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  asmkm22

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OP  10/29/13 1:50:12 PM#1

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.

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  maxima29

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10/29/13 1:57:13 PM#2
Have you tried Age of Conan ?  
  Moodsor

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10/29/13 1:58:54 PM#3
Just out of curiousity, why dont you just play LOTRO?

  asmkm22

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OP  10/29/13 2:15:34 PM#4
Originally posted by maxima29
Have you tried Age of Conan ?  

Yes, although it didn't really grip me the way I had hoped.  I think it was the combat system that bothered me.  It seemed innovative enough, but not really fun.  I actually enjoy standard tab-target hotkey combat for the most part.

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  Pyuk

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10/29/13 2:20:43 PM#5

I'm kind of with you, OP. I've tried a lot and a lot haven't really fit the overall bill.  Age of Conan was entertaining, but I don't think it really fits the exploration checkbox very well considering the heavy instancing. It might be better if it shared the quest discovery system that The Secret World employs where side quests are found through exploring. Maybe things have changed since I haven't played AoC for almost a year now.

I recently tried Runescape 3, but I'm having a hard time getting over the horrid graphics (even after the update). I haven't played enough of it to comment on the depth, but the intro tutorial was entertaining. I've heard there's a lot of depth with R3, so your mileage may vary.

Neverwinter has fairly fun combat (I play a Guardian, and for me tanking in this game is pretty fun). The fantasy setting is D&D, Forgotten Realms, so if you're familiar with that lore, you'll find familiarity here. However, it too is VERY instanced heavy and not really rewarding at all for exploring. It pretty much consists of get quest from hub and go do quest, then come back and turn in. Move on to next hub/instance. I think Cryptic hit the visual fairly decently, but completely missed on the opportunity for players to explore the Forgotten Realms in an open adventure setting. Plus the cash shop is stupidly expensive, which totally killed it for me. I'd rather Cryptic had a subscription model as a choice, like their other games. STO works well fro me for that, though I think their cash shop there is stupidly expensive, too. One day they might realize if they halved the prices, they'd sell more in overall volume. They're still not very market savvy, imo.

D&D Online is the king of instanced adventuring. Everything is instanced to the point it isn't hard to feel lonely in the game. It's dated, the combat is marginal at best (even the Monk, which was an interesting improvement over the other combat classes), and unless you have key folks you know you can trust to adventure with, PUGs are usually and exercise in frustration. Exploring is non-existent.

You already know about Vanguard. I'm assuming you know about WoW and it's complete face-roll leveling and combat mechanics (IQ <80 required, imo). I've yet to find a Korean import that isn't anything more than school girls in bunny ears + heavy grind, though FFXIV has been getting more than overall satisfactory reviews from the masses. I haven't tried it myself since I'm leery of anything that looks remotely anime. 

Rift might be something to look into. Even though the fantasy setting is straight out of Fantasy Settings for Dummies, there are some exploration possibilities, with actual rewards for exploring in the way of treasure chests and quests. The combat is fairly uninspired, resorting to the typical hotbar combat mechanics we all know and complain about. Their housing is pretty robust, but that too is instanced (like EQ2's). Lots of different ways to go about leveling. Personally, I got tired of the generic fantasy setting and mediocre combat mechanics, but if you never tried it before, I suggest giving it a whirl - you may like it. Plus their F2P model is one of the best in the biz. Not very restrictive at all.

Hope this helps a bit.

 

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  Nadia

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10/29/13 2:22:46 PM#6
DAOC ?
  asmkm22

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OP  10/29/13 2:23:17 PM#7
Originally posted by Moodsor
Just out of curiousity, why dont you just play LOTRO?

Well, I have a lifetime sub, and I do enjoy the core game, plus parts of MoM.  But, like WoW, it's feeling a bit long in the tooth for me.  I also think the F2P cash shop conversion is really kind of immersion breaking for me.  Nothing specific, but every time give the game another try, something bugs me.  One time there were mannequins out in the middle of Bree and various other cities and outposts, complete with sparkles and everything (completely out of place in a town).  Clicking on them of course just opened a cash shop of course.  

Even the cash shop thing I can kind of ignore, even though I still get a popup reminding me to purchase quest packs when I enter new areas, despite not needing to. The real problem is the game is just no longer very fun for me, and the last few expansions have only reinforced my opinion that Turbine doesn't really know what kind of direction they are taking it, aside from making sure they have new quest packs to sell people.  Doesn't feel the same though.

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  asmkm22

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OP  10/29/13 2:25:52 PM#8
Originally posted by Nadia
DAOC ?

lol, I may give that another shot for the pure nostalgic value of reliving my college years.

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  StarS0ft

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10/29/13 3:47:46 PM#9
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.

