10. Age of Wushu
One of the more innovative games on this list, Age of Wushu is a martial arts MMORPG. The game is mainly PVP oriented which makes sense considering that’s where its uniqueness comes from. Age of Wushu is set in Ancient China and is heavily inspired by Chinese legends, if you like movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Hero and wish you could take part on all the kung fu action, look no further.
9. The Elder Scrolls Online
Let’s be h0nest here, Bethesda is one of the kings when it comes to MMO video games. Every game in the Elder Scrolls series always receives great scores, and attracts many people of all gaming preferences, not just RPG fans. Not to mention The Elder Scrolls series along with other Bethesda RPG games have so much replay value that it more than justifies for the $60 retail price.
As with other games in The Elder Scrolls series, the game is set on the continent of Tamriel. The events of the game occur a millennium before those of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and around 800 years before The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It has a broadly similar structure to Skyrim, with two separate conflicts progressing at the same time, one with the fate of the world in the balance, and one where the prize is supreme power on Tamriel.
Rift is a fantasy free-to-play MMORPG developed by Trion Worlds. Telara (which is the setting of the game) is the focal point of the elemental Planes: Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Life, and Death—and one point where every one of these Planes intersect with each other. Each Plane is governed by a dragon-deity, a personification of that elemental force. Through the actions of the Dragon of Extinction, Regulos, the various dragons have united in an alliance known as the Blood Storm, for the purpose of invading Telara and gaining use of the intersection of all of their realms.
7. EVE Online
Considered one of the best examples of an Open World game done right, EVE Online offers its players the chance to create their own story. Regardless if you become a pirate or a trader, a miner or an explorer, it’s all up to you they all have their own special skills and perks. This is not a game for people who need to be told where to go next and what their next objective is, there is so much freedom and leisure that the sky’s the limit for what you want to tackle next.
With over 7.5000 star systems to explore there is a lot to do in EVE and pretty much everything that goes on is player driven. If you’re into games like Mass Effect I highly recommend this game.
Defiance is a science fiction-themed persistent world, Massively Multiplayer Online, third-person shooter developed by Trion Worlds. Defiance takes place on a terraformed Earth several decades into the future. It is a tie-in to the Syfy show that bares the same name.
The game takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area, 15 years after the devastating Pale Wars between Earth and a loose alliance of extraterrestrial races known as Votanis Collective. The Votans came to Earth seeking a new home after the destruction of their solar system, unaware that the planet was already inhabited…
Skyforge is set in a world where fantasy and science fiction are mixed. Ancient mysteries and powerful immortals, along with old-fashioned weaponry are used alongside cutting-edge technologies and weapons. Skyforge takes place on the planet of Aelion, which is named after the greater god Aeli who once protected it.
In Skyforge, players take on a larger than life role as an immortal with incredible powers, battling to protect their world from the armies of hostile gods and eventually becoming a god themselves. Character progression within the game is not level based; instead of a traditional leveling format, Skyforge features a “prestige” system, which allows a player to advance based on the sum total of their stats and progression.
4. The Secret World
The Secret World is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a modern-day real world under attack from occult forces. During the game, the player’s character joins one of three world-controlling secret societies attempting to repel, mitigate or exploit the attack of Lovecraftian entities and other immortal beings in coastal Maine, rural Egypt, Transylvania and a quarantined section of Tokyo; all while advancing their society’s agenda over that of the others.
The Secret World allows the player to control a character or avatar within a game world in third-or first-person view. This character can be used for exploration, fighting monster, completing missions, and interacting with players and non-player characters (NPCs).
3. World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and the fourth game in the Warcraft universe. World of Warcraft takes place within the Warcraft world of Azeroth, approximately four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard’s previous Warcraft release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
As with other MMORPGs, players control a character avatar within a game world in third-or first-person view, exploring the landscape, fighting various monsters, completing quests, and interacting with non-player characters or other players. Also similar to other MMORPGs, World of Warcraft requires the player to pay for a subscription, either by buying prepaid game cards for a selected amount of playing time, or by using a credit or debit card to pay on a regular basis.
2. Star Wars: The Old Republic
Let’s go back a few years in time, when World of Warcraft was and still is to a degree the most popular MMORPG, now let’s go back a few mores again, Star Wars: The Old Republic was even more popular than that. While The Old Republic couldn’t keep up with WoW, don’t let that reputation stop you from playing this game.
While a vast majority of MMOs have storylines that range from forgettable to barely there, SWTOR delivers it in way that will keep you engaged and entertained throughout the game. Every character including yours is fully voiced, this helps a lot with the immersion factor.
1. Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by ArenaNet and published by NCSOFT. Set in the fantasy world of Tyria, the game follows the re-emergence of Destiny’s Edge, a disbanded guild dedicated to fighting the Elder Dragons, a Lovecraftian species that has seized control of Tyria in the time since the original Guild Wars. The game takes place in a persistent world with a story that progresses in instanced environments.
Guild Wars 2 allows a player to create a character from a combination of five races and eight professions, the five races being the humans and charr, introduced in Prophecies, the asura and norn, introduced in Eye of the North, and the sylvari, a race exclusive to Guild Wars 2.
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