The theme of Castle Sieges has been introduced into the MMO scene for a while now. Although it might have become pretty common, let’s remember some games with the fascinating sieging process.
Guild Wars 2
Castle Siege in Guild Wars 2 deserves an appreciation. It is pretty thrilling because of the fact that defence forces here are divided into several groups. The first protects the castle itself from the attackers. The second is trying to capture the resources which will help in the construction of defensive weapons and fortifications. The third group is defending the loot and makes sure that the enemy does not rob the transport.
Age of Conan
It's been 10 years since Age of Conan was unleashed upon the world, however, this old boy never fails to amaze when speaking of sieges. Here gamers seize not the castles but entire cities. After the city is built, there is always a risk of the attackers coming and setting up the camp, ballista, catapults and other siege weapons. Unlike the other MMOs, capturing the city is not enough for the victory in Age of Conan. Both defenders and attackers score points while fighting, so the city is fully conquered only if the attacking clan has scored more points than their enemies.
Lineage II is considered the benchmark for castle-siege content and even inspiration for some other online worlds. No wonder: Lineage II has the most epic sieges. Tactics and strategy here is not a joke but the means of mere survival. Having a castle gives your clan an immeasurable strategic benefit, so the leaders have to elaborate almost cinematic battle plans. Dozens of separate units are fighting under their command and each has its own combat goal. Sometimes over 300 people are cooperating in voice chats which makes you feel in the midst of a real castle siege. Almost forgot: what can be more epic than conquering the castle with a huge siege golem?
Sieges here is the standard way for the clans to sort their relationship out. Each region here has a castle. All castles in the game are unique: they have different appearance, design, map, weaknesses and strengths. Besides that, they are huge and look like real-life medieval buildings. Any player here can take part in the purge, though it is not the best idea if you do it without a guild, because during the siege, the territory controlled by the castle becomes a PvP free zone.
The Elder Scrolls Online.
Cyrodiil definitely pushes gamers towards group playing, so the castle-siege process here requires a great deal of effort from the players involved, and can actually be a dull experience - at least at first. Although, when you take a step back and look at it from a distance, it's can be quite fascinating to watch an ongoing siege, and see players operating a dozen different trebuchets all chucking fiery projectiles at a castle gate, while enemy players try to knock them out with siege weapons of their own from along the castle ramparts.
Which MMOs siege do you admire the most?