Any good MMOs for a decent amount of soloing?

All right before you say it yes I know the point of MMOs is multiplayer but hear me out first. Right now I play Guild Wars due to the recent updates and the Hall of Monuments. The problem is I HATE Guild Wars with an extreme passion. The newest quest line is literally the worst quest line I've ever played in any RPG. So I am looking to try another MMO out but since the guild I was playing with from Guild Wars is still playing and don't want to quit I'm basically going alone here. So would anyone here recommend any MMO's that would fit that bill? Also please limit these to free to play and games that are already out. I know about TERA, The Secret World and GW2 but the problem is none of those are out and I'm looking for something now. Also if you are going to tell me to go watch the MMO Grinder's videos then I already watch them and I am thinking a bit about some of those. So thank you for your time and suggestions.

The only MMO I had extensive experience with was City of Heroes. Needless to say, the majority of that game is soloable, especially since you can customize the difficulty of every mission to suit how hardcore you want it to be.
If you are good enough, its possible to solo Task Forces and such as well. Have at it!

Clive Howlitzer:
The only MMO I had extensive experience with was City of Heroes. Needless to say, the majority of that game is soloable, especially since you can customize the difficulty of every mission to suit how hardcore you want it to be.
If you are good enough, its possible to solo Task Forces and such as well. Have at it!

Well would you recommend it? Did it have any major problems when you played it?

80Maxwell08:

Clive Howlitzer:
The only MMO I had extensive experience with was City of Heroes. Needless to say, the majority of that game is soloable, especially since you can customize the difficulty of every mission to suit how hardcore you want it to be.
If you are good enough, its possible to solo Task Forces and such as well. Have at it!

Well would you recommend it? Did it have any major problems when you played it?

Oh, no. City of Heroes was fuckin' amazing. I played that game from the day it was released for like 5 years straight. I put more hours into it than I'd care to admit and did literally every single bit of content that is in that game, several times.
I highly recommend it. It is not as good as it used to be in my opinion but that is just because I am an old timer. Go check it out.

The only one I've ever played too much is SMT Imagine. My computer and internet are both trash so my gaming experience was only so-so and I thus can't comment too in-depth about it because I gave up out of frustration not too far in, but the gameplay itself was pretty good and the atmosphere was nifty and there's definitely some nostalgic pleasure to be had if you're an SMT fan. I'd recommend at least giving it a look

Clive Howlitzer:

80Maxwell08:

Clive Howlitzer:
The only MMO I had extensive experience with was City of Heroes. Needless to say, the majority of that game is soloable, especially since you can customize the difficulty of every mission to suit how hardcore you want it to be.
If you are good enough, its possible to solo Task Forces and such as well. Have at it!

Well would you recommend it? Did it have any major problems when you played it?

Oh, no. City of Heroes was fuckin' amazing. I played that game from the day it was released for like 5 years straight. I put more hours into it than I'd care to admit and did literally every single bit of content that is in that game, several times.
I highly recommend it. It is not as good as it used to be in my opinion but that is just because I am an old timer. Go check it out.

Well that makes 2 positive reviews and one overwhelmingly positive recommendation. All right I'll give it a shot. Also I'm unsure if you know this but is NCsoft account different from the City of Heroes account? Since when it says to create a City of Heroes account the page is called "Create a NCsoft acount".

80Maxwell08:

Clive Howlitzer:

80Maxwell08:

Well would you recommend it? Did it have any major problems when you played it?

Oh, no. City of Heroes was fuckin' amazing. I played that game from the day it was released for like 5 years straight. I put more hours into it than I'd care to admit and did literally every single bit of content that is in that game, several times.
I highly recommend it. It is not as good as it used to be in my opinion but that is just because I am an old timer. Go check it out.

Well that makes 2 positive reviews and one overwhelmingly positive recommendation. All right I'll give it a shot. Also I'm unsure if you know this but is NCsoft account different from the City of Heroes account? Since when it says to create a City of Heroes account the page is called "Create a NCsoft acount".

They are one in the same, I believe. An NCSoft account is basically the master account for all of those games. I am not too familiar with how they do things there now since the game went F2P. I haven't played it since then.

