The story of hardcore entertainment takes place since the 80s and 90s, the times of popularity of the Atari consoles, and then Nintendo and Sega. Everyone will have the name of at least one game in their memory, be it the conventional Contra, Adventure Island or Megaman, which has killed more than one hour in an attempt to pass an unacceptable level.
In the heyday of the Internet, it became possible to create multiplayer products in a different setting and genre. However, since the sphere was still not sufficiently mastered, the games were not very balanced, with frequent “wipes” and unfair rules. This was the reason for the hardcore nature of the MMORPG and similar projects at the beginning of its development.
At the moment, the market offers a reasonably thoughtful hardcore MMORPG, based on the creation of deeper mechanics and adapted systems. For example, resistance to elemental damage and effects assigned to the existing parameters of the characters. Thanks to him, players have the opportunity to adjust equipment for specific battles or even full builds. Do not forget about the in-game economy. Its elements based on the rules of supply and demand, as well as the specialization of areas in any product.
Although companies are trying to move in the direction of rendering, trying to cover a growing layer of average gamers, there are several decent hardcore MMORPGs that can satisfy an unbridled desire to fight an imperfect world. Of these, you can note Lineage 2, or rather, the Classic client, which complies with all the rules and mechanics of earlier versions, with an abundance of craft, the importance of specializations and a massive amount of combat. No less famous is the space EVE Online, combining not only the usual role-playing system but also elements of strategy. There will be enough development paths even for experienced players, because it is possible to make not only small battles in space, extracting resources in factual disputes and piracy, but also to manifest yourself as a merchant and diplomat, turning profitable deals and expanding your sphere of influence.