Riddled with quests, raids, loots, mystical creatures and other players to boot, these MMORPG games can be really addicting. Some people might be into it for the slashing and slaying and the spells while the others must love indulging in the game with hundreds of other players in the same world and that is a great feeling. MMORPGs allow the gamers to exchange their regular life for something adventurous while in touch with the other human players.
At the moment, there are a lot of MMORPG games reigning the market and to choose the best ones among them can be quite a chore. Usually, one such game requires hours of commitment to see through and to find the best game that will pull you right in between the lot of them is very difficult. So, if you have been looking for a great MMORPG that suits your swag and style, then you have come to the right place. Take a look at the following list of best MMORPGs we have compiled here and you can pick the one that you think you will love.
Top 20 MMORPG to Play:
1. Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) which was released in the year 2012 and was developed ArenaNet. It was published by NCSOFT and takes place in a persistent world with a story that progresses in instanced environments. The game claims to be of a unique genre which features a storyline that is responsive to player actions which is something that is rarely seen in multiplayer games. A dynamic system with a rippling effect replaces the tradition questing approach.
The game is set in the fantasy world Tyria and follow’s the re-emergence of Destiny’s Edge, a disbanded guild dedicated to fighting the Elder Dragons, a Lovecraftian species that has seized control of Tyria in the time since the original Guild Wars. This one is a sequel to the original Guild Wars and features the same lack of subscription fees and the game has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Guild Wars 2 uses a heavily modified version of the game engine developed for Guild War and the modifications include real-time 3D environments, enhanced graphics and animations and the use of the Havok physics system.
2. World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is one of the best MMORPG games which was released by Blizzard Entertainment in the year 2004 and is the fourth game set in the Warcraft fantasy universe. The game is extremely popular and has sold over 14 million copies worldwide making it the fourth best-selling PC game in the world. The game takes place in Azeroth, almost four years after the events at the conclusion of the previous Warcraft release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
World of Warcraft remains the game with the most subscriptions in the world with 12 million subscriptions in October 20101 and 5.5 million subscriptions in October 2015 and hold the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by the subscribers. The player controls a character avatar within a game world in third or first-person perspective, exploring the landscape, fighting different monsters, completing quests and interacting with non-player characters. To enter the game, the player must select a server also called a realm and each realm act as an individual copy of the game world and is either a normal realm or a roleplay (RP) realm.
3. Age of Conan: Unchained
Age of Conan: Unchained is an MMORPG developed by Funcom and published by Eidos Interactive for Microsoft Windows and is the first instalment of the Age of Conan series. It was released in the year 2008 and takes place within the continent of the Hyborian Kingdoms, a year after the events depicted in Robert E Howard’s Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon. Characters in Age of Conan registered to a unique user account on a specific online server with characters on one server unable to play on another.
Age of Conan is set in a low fantasy pseudo-historical ancient world called Hyborian Age in which Conan the warlord has seized the throne of Aquilonia but some ancient evil seeks to overthrow him. Funcom offers a Real Combat system, a combat system designed to offer a more real-time option than the traditional games inspired systems and is considered the prime attraction of this game. Combinations can be performed by stringing together consecutive attacks in particular directions.
4. The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online is one of the top MMORPG games ever which was released for the Windows and OS X platform in the year 2014. The game was developed by ZeniMax Online Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks and is a part of The Elder Scrolls series of which it is the first multiplayer instalment. The game originally used a mandatory subscription model until it transitioned to a buy-to-play model with microtransactions and optional subscription later in 2015.
The game is set in the continent of Tamriel as with the other games in The Elder Scrolls franchise and the storyline is also indirectly connected to the other games. The gameplay is mostly m=nonlinear with a mixture of quests, random events and free-roaming exploration of the world and does not provide a mode for single-player offline play. The player can play as ten different races with four different varieties of humans, elvish varieties and as some bestial races. Players must choose one of the five classes while creating a character and each class gives players various different attacks, spells and passive effects.
5. Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV is a game developed and published by Square Enix for the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems and is considered as one of the top MMORPG games to be created. It was initially released in September 2010 and is the fourteenth entry in the main Final Fantasy series and the second MMORPG in the series after Final Fantasy XI. The player controls a customized Adventurer avatar from one of the five playable races with each races having two tribes.
