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2020 is Looking Good for MMOs and MMORPGs..

2020 is Looking Good for MMOs and MMORPGs..

Alright, so some of you – you guys know who you are, don’t pretend you don’t – doubted me when I mentioned last month that 2020 was going to be pretty good year for MMORPGs. I think it’s accurate to say that 2019 sucked, seriously, it’s okay to admit it.
We had games like DK Online, Guardians of Ember, Warlords Awakening.. games that had all launched in the past and failed, relaunched to attempt to milk gullible gamers by selling them Founder’s Packs, having pay to win cash shops, or.. worse.
Funny enough, all of those games have shut down or are currently in the process of shutting down, which goes to say something about their longevity.
Then we had the cancellation of several highly anticipated titles like Peria Chronicles, Dragon Hound, Monster Hunter Online and Dragons Dogma Online.
Lost Ark likely won’t be releasing in the West this year.. or the forseeable future apparently. Ashes of Creation released their Apocalypse Battle Royale into Early Access and has like 10 people playing it, and.. yeah, it was a crappy year. A real crappy year.
2020 though. This year looks significantly more positive in terms of releases. And I know people say that about each year. “Next year will be different!” So allow me to show you why this year looks so promising to me..

Phantasy Star Online 2 just held their very first closed beta test for the official English version of the game, after almost a decade of waiting. Granted, this was for the Xbox One version – the PC version and further, the remaining console versions of the game will release over the course of the next year.
Blue Protocol has a confirmed English release.. essentially. Bandai Namco are not only looking for staff to overlook the localization of the game, but they also recently registered the Blue Protocol trademark in North America and Europe. The game doesn’t currently have a confirmed release date, but they’re expecting to release it within Japan this year.
Project TL has been confirmed by NCSoft to be releasing within South Korea this year. While this isn’t a confirmation that we’ll be getting an English localized version any time soon, it’s promising to know they’re finally approaching development completion. Plus.. worst case scenario, we’ll be able to play via VPN.
Pearl Abyss went on to reveal 4 brand new upcoming games, 2 of which are MMORPGs. Or, kinda MMORPGs. DokeV is a monster-collecting MMO like Temtem, but without the whole “gym” or “dojo leader” dynamic, and Crimson Desert is a cross between a single-player game and an MMORPG, with Pearl Abyss stating that the game will have traditional MMORPG features.
Gran Saga is one of two brand new cross-platform Anime MMORPGs along with Project S being developed by NPIXEL, a new South Korean developer that has obtained tens of millions of dollars of funding to produce games en masse.
Temtem launched into Early Access last month and to quite the success. As of this minute, the game has upwards of 20,000 players playing concurrently.. which a month later, is pretty damn good. It is expected to remain in Early Access for approximately a year before fully launching.
Genshin Impact – while now confirmed to not be an MMORPG, but a large, open-world 4-player cooperative multiplayer Anime RPG is having its closed beta in the first quarter of this year, with a release date expected later this year.
New World, the Amazon-funded MMO.. kinda MMORPG? Still not entirely certain what to label this as, is holding a closed beta test in April, with the game fully launching in May 2020. That’s right around the corner!
Corepunk is a brand new MMORPG announced in.. December 2019 I believe? The game is essentially going to be Path of Exile or Diablo.. if they were full-MMORPGs. The game is in the process of undergoing internal alpha testing, but they are looking to have closed beta tests for the game available later in the year.
Ascent: Infinite Realm has undergone beta testing in several countries by this point, but players have been wondering when it’s going to show its face in the West? Well.. closed beta testing in North America looks to be happening this year, so.. I guess stay tuned for a more specific update in the coming months!
I’d speak a little more about indie MMOs but honestly.. the ones I’ve been following, Pantheon, Crowfall, Camelot Unchained, Ashes of Creation, Chronicles of Elyria.. There have just been repeated setbacks, delays, and.. I dunno. I feel like we won’t really be seeing much from them this year.
However, I’m looking forward to a few games – non MMO games more specifically, and I know a lotta you are as well. This year isn’t just looking promising for MMOs!
League of Maidens should be holding beta tests this year. When specifically is unconfirmed, but with how much progress has been made.. it’ll hopefully be sooner rather than later.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is probably the RPG most of you are looking forward to. It’s perhaps the most anticipated RPG of the year, maybe of the last few years. Square pushed the release date back until April 10th, but if that makes for a more polished experience.. I’m all for it. And seeing Tifa in all her HD glory.. worth for that alone.
Tales of Arise looks like it could be the best Tales of game since Vesperia. I was a huge fan of Phantasia, Symphonia and Vesperia.. with other titles being great as well, but Arise looks incredible. It doesn’t have an official date confirmed for its release, but it will be available in 2020 nonetheless!
Project Sakura Wars released in December in Japan, but will be available internationally this year. I’ve never played a Sakura Wars game before, but the trailer has me incredibly hyped to try this out as my first.
Ghost of Tsushima is essentially if Assassins Creed were set in feudal Japan… and my god, my body is ready for this. It doesn’t have an exact date specified for release, but it is confirmed for 2020.
Granblue Fantasy Relink – while again, it doesn’t have a specific release date mentioned, is going to be available in 2020. If you’re not hyped for this one.. you should watch the trailer, because you should be.
Trials of Mana is a remake of the Seiken Densetsu 3 Mana game released back in 1995. It’s a completely overhauled title with voice acting, new features, and better yet is releasing on April 24th!
While almost all of the aforementioned games are RPGs.. I feel as though that’s a genre we most closely relate to as MMORPG players.
While there are no doubt going to be some great FPS or strategy games releasing this year, I’ve always found myself enjoying RPGs, and more specifically, JRPGs like the Tales of games, Final Fantasy games, Legend of Dragoon, Suikoden games…
You could almost go out on a limb here and say that 2020 might be my favorite year in recent memory. There are so many good games, both MMO and non-MMO coming out that I almost don’t think I’ll have the time to dedicate to them.
However, that is why after all you buy what you like.. and put them away until you’re ready to play them, right?
While I’m sure that, at least pertaining to the MMOs, some of them will likely stand the test of time and largely appeal to the masses, I’m sure some will also fail to take off – or employ poor monetization methods that force the game to buckle under the pressure of negative player feedback and reception.
Hopefully this year provides some form of excitement for you guys. I’m looking forward to quite a bit – I’m quite an Anime fan, honestly, and I love RPGs and JRPGs specifically. So the combination of so many Anime-inspired MMOs and JRPGs has my appetite sufficiently whet.
But I know Anime isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so some of you might not be interested in those. Thus I pose a question to all of you: Regardless of this list of games that I’m excited for, what games, specifically, are you excited for?
What MMOs, what non-MMOs are you looking forward to releasing this year? Not next year – with a confirmed release date this year. That way maybe I can take a look at them, as there are still plenty of games I’ve missed.
And that’s pretty much everything I wanted to talk about. I just wanted to make kind of like a.. list of games that I was excited for in 2020. I just wanted to show you all that 2020 is going to be a pretty decent year in terms of game releases, MMO and non-MMO alike. So there’s something to hope for, something to be excited for.
I know that even with the revelation that this year looks solid enough there will be people that somehow find fault with or find reason to think this year’ll suck but hey, cheer up. I’m sure there’s something here that’ll interest you.

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10 MMORPGs To Play in September 2019

10 MMORPGs To Play in September 2019

It’ll be the first day of September tomorrow, and that means that today I’ll be introducing you all to 10 more MMORPGs I think you should at least give a try in September 2019.
These are not “the greatest MMORPGs” to play right now. These are 10 games that you may have overlooked at one point in your MMO career – that you may have not even known about.
This video is a continuation of the “MMOs you should try out each month” series I’ve been doing all year where I introduce you to new MMOs you may or may not enjoy.
So allow me to clarify: These are in no way “THE BEST MMORPG IN 2019.” Merely MMORPGs I believe you should try out. If you don’t like any of them, no problem. Maybe you’ll enjoy next month’s more!
Now let’s jump right in.


I figured this would be the perfect game to begin this with. A Tale in the Desert has been around since way back in 2003 – and to this day is still actively developed and played.
I have a dedicated video for it coming up on Monday, but suffice it to say.. this is probably the most unique MMO I’ve ever played.
I know there are a lotta you guys that enjoy crafting. I’ve never been all to fond of it myself, often prefering other people to craft stuff for me while I benefit from their hard work.
But, A Tale in the Desert is very different. Unlike most MMOs – there is no combat in this game. Meaning that.. well, you need to pre-occupy yourself with other activities.
Crafting and building are two of selling points of the game, having players populate the land with their creations.
It’s a very interesting take on the genre that works well for people interested in trying out something innovative and unique – a feature seemingly lacking from today’s generation of MMO developers.
Tale 9 – their most recent update just went live last night so if you want to jump in-game when the population is at its peak, then now’s the time to do so!


The reason I listed ArcheRage – the private server here was because Gamigo just announced their plans to release a buy-to-play version of ArcheAge called ArcheAge: Unchained.
Their goal? Attempt to keep a non pay-to-win version of the game running concurrently with their very pay-to-win non-Unchained version of ArcheAge.
But a lot of people are still very skeptical of Gamigo, as they should be.
So in light of this, I opted to include ArcheRage because not only do I believe it’s a much less pay-to-win version of Gamigo’s current ArcheAge game, but also as a mere alternative to concerned players.
You could very well enjoy Unchained – it might turn out really damn good. But on the flipside, this could be Gamigo being Gamigo and.. you could end up burned, as history has proven they like to do.
So with this in mind, I can definitely recommend players play ArcheRage over Gamigo’s official servers – at least until we have a clear view of what their actual goal is with Unchained.


Anime MMOs seem to come and go. I’ve played my fair share of them and only a couple of them have really stuck with me.
Grand Fantasia was one of those games. It’s not the best looking Anime game – not by a long shot. It’s a little dated. Well, it’s actually pretty damn dated but older games aren’t necessarily bad.
I still play FlyFF from time to time because it was one of my first Anime MMOs.
Grand Fantasia though is.. a pretty basic game. It plays just like every other traditional game in the genre. Tab target combat, questing, monster grinding.. y’know.
But there was something about it when I played it. The silly, childish nature of the game maybe? I dunno. It had a certain.. charm to it.
The only unfortunate thing was that the population was almost non-existant. But that’s a reoccuring theme for Anime MMOs.


I have endless opinions to give on Final Fantasy XIV. It is my main MMO after all. Or, one of my two main MMOs, anyway.
I’ve played Final Fantasy XIV on and off since Heavensward launched, finally deciding to dedicate a large portion of time to it in Jaunary of this year as I knew Shadowbringers was coming.
What I was greeted with was a pretty slow introduction to the game but ultimately one of the best stories ever told in an MMORPG. Maybe even one of the best stories told in a Final Fantasy game, period.
There are more than a few good things to say about the game – it’s beautiful, especially the further you get through it. The story is unparalleled. There’s almost an endless amount of content to partake of.
The class system is one of the best I’ve seen in an MMO, the boss fights are incredibly well done.. this game to me, has it all. Some people argue that pre-max level content is slow and tedious and they aren’t entirely wrong.
Especially with the pruning done in Shadowbringers, lower level combat can definitely be an.. arduous process to make it through but then that’s more or less the same for the vast majority of games.
You won’t find many, if any MMOs with the quality that Final Fantasy XIV offers.


