This week's Community Spotlight focuses on the thread "Your top three best classes from any MMORPG" by Creslin321. Creslin321 is no stranger to the spotlight, having been spotlighted in a previous week, but this time he wants to find out what your favorite three MMO classes are. Creslin321 kicks things off with his top three:
"1. Herald of Xotli - Age of Conan. The HOX was hands down one of the most fun damage dealing classes to play. Extremely high damage, extremely low health, every fight when fast and dangerous. They also got tons of cool abilities like the ability to transform into a demon. Topping everything off was the fact that they had a move called "I eat your heart" in which they rip the heart out of your chest Indiana Jones style and take a bite!
2. Druid - World of Warcraft. The WoW druid was so much fun because it could do just about anything. It was a tank with bear form, a melee DPS with cat form, and magic DPS/healing in regular druid form. Put this on top of a bunch of other shapeshifting abilities and you have a great class.
3. Bard - Everquest 1. The EQ1 bard was tons of fun to play, and bard classes sadly aren't included in most modern MMOs. The bard was awesome at kiting, it could even "swarm kite" where it charmed one monster only to have 10 other monsters beat the crap out of it and soften it up so the bard could get to kill. How cool is that!"
Rydeson also loved the Druid, though he seems to prefer the EverQuest 1 version:
"Oh what the heck.. I'll bite..
1) Druid - Everquest 1 (pre PoP) = I loved that ability to travel the world in a blink of an eye.. port here, port there.. SoW anyone? I loved it.. I could toss out heals in a crunch.. I could group or solo depending on my mood.. It was truely a hybrid jack of all trades class.. As us druids would say back in the day, "If I can snare it, I own it".. How true that was.. LOL
2) Necromancer - Everquest 1 = I'm a pet class fan, and there was no better master to this then a Necro.. I loved everything about being a Neco.. leaching, dotting, pulling, dpsing..
3) Hunter - World of Warcraft = Having a tanking pet while I dps from a distance, with the ability to solo almost anything was great.. I was always a fan of pet classes, and it was great to customize what pet you had by what you trained.. KUDO's on this one..
There probably another 3 classes from different games that are close 4th place ties from EQ2, Aion and LoTRO.. However.. ALERT.. I saw some previews of classes from GW2 and hubba hubba .. :) Top 3 could change.."
insanex couldn't decide on just three, so he offered five:
"1. Warden - LoTRO
The warden is an awesome class that transcends the auto-attack nature of most MMOs. You can heal yourself (with the proper gambit), go stealth, backstab, can melee strong with a shield, and have both offensive and defensive gambits. It takes some paying attention to get the gambit you need in a given situation.
2. Shaman - Dark Age of Camelot
The shaman in DAoC is the quintessential multi-purpose class. You could spec in cave - DPS - and still get a wide range of healing and buff abilities, plus you could handle yourself in a melee situation. Best all-around useful class I've ever played.
3. Agent - Anarchy Online
The agent in AO is the epitome of cool. You get some sweet shades, cool clothes, and a flying vehicle and you got it made. You look like someone from the Matrix. The sniper and debuff/root skills were awesome, and even though the first 60 levels or so were fairly tough without a ton of cash for better equipment, the agent is a blast to play.
4. Metaphysicist - Anarchy Online
The MP is an awesome multi-pet class that was good with nanos (basically spells) and could have up to 3 (IIRC) pets that were physical manifestations of your own emotions. (one of the first you get is a DPS pet called the Anger Manifestation) You could have a healing pet, a mezz pet, and a damage pet. At lower levels you had one, and worked your way up. Very fun to play.
5. Marksman - Hellgate: London
HG:L was not your traditional MMO, but it falls in the MMO genre just as well as any big-name like WoW, IMO. THe marksman was a flat-out awesome ranged killer. He was a blast to play with all the different elemental weapons with the usual array of rocket launchers, snipers, SMGs, rifles, and so on. Marksman armor looked downright cool, and in spite of lower health than the melee classes, could hold his own very well. A blast to play. I had a lvl 28 one before the servers shut down."
Below you'll find my top three MMO classes:
1. Brutes (City of Villains): Sometimes you just want to SMASH things! City of Villain's Brutes offered this in spades. While Scrappers provided a balanced melee experience, it was when Brutes were introduced with the launch of City of Villains that players really got to feel powerful. Brutes built up rage as they attack and are attacked, ramping up their damage to scary levels if players can keep the SMASH going. While Scrappers could leisurely pick mobs apart, Brutes were rewarded for the kind of frenetic pace one would expect from someone fueled by rage.
2. Dominators (City of Villains): Yep, back to City of Villains again. Dominators have had a bit of a tumultuous history in the game, going from kind of an odd mix of blaster and controller with a mechanic that gave them a real Jekyll and Hyde kind of feel to something that is much more consistent and fun to play. Dominators offer strong control through a variety of CC related powersets and can also really lay down the hurt with a Blaster like mix of ranged and melee attacks.
3. Ranger (Star Wars Galaxies): Rangers in general are my favorite type of class to play, and while the SWG Ranger didn't make use of a bow-and-arrow, I found it to be one of the truest implementations of the class. The Ranger in SWG was a real master of the wilderness in just about every way, and offered groups a lot of interesting utility from being able to track creatures, to assembling useful traps and more. The Ranger combined well with other classes such as the Rifleman to really bring the fantasy Ranger spirit to a sci-fi setting.
So what are your top three favorite MMO classes? Share your picks in the comments below!