Top MMORPG 2015

It’s time for us to think about 2015. Which game will turn out to be the bestselling or most popular MMO of the year? Here is our Top MMORPG 2015 list. These are the massively multiplayer online roleplaying games that we think show the most promise.

Top MMORPG 2015 Index of Contents:

Section One Free to Play

Section Two Buy to Play (No Subscription Games)

Section Three Pay to Play (Subscription Games)

Top MMORPG 2015: Free to Play

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TERA – if you have never played TERA before then now is a great time to try it since the newest expansion, Fate of Arun, is due for release on February 24, 2015. It’s gonna be awesome. New content will include floating skycastles, guild battles, new dungeons, 5vs5 PvP, and more. TERA is known for its excellent action combat, beautiful graphics, vast game world, and customizable controls (mouse, keyboard or console controller). New players will also receive a free tiger mount (limited time bonus).

Link: TERA official website

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Sparta: War of Empires – in this new MMO strategy game the player takes on the role of a lord of a city-state in 5th century Greece. Using your leadership, diplomacy, and warrior skills, strengthen your army to fight the Persian threat with help from King Leonidas of Sparta. New players receive a free gift of 200 gold when they sign up.

Link: Sparta: War of Empires official website

Planet Calypso – a scifi MMORPG that goes beyond hack-and-slash, Planet Calypso has tons of social, economic, and even political gameplay features. What sets it apart from other MMOs, however, is its rather controversial real-money based economy. In almost all free online games players can buy items with cash. This is true of Planet Calypso, too, but with an interesting twist: players can also sell in-game items, often for large amounts of money. The most expensive item ever sold is a $635,000 virtual resort.

Link: Planet Calypso official website

Nova Genesis – this is a game that is ideal for those who want to play right away or are using a laptop. Nova Genesis is playable on your browser, with no client download needed so you can start playing immediately. It is a full-featured fantasy MMORPG with interesting lore, tons of epic quests, unique class skills, dungeons, bosses, PvP, and more. The graphics are on par with modern console games and is easily the best of all the browser MMOs currently available. One of the most popular MMORPGs of 2015, Nova Genesis is still in its open beta testing phase.

Link: Nova Genesis official website

Top MMORPG 2015: Buy to Play

Buy to play games are those that players must purchase before they can play but there is no subscription or membership fee needed. In other words, there is a one-time payment only.

Our top picks are:

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Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is a big-budget, highly-polished triple-A fantasy MMORPG with gorgeous graphics and fun gameplay. In addition, the price of the game (currently below $30) is a steal since there are no monthly fees to consider.

Top Features

  • Dynamic events – a genius feature that replaces traditional quests. How it works: players explore and as they move around, dynamic events might be occurring nearby. For example, monsters might be raiding an area. All players in the vicinity can then jump in and start to kill monsters, repair defenses, heal allies, etc.
  • No kill-stealing or hogging resources – to prevent griefing everyone who participates receives 100 percent of the loot and experience. Likewise, resources appear full for everyone but you can see it get depleted for you personally if you have used it.
  • Personal storyline – when you create a character you create a story which changes based on your actions in the game

Where to buy: Guild Wars 2 on Amazon.com

tswThe Secret World

The Secret World (TSW) is one of the most underrated MMORPGs of 2015. Its unusual setting in a genre of games that is dominated by medieval fantasy is one of its biggest selling points.

Set in the modern-day world, with recognizable locations such as New York, London, and Seoul (Korea), TSW is unique in its emphasis on urban myths, folklore, and conspiracy theories.

Three secret societies (the Templar, Illuminati, and Dragon factions) exist in the shadows and pull the strings from behind the scenes. Players will encounter everything from regular humans to werewolves, vampires, wendigos, zombies, golems, Cthulu-like monsters, etc.

TSW is great fun and highly recommended.

