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The Pub at MMORPG.COM  » What happened to classes in games? Formerly: It was never a trinity.

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12/25/12 6:04:23 AM#81

really I believe the reason class diversity have been reduced, is due to players complaining, always you have people figure out what is the most effective, making it very hard for the "unwanted" classes redundant, hardly anyone are going to play the classes that only are needed once in awhile.

you can call the developers lazy, but really all they would get for their hard work is people complaining about how their roles aint needed enough, only getting filler  roles, when people get tired of waiting for those classes they do want.

that said I do miss the time where fights were more about tactics/timing, rather than based on fast reactions, especially now when my reaction time is getting longer,  can really feel it is a long time ago Ive been playing, non casual, action games...must be the "lack of training" ; )


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OP  12/25/12 6:07:42 AM#82

Yeah I agree but just give us 50 classes in X game. If they complain ignore it. There are 49 more classes they can play if it doesn't suit them :D

Am i overzealous? HECK YEAH!

Is my idea awesome! *CHEST BUMP*

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12/25/12 6:11:19 AM#83
Originally posted by Lizardone

Come at me bro! Gimme a tank that can AOE healz and haz cc abilities;

You kinda described what "tank" used to mean in MMOs about 10-12 years ago.


EDIT: A related poll from about 3 years ago:

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12/25/12 6:53:53 AM#84

If you have a solo questing game where all the classes follow the same quests then over time the classes will gradually become more and more similar for what should be obvious reasons.


The way out is either grouping and classes designed for a specific group role or having separate solo quest lines each designed around a specific class' strengths and weaknesses.


A compromise would be to have class-based levelling where classes were split into group, hybrid and solo classes.


Group Classes

The main ones would be fighters and healers. Their levelling would be designed around grouping up and fighting mobs in dungeons and static camps which is easily done by simply making all their gear drop off mobs in those kind of places. Fighters should be able to switch between tank/dps or dps/dps and healers between heal/dps and heal/heal so these classes are sufficient to form groups with.


Hybrid Classes

These classes have the ability to level from solo activities that suit the class e.g. rangers exploring, wizards studying lore etc, or from solo-killing specific mobs in specific contexts that suit the class e.g. rangers vs natural creatures outdoors, wizards against magical creatures etc, or they could join the group classes depending on mood. In groups these classes would all be dps/utility where the utility varied with the class.


Solo classes

These classes have their own unique levelling path designed around the class. They are "solo" classes not in the sense that they are deesigned to be good at solo-killing mobs but in the sense that the path they're on is designed around the skills and abilites that class has e.g. druid quests would be scattered around the world in appropriate places for druids and would involve mobs druids had advantages against. This is similar to the swtor idea except 1) the class is the story i.e. don't try and make up a 100 good story quests per class, instead make it so when the class levels instead of getting 2-3 new spells and or abilities they get 2-3 quests to learn/find those abilities and 2) you don't spend most of your time doing the same side-quests because it's too hard to think up 100 good story quests per class. Druids fight spriggans because their barkskin spell drops off spriggans. Necros fight zombies because the necro summon zombie spell drops off zombies.

Solo classes could join groups in dungeons if they wanted but they wouldn't need to. The best group for a solo class would be someone of that same class.


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12/25/12 8:13:22 AM#85

     Tupo..  Interesting suggestion, but I would like to offer something else..   Instead of having classes defined as "group, hybrid and solo"..  Give every class "group, hybrid and solo" skills..  This means that for example sake that each class will have 60% solo skills, 30% hybrid skills and 10% class defining group skills..  When you do this anyone can play any class they desire with no penality in solo'ing solo content..  This will require that the world have both both solo and group content..  Using EQ as my example, 95% of the roaming zone mobs will be soloable by any class.. However, once you come across a named mob or camp, this is where your class defining group skills come alive such as Mezing, Pulling, Rezing, CC'ing and Healing.  Hybrid skills would be watered down version of the unique group skills..

     I only offer this suggestion because I hate to have to switch toons back and forth based upon my desire to solo or group mobs.. Especially in a moments notice..


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12/25/12 10:51:37 AM#86
Originally posted by Rydeson

     Tupo..  Interesting suggestion, but I would like to offer something else..   Instead of having classes defined as "group, hybrid and solo"..  Give every class "group, hybrid and solo" skills..  This means that for example sake that each class will have 60% solo skills, 30% hybrid skills and 10% class defining group skills..  When you do this anyone can play any class they desire with no penality in solo'ing solo content..  This will require that the world have both both solo and group content..  Using EQ as my example, 95% of the roaming zone mobs will be soloable by any class.. However, once you come across a named mob or camp, this is where your class defining group skills come alive such as Mezing, Pulling, Rezing, CC'ing and Healing.  Hybrid skills would be watered down version of the unique group skills..