Easy answer: Guild Wars 2

 

  Volenibblets

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10/29/13 3:57:21 PM#10
I've tried pretty much every game in the English language in a vain attempt to find something akin to what you're looking for OP (as, I gather, half the gaming refugees currently floating about from game to game are too) and I haven't found anything that fits in the last few years. Though I do keep my eye out for something good and new, I've gone back to paper and dice roleplaying with Warhammer Fantasy with some mates over google hangouts after about a 17 year break and we're having a hoot. I figured if no one is making anything fun then the only solution is to make your own.
  marcust

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10/29/13 3:59:43 PM#11
Play Path of Exile until you return to Lotro on November 18th.

Playing: ESO
Also played/worth mentioning: UO, WoW, Lineage2, Lotro, Darkfall, TSW

  Calkrow

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10/29/13 4:01:15 PM#12
Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn.
  asmkm22

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OP  10/29/13 5:31:29 PM#13
Originally posted by StarS0ft
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.

Easy answer: Guild Wars 2

 

Eh, that's pretty much the exact opposite of what I'm looking for, no offense.  Exploration is very structured, in that you just look for stuff on the map and head there.  Yeah, I know there's also "hidden" stuff and jumping puzzles and whatnot, but it's not the type of exploration I'm talking about.  The levels are small and highly-efficient, with no sense of scale.  Even the clouds look artificially low in the sky, creating a weird sense of an enclosed space.

Graphics are nice, if you like your fantasy world filled with 16-26 year old super models and Disney atmosphere.  Just not my style.  I couldn't actually make a human who looked older than maybe 30, lol.  

The atmosphere and lore, in general, are both just really kind of bland to me.  Humans are supposed to be on the brink of existence after having lost kingdom after kingdom to the Charr (I think). yet they're city looks like something out of my daughter's Barbie fairy-tale movies; some weird squeaky-clean version.  And the random addition of the plant people and goblin knockoffs?  Again, just not really my style at all.

Lastly, the core gameplay for GW2 pretty much revolves around PvP zerging, which is not my cup of tea.

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  Ezraiel92

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10/29/13 5:32:36 PM#14
Rift
  iridescence

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10/29/13 8:01:10 PM#15

Just having come back to LOTRO after taking a long break from it I feel like no MMO I've seen comes close to its story and atmosphere. You try SWTOR (also has an epic story built in) and you mentioned Vanguard (huge open world) but Turbine has something special with LOTRO I think despite the game's many flaws.

 

  Ridelynn

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10/29/13 8:11:45 PM#16

Rift & Vanguard are two options already mentioned. Both are F2P, Rift recently so. I would have mentioned EQ2 here as well, except you already tried it for a bit. Vanguard, despite being an SOE-run game, isn't the same thing as EQ2 and they are completely distinct. I would definitely check out Vanguard if nothing else - it's probably the closest thing, and even in going F2P the core game hasn't really changed (hell, it hasn't changed since it was first released in 2007) and it has a small but very loyal and enthusiastic community.

Even though it's asian, you may wanna peak at either FFXI or FFXIV - they aren't as "asiany" and the gameplay seems to be up your alley.

  asmkm22

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OP  10/29/13 8:20:23 PM#17
Originally posted by Ridelynn

Rift & Vanguard are two options already mentioned. Both are F2P, Rift recently so. I would have mentioned EQ2 here as well, except you already tried it for a bit. Vanguard, despite being an SOE-run game, isn't the same thing as EQ2 and they are completely distinct. I would definitely check out Vanguard if nothing else - it's probably the closest thing, and even in going F2P the core game hasn't really changed (hell, it hasn't changed since it was first released in 2007) and it has a small but very loyal and enthusiastic community.

Even though it's asian, you may wanna peak at either FFXI or FFXIV - they aren't as "asiany" and the gameplay seems to be up your alley.

I appreciate your reply.  As for Rift, I do play it for a 30 minutes every once in a while, but the game seems really bland to me.  The lore and setting just lacks personality.  It's also a bit more "steam punk" than I generally prefer, with various guns and mechanical golems and stuff.  Not a bad game, it just isn't one I can easily get immersed in. 

I do think I'll be giving Vanguard another try, probably this weekend.  My previous experiences were pretty poor, but maybe I just didn't give it a chance.

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  leojreimroc

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10/29/13 8:21:59 PM#18
It's been said, but have you checked out FFXIV?
  asmkm22

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OP  10/29/13 8:40:58 PM#19
Originally posted by leojreimroc
It's been said, but have you checked out FFXIV?

No I haven't.  I might at some point, especially once the launch smoke sort of clears, but for now I'm just waiting.  I'm not really hardcore about final fantasy normally, mostly because of the heavy anime influences.  

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  User Deleted
10/29/13 8:50:11 PM#20
Originally posted by StarS0ft
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.

Easy answer: Guild Wars 2

Bad answer: Guild Wars 2

I think the OP said in one of his/her responses that anime was not a favorite. GW2 is borderline anime. Even the bearded men in GW2 look like women with beards pasted on. Ugh.

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