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  Takoo

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Joined: 10/25/13
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10/29/13 11:14:46 PM#21
FFXIV ARR has nothing to explore.. Prob one of the smallest worlds I have seen in an MMO. Not to mention everything because instance at level 50.
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OP  10/30/13 12:41:10 AM#22
Originally posted by Takoo
FFXIV ARR has nothing to explore.. Prob one of the smallest worlds I have seen in an MMO. Not to mention everything because instance at level 50.

Well that's definitely not a selling point for me, lol

  syriinx

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10/30/13 12:53:53 AM#23

give eq2 another shot imo.  If you sub you don't really notice that its f2p other than a pop up when you log in.  

  sethman75

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10/30/13 1:45:55 AM#24

Your out of luck dude, there is no alternative to LOTRO at the moment.

It is by far the best MMO of it's kind

 

  Torvaldr

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10/30/13 2:00:59 AM#25

You can't really replace a game. Not to rain on your parade, but I think it's true. I've played LotRO since beta and I agree that the core is good, but how they've evolved since they went F2P pretty much sucks. They monetize about everything and it's just lame.

I'm not sure if any of these would work but I would recommend:

EQ2

It's old school, has a lot of fun classes that share some design characteristics with LotRO. The classes all have their own unique flavor and play style. You can solo, group, raid, craft, hunt shinies, and explore. The play styles are well integrated. The graphics and world look nice, but are dated in their visual style. I would recommend Everfrost, Antonia Bayle (the Landroval/Brandywine of EQ2), or Freeport. There is a lot to just figure out in the game and the lore is rich and deep. The payment model has dramatically improved since it started. There are some restrictions behind the sub, but you really can play for free. The game unlocks are reasonable in my opinion (silver = premium which is a $5 purchase). The expacs are $40 - $60 and usually include the previous release. You don't have to buy every region just to get through the game.

TSW

I know this isn't fantasy, but the game is incredibly immersive. I don't think it's a very exploratory game though so that might not satisfy. However, the quests are some of the best in the genre. If you want something different this game has a lot to offer. The game is buy to play, but it's only $15 - $30 to get started. I think the game still has a free trial and there are buddy keys you can get from others. Even if this doesn't become a main game, it's worth delving into periodically. If only Turbine would have treated LotRO like this. This is how a storytelling mmo should be done.

I can't think of anything else that has exploration as a focus and has some lore and immersion to it. I like these games too but they don't fit your bill: Firefall (great character progression), Tera (combat), Neverwinter, STO, GW2. I just play games for what they are now. All those games have something fun about them. None of them do it all for me.

My 2 cents. I hope you find something fun and engaging. If you do find something you really like post back here. I would like to know what you end up with and what you like about it.

 

Curse you AquaScum!

  DocBrody

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10/30/13 2:34:45 AM#26
Originally posted by maxima29
Have you tried Age of Conan ?  

^

this, this and THIS!

 

Originally posted by Pyuk

 Age of Conan was entertaining, but I don't think it really fits the exploration checkbox very well considering the heavy instancing.

 

WTH?? Heavy instancing, where? You obviously never left the starter area Tortage, after that the playfields are MASSIVE for exploration and 90% takes place in the open world, apart from dungeons and raids of course.

You never even finished Tortage, right?

 

 

4 massive continents you can all travel to and decide where you want to level your character

Great stories

Fun mounts

Best graphics in the MMO industry, really flies today on a current gen graphics card

..

.

  Dirkin

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Joined: 11/06/12
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10/30/13 1:36:38 PM#27
While I'll admit the animations and character models are not the best for sure, if you can manage to get past those, Vanguard really does have a lot to offer someone who is looking for what you describe. The entire world is open and free to explore at any time, there are no artificially restricted areas and no instances.
  JeroKane

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Joined: 2/21/06
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10/30/13 1:41:47 PM#28
Originally posted by Takoo
FFXIV ARR has nothing to explore.. Prob one of the smallest worlds I have seen in an MMO. Not to mention everything because instance at level 50.

I think DEFIANCE takes the reward on that one.

  Pyuk

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Joined: 12/21/05
Posts: 666

11/01/13 6:51:53 PM#29
Originally posted by DocBrody
Originally posted by maxima29
Have you tried Age of Conan ?  

^

this, this and THIS!

 

Originally posted by Pyuk

 Age of Conan was entertaining, but I don't think it really fits the exploration checkbox very well considering the heavy instancing.

 

WTH?? Heavy instancing, where? You obviously never left the starter area Tortage, after that the playfields are MASSIVE for exploration and 90% takes place in the open world, apart from dungeons and raids of course.

You never even finished Tortage, right?

 

 

4 massive continents you can all travel to and decide where you want to level your character

Great stories

Fun mounts

Best graphics in the MMO industry, really flies today on a current gen graphics card

..

.

I absolutely finished Tortage and have 3 level 60 characters. The fact that the play zones are big doesn't take away from the fact it's heavily instanced and not really exploration-interesting. Quest hubs-a-plenty. It's a nice looking game with an okay combat system, but yes, very heavily instanced.

I make spreadsheets at work - I don't want to make them for the games I play.

  Anslem

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11/01/13 7:39:28 PM#30
Great thread - AoC is free, is it cash shop dependent at all?  That's one reason why I am prone to playing sub games only these days. 