     I only offer this suggestion because I hate to have to switch toons back and forth based upon my desire to solo or group mobs.. Especially in a moments notice..

Most MMOs have their skill trees set up to support that. Limited respeccing gets in the way of being able to swap out regularly if you want two distinctly different builds.  However, if you want to be able to switch from primarily solo character to primarily group character, check out Rift's system.

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12/26/12 2:29:35 AM#87


  • trinity is a must (not every1 can do surgery on open heart, put needle in your eye ... you NEED specialist)
  • quest hubs are a must (yep, one of rare things i dislike in gw2 is "innovative" questing of theirs - nothing can beat quest hubs)

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12/26/12 2:35:15 AM#88

WoW happened. It got popular, so they dumbed it down even more, so they got even more popular. So other dev's copied that.

Welcome to the decade of fools.


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12/26/12 2:44:45 AM#89
Originally posted by daltanious
  • quest hubs are a must

Second Life, Wakfu, Puzzle Pirates, and Ultima Online didn't get that memo.

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12/26/12 2:47:47 AM#90

one of my favorite times in gaming was actually Vanilla WOW as a hunter in MC/BWL/AQ, I never did any dps, except on bosses, my role was as a puller, I would call out which tank I was pulling to, and as soon as I handed the mob off, I was off to get the next tank his mob.  It was critical to making MC into a 1 night thing.  If you had to wait for warriors to pull it took days in there.  Also it was nice, that if the pull was screwed up I could either Feign, or if it failed, I would be the only casualty, now if a warrior pulls and dies, its a wipe sometimes.



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12/26/12 3:21:04 AM#91
I've been saying this exact same thing for quite some time. I loved playing a buffing support class. My bard in shadowbane was the best and everyone wanted me around. I don't get the dps/tank/healer only trinity. Bring back some support and some mezzing/CC classes. Playing dps alone is fine if you want I suppose, personally I never saw the appeal. Every game I've tried to dps only in, it has bored me to tears. Each to thier own I suppose. Cheers to the OP and I agree 100%.


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12/26/12 3:26:42 AM#92

It all comes down to what is the most efficient build to tackle content, or the simplest when PUGs are concerned. The number of roles is not arbitrary. The game mechanics and game modes dictate what roles are present. If the AI is exploitable, there will be tanking etc.

No one got lazy or anything... The trinity works, it is easy to setup and it is usually fairly efficient too.

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12/26/12 3:29:08 AM#93
Hybrids and game difficulty happened to classes. Every class in new games are hybrids of the classes you mentioned in your original post. Also, the battles are so easy that you omly need the trinity.

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12/26/12 3:42:53 AM#94

I have a hard time adjusting to modern grouping.  Aggro breaks loose or maybe adds come in.  I'm looking around to figure out who is handling off-tank only to realize there isn't anyone.  Let's hope the main tank is fast, or they'll be wiping up DPS classes off the walls after this one.


Honestly I don't know who to fault.  Devs for dumbing it down, or players for not ever learning multiple roles style grouping. My genre blog.


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12/26/12 3:47:13 AM#95

Lessening of game difficulty and hybrid classes only happened to please the solo crowd. Likewise for the more recent "every class is a healer", it is there to suit solo play.

In a modern easyMMO you are the trinity, no one else is needed.


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12/26/12 3:55:04 AM#96

Oh nevermind. I guess this thread was set up to bash current MMOs and players aswell. Please, don't let reason distract you from your ramblings.

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12/26/12 4:03:37 AM#97

If the OP is really looking for diversity and choice in class and role types, they do not have to look very far to find it.
The OP played EQOA, which had Cleric, Druid, Shaman, Enchanter, Wizard, Alchemist, Necromancer, Magician, Bard, Ranger, Rogue, Monk, Paladin, Shadowknight, and Warrior as Classes, and, since they seemed to like EQOA, they could play EQ, or EQ 2, both of which have a variety of classes, and roles, to choose from.

EverQuest Class List:

Bard, Beastlord, Berserker, Cleric, Druid, Enchanter, Magician, Monk, Necromancer, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Shadow Knight, Shaman, Warrior, Wizard.