The game is set in the fantasy realm of Eorzea and the player has to explore the land and is caught up in both an invasion by the hostile Garlean Empire and the threat of the Primals. Eorzea is broken up among three main superpowers – the forest nation of Gridania, the desert-based Ul’dah sultanate and the thalassocracy of Limsa Lominsa, Eorzea’s dominant maritime power. The playable character is a customizable adventurer avatar who can be of one of the five races – human-like Hyur, elf-like Elezen, Roegadyn, Lalafell and the feline Miqo’te.
6. The Secret World (Secret World Legends)
The Secret World is another MMORPG that is extremely popular and It’s in a modern-day real world under attack from the occult forces. It was developed by Funcom and was released for the Microsoft Windows platform in the year 2012. It uses a subscription optional, buy-to-play business model requiring players to only by the game with no additional subscription fees but the members who pay a subscription will receive additional benefits.
The Secret World was relaunched as Secret World Legends in 2017 and the game requires the player’s character to join one of the three world controlling secret societies attempting to repel, avoid or exploit the attack of Lovecraftian entities and other immortal beings in coastal Maine, rural Egypt, Transylvania and a quarantined section of Tokyo and advance their society’s agenda over that of the others. Unlike a lot of the other MMORPGs, the does not require you to stop to use the most of a character’s attacks and abilities as a result of which combat is faster and movement based.
7. DC Universe Online
DC Universe Online is a popular free MMORPG game and was initially released in the year 2011. It was developed by the Daybreak Game Company and co-published by Daybreak Game Company along with WB Games and is set in the fictional universe of DC Comics. The player should create a new, original character that interacts with the iconic heroes and villains of the DC Comics with the players being able to choose their character’s faction, gender, body type, personality, weapon, movement mode and power.
After the character is named, he or she is thrown into the world of DC Universe Online with the first experience of having to fight their way out of a spaceship. The player’s character is eventually made an official member of the Justice League or The Society whether hero or villain where they continue to work on their level and skill in various content. The world is mainly a shared public space which features dynamically generated content designed for both hero and villain characters to progress and fight along and against a lot of iconic DC Comic characters.
TERA is an MMORPG which was developed by Bluehole Studio and was initially released in South Korea in the year 2011 and in North America and Europe in 2012. The game was renamed to TERA: Rising in the year 2013 simultaneously with the game’s free to play MMORPG model. The game was again renamed to TERA: Fate of Arun in 2014 in the same patch that added a new level cap and expanded TERA’s horizons with the new continent in Northern Arun: Val Oriyn. It has all the typical MMORPG features like questing, crafting and player versus player action.
The combat in TERA uses a real-time battle system that incorporates third person camera view and the players target an enemy with cross-hair cursor rather than clicking or tabbing an individual opponent. Characters may be of one of the seven races allied with the Valkyon Federation with each race having a unique racial skill that gives minor advantages. TERA also has 13 classes each with their own abilities and attributes. TERA also released a currency called Chronoscrolls that allows game time to be purchased with real money and sold for in-game gold.
Neverwinter is another MMORPG which is free to play and was developed by Cryptic Studios and released by Perfect World Entertainment for Microsoft Windows platform in the year 2013. It was later released for Xbox One in 2015 and for the PlayStation in 2016. The game is based in the fictional Forgotten Realms city of Neverwinter from Dungeons & Dragons and is a standalone game and not a part of the previous Neverwinter Nights series.
Players can become one of the eight Dungeons & Dragons character classes and form groups of up to five player characters. The game is based on a modified version of the fourth edition of Dungeons & Dragons rules set which includes the use of healing powers and action points, the latter of which is implemented through a system called dailies. This allows the player to perform a special ability by accumulating enough action points through combat. A player created system codenamed ‘Foundry’ allows the player to create their own stories and quests.
Rift is another one of the best MMORPG games developed and published by Trion Worlds initially in the year 2011 for the Microsoft Windows operating system. The game was previously known as ‘Rift: Planes of Telara’ and is the story of two competing factions composed of a selection of races and classes who battle each other and the enemies who emerge from dynamic rifts. In March 2018, Trion launched the game’s first progression server called Rift Prime which has sequential expansions unlocked throughout the year, a small cosmetic item shop and a new start for all the characters.
The game requires a monthly subscription to play. Rifts are the areas of elemental instability that represent the intrusion of elemental planes into the land of Talera and once opened the rifts begin to spawn monsters that proceed to march towards the important areas marked on the map. Entering the area around a rift triggers a prompt for the player to join a public group and after sealing the rift, players are rewarded based on their contributions to the fight such as healing, damage, and buffing other players. Hunt Rifts vary in difficulty and as difficulty increases, player rewards also increase.
