Alright, so it’s almost the end of 2013 so it’s just about time to evaluate the year in terms of MMO gaming. Let’s not beat around the bush too much. In this post I will answer the question: what is the best MMORPG of 2013?
Best MMORPG 2013
In my opinion, it’s Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter. I’m only talking about MMOs that were released in 2013 and that are playable right now in English. So stuff that has been launched in Japan or Korea with but not in the US are not in the running. Older games that were released before 2013 also don’t count. I’m talking the best of 2013 that you can go out and play right now. (Note: The same is true of every other category in this list.)
- good classic RPG gaming
- easy enough to start playing but hard to master
- decent amount of players
- lots of things to do
I also particularly like the Foundry that lets players design their own dungeon which they can then share with other players. Genius!
For pay to play MMORPGs I think there is really only one MMORPG that is worth mentioning and that is clearly Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. There aren’t that many p2p MMOs so a new big-budget release like FF XIV is always welcome.
- interesting Final Fantasy storyline, setting and creatures/NPCs
- awesome graphics and HD cut scenes
- player-run Free Companies
- flexible class system
- Final Fantasy music
- also available for the PS3 and PS4
The Secret World – Buy to play in this case means games that you have to buy but have no monthly subscription. My personal favorite is actually The Secret World, primarily because I love the concept of secret conspiracies and a dark underworld that exists alongside our ordinary, everyday world. TSW is practically the only MMO that is set in the modern-day world. It’s dripping atmosphere and plot plus I love that I only need to buy it once because there is no monthly subscription.
Guild Wars 2 – However, there is also another notable buy to play MMORPG: Guild Wars 2. GW2 is a best-selling game that is actually great value for money because it has tons of content, amazing graphics and can be played solo or socially.
Defiance – But! Both TSW and GW2 were released in 2012 so technically they do not qualify as “best MMOs released in 2013.” For that honor I choose Defiance. Defiance is unusual in that it is a third-person shooter that is played in a persistent open world that has no loading screens between zones. It’s pretty fun and if you love intense action combat then this might be the game for you. Defiance is also available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. The last time I looked at it, the PC download version of the game was going for less than $10 so its amazingly good value for money.
Link: Defiance – PC
Now this is a difficult category for me since I think browser MMOs are fun but just casual. Nonetheless, if I really had to choose just one game then I would go for Grand Voyage because it has exactly what I like: a player-controlled economy and trading. I think it’s great to have a browser-based MMORPG with sandbox features. It’s currently in open beta so check out the link below.
Hmmm, I really am not an expert on MOBA gaming but there was one game that caught my eye. It’s still in its open beta testing phase but shows a lot of promise. Prime World is a hybrid RPG/MOBA game that also features castle building. It’s been pretty fun so far.
Firefall! This is a great game that has generated a lot of buzz online. My online friends have been telling me to play Firefall with them ever since it was released. The game itself is a futuristic team-based shooter that has a large-scale, open-world cooperative campaign that is quite fun. Again, like many other games listed here, Firefall is in open beta.
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