So, with Peria Chronicles cancelled earlier this week I figured this would be as good a time as any to re-route player attention to Mabinogi.
While, yes, it is a Nexon game just like Peria Chronicles was, the game is still up and running and has been for well over 15 years now.
It’s probably the most complete, most Anime-esque MMO I’ve ever played, offering players the ability to live their life in the world they’re playing in. Like, actually live their life.
Not just quest, kill monsters and level up, but participate in slow, arguably tiresome at times content like getting a part-time job, finding someone to settle down and marry, resource gathering, player-run stores, city trading, an aging system and.. yeah.
Living your life in the game. Which honestly makes Mabinogi one of the more unique MMOs out there. Still, its population has declined quite significantly which is an unfortunate circumstance of being run by Nexon.
Nevertheless, if you were excited for Peria Chronicles and want something.. kinda like it but still not really, then this is the game for you.


Alright, now that Classic WoW has officially launched – and to numbers that almost broke Twitch, we can go ahead and include this into this list separately from the.. non Classic version of WoW.
WoW is the other MMO I main. I’ve played the game since back in 2008 when Wrath of the Lich King was released. I never really had the opportunity to try Vanilla WoW out because.. my family was too poor to afford it.
However with the recent release of the game I can safely say that it is worth the investment. I’ve been a fan of WoW ever since I played it. It’s had its ups and downs, it’s had its good and bad expansions.
But Classic offers players – albeit the very slow, very dated appearance of the game – an experience they’ve probably never had. Well, unless they played WoW back when it launched.
In which case you’re either having a nostalgia-trip right now or steering clear of the game since you know what it’s like already.
If you have yet to try Classic out, then now’s as good a time as any. Sever queues are only in the tens of thousands!


Microsoft announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 would be coming to North America next year and since then, fans have been ecstatic – we’ll finally, after almost a decade, be able to play this little gem!
But for those of you that are impatient, it is completely possible to try the game out before Microsoft releases it by playing the English translated Japanese version of the game.
It’s the ultimate Anime fans wet dream. You have crossover events with literally every Anime and Japanese RPG imaginable.
You have amazing character customization, awesome combat and.. a very large, very dedicated playerbase.
Honestly, I hope when Microsoft launches the game over here – or, globally, even, that it retains a large playerbase as this is one of the few MMOs I can see lasting a long period of time in the West.
At least of the Anime variety.


The reason I decided to include Onigiri is because a lotta people are still unaware it even exists.
I’ve done several videos on it in the past, all of which have gotten tens of thousands of views but people are always so surprised that it exists or is still populated when I mention it.
I know that it’s a very.. niche kind of game. It’s a hub-based dungeon crawler – but at the same time, it has segregated zones allowing for players to explore a world alongside one another, fighting monsters and partying up.
So.. yeah. Niche game. But its playerbase, even considering all of this is surprisingly high. Not numbering in the tens of thousands, no. But enough to never find yourself somewhere void of players.
It also has kind of a.. fun story, I guess and some pretty decent combat which took me a little aback but if you’ve yet to try it out, I definitely recommend trying it.
The only con is it might be too Anime-ish for you.


I get asked repeatedly to do a follow-up video on Digimon Masters Online. I’ve done quite a few on Pokemon MMOs and even TemTem – a Pokemon-like game currently in development.
So since I don’t really talk about it all that much, nor have I really explored it very much on the channel I thought this was as good a time as any to include it.
I’m a huge Digimon fan so naturally Digimon Masters Online appeals to me. I grew up with Tai and Agumon, man! Agumon was the first Digimon I got in Digimon World – the first Digimon game for PS1.
Yes, I’m an old-school Digimon nerd just like I’m an old-school Pokemon nerd, with my journey always beginning with a level 5 Squirtle.. ’cause I wouldn’t start it any other way.
While Digimon Masters Online is a pretty traditional MMO in terms of substance, it’s completely digimon-themed so if you’re in the market for a normal MMO that takes you on a trip through your childhood.. here ya go.


Okay, so this may or may not have been a good MMO to include here. I know people ask me all the time to cover Tibia but I’ve only ever done a single video on it and only ever dedicated.. maybe 2 hours to it total.
Which totally makes me an expert on it, right? Tibia is one of the oldest MMORPGs ever – and somehow this game is still online. But then again RuneScape, Ultima Online and others are too, so.. Anyway.
It was released all the way back in 1997.. yes, I was only 8 years old at that time. Man, has it really been over 20 years since this game launched? Yikes! I’m feeling old.
I know it looks very dated – it feels equally as dated, trust me. But the game has still retained a very loyal playerbase even after all these years.
So they must be doing something right, right? I know I should probably take a deeper look into the game – and I very likely will after this now that it’s on my mind but you guys should as well.
Don’t write this off based off of how it looks!

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10 Free to Play MMORPGs You Should Try In August, 2019.

10 Free to Play MMORPGs You Should Try In August, 2019.

It’s almost August, so you know what that means. Today, I’ll be introducing you to 10 free to play MMORPGs I think you should try out in August 2019.
These are MMORPGs you may have tried out in the past at one point or another, they may have been MMOs you overlooked because you were already actively playing something or.. maybe you’ve never heard of some of them.
Then again, I have no doubt you’ve heard of at least a couple of these.
But this list is a continuation of the “free to play MMO” series I’ve been doing each month this year where I introduce you to 10 free to play MMOs not included in any list that year.
So allow me to clarify: These are in no way “THE BEST MMORPG IN 2019.” Merely MMORPGs I believe you should try out. If you don’t like any of them, no problem. Maybe you’ll like next month’s more!
Now let’s get into this.


People always ask me “Why didn’t you include Guild Wars 2, TERA, Blade & Soul or insert any big MMO here” and my reasoning is always simple: There are only a few large MMOs.
There are even less that’re free to play. So I want to space these out as far as I can so I can include them a few months apart each time.
Guild Wars 2, although you technically need to purchase the expansions Heart of Thorns and Path of Fire is by far the most recognizeable free to play MMO on the market today.
It is also by far the most popular and most successful. The reasoning for that could be because it has the look and feel of a AAA game or because honestly.. it is a AAA game.
Combat – even though it was released years ago is still one of the best systems years after its release. It’s still one of the best looking games – with beautiful landscapes and vistas.
It’s highly customizeable and not pay to win in any form. Content releases are a little slow and ArenaNet has recently downsized their team but the game is truly an MMO every fan should play once.


Vindictus, Vindictus, Vindictus. I have a love hate relationship with this game.
The game is so much fun but the population is always so.. I dunno. I feel like if we can get more people playing, Vindictus could be the best hub-based action MMO on the internet.
Even though it was released what, back in 2010? Its combat is still better than most MMOs that utilize action combat. Just look at any gameplay video for the game and you’ll see this first-hand.
It also has some of the best character models and character creation in an MMO – almost a decade after its release. It’s honestly a little crazy that so few MMOs have managed to improve on that.
Graphically, not including the characters, the game shows a little of its age but I feel like most hub-based MMOs have less of a focus on the environment, which is fine.
When I play Vindictus I don’t play it to look at the repetitive backgrounds, I play it to kill things.. in style. Picking up broken pillars, the corpses of my enemies, and just.. murdering everything.
If you’re not a fan of Soul Worker, then Vindictus is your next best thing until PSO2 releases next year.


ArcheRage, not to be confused with ArcheAge. ArcheRage is a private server alternative to the official ArcheAge that has a much less toxic community, more frequent updates and is significantly less pay to win.
Honestly I’d recommend ArcheRage over ArcheAge to anyone and everyone interested in trying the game out. Wiggy’s gonna have a lvl1-max level video for it next month so keep an eye out for that.
ArcheRage though is a completely open-world MMORPG – one that could have been the greatest free to play MMO ever released if it weren’t for Trion’s greed.
It has some of the best tab-target combat, fantastic character creation and a highly customizeable class system allowing you to come up with your very own class-combinations.
Yes, there are cookie-cutter builds like in all MMOs that allow for customization like this but it still allows for experimentation.
If you haven’t played this then you’re missing out. Being able to sail the seas and play as a pirate is one of the greatest things ever.


Okay so maybe I’m not the most qualified person to be talking about Neverwinter because I’ve only ever dedicated a grand total of.. 12? Maybe 15 hours to.
But I was a huge fan of Neverwinter Nights and I’ve noticed a connection between the two games that really intrigued me. Not much of one but enough of one to make me Google around.
Neverwinter is kind of a mixture between a hub-based MMO and an open-world MMO in so that there are certainly quest hubs you remain in to take and complete quests, but you possess the ability to go out and meet other players.
You’re not confined to small, instanced off “dungeons” with repeating content. Sure, they’re available to partake of but not the sole focus of the game.
For a game released almost 7 years ago the combat holds up well and the graphics are definitely pretty good. Nothing compared to the first 3 games, obviously, but still damn good for the kind of game this is.
Combat is also action-based for those of you that don’t want a tab-target MMO.


Echo of Soul is a fairly traditional old-school MMORPG. Each MMO I’ve listed thus far is unique in some form – combat, class-customization, world.
Not Echo of Soul. Instead, we have a very basic, very normal experience – but that’s where the game actually excels: It’s a good basic MMO, something that offers absolutely nothing in terms of innovation.
And no I’m not messing with you: Sometimes you just need something.. normal. Something with average tab-target combat. Something with average character creation. Something with average graphics.
There’s no shame in being average – especially when you’ve managed to be alive as long as Echo of Soul has. Yes, we’re not writing home about the game but that doesn’t mean it’s anything short of worth trying.


Here we go, one of the best Superhero themed MMOs. What do we have left right now? Champions Online, DC Universe Online, and the private servers for City of Heroes?
This month we’re covering Champions Online while I record some footage of City of Heroes. Yes, I have a video on that in the works – keep an eye out for it!
Champions Online is a pretty good looking superhero MMO for the most part. It captures a lot of the silliness of the genre and offers a large selection of superpower skills and abilities.
Flight, superspeed, you know.. what makes a superhero fun. It incorporates those very same abilities into its combat providing a slightly different spin on combat, which is tab-target.
There are a lot of instances to run around in but a lot of the game, and a lot of the people you meet are all out in the large city you inhabit.
So while technically not an open-world MMO and not a large sandbox MMO, it’s also not technically a hub-based MMO either. It’s a weird game but a lotta fun.


Secret World Legends is probably one of the most unique MMO I’ve played. It has a very strong emphasis on story, and has arguably some of the best voice acting in an MMO, period.
When I first got into Secret World Legends I’ll admit, I was taken a little aback by its graphical style: It was the first real-world graphical style I’d ever seen used in an MMO.
I’d never played an MMO set in present-day. So it was definitely an experience.
The game has a pretty extensive class system and allows for a large variety of weapon types to be equipped making for a lot of customization.
Yes, the game uses a weird hybrid of action combat but I’ll admit it’s not bad. It looks a little dated and can get a little clunky at times but overall it isn’t really a drawback.


I bet you’ve never played this one. Partly because it’s a very old game, and partly because the official ArchLord 2 server shut down years ago, leaving only a private server in its wake.
When I first tried ArchLord out I thought it was the best looking MMO I’d ever seen. To this day, I still think it holds up pretty well. Kinda reminds me of a darker Lineage game.
It’s a pretty traditional MMO: Grindy, slow leveling, not much in the way of spoon-feeding, requiring you learn and do everything on your own.
Combat was also tab-target like most MMOs back in the day were but it was no better or worse than anything else you’ve experienced.
Overall I think it’s a fantastic competitor to Lineage and I’m surprised it never took off.


