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  • WizardryWizardry Member LegendaryPosts: 16,434
    My list wouldn't even be 10 games long,maybe 5-6.
    If a game comes along AFTER the fact and does NOTHING new,just basically copies,same old new skin,that game idc if is equal to the best game on the planet gets no recognition from me,nothing more than a 4-5/10 average copy cat.

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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 19,656
    Wizardry said:
    My list wouldn't even be 10 games long,maybe 5-6.
    If a game comes along AFTER the fact and does NOTHING new,just basically copies,same old new skin,that game idc if is equal to the best game on the planet gets no recognition from me,nothing more than a 4-5/10 average copy cat.

    Well c'mon man spit out the list. I know you're not afraid to share. :tongue: 

    I'd be interested in reading your reasoning for each, whether I agree or not.
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  • annarchiegordonannarchiegordon Member CommonPosts: 4
    Where the fuck is Guild Wars 1? GW 2 is a sad "sequel" to the original
  • ScoliozScolioz Member UncommonPosts: 110
    edited September 2017
    Asheron's Call is not on the list??. hilarious.. Asheron's Call was one of the best MMORPG's ever made and WAY ahead of its time... It had the largest land mass map of any mmo back than ( about the size of Rhode Island ) and it was completely seamless and zoneless.. no other mmo had that at the time.. not even Everquest..

    it was around in the same time period as Everquest and UO.... basically Asherons Call, Everquest and Ultima online were the big three and basically the only MMO's around in the late 1990's and early 2000's..
    BS list created by a green horn nooby.
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  • ForgrimmForgrimm Member EpicPosts: 2,972
    Some important cliff-notes for the reading impaired folk who seem deeply offended by the list:

    The following is a list we compiled using something we like to call “our hearts and minds and asses”. In short, it’s not scientific, definitive, or in any way gospel. Our Top 10 Great MMOs of All Time list is merely our own thoughts, put to paper. We absolutely welcome your own insight, and soon we’ll begin a poll of our users to catalog the Players’ Choice for 2017 too.

    In short, this list is mostly just us struggling to show love to every game we’ve adored, and can be taken with a grain of salt. As we update it every year or more, it can and will change.

    Honorable Mentions: Asheron’s Call, Lord of the Rings Online, The Secret World, Rift, Black Desert, Meridian 59, Lineage 1 and 2, EverQuest 2, Planetside, Maple Story, Runescape, SWTOR and so many more. Maybe we’ll have to do a top 40 like Casey Kasem soon.

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  • ScoliozScolioz Member UncommonPosts: 110
    edited September 2017
      Asheron’s Call is not an honorable mention. You're on drugs..

    Asheron's Call was one of the best MMORPG's ever made and WAY ahead of its time... It had the largest land mass map of any mmo back than ( about the size of Rhode Island ) and it was completely seamless and zoneless.. no other mmo had that at the time.. not even Everquest..  and it had very fast paced movement and had a great combat system

    it was around in the same time period as Everquest and UO.... basically Asherons Call, Everquest and Ultima online were the big three and basically the only MMO's around in the late 1990's and early 2000's.  



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  • ForgrimmForgrimm Member EpicPosts: 2,972
    Scolioz said:
      Asheron’s Call is not an honorable mention. You're on drugs..

    Asheron's Call was one of the best MMORPG's ever made and WAY ahead of its time... It had the largest land mass map of any mmo back than ( about the size of Rhode Island ) and it was completely seamless and zoneless.. no other mmo had that at the time.. not even Everquest..  and it had very fast paced and great combat system

    it was around in the same time period as Everquest and UO.... basically Asherons Call, Everquest and Ultima online were the big three and basically the only MMO's around in the late 1990's and early 2000's.  



    I tried AC back in 2000 after taking a break from EQ, and I thought it sucked. Funny thing how opinions work eh?
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 19,656
    edited September 2017
    Forgrimm said:
    Some important cliff-notes for the reading impaired folk who seem deeply offended by the list:

    The following is a list we compiled using something we like to call “our hearts and minds and asses”. In short, it’s not scientific, definitive, or in any way gospel. Our Top 10 Great MMOs of All Time list is merely our own thoughts, put to paper. We absolutely welcome your own insight, and soon we’ll begin a poll of our users to catalog the Players’ Choice for 2017 too.

