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Fiesta Online

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Fiesta Onlineā€™s empower system boasts great customization, but an aging player base and pay to win Read Review

League of Legends

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The world’s largest MOBA offers high replay and a competitive, team-oriented atmosphere. 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 fun bu Read Review

MageRealm

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Fully functional MMO playable from a browser that makes heavy use of automated actions. Read Review

Heroes Evolved

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Heroes Evolved is a MOBA game that directly copies DOTA2’s gameplay with League of Legends’ graphics Read Review

Black Desert Online

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

Hex TCG

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A bit complex for newcomers, Hex TCG is a great trading card game and is highly recommended to fans Read Review

Pit of War

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Gladiator sim MMO with real strategy, novel combat mechanics,and a text-heavy interface. Read Review

Dofus

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A tactical MMORPG in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics, with a focus on multiplayer over soloing. Read Review

Chronicle RuneScape

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Chronicle Runescape Legends is a refreshing take on the CCG genre that combines deck building with t Read Review

Nightfalls

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Nightfalls is a fun, tactical MMORPG with Heroes of Might and Magic style combat but is also pretty Read Review

Empire

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

Royal Quest

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Royal Quest is a solid MMO but the small player base and aggravating design decisions to entice cash Read Review

ASTA Online

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With a strong thematic component, this game is recommended to people who enjoy Eastern myths and leg 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.