So it’s the second week of the semester and although you’ve probably promised yourself you would be “all work and no play” this semester, you’re probably ready to drop that promise like whatever New Year’s resolution you made four weeks ago.
Everyone needs a break every now and then, so when you just want some chill time, or some decent entertainment while you put off more important things, here are four MMORPGs worth playing that are better alternatives for time wasting.
Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter
Released back in June 2013, Cryptic Studios and Perfect World boast Neverwinter to be “the most action packed, immersive and fun “D&D” game yet.” Critical reception has been mixed for the game, with complaints mainly surrounding its end-game content, however, critics say this free-to-play (FTP) MMO plays well with its action-focused combat system, good quests and decent voice acting; all of which happen to be qualities that are commonly absent and sometimes beyond the capabilities of a FTP game. Overall, this game is less ideal for hardcore gamers and more suited for casual players.
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
Launched in late August 2013, this pay-to-play MMO was recently awarded the title of Best Overall MMORPG of 2013 by IGN. And it deserves that title, for like a phoenix rising from the ashes of Square Enix’s dismal product Final Fantasy 14 Online (2010), the world of the new Final Fantasy 14 is indeed “A Realm Reborn.” The old world was scrapped and rebuilt into a gorgeous, lush environment teeming with life and distinct cultures unique to each region. The game also boasts great content with its Main Scenario storyline, but also decent side quests as well as fun seasonal events. The class system allows you to freely switch between 17 roles emphasizing both combat and crafting with each having their own unique advantages amongst each class. With subscription prices starting at $13 a month, you get more for your money as you play what many like to argue is 2013’s best MMORPG. With its constant updates and satisfying end-game content, hardcore gamers will likely appreciate Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn more so than other MMORPGs.
Guild Wars 2
Though it was released in 2012, Guild Wars 2 is still going strong with its storyline that’s responsive to player actions and its dynamic events to replace traditional questing. The game itself has received a majority of high marks by video game critics with a 5/5 from G4 as well as a 9/10 from Gamespot and IGN. The highlight of the game has to be its event-based questing system, which although not very memorable, it does tie the player’s fate with those of other players, thereby boosting the social element of the game. According to a review by IGN’s Charles Onyett, one setback of the game has to be the fact that events and combat are repetitive. Also, apparently the player skills are so flashy that it’s easy to get lost in the “fireworks” of spell effects and giant weapons. On the bright side, the game itself is also another FTP game where you simply buy the game and you won’t have to any monthly fees from then on.
EVE Online: Rubicon
One of the older MMOs along with D&D, the Sci-Fi MMO EVE Online is definitely something to check out, especially with its 8/10 review by Gamespot for its 20th and most recent expansion “Rubicon.” The highlight of this MMO has to be is social and political focus. “A dominant alliance might hold a third of the world in an iron grip for ages, until a spot of corporate espionage dispels it into the digital ether overnight,” according to a review by IGN’s Nick Capozzoli. The concept of business and political maneuvering far overshadow the combat within Rubicon. Overall, this game is definitely for the level-headed, smart, and strategic individual who’s interested in concepts like diplomacy and business. However, the FTP MMO is far more suited for the individual who also has the free time to invest to execute smart transactions smoothly, efficiently and in a timely manner.