I haven't played any good MMO's lately and I've really been yearning to get back into one. I'm having a really hard time finding one that looks like I'd enjoy, though. WoW is out of the picture for way too many reasons, and besides, I'm trying to look for something I haven't played before. I'd love if anyone could suggest some games that seem to suit my taste.
I'm indifferent to P2P and F2P - doesn't matter to me. Cash shops kind of suck when they ruin balance, but I'm not really looking for crazy hardcore PvP anyways. I want something mellow I can get lost in (like the good old days with Vanilla WoW). I don't mind grind fests as long as it looks good. I tend to enjoy Korean style MMO's like Rappelz and I even liked MapleStory back in the day. Actually I really liked Rappelz but the pet system really bothered me (I hate pets) and low level instances were dead. I also liked Shaiya and Perfect World a lot, but certain things made me lose interest fast. I'll just make a list:
THINGS I LIKE
-Good solo play
-Immersive world with strong aesthetics (graphics, sound, etc.)
-Fun but simple skills/class system
-Comprehensive trade system (I like when I can figure out how to make money) without horrible inflation
-Preferably an auction house
-Rewarding quest system with grinding still as an option
-A thriving community with main towns that actually make sense (Perfect World and Rappelz just look like cluster f***'s to me.)
THINGS I HATE
-Pets. If I'm not playing a class geared towards "pets" (hunters,etc.) I don't want to have a pet. I hate when every player is walking around with a pet.
-Ruined economy that makes it virtually impossible to make money at lower levels.
-NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE OTHER PLAYER'S LEVELS (Rappelz and Shaiya really bugged me because I couldn't see other player's levels... Idk why that's a thing in Korean MMO's but it irritates the hell out of me).
-Really low level caps (I don't want to hit the max level any time soon - in WoW you can do it in a week now, proabably less).
-Point and click movement (I want to be able to use W,A S, and D)
Games We Can Rule Out
WoW, Shaiya, Rappelz, Perfect World, Forsaken World, MapleStory, Runescape, Rift, Flyff
I know I sound picky, but I really appreciate suggestions!
Thanks in advance!