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Are there any popular MMOs left that focus on the journey, not the destination?

#1EternalNetherPosted 11/11/2013 9:52:40 PM
I enjoy modern MMOs for the most part, but I find more and more that I'm missing the old days. Sandbox style MMOs where it took years to hit the max level, and there was a high emphasis on exploration and discovery as well as community.

Does that style of game exist anymore? Or did WoW kill them all when it began its reign of terror so many years ago? I know Everquest Next is supposed to take us back to this but god knows when that's coming out.
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#2HighOnPhazonPosted 11/11/2013 10:09:31 PM
I've heard Guild Wars 2 is mostly about exploration and interesting quests, rather than attaining max level and rolling your cat repeatedly over your keyboard doing derpy dailies.
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#3Lady UnePosted 11/11/2013 10:19:44 PM
HighOnPhazon posted...
I've heard Guild Wars 2 is mostly about exploration and interesting quests, rather than attaining max level and rolling your cat repeatedly over your keyboard doing derpy dailies.


Isn't Guild Wars 2 so focused on the end game aspect that you can jump right into it though?
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#4EternalNether(Topic Creator)Posted 11/11/2013 10:21:17 PM
HighOnPhazon posted...
I've heard Guild Wars 2 is mostly about exploration and interesting quests, rather than attaining max level and rolling your cat repeatedly over your keyboard doing derpy dailies.


I played Guild Wars 2 to death. Great game but not what I'm looking for. You blast to level 80 in no time at all, and waypoints essentially kill the sense of world. After a while you're just teleporting here, teleporting there. It makes the world feel small and disconnected.
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#5Silent Sniper IVPosted 11/11/2013 10:26:36 PM
I guess EVE or age of wushu maybe. The problem with most PVE games is that it's a boring treadmill of content they expect you to blast through, which then becomes trivial and pointless, and then you start the token grind/raid game. I'm really hoping EQN or star citizen are good.
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#6EternalNether(Topic Creator)Posted 11/11/2013 10:37:22 PM
Silent Sniper IV posted...
I guess EVE or age of wushu maybe. The problem with most PVE games is that it's a boring treadmill of content they expect you to blast through, which then becomes trivial and pointless, and then you start the token grind/raid game. I'm really hoping EQN or star citizen are good.


I'll look into Age of Wushu when I get up tomorrow (never heard of it) but I'll pass on EVE. It's not really the type of game I'm looking for and is a bit overly complex for my tastes.
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#7ThePCElitistPosted 11/11/2013 11:09:51 PM
A real reborn
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#8DeadMercenaryPosted 11/11/2013 11:15:19 PM
Everquest 2 was a nice experience leveling for me personally, might be worth trying seeing as its free for most/all the leveling content
#9claytonbuckleyPosted 11/12/2013 12:50:48 AM
Old Republic

It's more about the leveling than the end game content. IMO though if you are going to play it, subscribe or something. When i last played it the free2play model was horrible.
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