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Top 5 Worst MMO Launches in History

CraveOnline writes: "Time and time again developers release MMOs that simply aren't ready for launch. Whether it be server issues, game glitches, or account-related problems, customers are left wondering why they play online RPGs as they rush to hop into the latest virtual world and begin leveling."

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xX-StolenSoul-Xx1060d ago

Problems will happen, it really surprises me with the amount of alpha/beta testing these games go through.

ftwrthtx1060d ago

Most seem to be released in an ongoing beta and are not really ready for prime time.

Abriael1060d ago

Lol, this dude must have not played many MMORPGs...

First, do your homework, then write.

aiBreeze1060d ago

Well looking at the diversity of the list, I'd say he's experienced or at least done his homework.

CaptainCamper1060d ago

LOL. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn the 2nd worst MMO launch in history? That entry is only there to include the image and ride the FFXIV train..

Abriael1060d ago

Agreed. And it's laughable that for instance Age of Conan wasn't included. The inability to keep a group going without having to relog, the chat not working at all, and all the many problems the game had are still history.

Most of the games included in the list aren't even in the top ten, let alone the top five.

JonnyBigBoss1060d ago

1. Opinion.
2. Age of Conan isn't commonly placed in the top five. It was frustrating but more stable than any of the five on this list.
3. FFXIV is an absolute mess right now unless you stay AFK within the game. That's the truth.

CaptainCamper1060d ago (Edited 1060d ago )

He may as well just put Guild Wars 2 at the number 1 spot and admit to trolling. Like you, I can think of a huge list that are way worse than what he has featured.

By absolute mess you mean people can't login due to capacity problems. The game is fine, the mechanics are fine, the experience is great. That's not a total mess. In terms of MMO history, this is a tiny spec of a hiccup.

aiBreeze1060d ago

@JonnyBigBoss

I wouldn't take it personally.. seems to be fair few SE white knights going around trying to justify this mess and play down the severity of the situation.

JonnyBigBoss1060d ago

Launch =/= game.

You can have a great game with a bad launch. Hence why CraveOnline gave FFXIV: A Realm Reborn a 9.0/10 in its review but highlights it as having a bad launch in this article.

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aiBreeze1060d ago (Edited 1060d ago )

It's the worst I've personally experienced. WoW was bad for a little while but at least had the excuse of they weren't prepared for it's popularity.

FF14 ARR wasn't prepared also but they set their expectations ridiculously low. Not only that "Sorry we're full, try again later" is a shambolic way of dealing with server congestion. Not to mention to not even have the foresight to implement an AFK booter system.. I have to spam A on my controller to log onto the servers at 11am this morning thanks mainly to the fact a quarter of the server just stay logged in and AFK all day. Their servers hold a maximum of 5000 players... I was in larger queues than that on SWTOR's launch. At least I had the option to queue though and go get other stuff done while I wait my turn to play.

I think server congestion and issues are inevitable in an MMO but when servers are full thanks largely to everyone enthusiastic to play, to turn people down and tell them to try again later alone deserves their spot on the wall of shame.

However, credit where it's due.. Naoki Yoshida has been very open about the problems and I think him and his team are doing the best they can do with their limited resources.

JonnyBigBoss1060d ago

Thank you for your respectful and constructive comment, aiBreeze.

aliengmr1060d ago

There is another side to server issues though. The cost of trying to support launch rush when inevitably the population will die down.

Doesn't excuse the complete lack of preparation but it does explain why no popular MMO will ever have a really smooth launch.

dbjj120881060d ago

I'm waiting to get on FFXIV, if I do at all. Hopefully there won't be issues with GTA V's launch!

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