Okay so Ryzom is a little.. well, it’s not the greatest game to look at, certainly. But, hey, I bet this is the first time you’ve heard of it, right?
That’s alright, see, I’ve only played it once, and I only played it for a few hours total. Not because it was terrible, but purely because nobody else was playing it.
Wiggy and I messed around in it for a while and honestly.. it wasn’t bad. Sure, it needed some polish. Combat was slow and the graphics were kinda bad but it had us laughing at every other opportunity.
I’m sure it has equally as much of a chance as other games like Gloria Victus to be good if people would take the time of day.


Finally, Dragon Ball Online.
Perhaps the best, if not one of the only Anime inspired MMOs to have any kind of following and not be a browser MMO.
It, like many others is a fairly traditional MMO with pretty basic tab-target combat.
However, its Anime graphical style is ripped right outta the DBZ Anime. You can have characters that look just like their Anime counterparts, even going so far as playing through the Dragon Ball storyline.
Also, interestingly, Dragon Ball Online utilizes an aging system – something I’ve not found outside of Mabinogi. You start off as a kid, grow up into an adult, and… well, I dunno what comes after that.
But if you love Dragon Ball.. then here you go.

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13 Obscure Free to Play MMORPGs to try if You’re Bored

13 Obscure Free to Play MMORPGs to try if You’re Bored

So this month I thought I’d do something a little different.
People are always so caught up with what the “best MMORPG” is that we often forget that the smaller more obscure titles have a certain.. charm. A certain.. je ne sais quoi that isn’t often replicated in newer games.
With this in mind I went ahead and sifted through.. yikes, like.. 1,400 videos? I believe are on the channel right now to find 13 MMORPGs that I believe are obscure enough and warrant further inspection.
These games are by no means “the best MMORPG,” “the most aesthetically beautiful MMORPG,” nor do they have “the best combat” or anything of the like.
They’re just worth taking another look at – especially if you’re bored for whatever reason.
So, here we are. 13 obscure free to play MMORPGs that you can try if you’re bored.

Atlantica Online

What better way to start this list off with than perhaps one of the most unique, innovative MMOs pretty much ever released? Yup. Atlantica doesn’t “look unique” in any capacity.
It’s your traditional mid-to-late 2000’s carbon copy Asian MMO. Graphically, the game looks pretty subpar. But that isn’t where the game shines.
Where most MMO’s have you create your character, play through the game with that character, leveling and ultimately gearing yourself to become the OP hero of your story, Atlantica has you level, gear and customize a whole party of them.
Throughout your journey you come across various NPCs to recruit into your party. You can level them, gear them up like you would yourself and then deploy them in an interesting turn-based combat system.
If you ever played JRPGs like Suikoden, Star Ocean, the Tales of games or, I guess even Final Fantasy, then you’ll recognize the turn-based system right away.
However, unlike the aforementioned games, Atlantica has you deploy your characters in a 3 by 3 grid with the battle cycling through enemy and ally turns respectively.
It’s something I believe is worth testing out purely if you’re a fan of older JRPGs. There’s a certain nostalgia to it that I’ve never really felt anywhere else.


Man. I played FlyFF way back when it was still popular, had several active servers and was published under GPotato.
The grind was horrendous. It took me so damn long to hit level cap – I was grinding away at that game for literal months to hit level 50.
And the game was difficult. Ridiculously difficult. I remember going around getting 2-3 shot by monsters whenever I attempted to do quests more than a level or two above me.
At the time FlyFF was the only game I’d come across that had flight. It allowed you to mount a flying mount and take to the skies.
While flying in MMOs these days is much more common, back here it wasn’t. When I first got my mount and had the ability to fly it felt amazing.
Seeing the world from a completely different perspective was something I’d never experienced and honestly.. even though the game definitely looks dated by todays standards, I have yet to get the same feeling from flight in an MMO.

RF Online

RF Online is the only sci-fi MMORPG on this list, and perhaps one of a handful of sci-fi MMORPGs in general that still have any semblance of a population.
And I use that lightly, as RF’s population is.. well, let’s use this analogy. Imagine a densely populated forest – filled with lush trees and wildlife. RF is a desert. No trees, no animals, not even any water.
But the desert is still very pretty to look at and explore, just like RF is. Fun to explore, anyway. You can tell at first glance that the game is old.
For a game released back in 2004, it holds up particularly well. Characters look surprisingly good and mechanics present in much newer titles – mechanics and features like obtaining and completing quests long-distance.
RF doesn’t really do anything innovative but if you’re interested in trying out a sci-fi MMO and games like Warframe or PSO2 aren’t quite doing it for you – then I’d recommend at least testing it.
The difficulty is.. out of this world. Okay, I’ll stop.

Void Elsword

Yes, Void Elsword. AKA, the private server alternative to the official Elsword MMO.
Elsword is probably one of the only successful Anime-themed side-scrolling brawler type MMOs out there, with MapleStory and Dungeon Fighter being the only two real contenders.
The amount of customization of your character in Elsword is possibly the most extensive I’ve seen outside of… Ragnarok Online.
Every Hero has several classes they can become – and have several stages of advancement. As an example, take Elsword, the character the game is named after. He begins as a Knight.
After hitting level 15 he can become a Sword Knight, Magic Knight or Sheath Knight. Each of those classes have a second, third and fourth class advancement associated with them, totaling 12 subclasses.
So.. yeah, you can see how deep this can go. Add on to that the outdoor content and instanced dungeons.. you got yourself an almost one-of-a-kind game.
Again though, I want to make it clear that Void Elsword is the better choice if you’re looking to try Elsword out. Official Elsword just.. isn’t.

Dragon’s Dogma Online

I dunno if you’ve ever had the opportunity to play through Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen on the PS3 or PS4 but I have and I spent hundreds of hours in it.
However while playing it one thing became very apparent to me: This would work so much better as an MMO. Or, heck, even a multiplayer RPG with some co-op involved.
Unfortunately that dream never came to fruition.. until I came across Dragon’s Dogma Online, an MMORPG based off of the Dragon’s Dogma game.. I think? Loosely adapted from? Or something, not entirely certain of its history.
Dragon’s Dogma Online provided me with something that I hadn’t experienced in an MMO before: Interactible environments.
If you go through older footage we recorded you’ll see us engaging with our surroundings, and even the enemies themselves!
There was nothing quite as exhilerating as scaling that giant ogre, stabbing him in the head and smacking him with my shield, then making a getaway by grappling onto the nearby building.
This is the kind of gameplay I feel like MMOs are missing. This is the kind of innovation I wish was made in the genre but is disappointingly.. absent.
And having a little Pawn that I get to make follow me around everywhere and customize was a nice addition as well. Makes playing the game less.. lonely.
Plus you can have them occupy the position of monster punching bag in your stead.

Loong Online

I’ve played through my fair share of Eastern themed MMOs and Loong is probably one of the few that have left a lasting impression on me.
It was released back in 2009 and to me – feels like the game that Revelation Online and Moonlight Blade were based off of.
Both Revelation and Moonlight Blade use a hybrid tab-target action combat system and Loong kinda did as well. Well, it used less of one. But the resemblances between the three games is actually a little uncanny.
The gameplay doesn’t really stand out and the graphics, although not bad for a 2009 MMO aren’t all that impressive, the expansive world and the freedom it gives you to explore it is.. well, I guess probably comparable to Perfect World.
There we go – the game is like Perfect World but with a fun weapon system providing us with quite a unique, diverse selection of classes to play with.

Digimon Masters Online

Have you ever wanted to be the very best? Like no-one ever was? Wait, whoops. Wrong Anime. My bad. I get those mixed up sometimes.
Let me try this again.
Have you ever wanted to be similar to the very best? Like.. only one other thing has ever been? Then you’re in luck, as Digimon Masters Online is here to meet those expectations!
The game is set in the not-so-distant future, I think. Or maybe it’s set in present day. But a fantasy version of the present day.
You go out, obtain eggs of Digimon, hatch them, train them to become your weapons of mass destruction and ultimately bring down your wrath upon everything and everyone else.
I mean at the end of the day the game is a pretty generic MMO in terms of what it is and what it offers but it’s set in a Digimon setting and allows players to hatch and train their very own Digimon.
Unfortunately it doesn’t have that large of a population but then again Digimon never really reached the acclaim of Pokemon so it’s understandable.

Granado Espada

Like Atlantica, Granado Espada is probably one of the most unique MMOs out there.
Again, you play through the game as a character you create, taking quests from and completing quests for potential party members.
As you make progress through the game you unlock new characters to add to your party, level and gear up.
Combat gives you the freedom to control where each of your party members go and what skills they use – with battles being quite difficult.
One thing I learned while playing was that strategy seemed to be key to making it out of battles alive, especially when you tackle encounters that are higher than you are.
It also has one of the most beautiful graphical styles out there – an era in history that I wish I could’ve experienced once.

Riders of Icarus

Do you wanna be the very bes- Wait, I already used that joke.
But for real, that’s probably one of the closest games I could say Riders of Icarus resembles. I mean not overall, but the main selling-point of the game, anyway.
See, while graphically Riders of Icarus looks pretty damn good, especially considering when it was released, the game is – at least pertaining to its gameplay, very.. uninspired.
Interestingly though, it has one of the best Pokemon-esque features I’ve come across in an MMO outside of Dragomon Hunter – which is shut down, and Bless Online – which is shutting down.
You can essentially tame and train the majority of creatures, both common and rare to create the ultimate team of monstrous pets with which to.. ride. Yup, a lot of them are actually mounts.
Since you’re capable of riding your mount, flying was obviously going to play a part in this. Interestingly enough, Riders of Icarus allows for complete aerial combat, something not often found in the genre.
There’s nothing quite like soaring through the skies raining down destruction unto your enemies.

Lord of the Rings Online

If you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings then you’re gonna love Lord of the Rings Online. Or at least I’d think you would but the game’s population is incredibly lacking considering the gargantuan success of the movie trilogy.
Both of them.
I mean the game doesn’t really offer much in the way of unique gameplay mechanics or features that aren’t already prevalent in every other MMO but what it does offer us is a solid MMO set on Middle Earth.
So if playing through the game with a small group of friends and experiencing a giant Lord of the Rings inspired MMO-world sounds like fun to you.. then yeah, good time to try it out.

Wizard 101

Okay, so I may not have made it all that far through Wizard 101 but I get it recommended to me every other week. So obviously you guys enjoy it quite immensely.. or you’re all screwing with me.
Either way, Wizard 101 is like a magical version of World of Warcraft with turn-based combat that has you utilize various cards to duel monsters and other players in.. like, weird battles.
It was weird for me. It was really weird. Enemies summoned creatures, Wiggy and I summoned creatures, and we did battle with cards. But if you’ve ever wanted to be a wizard or play a 3D Yugioh.. then this might be for you.
Combat may have been a little on the weird side for me but overall I can definitely say I had a lotta fun playing through it and would recommend it even if only for a good laugh and something lighthearted.