Where to buy: The Secret World on Amazon.com

Top MMORPG 2015: Pay to Play

Pay to play MMORPGs are also called subscription MMORPGs because to play these games requires a monthly membership fee. This section is currently under construction but the MMOs are already listed.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

This is our top pick for the best pay to play MMORPG of 2015. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (FFXIV:ARR) has everything you could possibly want in an MMORPG – awesome graphics, cool setting, beautiful character designs, great combat, and a friendly community.

Where to buy: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on Amazon.com

Wildstar

One phrase that describes Wildstar is “a hilarious romp through a cartoony scifi universe full of kooky characters.” This game can sometimes turn off people due to its lack of seriousness but this is exactly what its fans love about the game.

Where to buy: Wildstar on Amazon.com

The Elder Scrolls Online

On the other hand, if you don’t want wacky hijinks, then The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO) might just be the game for you.

Where to buy: The Elder Scrolls Online on Amazon.com

Top MMORPG 2015: Best Upcoming Games

Introduction: This is our somewhat eclectic mix of small, big, indie, niche, and mainstream MMO games that we feel are the best upcoming MMOs of 2015.

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There are actually fewer big-budget, hugely hyped releases this time. In 2014 there were a lot of “big” launches like The Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy XIV, Wildstar, etc. In contrast, 2015 has fewer hyped-up games but it looks like it will be an interesting year for indie MMO games.

Generally speaking, MMOs are the type of game that is difficult for smaller developers to make. However, these days the indie developers have been able to turn to crowdfunding to get support for their games. Unlike the previous top list, in this top MMORPG 2015 list you find a few Kickstarter games.

Topfreemmorpg.net feels that this is a good thing because in 2015 there will be a lot of unique MMOs that are very different from each other. In recent years MMORPGs have typically fallen into two categories: World of Warcraft (WoW) clones and Eastern MMO grinders.

In 2015 the MMO will be redefined. Check out the list of games below to find out exactly what we mean.

Important notice: As usual the release dates are not all confirmed.

camelot unchainedCamelot Unchained
Developer: City State Entertainment
Release Date: December 2015
Platforms: PC
Website: http://camelotunchained.com/en/

Camelot Unchained (CU) is the brainchild of City State Entertainment and Mark Jacobs, Mythic Entertainment founder and the lead developer of Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online. CU is an upcoming “old school” MMORPG with a focus on realm-vs-realm (faction-vs-faction) PvP, crafting, and housing.

Apart from the faction PVP, there will also be tons of content for crafters. The economy will be purely player-run with no auction house but with player shops and bazaars. Unlike most MMORPGs, magical items cannot be found through NPC drops but will have to be crafted by players. The housing system will allow players to construct many different types of buildings from houses to mines.

Monetization: Pay to play. Purchase and monthly subscription are both required.

eternal crusadeWarhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
Developer: Behavior Interactive
Release Date: 2015
Platforms: PC, possibly Xbox One and PlayStation 4 after launch
Website: https://www.eternalcrusade.com/

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is an upcoming combat-oriented player-vs-player (PvP) MMORPG by Behavior Interactive. Pre-order packs are already available at the official website so it looks like everything is right on track for the late 2015 release date.

The main focus of the game will be on the player-run factions fighting over control of territories. At launch the factions will be the Orks, Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, and Eldar. Each faction will also have different “chapters.” Space Marines, for example, will consist of the Ultramarines, Dark Angels,Blood Angels, and Space Wolves.

For those who prefer player-vs-environment (PvE), there will be Lairs and Hives in which groups of players can cooperate to beat hordes of monster aliens and earn rewards.

Monetization: Freemium. There will be a limited free version and an unlimited version for those who buy the game. No monthly subscription needed.

elite dangerousElite: Dangerous
Developer: Frontier Developments
Release Date: PC version late 2014, Mac version 2015
Platforms: PC and Mac
Website: http://elite.frontier.co.uk/

Technically Elite: Dangerous will launch in 2014 on the PC so it should not really be listed here. The thing is, we were looking for a good Mac MMO to feature in the top list and we thought of this game right away since the Mac client is due to be released in 2015.

