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#1 Sneaky Snake

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 08:51 AM

Few friends of mine are completely new to the MMO genre, but are looking to start out with one. What would you guys recommend as the best current MMO for someone with 0 MMO experience?
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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:05 AM

Defiance. :) shoot shoot shoot loot loot loot. GW2 isn't bad when I have time to play it.
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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:36 AM

View Postmacdude22, on 20 March 2015 - 09:05 AM, said:

Defiance. :) shoot shoot shoot loot loot loot. GW2 isn't bad when I have time to play it.

Is defiance basically borderlands MMO?
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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:38 AM

Speaking as someone with 0 MMO experience outside of WoW, I have to recommend WoW.  Iirc, it's free to level up to 20, so it's a risk-free proposition.  They get to dip their toes in and see what they think before committing to grinding end-game raiding gear, collecting and leveling several hundred battle pets und so weiter.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:50 AM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 20 March 2015 - 09:36 AM, said:

Is defiance basically borderlands MMO?

eehhhhhh yes and no. The loot has the same feel but the actual gameplay is more akin to I dunno, gears of war or something than Borderlands. Plus it's just insane when you get a hundred people trying to take down some giant robot thing in a Major Arkfall. It is free 2 play so doesn't hurt to try it (but there is no mac client, I wrote trion once and told them to get with it). I bought the ultimate edition box for 7.99 at a gamestop when they were on clearance a while back.
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Posted 20 March 2015 - 10:50 AM

Clan Lord was where it's at back in the day. I'm old.
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Posted 20 March 2015 - 11:44 AM

I re-downloaded Clan Lord a couple years ago, it was just as I remembered it. Which I'm not sure is entirely a good thing. Impressive it still is up and running, and seemingly still getting updates.
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Posted 20 March 2015 - 12:43 PM

Does Lord of the Rings Online have a mac client yet? Thats a pretty decent "mmorpg" without the "kiddy bullpopsnizzle". Its entirely free if you want it to be.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 12:50 PM

View PostFrigidman™, on 20 March 2015 - 12:43 PM, said:

Does Lord of the Rings Online have a mac client yet? Thats a pretty decent "mmorpg" without the "kiddy bullpopsnizzle". Its entirely free if you want it to be.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 05:48 PM

I'm pretty burned out on MMOs but I'd second the LoTRO suggestion. It's been a while but when I played it the Mac client ran very well for me and it was enjoyable to play. Since it has a lot of story and scripted stuff it had more of an RPG feel which I liked.  I also liked the pay as you go for content approach there which then permanently unlocked it for alts. I am not a fan of free to play games but I did think they did it well in this case. The same also applies for their Dungeons and Dragons Online which has a Mac client too. The thing I didn't care for there was people's tendency to blow through the dungeons since by the time I was doing them, they were for the umpteenth time and just wanted to get the reward of faction and move on but i wanted to take it all in and hear what the DM had to say in parts, etc. That game still could be a lot of fun with friends though taking their time together. I think you can actually solo a lot of content up to a point too but where the game shines is in the group content with like-minded players. Both games look very nice graphically too.
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Posted 24 March 2015 - 12:47 PM

WoW was my first experience of the genre, so it was pretty magical for me for quite some time. More recent attempts to get back into it failed after mere minutes, I have to admit, due to its dated look. Shallow, I know, but what can I say? At the other end of the spectrum is ESO with extremely nice visuals, but those looks can't make up for its many other failings. In the end the MMO I keep coming back to is GuildWars 2. It's certainly nice to look at, requires no subscription fee (you only buy the client), is well designed and very responsive, and has never crashed on me in as long as I can remember (clunky character controls and constant crashing ultimately drove me away from ESO, in addition to three-day long patch downloads). GW2 also has a pretty nice player base.

Of course no MMO says massive and online the way EvE Online does—or sports a similarly steep learning curve. You won't survive long (or have much fun) here as a solo flyer, and the community ranges from super helpful to obnoxious and cutthroat... but you can be a pirate.
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