Well if you want a MMO that you can basically solo the whole way through look no further than SW:TOR, due to it's story-based questing stucture, and the ability to have an AI companion back you up in fights you can pretty much level all character classes from 1-50 without ever grouping.

Just buy the game and treat it like kotor 3 with added multiplayer elements thrown in, hell you can even do some of the instances solo with a companion after a certain level, for example the first one, black talon, it becomes availible at level 10-11 and you can solo it at around level 15 with the gear inside still being viable for use.

darkstone:
Well if you want a MMO that you can basically solo the whole way through look no further than SW:TOR, due to it's story-based questing stucture, and the ability to have an AI companion back you up in fights you can pretty much level all character classes from 1-50 without ever grouping.

Just buy the game and treat it like kotor 3 with added multiplayer elements thrown in, hell you can even do some of the instances solo with a companion after a certain level, for example the first one, black talon, it becomes availible at level 10-11 and you can solo it at around level 15 with the gear inside still being viable for use.

I mentioned please limit to free to play. I would make a joke about it failing here but it wouldn't be funny and I'm getting tired of "fanboys vs haters" as in you have to choose a side no exceptions. Which is kinda amusing since that was a major complaint people had about DA2.

80Maxwell08:

Clive Howlitzer:

80Maxwell08:

Well would you recommend it? Did it have any major problems when you played it?

Oh, no. City of Heroes was fuckin' amazing. I played that game from the day it was released for like 5 years straight. I put more hours into it than I'd care to admit and did literally every single bit of content that is in that game, several times.
I highly recommend it. It is not as good as it used to be in my opinion but that is just because I am an old timer. Go check it out.

Well that makes 2 positive reviews and one overwhelmingly positive recommendation. All right I'll give it a shot. Also I'm unsure if you know this but is NCsoft account different from the City of Heroes account? Since when it says to create a City of Heroes account the page is called "Create a NCsoft acount".

Make it 3 with 2 recommendations now.

I will also toss Guild Wars out there. Not on the same level as CoH but damn good. (Although you do have to buy the games)

Savagezion:

80Maxwell08:

Clive Howlitzer:

Oh, no. City of Heroes was fuckin' amazing. I played that game from the day it was released for like 5 years straight. I put more hours into it than I'd care to admit and did literally every single bit of content that is in that game, several times.
I highly recommend it. It is not as good as it used to be in my opinion but that is just because I am an old timer. Go check it out.

Well that makes 2 positive reviews and one overwhelmingly positive recommendation. All right I'll give it a shot. Also I'm unsure if you know this but is NCsoft account different from the City of Heroes account? Since when it says to create a City of Heroes account the page is called "Create a NCsoft acount".

Make it 3 with 2 recommendations now.

I will also toss Guild Wars out there. Not on the same level as CoH but damn good. (Although you do have to buy the games)

I said I was looking for something else from Guild Wars because I freaking hate it.

80Maxwell08:

darkstone:
Well if you want a MMO that you can basically solo the whole way through look no further than SW:TOR, due to it's story-based questing stucture, and the ability to have an AI companion back you up in fights you can pretty much level all character classes from 1-50 without ever grouping.

Just buy the game and treat it like kotor 3 with added multiplayer elements thrown in, hell you can even do some of the instances solo with a companion after a certain level, for example the first one, black talon, it becomes availible at level 10-11 and you can solo it at around level 15 with the gear inside still being viable for use.

I mentioned please limit to free to play. I would make a joke about it failing here but it wouldn't be funny and I'm getting tired of "fanboys vs haters" as in you have to choose a side no exceptions. Which is kinda amusing since that was a major complaint people had about DA2.

Well you actually said "Also please limit these to free to play and games that are already out. Besides I'll give that game half a year before it's FTP as well.

darkstone:

80Maxwell08:

darkstone:
Well if you want a MMO that you can basically solo the whole way through look no further than SW:TOR, due to it's story-based questing stucture, and the ability to have an AI companion back you up in fights you can pretty much level all character classes from 1-50 without ever grouping.

Just buy the game and treat it like kotor 3 with added multiplayer elements thrown in, hell you can even do some of the instances solo with a companion after a certain level, for example the first one, black talon, it becomes availible at level 10-11 and you can solo it at around level 15 with the gear inside still being viable for use.

