League of Legends
Action 06 October 2009
An extremely popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game, produced by Riot Games. League of Legends is set in Valoran, a fantasy world that has been torn by a bloody war for centuries. However, the opposing nations found another way of resolving disputes – duels fought by their representatives in the arenas. The game has been designed with multiplayer mode in mind, based on rivalry between two teams composed of several people. Each player controls one character. The key to the victory lies in cooperation between the team members and the ability to make good use of the individual strengths of each character. The game is using free-to-play business model with optional micropayments for some items and features.
World of Tanks
Simulation 12 August 2010
A massively popular MMO game, created and administered by Russian developer Wargaming.net. World of Tanks lets players control tanks and take part in exciting battles against living opponents. The game offers over 150 carefully recreated models of tanks and other armored vehicles (including self-propelled guns and tank destroyers) used in armies of several countries since the 1930’s till the Korean War (1950-1953). The gameplay in World of Tanks combines elements of simulation, action shooter, strategy, and social features that let players join clans and communicate with others. The game is based on a free-to-play distribution model with microtransactions.
Simulation 29 November 2013
A free-to-play MMO flight simulator. It was developed by Gajin Entertainment, a Russian studio which previously created such titles as Wings of Prey, Birds of Steel, and Apache: Air Assault. The players assume the role of fighter pilots and can pilot hundreds of carefully recreated World War II aircrafts. The developers made sure that battlefield reality is faithfully reflected not only in the air, but also on the land (artillery, infantry) and at sea (navy). Progress allows us to upgrade our planes, buy new kinds of weapons as well as learn new piloting skills. War Thunder stands out from its competitors thanks to its high-quality visuals and realistic flight physics.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Logic 11 March 2014
A card logic game set in the fantasy universe of Azeroth, known from the Warcraft franchise. The game was developed by Blizzard Entertainment company, who mention the cult card game Magic: The Gathering as one of their major inspirations. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft lets you pick one of the nine available character classes and build you own deck of cards, which you can use in battles against the AI (tutorials) or living opponents (duels, tournaments). Gameplay mechanics are based on a set of easy to learn rules. Victory is rewarded with new cards. The game is based on free-to-play model with optional microtransactions, which means that although you can play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for free, some elements require payment.
Path of Exile
RPG 23 October 2013
An online action RPG from Grinding Gear Games, a developer team from New Zealand. The action of Path of Exile is set in a fantasy world which was destroyed by a grand cataclysm. The players assume the role of exiles who try to survive in the dangerous continent of Wraeclast. The gameplay is focused on cooperation in teams of several players that traverse instance-based locations together. Each character can be developed choosing from more than 1300 skills. Visually, Path of Exile is inspired by the classics of the action RPG genre (Diablo, Sacred, and others), including the isometric camera. The game is free-to-play, but offers some additional facilities and items via optional micropayments.
World of Warcraft: Legion
RPG 30 August 2016
The sixth official expansion to World of Warcraft, the famous MMORPG from Blizzard company. The plot picks up where it was left off in the previous add-on: after having escaped from Draenor, the Orc shaman Gul’dan found refuge on the Broken Isles, eventually opening the portal hidden in the Tomb of Sargeras and releasing the demon horde. Faced with another invasion of the Burning Legion, the already weakened Azeroth needs to rely on the players for help. Their task will be to stop Gul’dan before the forces of evil can triumph. The most crucial novelties introduced in the expansion are: the Order Hall, unique to your character class, where you gather an army of NPC followers, as well as artifacts, which come as rewards for completing a series of dangerous missions. Additionally, the game introduces some changes to the progression system (introduction of ranks), along with raising experience level cap to 110. Of course there are also new dungeons and raids.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
RPG 20 December 2011
An MMORPG set in the Star Wars universe and a spiritual successor to the Knights of the Old Republic series. It was created by a seasoned RPG developer, BioWare Studios, also known for such cult titles as Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect. The game lets you choose between the dark or the light side of the Force and create a unique avatar, selecting from 8 available classes. Gameplay focuses on exploration, combat, and developing your hero’s skills, although much emphasis is put on the story presented in the distinctive BioWare style. It is possible to play solo, but the game’s essence is about playing together with friends. The game lets you join a team and either complete story-related missions together or compete against others in one of PvP modes. A great deal of vast locations – both well-known to the Star Wars fans as well as brand new ones – await to be explored.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
RPG 04 April 2014
A MMORPG set in The Elder Scrolls universe. The Elder Scrolls Online was created by the more than 250-people-strong team of ZeniMax Online Studios. The game is set 1,000 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. House of Thern wants to reclaim its former power and strikes a deal with the necromancer Mannimarco. Little do they know of his pact with the demonic prince Molag Bal, who wants to take over the world. The player's character can side with one of three major factions (Ebonheart Pact, Aldmeri Dominium, and Daggerfall Covenant), as well as join numerous minor organizations, such as mages guild, fighters guild, or the thieves guild. Gameplay combines elements well-known to TES fans and features typical MMORPG mechanics.
