EVE Online (PC)
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.
Wild West Online (PC)
A Wild-West-themed MMO game by 612 Games, inspired by the multiplayer mode of the popular Red Dead Redemption by Rockstar Games. Wild West Online is set in a vast open world, where you try to survive and try your hand at various activities. You can play as bandits or law officers; the players can create gangs and rob banks and steal from or kill encountered people. But you can also choose a different career and become e.g. a farmer or a gold prospector. It's worth noting that each such profession has its influence on the in-game world, affecting, among other things, the economy. This Wild West life simulation game also features an expansive crafting system, and you can unlock schematics allowing you to create tools or weapons.
Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire (PC)
RPG yesterday, 22 September 2017
Expansion pack for the popular MMORPG Guild Wars 2 from ArenaNet. Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire is set after the events from the previous DLC: Heart of Thorns. This time players have to defend the southern realm of Elona and the Crystal Desert from the march of the army of Balthazar, the god of war and fire. The Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire add-on introduces five large zones, which you can explore both on foot and on a mount. The latter lets you cover large distances more quickly as well as reach hardly accessible places, but it also proves to be great help in combat. Besides, the developer prepared nine elite specialization for heroes at and over level 80 as well as a new guild hall and a variety of weapons and outfits. Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire requires the original game to play. In order to make use of the new options for guilds you must also own the Heart of Thorns expansion.
Lost Ark (PC)
A free-to-play online action-RPG designed for the Asian market by the South Korean studio Tripod. The game is set in a fantasy realm, whose people managed to avoid an invasion of evil thanks to the titular Ark. After years of peace, the leader of demonic legions, Kazeroth, tries to use the artifact to take over the world. The players have to find it and prevent the imminent disaster. The game employs isometric camera in gameplay, resembling such classic hits as Diablo or Torchlight. There are 18 character classes, each representing an original take on classic RPG archetypes. In the game you get to explore (both lands and seas), collect resources and treasures, and fight against mighty bosses, as well as other players in the PvP mode. Lost Ark features high quality graphics powered by Unreal Engine 3.
Albion Online (PC)
RPG 17 July 2017
A free-to-play MMORPG set in a fantasy world and a debut project of the German developer Sandbox Interactive. The game’s universe is shaped entirely by players’ actions, who craft their own tools as well as build settlements and towns. The complex in-game economy system lets you e.g. rent production buildings or lease plots of land to other players. Apart from typical RPG story missions, an essential part of Albion Online are duels between players in PvP mode. The game’s world is split into 800 territories that can be conquered by players’ guilds, seeking valuable resources. Real-time combat uses mechanics typical of hack-and-slash games. While you are offline your territories are protected by a magic aura, so that battles can be fought only between online players. The game features a unique microtransaction system – a commission is drawn from transactions between players.
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC)
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.
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
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.
H1Z1: King of the Kill (PC)
An MMO shooter with survival elements, set in a world after a zombie outbreak, developed by the Daybreak Game Company studio. The title is one of the two alternative versions of the survival sandbox game formerly known as H1Z1 that was divided into two independent productions during the early access stage. Unlike H1Z1: Just Survive, that remained faithful to the developers' original concept, H1Z1: King of the Kill focuses on dynamic action and players competing in one of several PvP modes, spearheaded by the Battle Royale mode, well-known from the original game. The game features also some elements of survival: before the struggle begins the players get a little time to gather resources and create equipment that they will use to fight their opponents. However, in contrast to the original game these elements were marginalized.
World of Warcraft (PC)
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.
Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)
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.
Titan Siege (PC)
A free-to-play MMORPG fantasy game featuring micro-transactions. The fantastic setting of Titan Siege combines the elements taken from Norse, Greek, and Egyptian mythologies. Players assume the roles of heroes, who defend the humanity from Titan factions waging war against one another. The journey begins with the character creation – a player can choose the sex, appearance and combat stats of his protagonist. The gameplay builds on open world exploration, completing quests assigned by NPCs, fighting encountered foes (including huge bosses), and upgrading the main protagonist’s skills – all this in a typical for the MMORPG genre way. During the game, players also acquire new items, enchanted scrolls, and pieces of armor, which aid their characters in battle. Traveling through the vast locations can be sped up by obtaining a steed. Both pets and friendly players can help us in battles. On the other hand, however, some players can also challenge us to a duel – the winner gets the equipment from the fallen hero.