With an R. ArcheRage, not ArcheAge by Trion.. or Gamigo now since they bought Trion out. ArcheRage is the private server for ArcheAge and I would recommend playing it above the official Gamigo version ten times over.
Now ArcheAge itself.. was a giant when it released. Millions of players. The potential to be the largest release in the genre that wasn’t pay to play like WoW or Final Fantasy XIV but that didn’t pan out too well.
It offered so many things that most games released prior to it didn’t though: Addicting faction vs faction PvP content, ridiculously large open worlds to explore and quest in and an interesting naval system.
You could sail the oceans, do battle with other players atop your ship, raid other ships, murder people and end up in jail.. I’m not kidding, ArcheAge had it all.
If it was handled by a better company, it could’ve potentially been so damn good. Thankfully, the ArcheRage private server is significantly less pay to win and is on an earlier, much more fun version of the game.
Seriously, if you’re looking for a game that A.) Looks good B.) Plays good and C.) Is generally pretty damn good, then the private server is the place to be.

Pirates Online

My very first MMORPG. Ever. Not kidding.
Man, what can I even say about this.. It’s old, yeah. I played this back when I was a teenager and I’m in my late 20s now. I still go back on occasion to play for a few weeks because to me it’s still that addicting.
It’s pretty much completely open-world. You can travel around the entire continent you’re on without a single loading screen.
To date I’d say it’s still my favorite Anime MMORPG – being one of the most difficult-yet satisfying grinds I’ve ever done.
Its combat – its PvP – its scaling difficulty and progression is something that takes time and effort to push through.
This is by no means an easy game.. at all, and is not for the weak-hearted. You need balls of steel to make it to end-game and play competitively.

And there we have it. 13 obscure MMORPGs that I have liked up to this point in my life that I know don’t get the kind of recognition or attention I feel they should.
Again, these are not in any way “the best MMORPGs” so don’t get the wrong idea. I just think these are games you should definitely consider trying out, especially if you’re bored.
Worst case scenario? You waste a little time trying out something new. Best case? You have fun.

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10 MMORPGs You Should Totally Play In February, 2019.

10 MMORPGs You Should Totally Play In February, 2019.

I’ve done my fair share of “top 10” videos over the last two years and generally I list a fair amount of the same games.
That’s not because I’m biased or due to me wanting to re-post the same thing over and over, it’s because there isn’t much variety in the way of “top MMOs” anymore.
I aim to change that beginning this month.
Henceforth, every month I’ll be doing a “top 10 MMORPGs you should play in x month” video featuring different MMOs you should take a moment to try.
This will breathe new life into games that are suffering likely due to their age, lack of exposure or.. any of a multitude of other reasons.
If you have a game you’d like to see listed next month, let me know in the comments section and I’ll consider listing it!
Now let’s do this.

Scarlet Blade Vendetta

I gotta start this video with Scarlet Blade Vendetta.
I recently got back into the game with my wife, MrsStix, Wiggy and her boyfriend Ev and we’ve been having a ton of fun in it.
The game was released back in 2012 under the name Queen’s Blade – I believe completely unrelated to the Anime by the same name. It was classified as a scifi adult themed MMORPG – and that was definitely true.
Scarlet Blade has some of the most sexually suggestive NPCs, outfits, and.. well, the game offers players the ability to play completely in the nude. I don’t really know how much more “adult” you can get than that.
Even though the game was shut down a couple years ago due to Aeria Games being terrible publishers, it was revived as a private server under the new name Scarlet Blade Vendetta.
They’ve done a great job of keeping the game alive and kicking over the last couple years and are the only reason the game is even still worth playing.
Scarlet Blade utilizes a unique mixture of action and tab-target combat, leaving players cycling through main targets, but mowing down additional monsters with large untargeted group AoEs.
Oh, and you get to pilot giant hulking mechs as well. That was pretty cool.


I’ve played RaiderZ a few times over the last 2 years, although it was under – once again, private server management. That is because Perfect World Entertainment actually closed the game down, unfortunately.
It was the “Black Desert Online” before BDO came out, but it was released before its time.. and admittedly wasn’t as polished.
Like Scarlet Blade, the game was published in 2012 and, even though it was shut down, a new publisher, Masangsoft have plans on relaunching the game in the near future.
Until then, however, there are two different private servers you can play RaiderZ on: Revolution RaiderZ and RaiderZ Legend. They’re fairly different as Revolution changed quite a bit of the game whereas Legend kept the game pretty faithful to the original.
RaiderZ was a beautiful, fully action-combat MMORPG that utilized an interesting class system, allowing players the ability to pick up various weapons scattered around the world and fight with that distinct style.
This made for very interesting combat as both Wiggy and I would constantly be swapping our playstyles to acclimate to the weapon.

Silkroad Online

This is an old one, releasing all the way back in 2005. Silkroad Online is a fantasy themed MMORPG that takes place along the Silk Road between China and Europe in the 7th century AD.
Even though Silkroad was released way back in 2005, the game had some of the most entertaining tab-target combat available for its time, even going as far as holding up by today’s standards.
There are various ways of leveling: By questing, which actually doesn’t net you jack in terms of XP, trading, hunting other factions, or… what Wiggy and I did, which was just grind monsters significantly higher level than you.
Yup, it’s an older game and older games generally let you grind out instead of questing if you preferred.
I can honestly say that I’ve had some truly crazy experiences in this game while leveling.

Allods Online

Ah, one of the early supposed “WoW killers”.
And if the game weren’t so pay to win at the time it very well may have done well enough to challenge the titan. Nevertheless, Allods Online is a fantasy MMORPG that looks and plays just like World of Warcraft… if it were free to play.
It launched in 2011 and offered players the ability to – in essence – play WoW for free. It had voice acting, a similar graphical style, a similar combat style, eerily reminiscent classes and races. I mean, you name it, Allods probably attempted to copy it.
But that doesn’t make Allods inherently bad. It is actually a pretty high quality free to play title. It also offers players a non pay to win premium server that the majority of the playerbase play on.
Combat is a polished tab-target system and the world you inhabit is large and filled with things to do.
The only issue is the pay to win free to play servers. But it’s a game so..


I feel like this list should be titled “MMORPGs released in 2012 worth playing in 2019” as Wakfu, like the previous games in this list, is a free to play title released originally back in, you guessed it.. 2012.
Wakfu describes itself as “A strategic MMORPG with a real environmental and political system.”
The game is set 1,000 years after its predecessor, Dofus, and like Dofus, uses a turn-based combat system along with other tactical RPG inspired elements.
There’s a lot of player-managed content in the game such as Governmental affairs, organising militias, elections, and even environmental management such as maintaining resource levels via planting seeds, harvesting crops and hunting wildlife.
It’s really one of the most unique MMOs I’ve had the pleasure of playing and for the sake of science, I recommend you try it out!

Pokemon Revolution Online

Pokemon Revolution Online is one of the many unofficial Pokemon MMO’s on the market right now.
In my opinion it’s also probably one of the best, if not the best one available.
It plays just like every official Pokemon game out there and actually provides players access to various official Pokemon maps.
It has a huge selection of Pokemon to choose from and has one of the most accurate graphical styles in a Pokemon MMO. Definitely recommended for fans of the Pokemon genre.

Ran Online

Ran Online is a really old one released way back in 2004. It’s probably one of the most realistic MMORPG’s I’ve ever played. It’s grounded very firmly in reality and plays very differently to what I’m used to.
The game is set in our current time and you play as a school student. You fight other school students and… well, honestly, I spent hours in-game and all I fought were thugs and school students.
The campus that we started on itself was very large, and the combat was actually pretty decent. The game seems to have you grind quite a lot though so if grinding isn’t your thing then maybe this isn’t the game for you!
We tried questing and the XP was just so.. insignificant in comparison. But all in all, it was a different experience to have, especially since the enemies are all Human.

Runes of Magic

I know, I know. “How could you recommend a Gameforge game?” – Well, yes, technically it is a Gameforge game and I loathe Gameforge to the point where I won’t even accept sponsorships from them anymore.
But, Runes of Magic is nonetheless an MMO worth trying out, if only to experience another free to play WoW clone. There are quite a few of them out there. Runes of Magic was released back in 2009 and as such, does look fairly dated.
It utilizes a clunkier version of tab-target combat than other titles like Allods or Aion but overall if you’re not interested in games like those, this may be of interest to you.
It’s a slower game that requires you take your time and learn how things work as opposed to just mindlessly rushing through.
I know, I know. What kind of game has you take your time? This one, apparently.

Age of Wushu

Age of Wushu is one of the only remaining 3D martial arts inspired action MMORPG left on the market. The game was released back in 2013 and revolves around Wuxia-inspired lore, taking place in Ming Dynasty China.
I’m a huge fan of wuxia movies, games and the like so I was thrilled when I got to try Age of Wushu out and play through some of it.
The game actually has fully voice acted cutscenes in Chinese, removing the disconnect people often get when hearing poor English localized voice acting like in TERA, Aion or Blade and Soul.
You also have a large variety of schools that give you access to different fighting styles and let me tell you.. there’s a lot to choose between.
The game is large and open, the combat is surprisingly good for tab-target and honestly, if you’re looking forward to Moonlight Blade, then Age of Wushu might be a good alternative to satiate your needs.

Fiesta Online

Like Gameforge, I’m not really into advertising Gamigo games as I, along with many other players, consider Gamigo to be an MMO graveyard.
However, unfortunately they have the rights to Fiesta Online – an Anime MMORPG released way back in 2006 by Outspark… man I miss the days when GPotato and Outspark were around.
Nevertheless, Fiesta is about as basic as an MMO can get, but that isn’t to its detriment.
The game takes you back to when MMOs were basic: You have very minimal quests, you require parties to do dungeons, there isn’t a whole lot of soloing that takes place because the game is so damn difficult.
Graphically, the game still holds up pretty well, not against games like Soul Worker, Peria Chronicles or the upcoming KurtzPel, sure, but against other games like Aura Kingdom, Twin Saga and the like.
Truly, Fiesta, FlyFF and Florensia – three Anime inspired MMOs that begin with F that I shall now henceforth refer to as “The Big 3 F’s” are the last of a dying breed.

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13 Anime MMORPGs You Should At Least Try In 2019

13 Anime MMORPGs You Should At Least Try In 2019

Back in October 2018 I did a video titled “The Only Anime MMORPGs & MMOs Left Worth Playing In 2018 And 2019”.
It ended up getting over 320,000 views, over 5 and a half thousand likes, and thousands of comments.
I noticed some of the games in the comments I hadn’t played very much of, if any at all, and came to the conclusion that I’d included a few games in that list that honestly aren’t worth populating a list of Anime MMOs currently worth playing in 2019 with.
So allow me to provide you all with a slightly larger, more inclusive list of Anime MMOs now that I’ve had the opportunity to play through each and every one of these in more detail.

Burning Soul Worker

I include this game in every single video I do about Anime MMOs because to this day – it is still the very best Anime MMO released in the West.
Note, the game in question isn’t Gameforge’s Soul Worker but rather – the Burning Soul Worker private server.
Burning Soul Worker is further ahead than Gameforge’s version by many, many months, having significantly more content – both custom and official.
The population as of January 2019 is higher in comparison as well – although admittedly a lot of these players are at higher level content.
This makes it easier for players to find parties and actually participate in the content the game offers – especially without all the bullshit modifications Gameforge made to the game to promote purchasing items via the cash shop.
Burning Soul Worker is by far the most visually pleasing Anime MMO released in the West right now. It also has, arguably, one of the best action combat systems in an Anime MMO.

