The best MMORPGs to play in 2020
FFXIV, WoW, Tera, Icarus, Guild Wars 2, Albion, Black Desert, The Elder Scrolls Online, did they stick? Check out:
Anyone who is really a fan of MMOs knows how difficult it is to find a new title to play. You also know how frustrating it is to see the title you currently play decay. For this reason, we have prepared a list of analyzes on the best MMORPGs to play in 2020. Some have died, others are more alive than ever. There are also those specific to one or the other audience. The criteria used to form this list is a personal experience of years playing all the titles below. Therefore, every new game will not enter here for the simple reason that there is still no time to evaluate their performance.
Final Fantasy XIV
One of the main and best rated MMORPGs since its relaunch, FFXIV continues with a base of loyal and happy players and that’s why it opens this list. Being an expensive game, buy-to-play and still with mandatory subscription, FFXIV is an investment in entertainment in fact. However, this format allows the maintenance of the game itself to be exemplary, with new content always arriving, a gigantic universe, very few technical problems and embracing from new players to those who pre-purchased.
Final Fantasy XIV, however, had a major problem in its release, being terribly evaluated and with several bugs, remaining in official operation from 2010 until 2012, only. Square Enix’s attempt to create a multiplatform game has so far been unsuccessful. The game only worked on the PC, with disagreements with the XboxLive which prevented its release on the 360, while the PS3 version was constantly postponed. Due to the negative criticism that greatly tarnished the image of the company and the franchise, the game went off the air and was completely redone to be relaunched in 2013 with great cohesion and beauty. Since then, FFXIV continues in the Top MMORPGs of each year. however, it is not very easy to pay for the game, its expansions and its monthly subscription in dollars. But the game only manages to stay that way in this format (something very rare nowadays) due to the excellent quality it delivers to players already loyal.
If it fits in your pocket, it is certainly a game that has the potential to give you thousands of hours of differentiated content and lots of engaging narrative typical of the Final Fantasy franchise. The cooperative Dungeon and Boss fights system covers dozens of players at the same time and is certainly the biggest reference of this system, requiring patience, a lot of strategy and team synergy. Its PvP system, however, is very weak, FFXIV is made for lovers of open world RPGs, with a beautiful universe and to play collaboratively, not for those who like competitiveness. But it is a perfect game for PvE players, who enjoy true role-playing, interact with people from all over the world and truly relax playing.
Today the price of the complete edition (with all expansions) comes to US $ 59.99, the price of launch games on the consoles. The most basic monthly fee is US $ 12.90.
World of Warcraft
A classic that still maintains a huge number of loyal players. Always follows with new content and is basically the game that created the MMO RPG stereotypeFantasy online. So, for those who are really fans of the genre or the universe, WoW will always be an alternative. This is the option that simply has no mistake, but it may not be a passionate game for everyone and it may not pay off the investment depending on the requirements of each one.
The graphics in WoW are not of the latest generation, just like its gameplay. Keep in mind that it is a classic that has classic mechanics, a classic look and is classically buy-to-play and with an alternative subscription system that gives you access to everything without having to buy. It is certainly cheaper than the FFXIV after all. The most recent expansion, however, is necessary to buy. But the game became free-to-play until level 20, so it’s completely possible to test your tastes before deciding whether to actually invest your money.
Albion has an excellent game proposal. With simple, yet artistic and personality graphics, the game delivers what it proposes. A sandbox MMORPG with a focus on PVP, crafting and territorial and commercial wars. The game creates a mechanic where players play the market. Each collection or crafting that gets sold affects the prices of each item. This creates an excellent opportunity to bring much smarter economic strategy to a fantasy role-playing game.
The class system is also extremely malleable, without levels, but with proficiency in each type of equipment used, which can create countless combinations. Their skills are also linked to what they wear, making money, commerce and battles the tripod of the game. It is a game that both casual and hardcore players can enjoy.
