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Trying to figure out what to play in 2021? Well here are the Top 5 MMO games that we’ve enjoyed playing this year already! In no particular order, it will be worth giving each one of them a go if you haven’t already.
While some of these games are free, others may offer a free trial or may require payment to enjoy. For those that require a monthly subscription, I still find it’s worth it. I’d rather pay for one game monthly, then another game that is more expensive and that I can beat within a few days of purchase.
Elder Scrolls Online
Ahhh good ‘ole Bethesda! Another one of the many popular Elder Scroll Series comes Elder Scrolls Online. Also known as ESO. Similar to all of the other Elder Scrolls games, but this one allows multiplayer and online play. However, instead of choosing a server, world or anything else, it has what’s called a megaserver. This megaserver allows everyone to play together at once.
$14.99 (Not Limited)
We have good news and bad news here. While there is a temporary trial until May for the Plus Membership, the is actually free to play. Thus the downside though, is that it’s very limited in what the game can offer. While some people are good with this, I personally enjoy having a short trial with access to most things, if not everything.
PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS
There has been tons of DLC, but let’s focus on the actual “Chapter” expansions. The latest expansion was Greymoor released in June of 2020. Greymoor was within The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim game, that you may remember.
However, this expansion takes place about 1000 years before the events in Skyrim. The main story involves a vampire lord that comes from Blackreach and it’s out to take over Tamriel. Join the forces of light to overcome the darkness!
The news doesn’t stop there though! They already have a new expansion planned for June of 2021 called Blackwood. Go through the Gates of Oblivion and explore Daedric areas once again. Just like the previous expansion taking place a long time before the current events, this one takes place 800 years before The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
As much as I enjoyed Skyrim, I have a lot of memories from Oblivion as well. The Elder Scrolls games have never failed to disappoint, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one. If you haven’t played it already, now’s definitely the time to jump on!
MMORPG.com Player’s Choice 2018 – Best MMO For three years in a row
Game Informer Reader’s Choice 2018 For two years in a row
Final Fantasy XI
The online successor of Final Fantasy XIV. This game was released back in 2002 and it’s still going! Unfortunately, their player base isn’t as strong any more compared to it’s old days, and all of the other MMO’s. But, you will definitely find dedicated players on the few servers that are still running. Another cool thing is that they are still releasing content for those players.
There’s a 14-Day free trial that FFXI offers. However like most games, you will be limited. With how the game is played now compared to earlier in it’s release, you can actually see if you will enjoy the game or not. Back then depending on the job you played, it could take days to get a party going. Now it’s more solo-friendly for some of the content.
PC only. Support for PS2 and Xbox 360 ended in 2016
Even though they still do mini-patches there hasn’t been any big expansions released since Seekers of Adoulin. Interestingly enough, I remember a lot of people being skeptical on how good the expansion was going to be. It turned out to be a huge success and I for one, was happier than I expected with it.
Not only did the expansion being two new jobs at the time, but it brought new areas, new mobs, and trusts that you can modify and party with. Released back in 2013 for the first time ever, you could truly solo (with your party of NPC’s that is) the MMO. With tons of NPC’s to choose from, you can modify your party setup however you’d like.
- White Mage
- Black Mage
- Red Mage
- Dark Knight
- Blue Mage
- Rune Fencer
Final Fantasy XIV
Now one of the biggest MMO’s, FFXIV was released back in 2010. However it didn’t get this far without it’s hiccups. For the first two years of it’s lifecycle, it underwent tons of bad responses and negative feedback. An improved version of the game was released back in 2013 and grew to become the game that it is now.
Help prevent the calamity that threatens Eorzea. In doing so, you’ll be able to play many different classes pending on your play style. Although, just leveling classes and going through the main storyline isn’t all there is to do. You can do much more, like being able to collect minions and mounts as well.
Like many other MMO’s, you’re limited in what you can do, but it’s a 30-day trial. But, unlike many other MMO’s, this game is the most generous out of all of them.
PS4, Mac, PC
Shadowbringers was the latest expansion that brought upon a new storyline, areas, mobs, new jobs and races. The storyline was well received by most if not all players. The twist was instead of being a Warrior of Light, you are now the Warrior for Darkness. Personally, my wife and I play this game together and we absolutely love the storyline and gameplay.
Soon there will be another expansion that will be released which will bring about two more jobs, amongst all of the other add-on’s. It’s called Endwalker, and it’s suppose to close the story on the first expansion: A Realm Reborn. I hope they don’t end the major expansions there, especially with it being one of the biggest MMO’s. I speculate they will still have other major expansions, but with a different story altogether. However, that remains to be seen. Beta release for Endwalker was April 13th, 2021.
Many awards have been won throughout the course of the years, so I will just mentioned the latest awards received.
- Dark Knight
- White Mage
- Black Mage
- Red Mage
- Blue Mage
World of Warcraft
One of the most widely and famous MMO games known to mankind, is WoW. This game has been running since late 2004. Since then it has fluctuated so much between each of it’s expansions. From the popular Legion Expansion to the latest Shadowlands, no gamer has… well… gamed without hearing about this game.
Roughly every two years a new expansion has been released. Even though their gamer count has dwindled in the past year, that doesn’t mean they’re out of the game! I’m sure they have a few more tricks up their sleeves for the future.
Anyone can play absolutely free until they get to level 20. Once there, you should know rather you want to spend your time and money on this game or not. This is one of the few I recommend dropping your cash on.
Similar to many other MMO’s, this game does have a monthly fee. After you’re free trial if you’re wanting to stick to this one, it’ll depend on which setup you will want to choose.
1 Month = $14.99
3 Months = $13.99
6 Months = $12.99
PC, Mac OS
Other than Shadowlands, they have released WoW Vanilla. This means you have the option to play like all of the OG’s back in the day. This means you can skill up weapons, have more freedom in your skill tree, and manually find dungeon mates without the auto-queue feature.
- Demon Hunter
- Death Knight
- First Aid
One of the oldest, yet most popular MMO’s out there. Even though it thrives on PC, soon they will allow playability on mobile devices. Even though Runescape has options to quest and fight creatures, it’s widely known and played for the many crafting skills it allows. There is now “Old School Runescape”, and normal Runescape which is otherwise known as Runescape 3.
The main difference that is noticed between the different Runescapes would be the enhanced graphics on the later version. Although, it still offers new quests, skills, and many other options. The game offers both browser-based play and installation onto your device.
Free to play, but limited to what skills you have access to, quests that you can do, and limited map capabilities.
1 Month – $10.99
3 Months – $10.99
6 Months – $9.17
12 Months – $8.34
Uniquely, you can earn Runecoins and have the ability to use those to pay for your subscription.
Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Steam, iOS, Android
Runescape 3 Release – Offers new skills, quests, and UI features.
This game is more about the weapons you’re interested in using other than the normal classes/jobs routine. However, it’s basically physical, range, and magic.
This games specialty, you have normal crafts, and skills that you can level. In this list we will list all of the skills you can level up.
Keep in mind these are just my top five opinions for mmo’s. There are many good one’s out there, so make sure to try them all. I tend to keep going back to these since there’s just a lot to do in them, and I’ve already been playing them for a while.
What are your top mmo games that you enjoy? I’d love to talk about them and see if there are some I haven’t even heard about yet. I know there are a bunch that will be releasing later this year and next year so I’ll try to make sure to cover those!