Picking the best MMO of 2015 is by no means an easy thing to do. With so many options out there it can be quite easy to want to make a list of every game we’ve talked about this year. But we spent some time digging through to find the gems.This is your chance to vote for the best MMO of 2015. Voting ends on January 4th and you’ll be able to vote once a day.
Final Fantasy XIV
One of the few remaining MMORPGs still retaining a subscription model here in the west, Final Fantasy XIV is often applauded as a worthy contender for the “best MMO” crown, and for good reason. After a poor initial launch, it was back to the drawing board, and what followed was Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – a vast improvement on its earlier iteration. In 2015, the MMO has seen the addition of the Golden Saucer and the game’s first expansion, and Square Enix continue to deliver. It is little wonder Final Fantasy XIV has such a thriving community.
Guild Wars 2
2015 has been the year of Mordremoth for ArenaNet and Guild Wars 2. This year saw the game launch its first expansion, Heart of Thorns, while also transitioning the base game to a free experience. All through the year we heard about specializations, raids, the mastery system and more. The Heart of Thorns opened for us all recently and the new season of the Living Story is lurking somewhere in the future. Either way all the new Chronomancers and Scrappers can look forward to a very merry Wintersday.
The Secret World
Unlike everything else on the list, The Secret World is the only game that is set in a modern setting. Sometimes playing in the fantastical past or the technological future just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you want to look around, see the sights you recognise, be a hero in your own world.
This year has seen The Secret World continue adding issues, introduce mounts and even have a slice taken out of the game and turned into the standalone experience that is The Park. If ever you find yourself wanting something closer to home than Azeroth or nearer in time than Destiny, prepare for the darkness lurking in The Secret World.
Elder Scrolls Online
It was a great year to be a fan of The Elder Scrolls Online. This year it made the leap to console, went free to play and launched DLC that has continued to expand the game further.
It’s been a year of expansions to much loved games. Star Wars : The Old Republic of course was no exception with this year seeing the launch of Knights of The Fallen Empire. Hailed as a return to classic Bioware style story telling and free for all subscribers, SWTOR has massively benefitted from the expansion. Of course there’s the tease, the hook. This is just the beginning. Between The Fallen Empire and The Force Awakens, it is very much a year for Star Wars.
Skyforge burst onto the scene earlier this year with a few simple suggestions. God Mode is awesome and who needs another character? It was easily one of the most talked about new MMO in quite a few circles. And those who play it love it.
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft has not had the best year with controversies springing up every time another one ended, it seemed. However, nobody puts Warcraft in the corner. Despite a hefty decline in subscriber numbers in 2015, World of Warcraft is still the number one MMORPG and with Legion on the horizon, it is likely to stay that way for some time. While the game hasn’t received as many new features in 2015 as it may have in previous years, there’s still more than enough going on for Azeroth to call it one of the best.