The start of the year end lists is upon us.
I saw over on Sneaky Hobbits that Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online was the number one entry MMORPG.COM’s user ratings for 2009.
That, in and of itself, is not controversial in my mind. LOTRO is a good game built on the hugely popular Middle-earth lore, Turbine has been dedicated to improving the game over time, and it has a loyal user base.
But, of course, the prospect of a list was too much to resist. I like a good list… and love a bad list even more so some days, so I decided to see where other games fell.
Here are the top 33, which represent all of the games ranked 8.0 or better out of a scale of 1 to 10.
- Lord of the Rings Online 8.38
- Atlantica Online 8.30
- EVE Online 8.29
- Fallen Earth 8.28
- EverQuest II 8.26
- Vanguard: Saga of Heroes 8.25
- Guild Wars8.23
- Ryzom 8.23
- Warhammer Online 8.23
- Dark Age of Camelot 8.22
- Guild Wars Factions 8.22
- Final Fantasy XI 8.22
- Guild Wars Nightfall 8.21
- Perfect World 8.20
- City of Villains 8.20
- City of Heroes 8.20
- The Chronicles of Spellborn 8.20
- Champions Online 8.16
- Ultima Online 8.15
- Runes of Magic 8.13
- Lineage 2 8.09
- Requiem: Bloodymare 8.08
- Anarchy Online 8.08
- EverQuest 8.08
- PlanetSide 8.07
- Asheron’s Call 8.07
- Sword of the New World 8.06
- World of Warcraft 8.06
- Dungeons & Dragons Online 8.04
- Dekaron 8.02
- Battleground Europe 8.02
- ROSE Online 8.01
- Cabal 8.00
That is an… interesting list.
When you consider that the difference we’re talking about here, the gap between a rating of 8.0 and a rating of 8.38, is about the same as the difference between a B and a B-, you can assume that these games are all enjoyed by groups of players who each think about as highly of their game of choice.
These games are all equal to their users in some very abstract sense.
Yes, I know we’re looking at an epic mis-use of statistics with bad, and probably inadequate, samples, self-selecting respondents, no weight given to number of respondents, no range of responses shown, and no indication of the gap, if any, between professional reviews and these player reviews. So you have to take that in stride when you look at this.
Now when any one of us goes over that list, I’m sure we all see something on there that makes us go, “No way.”
For example, I see Requiem: Bloodymare on that list and frown slightly. I played the game for a bit and never mentioned it, thinking that was exactly how much coverage it deserved. But somebody likes it. Several somebodies in fact, enough to get it an 8.08 score on this list, putting it ever so slightly ahead of World of Warcraft.
I’m probably less surprised by the games that made it to 8.0 or greater than those that did not. Wizard 101, Pirates of the Burning Sea, and Aion fell just shy of the 8.0 mark, while Darkfall, with an ever vocal community, was way down the list with a score of 7.09. No doubt a forum post will fix that. (“Go vote for us!” posts are perfectly acceptable in my opinion.)
How about your favorite game? Did it score above 8.0?