The Daily Grind: What are the best and worst horizontal progression systems in an MMORPG?

This morning I want to talk about horizontal progression systems in MMOs, which I’m a fan of in general! And I’ll start with what I dislike the most, which is rep grinds in every single MMO. Nobody likes repeat loops. Nobody cares if the NPCs like us. They don’t even pretend to be a promotion; they are just grinds. stoppit.

My second least favorite is actually city ​​of heroes’ Incarnated System. I didn’t particularly like it when the game was alive, although I know the rogue servers changed a lot of things I hated. The original version was super mind-bending and dramatically changed the game’s philosophy away from an alternative mid-gamer’s paradise. It might not even be fair to even call it horizontal.

As for the horizontal leveling I like? I find Guild Wars 2’s The mastery system is ideal overall, especially since it’s account-wide and never makes me feel like I’m wasting time on one character over another. I don’t like mastery levels floating over my head, but as a system itself it’s groovy.

What are the best and worst horizontal progression systems in an MMORPG?

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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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