For Bleeding Cool’s Best MMO of 2017, our three esteemed games judges were asked to weigh in on the most popular MMOs to determine which was the absolute best Massively Multiplayer Online Game of the year. The competition included major fan favorites like World of Warcraft, Warframe, and Grand Theft Auto Online, but what is perhaps most interesting is the split between our judges scores. On most of the other categories, they tended to more or less agree, but not this time. MMOs seem to be the big split in BC writing staff.
The nominees for Best MMO of 2017 are:
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- GTA Online
- EVE Online
- World of Warcraft
- Final Fantasy XIV
Our judges’ scores were:
|Games||Madeline’s Score||Patrick’s Score||Gavin’s Score||Total|
|The Elder Scrolls Online||6||1||4||11|
|World of Warcraft||4||2||3||9|
|Final Fantasy XIV||1||6||1||8|
I may have pulled out the executive card and been the tie-breaker with these two, but there’s a reason for that. Grand Theft Auto Online brings you everything you loved about GTA, just with online support and the ability to play with other gamers. What GTA Online lacks is heart. Part of that is because of the property itself. GTA was never going to be an IP that really brought tears to your eyes and hurt to your soul. How could it?
Meanwhile, Final Fantasy XIV has made an absolutely spectacular comeback since Square Enix quite literally blew up the game’s servers and started over again. This year’s expansion might just have added the best content to the game so far, and it’s a game that has a soul. The community of FFXIV players are some of the best MMO players I’ve ever worked with, and the player base is growing every day.
But a large part of my decision came down to this, “Which game would I rather be playing right now?” and my answer was always going to be FFXIV. No contest. It’s the game I talk about with friends and family who have never turned on a game console or even understand that gaming PCs are different from normal PCs. It’s the game I stood around talking about for a solid 90 minutes at a World of Warcraft party. GTA is a fun diversion with stupid awesome cars and it gives me the ability to cause a ton of chaos. So, sure. I enjoy it. But I don’t want to live it. And MMOs are absolutely the sort of game that you need to want to live in.