10 Best MMORPGs Worth Playing in 2015

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What could be better than a blend of our two favorite genres?

Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games are the true pride and hallmark of PC gaming. In a sense, they are what unites our community under a single umbrella; we can play with gamers from all across the world with a character we customized ourselves, and it’s always a great time for everyone.

The genre blends both MMOs and RPGs together in one big fun-fest! It borrows elements from both to create a super-genre, one where character progression and social interaction are key.

Throughout the years, MMORPGs have grown wildly thanks to classics such as World of Warcraft. Today, there are more of these incredible games than ever, and here are ten you definitely need to check out. 

11. World of Warcraft

Every incredible WoW trailer to ever be released. 

In terms of renown and pure size, World of Warcraft is a huge game – monstrous even. You could say that this is the game that revolutionized all MMOs, particularly MMORPGs. It is one of the most easily recognized games on the planet for a reason. 

There are many classes and races that you can choose to play as in World of Warcraft, and that list only keeps growing as it ages. The list of its thousands upon thousands of quests, too, keeps growing with no end in sight. What you do between both of those are up to you: the skills you choose for your character, their appearance, their armor, your guild, your factions, and so much more. 

WoW truly set the stage for the rest of MMORPGs to do their own thing. It is the benchmark of incredible games, regardless of the genre, and will always be a legend in its own right. 

10. The Secret World

The incredible launch trailer for The Secret World

Funnily enough, the secret world in The Secret World is actually our world – the real world! 

Earth has been attacked, and the players are to help save it from a strange secret society. You get to choose which society you would like to join, which determines how your character’s destiny will play out.

The Secret World is a unique MMO in that it is the weapons that are upgraded, instead of the player’s abilities themselves. Your equipment is crucial in your success. As a bonus, your character has faster movement than in other games.

You might have the most fun with the setting in The Secret World. It includes Egypt, Tokyo, Maine, and Transylvania. You don’t get to see those in games very often! 

9. The Exiled Realm of Arborea (a.k.a. TERA)

TERA’s launch trailer

TERA has innovated the MMORPG genre through its expansive combat system. Instead of simply using hotkeys to cast spells or click once to enable auto-attack, the combat in TERA is exciting, responsible, and action-packed.

It works by including mechanics such as dodging and aiming, which are otherwise rare in MMORPGs. Every move requires tactical thinking and good reflexes – a welcome change!

Beyond being an intense and player-focused experience, TERA is a free-to-play game. Taking place in a fantasy environment, players are to be a force to save the fight between good and evil that’s taking place in their land. Definitely check it out! 

8. Star Wars: The Old Republic 

New and exciting DLC!

Star Wars: The Old Republic was extremely hyped prior to release; it gained more than a million subscribers within three days!
 
Not long after, the game dropped its mandatory subscription fee for an optional one in an otherwise free-to-play format. Now everybody has access to this amazing game – one that was already loved by millions. Each player decides his or her personal storyline, which is pivotal to progressing through the game. 

The first and perhaps biggest choice is whose side you will be on – the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire. After all, it is a Star Wars game. But don’t worry, the light/dark morality system exists on a spectrum. 

Conversations are cinematic and are a dynamic experience for players who may actually direct their character’s choices for what to say. Furthermore, the choices players make may even lead to developing a romantic relationship with a favorite NPC! If you’re a fan of true character customization, Star Wars: The Old Republic is definitely for you. 

7. Guild Wars 2

Beautiful teaser trailer

Guild Wars 2 is not your average MMORPG. In ways of story, combat, and other common elements, it distinguishes itself from the genre’s accepted conventions.

Narratively, Guild Wars 2 has the conventions of BioWare game! While online games see criticism for their tedious storylines, GW2 is dynamic and valuable in all regards. 

In Guild Wars 2, players make decisions that matter and guide their story along its unique path via features like personalized dialogue options. Moreover, players explore the whimsical land of Tyria. There, they are under attack by the Elder Dragons, and must save themselves and their home. 

If you haven’t already done so, Guild Wars 2 is more than worth playing! 

6. Lord of the Rings Online

A classic trailer!

The experience playing Lord of the Rings Online resembles the experience of watching a LOTR film in that it is a little slow-paced and very charming. It can even be the storybook-like, reminiscent of the original J.R. Tolkien novel. 

