MMORPG is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. If you were born in the early to mid-nineties, then you witnessed the dawn of this game genre. How many hours did you spend endlessly leveling up your game character? How many nights did you stay awake in order to farm the next Raid Boss? How many quests fascinated you with their plot?
We are going to talk about the most famous iconic MMORPG games that once attracted us with their vivid graphics, social features, and addictive gameplay. Although these games are no longer similar to those we are used to, they continue to attract more and more generations of players.
Are you excited as we are? Then go ahead!
Thinking about MMORPGs, many immediately imagine a medieval setting: swords, horses, dwarfs, dragons, etc. However, the first game on our list dispels this stereotype. Fasten your seat belts because we are about to travel to the edge of the universe!
EVE Online is a simulator of cosmic life. There are no races, but there are 4 powerful corporations — Caldari, Minmatar, Amarr, and Gallente, which partitioned the space of New Eden. You can explore the space parts, join in-game events, and interact with other players.
Many state that the game requires a lot of time and is very addictive. Real fans even admit that you need to live in the game.
When it comes to advantages, the game has an easy character customization process. Once the character has been created and you have chosen one of the playable factions, you will be thrown into space on the starter ship where you will spend most of the game time. But, EVE's main feature is a huge variability of the gaming scenarios. It isn't just an open world around you, but an open universe and you are free to do whatever you want.
Do you want to fly to distant, forbidden sectors and engage in the extraction of rare resources there? You're welcome. Want to catch pirates? Join the local police. Want to mine ore from asteroids directly into outer space? Easily. Or maybe you see yourself as a spy? In this game, your possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Like all modern games, EVE entered the Free-To-Play (F2P) era but also offers the possibility of a paid subscription.
The Elder Scrolls Online
With over 13 million players, TES Online is one of the most popular MMORPGs in the world. If you're a fan of the genre, you might have definitely played or at least heard about this saga. The franchise dates back to the early days of the gaming industry, but its real fame came at the time of Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim. TES Online maintains the brand popularity and still appeals to its fans, although it was hard to do so after Skyrim's resounding success.
The players find themselves in a huge world filled with thousands of interesting quests. A distinctive feature of the game is a cooperative mode. It allows low-level players to team up with their friends who have already moved to more high-level locations and explore them together. Moreover, you will directly participate in the gaming process.
The game comes with advanced crafting, raid, and dungeon systems that are considered the best in the genre. Great background music that includes over 200 tracks written by Brad Derrick is a cherry on that cake.
You can purchase the game making one payment. It also has a monthly subscription, but it is not mandatory and serves a "premium account" function.
Originally from Korea, Lineage is an absolutely west-oriented game. Here you will find deliberately beautiful characters, where even Orcs look nice. Skirts, wings, and beautiful armor are also a must-have feature. However, the unique gameplay was the thing that attracted players from all around the world. Lineage II can be called a true Wild West game in the MMORPG world.
Most likely, you are accustomed to the fact that in order to start PvP you need to accept the battle or challenge the enemy. Or, there are some special locations where battles are allowed without challenging (for example, a mass PvP zone). Forget it while playing Lineage II. Once you cross the threshold of the city, you are in a large open world where any player can attack you without your permission. Just like in real life. Yes, the game attracts fans precisely because of this hardcore feature. There are no numerous quests and gameplay hints. Only the basic control and navigation skills are explained to you, and that's it — from now on, you're all by yourself. By trial and error, you explore the game world and learn the laws by which it lives.
World of Warcraft
Well, of course, we couldn’t but mention WoW in this list. It is the most popular and the highest-grossing game ever. There’s hardly anyone who has never heard about the legendary WoW. Even a separate episode of South Park was dedicated to it. There’s also talk that overall, gamers have spent more than 1 million years playing World of Warcraft! Can you imagine that?
Thus, there is no need to explain the features of the WoW game in detail. First and foremost, this game is actually a pioneer of the MMORPG genre. Therefore, everything that you see in other genre-related titles originates from WoW.
Blizzard's creation is arguably the greatest MMORPG ever made. This is the game that set a new vector for the gaming industry and, in fact, revitalized it.
Of course, these MMORPGs are the best only in our opinion. It is also worth mentioning games such as RuneScape, The Lord of the Rings Online, Final Fantasy, Guild Wars, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Ultima Online.
Nevertheless, they didn't manage to become as successful as the games listed above.
by julia-beyers on 2019-11-28 07:44:49