So, you're into MMO games, those giant online playgrounds where you can hang with millions of other players? Good news: there are some seriously awesome ones out there. Let's take a tour of the best of the best.
World of Warcraft
No MMO roundup is complete without mentioning World of Warcraft. Since it dropped in 2004, WoW has been a second home for gamers worldwide. It's all about big battles, a wide array of characters, and an ever-growing world. Plus, it's the birthplace of infamous moments like Leeroy Jenkins' ill-fated charge. Always keeps you coming back for more.
Final Fantasy XIV
From a rocky start in 2010 to a beloved fan-favorite, Final Fantasy XIV has made one heck of a comeback. This MMO draws you in with engrossing stories, big quests, and a job system that keeps things interesting. Whether you're a Final Fantasy vet or a newbie, there's a lot to love here.
The Elder Scrolls Online
If you're into the Elder Scrolls series, you've gotta try The Elder Scrolls Online. It takes the best bits of the single-player games and levels it up to MMO scale. You can explore the vast world of Tamriel, tackle quests, and customize your character to your heart's content.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 flips the script on traditional MMO gameplay. It's got dynamic events that change based on player actions, making the game world feel truly alive. It's always fresh, always moving, and definitely worth a play.
For a game where you get to call the shots, check out EVE Online. It's an MMO where players drive the economy. You can choose to explore space, mine for resources, get into epic battles, or trade and manufacture goods. It's your story to write.
Lord of The Rings Online
Fans of Tolkien, this one's for you. Lord of The Rings Online lets you live out your Middle-Earth fantasies. Fight epic battles, explore iconic locations from the books, and interact with famous characters. It's an immersive experience that brings the world of Tolkien to life like never before.
Black Desert Online
Lastly, we've got Black Desert Online. This game stands out for its slick combat system and stunning open world. But the real kicker is its detailed character-creation tool. You can spend hours getting your character just right.