I’ve been a fan of MMOs since I was a teenager. I’ve played many of them and I’ve compiled a list of all of the ones that I consider the best of all time.
My list will most likely be very different than yours. I haven’t played every major, or minor, MMO out there. Keep that in mind before leaving disrespectful comments. Thank you.
10. Blade and Soul
Yes, Blade and Soul. I love this game. I love the oversexualized art style the developers decided to go with, gameplay, and pvp. I like the fact that this game doesn’t prioritize one aspect of the game over the other. The PVP and PvE are good and I never felt like I had to experience one over the other to get what I wanted. The story is good (not Secret World or Star Wars good) and made me want to keep playing which is more than I can say for most MMOs and the pvp is absolutely fantastic. It’s one of the few games out there that I can say I enjoyed both PvE and PVP content. Blade and Soul might be a controversial choice to add to a top 10 MMOs of all time list, but this is MY list. If you don’t like it feel free to add your own and tell me why I’m wrong.
9. Atlantica Online
Atlantica Online is probably the most unique MMO on this list. This game is a JRPG MMO with classic turn-based combat and it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played in my life. It hasn’t aged incredibly well which is why it’s a bit lower than I would have had it if I had done a list like this a few years ago, but it’s still very enjoyable and if you’re a fan of JRPGs you’ll probably love this game. The gameplay here is really what kept me coming back to the game. It’s completely turn based like Final Fantasy, has a decent sized community, and lots of content to enjoy.
Here’s another game I’m sure I’ll never see on another top 10 MMO list. Tera has fantastic gameplay. I don’t think it’s better than Blade and Soul’s, but I’ve gotten more time, made more friends, and stuck around longer in Tera than I did Blade and Soul and that’s a big reason why it’s in this spot. It has a ton of character classes, awesome boss fights, and a pretty decent end game too. This is also one of the few MMOs that my wife actually likes to play with me and that’s a huge bonus to me.
7. Lord of the Rings Online
Do you want to talk about addiction? I was absolutely ADDICTED to this game from 2007-2009. It was the only MMO I played during that span and I have no idea how many hours I must’ve played during that time. I would come home from school ( I was 17 at the time) and play this game all day and well into the late hours of the night. Lord of the Rings Online is still going strong today and that’s amazing for such an old game by MMO standards. I had to add this game to my list once I started putting it together.
6. Phantasy Star Online 2
The only way to play this game is with an English patch if you don’t know how to read Japanese. And it’s totally worth going through all of the trouble of making a Sega ID, installing the English patch, and other required features to get this game running on your rig. Phantasy Star Online 2 is awesome and it’s too bad that Sega decided to never port it over here. The story, awesome boss fights, and gameplay kept me entertained for well over 200 hours. I haven’t played this game seriously in years, but when I did play it was a blast.
5. City of Heroes
R.I.P. City of Heroes. I miss you :(. This game is arguably the best superhero game we’ve ever had. I remember buying a physical copy of this game about a year after its release and I fell deeply in love with it. I created myself a unique hero and went on adventures with many of my friend from school (I was 15 when I first tried this one). We had many, many adventures and it was a sad day when NCSoft shut down City of Heroes. I was forced to play that half-assed DC Universe and it never filled the void that was left by this game. I even dipped my toes in City of Villains, but my heart was always to be a hero for truth and justice and it was sadly ripped away from me. So… R.I.P. City of Heroes. Millions of dedicated fans miss you.
4. Secret World
Do you like story focused MMOs? That’s exactly what Secret World is (Now mostly known as Secret World Legends). This game tells a really good story with three unique factions that I don’t think I’ve ever played in any other game. You can play as the Illuminati in this game and it’s awesome. The story is interesting even though the gameplay itself can leave much to be desired. I really like the fact that it takes place in modern day society and I can use guns and sling magic spells at the same time. This is a unique MMO that still has a dedicated community of players and it’s one I was happy to be a part of.
3. The Elder Scrolls Online
I used to absolutely hate this game. It did not launch in a good state on PC. It had leveled zones and had too many restrictions that got in the way of having fun with friends and the biggest issue I had was that it was only an Elder Scrolls game in name. That all changed with the One Tamriel update. Now, this is one of my all-time favorite MMOs and is currently my go-to MMO. It’s been getting major expansions for the last 3 straight years and has an incredible amount of content for both PvE and PVP players. I can play this game like I play a real Elder Scrolls game. I can take my time and explore or focus on leveling up and completing interesting side quests. I’m glad I gave this game another chance because I love it. I absolutely love it and this is the second game on this list that my wife regularly plays with me and that’s totally awesome because she’s not much of an Elder Scrolls fan. This game changed that for her.
2. Guild Wars 2
Before I became heavily invested in ESO I was addicted to Guild Wars 2. This game flipped the MMO genre on its head. I didn’t have to worry about getting the first hit on an enemy or not doing enough damage on a big boss to get rewarded for it. Everything you do in this game matters and it’s a big reason why I stuck with it for so long. Now, this game isn’t without its problems. Hell, every MMO on this list has them, but it’s absolutely one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had and it’s one I know I’ll probably have again once I’m done leveling my second character to 50 in ESO.
1. Star Wars the Old Republic
Put those pitchforks away! This is no joke. Yes, Star Wars the Old Republic is my all time favorite MMO. Why? Because it takes place in the best era of Star Wars in the Old Republic and because it’s absolutely incredible and tells a fantastic story no matter which character class you decide to choose. It also has branching dialogue, consequences, and good gameplay that you would find in previous Bioware games. This feels like a classic Bioware game and I fucking love. Where’s WoW? Not on my list? Why? Because I only put an hour into that game before I shelved it and went back to Guild Wars 2. Where is X game or Y game? Who knows. I just know they’re not on my list. Star Wars the Old Republic is absolutely incredible and is not only my most played MMO but the one I keep finding a way back to and that’s a big reason why it’s the best MMO I’ve ever played.
What are your all-time favorite MMOs?