You love MMOs, that’s great, but maybe you’re having a few problems finding the right game for you. Its okay, we all have that problem. You need not worry though because I’m here to help you find the perfect game for you and to get you well on your way to gaming heaven. So let’s begin!
For the MMORPG newbie
You’re new to MMORPGs, eh? Well why not start off your jump into the genre with one of the biggest and best games out there, World of Warcraft (WoW). Granted WoW is a subscription based game, and does require a steep investment to get truly started (what with all of the expansions and whatnot), however there is no better subscription based game to take the plunge with.
For the Free-to-Play gamer
There are an awful lot of Free-to-Play MMORPGs available on the market right now with titles such as RIFT, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Lord of the Rings Online. Which one of these is the best you ask? Well, I guess it depends on perspective. RIFT, I’d say, offers the most to the free-to-play gamer, however it’s a game which is either right up your alleyway or not. The Old Republic features a deep storyline that can be played mostly by yourself, whilst Lord of the Rings Online offers the vast universe of Lord of the Rings to be explored and enjoyed. It does throw up a few pay-walls though, and not be the best game for players who want to play an MMORPG completely for free.
All-in-all, I’d suggest you give RIFT a try first and then move on from there. Of course there also some oldies such as Everquest and Everquest II that are available if you fancy a blast from the past.
For the eSports gamer
You love competition do you? Well then you had better saddle up because there are some good games for you. Unfortunately not a lot of MMORPGs actually support the eSports scene in a meaningful way, which is a bit weird considering so many of them offer amazing PVP content.
Instead you’d be better off playing League of Legends and participating in the weekly ESL tournaments (Go4LoL), which have teams of five competing every single week for cash prizes. Sounds great eh? Of course due to the popularity of the game, there is an awful lot of competition and it may be hard to break into. Of course if your team does get to the point of greatness, then you might be able to nuzzle your way into Riot’s tournament the LCS. But that requires an awful lot of work and time. Thankfully there are a lot of amateur competitions around for players who just want to dip their feet into eSports without committing millions of man hours.
For gamers who want something a little less team focused there’s Hearthstone, which is currently supported by ESL and MLG. Hearthstone is an online trading card game, where players do 1v1 duels with one another. It’s a fun game and it has a strong streaming community which means there is a lot of interest in watching it. Whether or not Blizzard will fully commit to the eSports scene remains to be seen, however I doubt they’re as committed to eSports as Riot Games is.
Lastly, there is DOTA 2, a MOBA much like LoL but with some more complex (in my opinion needlessly complex) systems. Whilst there is certainly an eSports scene around DOTA 2, Valve hasn’t dedicated as much resources and time to it as Riot Games.
For the 2D gamer
2D games are awesome! 2D MMORPGs are even more awesome! The question is what’s worth playing? I’m not as tuned into the 2D scene as I should be however there is one game which I feel like I can happily suggest and that’s Tibia.
Tibia was one of my first ever MMORPGs, and for good reason. It came at a time when internet connections weren’t all that they are today (remember dialup?), as well as computers which were expensive however not that powerful. When I was younger, and didn’t have access to a good PC, I spent many hours on Tibia. It’s a great game to play with friends, and it can be played on nearly every device. In fact the game can even be played on Facebook!
The game is a bit hardcore, and the PVP servers can be quite fun for the player who loves the rush of being hunted down by other players. It’s a good game, and fairly complex, and is definitely worth a play through.
For the gamer who loves Player-Versus-Player (PVP) content
Maybe you love PVP content, however you don’t really like eSports, well you’re in for a treat! Lots of modern MMORPGs offer PVP content as part of their packages, with games such as Guild Wars 2 giving the game type an awful lot of focus. So what are the best games for the gamer who loves PVP?
Guild Wars 2 offers two PVP modes. The first is the standard PVP game type, where a small group of players get together and bash in each other’s heads in. The mode allows players to change their builds and then re-enter matches allowing for quick and easy skill exploration. Due to Guild Wars 2 own unique gameplay, traditional PVP is a lot of quicker and faster than one would expect.
The other type of PVP gameplay that Guild Wars 2 provides is World versus World versus World content. Players for three different servers go head to head in large scale battles which see over 1000 players battling for forts and key positions. Featuring trebuchets and large scale combat, Guild Wars 2 is the go to place for large scale combat. In fact the game mode has proved so popular, that they’re even adding another map, boosting the amount of maps from three to four.
Another game which offers strong PVP content is, of course, World of Warcraft. The game has an awful lot of PVP content for players to devour, and if you’re willing to pay a monthly fee to access it, then you’re in for a treat.
I also feel obliged to include EVE: Online which offers huge space battles that see players constantly going head to head with one another in large scale battles. In fact just other day there was a battle which was ended up costing an estimated $500,000 dollars worth of in-game damage. What caused such a battle? Someone missing an in-game bill.
EVE is an epic game for players who love politics and complex systems. It’s for these reasons alone that I’d say the game isn’t for everyone. But there is a free trail, so why not try it out and see if it’s your cup of tea?
For the hardcore gamer
There aren’t a lot of games, yet alone MMORPGs, around anymore which offer players a truly hardcore experience. Maybe there’s a good reason for that, maybe there isn’t. Either way I feel like the following MMORPGs are great games for players looking for something a bit harder than the average MMORPG.
Final Fantasy XI (FFXI) still has a very active community, although one that has slightly dwindled since the release of Final Fantasy XIV, and is arguably one of the best hardcore MMORPGs on the market. Offering the huge world of Vana’deil to explore and engage with, FFXI provides players with hours upon hours of content. Whilst it can take a while to really get into the game, once you get into it you’ll be hooked.
EVE Online, as previously discussed, is perhaps one of the most hardcore MMORPGs. Players frequently refer to it as the “spreadsheet” game, however to do so undermines its very existence. There’s so much more to the game then just awesome space battles, with politics being equally important. Whilst EVE contains a steep learning curve, with the player being required to dedicate a lot of man hours to it, once you’ve done so you may just find yourself never looking back.
For the USB gamer
Sometimes we don’t have the privilege to put games onto a PC. Maybe the PC belongs to someone else or we’re traveling and we don’t have the space or capability to put a game onto a laptop or netbook. Or maybe we just want something to play at work/school.
Hearthstone is, arguably, one the best games to play on a USB stick. It’s small, around 2GB, and it can run on most PCs. It’s simple to understand and contains a huge amount of depth. Matches are also quick, making the game great for people who don’t have a lot of time.
Tibia, much like Hearthstone, is small and doesn’t require a powerful computer to function. Tibia has been around since 1997, and has a lot of content to play through and enjoy. It’s an excellent MMO for gamers on the go.
So there we have it, a list of some games for players to enjoy. Before I leave you, there’s just one honorable mention, Planetside 2. Planetside 2 is an amazing game if you love large-scale, team based, FPS. It’s a blast and definitely worth playing if you have a PC that’s powerful enough.
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