a few weeks ago my dissapointment with guild wars 2 peaked and i decided to hell with it and i would give lotro a try, half as a joke, half because the hobbit movie was coming out soon and it reminded me that lotro was a thing that existed.
my initial dive into the game i was met with all the rough edges that the game has, but pushing past all that is a pretty charming game. its a wow clone for sure, but its also got a lot of nice features that wow was slow to implement, or hasnt even fully gotten a grasp on. to complement that it also has some of the best lore and worldbuilding ive seen yet in an mmo (thanks JRR Tolkein!) and decent writing. no joke: i am actually reading quest text in this game, as much of it is pretty well written.
im not too excited about playing yet another mmo with a gigantic level cap and tons of gear to grind, but on the other hand its also got some pretty interesting advancement mechanics, and many multiple paths to advance your character. cost wise this game will also likely cost more than what i paid for guild wars 1 and 2 combined, but if im enjoying myself then its worth it.