RPG 25 November 2008
Aion is an MMORPG developed by the Korean NCSoft known for creating the popular Lineage series. The game takes a player to a fantastical land of Atreia torn by a cataclysm in two separate parts. The part of the world that is suffused with sunlight is inhabited by the so-called Elvos, who represent positive and enlightened values; the dark part of the world is home to Asmodians - distrustful and dangerous humans living across the ice-bound territories. The two parts of the world are separated by Abyss - a battlefield between the feuding factions. Players have to choose a side in this conflict and lead to battle a character representing one of four main classes - a warrior, a scout, a priest, and a mage. Upon reaching a particular experience level, one can select two additional specialties. In comparison to similar games, Aion stands out in terms of its in-game world design - in the first locations one does not meet any foes controlled by the members of the enemy faction, however, he has to fight AI-controlled minions. At the later stages of the game, a player is bound to encounter portals that take him to the lands occupied by the opposing faction - in such situations, a player has to fight characters controlled by other players. Thus, weak characters should join a group of other heroes or one of the so-called legions. Interestingly enough, apart from completing consecutive assignments and fighting foes, one can develop his skills in one of the several available professions (e.g. foraging, tailoring, and cooking). The game delivers also crafting mechanics allowing players to improve their inventory. The built-in encyclopedia is a rich source of the in-game information. Aion features high-quality visuals based on the CryEngine technology.
RPG 01 May 2012
TERA is a fantasy MMORPG developed by Bluehole. During our adventures we play as members of the Valkyon Federation, an alliance of races inhabiting the game’s world. Our task is to protect it from various internal and external threats. The players have eight classes and six races to choose from. Among them we will find not only humans and elves, but also completely new races, created specially for the game. TERA is a third-person game set in a big, open world. Its economic and political structures are shaped by the players themselves. What makes TERA shine among other MMORPGs is the game's combat system. Effects of our attacks are based on our relative position against the enemy, which makes TERA more like an arcade game in terms of combat. That is why it is advisable to use a gamepad when playing.
Ashes of Creation (PC)
An MMORPG title set in fantasy world developed by Interpid Studios, which was established by veteran developers. Ashes of Creation takes us to fantasy land which faced a vision of doom a long time ago. Now there are only remains of the civilization, and when they members of sentient species regained rule over the land, they also woke up an old threat. We create our own hero choosing one of eight races with different specializations. Gameplay isn’t much different than what we can see in other games from the genre, though we can get our own land to build a house and take one of many available jobs. One noteworthy feature is a vast and varied world, which is shaped by players’ actions alongside plot.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (PC)
RPG 06 June 2017
Another large expansion pack for an MMORPG entitled The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (created by ZeniMax Online Studios). The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - Morrowind gives us an opportunity to visit the island of Vvardenfell, which is located in the titular province of Morrowind. The plot revolves around a mysterious sickness which has taken its toll on Vivec - a member of the Trinity of divine entities that have guarded this part of the world. The player's task will be to find the medicine and restore Vivec to health. Exploration and completing different quests given by the inhabitants of an extensive world remain the core of the experience. Fighting various enemies is another important part of the game. Although one can experience what this world has to offer solo, the adventure gets deeper when the player is accompanied by others. Apart from an additional place to explore and a new storyline, the add-on introduces a new character class, that is, the Warden. This class makes a great use of the magic of nature, but is also supported in combat by a tamed bear. A new PvP mode constitutes another novelty - the Battlegrounds are focused on three teams of four players fighting one another.
A survival simulator that emphasizes multiplayer. It is the first major production by Bankroll, an Australian developer studio. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate from the majority of similar games, especially the bestselling Rust. The player character finds himself at a vast desert plain and his task is to survive in this hostile environment. The game focuses primarily on survival aspects and the most important thing is to ensure that the protagonist has his basic needs satisfied and protected from such hazards as hunger, thirst, fatigue, radiation, or changing weather conditions. From among other titles in the genre, Hurtworld is distinguished by a protection system that evens out the chances of beginners and seasoned players. Another noteworthy feature is the punishment system — should a character who has killed many rivals die, he loses more valuable equipment than the others.
