The Ten Ton Hammer Best of 2012 Awards - Page 3

Posted Tue, Dec 18, 2012 by Sardu

At the end of the day, any MMO out there is only as good as its community. Flashy combat systems, compelling stories, and killer graphics will only take a game so far. If the game fails to provide a space for a solid community to form, it can all too easily devolve into a massively single-player game.

Determining which MMO is worthy of the Best Community award is typically a somewhat daunting task due to a variety of factors. For instance, even in a single game the community can have an altogether different impact depending on which server you end up playing on. But we weren't only interested in assessing what the community is like in-game; its broader impact across the web also plays a crucial role.

Taking the above into account, it became readily apparent that the community behind one game clearly stood out from the crowd. While our selection here may be viewed as somewhat controversial, we nonetheless feel that one particular MMO community this year is truly deserving of winning our Best Community of 2012 award.

This will no doubt be somewhat of a bittersweet victory for the City of Heroes community. However, when the game's closure was announced earlier this year, we couldn't help but stand up and take note of how quickly the players mobilized in an attempt to keep their favorite game alive. In many ways, the initial reaction itself was somewhat expected. After all, who wouldn't want to vocalize their desire to keep a favorite game going?

The City of Heroes community impressed us by turning what could have been a directionless outcry into a concerted effort to find some kind of positive resolution. And when it became apparent that their efforts were in vein, this group impressed us once again by refusing to simply walk away completely.

Instead, their energies have been refocused into not just one, but two new projects where they will have much more direct control over its ultimate fate. We wish the teams behind Plan Z: The Phoenix Project and Heroes and Villains the best of luck. We tip our hats to these folks and the rest of the City of Heroes community -- a group that is collectively worthy of our Best Community of 2012 award.

MAHAHAHAHA, how much did Turbine pay you to say what you said... Mounted combat is a joke... Im a veteran player of Lord Of The RIngs, and the game is in worse shape than it ever has been... I have been playing since day 1... The community is starting to turn into World Of Warcrafts community.. The game is laggy, Mounted Combat is broke, You Rubberband all over the place, due to the servers not being able to keep up with our clients, at least this is what we have to assume, since Turbine wont give us an official statement on whats going on.. raids are broken.. HEAVY IN YOUR FACE MONITIZATION Im sorry, go read the forums if you dont belive me. You will see for yourself.

Even though the mounted combat is cool I have to say Storm Legion brought so much more to the table.Trion is actually surpassing many people's expectation's with this xpac,it's hard to do that in today's mmo climate.Confused at the choice.

This sounds more like an editorial page than results from an actual contest.

There is far more "right" with the Riders of Rohan expansion than there are problems, and to the person who posted about rubberbanding and other issues, I can only say that I certainly haven't experienced them (and yes, I have been playing for a very long time). Futhermore, the LOTRO community remains the most mature-minded player base of any MMO out there. Sure, there are people who are annoying, exploitive, or just down right idiots but if you want to see just how bad it gets in open chat, feel free to log into any other game; LOTRO players as a rule are far more positive and polite. Also, the developers and community liaisons have worked hard to keep players updated with the status of bugs and the general direction in which they're heading...moreso than in any other games I've played.

The short of it: RoR was a massive undertaking and while there remains some tweaking to be done, the devs have done a fantastic job. Any Tolkein fan - any game fan can appreciate their work by experiencing the high level of immersion and great attention to detail in this expansion as is.

The community is starting to turn into World Of Warcrafts community. Is it not?

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