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Old 09-08-2007, 12:29 AM   #1
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Swampies assemble! A reccomendation is needed.

I'm getting knee surgery in October so am looking forward to most of the winter out of action, which will free up plenty of time for PC gaming. So, with all this spare time, I figure it's as good a time as any to try out a good MMO.

So, for a veteran gamer, but a newbie to MMOs, what would you recommend? I don't want a chat fest or a community where members are overly touchy and snobbish, but a good solid playing experience. I have a top of the line gaming rig, so the sky's the limit.

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Old 09-08-2007, 12:43 AM   #2
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WoW >.> <.<

Seriously, I havn't played many MMOs, but WoW has by far been the easiest to get into, and yet still offers alot of deep strategy. Granted I only played Everquest for like 5 seconds at a friends house, and then Anarchy Online for a few weeks, but both of them were practically impossible to solo. WoW however is extremely solo-able (I'm at 45 after 3 months, and that's almost all solo quests, with only like 3 dungeon runs, and about 2 dozen group quests. Plus, you do get WoW and get on the same realm as me and ET, we can hook you up


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Old 09-08-2007, 12:55 AM   #3
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The only mmos I've played are Galaxies and WoW. I definitely don't recommend Galaxies, I don't know how much its changed but a couple years ago when I tried it, it was no good. I currently play WoW and while I feel I'm not "addicted" like most people get, it is the game I play the most and I thoroughly enjoy it.


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Old 09-08-2007, 01:03 AM   #4
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Play DooM 3, is not a very large game, but a rather fun one

either that or watch some anime


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Old 09-08-2007, 01:50 AM   #5
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If you go with Animu, I reccomend something good, like Bleach, and not some overated piece of s*** like Naruto >.> <.<


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Old 09-08-2007, 02:36 AM   #6
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I wouldn't suggest an MMO, personally. If you have the power, you should ask someone to get you one of the awesome games coming out in the following months (UT3, Gears of War, Crysis, BioShock (already out!), Brothers in Arms 3, Call of Duty 4, Medal of Honor: Airborne and so on). You will go missing like leXXy if you choose otherwise.

As for MMOs, I know that WoW is at top, no competition. Guild Wars is also a decent game, if some of my friends are right, but WoW is your best bet.


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Old 09-08-2007, 04:12 AM   #7
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I wouldn't personally go the MMO route. How caught up are you in the FPS/Action/RPG genres over the last five-six years?
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Old 09-08-2007, 04:37 AM   #8
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Get an Xbox 360. Way too many great games coming out for it within the next few months.



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Old 09-08-2007, 04:47 AM   #9
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First of all, get Crysis (november 16th). Then, if you haven't yet played Half-life 2, get orange box (october 9th).

As for MMOs, I'm personally not a fan, but Guild Wars was pretty darn cool while the adventure lasted. In fact, I'm tempted to boot it up for the new expansion.
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Old 09-08-2007, 05:32 AM   #10
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As for MMOs, I'm personally not a fan, but Guild Wars was pretty darn cool while the adventure lasted. In fact, I'm tempted to boot it up for the new expansion.
I play Guild Wars, and I agree with IG. Pretty fun game. However a couple of points probably need to be made:

* People you meet randomly are idiots, and for the most part have no idea how to play well. If you're interested in getting through something fast, then either use the NPC henchmen or take friends/guild members. I don't know if this is a big problem in other MMOs, but it seems that since every 10y/o can buy it the average intelligence is rather low.

* Because of the above, most reasonably good people play with henchmen if they don't have their friends/guildies. Don't expect to say "LFP!! X Quest!" and get a decent group without some work.

* Guild Wars is a team game. If you want to solo, don't expect to get very far. While there are some solo quests, particularly in the new expansion, they don't really advance the story.

If you decide to get it, give me a PM ingame: "Albino Dwarfboy".


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Old 09-08-2007, 05:37 AM   #11
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I play Guild Wars, and I agree with IG. Pretty fun game. However a couple of points probably need to be made:
You forgot about the fact that you can't jump.

Which totally ruined the game for me.

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Old 09-08-2007, 05:39 AM   #12
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Well, I haven't ever really cared about the lack of jumping... perhaps I've just played too many 2D RPGs, and KotOR hasn't helped. I didn't mention it because to be honest I don't even notice it's not there.


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Old 09-08-2007, 06:57 AM   #13
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Another thing, if you do get WoW, go Horde or I'll eat your soul

Seriously, alliance is full of 12 yr old crybabies who can't handle getting their asses handed to em in PvP.


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Old 09-08-2007, 10:43 AM   #14
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Yeah well the alliance has that reputation because all the young kids that play do alliance but if you can find a good guild and get away from that then its definitely worth it. I just like the ally races in general better than horde.


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Old 09-08-2007, 11:14 AM   #15
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Horde ftw.

Seriously, I've played me a few MMO's, but nothing really compares to WoW. It is inordinately fun, there are so many different aspects to the game that I haven't lost interest at ALL in the year I've been playing it, and as Bongo said, join Stormscale server and play as horde and you'll be able to petition us for help whenever we're on



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Old 09-08-2007, 01:30 PM   #16
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I would recommend getting an Xbox 360 as well. And like Tyrion said, there are quite a few excellent-looking games coming out soon. Like Mass Effect (November 20th), Assassin's Creed (November), and Call of Duty 4 (November), just name a few. As well as some great games that are already out like BioShock, Gears of War, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

If you don't want an Xbox 360, the only game that interests me at the moment for the PC is Crysis.