Phantasy Star Online 2

I haven’t included Phantasy Star Online 2 in a “top” video in a very, very long while. This is because the game, although incredible.. just isn’t as readily available as the other games in this list.
This is because PSO2 never officially launched in the West. Instead, to play the game you need to download third party software that isn’t officially supported by Sega to translate and play the game.
You also need to navigate their website – completely in Japanese, to sign up. This is somewhat of a nuisance for people that don’t even know if they want to play it or not but it is fairly easy if you Google around for a guide.
Nevertheless, after a tremendous amount of you were surprised I opted to not include PSO2 I chose to this time because let’s be honest here.. not many games come close in terms of quality.
Its population is off the charts, having over 10 different servers, all with hundreds of channels that are filled with tons of people.
Graphically, yes, Soul Worker is the most.. crisp? I’d say, but you don’t get any Anime-er.. than PSO2. It does it better than any other MMO out there.
Its combat is a little clunkier though and definitely shows its age, but the amount of features the game has completely trumps any other Anime MMO out there.
If you want to get into Phantasy Star Online 2, you can find a guide for it on our website:

Eden Eternal Vendetta

Aeria Games is one of the worst publishers in the MMO-sphere. They take good games, make them heavily pay to win, unbalanced pieces of garbage and then eventually shut them down when people stop playing them.
So when I initially played Eden Eternal.. and saw the desolate wasteland the game had become, I’d lost all hope in ever really progressing through the game.
Then I came across the private server: Eden Eternal Vendetta. If you’ve watched us in the last year or two you’d know we’ve tried out quite a few private servers for a large variety of games.
Eden Eternal Vendetta is actually one of the better ones out there, providing players with the opportunity to experience the game, sans the pay to win that Aeria Games introduced into it.
The population is also several times larger than Aeria’s version as well, especially after they sold their company to Gamigo.
Eden Eternal takes place in the complete opposite spectrum of the Anime niche: chibi-inspired Anime graphics, and gives us one of the last older-gen Anime MMO feels left.
It’s beautiful, as are the skill effects and honestly.. with FlyFF, Fiesta and other games like them all hopelessly clinging to their last breaths of life, Eden Eternal Vendetta might be our last refuge.

Dungeon Fighter Online

Like PSO2, a lot of you guys were really upset when I didn’t include Dungeon Fighter Online in my previous video. I get it. I played through a good amount of the game over the last month and I can see why you all enjoy it so much.
Dungeon Fighter doesn’t really look very “Anime-ish” as opposed to other titles in this list but there is no denying it is Anime-inspired. I’ve played my fair share of side-scrolling MMOs like this and I gotta say.. Dungeon Fighter is one of the better ones.
It’s fast, very fast. Overflowing with story, and probably has some of the best combat effects in a game of its kind.
Seriously, if combat is something you’re interested in then let me reassure you right now – Dungeon Fighter Online is at the top of its game. You won’t find better combat in a side-scrolling Anime-inspired MMO.
The game has tens of thousands of active players as well, so there’s always someone to play with.
And yes, I’m aware Steam lists a mere 500 concurrent players, so before claiming I don’t know what I’m talking about, note that I’m referring to the players that don’t play through Steam as well.


Mabinogi was once the “king” of the Anime MMO genre. It used a graphical style that I hadn’t seen present in other MMOs. It offered players the option of playing the game in an unconventional way: Living your life.
You could fight monsters, level, craft, farm, fish, quest, explore, just socialize, age up.. like, I’m still of the opinion that Mabinogi is still unrivaled in the freedom it gives you.
I’ve seen other games like Black Desert try and do something similar but nothing comes close to offering what Mabinogi did- or, still does, rather.
The combat is very dated, granted, and uses a very.. I guess confusing for first-time players system. The population is also on the lower end of the spectrum, unfortunately.
If you’ve never played Mabinogi.. I recommend you try it out if solely to experience what the game has to offer that no other game does.

Code Closers

If Blade and Soul were to take place in an instanced, hub-based side-scrolling reality, then Code Closers would be it.
They’re both comprised of mostly.. tits. So if you’re a prepubescent boy, a closet perv, or.. just, generally interested in titties, then Closers is one of the few MMOs for you.
Again, Code Closers is actually a private server – a more densely populated, more actively updated and further ahead in content alternative to En Masse’s version.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: En Masse Entertainment aren’t a bad publisher. Quite the contrary. They’re actually one of the better ones out there.. one of the only decent Western ones.
I mean no company is infallible so naturally people will find fault with them but Code Closers is just.. further ahead, has less content in the cash shop and more available to obtain in-game, and has custom content and events that go on every month.
This, coupled with a more free-to-play friendly playstyle makes it the go-to for me and hopefully anyone that wants to level the characters faster than on the official server.
It’s one of the more beautiful Anime MMOs out there – especially if, once again.. you like titties, and the combat is pretty good, to boot!

Tree of Savior

I know I’m gonna get some mixed feelings on this one as I’ll be honest here.. there are some issues with Tree of Savior. But, in the grand scheme of things, Tree of Savior is probably the only good Ragnarok-like MMO alive right now.
It has some of the best sprite graphics and offers some of the highest quality spell effects I’ve seen on a mage, as that is what I play, but I’ll tell you now.. people either love the game, or have an almost unparalleled hatred for it.
The combat is fantastic – it’s fast, feels great and the classes have varied enough playstyles to warrant playing.
The world is perhaps one of the most aesthetically beautiful Anime worlds I’ve seen in an MMO and that’s saying something.
Unfortunately the population isn’t nearly as high as most of the other games in this list but who knows.. maybe this will.. change some people’s opinions and they’ll give it a solid try.

NosTale Vendetta

I never had the opportunity to play NosTale when it was still technically considered “popular,” so I didn’t have very high hopes going into NosTale Vendetta – the private server based on the same game.
I tried NosTale out over a year ago and the game.. was dead. NosTale Vendetta though – I have to give them credit here for revitalizing the population of a dead game.
NosTale Vendetta had what I can only explain as one of the most densely populated towns I’ve ever seen. Outside of Final Fantasy XIV or World of Warcraft – back before they begun cross-server instancing.
The game had a very traditional “point-and-click” to move and fight system in place but at the same time.. it didn’t feel clunky at all. Instead, it felt pretty damn good.
A little slower than I’m used to but still good. Graphically, it is probably one of the more adorable looking games in the list, and we need those. There aren’t enough cute MMOs – and especially cute Anime MMOs left.
Again, the player population is.. absurdly high. You’re missing out not trying this out.


KurtzPel has yet to actually release officially but they recently held a small beta for us Westerner’s to try out.
Although I didn’t get to participate personally, as I had honestly been too busy to, a friend of mine did and he spent hours recording content for us.
If you’ve ever played a game like.. Vindictus or Dragon Nest, then you’ll know exactly what kind of game this is. I mean, Closers and Soul Worker are more or less the same as well but KurtzPel seems a little.. smaller? Perhaps.
It offers some fantastic character creation options – one of the most extensive, actually, for an Anime MMO.
However, I did notice some of the movements were a little.. off. Which is fine. It was a beta after all and they have room to improve.
Combat though looks like it could actually be even better than Soul Worker’s when it finally launches, being comparable to Black Desert if Black Desert were an Anime MMO.

Pokemon Revolution Online

Pokemon Revolution Online isn’t an official game by any means. It was created by fans, just like every other Pokemon MMO out there.
However it provides us the ability to play Pokemon games like never before: With other people. A large group of other people. Together. Something Game Freak never did and still has yet to do.
It is probably the most complete, closest thing you’ll ever get to an official Pokemon MMO so honestly.. if you’re in the mood to be the very best, like no-one ever was and feel like enslaving adorable little Pokemon to murder one another.. look no further.
It looks like Pokemon, it feels like Pokemon. I still play it and still love it, even with other, visually superior alternatives like PokeOne.
Maybe with more work PokeOne will end up superior but right now.. nuh-uh.

Void Elsword

I know this might come as a surprise to some of you because Elsword is still pretty popular. But KOG Games ruined Elsword and ruined any chance for people to enjoy it.
I’ve played through quite a few hours of the official Elsword game and Void Elsword both. Void Elsword is Elsword’s private server alternative, if you hadn’t caught on yet, by the way.
Although they don’t differ terribly in regards to content, Void offers much of what KOG gate behind their cash shop, are less pay to win and overall more up to date with the Korean version of the game.
And while Elsword’s population continues to dip.. Void’s stays strong. But I feel like this is a common theme amongst private servers. They seem to continue to go on and long outlive the game they were spun off from.
Elsword itself is a little older than some of the games in this list but that is by no means a drawback. The game is actually more complete than most of the other Anime titles here merely because it’s been around so long.
Similarly to how World of Warcraft is so much more complete than other, newer MMOs in the genre.
Combat and graphics still look and feel great, but they’re noticeably less polished than games like Dungeon Fighter and Soul Worker.

Kritika Online

Kritika is a unique one. It’s pretty much a carbon copy of Soul Worker, but it was released before Soul Worker was.
So if kawaii teenagers in a post-apocalyptic world aren’t your thing, maybe Kritika will be. It’s got a more mature, adult theme going for it and like Blade and Soul.. has quite an emphasis on boobs.
But I feel like every “mature” themed game does.
Combat is noticeably worse than Soul Worker but still better than most other action games of its kind. Graphically though, the game is good. The environments are okay but the character models are fantastic.
And let’s be real here.. you all know that dressing up your character is part of every game you play, so character models matter!
Population.. probably sits at around a thousand or so concurrent players. Definitely worth trying if you haven’t yet!

Final Fantasy XIV

I was kinda.. on the fence about including Final Fantasy XIV in this list. Why? Because it doesn’t fit the traditional look of an Anime MMO. It looks like a 3D fantasy MMORPG, but, everyone refers to it as an Anime MMO so here it is.
Final Fantasy XIV – the king of the Anime genre. If any game deserved that title, it would definitely be it. Or PSO2. But Final Fantasy XIV because it’s released in English, is more polished and plays in an open world as opposed to quest hub.
At later levels the combat is actually pretty good – think Rift or WoW. Graphically, the game is one of the most beautiful MMOs I’ve ever seen, especially the further you progress through the game.
And its story? Man. If you were to try any game, once, then it should be Final Fantasy XIV.
Population is huge, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of active players still, and with their new expansion on the horizon, you can expect that number to increase back into the millions.

So.. that is pretty much my list of Anime MMOs and MMORPGs to play throughout the year of 2019. Yes, I opted not to include MapleStory 2 because it has had a plethora of complaints and I found myself bored, not having anything to do the further I got.
I know some of you enjoy MapleStory 2 and it’s a good game. But the population has dropped by 80% in a few months and a lack of content is why.
Regardless, hopefully this list helps you find that special “Anime MMO” that you’ve been looking for.

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Top 10 Most Played MMORPGs in 2019 – What MMOs SHOULD You Be Playing!?!

Top 10 Most Played MMORPGs in 2019 – What MMOs SHOULD You Be Playing!?!

It’s that time of the year again. Almost Christmas – and subsequently the end of the year.
With the end of the year being right around the corner, we’re left once again wondering what MMORPGs are worth our time going into 2019.
While I will do a video on that sometime in the future, I’ve had a plethora of requests to do a follow-up to our most viewed video of all time: “The Top 10 Most Played MMORPGs in 2018”.
So in this video, I’m going to address the most populated MMO and MMORPG alike going into 2019. I will be including non-traditional MMOs in this video as well, so do take note of that.

