The 10 Best MMORPG Games You Should Play In 2020

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MMORPGs are our specialty – and the reason Altar of Gaming exists in the first place. Consider this list 99% perfect and accurate, since it’s coming from someone with 15 years of experience with MMOs. I have literally played more than 150 MMORPGs, and invested at least 1,000 hours in more than 20 of them. Therefore I can safely attest, that this is the ultimate list, of the best MMORPG games in existence (that are globally available).

Best Theme Park MMOs

Casual MMORPGs, also known as “Theme Park MMOs”, share some core elements:

  • Anyone can start playing and enjoy the game, even if it’s their first game ever!
  • There’s a big amount of collectibles, mini-games, and events to take part in.
  • Both casual and hardcore players can find like-minded adventurers, and there are plenty of activities to undertake.

World of Warcraft

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Game  World of Warcraft
Release Date November 23, 2004
Developer  Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher  Blizzard Entertainment
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Purchase
  Website Complete Collection
  Amazon Standard Edition
  G2A Battle for Azeroth EU

World of Warcraft is undoubtedly the strongest synonym of “MMORPG games”, and anyone who thinks otherwise – is in denial. 😂 The amount of work hours that have been collectively put in WoW over almost two decades, are an unmatched feat by any other MMO, and they are reflected in the game.

I meet more and more people that have never – ever – played WoW, and are actually negatively biased towards it. I understand their view point of course – “how can this ugly game get so much praise”.

First things first – to be fair – WoW is far from ugly. You most probably have a vague image of the game from a decade back, or you just hate anything that “doesn’t look realistic”. I challenge you to spend just a couple of hours on the free trial to level 20 – you won’t even have to pay attention to get amazed by the sheer amount of detail all around you.

I’m one of the few millions that started playing WoW back in vanilla, and I can’t stop myself from coming back to it every few years. There’s just so much content to experience, and it’s definitely the Last MMO Standing as far as P2W goes – there’s just nothing you can buy with money in WoW. Only your game time, and a few cosmetic mounts. That’s it – everything else, you will acquire with your own sweat and blood.

There is one huge negative in World of Warcraft, and I have to mention it. The lore & storyline is bigger than any other online game most probably, but there are NO voiceovers. I’m serious, there are NO voiceovers!!! It’s absurd, mind-blowing and as “wtf are the devs thinking” as it goes. GET REAL BLIZZARD. 😁

The Elder Scrolls Online

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Game  The Elder Scrolls Online
Release Date April 04, 2014
Developer  ZeniMax Online Studios
Publisher  Bethesda Softworks
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  Website
  Steam
  Xbox
  PlayStation
  HumbleBundle PC
  Amazon PC / Mac
  Amazon Xbox One
  Amazon PS4

The Elder Scrolls Online had an arguably bad launch, but it did start to grow and grow, both content-wise, and inside our hearts. 😍 Ok, WoW is amazing, but I do understand people that just hate non-realism. ESO more than makes up for this, with its dark fantasy setting, detailed visuals, and Elder-Scrolls-Level Lore, fabricating a universe that is just too good to let you visit back real life.

There’s a very important factor to consider before getting into ESO – do you enjoy good storylines or do you just skip them? At least 50% of the game’s value lies in its storytelling – visually, aurally and emotionally – therefore it is crucial to know what to expect. From the tiniest side quest, to 4-hour long epics, everything is carefully crafted in Tamriel’s lore, exceptionally voice-overed, and offering a huge amount of variety.

The same freedom & depth goes into characters classes as well, since there are absolutely no restrictions at the weapon & armor types you can use, as well as the wealth of other Skill Lines you can unlock through progressing in the game. Having clocked more than 5,000 hours in Oblivion & Skyrim (and 1,000 more in ESO), I can safely attest that it’s the best online version Skyrim could ever wish for.

The amount of content in The Elder Scrolls Online is simply staggering, so if you like “collectibles” you’ll feel right at home! Keep in mind though that the game is too immersive – even for an MMO – making it quite “unplayable” without the proper addons, especially when you want to experience end-game content, or are used to playing other MMORPGs.

