A couple of years back, we built the perfect shooter. The results were a lot of fun — in the comments, we put together all of our favorite features to describe the ideal shooting scenario, taking cues from things like Counter-Strike, Goldeneye and more. This time around, I thought we’d tackle a new genre.
I’ve long been intrigued by the MMO genre, but no game can ever put together enough of the right pieces to get me to take that leap into another realm. I’m not a big fan of grinding, paid subscriptions or disconnected point-and-click combat. I’d also love a story that morphs over time, in a way that makes me feel like my actions matter beyond just a stat or a new level number next to my name. I want big worlds, big universes, high stakes and easy accessibility. But maybe I’m just being nitpicky.
So for this feature, we’re going to dig into a variety of options, and discuss what we would love to see in the perfect MMO. Below are the categories and options I came up with. If you don’t like the options, feel free to add your own!
Free to Play
One time purchase with DLC
Rigid, overarching narrative that shifts with updates
Player-generated story with little oversight (a la EVE)
Player/Developer combo — player actions change game world
Third person action
Skill-based point system
Use of skills
Dungeon/instance is for you and your party only
Other parties can stumble across one another
Limited set of classes
Classes and hybrids
Player-defined — assign points however you feel
Limited to none
Available for some
Every player has a job/role to fill in world
Forgiving death system
Under one hundred
Feel free to give examples of games that have done each of these things well, and each of these things terribly. There’s basically no format here, so comment as you will. If enough people come up with a category I might have overlooked, then I’ll add that to the list.