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Throne: Kingdoms at War

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Throne: Kingdoms at War is a strategy MMO from Plarium that rewards PvE play style more than PvP. Read Review

Revelation Online

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Newbie friendly fun MMO with unlimited flight and extensive character customization. Read Review

Naruto Online

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Officially licensed Naruto MMO that truly does justice to its name. Read Review

SAOs Legend

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Sword Art Online browser based MMO good for playing at work due to AFK options. Read Review

TERA

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Twitch-based action combat, skimpy costumes, tough boss fights, and fair cash shop describe TERA. Read Review

Vikings: War of Clans

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High production attack and conquer strategy MMO with RPG and crafting elements. Read Review

Elsword

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

Forge of Empires

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Civilization-esque strategy MMO with 294 technologies to customize your empire. Read Review

League of Angels

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Cool party building mechanic great for solo players who don’t mind grinding and/or paying money. Read Review

Neverwinter

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It’s D&D with action combat and user created content but gets grindy without paying money. Read Review

Duelyst

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Duelyst is a hybrid CCG/tactical RPG featuring gorgeous pixel graphics and fast battles. Read Review

Dragon Awaken

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Dragon Awaken is browser MMORPG featuring pet dragons, party based battles, and dynamic classes. Read Review

NosTale

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NosTale is an anime-themed fantasy MMO with a deep Pokemon-esque pet raising mechanic. Read Review

Grand Fantasia

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Grand Fantasia is an anime-theme MMO with a unique sprite raising mechanic and over 100 distinct are Read Review

Perfect World

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Perfect World is far from perfect but offers deep character creation and grand PvP battles. Read Review

Imperia Online

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Strategy MMO with expansive diplomacy and war mechanics but can play really slow at times due to it. Read Review

Stronghold Kingdoms

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It’s Stronghold Crusader in MMO form with serious alliances and epic castle sieges. Read Review

Travian

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Old strategy game that is enjoyable with frequent updates, if players can get past the dated UI. 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.