The concept is simple: players are given a spaceship and some money then they are free to choose legal or illegal ways to get by, including methods such as trading, piracy, bounty-hunting, assassination, and so forth.

Elite: Dangerous is unusual in that it will feature a persistent open world (or open galaxy) but also has a single-player mode.

Monetization: Buy to play with no subscription.

shards onlineShards Online
Developer: Citadel Studios
Release Date: Beta on Winter 2015
Platforms: PC
Website: http://shardsonline.com//

Shards Online is an upcoming sandbox MMORPG that is currently being developed by a small indie game studio that is run by former Ultima Online developers. It’s not just one persistent world but many since players will be given the tools to create content and run their own community.

In short, using Shards Online, players will be able to mod the game as they see fit and run an MMO server separate from the official one. This is pretty cool because if the idea takes off and Shards Online is able to attract a good community, players could potentially explore tons of different worlds from fantasy to scifi-themed settings.

To quote the Shards Online website:

Adventurers might step through a gateway and indeed find themselves in a medieval world of elemental magic, but then enter another gateway to be bewildered by clanking gears and gushing steam-engines in a Victorian setting.

Monetization: Buy it once then play forever on community servers and even run your own server with no subscription needed. Purchase and a monthly subscription is required for the official server.

civilization onlineCivilization Online
Developer: XL Games
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PC
Website: http://www.civilizationonline.com/

Civilization Online is already in closed beta in Korea and the release date for North America is TBA (to be announced). In this upcoming MMO players will work together to advance their civilization by creating structures and items such as houses, cities, clothing weapons, transportation, etc. Politics will also play a role in the game as each civilization will have leaders such as the mayor or military commander.

The player-run territories become bigger every week until they eventually the buffer zone between them disappears and they are right next to each other. When that happens players can start trying to conquer other civilizations through PvP warfare.

All in all, it seems like a pretty good game.

Monetization: Unknown.

top mmorpg 2015Black Desert
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Release Date: 2014/2015
Platforms: PC, possibly Playstation 4
Website: http://black.game.daum.net/black/index.daum (Korean website)

We have a review of the second closed beta of Black Abyss. To summarize: closed beta was great. Features: parkour, sandbox gameplay elements, lovely graphics, castle seiges, player trading, real-estate management, and probably more but this was only the beta version.

Black Desert is due for a 2014 release date in Korea and the English version is under development. The European release has been stated to be either 2014 or 2015. Seeing as the game is still in beta testing in Korea, a 2015 launch date seems more likely but officially the release date is TBA.

Monetization: Free to play.

best mmorpg 2015Miscreated
Developer: Entrada Interactive
Release Date: unknown
Platforms: PC
Website: http://miscreatedgame.com/

The early access/alpha release was supposed to be June 2014 but it has been pushed back. Hopefully the game will be playable by 2015. Despite the delay, we still want to feature Miscreated in the best MMORPG 2015 list because it seems like a very promising game.

What is Miscreated about? Well, it is a post-apocalyptic horror hardcore survival MMO game. Your goal is to find essentials such as food, water, weapons, and gear to survive. The entire setting is open world PvP with no safe zones.

Monetization: Pre-orders are available now and it looks like its buy to play. No subscription has been mentioned.

Honorable Mention:

There are also two games we like the look of but there simply isn’t enough information about them yet. Here are the links to their websites:

Project: Theralon – all that is available is this teaser website

Skyforge – a new MMORPG from Russia that is being made by same people who created Allods Online. Looks promising so far.

Icarus Online – this is their Korean website. No English version yet but the game is in open beta in Korea.

Top MMORPG 2015: A few final thoughts

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Top MMORPG 2014 Games List

Looking for the top free-to-play MMORPG games of 2014? Here is the list of the best MMOs of 2014. Great news! We have updated the list with more games and it is now organized by category so that you can easily find the best free to play, buy to play, and pay to play MMORPGs.

