My experience of playing most of the MMORPGs that I’ve played over the years has been dominated to some extent by the leveling process. I’ve never been much of an “end-game” player and I usually end up playing multiple characters in any game that I play so leveling (new) characters has often been kind of my end-game.
That said I actually haven’t managed to ‘cap’ characters in that many MMOs, I think the quality of the questing, the variety of activities and the amount of other players around me in the leveling zones all have influenced just how far I’ve climbed up the leveling-ladder in a given game. Here’s a quick scorecard of just how close I’ve gotten to cap on my highest and second highest character for each of the MMOs I have covered on this blog.
|MMORPG||Level cap||Highest characters||Characters at cap|
|Guild Wars||20||20, 14||1|
|Guild Wars 2||80||80, 55||1|
On face value that’s not a very good score really (4 out of 15 games). Starting with the bottom of the list, the MMO I have played the longest, in WoW I have had multiple characters at cap several times over the years, the highest was probably during the Wrath era (cap 80) when I had five characters at cap.
As is typical for many MMO players, I’ve reached cap most often in games that I play with friends. In Neverwinter I have three level 60 characters but we drifted away from that game before the cap increase and I haven’t played it solo since then. Both Guild Wars games allowed for a fast journey to the cap, so it’s no surprise I made it all the way on one character in both. I have plenty of alts in Guild Wars 2 but haven’t returned much to level them since friends and family aren’t playing any more.
Otherwise the games I have reached cap in happen to have strong story and good solo-ability – both FFXIV and SWTOR have combat companions on all characters and plenty of good story-led content to experience. Although we haven’t played Heavensward we did reach the old game cap on our one character in Final Fantasy, the game encourages “all classes on one character” so I’m not likely to ever have an alt in Eorzea. I’ve reached the cap several times in SWTOR, I currently have one at cap and two more at the previous level 60 cap.
The Secret World is a bit of an outlier, the game doesn’t have levels. We’ve geared our characters to QL 10 out of 10 but character development continues in the latest content with the Augment and Aegis systems. Gear does also continue to progress in smaller increments – there is certainly a lot more gear upgrading to be done so by that measure I guess we’re not ‘capped’ yet.
Two zeroes on the scorecard are stubbornly present year on year, two games I am very fond of but that represent a colossal climb to cap – Everquest 2 and Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). I really want to get a character to cap in those two games but the leveling speed is just too slow for me to stick at them for that long. I do have a host of adds in both games that I enjoy playing, the ponderous leveling speed is no doubt to blame for that.
Have you capped characters in many MMORPGs?