EverQuest is an MMORPG game developed and published by Sony Online Entertainment and was initially released in the year 1999. The game is a 3D fantasy themed one which has received multiple awards and surpassed the expectations growing many years after its release making it one of the best MMOS to be ever created. EverQuest was the first commercially successful MMORPG to employ a three-dimensional game engine and its success was on totally another level and the game holds an important position in the history of MMORPGs widely influencing the subsequent releases within the market.
Many of the elements of the game have been drawn from text-based multi-user Dungeon games which were inspired by the traditional role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Players can create an avatar by selecting one of the 12 races in the game which include humans, elves, dwarves, barbarians gnomes and more. The players should also select their character’s adventuring occupation called a class, a patron deity and a starting city. The game allows interaction with other people through role-playing, joining player guilds and duelling other players.
Warframe is a cooperative and free to play MMORPG developed by Digital Extremes for the Microsoft Windows operating system, PS4 and Xbox One. The game was initially released as a beta in the year 2013 and the true version was also released later in the same year. The setting is science fiction and players control the members of the Tenno race, a race of ancient warriors who have awakened after centuries of cryosleep to find themselves at war with Grineer in a planetary system with different factions. The game is sustained by microtransactions which allow the player to purchase some in-game items that are available otherwise through grinding.
Tenno fights back using the remotely controlled biomechanical suits to channel their unique abilities, the Warframes, and the later missions reveal that the Warframes are actually biomechanical shells that are connected to the actual consciousness of the Tenno who are human children given unpredictable powers by the Void. The game includes elements of shooters and stealth games. The players should create the Tenno character which includes a basic armour unit called the Warframe which provides the player with special skills, some weapons and a ship. Missions can be played alone or with up to four players in a player versus environment cooperative manner.
13. Path of Exile
Path of Exile is another one of the best MMORPG developed and published by Grinding Gear Games with the initial release held in the year 2013. The players control the characters with an overhead perspective and explore large outdoor areas and underground caverns or dungeons while battling beasts and completing quests to gain experience points and equipment. The players can choose from six available classes to play and each class have one or two of the three core attributes – strength, intelligence or dexterity.
There is one final class called Scion which can be unlocked by freeing her near the end of Act 3 and is set with all of the three sore attributes. Skill gems can be placed in gem sockets of armours, weapons and some types of rings to give them an active skill which can be later modified by items known as support gems. All classes have the same selection of 1325 passive skills from which the player can select one each time their character levels up and sometimes as a reward for the quest. The maximum possible number of passive skill points and ascendency skill points per character were 99 and 8 respectively.
14. The Lord of Rings Online
The Lord of Rings Online is one of those extremely popular MMORPGs which was designed for the Microsoft Windows and OS X platforms and is based on the J R R Tolkien’s Middle-earth writings. It was released initially in the year 2007 and is one of the best MMORPG fantasy game which is maintained and developed by Turbine. The game is free to play and also has a paid VIP subscription available which provides the players with some additional perks. The game obviously takes place during the time period of The Lord of Rings.
The game’s social environment is based on The Lord of Rings and The Hobbit and much of the gameplay is in the typical MMO format where the player controls a character avatar which can be moved around the game world and interacts with other players, non-players and other entities of the virtual world. The main storyline is presented as a series of ‘Books’ which contains some series of quests also known as ‘Chapters’ and the initial release had eight such books with new books added with each free content update. The game also places some importance on cooking and farming in its crafting system in lieu of the characterization of Hobbits.
15. Eve Online
Eve Online is a unique MMORPG developed and published by CCP Games with a space-based theme and was initially released in the year 2003. The game contains a total of 7800 start systems that can be visited by the players and the players can also participate in a number of in-game professions and activities like mining, piracy, exploration, manufacturing, combat and trading. The Bloodbath of B-R5RB is a battle involving thousands of players in a single star system which took 21 hours to complete and was recognized as one of the largest and most expensive battles in the gaming history.
The game is very famous for its scale and complexity regarding how the players interact wherein its single, shared game world, players engage in unscripted economic competition, warfare and political schemes with other players. The game is set in over 21000 years in the future and explains that humanity, having exhausted most of the Earth’s resources through centuries of population growth, began colonizing the rest of the galaxy. This led to competition and fighting over the resources but everything changed with the discovery of a natural wormhole leading to an unexplored galaxy called ‘New Eden’. But when the Wormhole collapsed unexpectedly, it destroyed the gate as well as connections between colonies of New Eden and the Milky Way.
