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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

Final Fantasy XIV

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Final Fantasy XIV deservedly earns high praise for its story, group combat, and multi-class job…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

Travian

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An old strategy game with frequent updates that is enjoyable if players can get past the dated …Read Review

Aion

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Aion offers a true 3D flight experience and unique high level PvPvE gameplay that feels epic af…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

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

Rift

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

Lord of the Rings Online

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Makes great use of the license to create a MMO that truly emphasizes plot, narrative, and a liv…Read Review

Twin Saga

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Twin Saga is an upbeat anime-styled MMO with jobs, mobile housing, and other unique features in…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

Echo of Soul

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Brings a fun set of PvE and PvP content without really changing the classic MMO formula….Read Review

ELOA

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ELOA is a well polished hack and slash MMO with a unique three stance mechanic for each class….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 f…Read Review

MageRealm

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MageRealm is a fully functional MMO you can play from your browser that makes heavy use of auto…Read Review

Heroes Evolved

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Heroes Evolved is a MOBA game that directly copies DOTA2’s gameplay with League of Legends’ gra…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

Last Chaos

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Last Chaos is a solid MMO that may unfortunately be past its prime….Read Review

Wizard101

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Wizard101 is a magnificent game that brings kids into the more extensive MMO world. Moreover, w…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 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.