The best MMORPGs of 2018: 10 games you won’t want to put down

You’ve heard of Runescape, World of Warcraft and Guild Wars, but there’s more out there. Some of the best MMORPGs have been released in the last few years and they’re taking the online gaming world by storm.

We’ve taken a look at the top MMORPGs of 2018, from Bless Online to Worlds Adrift.

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Worlds Adrift

Release: May 2017
Price: £19.49
World type: Futuristic

This one is more open world MMO than traditional MMORPG, but Worlds Adrift is doing things differently. In a world entirely built by players, this game comes with a physics-bending engine and endless possibilities.

Riders of Icarus

Release: July 2016
Price: Free to play, with optional purchases
World type: High fantasy

Mounts are core to popular MMORPGs and Riders of Icarus puts them to the forefront. There are in-depth sky battles, mythical beasts to tame and a combat system based around riding dragons. What’s not to love?

Neverwinter

Release: December 2013
Price: Free to play, with optional purchases
World type: High fantasy

Based on Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), you’ll like Neverwinter if you’re a fan of the tabletop game. Discover recognisable player classes and iconic D&D enemies, all in a richly detailed setting.

Neverwinter features plenty of new content, with the Ravenloft campaign releasing back in June.

Revelation Online

Release: February 2017
Price: Free to play, with optional purchases
World type: High fantasy

Revelation Online is for the hardcore player versus recreational gamer. A popular title, it features a large world, territory battles and flying travel.

The Steam release recently updated the game with new servers, proving that Revelations Online stands as one of the top MMORPGs of 2018.

Trove

Release: July 2015
Price: Free to play, with optional purchases
World type: Adventure

The best MMORPGs pride themselves on doing things differently and Trove stands out. A far cry from fantasy MMOs, this is a treasure-hunting game with real charm.

An easy game to get lost in, Trove has plenty of adventure routes and dungeons created by other players.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Release: April 2014
Price: £14.99
World type: High fantasy

As an MMO from the legendary Elder Scrolls series, The Elder Scrolls Online has a lot to live up to. Recent updates push the game further, as players can now explore the full world of Tamriel.

Final Fantasy XIV

Release: August 2013
Price: £9.99 with a monthly subscription
World Type: High fantasy

An award-winning MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV lives up to its hype. The game features classes from the long-running Final Fantasy series as well as familiar bosses.

For fans of story-based role-player games (RPGs), there are hundreds of hours of single-player content.

Bless Online

Release: May 2018
Price: £26.99
World type: Medieval fantasy

The newest MMORPG to make waves, Bless Online uses Unreal Engine 3 and has fantastic graphics. Join the fight for good (or evil!) and decide the fate of an endless war.

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

Release: March 2018
Price: £35.99
World type: Medieval fantasy

The spiritual successor to the iconic Ultima, Shroud of the Avatar lets you create your own path through the story. A game for people who enjoy role-playing MMORPGs, this title has the dialogue styles and world conflict themes that made early titles popular.

Black Desert Online

Release: May 2017
Price: £7.99
World type: High fantasy

Do you enjoy combat with a heavy emphasis on skills? If so, check out Black Desert Online, which promises fast-paced action and hunting systems. The character creator is slick, and your avatar looks fantastic in-game too.

What’s next?

2018 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the MMORPG genre. Alongside a major new content expansion for World of Warcraft, we’re seeing an increasing number of new studios. Watch out for Ashes of Creation and Ascent: Infinite Realm, which both launch this year.


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