Black Desert Online
RPG 17 December 2014
A high fantasy MMORPG. Black Desert is a debut project of the Korean studio Pearl Abyss, created in cooperation with the industry veteran, Dae-Il Kim, creator of RYL Online and Continent of Ninth. The game is set in a dark and gloomy world rocked by a conflict raging between two powers – The Calpheon Republic and Valencia Kingdom. As befits a MMORPG, players create their own avatars and then explore numeours vast locations, earn experience, and collect more and more valuable items. What sets Black Desert apart from similar titles is complex combat mechanics that puts reflexes and player’s skills above character attributes, as well as the unique, extremely powerful character creation tool.
Guild Wars 2
RPG 28 August 2012
The sequel to a highly popular MMO game set in fantasy world, developed by NCSoft’s studio ArenaNet. The story begins 250 years after the events shown in the Guild Wars: Eye of the North expansion. Due to the return of ancient dragons, the world has changed significantly. Many towns and regions were destroyed beyond recovery. New technologies appeared as well (e.g. gunpowder), which had a visible effect on the lives of inhabitants. Similarly to its 2005 predecessor, players start their journey in Guild Wars 2 by creating a hero, choosing from 5 playable races and 8 classes. The gameplay has been designed mainly with small character parties in mind, making it easier to earn experience and precious loot. The game stands out with its high quality visuals and atmospheric soundtrack composed by Jeremy Soule.
RPG 20 June 2013
An online RPG game set in a high fantasy world. It was developed by Cryptic - a team popular mainly for City of Heroes and Champions Online. The game is based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons RPG system and the story takes place in the Forgotten Realms universe. Dark forces have taken over a large area in the titular city. Called in by the Lord Protector, fearless heroes and adventurers arrive to face the evil beings. The gameplay focuses on cooperation of five players assembled into a party that traverses dungeons filled with different dangers. The mechanics combine elements of MMOs and action RPGs and are based on the rules of the fourth edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Neverwinter stands out with its simplicity-driven editor tools allowing for creation of numerous new adventures.
World of Warships
Simulation 17 September 2015
After World of Tanks and World of Warplanes, Wargaming.net (the company also known for strategy games like Massive Assault, Galactic Assault, and Order of War) brings us yet another MMO. Similarly to its predecessors, the game allows us to participate in the various armed conflicts of the twentieth-century; this time, commanding our own warship. The authors reproduced an impressive number of actual vessels with great attention to detail, taking into account not only their appearance but also firepower and numerous technical parameters. Furthermore, in order to diversify the gameplay, the creators introduced an option that enables ship modifications, adding a strategic aspect to the game. The mechanics focus around proven patterns, typical of online games and aimed primarily at competition and cooperation between players in one of several game modes available. It’s also possible to set up clans and player rankings. The in-game economy system is shared between all games in the series.
World of Warcraft
RPG 23 November 2004
An overwhelmingly popular MMORPG set in the universe known from a cult series of RTS games from Blizzard Entertainment. Several years after the events of WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne, Azeroth is still being shaken by the conflict between the new two opposing factions. The Alliance assembles Men, Dwarves, Night Elves, and Gnomes. On the other side of conflict there is the Horde, consisting of Orcs, Taurens, Undead, and Trolls. In the game you pledge your allegiance to either of the two, create a character by picking one of multiple races and professions, and join thousands of other players from all over the globe in exploration of the vast game world, fighting dangerous foes, and facing various challenges, which are constantly being expanded by Blizzard’s developer team. As you progress in the game, your character develops according to the frames set by the canon of computer role-playing games. In order to play World of Warcraft you must buy the game and pay a monthly subscription.
Simulation 06 May 2003
Set in science fiction realities, an MMO simulator developed by Crowd Control Productions from Iceland. The action of EVE Online takes place in a universe called New Eden, which consists of over 5,000 star systems. On the beginning of the adventure you create your own hero by choosing his/her e.g. face, past, and origin. At first you get just a small spaceship and some credits. Your mission is to explore remote places of the universe in order to complete various story missions given by NPCs. These independent characters represent a broad spectrum of factions in which you gradually build up your position. With progress, you successively develop your avatar by acquiring new skills. The game also features ship customization. You can also upgrade vessels with new modules that influence performance, weaponry, and armor. There is no idleness in space, as creators constantly add new missions and challenges.
