The 11 Best MMORPGs of All Time

MMORPG stands for Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. In other words, multiplayer, online role-playing games with large maps are called MMORPGs. Although MMORPG is not the most popular game genre today, the fans of the genre are undeniable.

There are many MMORPGs where you can explore huge maps with your friends, create new characters and try different abilities. It is quite difficult and troublesome to try all of these games that require a lot of time and sometimes money. In this list, we have brought together the best MMORPGs of all time that you can play to go on raid missions and kill big bosses. 

World of Warcraft

Release Date: 2004

Platforms: MacOS, Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

World of Warcraft, which has been the most popular MMORPG in the world for over ten years, is one of the first titles that come to mind when MMO is mentioned. Going well ahead of its original release during its long reign, World of Warcraft features new classes, races, graphics overhauls, and brand new continents. Building on the modern MMO style, you can roam the open world, slay powerful bosses, and even send your NPCs on their own adventures.

Guild Wars 2

Release Date: 2012

Platforms: MacOS, Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS

Developer: ArenaNet

With its huge open world map and its structure that distinguishes itself from other MMORPGs, Guild Wars 2 has fewer missions than other games of the genre. Consisting of mini-stories instead of a main and big story, Guild Wars 2 has a story in successive chapters. The main version of the game is completely free, you can join the low-level adventures of the game without spending a penny. However, as in almost every MMORPG, you need to purchase additional packages to access the entire game.


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Lord of The Rings Online

Release Date: 2007

Platforms: MacOS, Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS

Developer: Standing Stone Games, Turbine

Next in the list of the best MMORPGs of all time is Lord of The Rings Online. Tolkien’s Middle-earth makes the perfect setting for an MMO. Races, classes, locations, and even powerful bosses found in most MMORPGs are already present in the world of Lord of the Rings. In Lord of the Rings Online, where you can play as a human, elf, dwarf or hobbit, you can meet Ents, get lost in the mines of Moria or go on long journeys in Rohan.

The expansions coming to the game follow the books, advance the story and add new combat mechanics to the game. Lord of the Rings Online is a free-to-play game that is perfect for Lord of the Rings fan gamers who want to experience Tolkien’s world first hand.

Skyforge

Release Date: 2015

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

Developer: Allods Team, Obsidian Entertainment

Skyforge counts as one of the best MMOPRGs of all time thanks to its unique class system, excellent early gameplay and unique world combination. Skyforge, which encourages the player to experiment and personal exploration by going beyond the classical skill trees, offers different gaming experiences to its players. Offering a very diverse and interesting experience to the player in the first levels, Skyforge also offers many options on how to do the quests. Besides the linear story of Skyforge, you can explore with your team and slay powerful bosses on the game’s large map.

Blade & Soul

Release Date: 2012

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Android

Developer: NCSoft

Blade & Soul is a Korean fantasy martial arts-themed MMORPG. The intricately designed world of the game inspired by Hyung Tae Kim’s visual style is enough to attract the attention of the players. In Blade & Soul, where there are many different races and classes, you can either team up with your friends to complete various dungeons or prove your strength to everyone by PvP with other players. Proceeding in the logic of a classic MMORPG, Blade & Soul is perfect for players who love Korean culture.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Release Date: 2011

Platforms: Microsoft Windows

Developer: BioWare, Electronic Arts, Bioware Austin LLC

The MMORPG of Star Wars, which is one of the universes with an established order, races and classes like the Lord of the Rings, is counted as one of the best MMORPGs of all times. You can choose from eight different classes split between Empire and Republic, each with a detailed, dramatic story. In Star Wars: The Old Republic, which has a much deeper story than a classic MMORPG, you can join operations with your friends, explore huge planets or do PvP. Although the game is free to play, you must subscribe to Star Wars: The Old Republic monthly to get to the final level and access some in-game content.


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Tera

Release Date: 2011

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S, Microsoft Windows

Developer: Krafton

Tera, often referred to as the pinnacle of action MMOs, continues to offer its players the fastest and most dramatic combat. At the core of the game’s skill-based fighting mechanics are various races and classes with different play styles and abilities. Tera, which stands out with its character creation screen, allows you to visually create your character in a completely customized way. Tera, which has very successful and detailed models and animations, offers its players a lively world.

Trove

Release Date: 2015

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, MacOS, Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS, Mac OS

Developer: Trion Worlds

Trove is considered to be one of the best games that is often compared to Minecraft. In Trove, an action-oriented MMORPG, you can explore many diverse biomes, build your own base, craft your weapons, and run from dungeon to dungeon with your friends. Trove, which is predominantly PVE, also has a PVP mode on detonating bombs. Trove, which has a large crowd and devoted players to the game, is developing day by day thanks to its community.

Black Desert Online

Release Date: 2014

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S, iOS, Android

Developer: Pearl Abyss

Black Desert Online received a graphics tweak in 2018 to remaster the original MMO and breathe new life into the game. With a lot of action, Black Desert Online is a game that should not be chosen by those looking for a quiet MMO. Black Desert Online, which is a difficult game to learn and play, is a game that is much easier to solve and play by those who have previous MMORPG experience. If you want sword fights, chaos and a really big open world map and you can take the challenge, Black Desert Online is for you.


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Neverwinter

Release Date: 2013

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Developer: Cryptic Studios

Thematically in the style of Dungeons & Dragons, Neverwinter takes the locations, classes, spells and abilities of this board game and brings it to the digital environment. Since the game’s release, many free expansion packs have been released that take you to lands such as Icewind Dale, where barbarians and uncomfortably hot. Continuing in a mostly linear questline, Neverwinter is free to play, but it gets harder to play for free as you progress through the game.

Eve Online

Release Date: 2003

Platforms: MAcOS, Classic Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, Linux

Developer: CCP Games

Incorporating mining, economics, treacherous missions, and thousand-person space battles, Eve Online’s New Eden universe is arguably one of the most player-focused MMOs in existence. In Eve Online, which is very realistic, some battles can take weeks. From the outside, it doesn’t look like the easiest game in the world to learn, but it’s not impossible either. The details of the game and the reality of the universe set Eve Online apart from most MMORPGs.

Written by Jordan Bevan

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