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  spades07

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OP  3/21/14 2:34:41 PM#1

First off, sometimes solo is inevitably in mmorpgs so I may as well ask this question.

And to this question everyone's going to say WoW and I'm going to say no. Why? because the solo in WoW and many mmorpgs is not very skilled. It's formulaic. Whicb button can I press now versus brain dead mob? You know what I mean.

So which brings forward what content is good, or challenging as solo.

-solo instance.
-varied gameplay, you have varied numbers of mobs.
-maybe advanced strategies, the old Everquest involved quad-kiting, or Feign death splitting of mobs, or fear-kiting etc. (still formulaic though)


I've just thought of some creative ideas for solo maybe it would be more interesting solo- player vs mob there's a combo and competition who lands the first near-death blow. With then just a minor blow to finish.
Or player+mob both have blueprints on them, how they will finish the enemy in the front of them(player or mob). So the competition is dastardly enough to manage to steal first.

I don't know. But yes here's thread, suggestions of what mmorpgs have decent soloing, and creative ideas for soloing too to make a cool thread.

  Foreverdream

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3/21/14 2:38:53 PM#2

Age of Conan for sure

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  Righteous_Rock

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3/21/14 2:41:00 PM#3
Swtor and it looks like eso is shaping up well for the solo mmorpg experience. They both use alot of voice over , that doesn't work unless you're playing solo. Normally groups don't want to wait on each other. I would say if you go eso though you might as well just play Skyrim. If you go swtor it's free, eso is charging an arm and a leg for a very mediocre game. Skyrim is a flat fee and you can get it cheap and play your heart out on your own time.
  PAL-18

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3/21/14 2:42:34 PM#4

best soloing MMO evar,you cant start your soloing career from lvl 1 like Master Stexer did!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-3ZZGccgek

 

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  heider89

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3/21/14 2:46:55 PM#5
Originally posted by PAL-18

best soloing MMO evar,you cant start your soloing career from lvl 1 like Master Stexer did!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-3ZZGccgek

 

i would say Swtor

  PAL-18

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3/21/14 2:54:41 PM#6
Originally posted by heider89
Originally posted by PAL-18

best soloing MMO evar,you cant start your soloing career from lvl 1 like Master Stexer did!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-3ZZGccgek

 

i would say Swtor

I like Swtors combat ,i really do,but their attribute / skill adjusting system is hmm should i say ,it just does not exist.

This guy right here is soloing instance at lvl 1 ,this instance back then was made for groups of lvl 10-24 ,if i remember correctly.

But for soloers who want to take everything into consideration,this was the Han Solo.

 

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  Benedikt

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3/21/14 2:55:40 PM#7

didnt play swtor, out of games i played i would say proly gw2, with personal story "instances"

 

edit: as far as "which game i can do solo the most of the group instances" i would say for sure shadowknight play in eq2 with healer mercenary for later instances :)

  the420kid

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3/21/14 2:58:11 PM#8

as for as solo experiences go I would have to say SWTOR is the best solo leveling, with its massive voice work and getting to pick good and bad choices for each quest its a very solid single player experience until max level HOWEVER..

If you want a good single player experience the game for you is about to launch.. ESO  great voice work good quest experience and all doable solo for tons of content.

  hallucigenocide

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3/21/14 3:03:04 PM#9

the secret world has among the best solo play there is in the mmo world. i hardly ever did any grouping in it aside from checking out the dungeons and the pvp wich is'nt required at all to play through the content.

the story is amazing and addictive.. probably the only game so far that i've actually done all the quests in.  

kek

  zzax

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3/21/14 3:05:29 PM#10
Preferably Skyrim, you dont need to pay $15 if you dont have to.
  nariusseldon

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3/21/14 3:53:30 PM#11
Originally posted by zzax
Preferably Skyrim, you dont need to pay $15 if you dont have to.

Skyrim is too much walking for me. I prefer Witcher 2, or D3.

  nariusseldon

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3/21/14 3:55:07 PM#12

Diablo 3 .. not a MMO, but close enough for me.

Marvel Heroes ... essentially diablo with marvel characters. Most of the game is instances and solo-able, with a few public zones that you can easily ignore.

Star Trek Online ... decent solo story content. The ship combat is fun, but the ground combat is sub-par compared to most 3rd person action game.

 

 

  PAL-18

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3/21/14 4:02:03 PM#13
Originally posted by nariusseldon

Diablo 3 .. not a MMO, but close enough for me.

Marvel Heroes ... essentially diablo with marvel characters. Most of the game is instances and solo-able, with a few public zones that you can easily ignore.

Star Trek Online ... decent solo story content. The ship combat is fun, but the ground combat is sub-par compared to most 3rd person action game.

 

 

Single player game soloing is not counted as the "soloing",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i think :p.

I have heard that STO space combat is great ,some of my friends says that its actually great!

So, did ESO have a successful launch? Yes, yes it did.
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  nariusseldon

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3/21/14 5:32:52 PM#14
Originally posted by PAL-18
Originally posted by nariusseldon

Diablo 3 .. not a MMO, but close enough for me.

Marvel Heroes ... essentially diablo with marvel characters. Most of the game is instances and solo-able, with a few public zones that you can easily ignore.

