This is a sidebar widget I saw on MMOCrunch today. I don’t normally go to MMOCrunch (in fact, I’m not sure I ever have), but when reading an article earlier today this chart caught my attention. Apparently it’s the best “free MMORPGs” as voted by their users. Apparently that term just means “doesn’t need a subscription”, because otherwise I don’t know what Guild Wars 2 is doing on there.For the most part the chart seems surprisingly solid and I would play a lot of these. I’m kind of amazed by the score for Allods Online, considering how much hate the game has gotten in recent times over various changes. I can’t speak on those changes personally (maybe they’re even overblown, but what do I know?), but when I played it many months ago it was pretty decent. It’s still just surprising, particularly when it and Runes of Magic are the only games that have even cracked 8 out of 10.
Then I look at the bottom of the list and see that MapleStory has a 7.5. It makes me sound like a snob, but it kind of makes the 7s almost every other game on this list has received seem pretty suspect, haha. If someone thinks LOTRO is an only miniscule amount better than MapleStory, then I’m not sure what I can say to them.
I’m sure it means little in the scheme of things. Who knows what game communities promote these things to help inflate numbers, etc. Who knows what interests the average crowd there compared to me. I was just surprised.