    In short, this list is mostly just us struggling to show love to every game we’ve adored, and can be taken with a grain of salt. As we update it every year or more, it can and will change.

    Honorable Mentions: Asheron’s Call, Lord of the Rings Online, The Secret World, Rift, Black Desert, Meridian 59, Lineage 1 and 2, EverQuest 2, Planetside, Maple Story, Runescape, SWTOR and so many more. Maybe we’ll have to do a top 40 like Casey Kasem soon.


    The big question is who remembers The American Top 40 and listened to it every weekend hoping your song got bumped up a notch? :sunglasses: Maybe you had to live in rural Oregon with no decent radio music available within receiver range at all to have experienced that. :lol:
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  • Soki123Soki123 Member RarePosts: 2,558
    Nothing and I mean nothing comes close to the fun and community that was DAOC.
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  • NobleNerdNobleNerd Member UncommonPosts: 759
    Where is FFXI? It has held up wonderfully and is still supported to this day with a large player base. Not to mention it was the first cross platform MMO being able to play with other gamers on Playstation and eventually Xbox!
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  • AdminAdmin Administrator RarePosts: 5,620
    I think Bill was pretty solid on this list.  Mine would be different and so would thousands of others given this opportunity.  Top 10 is tough to do for this genre and we all have our own personal paths through this awesome genre.  AC1 was no doubt a huge innovator for MMOs - I loved this game, I wanted so bad for AC2 to be 5x of it predecessor, and it was nowhere near it.  As with all of our articles this is just the opinion of one person, and no matter who gets the honor of putting pen to ink not everyone will agree with the end article.  

    I think it is just best to post your own "top" list here to share your own viewpoint on it.  This site is founded on player discussion so let us know how you feel the past two decades of MMORPGs has left you feeling and what your own Top 10 is.
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  • A1D3NA1D3N Member UncommonPosts: 276
    to be honest games like Legend Of Mir, one of the first of its kind MMO's that set the grade..... and even Lineage2 should be in there, not matter the state of the game now, back in the day it WAS the best of its kind

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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 33,884
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    I think Bill was pretty solid on this list.  Mine would be different and so would thousands of others given this opportunity.  Top 10 is tough to do for this genre and we all have our own personal paths through this awesome genre.  AC1 was no doubt a huge innovator for MMOs - I loved this game, I wanted so bad for AC2 to be 5x of it predecessor, and it was nowhere near it.  As with all of our articles this is just the opinion of one person, and no matter who gets the honor of putting pen to ink not everyone will agree with the end article.  

    I think it is just best to post your own "top" list here to share your own viewpoint on it.  This site is founded on player discussion so let us know how you feel the past two decades of MMORPGs has left you feeling and what your own Top 10 is.
    Point of order, the article is not written as if its Bill's personal list.

    We, our, us, are used instead of I, me, my.

    I assume it is the compiled opinion of multiple editors, as I doubt any one person could have played all possible MMORPG candidates that could be considered, at least not for any length of time to form a valid opinion.

    I didn't list UO, AC1, SWG or FFXI as I've never played them, but I suspect some here included them on their lists based more on legend than actual experience. 
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  • DMKanoDMKano Member LegendaryPosts: 21,139
    Admin said:
    I think Bill was pretty solid on this list.  Mine would be different and so would thousands of others given this opportunity.  Top 10 is tough to do for this genre and we all have our own personal paths through this awesome genre.  AC1 was no doubt a huge innovator for MMOs - I loved this game, I wanted so bad for AC2 to be 5x of it predecessor, and it was nowhere near it.  As with all of our articles this is just the opinion of one person, and no matter who gets the honor of putting pen to ink not everyone will agree with the end article.  

    I think it is just best to post your own "top" list here to share your own viewpoint on it.  This site is founded on player discussion so let us know how you feel the past two decades of MMORPGs has left you feeling and what your own Top 10 is.


    Which staff member is posting as Admin here?