Life is Feudal
RPG 17 October 2015
A sandbox MMORPG, whose main theme is survival in a dangerous world. The game was developed by the independent Russian studio BitBox. What sets this game apart from competition is the medieval setting, resulting in some limitations when it comes to available tools and working techniques. The game is set in an open world of 450 square kilometers, filled with natural resources and wild animals. The player’s main goal is to create a shelter from predators and enemies, as well as craft tools for everyday work. In order to do that you have to explore, gather resources, transform the land, and raise buildings. By engaging in certain activities you develop various crafting or fighting skills. Just like in other similar games, there are hundreds of players coexisting in one world, whom you can fight of cooperate with.
Heroes of the Storm
Action 02 June 2015
Online action game representing the popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre; developed by Blizzard Entertainment, initially as a mod for the cult RTS StarCraft II. The title takes us to a fantastic world of Nexus, where the best-selling Blizzard universes of Diablo, StarCraft, and WarCraft come together. In this world, we participate in online battles between teams of several people assuming the roles of well-known characters from the abovementioned games. Each of them falls under one of four classes – assassin, warrior, specialist, or support – and is characterized by their own set of unique skills. The teamwork is the key to victory. The 20-minute long duels taking place on different arenas have one goal: to take over the opponent’s base and not let them do the same with ours. The authors emphasize the user-friendliness of gameplay and control system, making the game accessible even for inexperienced players.
RPG 01 March 2011
An MMORPG created by Trion Worlds studio. The players enter the world of Telara, which struggles to repel the invading forces of Regulos the Destructor. The defenders, however, are split into two warring factions: Guardians, and Defiants. RIFT lets us create a hero based on one of the four archetypes (warrior, primalist, rouge, and mage), and set out to complete various story and side quests, exploring the fantasy world and fighting encountered enemies. During the gameplay, we have to face not only AI-controlled monsters, but also, after joining one of the aforementioned factions, players belonging to the opposing organizations. One of the interesting mechanics in the game are the invasions – to stop the influx of beasts flowing into Telara through randomly located gates, the heroes have to form up groups to repel the attacks. During spectacular skirmishes, we use a wide array of combat abilities, which are unlocked in the course of the gameplay. The game is complemented by high-quality visuals, and offers a free-to-play model with optional paid subscription.
The Crew: Calling All Units
Racing 29 November 2016
Another expansion for the MMO racing game by Ivory Tower. It features a mini-campaign consisting of 12 missions, in which you can play as the other side — the policemen. The gameplay consists of dynamic and spectacular pursuits, and you can now use previously unavailable gadgets and abilities. The policemen can use electromagnetic charges and call for air support, while the other participants use flash grenades and infinite nitro. Moreover, The Crew: Calling All Units adds new vehicles, which you can mod to make them into police cars. Curiously, you can choose the police side in the base game too, but to drive a police vehicle, you need the expansion.
Simulation 08 October 2015
An action MMO game featuring modern-day tank battles. The game was produced by the experienced studio Obsidian Entertainment, known for such titles as Neverwinter Nights 2, Fallout: New Vegas, or Dungeon Siege III. The game features a wide spectrum of modern tanks and armored vehicles used by numerous military forces of the world. Although the game features online gameplay only, there are many different play modes, allowing anyone to find something for themselves. Armored Warfare lets players not only compete in a PvP mode, but also join forces in cooperative campaigns. Among the available missions there some designed with lone wolves in mind, as well as some that require good cooperation. The games highly realistic visuals are powered by the latest generation of CryEngine.
Action 05 January 2015
A first-person MMO shooter developed by the Ukrainian studio Vostok Games. Survarium is set in a post-apocalyptic universe of a near future, where human civilization lost a war against the forces of nature. Players take command of one of the remaining humans, who now gather in small groups in order to survive in this hostile environment. The players meet up in instances, and the missions they have to undertake often require cooperation in small teams. The developers saw to it that the world was filled with traps, anomalies, and dangerous mutants. The game is based on the free-to-play financial model with optional microtransactions for extra items and bonuses.
Riders of Icarus
RPG 06 July 2016
An epic fantasy MMORPG developed by WeMade Entertainment with Nexon. The game’s plot is not an original one, and tells the story of a group of warriors fighting against an ancient evil that grew stronger having spent long years in slumber, and now threatens the entire world. The title doesn’t deviate from typical features of the genre, and the fun boils down mainly to exploration and performing quests that involve fighting various opponents. The biggest highlight of Riders of Icarus is the possibility of taming and riding many mythical beasts of different abilities. With time, the animal not only becomes our devoted friend but also a real killing machine that, depending on its unique traits, can fight alongside us or be our mount (a land or a flying one). This introduces a rather rare element of aerial combat to the genre. It is also an important part of an extensive combo-based combat system.