The Struggle To Find A Decent Anime MMORPG In Today's Market..
So I’m a huge fan of Anime MMOs.
I’ve been watching Anime and playing Anime inspired games for years. My first MMORPG was an Anime inspired MMO and that may have ultimately set me on the path to loving that.. little.. niche of the MMO genre.
Back in the early to late 2000s the genre was not only peaking in terms of interest, but Anime MMOs were in their prime.
I played games like Fiesta Online, MapleStory, Pirate King Online, FlyFF, Elsword, Mabinogi. Holy shit, those were some of the best times I’d had in my online gaming experience.
Well.. other than all the cute girls you meet in those MMOs that throw themselves at you for a little in-game sugar-daddying, hmm?
My god, girls sure did love me in-game. They never had working webcams or microphones, but they sure knew how I loved my ego stroked.. amongst other things.
Hey! I was talking about my horse. My horse, who I often referred to as “The Stallion” loved being stroked, alright? Don’t get all weird!
Looking back at them without the nostalgia-goggles I can see that by today’s standards.. or at least.. by today’s gamers’ standards they’re nothing great, especially in comparison to this generation’s games, but nevertheless I enjoyed every single second of them.
I enjoyed the little chibi graphical style they always had.
I enjoyed the large animated worlds they were always filled with.
I enjoyed having to spend countless hours grinding because they were after all Asian MMORPGs and for some insane reason that completely escapes my ability to comprehend, Asian’s have a weird obsession with prioritizing grinding over any other form of substance in their games, causing players to grind and grind and grind without end until they ultimately.. die. Either physically, or of boredom. I’d say the likelihood is 50/50 really at this point.
So, lately I’ve been looking to once again satiate that need to be worshipped- I mean, filled with awe and wonder.
I want to be shown a world.. you know.. shining.. shimmering, splended? I mean, when was the last time I really.. just, let my heart decide.. what Anime MMORPG to play?
Well.. that’s the struggle. Most of the Anime MMORPGs of yesteryear are either shut down, dried up in terms of content and active players, or.. well, that’s it.
They’re either dead or dead, in some form or fashion.
Then games like Closers and Soul Worker came out. Ultimately, I was disappointed by both of these games because, frankly.. the official releases of each were just.. less than stellar.
Granted, En Masse does a pretty good job operating Closers, but it’s so far behind.. and then Gameforge came out and single handedly ruined any chances of Soul Worker being a game worthy of devoting time and effort to.
Although admittedly their private server alternatives are quite a step forwards in terms of content and maintenance – but even saying that.. nothing has managed to capture that feeling I had as a kid playing through an Anime MMO.
I mean, there are games like Peria Chronicles and Kurtzpel on the horizon, and while they both look good – Kurtzpel is definitely not something I’m going to be able to run around, explore, and find people to play with, and Peria Chronicles..
Well. If it ever comes out, then maybe we’ll be able to find out.
So, in an attempt to find an Anime MMORPG, I did what everyone does these days.. I took to Twitter to complain.
Then I went and Googled “Anime MMORPG”.. and now I’m not one to gloat.. but he.. hehe, that’s just beautiful. Although not helpful at all, damnit!
But still beautiful..
Anyway, that didn’t help much.
I opted to, then, instead, head on over to Google Images with hopes that I might find something that catches my eye, and.. Not helpful.
The struggle to find an Anime MMORPG is just too real for me.
Maybe one day.
Until then.. guess who got into the beta for Battle for Azeroth? This guy! This guy right here! Yeah he did.
You can expect to see gameplay for Battle for Azeroth soon, and our Elsword livestream on tomorrow June 27th, 2PM Eastern Standard Time. Make sure you’re there – Wiggy, my wife Avriee and I will all be a part of it.
Let’s see if we can’t find an Anime MMO to devote ourselves to together!