  • ConstantineMerusConstantineMerus Member EpicPosts: 2,689
    DMKano said:
    Admin said:
    I think Bill was pretty solid on this list.  Mine would be different and so would thousands of others given this opportunity.  Top 10 is tough to do for this genre and we all have our own personal paths through this awesome genre.  AC1 was no doubt a huge innovator for MMOs - I loved this game, I wanted so bad for AC2 to be 5x of it predecessor, and it was nowhere near it.  As with all of our articles this is just the opinion of one person, and no matter who gets the honor of putting pen to ink not everyone will agree with the end article.  

    I think it is just best to post your own "top" list here to share your own viewpoint on it.  This site is founded on player discussion so let us know how you feel the past two decades of MMORPGs has left you feeling and what your own Top 10 is.


    Which staff member is posting as Admin here?


    It's an AI that has taken all the staff as hostage and is selling all articles to sponsors. 
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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,732
    If you remove Guild Wars 2 and EVE (not really a MMO, but a great game) and add Lotro  and Asherons call it would be spot on for a top ten list.

    But WoW as number one? Come on :D
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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 19,656
    edited September 2017
    DMKano said:
    Admin said:
    I think Bill was pretty solid on this list.  Mine would be different and so would thousands of others given this opportunity.  Top 10 is tough to do for this genre and we all have our own personal paths through this awesome genre.  AC1 was no doubt a huge innovator for MMOs - I loved this game, I wanted so bad for AC2 to be 5x of it predecessor, and it was nowhere near it.  As with all of our articles this is just the opinion of one person, and no matter who gets the honor of putting pen to ink not everyone will agree with the end article.  

    I think it is just best to post your own "top" list here to share your own viewpoint on it.  This site is founded on player discussion so let us know how you feel the past two decades of MMORPGs has left you feeling and what your own Top 10 is.
    Which staff member is posting as Admin here?
    I always thought and sort of assumed that was Craig's account. Good question I guess, but does it matter?
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  • qu1cksilverqu1cksilver Member CommonPosts: 6
    edited September 2017
    Very good your list, has some coherence, but even so I still think that listing to be more correct it should be made by the game version and not considered the whole game franchise. You consider the franchise is a mistake, you are adding up credits and the games are not exactly the same. For example: EverQuest. But why? Because every game version has its base of characters and players, it is not like an expansion that is a continuity, a new version is a new game, it changes a lot more things. I also think that the question should be considered if the game was improved. For example: ESO was a highly criticized game, but there were so many improvements, but so many that today it is classified among the biggest MMORPG's of the present time. I think it does not matter if the launch was bad but yes they improved and made it a great game. Before someone criticizes, I want to make it clear that no MMORPG is perfect, I do not know about you, but my friends and I seem to be always running after the perfect MMORPG, testing several times ... I can say that it does not exist. Everyone has their problems, the difference is the sum of their qualities, so if any game you do not like or agree with is on this list, it's because he has something that makes him deserve to be here. But not that I own the truth, that's just my opinion. So please kindly respect me, I would love to have a further discussion on this subject as long as you are polite and focused on the goal.

    1. World of Warcraft

    (Blizzard not only shot at the right moment, but also had great professionals at the beginning to make the best lore, better artistic conception of fantasy archetypes, more immersion into the fantasy world ... I do not think any other MMORPG in the world will be able to have so many players for as long as WoW had.While I was not a part.But this Blizz project was undoubtedly a fucking game design for the time.)


    2. Lineage 1

    (Do not go crazy with me.I'm honestly not a fan, I much prefer Lineage 2 that I played for years.I may not understand, but how can such an old game be one of the most profitable of all games in the world until today? I do not understand, we can not see, for many of us it may not be, but must have something very good in this game, it is kind of a phenomena that needs to be studied.)


    3. Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns

    (Undoubtedly. And it is the best third generation MMORPG, its features, unique features, daring to get away from grind games, super fun, brilliant game design, beautiful artistic design and unique, original, very good decisions from the developer regarding their services...)


    4. Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

    (Bethesda is very clever by following several of the steps that worked for Guild Wars 2, Eso has become a great game too.)


    5. EVE Online

    (A software architecture technology fucked (great), I never imagined that a space game would be so successful.)


