I’ve fought wars, felled mythical beasts the size of a large house, been protected by both enchanted robes and imposing plate armour; I am the hero of many worlds and the terror of the criminals, demons and undead that cast their shadow across said worlds. However… I have yet to find my home. The plane of reality that fits my desires still eludes me and so the search goes on.
All drama aside, this is a problem I see regularly in the MMO community. There are so many options out there for the lover of online RPG’s that finding the one for you can seem like an impossible task; I myself have been searching for over 10 years and while a few have come close, nothing has satisfied all my needs. Over the years I have tried many different games and found most of them to be very entertaining even though they lack that certain something that would make it perfect for me and keep me hooked in for years without becoming tiresome or samey. Some of you may have had the same problem and that is why you have found yourself here, hoping for some insight on how to track down that seemingly impossible dream. I may still be searching, but I think I can still help you to find that game which will really grab you. I will not be doing this my own suggestions, as all I could list for you here are the games that I personally found to be worthy of a good hundred or so hours before moving on.
I will finish up with my personal list at the end of the article but only to give you a recommendation should you be into vast open world fantasy MMORPG’s that require you to sign away a good portion of your life if you wish to get anywhere.
First, we need to establish what it is you’re looking for in a game, I find that the best way to do this is to grab a pen and paper then start a list of features you really value in your gaming experience. While filling your page you should also think about the visual style of the game, this is something you plan on staring at for a long time so it’s best to make sure you’re actually going to enjoy the experience. This will give you an idea of what genre and style of game you’re after, then you will need to go through that list and think about what features are most important to you. Those few important points will be helpful in your initial search as you don’t want to fill the search bar with endless tags.
After doing this you can start in one of two places,
Option 1 – Get onto a gaming forum. I know forums these days are becoming an outdated medium, but a lot of people still using them will be older and have more experience with the truly huge number of available games out there. They can take your desired features and almost always come back with a handful of great suggestions (I have found more than a few games this way). Just be careful not to come across too demanding as by giving you help and advice these people would be doing you a favour, be polite and grateful.
Option 2 – Pay a visit to Steam and start browsing the tags in the store search. This way can be far more time consuming as there are many games which are misrepresented by the lying tags they are sporting. So long as you use the filters correctly and make sure to organise the results by the average customer review you shouldn’t go too far wrong, just be patient and you’re sure to come up with something worth a go.
I would always suggest going through with both options with number 1 being your first stop as while waiting for your reply you can get your own search going, then when people come back with options you can see if any names match up. Don’t just jump into everything that people recommend for you though, do some research. Look at what other people have said about the game, there may be that one comment that points out something which for you could be a deal breaker.
Okay, so now you have at least one new title. First things first, get to know the game. Don’t just fly into it then get mad just because it’s difficult, or you’re not just handed everything from the get go. For almost every game you can find, there will be a YouTuber that has done a review or a new starter guide for that game. Also, you should always keep in mind that the world of online gaming has become a much more toxic place than in years past. Not everyone you meet will be nice and there are elitists in every game, just keep a thick skin and be prepared for a little solo play before you meet that right group for you.
The thing that we all need to keep in mind as we go through the motions of searching for this ever-elusive perfect game is that there is always something new on the horizon. Even if you only find a game that is most of the way there, with any luck it should keep you thoroughly engaged until a few more titles have been released. Personally, I have found many games that have allowed me to lose myself for a good year or so before needing to move on, and there is always something new to move onto. There are even a couple of games that had me enthralled for multiple years before needing a taste of something else, I’ll list these below.
I am someone that will take on multiple games at one time. I don’t do this simply because I make a habit of reviewing games but instead I do it so that I can increase the playability of the individual titles, keeping my brain working hard trying to learn multiple sets of features and skill trees makes it more difficult and that way it takes longer for me to get bored. This may not be an ideal option for everyone but it helps me, if you feel that this is something you could also get use from then I urge you to give it a go. This will mean that it will take longer to hit those lofty heights, but surely, isn’t that the point?
As I mentioned earlier, here is a list of some of the best and most engaging games I’ve come across. These will not be for everyone but if your tastes are similar to mine then you’ll certainly get some pleasure out of these.
- Perfect World International
- Guild Wars 2
- Elder Scrolls Online
- World of Warcraft
- Black Desert Online
- Star Wars: The old republic
- Allods Online
- Last Chaos
I wish you all the best of luck in finding the one for you, perhaps we’ll even bump into each other during our search. As we always used to say when logging off, hf + tc.