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Community Spotlight: Do you have a fall back MMO?

Posted by MikeB Saturday March 31 2012 at 6:03PM
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This week's Community Spotlight is going to be short and sweet. We're focusing on the thread, "Do you have a fall back MMO?" by theblurch. In the thread, theblurch basically wants to know if the MMORPG.cvom community has an MMO they go back to when bored of everything else:

Do any of you have an MMO that you fall back to when you get bored of all the other games you play?  I'm finding that the MMO I always come back to is LOTRO.

Seems to me this is one of the best things about F2P games, you can always come back to them without a commitment.

Read on to find out what the community is saying!

Sythion likes to go back and play the original Guild Wars:

I think I've played seven or eight different characters through one of the storylines of GW. Considering doing it again.

It's nice to know you can have an experience that feels fresh with a new character without having to play forever or feel like your character's story is "incomplete."

Boge spends more time looking ahead than looking back:

I don't really have a fall back MMO.  We played World of Warcraft for about 6 years.  Haven't played it in about a year.  I guess that could be a fall back, but there are other MMORPGs that are stacking up that we'd like to try.  Lord of the Rings, Rift, Everquest, and now Guild Wars 2 is coming out.  I don't think we'll ever need to fall back on an MMORPG.

Azrile often returns to DDO:

Mine is DDO.   It is absurdly fun and is mostly solo questing, so you don´t feel like you ditch friends when you quit again.   When wow is near the end of a content cycle, I will play DDO.  When WOW has fresh content, I just shelf DDO for awhile.

Surprisingly, I joined DDO mainly because it was free and I figured that it would be a good place to waste a few hours a week.  I have ended up spending a bunch of money on adventure packs though just because I enjoy the game so much.

I used to try new games when WOW was between content.. but man,  there was nothing like spending $50 on AOC to teach me that most MMOs are garbage these days.  Better off trying a free one and maybe spending money if you like it rather than buying a box of a crappy game.

My fall back MMO for many years was City of Heroes. I played that one on and off for about 4.5-5 years. I haven't really had a "fall back" MMO as of late, however. I'll usually just play non-MMO games in between releases I'm interested in checking out.

What about you? Do you have a fall back MMO? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

thinktank001 writes:

I am a bit disappointed.   No P2W highlight............

Sat Mar 31 2012 6:18PM Report
MikeB writes:

P2W highlight?

Sat Mar 31 2012 6:23PM Report
someforumguy writes:

Guild Wars (MMORPG/CORPG whatever) for me.

Sat Mar 31 2012 9:05PM Report
Golelorn writes:

DDO for me.

Sat Mar 31 2012 10:08PM Report
zellmer writes:

No, nothing at all really..

I guess if you count DOTA 2 (and DOTA before that magic invite) that I play in between other stuff and never stop playing even after all these years?

Still, wouldn't really put it with the MMORPG games comparison though..

Sat Mar 31 2012 10:33PM Report
popalx writes:

For me it's Lineage II. This is the game I always come back to.

Sun Apr 01 2012 2:31AM Report
fenistil writes:

No I don't.


When I quit an mmorpg I quit for good.


Only exception was UO long years ago - I kept coming back to it and was also longest one I played especially if you sum up peroids I played.

Sun Apr 01 2012 5:51AM Report
Wicoa writes:



Sun Apr 01 2012 3:46PM Report
Boatsmate writes:

Rift. The game was finished and stable the day it was released. Which sadly is a luxery these days it seems. The staff at Rift are some of the most patient, subscriber-sensitive, and just downright nicest you could ask for. These are guys that try to please by working harder than the other guys. No, I don't work there or have an uncle that does. It's just nice to have a game you can always rely on to deliver the goods. I know some don't care much for Rift, and condier it a knock off, but I don't ever go back to that other game, the one whose name shall not be mentioned.

Sun Apr 01 2012 6:35PM Report
achesoma writes:

LOTRO.  I believe Turbine did a good job with Middle Earth.  Game still looks good to me and I just feel "comfortable" there.  I was grandfathered into a VIP since I got the lifetime version when it came out.  I got way more than my money's worth. 

Sun Apr 01 2012 7:03PM Report
Logansan writes:

City of Heroes is the one I always go back to. Normally, I try other new games as they come out for about 3 to 6 months then return to COH. Apart from a one month break to try SWTOR in January, I’ve been playing COH for over a year this time around (there’s always new things been added to the game every week now).

I also have a lifetime VIP account for LOTRO that I wouldn't mind going back to one day, just have to convince my friends to do so as well.

Sun Apr 01 2012 8:53PM Report
BillMurphy writes:

I hate to say it, but WoW here too. It's the one I go to, even though I never raid or even run dungeons anymore, when I just want something familiar and nostalgic.

Sun Apr 01 2012 9:26PM Report
sirach writes:

LOTRO is the game I've gone back to over and over again when I need a filler. I have close to a year left on my RIFT sub, which I logged into recently, but the Carnival bored me to tears, so I logged off disappointed. 

Sun Apr 01 2012 10:21PM Report
shalhassan writes:

Mine used to be EQ2, but I'm really not a fan of the direction they've sent that game recently. Their "F2P" and expansion model just doesn't sit well with me any more.

Currently seeking a new fall back mmo :(

Mon Apr 02 2012 12:15AM Report
Pratt2112 writes:

Used to be FFXI for me. But SE seems to be suffering a collective identity crisis with that game in the last couple years. They seem to have lost sight of exactly what kind of game FFXI is supposed to be and now keep making drastic changes to it, pissing off alot of people in the process.

They've completely lost the plot on that game. 

So that used to be my fallback MMO. As of now, I don't really have one and have been playing more offline, single-player games of late.




Mon Apr 02 2012 6:40AM Report
BTrayaL writes:

Lineage 2

Mon Apr 02 2012 9:45AM Report
Jaedor writes:

I go back to WoW when I get free weeks and nothing really grabs me. So even my "fallback" mmo isn't really working anymore.


I still love LOTRO though, so I hang out there.

Mon Apr 02 2012 12:04PM Report
sominator writes:

LOTRO for me too.  I jump back into a lot of games now and then, particularly DDO, AoC, and Rift, but LOTRO stays installed on my desktop.

Mon Apr 02 2012 3:25PM Report
carrie01 writes:


Tue Apr 10 2012 3:32AM Report
SpiroTris writes:

Ultima Online, on one of the T2A/UOR shards always works for me. Every time I go through a dip in EVE I always download the UO client and start a new character. Lasts a couple of days or 2-3 weeks of sporadic grinding and then I forget about it again.

I believe I do it because it was my first mmorpg and I can never get the same kind of experiences in a new mmorpg, mostly because it's not new anylonger. Even if they come up with a new combat system and some different way to progress your character it can never be like the first mmo experience. "What, why am I dead? I logged off, the world should've paused!" etc..

And I think another reason would be the way it ended.... when a ton of people left due to the Age of Shadows patch. Much like Star Wars Galaxies's NGE update where they managed to kill their mmo overnight UO also made the same kind of terrible, huge, decision. I guess I'll never get over it really ;)

Mon May 14 2012 3:59AM Report writes:
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