Screenshot of World of Warcraft Game Cover

MMORPG games are the most lucrative once for developers, as they generate a steady income. The thing about massive multiplayer online role-playing video games is that they get players fully immersed into their universe. Players enjoy the best of both worlds, as they play captivating RPGs against tens of thousands of people. The top 10 games listed here have unique and original themes, with some of them being a part of world famous franchises.

Top 10 MMORPG Games

  1. World of Warcraft
  2. World of Warcraft Legion
  3. Star Wars The Old Republic
  4. World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria
  5. Neverwinter Nights
  6. World of Tanks
  7. The Crew
  8. Goodgame Empire Four Kingdoms
  9. World of Warcraft Cataclysm
  10. World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is the Holy Grail of MMORPG games in terms of both revenue and track record. The first game was released more than a decade ago and has brilliantly passed the test of time. Blizzard Entertainment came up with the concept in 2004, building on the popularity of its RTS game. Warcraft Orcs and Humans was the first videogame produced by them to promote this original story.

While using many elements of the plot made famous by the real-time strategy game, World of Warcraft has a life of its own. Players level up their characters, complete quests and improve their gear while honing abilities. They face increasingly powerful opponents and can compete in both PVE and PVP. The player vs player game is featured every year in eSports tournaments with guaranteed prize pools.

World of Warcraft Legion

World of Warcraft Legion is the last, but not the final installment in the franchise created by Blizzard Entertainment. Developers went to great lengths to return to the roots of the series and bring back in the spotlight the elements that made it popular in the first place. Players confront an ancient evil and continue to level up their characters up to 110.

The gameplay has remained essentially the same, but major changes were made for both PVP and PVE. New skills were added, the ability tree has also changed greatly and the new class was introduced. The Demon Hunter comes with its own set of skills and players can start directly at level 98. The biggest changes were made to the player versus player game play, which is more competitive than in any of the prequels. When they compete against the environment players explore the Broken Isles continent.

World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria was one of the most popular MMORPG games of 2012. It was regarded as a turning point for the franchise who sank to new lows after the previous release. The game managed to breathe fresh life into the series and invited players to explore a huge continent. The level cap was lifted to 90 and a new class was added, as well as additional game modes.

The visuals haven’t changed too much compared to its prequel, but the sound effects were vastly superior. Hundreds of new quests were added and players had a lot of fun competing in dungeons, instances and raids. The pet battle system got mixed reactions, with some celebrating the addition, while others dismissing it as a gimmick.

Star Wars The Old Republic Review

Star Wars The Old Republic is by far the best of all MMORPG games dedicated to the Star Wars universe. It was developed by BioWare who also created a real-time strategy and action game inspired by the franchise. Available exclusively on PCs, it was made available in 2011 and is story driven. The interactions with NPCs are extraordinary, thanks largely to the greatly improved AI.

Screenshot of Star Wars The Old Republic MMORPG Games Cover
Screenshot of Star Wars The Old Republic MMORPG Games Cover

Star Wars The Old Republic impressed the audience with its stellar graphics and amazing voice acting. Many of the dialogues are actually spoken by real actors, which is a great incentive to follow the plot closely. Players spend most of the time competing against AI controlled foes and completing missions. However, the PVP gameplay is very complex and players get to choose between different classes.

Neverwinter Nights

Neverwinter Nights was one of the revolutionary MMORPG games and one of the first major successes from BioWare. Available initially only on PCs, it was later on available on computers powered by OS X. The characters and the environment are slightly different from the ones promoted by other massively multiplayer online role-playing games.

Action unfolds in the Forgotten Realms and is heavily influenced by the Dungeons & Dragons games from the 90s. The main story is compelling, but it’s the side quests that make it truly special. The audio score and the voice acting also do a hell of a job at getting players fully immersed in the story. Single player missions will only keep players hooked for 30 hours, but then multiplayer awaits.

World of Tanks

World of Tanks is one of the few MMORPG games developed by Wargaming and by far the most popular. Instead of leveling up regular characters, players are in control of tanks and they can upgrade the war machines. The leveling system is very similar to the one used by traditional massively multiplayer online role-playing games.

Since 2010 when the game was released, it drew huge crowds online for large-scale confrontations. In the absence of a single player campaign, pretty much everything that matters happens online. The game is free to play and relies on micro-transactions, as players can acquire skills and vanity items. Most of those who enjoy these games do so on PC, but it can also be played on Xbox 360 and PlayStation.

The Crew

The Crew is one of the few MMORPG games centered on the glamorous world of car racing. Players explore a huge world that spans from the East Coast to the West Coast and including all major American cities. It has a fully fledged single player, with dozens of hours of excitement that prepares people for the multiplayer. Free right from the start, the game uses micro-transactions to fund itself.

Screenshoot of The Crew Game Cover
Screenshoot of The Crew Game Cover –

The game was so popular that developers found it worthwhile to come up with two sequels The Crew: Wild Run and The Crew: Calling All Units. Compared to other racing games, this one adds a new layer of complexity by focusing on economy as well. Players who choose to compete against the AI will discover that computer controlled opponents are surprisingly effective.

Goodgame Empire Four Kingdoms

Of all MMORPG games on this list, Goodgame Empire Four Kingdoms is definitely the one with the smallest budget. It doesn’t walk down the traveled paths and instead tries to achieve great things with a small investment. Players get together online and use their mobile devices to impose their will over counterparts. They can play for free or spend money to unlock various perks and vanity items.

For a game running smoothly on mobile devices, this one is pretty good-looking. Players are supposed to build a solid economy, training troops and raise large armies. Once they achieve all that, the game of conquest can begin and there are dozens of opponents to trample. The success of the game prompted the developers to come up with a sequel and also encourage copycats.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm

World of Warcraft Cataclysm was the third installment in the series of MMORPG games produced by Blizzard Entertainment. It was at the time of its release a huge success, but over the next year marked the beginning of the franchise’s decline. It took several updates and a major patch to overhaul the gameplay, but players were brought back into the mix.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm stands out from the crowd with its great cinematics and cutscenes. Very little is changed in terms of gameplay and no new classes were added. Developers took a leap of faith and made the game less complicated to appeal to the young generation. On one hand, it succeeded at attracting new players, on the other it alienated some veterans.

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor was one of the MMORPG games in the World of Warcraft franchise to introduce many new features. The garrison was the biggest addition and it added countless more hours of gameplay. However, the enthusiasm for this new feature dwindled and eventually came back to bite Blizzard. Detractors blamed the company for adding it and it was subsequently retired.

Compared to its prequels, World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor takes place in an alternate timeline. The role of professions was greatly diminished, as players got most of the things done inside the garrison. This game was preferred by those who enjoyed playing by themselves and reduced the need of interacting with their peers. Proving grounds became more important and were used as a springboard for dungeons.