EverQuest 2 Class List:

Berserker, Guardian, Bruiser, Monk, Paladin, Shadowknight, Warlock, Wizard, Coercer, Illusionist, Conjuror, Necromancer, Fury, Warden, Inquisitor, Templar, Defiler, Mystic, Dirge, Troubador, Assassin, Ranger, Brigand, Swashbuckler, Beastlord.

Also, while it had a lot of problems at launch, and really did not meet most player's expectations, Vanguard: SoH also has a lot of choice with regards to class and role types, and is now F2P.

Vanguard:SoH Class List:

Warrior, Paladin, Dread Knight, Ranger, Rogue, Monk, Bard, Cleric, Shaman, Disciple, Blood Mage, Sorcerer, Druid, Psionicist, Necromancer.

The OP also makes mention of FFXI, which is still alive and kicking, and offers a huge variety of Job's (Classes) to choose from.

FFXI Job List:

Warrior, Monk, White Mage, Black Mage, Red Mage, Thief, Paladin, Dark Knight, Beastmaster, Bard, Ranger, Summoner, Samurai, Ninja, Dragoon, Blue Mage, Corsair, Puppetmaster, Dancer, Scholar, Geomancer, Rune Fencer.

So, in reality, what the OP seem's to be pining for, does still exist.

The only real question is, why, with all that class and role diversity available, is the op here, complaining about the lack of it?

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12/26/12 4:05:56 AM#98

quest hubs aren't a 'must' but a mix of hubs and non-hubs is ideal.


quest hubs facilitate locating others. it's nice in MMOs to have crowded areas and then desolate areas.


I always took a trip through Balands at level 40. empited all bags, made sure I have my professions ready and up to speed, and basically prepared for a few hours of wondering around a desert with no quests or NPCs just gathering and killing/looting with minimal NPC or player interraction.


it's nice to do it once or twice every 20 or so levels, but doing it the whole time...bleh.


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12/26/12 4:06:56 AM#99
Uhm it's pretty obvious the OP is asking why current mmorpgs are turning for very few choices in playstyle unlike older games where while it had trinity it didn't revolve around a tank a healer and dps only.


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12/26/12 4:15:19 AM#100
Originally posted by HeroEvermore

I have changed the title of my post to express the meaning behind it. It was never meant to flame anyone for using the word trinity. It was meant to explain that games were not always limited to such simplistic class design.

That being said I am merely expressing my opinions.


I love all the silly trinity threads. Obviously something thought up by younger gamers who never experienced older mmorpgs.

Trinity to me = lack of imagination.

The above statement is not meant to hurt anyones feelings it is merely an opinion and as a human I think i have that right still?


Games had way more then a trinity.



Mana-feed/Buffer (remember enchanters, they were NOT dps)


Crowd control

Rezzer (not always the healer)

Damage dealer (the most unwanted role in many games, now it is the most common filler role)

Attack Buffer (atk spd or atk output not neccesarily from a dps role)


I could go on and on.


Want to know why you do not see this as much anymore?

GAMING COMPANYS GOT LAZY!!!! They started combining this stuff into other roles so they could get away with less classes. You think Guild Wars 2 got rid of healers and tanks to be innovative? LOL! It was lazy. They gave everyone a rez. Gave everyone a heal. Gave everyone the ability to safely pull mobs. Something challenging will come along eventually that will once again REQUIRE such specified teamwork. Until then enjoy easy mode.


Edited in:

Killing the trinity:

Tank role deletion: All damage is based on getting hit or not getting hit (avoidance). All characters have the same defensive standpoint.

Healer role deletion: Take out all abilities to regen HP except a natural passive heal over time. Like real life wounds are healed.

DPS role deletion: Take out differentials in damage output. Take out enemy HP. What part of a monster you attack starts to weaken and break him down. (obviously this would be the hardest role to take out but if there was no damage differential in skills it would all be skill based and therefore having no tank or healer role naturally takes this role out as well.) It's like: Mortal Kombat as an example. Everyone fights but you don't call them DPS.

Now make me a game! go go go! :P

Well what happend was that internet became mainstream, brought in a whole lot of new people into online games, demanding to have a fun game experiance since they where very clearly not enjoying the more complex/freedom/depth you could get  out of this genre.

They started to complain very loudly, guess what? developers started to listen to the majority.

Hopefully one day certain old-school players might understand this instead of this constant blaming the "suite's" or the game company's.

Game company's didn't become lazy, they just listend more to the masses.

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