Many people speculate that World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, or Maple Story are the best games that are offered at time, but there is a surprising number of other contenders. What exactly categorizes a game “good” or “bad” is quite subjective, but there are some elements that can be compared, such as graphics, gameplay, and content, that can help in deciding which game is best suited for the individual gamer.
Maple Story is considerably dated, yet it still holds up in 2015. The graphics are antiquated, yet it still has a community. The answer? Well, it could simply be the art style. As stated before, selecting the best game winds up being up the individual. World of Warcraft, until late last year, had relatively dated graphics, but now with the expansion and update to the sprites it is quite visually appealing. Star Wars: The Old Republic has colorful graphics and fair visual effects, yet it also looks a little R-2-dated. Guild Wars 2 has pretty nice graphics, yet the UI seems a little lackluster. Other games such as TERA and Aion boast nice graphics and are free to play – which is a major selling point to some. For clarification, only World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 take any kind of money to play.
To many, World of Warcraft combat is exciting, fun, and takes thought and timing to execute effectively. Then there are others like myself who just do not care for the point-and-click mechanics that come with the game's decade-old engine. TERA uses the Unreal Engine and it makes for fluid gameplay, but it may make some nauseous or turn them away simply due to its irregular combat. Maple Story is minimalist in every facet and is more of a button-smashing fiesta than a game at times, but there is nothing wrong with fast-paced skill spamming. Star Wars: The Old Republic has a fair combat system, but it is nothing out of the ordinary. However, at the end of the day, these games all beat the click-and-wait combat system of RuneScape, so they at least have that going for them.
It is not too often where one can admit that an MMO is not encouraging grinding, but that is TERA at its finest. TERA blows through 65 levels of content by granting players inflated experience for much of their career – thanks to this, it feels as if the lore is missed and the lands are ignored. That is simply what not to do with content. World of Warcraft is full of plenty of lands to explore with the new expansion in place and constant events and festivals help keep it fresh. Still, there is a master in the lands of content: Maple Story. With over 300 levels to obtain, Maple Story is sure to destroy any and all remnants of a social life. Simply put, Maple Story is packed full of content to explore, monsters to kill, and places to visit, yet the other aspects of the game tend to turn people away.
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