Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplay Games (MMORPGs) are among the most popular games online. These games have persistent worlds that allow players to create their own characters and guide their growth, usually through a combination of cooperative and competitive play. Modern MMORPGs come in three types:
- Traditional (Paid Game + Subscription)
- Subscription Free (Paid Game, No Subscription)
- Free to Play (Free Game, No Subscription)
Regardless of the type of MMORPG you prefer, there’s definitely one out there for you. Below are a handful of the best MMORPGs that you can start playing right now.
World of Warcraft
If you’re going to look at modern MMOs, it’s probably best to start with the game that has continued to define the market for fifteen years. World of Warcraft is a game that’s so big that it has not only boasted subscriber bases larger than the population of some nations, but the complexity of the game’s systems have also inspired doctoral theses.
Now with seven expansion packs worth of material, players of World of Warcraft can travel between worlds, collect pets for battles, and experience an epic story all within one game. Though it’s not as popular as it once was, it is still the gold standard of MMOs.
Like several of the other games on this list, Mu Online is a somewhat older game that started as a traditional MMO but that has transitioned to a free-to-play model. With years of updates and plenty of content, though, this certainly doesn’t feel like a free-to-play game.
The gameplay itself feels a lot like an older isometric hack-n-slash RPG, while the community helps to really bring the game to life. It boasts an insanely high level cap and more loot than you could ever reasonably find on your own, jumping on a mu online private server can provide players with countless hours of entertainment.
Final Fantasy XIV
While the original release of Final Fantasy XIV was nothing short of a disaster, the rebooted version of the game has quickly become one of the hottest MMOs on the market. With a deep class-based gameplay system, an excellent story and stupendous graphics, it’s also one of the deepest games that you’ll find today.
Players are encouraged to pick up the game’s expansions if they wish to play, as the game has gotten both more complex and more user-friendly as it has progressed. If you are a fan of JRPGs, you definitely owe it to yourself to give this game a try.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 requires an initial purchase, but past that point, players get access to all of the game’s content for free. The sequel to another free play MMO, Guild Wars 2 marries a great story to some truly unique gameplay mechanics.
Guild Wars 2 is even more polished than its predecessor and offers a number of different play styles, allowing both MMO newbies and veterans a chance to find online experiences that will give them the best experiences for their time spent in the game.
The Old Republic
Bioware’s The Old Republic is a sequel to the Knights of the Old Republic series, putting the players in the shoes unique characters a few generations after the successful RPG series. Originally a standard MMO release, this free to play game allows free players to experience all of the story content at their own pace.
The community is still going strong and the game still receives fairly regular content updates, so its a good choice for those who are looking for a living game that’s got a great story. Playing through each character class is unique, so this game definitely has a lot of replay value as well.
Star Trek Online
If your F2P desires run a little more towards the “science” end of science fiction, you might enjoy playing Star Trek Online. A remarkably deep game that’s split between ground and starship concept, Star Trek Online allows players to command their own starships in a number of familiar Star Trek scenarios. Though unlocking much of the best content does require microtransactions, the actual story of the game is entirely free to play.