Guild Wars 2, don't even think about it anymore, just run out and buy it! I personally see it as less of an MMO and more of an open world co-op RPG that does what it sets out to do very
The game tries to eliminate grinding and rushing to the max level by having a really good leveling experience. Every zone has a level range and a story that plays out in real time through events, which has you running around the zone and just getting lost in what is going on. What really sets the game apart though is you don't need to get into a party and fight others over the events, anyone who does crap gets credit. I mention the level range thing because if you get too high level the game just kicks you down to whatever the max level of that zone is to keep everything challening.
This game isn't small either, there is a metric crap-ton of stuff to do that is all high quality. To put into context exactly how big the world is I spent 175ish hours in the game before I had to take a break from burn out and I had 75% of the world explored with no grind in sight.
Yeah I was looking at Youtube videos and have the first Guild Wars, and I can just imagine that world with dynamic events and other new things from Guild Wars 2 and...yeah probably get that for Christmas
Eve Online gets a big expansion on December 4th which should refresh the game quite a bit. IIt's not for everyone, but after nearly ten years it's still managing to grow and I've given up and returned a few times because there's nothing else with quite the same scope.
If you're interested in trying it drop me a PM and I'll sort you out an extra-long trial and a bunch of in-game money to get you started.
Probably not for me but inside contacts are tempting...
I spent 175ish hours in the game before I had to take a break from burn out and I had 75% of the world explored with no grind in sight.
That's very impressive. I'll surely be on the lookout for a trial.
They do trails for one-time events and your trial character is boosted up to lvl80 for the one-time event so you can take part. The last one was something about an ancient race returns from the sea and everyone has to stop them. It was one-time to keep up "your changes to the world matter" attitude that the game is famous for.