For all you die-hard video gamers out there in the world, especially those of you who love the multi-player online role playing games, here’s a list of the top 10 games of all time:
World of WarCraft
It’s been 20 years since the team of Blizzard Entertainment gave birth to their fist child Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. Since then the franchise has grown to becoming the worlds most subscribed MMORPG (Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Game), for you noobs out there who don’t know. According to the Guinness World Records more players log onto this game than any other game on the planet every day!
Now despite the games obvious popularity there are still many critics who would be quick to claim that this game, overall, is quite repetitive. Or, that the game lacks a stable story. Others would criticize the game play itself, claiming that after twenty years of development the game still has yet to offer a more realistic combat system. However, I would probably assume these minor problems are of no concern to the general population WoW subscribers because there has yet to be any interruption in the millions of players who log in every month. Neither have fans ceased in representing their colors by wearing their famous Orcish costume at Comecon. So until then WoW seems to hold the ruby throne of MMOs.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
If any game is said to have dominated the previous gen consoles of the Xbox 360 and Ps3 in terms of hardcore multi-player experience, then it can truly be said that it was the Call of Duty series that delivered this. It is undeniable that the Call of Duty franchise paved the way for the online experience of almost all the major shooters we have today. The system of experience, points and unlockable rewards systems, has been borrowed by so many other shooters on the market that I stopped keeping count. Indeed Infinity Ward has released six new titles related to this game, all of which were and still are equally as popular, but chose this specific title because it was from this game that the structure for all the following Call of Duty series would be structured off of in terms of online experience. Capture the flag, Team death match, zombie survival and many more multi-player modes are all what make the Call of Duty series as a whole a true masterpiece.
Eve online is a science fiction MMORPG in which the player is given total freedom and choice in the ever expanding universe of New Eden. The game play is known for testing the mental cunning and skill of the individual player where you are faced with a sandbox world where you can satisfy your ambitions from engaging in mining to mercenary and even piracy. The game is known for its detailed in-depth, space-fearing game play in which the player can explore a universe which has no end. Eve Online is truly one of the most critically acclaimed MMOs in the Sci-fi genre and in my book has yet to receive any other real competitor.
Lord of the Rings Online
Presenting a good mix of Ever Quest 2 and World of WarCraft, Lord of the Rings online has indeed given every Lord of the Rings trilogy fan a chance to live out there fantasy, finally in the mystical land of Middle Earth. A collection of great, individual tales, this MMO is a representation of the creativity of Tolkeins mind put into a playable experience for the millions who make up his fan base. The game makes great use of the stories already existing lore produced by Tolkein through his books and movies combined. The class system also adds a great addition to authenticity to the player’s experience. It also allows players a similar experience with the great diverse heroes of Tolkeins novels. Indeed this game is the true definition of role playing.
EverQuest 2 in my opinion is one of the most brilliantly thought out online experiences ever produced. Set 500 years after the original game, EverQuest 2 takes place on the fictional continent of Norrath. There are a plethora of races and classes to choose from. Due to the detail put in the many races of the EverQuest universe, the game itself tends to remind me of Elder scrolls but only in MMO form. It is undeniably one of the best looking games on market. Its beautifully detailed cities can easily dazzle the eyes of any new player to the game. With great concepts and beautifully designed landscapes, I would recommend this game to any MMO player looking to share a great adventure with his friends in the land of Norrath.
Age of Conan
Set in Robert E. Howard’s world of Hyboria the MMO, Age of Conan, is an expertly crafted game with a rich story line. Although criticized for its lack of content, bugs and other issues, for Conan the Barbarian fans its a great chance to play the lost stories of their favorite heroes. Indeed for a moment it seemed as if Conan was not going to survive the competition of the other more well grounded MMO’s, but as time progress it seems that this young MMORPG has great promise to it as Funcom continues to correct the games issues and more players begin to subscribe.
A Tale in the Desert
Developed by eGenesis and launched in 2003, ATitD is a game based on crafting with the ultimate aim being to pass the tests of the Great Pharaoh. In order to do this, players must join together, form a real close circle, and develop like a hard working team. Collecting resources is the real core of the game and everything from the humble bricks through to the sculptures you create to subjective taste are a result of the many raw materials available to you; harvested grass, mud, sand slate, etc. At first glance this game could easily be dismissed by the novice as generic or too simple. But for those who like empire builders, not only do you have the chance to build a civilization, but you have the chance to also build one with your friends.
Released in 2004, Ryzom is one of the most beautiful MMOs ever created. Ryzom lets players shape and decide the path they carve throughout the this adventure. Close to half a decade, this game still bustles with amazing visuals, awesome game playing, and evolutionary concepts. Unfortunately, with all the great glory that’s been given it, Ryzom has had its problems with development with several publishers and extended shutdowns. However, it seems to back but unfortunately with a diminished backing.
Rift is a great example of the most familiar elements of a true MMORPG. Here Trion takes most of the RPGs, like character customization and skill choice, while adding just enough innovation to create a distinct appearance from other more generic MMO’s. In this game the player has the choice to choose from three different soul types which plays an integral part in the growth of the players character throughout the game. The game’s eponymous events, the opening of Rifts, provide world events that’s scaled based on the number of players in a certain area. Appearance of these inter-dimensional portals does a good job of fostering an “us vs. them” mentality in players and helps contribute to a feeling of community absent in most MMO games. The extremely dramatic aftereffects of these invasions, like the eliminations of NPCs and quest-givers, can send waves across the online world and have huge impact, relaying a sense of player agency over the virtual world they’re inhabiting.
Guild Wars 2
Often described as World of WarCraft’s greatest competition, Guild Wars 2, instead of competing with their adversary by creating a similar but better game, they did the exact opposite and went in a totally different direction in terms of divergent ideals about how online games should be played. Players, tired of the same old crusty MMOs, can be assured that they will be refreshed once they play this. Unlike most other MMO’s, a players actions in Guild Wars 2 have consequences. A town you’ve ridden of ogre- prosecutors might later find those same ogres regrouping in a nearby cave preparing to attack that same town. The developers wanted to assure the opportunity to reflect events as they might in a single player game unlike most MMOs. This resulted in an online game that make the player feel reactive and alive, allowing the quest to feel more like an adventure than as a chore.