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What is the Best MMORPG?

Updated on November 29, 2013

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What is the Best MMORPG?

Oh man, I am about to make a lot of people angry.


Well, here I go anyway. “What is the best MMORPG?” is a question that is on a lot of peoples’ lips these days. With a ton of selections out there – and more and more being released each year – the choices are almost limitless. Choosing the best MMORPG can be difficult at best – each one has its own style, for the most part. With that being said, though, I think I can make a good case for the best MMORPGs on the market, as described below.


1. What is the Best MMORPG?: Everquest II


This franchise began in 1991, with the release of Everquest. This event helped spark the modern-day MMORPG movement, which earned the original game Game of the Year honors in 1999 and helped give birth to a slew of MMORPGs that quickly followed. Everquest II, the sequel, was released in 2004 and has earned as much critical acclaim – if not more – than its predecessor.


What makes Everquest II great is what makes every great MMORPG great, to put it lightly. The graphics and gameplay are top notch, and actually inspired World of Warcraft, the world’s most popular MMORPG, to a heavy extent. You have a wide selection of races and classes, offering a level of customization seldom seen elsewhere. You also have a superb, close-knit community that is friendly and engaging – the hallmark of a great MMORPG, in my opinion.


The latest installment, Sentinel’s Fate, is set for release on February 16, 2010, and is sure to ring in a new round of players who flock to the stellar Everquest standard in the world of MMORPG. Everquest II offers almost everything that an MMORPGer could want, and that is why I rank it as the best.


2. What is the Best MMORPG?: World of Warcraft


The pinnacle of MMORPGs in terms of sales, World of Warcraft is an MMORPG behemoth that keeps picking up steam every year. Over 11 million people have subscribed to WoW, and more continue to join every day. This is because World of Warcraft has successfully translated the MMORPG to the everyday gamer, and has helped boost the popularity of the genre.


WoW tops many people’s lists, but I wouldn’t claim it as the best because it borrowed heavily from the Everquest franchise of MMORPGs. In a sense, WoW is Everquest II for a broader audience, which to me diminishes its quality a bit. But, WoW is definitely a superb game, and offers hours and hours of fun for anyone who wants to get into the MMORPG genre.


3. What is the Best MMORPG?: Lord of the Rings Online

Right behind WoW on my list is LotRO, based on the enormously-popular and classic Lord of the Rings trilogy. This MMORPG borrows a lot from the record-breaking LotR movies released from 2001-2003 and features perhaps some of the best graphics of any MMORPG, past or present. Its most appealing aspect, though, is the lore and backstory of the game. Any Lord of the Rings fan will adore this game. It loses points because you are more limited to an extent in this game than you are in other MMORPGs, but the level of involvement, story, and graphics make this game a must-have in anyone’s MMORPG collection.


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      Aanyana 

      4 years ago

      I am definitely in the WOW camp. I have played a little of everything and I tend to get bored after awhile. WOW is the only game I keep returning to-- there is just so much to do. Blizzard releases expansions frequently enough to keep things interesting. I don't always agree with some of the changes (I hated the design changes to some of the areas after Cataclysm) but that's par for the course.

      I have played EQ, Evony, and Runescape (old school) and I wasn't too impressed. I used to like RS, but there are too many little children playing. They are trying to copy WOW now, albeit very poorly.

      I enjoy playing solo, which is why I prefer WOW. EQ had too much group content for my liking. WOW gives me a choice; I am not obligated to participate with others but I can if I feel like it. It is not necessary for me to join a Guild either. The graphics are just awesome too. I'm not really into watching the cinematics, but I have to admit that they are good. I don't think I will ever leave WOW for good-- I just haven't found anything else that I like nearly as much.

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      Dave Lozeau 

      5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Nice hub. Mostly because I agree with your number 1 suggestion about what is the best MMO. It has to be EQII. I have been playing EQII for three years now and it has come a long way. One commentor here mentioned that they left EQII because there was too much 'group content'. There is, but there is just as much stuff you can do on your own, when other group members aren't online. Crafting is a big thing in the guild that I belong to. I am also one of the six orginal players that started this guild. Group content is great, but individual play is just as exciting.

      I noticed that this hub was published about three years ago. At lot has been done by SOE to inhance EQII in those three years. Guess I know what my next hub will be about.

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      Meghan 

      7 years ago

      I think Eden Eternal is deffinatly the best mmo out there, but it does depend on what your into (-^_^-)

    • Florida Guy profile imageAUTHOR

      Chen 

      7 years ago

      Hi whoisbid :-)

      You are welcome to write about Meridian 59 and why do

      you like it a bit more.