Currently Albion Online is free-to-play, with in-game purchases and a non-mandatory subscription system. But in order to effectively be someone inside the game and not suffer at the hands of aggressive players (PK), the signature is essential. So, Albion is really worth playing now if you’re willing to pay. Playing only the free-to-play version is at least frustrating and disappointing after a few days of gameplay.
Black Desert Online
Simply the best action PvP MMO. Black Desert requires fingers to beat its opponents, with phenomenal battle mechanics and an individual and group PvP system (which can even include hundreds of players in the same fight). The graphics are spectacular, but require a computer at the height, mainly to enjoy PvP and guild warfare (which is the best the game has to offer). However, unlike previous games, playing Black Desert casually is difficult, as competitiveness is the key to the game. Staying behind implies not being able to enjoy PvP content, which is the best in the game.
To grow in the game and improve your equipment, the luck is that it rules your destiny. Equipment improvements depend too much on luck, not so much on merit. Your strength also depends on your luck in Boss drops, while making money and pooling resources to try to improve your items entails many hours of repetitive, mechanical and boring farm. Black Desert is only worth playing as an action and PvP game, not exactly as an RPG, because the PvE universe is very weak and the item enhancement system is perhaps the most frustrating today.
Black Desert is a Buy-to-Play game, where its cheapest version is for $ 10. The game has no mandatory subscription system, but in order to play effectively it is necessary to activate a premium buff that can be purchased with cash real or in-game market, which allows the game not to involve monthly expenses.
Little to talk about here. Originally Riders of Icarus was released as Icarus Online in Brazil by Gameflip, for a very short time after the title was sold to Valofe at the end of 2019. This caused a lot of headaches for players, who had to go through a mandatory transition of Gameflip beads for Valofe in a completely chaotic way. Until today, players can download gigas and gigas of the game in the Gameflip website to not be able to open the game precisely because there is no server anymore. There was a lot of communication and coordination in this transition, but the worst thing is that until now the players who migrated their accounts have kept their characters, but not their items, which are practically everything in an MMORPG.
At the moment, old players have left the game, new players are unable to play the game, bugs are on the loose and the best advice is: run away from Icarus, don’t waste your time. Perhaps Valofe will be able to perform a miracle in the future and revitalize the game, which even has a good proposal and differential, with aerial battles, infinite mounts and hunting of creatures to tame them.
At least, Icarus is free-to-play.
Guild Wars 2
Speaking of free-to-play, GW2 is the best free-to-play MMO today. Even with purchase of expansions, it is completely possible to play the game for years without spending a penny and without feeling that the payer is very much at the advantage. The game offers a bit of everything, nothing exceptional, but also without disappointing in both PvE and PvP content. Simply recommended and I live in the middle of 2020.
This game has similarities of evaluation with Guild Wars 2. Also free-to-play, but with much superior graphics and combat mechanics with a lot of action and less point and click. Whether in PvP or PvE, in Dungeons or in territorial wars, Tera is a beautiful game. It requires more of your computer too and can bring complications in cities, with a lot of lag and low fps. The player base is ok, with some difficulties for beginning players, they performed lower dungeons and faced bosses from regions that are now empty.
But Tera is still a great game to start playing with friends, with a beautiful look, interesting classes and for free.
The Elder Scrolls Online
It promised a lot at its launch, haunted by the expectations created since Skyrim, but it disappointed. He started buy-to-play with a mandatory subscription, something he just couldn’t keep up with. It is still necessary to buy the game for at least $ 19.99 (Steam), but without a mandatory subscription. It exists as a Premium subscription that ends up being the only way to make the game really playable in the long run. It might not be a bad game, which in fact is not at all, but with previous options I wouldn’t recommend Elder Scrolls Online in 2020.
However, the battle system, classes and races are really cool, especially for those who played the previous games of The Elder Scrolls. However, it is uncomfortable to limit the skills to use. If you expect a Skyrim MMO version, forget it, the system is quite different. But it is still a good game, beautiful, well developed, but somewhat forgotten. Its player base is not there and it can be quite monotonous to play the game without the company of friends.
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