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


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


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

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

Forsaken World

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Forsaken World is fantasy, gothic MMORPG with idle features and classes like vampire and tormenter. Read Review


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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


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A complete sandbox MMO with crafting, property, and deep PvP but advantages for subscribers. Read Review


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

Naruto Online

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


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

Dragon Nest

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Dragon Nest is a easy to play twitch based action MMORPG with 36 unique class options. 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


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Closers is a super fun, anime beat ’em up MMO built around casual play. 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.