      Thanks for the link :-)

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      whoisbid 

      7 years ago

      What about Meridian 59? I linked to you anyway

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      PhyJohs 

      7 years ago

      i've played wow and i still do its pretty fun (w8ing for catalysm) but one game u didn't mention is EvE - Online, which right now is my personal favorite, there are some many options a player can affect the game much more than in any other game, but a lot of people don't like it because it involves very advanced and challenging game play. you have to be smart to even understand a bit of it.

      just my thoughts

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      Vygag 

      8 years ago

      I think that there are no the best mmorpg... each man have diferent "the best" and I think that in most cases the best MMO is which was your first MMO

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      Chen 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Grimm :-)

      Your 2 cents are more than i could ask.

      Loved your comment. :-)

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      Grimm 

      8 years ago

      I currently am enjoying WoW, and look forward to the expansion: Cataclysm which is coming out . . . soon. That being said I actually started out playing the original Everquest, which was great. . . but felt that with some of the later expansions Sony sort of killed it an it lost a lot of its charm. The other problem with Everquest was the extensive time committment to get things done. Many from my EQ guild switched over to EQII on its release. The settings and graphics were beautiful, but at release the game play wasn't very friendly, there was too much group content, and if your friends weren't on, it was difficult to get anything done. For that reason most of us left EQII and moved onto WoW. WoW has a nice mix of single char, group, and raid content to keep you progressing. PVP is also very good in WoW and Boss fights are well tuned to keep the game interesting. Also Blizzard generally does a great job of releasing expansions/updates with minimal bugs which is why (IMHO) they have such a big following.

      My friends and I have tried a few others, Runes of Magic - is very much a WoW clone, with some differences in char customization (and free too boot) though the fights are rather unimaginative. Aion is incredibly pretty and flight mechanics are a nice feature, but progression if far too linear, and the game once again looses its appeal as you get stuck in the grind. Well just my 2 cents.

    • Florida Guy profile imageAUTHOR

      Chen 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Cheeky Girl :-)

      I loved very much your gaming Hub, by the way.

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I am delighted I read this hub! I know people who rave about Everquest. I have played World of Warcraft a few times on friends pcs and it's just so cool and so vast! Plus I saw the South Park show that involves WoW, and it is one of their best ever episodes! Just awesome!! Loved this hub! I personally think WoW gets the prize, but only cos I never played Everquest. Roll on the release of Diablo III! (Also made by Blizzard!) Gaming is so cool! : )

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      Chen 

      8 years ago

      Evony is nice and you don't have to sit all day playing it.

      I like this game :-)

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      Pack Secure 

      8 years ago

      There are several games out there I enjoy. Most recently I had played Evony for like 8 months, but they seem to be ruining it with the latest release of EvonyII. My husband and I used to play it together. I am in search of a new game similar to it, but did not care for Kingory.

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      Chen 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Teresa.

      It is not so hard to learn on tech as people think.

      You should try playing a bit MMORPG .

      It is fun :-)

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      I have to teach myself more on tech. I use it and made improvements in my skills over the years as self-taught. Will be reading more to learn more. Thanks for sharing.

    • Florida Guy profile imageAUTHOR

      Chen 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Eileen :-)

      Indeed writing in Hubpages is not less addictive.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Hi, games are so addictive, personally I like role playing games. Once you start you just do not want to stop. At the moment I have given that luxury up to write articles.

      And guess what that is addictive too. haha thanks for sharing this

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      Chen 

      8 years ago

      Hi :-)

      Thanks for your great comment and i have a lot to learn from you i see :-)

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      FridgeWheeL 

      8 years ago from Pretoria South Africa

      Hahaha, ok, at last a topic I can truly converse about. Ok, this is my opinion about the best MMORPG.

      It all depends on the player and his mood. This doesn’t only go for MMORPGs’ but more for a variety of online games. The 1st question you are going to have to ask yourself is, “What type of crowd am I in the mood of?” Every MMORPG has a different online crowd and this is also highly dependable on whether the MMORPG is a pay to play or free to play. In pay to play people tend to be way friendlier as to free to play where certain people are going out to betray you.

      With LOTRO you get a decent crowd of people but the general feelings is that everyone is purely on their own mission where as to with KAL Online and City of Heroes people like to chit chat. Most MMORPGs’ are fun to play depending in what type of mood you are, if you want action, play City of heroes, if you want epic, play LOTRO, if you want to meet weird and funny people, play WOW or Guildwars.... if you are angry at your dog, play an FPS ? that’s my opinion.

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