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Elsword

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If you are a Smash Bros fan then you will love this game. …Read Review

War Thunder

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An ideal game for war game enthusiasts but may lack universal appeal….Read Review

Neverwinter

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Forged from the Dungeon and Dragon franchise, Neverwinter showcases the highly popular fantasy …Read Review

TERA

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A Korean twitch based action MMO, TERA offers fun combat with a dull questing system….Read Review

Felspire

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Can be described by lots of character progression, in game automated bot features, and a heavil…Read Review

World of Tanks

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Unique and firm within its place in the free-to-play world, World Of Tanks is a team-based tank…Read Review

League of Legends

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The most popular MOBA in the world, League offers high replay and a strong atmosphere for compe…Read Review

Warframe

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High quality mission based MMORPG with combat that blends ninjas and guns…Read Review

Champions Online

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Champions Online is a great game with excellent character creation and twitch combat that is up…Read Review

Lost Saga

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Fun 3D beat ’em up with great customization options and several game modes, hampered by a serio…Read Review

Path of Exile

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Path of Exile is an excellent successor to Diablo 2 and in many ways, trumps the classic action…Read Review

Elder Scrolls Online

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Elder Scroll Online is a great MMORPG for immersion, breadth and depth of content, and customiz…Read Review

Star Conflict

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Star Conflict with its fast paced arcade style gameplay and great customization options is fun …Read Review

Guardians of Divinity

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If you’re looking for an MMOARPG that doesn’t take a big time investment and can be played in a…Read Review

Blade and Soul

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Blade and Soul finally provides the western audience with a fantastic martial arts fantasy MMOR…Read Review

Wildstar

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Perfect MMO for competitive players or those tired of simple content that everyone can complete…Read Review

DC Universe Online

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Dynamic combat and deep customization improves on City of Heroes and delivers a modern, if some…Read Review

HeroWarz

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HeroWarz is a refreshing ARPG with a colorful cast of heroes that mixes MOBA, hack and slash, a…Read Review

Black Desert Online

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Buy-to-Play offering mixes sandbox and action combat with near infinite progression buoyed by …Read Review

Dungeons and Dragons

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A very enjoyable and engaging game, both for original and new fans of Dungeons and Dragons….Read Review

Guild Wars 2

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Guild Wars 2 Excels at providing a ton of low grind content for PvP and PvE fans alike….Read Review
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What is an Action Combat MMORPG?

Full of high adrenaline gameplay, action combat MMORPGs provide players with real-time combat where reflexes count. The first MMORPGs focused heavily on character progression, world building, and questing. The gameplay in those required very little skill with some exceptions such as Asheron’s Call in the early 2000s. Instead, the norm was using your abilities in the correct order. The RPG experience was rich, but combat tended to feel rather dull.

Although MMO games improved from this standpoint over time, the culmination of hotkey based battling was created in World of Warcraft. There is certainly more skill involved in playing World of Warcraft effectively than Ultima Online or EverQuest, but most of that comes from class knowledge and positioning. It’s simply not a game that rewards twitch movement very heavily. And that’s fine, but there is a certain class of gamers that do enjoy more reflex/twitch based combat. A number of those people also enjoy playing MMORPGs and the sense of progression that they bring to the table. For those people, there are there action combat MMORPG games on this page.

Perhaps the biggest draw for enthusiasts of action MMORPGs is that skill plays a larger part in overcoming both PvE and PvP challenges. It can be frustrating to be beaten purely because one’s gear or level simply isn’t high enough. To be fair, lot of these action MMORPGs do still place a lot of weight on both equipment and leveling. However, all of these titles offer a combat system where a certain degree of player skill is noticeably beneficial.

The way that twitch based player skill comes into play varies greatly by game. Some of the more recent MMOs blend the old with the new. In these systems, combat moves are often telegraphed with a red line, circle, cone, or other shape. The moves may be dodged or used offensively in a way to gain better positioning. Some of the MMOs actually play similarly to classic action titles such as Devil May Cry. Others may give button mashing a whole new meaning. And of course, there are the classic shooter based action MMORPG games.

Due to these differences, we offer a myriad of subcategories in the action MMORPG genre. Options that we list separately include MMOFPS and Shooter MMOs, Beat ‘Em Up MMOs, and Hack and Slash MMOs. These subcategory pages are presented for players to find more niche games. As such, those offerings are smaller. For gamers who simply want a game where reflexes play a role, the aggregate page of action combat MMORPG games will be plenty sufficient.