Star Trek Online ... decent solo story content. The ship combat is fun, but the ground combat is sub-par compared to most 3rd person action game.

 

 

Single player game soloing is not counted as the "soloing",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i think :p.

I have heard that STO space combat is great ,some of my friends says that its actually great!

*That* i don't understand. Soloing is soloing. The game genre is irrelevant.

Yes, STO space combat is pretty good .. that is why i still play the game sometimes (and that i still have lots of content to burn through). It has to wait though. RoS is being released next week, and the new version of D3 is very fun.

 

  sunandshadow

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3/21/14 5:46:03 PM#15


Originally posted by nariusseldon

Originally posted by PAL-18 Single player game soloing is not counted as the "soloing",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i think :p. I have heard that STO space combat is great ,some of my friends says that its actually great!
*That* i don't understand. Soloing is soloing. The game genre is irrelevant. Yes, STO space combat is pretty good .. that is why i still play the game sometimes (and that i still have lots of content to burn through). It has to wait though. RoS is being released next week, and the new version of D3 is very fun.  

No, single-player games are definitely not the same as soloing in an MMO. The experience is different because of the presence or absence of other players. Even when you are soloing in an MMO you are still interacting with other players, just by seeing them going about their business, talking in the chat channels, and buying and selling in the auctionhouse. 

Of all the MMOs I've played, Maplestory was probably the best for soloing, though it's not exactly a deep MMO.  Wizard101 wasn't bad, but the pet-breeding system and the top level boss battles can't be done solo. I haven't encountered any more traditional/standard MMORPGs that were more than mediocre at supporting their solo players.

  Wighty

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3/21/14 5:50:21 PM#16

GW2 ain't bad for solo play... Filling in all the crap on the maps, and getting achievements.

 

D3 ain't bad especially with the loot 2.0 thing they have in there... The flood gates will likely open up next Tuesday when the Expansion hits... However you are limited to 4 players in a group (including yourself) Really just fast food gaming... bits and pieces at a time... long play sessions tend to get very tedious unless you are trying to achieve a particular goal.

What are your other Hobbies?

Gaming is Dirt Cheap compared to this...

  nariusseldon

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3/21/14 5:58:37 PM#17
Originally posted by sunandshadow

No, single-player games are definitely not the same as soloing in an MMO. The experience is different because of the presence or absence of other players. Even when you are soloing in an MMO you are still interacting with other players, just by seeing them going about their business, talking in the chat channels, and buying and selling in the auctionhouse. 

Not when you are in an instance dungeon solo-ing .. there is no interaction with anyone ... except the chat channel.

But that is not a MMO feature. I can chat with anyone in diablo, hearthstone, and SC2, even across game.

 

  zzax

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3/21/14 6:00:02 PM#18
Originally posted by nariusseldon
Originally posted by zzax
Preferably Skyrim, you dont need to pay $15 if you dont have to.

Skyrim is too much walking for me. I prefer Witcher 2, or D3.

QuakeLive then. You can get from one side of zone to the other in less than 30seconds (usually).

Playing it myself when I'm bored. Non-stop action, best MMO.

  nariusseldon

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3/21/14 6:10:02 PM#19
Originally posted by zzax
Originally posted by nariusseldon
Originally posted by zzax
Preferably Skyrim, you dont need to pay $15 if you dont have to.

Skyrim is too much walking for me. I prefer Witcher 2, or D3.

QuakeLive then. You can get from one side of zone to the other in less than 30seconds (usually).

Playing it myself when I'm bored. Non-stop action, best MMO.

I don't play pvp fps. That is also why i prefer D3 and witcher 2. Pure pve, little walking/waiting required. Just jump in and play.

  sunandshadow

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3/21/14 9:00:12 PM#20
Originally posted by nariusseldon
Originally posted by sunandshadow

No, single-player games are definitely not the same as soloing in an MMO. The experience is different because of the presence or absence of other players. Even when you are soloing in an MMO you are still interacting with other players, just by seeing them going about their business, talking in the chat channels, and buying and selling in the auctionhouse. 

Not when you are in an instance dungeon solo-ing .. there is no interaction with anyone ... except the chat channel.

But that is not a MMO feature. I can chat with anyone in diablo, hearthstone, and SC2, even across game.

Chatting is a really important part of making a player feel like they are really inside an MMO's virtual world.  The ability to chat with other players playing the same game is unfortunately not a feature of most single-player games, nor easy to DIY because of the difficulty of locating other people playing the same game at the same time.  Other than that big issue I agree that two people playing the same single-player game while chatting are basically equivalent to two people in different parts of an MMO world chatting.  I don't think chatting to someone playing a different game is comparable though; it's qualitatively different because the main topic of chatting is supposed to be the game, and if you're not playing the same game you have to talk about something else, usually damaging your immersion in the game.  Like the chat thing on Kongregate - it auto-groups people who aren't playing the same game, and they try to talk to each other about what they're currently playing and fail to be able to.

Aside from that, soloing instanced dungeons only accounts for a small percentage of time spent in most MMOs.  Usually the player has to go back to town as soon as they complete the dungeon too, to sell loot and restock potions &etc.

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