Role playing games or RPGs as they are popularly known are games in which players take on the roles of fictional characters and take part in a game as if they were a real part of the game. RPGs have revolutionized the world of games since they started off and today RPGs are a big thing all around the world. Online RPGs let players play with and against players from all over the world over the internet and have revolutionized gaming in many ways. Online RPGs are also classified into many different types now days and a single list simply will not account for all of the wonderful games out there. MMORPG games are the new evolution of RPGs which are nothing but RPGs played on a very large scale over the internet. Let us now look at some of the best online RPGs that exist today.
10. Dark Age of Camelot:
Dark Age of Camelot is a very popular online RPG that was first launched in 2001 and is still going strong after more than ten years of its launch. The game based on a medieval fantasy setting in a 3D environment and has swelled up today into a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game or MMORPG. The game involves player Vs player combat and also realm Vs realm combat where the number of players is huge. Realms are battlegroups of players meet and form these groups online. A highly engrossing game can get addictive quickly.
9. EVE Online:
This RPG game takes place in a sci-fi environment far off into the future. Like most role playing games, players in this game too advance by completing missions and quests. It involves the use of advanced weaponry and technology which is upgraded as players move along in the game. It’s a must have game for sci-fi lovers however you need to watch out as you can easily be stabbed in the back in this game by other players.
8. Guild Wars:
Guild Wars 2 is the MMORPG version of the original game and sets itself apart from most other online RPGs as the story progresses according to the player’s actions in the game. This is a characteristic of single player role playing games and allows for a dynamic storyline unfolding which is intriguing and highly addictive.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean:
Pirates of the Caribbean online is a wonderful family game to play from the house of Disney. It is a wonderfully detailed RPG based on characters in the movie series Pirates of the Caribbean. This game has become immensely popular among fans of the film series and has also managed to win over new fans for the series with its wonderful detailing. Captain Jack Sparrow also makes an appearance in the game scantily.
6. Warhammer Online-Age of Reckoning:
Warhammer Online-Age of Reckoning is also known in short as WAR is an MMORPG that has an intricate web of realms where players battle it out against forces of order and destruction. It supplies players with a huge collection of quests and different objectives and is all about war.
5. Lord of the Rings online:
Lord of the Rings online is a MMORPG that is based on the book and movie series the Lord of the Rings. The characters in this game are free to roam middle earth where they can meet other players, computer controlled characters and other virtual world citizens of the game. Players gain levels as they gain experience through completing quests and advancing the skills based on the type of characters.
4. Dungeons and Dragons:
Dungeons and Dragons is a MMORPG that is an adaptation of a board game. It is an action RPG where players have to use real time tactics in combat and is highly engrossing. The characters are all very colorful and the game is wonderfully built upon an unexplored fantasy continent. It was launched in 2008 and is still growing. The game is based in a 3D environment and does not disappoint one bit as an online RPG.
3. Diablo 2:
Diablo 2 integrates many different elements of fantasy RPGs and creates its own dark fantasy world which has some great horror themes going on for itself. There are five different types of character classes to choose from in this game and players acquire skill and experience as they move along in the game. The game has intricate storylines and some incredible ways to acquire items and skills through quests and conquests.
2. Second Life:
Second Life is not really a game but more of a virtual world. It was launched in 2003 and has since then grown immensely. The game lets players adopt an avatar that lives in the game almost in the same way that we live in our real world. There is real money involved in this game as players spend to buy virtual properties and a host of other things. In many ways Second life can be called a multi user virtual world rather than a RPG.
1. World of Warcraft:
World of Warcraft is the undisputed king of RPGs and MMORPGs and has managed to stay on the top of this list for a long time. It has some of the most well constructed storylines and characters with an in depth history on pretty much anything in the game. The game has constantly been improved since it was first launched and continues to grow even today. It is the real deal when it comes to an online role playing game and simply needs to be experienced by anyone who dares call themselves a gamer.