Played: Ultima Online - DaoC - WoW -

  kostanza

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Joined: 3/07/05
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11/01/13 9:31:29 PM#31
I'm pretty sure this is the first LF Game thread I've ever read that didn't have some moron saying "The game you're looking for is EVE" (ps - it isn't what you're looking for)
  EdgeValent

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Joined: 11/22/12
Posts: 13

11/02/13 12:13:29 AM#32
Hmm maybe .. Dungeons and Dragons Online ? 
  aspekx

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Posts: 2197

11/02/13 12:22:37 AM#33

did you know that there is a toggle for the graphics style of the characters in EQ2? you can switch between the original SOE made for western audiences style and the more asian style.

 

just a thought.

 

other than that i think Vanguard and EQ2 are your best bets. although zones in EQ2 are instanced from one another. however, im  like you, not a fan of instanced zones in an mmo. however, due to the overwhelming content and size in EQ2 i didnt find the instancing all that troubling for once.

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One could be called finite, the other infinite.
A finite game is played for the purpose of winning,
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  Comaf

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Joined: 7/13/10
Posts: 1145

I want an mmorpg where pvp matters, my enemies are not my race or class, and community matters.

11/02/13 12:25:23 AM#34
Originally posted by asmkm22

Any fairly active MMO's with a similar atmosphere to LotRO?  I'm not concerned about a WoW-level population or anything.  I just like the low-tech traditional fantasy that LotRO has to offer (except I hate the direction it's taken since F2P).  A few things:

 

1.  Not interested in Asian MMO's.

2.  Not overly-concerned about graphics, if the gameplay is complelling.

3.  I like to explore.

4.  I couldn't care less about PvP.

 

 

So, any suggestions?  I've tried Rift, but I just can't get into the lore at all.  I tried Vanguard several years ago and couldn't get over the really crappy animations, but I'm open to try again.  I enjoyed my time with EQ2 quite a bit, but was kind of turned off when they introduced a more anime style to the characters, and then gimped the hell out of it with F2P.

And on that note, I have no problem with a subscription game.  In fact, I'd prefer it if given the choice.

Asheron's Call 2.  The kingdom v kingdom pvp isn't implemented as far as I know.  Even so, you can go neutral?  I believe...anyway...great old school pve with surprisingly good graphics.  You also get to see where WoW stole their AI/Character Models/and UI from. :)

 

  DocBrody

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Joined: 4/24/13
Posts: 1638

11/02/13 12:36:10 AM#35
Originally posted by Pyuk
Originally posted by DocBrody
Originally posted by maxima29
Have you tried Age of Conan ?  

^

this, this and THIS!

 

Originally posted by Pyuk

 Age of Conan was entertaining, but I don't think it really fits the exploration checkbox very well considering the heavy instancing.

 

WTH?? Heavy instancing, where? You obviously never left the starter area Tortage, after that the playfields are MASSIVE for exploration and 90% takes place in the open world, apart from dungeons and raids of course.

You never even finished Tortage, right?

 

 

4 massive continents you can all travel to and decide where you want to level your character

Great stories

Fun mounts

Best graphics in the MMO industry, really flies today on a current gen graphics card

..

.

I absolutely finished Tortage and have 3 level 60 characters. The fact that the play zones are big doesn't take away from the fact it's heavily instanced and not really exploration-interesting. Quest hubs-a-plenty. It's a nice looking game with an okay combat system, but yes, very heavily instanced.

I dunno I´ve played some titles and it´s not more or less instanced than any other MMO. Maybe you don´t like that they are diving your nose into the fact there are instances because each time you enter an area a dialogue box asks if you want to enter in Epic or Normal mode. But that´s about it. Wish it could be turned off though. The worlds itself feel really alive, very much different to for example SWTOR with mobs standing around in a static world. AOC has wildlife and day night cycle and you can level in 4 different countries as you like, that is enough exploration freedom for my taste

 

  JoeyMMO

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To busy playing GW2 to post much around here... *shrug*

11/02/13 5:35:52 AM#36
LotRO has a very distinct feel to it that I've never quite found in any other MMO. It is the only MMO where I could find myself fishing without being bored to tears. The atmosphere is truely unique. I doubt there's anything out there that comes close. The perfect fit is probably just not out there. You'll likely be floating between between LotRO and some other older games for a while to come. All games have flaws.

  Boneserino

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Posts: 1082

11/02/13 5:59:40 AM#37

I tried both Vanguard and EQ2 before I came to LoTro.  I still have Vanguard on my drive, but EQ2 just did not grab me and I uninstalled it after about 2 weeks.  Can't really say why tho.  I think it was the world itself.  Vanguard appears more interesting to me despite the graphics maybe not being on par with EQ2.  I think EQ2 graphics seemed more WoWish to me and and I didn't get that good exploration vibe from it either.  I like Vanguard better in that respect also.

But hell then I tried LoTro and that was it for both of those games.  You have to face facts, you won't find a better world in an MMO at this time IMO.  Head over heels above the rest in that regard.   Pretty hard to look at anything else the same now.

I do think Vanguard might give you an alternative tho to keep you from getting MMO burnout.

And I have to say, I completely agree on the monetization issues.  I wasn't there at the beginning, but it certainly is a frequent distraction and a downside to the game, no question.  None of that in Vanguard that I could see.

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