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

Dark Orbit Reloaded – an exciting space combat browser MMO in which players control and customize a spaceship. As players fly through different areas of outer space, they encounter and battle NPC and player spaceships. All of this is done in glorious and cool high-resolution graphics that are pretty amazing for a browser game. Dark Orbit Reloaded is the same as the old Dark Orbit, the developers have simply improved the graphics and made it more friendly for new players by giving them more bonuses.

Link: Dark Orbit 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

Felspire Review

Felspire Review
by Cole

Felspire is a fantasy-based MMORPG in which you, the player, take on the role of an adventurer thrown into the chaotic remains of the world, abandoned by the Gods both peaceful and benevolent, and cruel and sadistic. These very Gods are the source of the devastation, having started a war in which both the immortal sides of good and evil found themselves facing off, with mankind forced to try and survive between them. With their absence, chaos has taken over, and creatures of the abyss have infested all the lands which they can reach. It is up to you – and the few other remaining adventurers – to attempt to combat the darkness, and restore peace to the world.

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Now if only the game were as good as its description…

Sound/Graphics

The design of the game is not all too unique, but nor is it all that bad, either. The graphics are of a more classic HD style, maintaining a simple, but still visually pleasing overall design. For a game that requires no download, but rather merely internet access without high system requirements, this is pretty good.

The soundtrack is severely lacking, in that there is no soundtrack. No music, nor anything similar, can be found in the general world, or anywhere else in the game. The only sound to be found is a generic “attacking noise” (which will be heard each time your character attacks, regardless of what style of attack takes place) and the grunts and calls of the beasts and enemies which players will find themselves facing. Admittedly, the latter is not bad, but the former will quickly grate on the average player’s nerves after continuously fighting for more than a minute or two. My advice? Play in silence, rather than using the game’s offered sound systems.

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Characters

Good luck having an original character in this game. Players have the initial option of three general classes: Mage, Archer, and Warrior. I do not think there is much explanation for these, as they are the very same classes which can be found in just about any fantasy role playing game, regardless of the format. If players reach level 120 (which should not take long at all), then they will have access to a fourth class – Saint – which can attack with a mount, as well as basic attacks found by the other players. How one would switch to this class, however, is a mystery, given the game does not give any noticeable way of swapping out characters once the game has begun, nor does it have any noticeable login/logout feature within the game.

There is no customization for the characters whatsoever, beyond choosing a nickname, which can be randomized into gibberish for those lacking the creativity to come up with their own name. Genders for player characters are restricted to a very simple class structure: Mages are female, and every other class is Male. If you want your character to seem unique, track down some new equipment in-game and give them a garbled nickname. Guaranteed you will stick out, if only a little bit.

The NPCs (non-playable characters) found within Felspire suffer the same issues as the player characters themselves – lack of originality. Honestly, after speaking to some of the characters, I would swear that I have seen an expy of each and every one in other games. The only thing that makes them stand out from other characters is their name, and their style of dress. Their speech and mannerisms do not change much, if at all.

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Gameplay

Players have access to the same features one would expect from your average MMO game (ie: forming guilds with other players, open chatrooms for player discussions, and ranking amongst players). Beyond that, there is not anything inadvertently unique about this game.

Felspire gameplay was – at best – poor. Everything is controlled via the mouse and keyboard (as one would expect of your average MMO game), with the player having the opportunity to take on quests, fight monsters, and spend real money inside an in-game “mall” to acquire more and unique equipment.

However, the game holds one feature that utterly ruins it: autoplay. Normally, this is a harmless feature which can be found in several (if not all) MMO games, allowing a player’s character to move seamlessly from one checkpoint to the next without the player being forced to scour the map for their next location. However, this game has cranked it up to the next level – and buried themselves in the process. Autoplay in Felspire can essentially run the game by itself. If a player is idle for more than a minute or two, it will automatically start, and the player’s character will continue on their quests and communication without them. Even things such as continuing dialogue is done automatically. As a test, I left the game running by itself for five minutes. Upon returning to the screen, I found my character had leveled up immensely on its own – which brings me to my next complaint.

The game is too easy. I have played games meant for children that was more difficult than this. There is next to no challenge, and with autoplay, the laziest of gamers can easily become one of the top competitors, without lifting a finger.

To make matters worse, the game has an exceedingly irritating feature in the form of in-game events. While the game allows you to minimize the initial sections advertising these events, there is nothing stopping the game from advertising them across your screen, with no ability to remove them from your site. All you can do is wait for them to disappear on their own, and hope they don’t cover your view for too long.

Felspire Review: Conclusion

All in all, Felspire is most definitely not a game I would even consider recommending to anyone else. In fact, I would rather use it in warning: games that are advertised as “the best” and look to have every aspect of a great game may quickly prove to be one of the worst. Do not waste your time, or your computer space attempting to play this. It is just not worth it.

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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