This week’s Community Spotlight focuses on the thread “Name an MMORPG you would play offline from level one to max
.” by Ihmotepp. This is Ihmotepp’s second time being spotlighted, so congrats! In the thread, Ihmotepp wonders if there are any MMOGs out there that people feel they would enjoy as an offline game. Ihmotepp himself can’t say he’s played any so far, but he points to Star Wars: The Old Republic, which he thinks could also be a great single player game as it is essentially a “great big KOTOR.”
“Normally, I don't play MMORPGs solo, ever.
I find the solo game play to be very similar to counting grains of sand at the beach, or maybe watching clothes go around in a dryer. The quests dont' change the game world, and the combat is just whack whack whack.
So far, there isn't any game that's been released that I would say I'd play it offline ot max level. I'd be bored to tears, and this goes for my favorite MMORPGs like DaoC, EQ, or CoH.
However, I can say that although it's not released yet, and I haven't played it, TOR looks like I might actually want to play that game, if it was offline. I liked KOTOR, a single player game, and TOR looks like a great big KOTOR.
If that turns out the be the case, that it would be fun to play, EVEN OFFLINE, I believe it will be a smash hit.”
At first, most of our users appear to be confused at what Ihmotepp was getting at, but following a bit of explanation there were definitely some interesting responses.
and many others feel that MMOG’s wouldn’t make such great offline games:
“One big factor for me playing MMORPGs is that I can play with others. Otherwise, they would just be cheap RPGs with repeating content and boring grind (most of them). So no, I wouldn't enjoy playing any game offline from level one to max.”
names LOTRO as a good candidate:
“LOTRO. Though for me its because of the IP. I love the client, wish they'd use it for something else. But with no meaningful pvp, no option to play antagonistic races/factions, and the storyline, it just feels more like an standalone rpg to me. Also, being a big fan of the IP, its kind of a downer to see heros running around everyhere. The Shire packed full of elves men dwarves. Armored mounted hobbits all over the place. Its just silly. For my preference I'd have liked the game to be standalone.”
disagrees with the basic premise that MMOGs would make subpar singleplayer games:
“Originally posted by Bigdavo
Without the multiplayer component MMOs are pretty much sub-par games, so the answer is no.
I disagree, if LOTRO, WOW, Vanguard or EQ2 were all just offline solo games they would be on par with Oblivion, at least. I think much better because of how much more depth they have, these games have so much more content than any offline game, and the character building is much more in depth as well. They could also make the graphics much better as well since it would be an offline game.”
along with luckturtz feel Age of Conan would make a great SRPG:
“Originally posted by luckturtz
AoC with a little adjustment would make a great offline rpg.
I was thinking the same thing, say they had made the game single player, it would most likely have a greater focus on story telling (more voice over etc..), which it already does to an extent. Really as is, AOC isn't much different than something like NWN2 in it's presentation. Tortage was basically a single player RPG to begin with. I love the Conan story, so I'd definitely play a decent single player RPG based on it. AOC to an extent is what you would get if you made a Bioware/Obsidian rpg into an MMO. I used to play a lot of the PW's for NWN1/2. AOC has always felt similar to them.”
This is a really interesting topic to me. For example, when the Torchlight MMOG comes out, will all of us who played the SRPG be able to say we essentially did just that, play an MMOG offline? I guess that all depends on how different the MMO version is.
As for Age of Conan, I would agree with Malickie and luckturtz. Age of Conan pretty much starts off like a SRPG anyways, heck, the main Tortage storyline is pretty much a singleplayer RPG. If the storyline continued in the same manner throughout the rest of the game world, I don’t see why not.
If anything, I felt like the experience outside of Tortage was a bit of a rude awakening. Tortage wow’d me pretty good, and then it was just back to your typical conventional MMO gameplay. It was a bit jarring for sure.
What MMOG do you think would make a good offline RPG? Let us know in the comments below!