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV is one of the few pay-to-play MMORPGs left capable of maintaining a subscription-based model.
Many other MMOs like Rift, Aion, WildStar, Lord of the Rings Online and a plethora of others had to swap to a free-to-play model to survive, but Final Fantasy XIV proved that people are more than willing to pay for quality.
Unlike a lot of currently popular MMOs, Final Fantasy XIV employs a tab-target combat system. Some people are turned off by the lack of action combat and by the long global cooldown on skills at lower levels, but honestly.. I’ve not had any issue with it.
The game has one of – if not the largest focus on story that I’ve come across in an MMO. I’ve never, personally, been as engaged in the story of an MMO as I am in Final Fantasy XIV’s.
It also has one of the most unique classing systems I’ve come across, allowing for every single class in-game to be leveled on a single character.
Although the game lacks a little in terms of character creation initially, it does offer an extensive customization system in-game with which you can personalize your character to quite a significant degree.
Official numbers haven’t been given recently, but various unofficial sources put Final Fantasy XIV in the five most populated MMORPGs on PC to date, having hundreds of thousands of active players as of December 2018.

Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online is one of the few buy-to-play MMORPGs capable of maintaining a purchase-to-play model.
This means that players are capable of purchasing the game a single time and playing it forever without paying a single cent more.
However, like a lot of non pay-to-play MMOs, ESO offers players the ability to upgrade their membership with the addition of “ESO Plus”, providing players access to every DLC, additional crowns, gold and XP boosts and more.
The Elder Scrolls Online employs action combat, but puts a.. different twist on it with their unique class system.
It allows for players to live out their weirdest, wildest class fantasies – a robe wielding barbarian, a staff wielding, fireball shooting assassin.. you name it, you can probably do it.
ESO also has a fairly large emphasis on story-telling, with each area being influenced by its own unique story in some way. This makes zones more fun to play through and provides reason to visit other areas or level as other races.
Like Final Fantasy XIV, the character creator leaves a little to be desired and some things are locked behind a pay-wall, but otherwise you can customize your character to a fair degree.
Once again, official numbers have yet to be given but various unofficial sources put ESO in the five most populated MMORPGs on PC to date, having hundreds of thousands of active players as of December 2018.

MapleStory 2

MapleStory 2 is, actually, a newer MMORPG. It is completely free-to-play and released late in 2018. Players are capable of going directly to their website right now, downloading it, and playing it.
MapleStory 2 offered players that purchased a Founder’s Pack a “Premium Club Membership”, granting increased XP from monsters, money, and other bonuses.
The game employs a pretty cute action combat system. It may not be as flashy as most the other titles in this list but that doesn’t detract from gameplay.
For an Anime-inspired MMORPG, MapleStory 2 offers players quite a bit in the way of character creation. I was shocked when I saw this because traditionally, Anime MMOs aren’t known for their large selection of customization options.
Official numbers have yet to be given as of December 2018, but according to the Steam charts and percentage of players playing directly through their Nexon launcher, we can safely assume they have an average concurrent playerbase around 20,000.


Both RuneScape, Old School RuneScape, and the recent introduction of RuneScape Mobile have turned RuneScape into one of the most played MMOs on the web.
All 3 iterations are completely free to play, but house different playerbases.
RuneScape also offers players the option to purchase a VIP membership – although unlike most free to play MMOs, it doesn’t offer the same kinds of bonuses. No XP or gold boosts here, boys!
The game offers traditional point-and-click, tab-target combat. The combat can be quite slow at times, especially early on, but as you get a better grasp of the game it becomes much more engaging.
There really isn’t much in the way of character customization, but I mean.. that’s to be expected. It was released back in 2001.
Official numbers have yet to be revealed for December 2018, but RuneScape Mobile has over a million players, and both PC versions cumulative total number in the hundreds of thousands as well.

Burning Soul Worker

Burning Soul Worker is a private server based on the Anime-MMO, Soul Worker Online.
Burning Soul Worker is completely free to play and offers players probably the most complete action Anime experience outside of MapleStory 2.
The game is hub-based, having players form parties in various towns and take quests that require you enter a large variety of instances. I know this can be a turnoff for some players, so I’m making note of it now.
It is a very story-driven game with each action you make in-game being a direct result of the ever-evolving story.
The character creation is very basic, like most Anime MMOs tend to be. However, there are a large selection of outfits, hairstyles, colors and more to choose from both in-game and via the store that it provides quite a bit of character customization.
Official numbers for the game are unavailable, but unofficial sources put the active population at quite a bit more than Gameforge’s version.
Which is understandable, because.. Gameforge kills games.

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is free to play, technically, but requires the purchase of each expansion to actively participate in end-game content. So, it is, once again, technically, one of the few buy-to-play MMORPGs capable of maintaining its.. unique business model.
Guild Wars 2 makes use of a level-scaling system, scaling players to the maximum level-range of the zone you’re currently in. This makes it possible for max level and max geared players to return to lower leveled areas to help with world objectives and quests.
The game also utilizes a very unique class-system. The classes themselves are traditional in nature, but the skills you have access to are dependant on what kind of weapon you have equipped, both on land and in water.
This is something I don’t really see done in many games, and especially MMOs.
Guild Wars 2 uses an action combat system that makes very good use of weapon swapping – meaning you’re required to micromanage what you have equipped at what time.
Like Final Fantasy XIV, Guild Wars 2 offers a fairly standard character creator but provides players access to a very, very in-depth customization system for players to play dress-up in.
And we all know that MMOs are only as good as the outfits we get to dress our characters in.
Official numbers are unavailable, but unofficial sources have the game at at least over a hundred thousand active players, still.

Blade & Soul

Blade & Soul is one of the few free-to-play MMORPGs left with any semblance of a population.
It launched to over a hundred thousand players and has dropped down quite significantly over the course of the year.
Blade & Soul offers some of the best character creation in an MMORPG – providing players access to gorgeous characters, if a little.. overexaggerated. Especially their fingers. I’ve never seen someone with 2-foot long fingers.
Blade & Soul, like most free-to-play MMOs has a VIP membership offering things like additional daily rewards, increased XP, gold and other currencies, and discounted cash shop items.
The combat is completely action-oriented and makes heavy use of a combo-system, allowing players to combo skills together to make for some pretty slick combinations. And yes I’m well aware I made extensive use of the word “combo” in that sentence.
As I mentioned, the game at one time had well over a hundred thousand players. These days, with all the merges that took place, the population sits at less than 20,000 active players.


Warframe is a free to play scifi action MMO. Or, kind of an MMO. It’s no less an MMO than games like Vindictus, Phantasy Star Online 2 or Soul Worker Online are, but it’s far from an MMORPG.
Warframe, like the aforementioned games, is a hub-based game that has players participate in mission-based content.
Unlike the aforementioned games, however, Warframe provides players the option to set their group to “public”. This promotes activity in the community by allowing random players to join your group and complete quests alongside one another.
That is where the “MMO” aspect of Warframe comes into play: By giving you the option to group with and meet new people outside of your social circle.
Combat in Warframe is interesting. It’s complete action – but relies on things like guns, bows and melee weapons unlike traditional MMOs.
There is no character creation, but there is quite a bit of character customization in the form of “Frames”. You can adjust what pieces of gear you have visibly equipped and what colors each of them are.
Numbers have not been officially reported on for Warframe, but if you take Steam, the official Warframe launcher, and the new Switch release, you’re looking at a solid several hundred thousand concurrent playerbase.
Meaning it likely has more players than any MMO here other than WoW.

Vendetta Gaming Network

I’m mentioning this because the cumulative total of their three games totals in the tens of thousands.. and I love the games that are published.
NosTale itself has tens of thousands of active players, moreso even than Blade and Soul or TERA, surprisingly.
Scarlet Blade and Eden Eternal, admittedly, have a smaller population but these are some of the only remaining Anime inspired MMORPGs left on the market with a population outside of, perhaps, Aura Kingdom.
Scarlet Blade is the only game of its kind, offering complete nudity and features not found in other MMOs.
All 3 are tab-target, with both Eden Eternal and NosTale being Anime MMORPGs.
Scarlet Blade has some pretty impressive character customization, and Eden Eternal has more outfits than I’ve ever seen in an Anime MMO.

Lineage 2: Classic

Lineage 2: Classic is a free to play MMORPG that was re-released by NCSoft in an attempt to play off of some nostalgia surrounding the game.
The game doesn’t offer much in the way of character creation or character customization unfortunately.
Its combat is fairly traditional tab-target.
It does have a VIP membership that offers things like increased XP and SP, increased item drop rate, a daily box and other handy little boosts.
Lineage 2: Classic’s population is actually higher than I would’ve thought. I’d heard good things about it, but currently it sits at around 30,000 concurrent players split across their servers.
To put that into perspective, the non-classic version has around 12,000 players.

Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online is one of the few buy-to-play MMORPGs capable of maintaining a purchase-to-play model.
The game has what is generally considered the best character creation in an MMORPG, ever. It also has what is, once again, considered the best action combat ever released in MMO-form.
It doesn’t have as many outfits as other games like Blade and Soul so the potential for character customization is a little lower, but the sheer control you have over your characters appearance is.. ridiculous.
BDO doesn’t really provide much opportunity to keybind skills to your action bars so instead you’re required to remember unique button inputs to utilize your class to its fullest extent.
Official numbers are unavailable, but unofficial sources have the game at at least over a hundred thousand active players, even with all the outrage the game gets.

World of Warcraft

I know, I know. Some of you guys love WoW, others hate it. But the fact of the matter is, World of Warcraft is still the number 1 most played MMORPG on the market as of this video.
WoW has maintained a pay-to-play model ever since its release and shows no signs of that changing.
The combat is tab-target, and the game doesn’t really provide much in the way of character creation. There are so many expansions and so much content out though that there are more outfits and sets than probably any other MMO.
Blizz have refused to release information pertaining to the active subscriber-population since Legion, but even at their lowest point with Warlords of Draenor, they still had upwards of 5 million active players.
Battle for Azeroth has been reported to not be in that situation yet, but the future remains uncertain.
So.. That’s my list of the most populated MMORPGs going into 2019. Yes, some are as low as the tens of thousands but that’s the kind of situation we’re in right now.
So many MMOs have populations that number in the hundreds that really.. having a game that has a few thousand players is now considered “fairly populated”.

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A More Detailed Look At The Only Anime MMORPGs Left Worth Playing In 2018 And 2019.

A More Detailed Look At The Only Anime MMORPGs Left Worth Playing In 2018 And 2019.

