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The Greatest MMOs of All Time - Number 5 through 1 |

SBFordSBFord Former Associate EditorMember LegendaryPosts: 33,129
edited October 2015 in News & Features Discussion

The Greatest MMOs of All Time - Number 5 through 1 |

This will ruffle some feathers. The staff at, from President Craig McGregor and CTO Ben Krueger, to our wonderful list of reviewers, columnists, and community managers, all the way down to your humble and lowly Managing Editor (me) have voted. We took the top player-rated games from our Game List, including those that have been closed after launch, and we ranked them.

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  • RemyVorenderRemyVorender Member RarePosts: 3,992
    edited October 2015
    GW2 is waaaaaaaay too high on this list, but the rest is OK. For the record I play GW2 and enjoy it, but it shouldn't be in the top 5

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  • creatiocreatio Member CommonPosts: 2
    Elemental Heroes on mobiles is a pretty good f2p MMORPG. It's the first decent MMO similar to HoMM3 that I've found.
  • Dreamo84Dreamo84 Member UncommonPosts: 3,713
    GW2 is waaaaaaaay too high on this list, but the rest is OK. For the record I play GW2 and enjoy it, but it shouldn't be in the top 5
    They said it would ruffle some feathers!

  • Soki123Soki123 Member RarePosts: 2,558
    The top 5 should be FFXI, DAOC, UO, AC and EQ1. That's my opinion of course, but they all paved the way, and unfortunately got changed so much by the newer generation of MMOs, that they re all just a memory in the past:(
  • FomaldehydeJimFomaldehydeJim Member UncommonPosts: 673
    edited October 2015
    Although I haven't played WOW in a long time, I am glad it was listed as number 1, rather than trying to court controversy. I am not sure that GW2 or COX belonged in the top 5. What I do find interesting is that only one mmo in the top 5 released in the last 5 years, and only 2 in the top 10 which is surprising given the relatively short history of MMOs as a genre.
  • BladestromBladestrom Member UncommonPosts: 5,001
    Where's eso?

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  • ceratop001ceratop001 Member RarePosts: 1,594
    Well at least it's not Schindler's list. I think this list is bad but then again nobody agrees on anything anyways. What we can all agree with is most of the people commenting in this forum are addicted to giving their opinions. 
  • Dreamo84Dreamo84 Member UncommonPosts: 3,713
    I've played all but two of these MMOs... And most of those significantly. Not sure if that's awesome or sad lol.

  • MuktukMuktuk Member UncommonPosts: 84
    GW2 is waaaaaaaay too high on this list, but the rest is OK. For the record I play GW2 and enjoy it, but it shouldn't be in the top 5
    I agree. GW2 is good, but not great.
  • toljartoljar Member UncommonPosts: 232
    I think Asheron's Call and GW2 should be switched, but this is not my opinion column.

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  • exile01exile01 Member RarePosts: 1,089
    edited October 2015
    A game like GW2 where you dont progress- basicly every effort is for nothing- shoulnt be in the top 5. GW2 is like- do a job but you dont get paid for it. Do some fitness but you dont improve your body shape- Read a book but you dont understand whats going on. Everything in that game is just plain pointless. Thats why it shouldnt be in the top 5.
  • rodingorodingo Member RarePosts: 2,870
    Since I play/played 4 of the 5 of those listed I would have to say I concur.

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  • DistopiaDistopia Member EpicPosts: 21,183
    No game should or should not make such a list. The same goes for where games placed within the list. As that's no different than me telling you which games you should hold in high regard.

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  • DataDayDataDay Member UncommonPosts: 1,538
    Agreed, GW2 on that 1-5 list is a bit odd. Game has some really bad game design choices, its about on par if not a bit less so than Wildstar...which isnt saying much.

    UO def needs to be on a 1-5 though. Kind of insane to not list it there actually.
  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 43,677
    Where's eso?
    Likely left off the list for not being Skyrim Online and instead being average themepark # 133.

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  • NikaasNikaas Member UncommonPosts: 135
    edited October 2015
    How to fish for clicks and site activity : Make top 10 article and swap few games in it :)
  • NukeGamerNukeGamer Member, AMA Guest UncommonPosts: 309
    Well it's good to see the most overrated mmo in history keeps its place on top as the most overrated ...Swg 
  • MaeEyeMaeEye Member UncommonPosts: 1,106
    edited October 2015
    I enjoyed the list. Sure no one will agree with everything, but I understand why they chose the games they did. It makes sense. Wife and I still play WoW to this day and yes there is just a certain charm about the game that no other mmorpg has. Even my first and most loved UO; I understand why it was rated lower. However I am tempted to go back and play some of these older games again.

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  • Severus413Severus413 Member CommonPosts: 1
    Am I the only one that feels like FFXI should be higher?! The game had one of the most intricate story lines out there. The job system was on point and the fact of the matter is, like wow, ITS STILL GOING STRONG, even though they aren't updating it anymore. SE is still making money almost 13 years later and the game contributed so much to the MMO genre.
  • marik_ishtarmarik_ishtar Member UncommonPosts: 20
    So many angry people in here.
    The list takes in consideration more than just the fan factor. Some people have problems with GW2 being on #2. Why? Just because YOU don't like it, it doesn't mean that the game itself has many positive factors that make the game itself shine. For instance : GW2 has one (if not the best) community in the mmorpg market. The biweekly (which got changed to once per month due to players complains about the game being too shackling) updates were great. The story progression is great. Personally, I like that the game is neither pay to win nor does it demand its players to spent an infinite amount of time in it, in order to be good, which, at the end of the day, is something a player is based on their skills and not their gear (something that mmos should also stop overusing). 
    Guild Wars 2 might not be the best mmorpg, but it's revolutionary in the mmorpg field in more than one field. From action based combat (Which essentially means a step away from gear grinding) to adding new to the mmo field aspects to the game .Some are clunky, but that's normal for a game that is trying to change a field majorly.
  • WarlyxWarlyx Member EpicPosts: 3,364
    FFXI was awesome i played it for 8-9 years , and while awesome that game ...ugh the amount time i wasted playing it , instead of going out , or passing more time with my gf/family/friends , ughhh i was addicted , thanks god no other game could do that anymore ;) , i learned a lesson :proud: 
  • staranstaran Member UncommonPosts: 87
    No cryptic/ pwe games on this list? Lock boxes in sto and nw are
  • Stayn2010Stayn2010 Member UncommonPosts: 12
    1. World of Warcraft
    2. FFXI
    3. DAoC
    4. Eve Online
    5. EQ1

    IMHO, and FFXI is where I spent most of my time of the 5.  SWG pre-CU is still my favorite, but with the CU and NGE, no way it makes a top 20, let alone a top 5.  TSW and ESO are in the next 5 for me.
  • DeathofsageDeathofsage Member UncommonPosts: 1,102
    Happy but shocked to see so much comment love for XI. Best job system ever and some of the best jobs: nin, dnc, sch.

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