Massively Overthinking: What were your three most played MMOs in 2022?


Last year we wrote an article about what we expect from our top three MMOs for 2022. We’ll be doing this again next week, but for this week’s Massively Overthinking I want to see if we got it right! I asked our writers to name their top three most-played MMOs in 2022 – and if they predicted them correctly. What were the wildcards? Which games are really dropped? Tell us what you played in 2022!


โ€‹Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): The truest MMO I’ve played in 2022 was Ornawhich I don’t play super hardcore but more than I thought I’d stick to. Most of my games are online/multiplayer, but not purely traditional MMOs – the biggest of which are of course Pokemon GO.

For third place, it’s hard to figure out as I often turn on my Nintendo Switch and then get distracted by work/emails/facts when I’m checking something weird a family member heard on a bad “news” channel , but looking over my hours , I wouldn’t be surprised if turn 3 Was it. I would have thought Monster Hunter Ascension would be in this slot as i spent a lot of time playing the base game with a friend but she quit the expansion pretty early on so i did almost everything without her and then moved on. Pokemon Violet probably hit MHR again this year, although it’s hard to say how much of it was really “online.” surveillance 2 was basically ignored on my PC and console, which is also surprising.


Briana Royce (@nbriannaBlog): I knew I would play Guild Wars 2 and SWG Legends a lot in 2022; it was a matter of course. SWG Legends has become my comfort sandbox and MMO home for the past few years, and 2021 and 2022 in particular have been huge for updates to the game. I don’t have enough to do yet. And of course, The End of the Dragons from Guild Wars 2 was a highlight of the year for my gameplay, although I didn’t stay long after I finished it – something that was a problem for me Guild Wars 2 for some time. Or maybe it’s not a problem. Maybe it’s perfectly fine. I go back a lot. We’re still friends.

The one I didn’t expect to spend so much time in was Lord of the rings online. I had gone back and dabbled a bit in 2020 and 2021 (having not played seriously since Lothlorien) but 2022 really took off for me and in fact I’m still around. I think I may have spent even more time on it LOTRO than anything else in the last year that blows my mind. I could never have foreseen that in, say, 2019.

Anyway, I’m pretty happy with these three (and my fourth which was last year city โ€‹โ€‹of heroes, also on a rogue server). I get a little bit of classic theme park, a little bit of classic sandbox, a little bit of classic sandpark, and a little bit of modern action combat. Little bit of everything.


Chris Neal (@wolf eyesblog): Final Fantasy XIV, Guild Wars 2and Elite: Dangerous were my top played games of the past year and during XIV is no surprise, I’m slightly more surprised by elite and significantly more surprised by GW2.

I was generally sure I was going through buyer’s remorse for that matter Elite Odysseybut I was beginning to realize that I had other, comparatively older pursuits in this game to pursue, and while some of them Odyssey features have fallen short of expectations, there is still some life to be had in this one.

As for GW2, I raved in an earlier piece, so I won’t repeat myself too much here. All I have to add is that while the honeymoon season may be over, I still love firing up my Ele and find that I’d like to see what an alt or two feels like. Once I’ve unlocked all the accounts I want, of course.


Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I don’t know what I would have done or predicted for 2022, but I have no doubt that I would have been wrong.

For 2023 I think I will spend a lot of time on it EverQuest II and Lord of the rings onlinewith Final Fantasy XIV may come by later to take over. Dungeons and Dragons Online is also a contender if I get a home group together. I’ve played all of these games before, so I know they’re things I enjoy and will likely dominate my playtime this year.

I hope something new and better comes along to prove me wrong.


Sam Cash (@thesamkash): My top three this year are MultiVersus, Guild Wars 2and everything else is third.

MultiVersus is definitely a total shock. I just never expected to play one Super Smash Bros. brawler almost as much. I didn’t even play smash bros in a decade. It’s definitely a well-made game, but maybe it came out at just the right time. Whatever it was, it was fantastic.

Guild Wars 2 is still high, but I haven’t played it nearly as much as I would have ever thought. The festivals kept me trying to log in and keep playing time, but I haven’t even played EoD, which is completely overwhelming to me. i still love GW2but I didn’t spend time on it.

Lastly everything else because I’ve played a lot of games, a lot of them for our PvP column Fight or Kite. But none of them really stuck with me. I played for a week or two and accumulated a few hours or half a dozen, but then I moved on. There are a number of single player games that could compete, but they wouldn’t count in an MMO or multiplayer list!


Tyler Edwards (Blog): I’ve spent most of my MMO playtime playing New world and Lost Ark, which I probably would have predicted. In a distant third place would be Guild Wars 2which I mostly just play with a friend to entertain myself.


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Curtis Crabtree

Curtis Crabtree is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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