I mentioned please limit to free to play. I would make a joke about it failing here but it wouldn't be funny and I'm getting tired of "fanboys vs haters" as in you have to choose a side no exceptions. Which is kinda amusing since that was a major complaint people had about DA2.

Well you actually said "Also please limit these to free to play and games that are already out. Besides I'll give that game half a year before it's FTP as well.

Fine I'll give you that it does fit into one of those.

80Maxwell08:
I said I was looking for something else from Guild Wars because I freaking hate it.

I... read that too. I promise. Alright, time for bed. My apologies and g'night.

Get CoH.

Savagezion:

80Maxwell08:
I said I was looking for something else from Guild Wars because I freaking hate it.

I... read that too. I promise. Alright, time for bed. My apologies and g'night.

Get CoH.

Apology accepted so sleep well and already installing CoH.

I enjoy soloing in an MMO world far more than I enjoy soloing in many single player rpgs. Even if I'm not grouped the world feels more alive with other players in it. Anyway, a few more you may want to look at...

Fallen Earth: post apoc setting, with third/first person shooter style combat. Very soloable, which makes sense given the prevalence of 'lone wanderer' characters in the genre.

Lord of the Rings Online: a wonderfully well realised world that's a pleasure to explore, especially if you're a Tolkein fan.

Star Trek Online: ground combat is nothing special but ship-to-ship battles (of which there are far more) are excellent. Definitely worth a look if you've ever enjoyed any iteration of the tv series.

All of the above are on F2P and have lots of solo friendly content.

Yeah look at LotRO or DO, maybe try Everquest 2 because I think that went F2p with some P2P exceptions. Maybe DCUO would also be a nice option.

LOTRO is F2P, but it's best to buy a month when you hit level 30ish to gain the premium member benefits(they'll be permanent on all your current characters).
The community is the most mature I've ever encountered in an MMO, the world is beautiful and the classes are all pretty damn great. Combat might feel a bit slow in the beginning, but when you start leveling up a bit it'll be better.
You can solo all the way to level 75 if you wish. Before a lot of quests where group based, since... well, it's LOTRO, but they decided to start sucking up to the casual players a bit more and changed that.

Even if you're not the least intrested in LOTR when it comes to the lore, like me, odds are you'll still get sucked into the wonderful atmosphere.

I recently left LOTRO after two years of pretty much daily playing. Needed a break since I've gotten all classes to level ~60, with three at level 75. Started playing Rift again and I'm having a blast.

Maybe try DDO. You could build your character as a solo specialist if that's what you wanted. Give these guys a shout if you try it: http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=258855

80Maxwell08:

Clive Howlitzer:
The only MMO I had extensive experience with was City of Heroes. Needless to say, the majority of that game is soloable, especially since you can customize the difficulty of every mission to suit how hardcore you want it to be.
If you are good enough, its possible to solo Task Forces and such as well. Have at it!

Well would you recommend it? Did it have any major problems when you played it?

I can honestly say (as a free player of CoH myself) that the game is pretty soloable and can still be fun- I solo most of the time with my Batman themed character :D . Also, it's one of those games that is not that much limiting to free users. So yeah, give it a try, I was pleasantly surprised.

80Maxwell08:

Clive Howlitzer:

80Maxwell08:

Well would you recommend it? Did it have any major problems when you played it?

Oh, no. City of Heroes was fuckin' amazing. I played that game from the day it was released for like 5 years straight. I put more hours into it than I'd care to admit and did literally every single bit of content that is in that game, several times.
I highly recommend it. It is not as good as it used to be in my opinion but that is just because I am an old timer. Go check it out.

Well that makes 2 positive reviews and one overwhelmingly positive recommendation. All right I'll give it a shot. Also I'm unsure if you know this but is NCsoft account different from the City of Heroes account? Since when it says to create a City of Heroes account the page is called "Create a NCsoft acount".

they're the same thing in my experience with them.

and CoH is great imo, i've effectively retired from it, but its great, LOTS of content, you can level two characters up and have almost no over lap in missions, which are for the most part fairly well written when its a full on story arc. the character creator is really good, you can spend HOURS just fiddling with your out fit and theres even more costume parts to unlock through game play

some down sides are how ever, the ATs Controller and Master Mind are locked if your a brand new player, i think you just to buy them or sub up, the EAT (Epic Arcitypes) are also lock and have to be bought BUT!!!! i THINK those are still unlock able via game play. some content (mostly 'Incarnate' stuff) is sub only and there are power sets you will need to buy before they're useable.

