Top 10 MMORPGs – IGN
Perhaps more than any other genre, massively multiplayer online RPGs require an intense time commitment, so these recommendations are for games that grabbed us from start to the 133rd hour. Here is our list of the 10 best MMORPGs.
A quick note: all of these games are still playable, but we’ve tried to balance both how easy they are to recommend in 2021 and their contributions to the advancement of the genre as a whole. Let’s get started!
10. Final Fantasy XI
Final Fantasy 11 came out in 2002, and if you were like us, you’ve hooked up the hard drive router combo so you can play it on your PS2. Fast forward to 2021 and there is still a community dedicated to helping new players discover this amazing Final Fantasy story. Sure, the controls are a bit tricky for modern standards, but the other day we had Chapter 4 Part 2 of the Ravenous Resurgence event! Final Fantasy 11 will always hold a special place in our hearts and if we’re being honest we keep sneaking around and playing every now and then. Pro tip, kick off one of the free double xp weekends to immerse yourself in the story as soon as possible.
Would you rather have the power of flight or super speed? Why not the two of them? DCUO has been a hotbed for DC and superhero fans and continues to expand 10 years later across 5 different platforms. Now that DCUO is free and across multiple platforms, it’s now more accessible than ever and still has significant content drops like the newer World of Flashpoint. City of Heroes laid the groundwork for superhero MMORPGs, but DCUO has such a breadth of lore and existing characters, it was a must see for this list.
In a genre heavily reliant on grinding to drive the numbers up, Tera stands out
besides with an action combat system that still feels good to play today. Its gameplay is highly skill-dependent, and free roaming BAMs (Big-Ass Monsters) are always tempting.
to sharpen your skills against. It has issues such as animation locking during
combat and a less than satisfying endgame, but Tera’s fight is still fun to play if you start it now, and that’s quite a feat for a free-to-play MMO released a decade ago.
7. EVE online
EVE Online – Project discovery
Eve Online spawned so many great real-world stories they could make a Top 10 list
of their own. A game of staggering depth and complexity, Eve Online has fostered a player base since 2003 with its significant consequences – you can permanently lose ships worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars – and its freedom for them. players to do just about anything, like helping Covid -19 research and host a vibrant tribute to Stephen Hawking. Eve Online has found a way to stick around for almost two decades by being uncompromising in her vision, and the vision is astounding.
6. Star Wars: The Old Republic
Storytelling is vital in RPGs, and Bioware tells excellent storytelling in Star Wars: The Old Republic. For fans of the classic KOTOR series who may not be familiar with MMORPGs, SWTOR has been changed to be single player friendly as well, and now that the game is free, anyone can try out the Class Stories and the first two extensions. Major content drops don’t seem to be as frequent as they once were, but The Old Republic is still worth coming back to after all this time.
5. Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars popularized the concept of a no-monthly fee MMO and continues that business model to this day. It is also very accessible; although it encourages social interaction and cooperation with others, it can also be widely played solo. Add that to the game’s unique weapon ability system in which different weapons offer different abilities for different classes ALL IN different hands, and ArenaNet’s “Living World” approach for storytelling segments, and you have a recipe for a game that stands the test of time. There’s even a new expansion, End of Dragons, which is slated for 2021.
4. Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online lets you lose yourself in a fantasy world where you can control your own story down to the smallest detail. Do you want to summon dark magic as a Breton while you fight, or would you rather be a wood elf with the power of nature and a bow of defense? ESO combines beautiful and varied landscapes that you can easily navigate, wonderful combat and vast quest options, all while allowing you to play alongside your friends. With constant DLC drops and performance updates, ESO continues to improve and has never been the best time to launch into the world, especially for those who loved Skyrim and the other Elder Scrolls games.
3. Fantastic Star Online 2
While the user interface and menu design looks a bit dated these days, Phantasy Star Online 2 is still incredibly fresh to play, thanks to the fast-paced animated sci-fi combat, incredible character creation tools. , randomly generated fields, an excellent electronic soundtrack and Chaotic Urgent Quests. There have also been over eight years of content updates which were all rolled out last year with the recent Western version of PSO2, and will soon receive a new open world, graphics engine update, systems and more, thanks to a major update with New Genesis. The future looks very bright for Phantasy Star.
2. World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft changed the entire MMORPG genre after its initial launch in 2004, setting itself apart from previous games by being more accessible to genre veterans and newcomers. With nearly sixteen years of fixes and eight expansions, WoW is an industry titan. While Shadowlands had a delayed launch on top of the longest duration of a launch patch in game history, there’s no denying that WoW still has years of quests, raids, dungeons, and even coins. transmogrification mode to collect from previous expansions. With the ability to also access WoW: Classic and the recently released Burning Crusade Classic servers, there have never been so many ways to experience WoW.
1. Final Fantasy XIV: A Kingdom Reborn
Final Fantasy XIV: Screenshots and Artwork of Endwalker
One of the greatest modern achievements in video game history, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn took a bland, widely swept launching game and completely retooled to sit atop the MMORPG throne. Not only did Square Enix maintain the old game while working on the reboot, it also incorporated the reboot into the game’s storyline, marking it as a calamity that reshaped Eorzea. Final Fantasy XIV has only improved since its release with three expansions in progress and a fourth in progress, and each has added classes, dungeons, and raids drawn from both Final Fantasy history and others. Square Enix properties such as Nier Automata. Final Fantasy XV may be over and Final Fantasy XVI is on its way, but A Realm Reborn still shows no signs of slowing down.
And There you go! Our picks for the top 10 MMORPGs. Did we run out? What do you think needs to be revamped? Let us know in the comments below.