16. Final Fantasy XI
Final Fantasy XI, which is also known as Final Fantasy XI Online, is one of the best MMORPG games developed and published by Square as a part of the Final Fantasy series and was released initially in the year 2002. The game was the first MMORPG to offer cross-platform play between PS2 and PC and was also Xbox 360’s first MMORPG. All versions of the game require a monthly subscription to play and a mobile spinoff game called Final FantasyGrandmasters was released later in the year 2015. Since its debut in 2002, five expansion packs have been released along with six add-on scenarios.
Each expansion pack and add-on brings a new storyline to the game world along with new quests, areas, events and item rewards. The story of the game is set in the fantasy world of Vana’diel where avatars created by players compete and cooperate in a variety of missions to develop an assortment of jobs, skills and earn some in-game rewards. Players can undertake a lot of quests and progress through the in-game hierarchy as well as through the major plot of the game. Final Fantasy XI is the last server on the PS2 online service.
RuneScape was developed and published by Jagex initially in the year 2001 and is now a fantasy MMORPG but was originally a browser game built with the Java programming language. The game was largely replaced by a C++ coded client in 2016 and the game has over 200 million accounts created which resulted in it being recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest, most updated, and best free MMORPG. The game takes place in the medieval fantasy realm known as the world of Gielinor which is divided into different kingdoms, regions and cities.
Players are represented in the game with customizable avatars and can travel throughout Gielinor using a number of methods including on foot, magical spells or charter ships. RuneScape does not have a linear storyline and the players are supposed to set their own goals and objectives. Players interact with each other through trading, chatting or by participating in mini-games and activities some of which might be competitive or combative in nature while some others may require cooperation and team effort. Players can choose to fight non-player character beasts, complete quests and objectives or increase their experience in the available skills.
18. Black Desert Online
Black Desert Online is an MMORPG which was initially released in the year 2014 and is a game developed by the Korean video game developer Pearl Abyss along with Kakao Games. The game has a sandbox-oriented feel and uses Pearl Abyss’ own ‘Black Desert’ game engine specifically designed to handle fast rendering required for its seamless world and large-scale castle sieges. Black Desert Online takes place in a high fantasy setting and revolves around the conflict between two rival nations, the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia.
The combat in the game is mostly action based and requires manual aiming similar to those found in third-person shooters. Skills can be activated through the use of combos for attacking, dodging or blocking and the game also offers farming, housing, fishing and trading as well as a large player versus player siege and castle battles. The game also includes many features to help with the sandbox and immersion aspect like the dynamic, worldwide weather system, dynamic day and night circle, active combat system and the ability to engage in mounted combat.
19. Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic is another one of the best MMORPG that is based on the Star Wars universe and was developed by BioWare Austin and a supplemental team at BioWare Edmonton. The game was released for the first time in the year 2011 and is the third most expensive video game ever developed with a total cost of over $218 million total cost with inflation. The game had one million subscribers within three days of its launch making it the world’s fastest-growing massively multiplayer online game at the time and has since adopted a hybrid free to play play MMORPG business model with the remaining subscription option.
The story of the game takes place in the Star Wars fictional universe shortly after the establishment of tenuous peace between the re-emergent Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic. The game also features eight different classes with each of the classes having a three-act storyline that progresses as the character levels up. Players can choose to join either the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire but they may possess a morality at any point along the spectrum. Also, different classes favour different styles f gameplay and feature extensive customization options, fully voiced dialogue, companion characters, and dialogue options.
20. Dungeons and Dragons Online
Dungeons and Dragons Online is one of the best MMORPG ever and was developed by Turbine for Microsoft Windows and OS X platforms with its initial release in the year 2006. The game was originally known as Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach but was later renamed to Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited upon changing to a hybrid free to play MMORPG model and was finally rebranded its current name which is Dungeons and Dragons Online. The game is set on the unexplored continent of Xen’drik within the Eberron campaign setting and the Kingdom of Cormyr within the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.
Players should create their own characters following the revised edition of the game’s 3.5 rule set fashion for play in both indoor and outdoor environments. After creating a player character, the player begins shipwrecked on the shores of the Korthos island and is helped by a band of citizens who want to end the rule of the Sahuagin on the island. After achieving success in Korthos island, the player is sent to Stormreach and from that point on, the events revolve around Stormreach. The player has to save the city from various threats including giants, reopening of the gate to Xoriat, the Lord of Blades, Droaam, pirates and a lot more.