If bugs weren’t an issue and amount of people weren’t playing a specific MMO what would you play? What I’m saying is that the game ran smoothly and the perfect amounts of people played, both factions, side’s realms, what have you were balanced; the perfect storm for a MMO if you will. You can’t change any game mechanics though, the game is what it is, and it just runs perfect.
Personally I think I would pick Warhammer Online. I loved the class mechanics in that game and how the PvP was suppose to work. Sure it didn’t pan out but I’m going to side with Mythic on this one, a lot of their ideas were good. The problem is that they never factored in how their players would react to certain game features. The PvE was really fun too, just very buggy. Public Quests were an excellent way for fast EXP and gear and got you in a battle instantly. If Mythic had been able to stop the destruction of their bugs earlier in the games life and planned out ways to balance the realms better I know for a fact I would still be playing WAR. The problem is the realms are still unbalanced and the game still has serious technical issues.
Second place is a hard one for me. I’m inclined to say Age of Conan but I didn’t play the game long enough to really get a feel for if the great content was there. AoC’s first 20 levels was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a MMO and by far the best tutorial. I just didn’t get a chance to find out if it could have been great because of the amount of technical bugs at launch.
I think I’m going to have to go with EVE. The thing is I’ve never played EVE, I just love the idea of EVE. Well okay I played EVE’s trial one time and couldn’t understand how the game worked. I got lost, and getting lost in space is rather overwhelming. Given my current lull in gaming I’ve been thinking about EVE a lot more. I have seen more and more press about it and it feels like the game is starting to pick up a lot of well earned attention given its length of time running.
I’m also considering Dungeons and Dragons Online, which admittedly I know NOTHING about. I will let you know tomorrow what I download and try.