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Old 09-08-2007, 02:13 PM   #17
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Yeah, I'm definately looking forward to Assassins creed and CoD4. I played the Bioshock demo, and didn't really like it, so I'm passing on that. And to Rhett, over the past 5-6 years, I've played pretty much exclusively FPS. Sure I play the Splinter Cell and Hitman series religiously pick up the occasional RPG or RTS and have logged unholy hours in Oblivion, but FPS is my standby. I've just never played a MMO, so I figured now's as good a time as any.

Thanks for all the recommendations guys. Looks like WoW is winning, but keep 'em coming.


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Old 09-08-2007, 02:15 PM   #18
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Old 09-08-2007, 02:51 PM   #19
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Okay seriously, whatever you do, DO NOT BUY WOW. I just got over a 2 year addiction to it, and it completely took over my life. WoW is the devil in disguise.


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Old 09-08-2007, 02:59 PM   #20
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Listen to leXXy, she knows firsthand the evils of WoW.

Add another vote for Guild Wars here. It was my first MMO experience and I'm still very active in it even today. It's free to play (after buying the actual game[s]), so you don't feel like you have to constantly play to get your money's worth. And if you find the right set of people to play with, it can be very, very enjoyable.

I'd recommend starting off with Nightfall, since you can acquire heroes, who make the game easier and give you a level of customization. If you do decide to get it, let us know and I'm sure that those of us who play will be more than willing to lend you a hand.




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Old 09-08-2007, 03:38 PM   #21
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I recommend against WoW as well, but I was able to develop an immunity to that disease sooner than leXX. I recommend either Guild Wars (all three Campaigns, and the new Expansion), or The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

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Old 09-08-2007, 06:49 PM   #22
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Mass Effect will be all you need. Assassin's Creed might be good too.

As for MMOs, I'd say save your money, but if you still must play an MMO, be sure to look for a free trial before paying. It'll kinda suck if you wasted your money on a game you don't like.
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Old 09-08-2007, 08:05 PM   #23
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If you go with Animu, I reccomend something good, like Bleach, and not some overated piece of s*** like Naruto >.> <.<
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Old 09-08-2007, 08:39 PM   #24
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WoW all the way!!!
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Old 09-08-2007, 08:40 PM   #25
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Old 09-08-2007, 09:24 PM   #26
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You also enjoy double posts, which I guess goes along with liking Naruto

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Old 09-09-2007, 03:47 PM   #27
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Well, I personally wouldn't go with WoW, it'd make a great amount of time that could be used for all kinds of things all used on one... as in it's a time sucker.

But... You ever played Sims 2? If you're one of those kinds you'll probably play for hours straight for a few weeks. You could get The Sims 2 Deluxe (comes with night life) for around $30 at any store. And if you feel like getting expansion packs, Seasons would probably be the only "must have" expansion, though I have every single one (my sister is a Sims freak).

But I may be biased, as I got The Sims 1 many moons ago the first week it came out. Ahh, the memories...


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Old 09-11-2007, 06:01 PM   #28
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WoW is not addictive. People with addictive personalities get addicted to WoW. Just look at all the people on here going on about Guild Wars and the like, clearly, and I can speak from second-hand experience (I haven't played much due to time constrains, but virtually all of my close friends play it), GW can be a very addicting game. Not to say it isn't fun, but just be warned.

Basically, don't play an MMO unless you know you can handle it, I know I can :P



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Old 09-11-2007, 10:09 PM   #29
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Age of Conan looks 100 percent amazing, though I don't know when it comes out, soon I think.


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Old 09-12-2007, 02:21 AM   #31
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:41 PM   #32
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:24 PM   #33
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World of Warcraft has a very good combat system, and has plenty to offer end-game wise. Raiding has been one of, if not the best of game moments I have experienced. I took another break now, but I feel those 2800 hours-ish I have spent on it aren't gone to waste. I might change my mind in a year or 5 orso, who knows.

However, I was quite surprised when I tried out Lord of the Rings: Online a while ago. It is vastly superior to questing in WoW in various aspects. It has a strong focus on exploring, stories - and not just silly grind. It sheds light on how an MMO should be. I strongly suggest you try the 7day trial with a few friends and just have fun. While in WoW it is racing for the next level to reach the cap, you actually feel more relaxed and have more incentive to follow the storyline and explore the deeds.


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Old 09-17-2007, 04:39 PM   #34
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I've heard that LotRO is very good but I never thought to try it because theres only 1 faction. I have no plans of taking it up but maybe I'll give the trial a run. I'm still playing WoW but not as much now that school has started.


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Old 09-17-2007, 07:22 PM   #35
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I'm in the same boat as Moeller. Now that classes have started, I don't play too often anymore. That, and I have a 360 now, but still.


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I've heard that LotRO is very good but I never thought to try it because theres only 1 faction. I have no plans of taking it up but maybe I'll give the trial a run. I'm still playing WoW but not as much now that school has started.
Indeed. After playing though you'll notice some brilliant implementations that fit game-wise, while staying as true to the lore as possible. That is why you can't have elves/dwarves/humans/hobbits fighting another faction in PvP composed of the same races. For that, everyone can make a monster character and play as a spider etc. Incidentally, that also opens up 'end-game' PvP for low-lvl players. I haven't really tried PvP though, I assume it will be less suspenseful as WoW where there are more abilities usable 'while moving', and a larger repertoire of spells.

WoW is very cheap nowadays (you don't pay anything for the game anymore, €13/15 and you can get started) but to truly enjoy WoW you'll have to invest a lot of time in it. Not saying that the questing is bad, WoW was a success for a good reason. My advise for those who want to experience the genre would be to give both trials a shot.

All good MMOs have trials, it never hurts to try them out first before you buy the game and continue with that same character. The only thing you won't get is probably trading features with other players, which you won't really need.


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