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Elvenar

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

Elder Scrolls Online

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Elder Scrolls Online is hard to beat for immersion, breadth and depth of content, and customization. Read Review

Adventure Quest Worlds

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Adventure Quest Worlds is a 2D side-scrolling browser MMORPG featuring a ton of classes and areas to Read Review

Final Fantasy XIV

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If you don’t mind paying, FFXIV is hard to beat for story, group content, and epic boss fights. Read Review

World of Warcraft

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World of Warcraft defined the genre and does all classic MMO components as well as any game. Read Review

Wizard101

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Wizard101 is a magnificent game that brings kids into the more extensive MMO world. Moreover, while Read Review

Omega Zodiac

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Omega Zodiac is a simplified action RPG that’s playable in a browser but lacks depth for hardcore Read Review

Empire

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Fit for those who want to play more of a casual browser based strategy game. Read Review

Life is Feudal

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Life is Feudal is a medieval sandbox MMO that focuses on crafting and realism. Read Review

Rift

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Incredible class customization and immersive environments make Rift a great game to play for anyone. Read Review

Guild Wars 2

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One of the few truly complete MMORPGs with good questing, dungeons, PvP, and minimal grinding. Read Review

Atlantica Online

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Atlantica’s extensive party building and turn-based tactical combat is truly unique among MMORPGs. Read Review

Tartaros Rebirth

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Tartaros Rebirth is a multi-character action MMORPG with perfectly balanced PvE and PvP challenges. Read Review

Ragnarok Re:Start

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Ragnarok Re:Start is a F2P progression server starting from the beginning of Ragnarok Online. Read Review

Gods Origin Online

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Gods Origin Online is a browser-based side-scrolling MMO featuring party based battles with recruita Read Review

Gigantic

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Gigantic is part MOBA, part FPS featuring fantastic art direction, and giant monster fights. Read Review

Fiesta Online

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Fiesta Online’s empower system boasts great customization, but an aging player base and pay to win Read Review

Aura Kingdom

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A cute anime MMO with a faster paced take on traditional combat and eidolons, Aura Kingdom is fun bu 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.