Black Squad (PC)
An online free-to-play shooter created by Korean studio called NS Studio. Black Squad throws players right into the center of a fictional conflict between an international criminal organization and a special ONZ anti-terrorist unit. When we start the game we have to decide which side and class we want to choose – this choice determines our equipment and special abilities. We can choose from various fire arms, knives and gadgets. The fights are viewed from first person perspective and they take place on various maps, such as industrial district, castle ruins or streets of a modern city. The gameplay in Black Squad is based on team play and the game offers a few modes in which we have to complete objectives – from a simple elimination, VIP assassination to destroying an enemy base. Depending on which mode we chose we can participate in teams consisting of five, eight, ten and even sixteen members.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (PC)
RPG 24 April 2007
An MMORPG set in the fantasy world created by J.R.R. Tolkien for i.a. The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Players get right in the middle of the war between the forces of evil (led by Sauron, who commands an unlimited number of orcs and other beasts from Mordor) and the forces of good (races inhabiting the remaining parts of Middle-Earth). The game developed by Turbine Entertainment allows one to assume the role on an Elf, a Human, a Hobbit, or a Dwarf, explore the vast open world, fight the aforementioned creatures, complete various quests, as well as collect useful pieces of equipment and weapons. On his journey, a player can develop his character’s combat potential by selecting consecutive abilities as he sees fit. Since mid-2010, the game has switched to a free-to-play business model. This means that players can enjoy it for free, however, those who want to unlock the access to the so-called 'premium content' have to utilize the optional microtransactions system.
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (PC)
RPG 13 November 2014
The fifth expansion pack for World of Warcraft - the bestselling MMORPG game that is still as popular as it was back in 2004. Contrary to the previous expansions, Warlords of Draenor does not introduce new races, focusing instead on a completely new land called Draenor and offering dozens of new quests, monsters and bosses. When exploring Draenor, which is divided into seven zones, the player visits mainly dried wastelands, forests filled with wildlife, frozen highlands and new dungeons. Significantly, the expansion introduces strategy elements allowing the players to build and manage their own fortresses. Within the place, the players can construct various buildings, such as inns, armories or stables. What's more, the players can also establish trading routes and hire henchmen willing to obtain weapons, treasures and materials for them. Additionally, the level cap was raised to 100. Both in terms of the mechanics and visuals, Warlords of Draenor represents the next stage in the evolution of the popular MMO game.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (PC)
RPG 20 June 2017
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is the second expansion to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, an MMORPG developed by Square-Enix. The newest expansion allows the players to travel beyond Eorza, to the territories occupied by the Garlean Empire. Stormblood also definitively ends the game's support for PlayStation 3. The biggest addition to the game introduced by Stormblood are the new locations. We will visit Ala Mhigo, travel to the new continent Othard and Doma Kingdom that lies there. The expansion also introduces new dungeons, raids (i.e. Return to Ivalice designed for 24 players), and special events. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood increases the level cap to 70, introduces new skills, and two new classes: Red Mage and Samurai. You will also find tons of new, powerful pieces of equipment.
Riders of Icarus (PC)
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.
The Exiled (PC)
A sandbox MMORPG set in a dark fantasy world, focusing on PvP mode and interactions between players. We play as a person imprisoned in vast valley, where they must build a shelter, find allies and finally escape. This cannot be achieved without other players, but we also compete with them for resources crucial for survival and achieving our main objective. The Exiled gives us total freedom in developing the abilities of our character, though offensive skills are strictly bound to the weapon and equipment we wield. The battle system promotes good aim, timing and tactical sense. Instead of complex plot and side quests, the players are driven by constant competition with each other and need to protect their resources. On the other hand, working together brings more benefits than rivalry. Each server ends the game after some time and announces its winners.
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns (PC)
RPG 23 October 2015
The first large expansion to the popular Guild Wars 2 MMO by ArenaNet. The add-on introduces a whole new storyline, set in the previously unavailable territory of Maguuma jungle. The new, open map hides a multitude of missions (main and side quests alike), new opponents, and challenging bosses. To help you fight them, you will be joined by new allies – the ancient civilizations dwelling in the jungle, whom you discover as you progress in the game. Heart of Thorns also introduces Revenant character class and the Guild Halls feature that lets you establish your guild’s base in the heart of the jungle and expand it over time. The game also introduces lots of changes to gameplay mechanics and character progression system (modified Mastery system and secondary specializations). For the enthusiasts of competitive gameplay, a new PvP Stronghold mode awaits, as well as the map called Borderlands, designed with World vs. World gameplay in mind.