    6. Final Fantasy XIV


    7. Ultima Online

    (It was a crucial game for the existence of all others, no doubt. I played for a while when I was young, although I liked it a lot at the time, but for me it always seemed to be a game with no purpose at all, besides getting stronger and killing the others.)


    8. Dark Age of Camelot


    9. Everquest II

    (You must be burning me with your eyes, hating me. EverQuest 1 was certainly one of the games that were also crucial for everyone else, but for me EverQuest II is incomplete compared to WoW, with both being released around the same epoch. I'm not saying it's bad, I just rated it as a version and not as a franchise.)


    10. Rift Online

    (It's the most underrated MMORPG in my opinion.)


    11. Star Wars: The Old Republic


    12. City of Heroes


    13. Black Desert Online

    (Difficult to talk about such a new game, usually a MMORPG looks good about 2 or 3 years after its release, which is the developer's time to listen to the players and arrange everything, make it better, examples: GW2 and ESO. At the beginning it is very innovative, it has an immersion to the environment and a very good climate, you feel alive inside the game, it has a reality regarding the intimacy of npc's, the behavior abstractions in the game are very close to the real world and have the best action combat of all so far without a doubt.)


    14. Ashes of Creation

    (For the hype they are creating)


    15. Aion / TERA / Ragnarok

    (Because Ragnarok figured this list? I think it was one of the MMORPG's most had pirate servers all over the world, had a time that was a fever, turned the game into several other market products like anime, dolls ...)

    Maybe you might be complaining about why Lord of the Rings is not on the list, even though it's the universe that I most appreciate, in my opinion about the game is a kind of situation that equals Neverwinter's. It is the situation that a developer buys a famous name franchise and makes an MMORPG, but this game does not have any innovative features, only things that already existed in other games of the market, ends up becoming just a game with the theme of the franchise and there who then end up making it a pay-to-win game and everyone gets disgusted. Oh you wonder, but what about Star Wars The Old Republic? At least he had innovative things such as the npc's storytelling in quests and stories.

    Sorry for the english, this was translated into google.  :)
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  • XodicXodic Member EpicPosts: 980
    Good list, even better when you ignore the number spot associated with the title.

    I'll add an honorable mention for Shadowbane. The short lived, clunky, bug ridden, and often times unplayable game that broke a lot of molds.
  • moguy1moguy1 Member UncommonPosts: 119
    edited September 2017
    One day id like to see Asherons Call get on this list. It was a blast to me
  • GolelornGolelorn Member RarePosts: 1,391
    edited September 2017
    Not much to argue with, other than no AC. I may not agree on the order, but these are the top 10.
  • mraneremranere Member UncommonPosts: 22


    No Minecraft. No League of Legends. No Half-Life. No Overwatch. Pffft...



    Pretty sure none of those are MMORPGs.

    Sandbox, MOBA, SP FPS shooter, FPS shooter. Pffft
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  • lahnmirlahnmir Member EpicPosts: 2,822
    mranere said:


    No Minecraft. No League of Legends. No Half-Life. No Overwatch. Pffft...



    Pretty sure none of those are MMORPGs.

    Sandbox, MOBA, SP FPS shooter, FPS shooter. Pffft
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    But there are many. You can play them entirely solo, and even offline. Also, you are wrong by default.

    Ikcin in response to yours sincerely debating whether or not single-player offline MMOs exist...
  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 27,015
    Scot said:
    If you remove Guild Wars 2 and EVE (not really a MMO, but a great game) and add Lotro  and Asherons call it would be spot on for a top ten list.

    But WoW as number one? Come on :D
    Wait, are you saying that Guild Wars 2 and EVE (one of them) is not an mmo?
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  • SirAgravaineSirAgravaine Member RarePosts: 518




    tyrrin said:





    toljar said:



    Bill,







    I like the list and you are pretty damn spot on .







    Still think that Asheron's Call is missing though, maybe a typo? ;-P









    I think that AC would definitely be tied for 2nd with EQ. AC was my first love when it came to MMO's!




    @ripperx would agree with both of you. I just couldn't find a spot for it. Without some of the newer games, maybe in the back 5. It was a great game, but doesn't have the lasting impact of some other older titles.




    Pretty simple decision (IMO): bump ESO or COH for it.
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