Does anyone remember when Anime MMORPGs used to be a thing? A time when you could ask anyone what some of their favorite MMOs were and every single person would include games like Elsword, Mabinogi, Flyff, Ragnarok Online, Fiesta, and Tales of Pirates?
Thinking about that makes me feel ludicrously old. Disregarding how I feel, I have nontheless been playing MMORPGs since I was a teenager, and I’m 28 now.
So you can imagine how much experience I have accumulated under my metaphorical belt (since I’m sitting here in my underwear as I record this – yes, because I don’t have a real job) in the genre over the years, especially in relation to Anime MMOs.
I was there during the “Golden Age” of MMOs. I watched World of Warcraft grow into a colossal titan, I saw companies like GPotato, Outspark and Aeria Games all rise with Anime titles that shook the very foundation of the genre.
New Anime MMO after Anime MMO released almost yearly, and with each subsequent release the genre continued to fall victim to oversaturation.
The genre – or Anime genre more specifically, became so densely populated with games that the pool of players interested in the genre slowly spread out and filled the various games that continued to release.
But the playerbase soon became strained – there were so many games and a very limited amount of players actively interested in them, forcing the Anime niche to begin its slow descent into what we have today: A dead Anime market with a handful of good titles left.
The “Age of Anime MMORPGs” has long since passed, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still have a market left for Anime MMOs to monopolize. Quite the opposite, actually.
With the state of the Anime market and the lack of releases targeted towards this audience in specific, players are left desparately anticipating every Anime release there is.
Closers when it was announced. Soul Worker when it came over. MapleStory 2 when it launched recently (to quite ridiculous numbers, as well.) Peria Chronicles when people first learned of it. Kurtzpel when its trailer was first released.
The list goes on. Every new announcement of an Anime MMO tantalizes the hungry playerbase. We’re repeatedly taunted by promises of a game that can satiate our appetite for the perfect game but ultimately let down.
So, with this article my hope is to address the topic: What Anime MMORPGs are still worth playing in 2018, and what Anime MMORPGs are going to be worth playing going into 2019?
Links to all games will be available in the description and pinned comment for any fans interested in playing through the games listed.
Also, note that mobile MMOs will not be included in this list.

Burning Soul Worker

I’m starting this off with a favorite of mine.
I’ve recently begun playing Burning Soul Worker after being recommended it over its Gameforge published alternative, Soul Worker Online.
Soul Worker is a free to play Action MMO developed by Lion Game Studios right out of South Korea.
The game was released originally in Japan in April, 2016, with the Korean localization of the game being published in January, 2017.
The English version came out officially in February 2018, but not before being readily available first as “Burning Soul Worker” to the vast majority of players.
Soul Worker is a hub-based action MMO, having players occupy towns, “hubs”, in essence, where you can interact with other players in the same area, group up with players, trade, and tackle the varied instances together.
While not a traditional Anime MMORPG in the sense of the term, players are able to concurrently play in various areas with hundreds of other players, the game has a functional progression system featuring gear, levels, upgrades, skills and more.
So even though the game isn’t as large or open as Anime-titles released a decade ago, it is no less an Anime MMO than any other title around today.
Presently, the game has 6 playable characters, each with their own unique skillsets and fighting styles.
Haru, the adorable Greatsword wielder and my personal favorite.
Erwin, the young dual-wielding gunslinger.
Lily, the Yandere “psycho-girlfriend-from-hell” scythe wielder.
Stella, everyone’s favorite little guitar-wielding rockstar.
Jin, a guy that likes to punch people.
And finally, Iris, whom I play; a phallus-shaped cannon wielding bitch with family issues.
Each character has their own backstory that you learn at the beginning of the game and their own little.. spiritual compadre that accompanies them – at least as far as I’ve gotten.
I’ve played through Soul Worker, and Burning Soul Worker quite extensively. You can take a look through the channel for proof of that, and it’s been some of the most fun I’ve had in an Anime title in years.
The combat isn’t negatively impacted by lag, the outfits and graphical style are adorable, and, at least regarding Burning Soul Worker, the cash shop isn’t restrictive of players that don’t spend money.
What I mean by that.. is that it isn’t pay to win, unlike the hot mess that is Gameforge’s version of the game.
Yes, the game is somewhat limited in what you can actually do: You run instance after instance, completing quests obtained from the hub you were in and progressing like you would during the endgame of any normal MMO.
So what sets it apart? Its still active population, its fast action combat, its graphical style that looks better than most Anime MMO out there right now, its story, and the fact that it’s still actively updated, so additional content can be expected.

MapleStory 2

Next we have the recently released MapleStory 2.
MapleStory 2 is a free to play MMORPG developed by NSquare in association with Nexon. The game was originally released back in July 2015 in South Korea and launched globally just last week on October 10th.
As MapleStory 2 just released recently I don’t have as much experience in it or its world as I do other MMOs but I can tell you what I’ve experienced thus far.
The game, while numbered like a sequel, is actually a prequel to MapleStory – the game MapleStory 2 is spun off of. It features a large open world – similar to something like Blade and Soul that has areas instanced off from one another, and shares various zones and NPCs with its predecessor.
MapleStory 2 has – at least as of its launch in the West, 9 distinct classes.
Archer, which is pretty much the same in every game: “Pew, pew, I shoot arrows against people with giant cannons and control over the forces of flame, shadow, life, death and.. well, shit.” Uses Dexterity and focuses on high Crit damage and attack speed.
Assassin, a shadow magic wielding knife throwing agile little squishy ninja that utilizes Luck and Crit damage to wreck enemies.
Berserker, a greatsword wielding brute that makes use of their high HP and physical damage to destroy mass hordes of enemies.
Heavy Gunner, not to be confused with Light Gunner (that’s a touchy subject for them,) is a cannon-wielding glass cannon that utilizes Agility to inflict a large amount of damage to enemies.
Knight, your traditional sword and shield tank ‘n spank class that utilizes Strength for damage and Defense for tanking.
Priest, your local healer that you can’t go anywhere without lest you end up face-down in the dirt. Wielding her grimoire and scepter, your trusty life-giver heals your team with a focus on Intelligence.
Runeblade, the two-handed sword wielding non-Berserker is the Berserker.. if the Berserker used some magic, too. Focuses not only on Strength, but also on Intelligence.
Thief, a dagger wielding brigand that utilizes high speed and poisons to really mess their enemies up. Like the Assassin, focuses on Luck and movement speed.
Finally, the Wizard, a staff wielding mage that has control over fire, ice and lightning and is an indespensible part of the team due to their ability to not only regulate your room temperature, but also to start that campfire when you’re hungry in the morning and want some fried eggs out in the wilderness and you’re too lazy to get firewood or flint or really put in any time or effort and just want someone to shoot a fucking fireball at an egg.
Whew. That dragged on longer than I wanted it to.
Each class has their own unique storyline to follow through, similarly to the original MapleStory game. As a brief example, when I went with Wizard, I attended a prestigious magical academy that had a very old, powerful headmaster called Professor Gandalf Dumbledore.
The combat is very action focused although probably not as flashy as its predecessor was. Skill effects are still very pleasing to behold, but there was just something about using skills that flung you all over the screen that left a lasting impression on me.
It is by far the most densely populated Anime MMORPG right now, having over 40,000 concurrent players on Steam at any given time, and tens of thousands of players through Nexon’s own launcher.
Exactly how many players are playing is impossible to estimate, but Nexon did reveal that they had over 1 million active players.
So far the game has yet to go the way of traditional Nexon games, A.K.A, pay to win, so that’s promising but not ultimately indicative of whether or not it will remain as such.
So, what sets it apart? Its holy trinity of Tank/Healer/DPS, dense population, relation to the original MapleStory, detailed storyline, entertaining combat, and a slew of updates, classes, zones and more to be expected over the years to come.

Void Elsword

Next up we have Void Elsword.
I’ve done 4 or 5 videos on the official Elsword game over the last 18 months and have been told repeatedly to try out Void Elsword as many fans claim it is a much fairer, less pay to win, more active version of the game.
Elsword itself is a free to play 2.5D action MMORPG developed by KOG Studios. Elsword released initially in South Korea in December 2007, North America in March 2011 and Europe in July 2013.
Like Soul Worker listed above, Elsword isn’t your traditional MMO. It isn’t a hub-based MMO like Soul Worker, Kritika, Dungeon Fighter or Vindictus, instead, utilizing open-area zones like MapleStory and combining it with a plethora of dungeons to combat.
It plays more like a side-scrolling beat ’em up fighter MMORPG, essentially.
Elsword has 12 unique “characters” that function as classes with personalities.
Add, the lightning fast mage ridden with insanity.
Ain, a vessel designed by the Goddess Ishmael herself to force women’s panties to literally just up and walk right out the room whenever he enters. Oh, uses creation and cycle magic and hits people with a pendulum.
Aisha, your basic loli staff wielding mage.
Chung, this game’s cannon-wielding gender confused little boy.
Elesis, Elsword’s older sister. Uses fire magic and a claymore. Doesn’t seem to have nearly as much backstory as other characters so we’ll just name her “generic nee-san.”
Elsword, the kid the game is tentatively named after utilizes a greatsword.. while weighing all of 40lbs.
Eve, “The Little Queen of Nasods”, is a.. robot. A very attractive female robot. She has many uses, I just can’t name them here. She uses.. drones? I think. Little robots that assist her in combat. Not humanoid robots like her though.
Lu/Ciel, the weird tag-team duo of adorable little loli and creepy older onii-chan. Lu, the loli, uses magic gauntlets, while her creepy brother uses dual gun blades. I’m not even gonna joke about these two, there’s enough fanfic surrounding them as-is.
Raven, whoa, that hair though, holy shit. He’s like.. an angry, Super Saiyan Edward Elric, in so that he utilizes a metal arm and a sword.
Rena, the Archer.
Rose, the blonde bombshell, is our gun expert. She uses revolvers, muskets, auto-guns, hand cannons..
And holy shit, finally made it through that. Didn’t think I’d manage to to be honest.
Like MapleStory 2, each “hero”, or “class” has their own backstory, although these characters actually have personalities and speak, giving actual personality and character to the hero you’re playing.
Each hero is capable of progressing into various other classes as you continue to level up, leaving players with.. too many combinations, honestly, for a casual player like myself to really comprehend.
As I pointed out, the game is akin to a beat ’em up fighter, utilizing action combat similar to the original MapleStory if you ever played it.
Void Elsword, the game I’m talking about specifically here, is further along than the official English Elsword game, receives faster updates, and actually has a larger playerbase due to how poorly the official game is handled.
So, what sets it apart? Its vast, detailed class system, character personality and engagement in story, non hub-based world, very flashy combat and large population.


Next, we have Mabinogi.
Mabinogi is a free to play social MMORPG, probably the only social Anime MMORPG in existance, but by no means a social game like Second Life.
Mabinogi was developed by South Korean company devCAT and published by Nexon.
The game was released in South Korea in June 2004, Japan in April 2005, China in November 2005, North America in March 2008, Australia in June 2008, and Europe in May 2010.
Mabinogi, interestingly, features unique hand-painted textures stylized with something called “edge detection outlining”. It is the only MMORPG I’ve seen utilizing this graphical style and would love to see an updated engine make use of it.
There is no effective “class” system in Mabinogi. There are “Talents”, which focus similarly to classes but you aren’t locked into them.
Talents instead determine what skills your character excels at, providing stat boosts and increased experience for the skills that Talent encompasses.
Talents can be reset through the “Rebirth” system, that allows players to reset their level back to level 1 while keeping all of the skills you learned, talent ranks and AP earned, making you stronger every time you Rebirth.
The Talents in question are Puppetry, Close Combat, Archery, Magic, Battle Alchemy, Martial Arts, Music, Lance Combat, Holy Arts, Transmutation, Smithing, Mercantile, Cooking, Tailoring, Medicine, Carpentry, and Adventure.
While many talents seem self explanatory, several are not. Regardless, Mabinogi allows players to play the game how they want to. Whether that be by running dungeons, leveling up, grinding monsters, gear, crafting or just adventuring.
The combat system is tab-target, but instead of traditional tab-target that has you cycle through a list of skills, Mabinogi has you focus on a countering mechanic that makes combat arguably more tactical in nature than in most MMO.
It’s actually difficult to explain, but makes combat require close attention to what the enemies are actually doing.
The world itself is especially large, having players make use of mounts, ships and more to navigate the open world.
I’ve only had the pleasure of exploring a fraction of what Mabinogi has to offer but it is one of the most unique MMORPG – and by far the most unique Anime MMORPG out there at this time.
So, what sets it apart? Everything.