Final Fantasy XIV

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Game  Final Fantasy XIV Online
Release Date September 30, 2010
Developer  Square Enix
Publisher  Square Enix
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  Website
  PlayStation
  Steam
  HumbleBundle PC
  Amazon PC
  Amazon PS4

Final Fantasy XIV, along with WoW & ESO, consist of The Holy Trinity of MMORPGs. All 3 of them are backed by millions of active players, and hundreds of millions of game development costs. If Anime is your thing, then FFXIV is the reasonable choice for you. Even though I’m an “anime-hater”, I have greatly enjoyed my time in Eorzea, so I can only imagine how GOOD it must be for anime fans! 😁

There’s a great appeal to Final Fantasy players too of course, since FF’s lore and backstory are just so damn huge. There’s too much praise for the storyline – and it’s indeed very good – but no one seems annoyed that voiceovers and cutscenes are 1 out of 100 quests. Not a trait the latest FF entries are known for, since Square Enix gives a heavy focus to story, cinematics, and all in all making a big impression! For reasons unknown, they decided to “skip” this part with FFXIV, and provide a Handheld JRPG feel to the dialogues.

FFXIV is slow, but it does award your patience greatly. Too many will quit early on out of frustration – it just takes too much time to reach end-game as a new player. I’m all up for long storylines and a meaningful leveling experience, but I do feel the new player experience could be more welcoming – and not so “old-school”.

The game does look beautiful – even after all these years – and there’s amazing detail to be found in the textures and the environments. I heavily suggest using ReShade with FFXIV if your PC can take it, as it really adds up to the charming visuals!

Guild Wars 2

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Game  Guild Wars 2
Release Date August 22, 2012
Developer  ArenaNet
Publisher  NCSoft
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  Website
  Amazon

Guild Wars 2 took the world by storm with its launch – I’m not even joking. Back in 2012, it offered what only our wildest dreams could – flawless action combat. It was no surprise that millions of MMO enthusiasts jumped straight into it, and didn’t look back (to WoW) for a long, long time.

Today, GW2 is probably the “easiest to pickup” MMO you can find, since it offers hands-down the best new player experience & User Interface you can ask for. You don’t have to complete a million prerequisites, or pay for them. I really can’t praise how welcoming Guild Wars 2 is for new players, and of course, its excellent and heartwarming player base contributes a great deal to that fact.

Also known for its huge “Fashion Wars” community, it’s true that there’s just too much you can do with your character’s aesthetics. Actually, I can easily accuse Guild Wars 2 of my “gaming collectibles OCD”. They still have the most rewarding achievements system, making it hard to not be motivated while playing.

If I’m honest, it’s not the first MMO I would suggest someone to pick up. I struggle to answer “why”, but maybe it’s because it starts to look more and more dated visually. I mean sure, WoW is even older, but it looks crisp to the tiniest detail. Guild Wars 2 hasn’t faced any major graphic overhauls since the beginning, and it’s starting to show.

Best Sandbox MMOs

Sandbox games are supposed to provide the ultimate freedom to their players, rather than offering linear content & experiences. There’s no better genre to “go sandbox” than MMOs, but they don’t seem to be so popular after all. 🤔

Most players tend to stick with casual games, that offer “preset” and polished gameplay – who can blame them? Going sandbox means going hardcore, since the following MMOs operate far outside the box!

Black Desert Online

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Game  Black Desert Online
Release Date July 14, 2015
Developer  Pearl Abyss
Publisher  Pearl Abyss
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  Website
  Steam
  Xbox
  PlayStation
  HumbleBundle PC
  Amazon Xbox One

Black Desert Online… Oh man, where to begin! It’s easily the most controversial MMORPG on the market, for many, many good reasons. With BDO, there’s no middle ground – you’re either going to love it, or hate it. I love it. 😁 It’s the definition of what a Sandbox MMO can achieve, when paired with a hyperactive development team – that won’t let the game die, not even for a week!

If you have spent a lot of time with other MMOs, and are under the impression of “well, it’s still too limited”, then please let me introduce you to Black Desert Online. Are you ready to get into a relationship? Is your IRL partner ready for that too? Because BDO is going to become an extension of yourself. An intertwined reality where you work hard to get better in the game, while the game works hard to make you better in your life.

I know, many people will call me crazy, but allow me to overextend on this one. BDO showed me the true path. It showed me what focus can do for my life. How I can’t have / do everything, but how much I can achieve if I focus only on the things I really want. It taught me more about patience, long-term thinking / investing and scheduling, than real life ever did (well I’m not the most social guy of course, but I think that’s the norm – and not the exception in the MMORPG player base).

Sadly, it’s very hard to really get into the game, realize the possibilities, and actually decide to make that time investment (don’t do it if you don’t plan to play for at least a couple of years). The new player experience in BDO is really terrible, and you will have a hard time advancing – especially if you don’t have any friends to progress together, or teach you the basics.

