In 2021, I wrote that it was an extremely interesting year for the MMORPG genre, as it was then that we received several important productions, such as New World, Elyon, or Bless Unleashed. The year 2022 turned out to be much more significant. It was a time of verification, thanks to which we now know that none of the mentioned titles made it to the top of the genre. The first half of 2023 also doesn't seem to spoil the genre's fans. However, H2 of 2023 might have something to offer. This year, there will be Aion 2, Dune: Awakening and the highly promising Throne and Liberty.
The ranking of the best MMO RPGs hasn't undergone major changes, although there's room for one new entry. But for now, we have to do away with the games available so far. Nilly-willy.
The update was done by Matt "Rassi" Lugowik.
Sir, but what should I play?!
You'd be surprised how often MMORPG players ask what games to play. In fact, the question of whether title X is better than Y and why it's worth spending time on game Z is a regular occurrence. The list below is the top of the genre, taking into account the popularity of a given MMORPG and the frequency of updates. You could say that you will find the biggest productions of this kind here, but these less popular titles are also worth attention. Nevertheless, some methodology had to be adopted in this case – remember about it when you start whining about the lack of your favorite production on our list.
We arranged the games in order from the weakest to the best.
Lost Ark Online
- Business model: free-to-play with microtransactions
- Platforms: PC
Lost Ark has been awaited for a really long time and many people had high hopes for it. Ultimately, the publisher failed again, not fully meeting the expectations – Amazon wasted the game's potential, and could have had a much greater impact on the item shop. Regardless, Lost Ark still offers a pleasant combination of MMO and action RPG, enough for long hours of grind separated with cut-scenes. If you're looking for a full-blooded hack'n'slash, you will certainly be disappointed, though.
Lost Ark stands at a crossroads of genres, offering a little bit from every table. The combat system is enjoyable, there are many side activities, and multi-player attractions are the biggest advantages of the game. Nevertheless, all of this comes at a cost of lots of grind, where people willing to pay real money simply have an easier time. This is not a game for casual gaming, but a full-fledged time-eater that requires lots of dedication. Provided, of course, you don't mind the style.
Who's this game for? For players looking for a combination of hack'n'slash with MMO, which is focused on multiplayer without neglecting activities for solo players.
Is it regularly supported? Yes, although updates could be a little quicker.
Similar games: Path of Exile, Diablo Immortal.
Is it pay-to-win? The small shop provides a significant advantage and many conveniences.
Or maybe Path of Exile?
Did you not like the graphics in Lost Ark Online? Try the tried and proven Path of Exile, which has much less MMO elements, and is a full-blooded hack'n'slash. PoE has had no worthy competition for a long time. With the release of Diablo IV, however, this changes, but then we'll probably get Path of Exile 2 soon!