5 of the Best MMOs To Play Right Now

There is an almost endless list of MMOs you can play today. Following the success of World of Warcraft, the market grew exponentially. For better or worse, we were swamped with MMO after MMO, each trying to replicate the success that WOW gained.

Sadly not every MMO created is in the same league as WOW, but there have been a few that can stand toe to toe with the giant of the online world. I’ve played lots of MMOs in my life and although I find most of them a little too time consuming these days, I’ve enjoyed my time spent in an online world.

MMOs offer something that single player experiences cant. That sense of community you get when your guild embarks on a raid or the triumphant feeling you get when you slay another player controlled character. It’s easy to see why these games have become so popular.

It almost feels like we have had a lack of actually good MMOs over the last few years. I haven’t seen many that have compelled me to jump back online and spend months exploring the world, grinding to that cap level you crave so much.

Fear not, there are still some great MMOs you can play today, some newer than others. I decided to jump back online for a short time and see what I’ve been missing in my absence. With further adieu, let’s have a look at 5 of the Best MMOs To Play Right Now:

Black Desert Online

Probably one of the best looking MMOs on the market, Black Desert Online gives you the chance to live another life in a fantasy world. Players can cook, fish, trade, sail, own a house and fight till you cant anymore, all in a vast explorable world.

Black Desert Online can at times be a little grindy and its one of the more gear focussed MMOs out there, but boy is it fun. Characters look amazing and some of the combat animations are breathtaking. I tend to always play a ranger or archer and Black Desert Online is probably my favorite place to use those classes.

The diverse landscape leads you to explore, whether that’s by boat or horse, it’s great to look at and you’re likely to find mobs of enemies on the way. The player base is still rather large on this game and it’s a much better experience when you’re in a guild.

Black Desert Online is available to download on Steam or direct from the developer’s store.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

I think it’s more than fair to say that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a game that struggled when it first launched. I’m happy to say that a lot of the issues have been rectified now and the game is the level we hoped it would be.

If you are a fan of the Final Fantasy series, then you will love this title. It’s a traditional MMO in the sense of how it’s controlled, but its characters, races, and classes all make it feel right at home in a Final Fantasy setting.

The downside to this title is that it is still using a Pay to Play model, which I feel is becoming slightly outdated for MMOs. That said, if you can stomach the payments each month, you’re guaranteed a good time.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn also hosts some of the cutest playable races I’ve ever seen in an MMO, so points are awarded there. You purchase this game from the Steam store and start your adventure today.

TERA

Another Korean MMO on our list TERA offers something a little different to other MMOs in the way of its combat. Forget the traditional auto locking fighting style, TERA allows you to aim manually and fight tactically because of that.

It’s another fantasy setting, with some strange races to pick from. The rest of the game is a typical MMO, but I really liked the interesting enemies and bosses in TERA.

For a free game, it almost feels like you get what you’re given and with TERA that’s enough to justify that. You also fast travel on flying Unicorns, so you can’t really complain there.

TERA is well worth an adventure in, especially for free. My experiences with the Client Launcher have not been great however and at times I have had to completely re-download the game from scratch, which takes a long time. If there was a big negative about the game, it’s that.

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is everything you want in an MMO. It’s a one-time purchase game, meaning there is no subscription and development costs are covered and therefore the game maintained. It has multiple races and class offerings and above all that you can fly and fight underwater; need I say more?

Guild Wars 2 can be epic at times. There are serves where entire mobs of player controlled characters fight to control segments of land. This can be hundreds of players colliding in all-out warfare. You frame rate might drop in these instances, but your heart rate only rises.

Not only will you find a really interesting narrative in Guild Wars 2, but there is so much to do in this game. With DLC already released and more planned, the game is only going to get bigger. There’s no better time to get involved than now.

Elder Scrolls Online

If you’re thinking of buying Elder Scrolls Online because you want to play Skyrim with friends, then don’t. The Elder Scrolls Online is nothing like an Elder Scrolls experience in the traditional sense, but I don’t mean that as a negative.

Elder Scrolls Online does indeed take you into the world of Elder Scrolls, but the combat and fluidity are entirely different to that experienced in Skyrim. I think this game actually looks a little better than Skyrim. The character models certainly do and recent DLC now allows you to explore an old friend in the land of Morrowind.

There is a similar server like Guild Wars 2 where hundreds of players fight for territory. This is epic and there’s nothing quite like charging into the battlements with your friends on horseback.

Elder Scrolls Online is still a must for any fans of the series, Tamriel is still here, it’s just this time, you get to enjoy it with friends.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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