An example of such eccentricity is the Minstrel class. Minstrels fight with music, singing ballads and yodeling calls to achieve victory. They can confront opponents or boost his or her team’s spirits all from a harmonious little jingle! 

Speaking of which, players create a character of any LOTR race they would like: Dwarf, Hobbit, Man, Beorning, or Elf. How you make this choice decides where your character will begin their game. 

Lord of the Rings Online is free to play, but it has something in common with Star Wars: The Old Republic: an elective VIP subscriber system. In LOTRO, it opens up extended areas, adds fast travel, and more! No matter, LOTRO is a classic game worth playing in 2015!

5. The Elder Scrolls Online

What a revamp!

Recently, The Elder Scrolls (now The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited) received a slight name change and a new publication that includes significant improves from its first release. That includes becoming free-to-play, after the purchase of the base game. 

As the new name suggests, ESO takes place in Tamriel. New expansions are adding different corners of the world all the time, such as the City of Cyrodiil that we all know and love. 

To fan’s surprise, it follows the Elder Scrolls lore rather well. Players can choose from any of the races popularized in earlier installments of the series: Nords, Redguards, Dunmer, Atlmer, Bosmer, Breton, Kha’jit, Imperials, and Argonians. From there, there are three class choices, with ability trees that will expand and become more customizable over time. 

The best part may be the guilds! Remember the Mages Guild and Fighters Guild? Well, yes, you can totally join them in ESO too. 

The Elder Scrolls Online, or The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, boasts constant improvements and is a MMORPG worth playing in every sense of the word! 

4. EVE Online 

A peek of the legend

Published in 2003, EVE Online is a serious legend.

It is renowned for its player-run, living, breathing economy, which actually experiences its highs and lows in response to the actions of the community. There are several full-time economists that help maintain balance and protect their systems.

As for the gameplay of EVE Online, the player’s goal is to buy ships and upgrade them. Your ships also experience a sort of permanent death, so you have to be careful with what you do with them. 

What we all love about EVE Online is how it operates as an open-ended, sandbox, roleplaying game which ties together two realities – our own, and the game’s. The player-driven economy and work from the development team make for an incredible, strong community. If you are into space and a little bit of thinking, then try out EVE Online this year!

3. EverQuest II

EverQuest II is a little older than some of the other MMORPGs on this list. However, it still has not lost its appeal in the entire decade plus its been out. 

Some players call it the most immersive online game of all time – that it feels like a real world, not just a disjointed, pixelated community. Over the years, EverQuest II has accumulated a distinct fan-base, almost a family, and its heritage is something to be proud of.

It has been long-esteemed for its many choices of races and playstyles. Furthermore, due to its vast history of expansions, EverQuest II has thousands upon thousands of quests so that players will never ever get bored. 

Seriously, EverQuest II is just one of those games that you have to try out if you’re into the MMORPG genre. It’s a classic, and for good reason.

2. DC Universe Online

Cinematic trailer for DC Universe Online

Superheroes are really cool. I don’t think anybody can deny that. And even if you are not particularly fond of the DC Comics universe, there is something inside everybody that pushes them to want to be a hero.

Or, hey, even a villain! 

In DC Universe Online, you can be both – a hero or a villain. Either way, the player is extremely powerful. It is the epitome of roleplaying games, allowing you to customize your hero or villain from beginning until end.

Because it takes place in a world with established lore, the DC Comics universe, the environment is vast and breath-taking. There is little chance you will run out of things to do or see. 

Also, DC Universe Online is free-to-play, which means everybody can give it a shot for free! It is one of the eleven best MMORPGs worth playing this year. 

1. Rift

The newest Rift trailer 

Rift – oh, Rift. 

This game is perfect if you love customization. Very few games adapt to your play style as well as Rift does, even allowing you to create your character’s own personal class and roles instead of forcing players to choose which box they fit into best.

There are other interesting quirks about Rift, like its invasion system. You can build a house for yourself or for a group, and together you’ll conquer invaders!

Players have compared its feeling to the magic of playing World of Warcraft for the first time. You don’t want to pass up that feeling! 

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adazhang 1 year 4 months ago

Another game definitely worth playing is Skyforge! It seems to be less-known than some of the big-name MMORPGs, but the graphics are fantastic and the gameplay is super smooth.