Here are our top picks of the best free to play MMORPGs based on popularity, community, gameplay and graphics. Continue reading

League of Angels Review 2015

League of Angels (LoA) is a free to play browser MMORPG with hybrid gameplay (turn-based/strategy combat) developed by Youzu Interactive. It was first launched in North America in January 20, 2014 and was quite popular. Now that it is 2015, it is time to take a look at the pros and cons of playing LoA. Below is a review by guest writer Duncan that details the good and bad things he experienced when he tried out LoA.

League of Angels Review 2015
Guest Review by Duncan
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Everquest II Review

Everquest II (EQII) is the bestselling sequel to the original Everquest massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Set in a time called the “Age of Destiny,” 100 years after the Everquest storyline, EQII was first released in 2004 and continues to be a very popular game.

Everquest II Free Heroic Character

One of the interesting things about the game is the offer of free heroic characters. All new players can now play on a high level character, complete with “a full complement of gear, food, drink, and ammo to get you started.” The max level is 95 and the free heroic character is level 85.

Although at first glance this might seem to be a ridiculous way to run a game, for EQII it makes sense because it is now 10 years old. Most of the older existing players are, of course, maxed. Giving newcomers a high level character straight off the bat lets them experience the high level areas and content that the community is most actively playing.

If you want to give it a go, click on the link below to sign up for a new account at the official website. Download and install the game. At the character select screen, you can chose to either create a level 1 character or “Create Level 85 Heroic.”

Link: Everquest II official website

Everquest II Review

Guest Review by Duncan

When you play an MMO, you almost always know what to expect, with massive game worlds to explore and a plethora of quests that await you. However, the thing that sets a game apart from the others is the community, the amount of content that is added after the release as well as the appeal of its world. Everquest II, pretty much like its predecessor shows us the massive world of Norrath where nothing is impossible and in which I can create my own fate!

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Knight’s Fable Review

Knight’s Fable is a browser-based MMORPG title that was released last June 2014. It is a fun, casual game that is free to play.

knight's fableKnight’s Fable Review

Title: Knight’s Fable
Type: Browser-Based MMORPG
Release Date: June 18th, 2014
Knight’s Fable website

Gameplay

Don’t let the busy interface fool you, Knight’s Fable is a very simple game at its core, especially since it borrows many elements from the other browser based titles. One of the is definitely the guided gameplay, in which you don’t really have that much to say. All quests are imposed automatically and you can’t access any side quests. I got the opportunity to move within the level, which is neat, but most of the time I will just found myself clicking quests in the quest bar so that the character goes automatically to them. Continue reading

Onigiri Review

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In addition players can build their character with a free-form state system that allows you to specialize in a variety of weapons. There is no restriction to one set weapon and can change them at any time. Combat weapon changes is also available for a quick change in fight styles.

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Swordsman Online Review

Swordsman online is a free to play Chinese martial arts-themed action MMORPG. Players get to explore a world full of martial arts and chivalry, honor and glory. From the 10 martial art schools all with their own fight styles, flashbacks, to even a storyline interwoven with burning ships and some of the famous battles during the Ming Dynasty in China.

Swordsman offers a great experience to all its players. You can fight with your hands, weapons, or use a combination of several of the martial arts schools to create your own style worth defending. Continue reading

Everquest Next: Landmark Review

A lot of us enjoy those types of games in which we can just create our own experience by designing everything from scratch. Minecraft had a great success in providing us with such a thing, and now with Landmark we have the opportunity to take things to the next level.

Now in closed beta, Landmark is offering us countless possibilities to claim and design your own place according to your own imagination. The game world is persistent which means that once you claim a piece of land it will be yours as long as you pay the daily upkeep. Continue reading

Wildstar Review

Wildstar is a sci-fi MMORPG developed by NCSoft. It’s a subscription (pay to play) MMO that was officially launched on June 3, 2014. This game is destined to be one of the most successful new MMORPGs of 2014 because it delivers on its promise to give players tons of fun adventure and battle as well as a rollicking good time with its great sense of humor and story. Continue reading