But trust me, it’s worth it! You won’t find an MMO with deepest mechanics anywhere. From 19 unique classes with a huge volume of skills that you can chain in a multitude of ways, to 10 unique professions that each offer their own world to discover, even listing the main features of BDO, would take around 250 bullet points. I’m sure my in-depth BDO review can certainly help you make that decision.

Albion Online

About
Game  Albion Online
Release Date July 17, 2017
Developer  Sandbox Interactive
Publisher  Sandbox Interactive
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  Website
  Steam

Albion Online is a very special game – in a good way! If you asked me “what’s the most fun MMORPG I can play with my friends”, then the answer is 100% Albion Online. These guys have truly created an MMO, that overall is just plain fun to play along with friends! Open-world PvP is everywhere, while Combat & Gathering / Crafting go as deep as needed, to create perhaps the only true player-driven economy that exists in an MMORPG right now.

There’s no other MMO where you can team up with 1, 5, or even 25 more friends, and roam around together to kill other groups of players, and steal all of their loot! Or maybe go through a multi-level randomized dungeon full of dangers and treasures. Create your own hideout in the huge open-world – in a single Megaserver that connects everyone globally.

The feeling of competitiveness is apparent throughout the whole game. Every workshop you are going to use to repair your gear, craft new weapons, or cook your recipes, is owned by another player which you have to pay tax to – or maybe create your own workshops at your private island if you think that skipping taxes is profitable (spoiler alert – it’s not IRL, it’s not in Albion 😉). Maybe take a look at my beginner’s guide, to get a better sense of the mechanics!

I could go on, and on, and on about the freedom AO offers, and how much other game developers should learn from it. It’s no surprise that Albion, is the only MMO I can recall, that has been steadily rising in population after going Free to Play. If you try it, it’s hard to not notice all the things I mentioned, and just get drawn to it for real!

ArcheAge

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Game  Archeage
Release Date January 15, 2013
Developer  XLGames
Publisher  Gamigo
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Genres
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  Website
  Steam

ArcheAge has been a really controversial MMORPG, but that doesn’t diminish the innovation it’s added to the genre. The main thing that killed ArcheAge, is the usual suspect – Pay to Win mechanics. Its population has dropped drastically ever since, and its publishers have gone as far as releasing the exact same game, under a “buy to play – no pay to win” business model, named ArcheAge: Unchained.

Allow me to say, that this situation is a joke. Instead of deciding to rework the P2W issues in the main game, and adopting better business tactics, they just re-released the same game, adding a couple of hairstyles and calling it a remastered version…

So why is ArcheAge even on the list of “The Best MMORPGs Ever Released”? Simply because it’s a unique MMO, and a perfect “anime translation” of World of Warcraft – while still offering more freedom and creative possibilities, making it a true sandbox. There’s so much to do, craft, explore & accomplish, in a persistent open-world where even player houses are accessible without instances and fake placeholders.

It’s also worth noting that sea content is huge, and in contrast to Black Desert Online – it’s actually enjoyable, fluent and polished. With literally hundreds of class combinations available in ArcheAge, and a wealth of gathering / crafting mechanics, it is a unique gem that still stands the test of time. Even though it’s the only MMO in this list, that I’m not sure it will for much longer…

Old School Runescape

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Game  Old School Runescape
Release Date February 22, 2013
Developer  Jagex
Publisher  Jagex
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  Website
  Google Play
  Apple Store

Old School Runescape is a hard game. Sadly that’s mostly due to the immensely outdated visuals, and the most terrible user interface a human being has ever created. If you can compromise with that, then it is indeed an amazing sandbox MMO, with a great world to discover, and a hard reminder that quests shouldn’t just be “kill 10 wolves” or “fetch 5 carrots”.

There’s a huge world to discover in OSRS, and hand-holding is at an absolute minimum. Figuring out how to use the interface and your items is… memorable to say the least. 😂 It’s definitely not for everyone, but those keen to take up the challenge – I think you already know who you are!

OSRS is still one of the most populated MMOs, and they even show real-time how many active players are online! No other MMO has done that, so huge applause for Jagex here! It’s also worth noting that even upcoming game changes are voted from players in-game. They are taking their community seriously, and the community pays back!

It’s far from easy to get started with OSRS, so I definitely suggest checking out our beginner’s guide before delving deeper.

Best Old-School MMORPGs

There are a few MMORPGs that might look too dated, but can truly reward you if you decide to invest your time! What they lack visually, they make up for RPG-wise, so expect to hold long gaming sessions.

