It’s a hard task to choose the best MMORPG games, the ones you should be playing right now or in the near future. But here at MMORPG Gate we want to tell you the names you must pay attention to; the games that you should play, because they’re some of the finest examples of their kind.

This is a top that is constantly changing, so make sure to visit often. Here is our Top 10 MMORPG Games:

1 - World of Warcraft

No matter what some players may say about it - they probably just grew tired of the game - World of Warcraft is still the reference in MMORPG games. It's been imitated by quite some games, and that says it all about the quality of Blizzard's masterpiece.

World of Warcraft is an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft universe. Players assume the roles of Warcraft heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest across a vast world. World of Warcraft is a "Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game" which allows thousands of players to interact within the same world. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other in epic battles, players will form friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT MMORPG
WORLD OF WARCRAFT MMORPG WORLD OF WARCRAFT MMORPG

2 - Eve Online

Despite the known scandals, it's an amazing piece of work, a daunting experience that demands a lot of time and attention from any player, with its own economy in place.

EVE is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMORPG) that takes place approximately 20.000 years after our times in a galaxy on the far end of the universe. When you join EVE you assume the role of a freshly graduated „Capsuleer“, a relatively small group of elite spaceship pilots capable of controlling powerful spaceships on their own from within their capsules. Capsuleers are often referred to as "The immortals" due to the fact that the highly advanced capsules they are connected to from the inside, are capable of instantly dowloading their consciousness to a clone of themselves in the case of physical destruction.

EVE ONLINE SPECIAL EDITION MMORPG
EVE ONLINE SPECIAL EDITION MMORPG EVE ONLINE SPECIAL EDITION MMORPG

3 - Guild Wars

A different entry from your average MMO, being more of a hack & slash and also not requiring a monthly subscription. Still great fun.

Experience the game that has captivated millions of gamers worldwide. Guild Wars is an online roleplaying game that rewards player skill and innovative gameplay over hours spent online. It's the original smash hit release from developer ArenaNet®, the beginnings of a franchise played by almost four million gamers worldwide.

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4 - Aion

It's not the most original MMORPG, some even call it derivative. But what's so wrong in being familiar AND amazing to play and look at?

Aion is a visually stunning massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) where your character wields devastating powers and sweeping wings to explore a celestial world of breath-taking beauty and epic adventure. It features cutting-edge imagery, gorgeous environments, and a unique fantasy world. Your character plays a pivotal role in the fate of Atreia, where the enemy is not only the other player faction but a deadly ancient evil as well.


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5 - The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

A MMO that is as easy to get into and charming as it could be. An excellent entry to the genre.

The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) is the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. LOTRO takes place in a persistent online world populated with real and computer players that continue to function even when you turn the game off.

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6 - Final Fantasy XI

Still going strong in the face of Final Fantasy XIV, this is one MMORPG with a great fantasy setting and competent mechanics.

Twenty years have passed since the Great Crystal War, when the forces of darkness gathered and evil threatened the peaceful kingdoms of Vana'diel. An alliance was formed to rid Vana'diel of the evil--but after a narrow victory, the threat has returned. As the beastmen organize their forces and make their advance towards the nations of San d'Oria, Windurst, and Bastok, a desperate call goes out to adventurers around the globe for help. Begin your journey into the world of Vana'diel by creating a customized character from a host of physical attributes and jobs. Experience missions, quests, and boss battles by yourself or join up with other party members to form powerful alliances as you explore the incredibly vast environments that make up Vana'diel. In the end, fans will be pleased to discover that Final Fantasy XI will incorporate new features while retaining the renowned series' familiar look and feel.

FINAL FANTASY XI MMORPG
FINAL FANTASY XI MMORPG FINAL FANTASY XI MMORPG

7 - Lineage 2

Some call it a total grind, but others just can't get away from it. Until Lineage 3?

The world of Lineage II is a war-torn land spanning two continents, where trust and betrayal clash as three kingdoms vie for power. The young king Raoul has successfully quenched a civil war and established the newest kingdom, Aden. Elmore, the military superpower located in the northern part of the continent, boasts that it is a direct descendent of ancient Elmoreden kingdom. Gracia, located across the ocean on the west, is currently embroiled in a chaotic battle among blood relatives trying to take over the throne. These kingdoms share a delicate balance of power; however, within each kingdom they are vulnerable to internal strife, as each manor has strong desire for self-rule.

LINEAGE II: THE CHAOTIC CHRONICLE MMORPG
LINEAGE II: THE CHAOTIC CHRONICLE MMORPG LINEAGE II: THE CHAOTIC CHRONICLE MMORPG

8 - Champions Online

Cryptic evolves from City of Heroes into another impressive super hero MMORPG. It's more for the action oriented players, and the character creator is amazing.

Powered by the groundbreaking Cryptic Engine, Champions Online is currently in development for the PC. With literally billions of character options allowing total customization, real-time action combat, the richly detailed Champions universe and an experienced Cryptic Studios team devoted to working directly with gamers to deliver a great gaming experience, Champions Online is set to be the premier superheroic massively multiplayer online role playing game.

CHAMPIONS ONLINE MMORPG
CHAMPIONS ONLINE MMORPG
CHAMPIONS ONLINE MMORPG

9 - Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

A great fantasy MMORPG, one that has a particularly interesting PvP component and captivating game world.

War is everywhere in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR), the new fantasy MMORPG from Mythic Entertainment, the creators of Dark Age of Camelot. WAR features next generation Realm vs. Realm gameplay that will immerse you in a world of perpetual conflict for years to come.

WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING MMORPG
WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING MMORPG WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING MMORPG

10 - Fallen Earth

A very original MMO with a post-apocalyptic setting. Combat also stands out from the norm, more FPS than RPG.

Fallen Earth is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set on a post-apocalyptic Earth in the year 2156. Within the Grand Canyon Province, an isolated pocket of settlements around one of the world’s most amazing landmarks, you’ll face threats to mankind’s continued survival, including everything from irradiated zones to mutated beasts to raiders. Six factions struggle for dominance in the Province. Over time, you’ll have the chance to pick a side in the effort to hold sway over what remains of the post-Fall world.

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MMORPG Gate Top 10 MMORPG Games Video (as of December 2009)