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ArcheAge

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ArcheAge is a fun sandbox MMO with diverse crafting options, multi-classing, and deep PvP, but …Read Review

Elsword

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

Vikings: War of Clans

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A high production city management and strategy game with RPG elements and crafting but one that…Read Review

Sparta War of Empires

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Sparta: War of Empire can feel overly grindy with too much attention given to paid players but …Read Review

Neverwinter

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

Stormfall: Age of War

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Stormfall accumulates a lot of positive aspects from brower strategy games with a very unbalanc…Read Review

TERA

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

Revelation Online

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Revelation Online is a newbie friendly fun MMO with unlimited flight and extensive character cu…Read Review

SAOs Legend

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SAO’s Legend is an unofficial easy-to-play browser based MMO based on Sword Art Online….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

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

Stronghold Kingdoms

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Stronghold Kingdoms brings Stronghold Crusader into MMO form with serious alliances and epic ca…Read Review

Elvenar

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City builder browser game focused strictly on PvE and player cooperation….Read Review

Runes of Magic

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Runes of Magic is a great MMORPG with awesome multi-classing, but one that some may find to be …Read Review

Fiesta Online

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Fiesta Online’s empower system boasts great customization, but an aging player base and pay t…Read Review

League of Angels

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League of Angels is a fun, casual browser based MMO that’s easy to get into but requires either…Read Review

Drakensang Online

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Drakensang Online is a very respectable diablo clone and makes for a good browser MMORPG….Read Review

Forge of Empires

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Forge of Empires is a free to play game that allows you to build and evolve your own little kin…Read Review

Imperia Online

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Imperia Online is a strategy MMO with expansive diplomacy and PvP mechanics, but one that is pl…Read Review

Pit of War

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Pit of War is a gladiator sim MMO with real strategy and novel combat mechanics but won’t win…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
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What is a Fantasy MMO?

This is by far the most popular setting when it comes to massively multiplayer games. Fantasy MMOs draw from a large pool of inspiration. Most people will think of something along the lines of Tolkein-esque worlds, Dungeons and Dragons, elves, medieval knights, and magic. And that’s obviously a very big part of the genre. Fantasy MMORPGs essentially popularized the whole MMO genre in the late 90s. Games like Ultima Online, EverQuest, and Asheron’s Call brought thousands together to role play in all new ways. The common denominator of those games? The theme.

Since then, the genre has evolved into a myriad of options. Western and eastern developers have crafted worlds in their own image. This has led to interesting parallels such as those found between World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2. Though both offer high fantasy, World of Warcraft uses a more traditional assortment of races and classes compared to Guild Wars 2. In fact, WoW’s world itself is very easy to relate to for anyone with experience with Lord of the Rings or Dungeons & Dragons. This grants an accessibility that has to so much of its success. GW2 is still fairly familiar to audiences that grew up with literature that built high fantasy, but with a few twists. Ultimately, the settings of these are more similar than not compared to the east Asia take on fantasy MMOs.

Asian MMORPGs such as Tera and Lineage offer a distinct style. Typically these have an anime or cartoonish appearance. Almost all of the eastern fantasy MMOs work on a free to play model. In fact, that area of the world essentially began popularizing the model around 2005. At the time, a lot of Korean MMORPGs were finding their way into homes across the globe. They blended a familiar fantasy theme with Asian culture. Character models were more feminine, grinding was big as a badge of honor, and combat was a lot flashier. Unfortunately, most of the games to first go global were rather generic with massive pay to win shops. Eventually though, legitimate free fantasy MMORPGs from Korea, China, and other countries were making their ways into people’s homes.

Ultimately this category boils down to a few distinctions. The world needs to be unique and imaginative. Supernatural or magical elements should be included. The technology of the world is generally of a medieval level, but may include some mechanical elements. Computers and advanced technology brings things into the sci-fi MMO realm so those are out. Mythology also has a place here where the supernatural, imagination, and archaic science is quite relevant. If winged angels, wizards, dragons, swords, and sorcery are what you’re seeking then a fantasy MMO will be the answer.