in an MMO since playing FFXI.

Every single area you go to has "Heroic" quests with gameplay and rewards that actually make them worth completing. You are frequently directed to "Flashpoint" instances that are similarly fun and rewarding. Some class storyline quests are SO DIFFICULT that grouping with another player is the best idea -- read the forums and you will see the MANY complaints on that matter, though I hope that they don't change it.

Let's not forget open-world bosses, secret areas ("datacrons") that require more than one person to access, randomly-placed groups of elite enemies or champions that often can't be handled by one person but have guaranteed high-quality item drops or are guarding large loot chests...

Regardless of how you feel about the game, SWTOR does a great job of encouraging people to group up, from the starting zones clear to the end of leveling content. At the same time, it doesn't FORCE you to group up -- if you want to skip out on great content because you are anti-social that is your prerogative.
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 4:04PM Skyydragonn said

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@Tiresias
Sounds alot like waht leveling was like in WoW prior to its 1 yr anniversary. Come back and say that again in six months.
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