Code Closers

Next in this list we have Closers, or in this case, Code Closers since I prefer Code Closers to the official Closers game.
Closers is developed by Naddic Games and published by Nexon and En Masse Entertainment. The game was released in South Korea in December 2014, Japan in August 2015, and North America in November 2017.
Now, I’ve done quite a few Code Closers videos on the channel. It is probably the most heavily covered Anime MMO on the channel, period, as I enjoyed it that thoroughly.
Just like Elsword, Closers is a side-scrolling action beat ’em up MMO, but unlike Elsword, Closers functions like Soul Worker, making primary use of a “hub” that you take and complete quests in, then proceed to leave to participate in various dungeons to progress.
There are various “classes” or “heroes” in the game, occupying three different factions: The Black Lambs, Wolf Dogs and Wild Hunters. Now, I apologize in advance for butchering these characters names, but here we go.
The Black Lambs are comprised of:
Seha, your traditional sword-wielding shonen lead.
Seulbi, a telekinetic that hits people with daggers.. ’cause she thinks that’d be smarter or more useful than picking 100 enemies up and ripping them all in half.
Yuri, a sub-genre of Anime that I love watching when my wife is at work.
J, who hits people.
And Misteltein, a powerful gender-bending little shouta knight that makes you question your sexuality at times. Or.. people that’re interested in lolis, anyway. Never been my thing, honestly. I like my girls.. wait, when did this become about me?
The Wolf Dogs are comprised of:
Nata, the foul-mouthed, quick-tempered knife user.
Levia, the witch of the group, and also the kinda girl I’m into. She’s apparently very good at following orders, and super shy.
Harpy, the babe of the group that uses Bionic legs to wrap around people and choke them.
Tina, yet another robot that uses various military weapons and can generate Phase Force.
And Violet, the greatsword wielding Valkyrie.
Finally, the Wild Hunters are comprised of:
Wolfgang, the.. librarian. Yes, librarian. He’s a librarian.
Luna, the Aegis wielding preteen ball of death. She likes Origami.
The official Closers version only has up until Wolfgang, whereas Code Closers has up until Luna. The Korean version of Closers has two more Wild Hunters, though:
Soma, who utilizes Tonfas and enjoys playing with dolls.
And finally, Bai, the Mystic that utilizes the Blade of Ice that has the power of Dimensionals imbued within it.
Again, these characters all have a backstory attached to them however Closers probably has the least-developed arc for characters.
Where Soul Worker and Elsword both give you a lot of character focus, Closers is much less focused on the characters, and much more focused on the combat.
Which is where Closers really excels, honestly. The combat in Closers is one of the fastest Anime MMOs I’ve played, and there is a very large emphasis on being able to successfully and effectively play your character.
The world, as I mentioned, is completely closed off. There is a central “hub” that you remain in until you complete the story associated with that zone, then you move on to the next “hub”. Rinse and repeat.
So, what sets it apart? One of the best combat systems in an Anime MMO, a large, diverse selection of characters with unique fighting styles, fun housing system, and active updates.

Eden Eternal Vendetta

Next, we have Eden Eternal Vendetta. Not Aeria Games’ Eden Eternal.. I would never recommend an Aeria Games game to anyone. So Twin Saga and Aura Kingdom are out as there are no good alternatives for them.
But Eden Eternal Vendetta.. is an actively updated free to play open world Anime MMORPG that is a significant improvement to Aeria Games’ Western port of the game.
Eden Eternal, developed by X-Legend and published by Aeria Games released in China in November 2010, Japan in Jaunary 2011, and both North America and Europe in June 2011.
Eden Eternal is the first traditional Anime MMORPG we’ve listed so far – it has a normal class system, normal leveling system, normal world-exploration system and normal story-telling and progression system.
There are a plethora of classes to choose from: Thief, Martial Artist, Blade Dancer and Samurai comprising the melee spectrum, Hunter, Engineer, Ranger and Inquisitor comprising the ranged spectrum, Magician, Illusionist, Warlock, and Luminary comprising the magic spectrum, Warrior, Knight, Templar and Dragon Knight comprising the defense spectrum, Cleric, Bard, Shaman and Sage comprising the support spectrum, and Mimic.. which is just.. nothing.
Eden Eternal has a unique leveling system, reminiscent of Final Fantasy XIV with a few key differences. Players can level up both their characters levels and their class levels as well.
Gaining character levels unlocks additional branch skills – techniques that are usable among all classes that fall under the same category as the class you’re leveling.
Like Final Fantasy XIV, Eden Eternal has additional classes locked behind individual class-requirements, such as a Templar requiring a character level of 60, Knight class level of 45, and Cleric class level of 45.
This provides players an incentive to keep playing and keep leveling additional classes – so they are not only capable of unlocking everything they want, but are capable of filling every role necessary for their party or guild.
Combat is tab-target yet very fast and very sleek. When I first played the game I made note of how good the special effects looked and still believe they’re even better looking than in more recent X-Legend MMOs.
One thing I’d like to note about Eden Eternal Vendetta, is that they took models, mounts, outfits and more out of other Aeria Games’ games like Aura Kingdom and Twin Saga and implemented them into Eden Eternal, providing a larger selection of player outfits, pets, mounts and other cosmetics you wouldn’t normally find in-game.
So, what sets it apart? Its sleek graphical style, unique use of a detailed class system, and the fact that it’s one of Aeria Games’ only good games.

Ragnarok Online

Ragnarok Online is probably the OG Anime MMORPG. Everyone either knows of or has played Ragnarok Online at one point in time, right?
Ragnarok Online is an open world free to play MMORPG that was released back in South Korea in August 2002, North America in June 2003, Europe in April 2004, and Australia in December 2004.
I never played Ragnarok when it was a pay to play MMORPG so I’m unable to specifically comment on it then, but I did have the opportunity to jump into it a few times over the later years, after it went free to play.
“Jobs” are by far the most important aspect of Ragnarok Online. Originally, the job system consisted of 13 classes, but over the course of its life, has expanded to over 50.
Each class specializes in certain skills that correspond to traditional archetypes in RPGs, and characters are capable of leveling both their “player level” and “job level”.
There are three stages of progression for classes, and far, far too many for me to attempt to read out verbally, let alone try and come up with something witty to remark with.
Suffice it to say, there are your traditional melee trees, magic trees, archer trees, thief and assassin trees, healer trees, and crafting trees.
Regarding the three stages of progression, let’s say you begin as a Mage. Mages can either become a Wizard of a Sage upon hitting the level requirement to advance your class.
Upon obtaining a player level of 99 and a job level of 50, players become able to “rebirth” their character, essentially functioning the same way as it does in Mabinogi, resetting your player level and job level back down to level 1.
Reborn characters gain access to a new class upon hitting the requirement once again, in this example, a High Wizard and a Scholar instead of Wizard and Sage, and these transcended job types have a larger selection of skills and stat points to allocate.
Their third advancement, in this case the choice being between a Warlock and Sorcerer provides additional skills and allows players to break through the traditional level cap that of 99.
As you can tell.. there’s a lot to the class system in Ragnarok Online and it’s a lot to comprehend.
Ragnarok Online is the only “point-and-click” MMORPG in this list, allowing players to move through mouse-clicks. Combat is fairly simple tab-target as well, making heavy use of clicking in general.
The world is also very expansive, having new content added all the way back since 2002. It’s just a little difficult navigating with the somewhat frustrating-at-times camera angle and point-and-click controls.
So, what sets it apart? It’s Ragnarok Fucking Online.. what more is there to say?

NosTale Vendetta

Finally, we have Nostale Vendetta.. an Anime MMORPG I just tried out. NosTale Vendetta is actually different from the official NosTale game that is very, very dead at this point in time.
I’ve tried out both the official NosTale and NosTale Vendetta, and done honest first impressions of both. I find Vendetta to be much more active which is paramount to having a successful, thriving community.
Now, NosTale was developed by Entwell and published by Gameforge. The game was released in South Korea in 2007, The UK in August 2007, and then Globally in March 2008.
NosTale is a free-to-play fantasy MMORPG that features point-and-click tab-target combat, branching classes, and a lot of content for players.
NosTale has 5 total base classes; the Adventurer, Sorcerer, Archer, Swordsman and Martial Artist.
Every player begins the game as an Adventurer, but upon reaching a combat level of 15 and a job level of 20, players are given the option to change class to either a Magician, Archer or Swordsman.
After obtaining a combat level of 80, players gain access to the unique Martial Artist class that is created at a combat level of 81 and a job level of 1.
After choosing your class, players continue to unlock additional classes as they level through the game, further advancing through use of specialist cards.
Archer unlocks the Ranger, Assassin, Destroyer, Wild Keeper, Fire Cannoneer, Scout, Demon Hunter and Avenging Angel.
Swordsman unlocks the Warrior, Ninja, Crusader, Berserker, Gladiator, Battle Monk, Death Reaper, and Renegade.
Mage unlocks the Red Magician, Holy Mage, Blue Magician, Dark Gunner, Volcano, Tide Lord, Seer, and Archemage.
The Martial Artist unlocks the Draconic Fist.
NosTale is similar to Elsword. You participate in a large amount of dungeon-related content but at the same time there are large open zones you’re capable of leaving the town to explore.
I didn’t make it much past level 30, but from what I could tell the game has a lot to explore and a very, very active community, housing thousands of players online concurrently.. on the Vendetta version of the game. NosTale Vendetta.
The Steam version of NosTale has a mere 300 people playing concurrently.
So, what sets it apart? Its storytelling, unique use of classes, world, community and levels of activity.

Now, that is pretty much every Anime MMO I can honestly say is worth playing in 2018. It is very likely to be the exact same list in a month and a half from now in 2019 as well, lest some huge update hit one of the games and bury them.
As you can tell, to me, Anime MMOs – or what make Anime MMOs worth playing are what they offer the player.
Sure, it’s all well and good to begin the game as a Warrior.. and remain a Warrior for the entire game, but games like that faded into distant memory. Games that survived were the ones that attempted to innovate.
Or, at the very least were newer titles since players were so starved for an Anime-themed game they took what they could get.
Regardless, Burning Soul Worker, MapleStory 2, Void Elsword, Mabinogi, Code Closers, Eden Eternal Vendetta, Ragnarok Online and NosTale Vendetta are probably the only Anime MMORPGs I’d recommend should anyone ever ask me what my opinion is on the genre.
Which admittedly I do get asked to this day, every week.
Hopefully this helps redirect interested fans to the game they’re searching for.
The Anime niche might be in a state of disrepair right now but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy playing the games that stand out. That doesn’t mean something can’t release that reinvigorates the Anime niche.
Until then.. let’s enjoy playing these games together.

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