The Lord of The Rings Online

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Game  The Lord of The Rings Online
Release Date April 24, 2007
Developer  Standing Stone Games
Publisher  Daybreak Game Company
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  Website
  Steam

The Lord of The Rings Online was a dream coming true back in 2007, and after almost two decades, it still is the best representation of the LOTR lore in a video game. Many great games have been released for Middle Earth, but LOTRO is the biggest – and richest – experience a Tolkien die-hard can ask for!

We are still waiting on more news about Amazon Game Studios developing a new Lord of The Rings MMORPG – which I hope will be massive – but if you are a lore / story person, then LOTRO will definitely not disappoint you. The only negative you can expect, is the outdated graphics, and the tiny UI that can barely be used in 1080p (I’m a 4K user so it’s sadly painful).

We are dealing with an Old-School MMO, so expect tab-targeting, huge rotations, and countless buffs & debuffs. At the same time, it’s refreshing to see how much work has been put into professions and player housing – not the norm for similar MMOs. It’s worth mentioning that Roleplaying is a big thing in LOTRO, as you would expect. 😁

Since LOTRO appeals to a very specific – and small – group of gamers, the publishers are sadly taking advantage of them, offering an enormous amount of DLCs that unlock extra content, stories, level caps, classes etc. The game can indeed offer even thousands of hours of free content to players, but be prepared if you are going to invest your time in it.

Neverwinter

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Game  Neverwinter
Release Date June 20, 2013
Developer  Cryptic Studios
Publisher  Perfect World Entertainment
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Official Links      
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  Website
  Steam
  Xbox
  PlayStation

Neverwinter is the perfect mix of D&D in an MMORPG. The most famous Dungeons & Dragons setting fits perfectly, and contributes to one of the “weirdest” and unique MMOs out there. The aesthetics are clunky, but they are hiding a truly deep RPG, that will hardly disappoint hardcore D&D players.

The combat is a strange mix of Guild Wars 2’s action style, with World of Warcraft’s RPG-iness. That means it will satisfy most people, even though the character animations are the most underworked element of the game. I really can’t guess why they overlooked such an important gameplay element, but I do hope they will rework it in the future.

You will quickly discover there’s too much to do in Neverwinter, and too much that you haven’t seen before! There are so many unique D&D modes to enjoy solo or with a group, ranging from silly fun to truly challenging! It’s an amazingly creative twist – I really wish more game developers would think out of the box when trying to create an enjoyable and memorable game.

Achievement collectors will feel right at home, as there’s a wealth of.. stuff to collect in Neverwinter, but be prepared for an overwhelming cash shop too. It’s hardly pay to win, but it is obvious free players won’t be able to access every little thing in the game.

Babalon, Mother of Abominations
Babalon, Mother of Abominations
16-hours / day in front of the screen entrepreneur, of which 6+ are spent on gaming. MMOs, CCGs, RPGs and many more, Steam-addict & achievement-w***e. Currently wasting life on BDO & Gacha Games.

4 COMMENTS

  1. prety much you cover all big mmos here..i just wanna add few if you dont mind 🙂 first of all..most unique mmo i ever played atlantica online..i know its old but still going,allods..game i played with passion back in days..best soundtrack i ever heard from any mmo..maybe you should add section p2w dinosaurus that still exist this days..like pwi or runes of magic 🙂

    • Thanks for your input Winter!

      Atlantica Online? I have to admit it’s the first time I’m hearing of it! It seems quite old-school indeed 😛 It still has a loyal community?

      Allods didn’t offer anything too special for me, yet it’s true – back in the old days it did offer some good grinding sessions. 😁

      Hahaha, actually the “P2W Dinosaurs That Are Still Going” section is not a bad idea! 😂

  2. How could you not mention Eve Online? The sandiest sandbox MMO from a tiny company in Iceland still going strong 17 years later. And there’s still no other game like it!

    • There’s no denying that Jeff!

      Eve Online stands in the hall of fame for me. It’s no wonder that Pearl Abyss (Black Desert Online’s developer / publisher) acquired Eve! Both games are sick sandbox MMOs, with an unending competitive scene!

      The only reason it’s not here, is because this list isn’t yet complete. Even though I wanted to add Eve in the Sandbox section, I believe it deserves to go in the “Best SciFi MMOs” section, since let’s be honest here – you need to like space, to enjoy Eve! Can’t really convince a Fantasy / RPG fan to do it easily. 😁

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