however,that's all ignorable and you will still have a wealth of options in terms of character creation, with some 30 or so power sets, and 10 ish classes i wanna say (i have the benefit of having a bit more due to having played it for so long, so I'm likely a bit off) and THOUSANDS of costume parts. if despite the negatives it still sounds good, i think you'll enjoy it

WoW Killer:
Maybe try DDO. You could build your character as a solo specialist if that's what you wanted. Give these guys a shout if you try it: http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=258855

I was actually thinking about trying DDO before but always got the feeling I wouldn't know what to do at all. Still I'll think about it.

80Maxwell08:
I was actually thinking about trying DDO before but always got the feeling I wouldn't know what to do at all. Still I'll think about it.

While DDO is fun, but soloing in it is not advisable.

Everything in DDO is private instances and you don't regen HP or MP while in them.
Sure, there are "rest shrines" while in the instances that heal a portion of your HP/MP.

The ideal DDO party would include your standard Tank, Healer, Rogue[1] and DPS.

Also, if making a character in D&D seems a bit daunting, they have premade class paths, which while not optimal, are functional and will generally guide you to getting a prestige class at lvl 6.

However, if you really want the ability to solo, I'll be another to parrot the recommendation of LotRO.
Most of the classes I've played can solo quite well, though some are easier than others.

[1] There are plenty of traps and secret doors that make this class essential, rather than just another DPS class.

SWTOR is the best single player MMO around, take that as you will.

The Old Republic is VERY friendly for soloing. If you want to solo an MMO, I recommend that. It's also got a free weekend going on right now, so check it out and see if it floats your boat.

madwarper:

80Maxwell08:
I was actually thinking about trying DDO before but always got the feeling I wouldn't know what to do at all. Still I'll think about it.

While DDO is fun, but soloing in it is not advisable.

Everything in DDO is private instances and you don't regen HP or MP while in them.
Sure, there are "rest shrines" while in the instances that heal a portion of your HP/MP.

The ideal DDO party would include your standard Tank, Healer, Rogue and DPS.

I have to disagree with that. I've levelled several toons 1-20 solo. There are only a handful of quests I can think of that specifically require a group (usually switch and pressure plate related puzzles, like in Delera's part 2, though you can sometimes get around this with hirelings). Dungeon scaling means it can often be easier solo (and while most traps are avoidable anyway, many builds can handle them just as well as a pure rogue; 18wiz/2rog is a common rogue substitute where it's needed).

But this does usually require a well built character with self sufficiency in mind. And yes, that can be very daunting for a new player. Maybe check the forums to find a standard build that you like the sound of. Just beware that most standard builds assume 32-point stats (which is either paid for or unlocked through play), sometimes require tomes (again either paid for or high level drops), and may require a paid for class even for just a single level (Monk splashes are popular on solo builds). If you make a post asking for advice on a beginner friendly version of a build, they'll usually be someone willing to help out; the community isn't as hostile as in a lot of MMOs.

Marcus Kehoe:
SWTOR is the best single player MMO around, take that as you will.

Irridium:
The Old Republic is VERY friendly for soloing. If you want to solo an MMO, I recommend that. It's also got a free weekend going on right now, so check it out and see if it floats your boat.

I'm guessing you two didn't see the "please limit it to free to play" part. Also someone else already brought up it was technically "Please limit it to free to play and games that are already out".

80Maxwell08:

Marcus Kehoe:
SWTOR is the best single player MMO around, take that as you will.

Irridium:
The Old Republic is VERY friendly for soloing. If you want to solo an MMO, I recommend that. It's also got a free weekend going on right now, so check it out and see if it floats your boat.

I'm guessing you two didn't see the "please limit it to free to play" part. Also someone else already brought up it was technically "Please limit it to free to play and games that are already out".

Oh.

Hm... only one that comes to mind is Runescape. And I haven't played that one in, like, 6 or 7 years. But when I did play it it was pretty solo-friendly.

But again, that was many years ago. So things might have changed.

 

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