Top MMO Games of All Time

There’s so many MMOs out there, more than you can shake your +15 Axe of Senseless Violence at. The big dog, World of Warcraft, is looking a bit creaky nowadays, but there’s loads of other options out there for the budding online adventurer. Some of them won’t even cost you any money (unless you want all the good gear).

Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Trek Online and Lord of the Rings Online are free to play, serving three major factions of nerd-dom with hours upon hours of quest content and realms to explore. Superhero fans are also well catered for, with DC Heroes Online being a popular choice (and playable on PS3 and PS4), as well as Marvel Heroes (PC only).

While there are dozens still running, many others have come and gone. Will any of the online realms from yesteryear have made our list? Only one way to find out.

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  • 14.

    Guild Wars: Factions

    Though technically superb and graphically stunning, Factions lacks the character and immersion to make it a genuine contender to World of Warcraft's crown. Speak to any gamer who's played online, and you'll probably be told... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 13.

    Pirates of the Burning Sea

    Pirates' best bit is the ship to ship battles, you'll find yourself anxious to set sail and explore the seas rather than run errands on foot for NPCs. Pirates of the Burning Sea sounds like a great idea - it's the Pirates... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 12.

    Runes of Magic

    Runes of Magic is impressive for a free MMO, perhaps even the best, but predictably it's nowhere near as good as its subscription-based rivals. I was rummaging round Runes of Magic, Frogster's free-to-play MMORPG, when my... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 11.

    MAG: Massive Action Game

    MAG is a work in progress. It's not the finished article by any means, and through updates Zipper may realise its potential. Ambition's great. We all want game developers to be ambitious, to push hardware, to try new things,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 10.


    Despite the tedium of the missions, Defiance has a ‘one more go’ thing going for it that other shoot and loot games don't. Note: This is our follow-up to an earlier Defiance impressions piece, which you can read here. You... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 9.

    Shadowrun Returns

    A good start, with the best hopefully yet to come. Shadowrun Returns' first campaign feels like it was written by what D&D players would call 'the stubborn storyteller' - the dungeon master whose 'important decisions' always... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 8.


    Flawed, yes. Fun? Certainly. A total failure? Not really. For a game of such broad ambition, of literally planetary scale, Destiny feels curiously small. Limited, even. Not just in the scope of its campaign missions, which... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3

  • 7.

    City of Heroes

    Cryptic Studios have created one of the most accessible and fun MMORPGs in years, plus you get to beat up loads of bad guys... I often see myself standing, arms resting dramatically against my hips, watching some sort of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 6.

    World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

    The Burning Crusade has a kind of wonderful self assurance you only really get from a developer confident in the knowledge it is responsible for the most popular MMO in history. Back in October when previewing the game, I... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 5.

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria

    With two new classes, a massive new area to explore and the Legendary Weapons system, there's loads for Lord of the Rings Online players to get stuck into. Remember that scene in the first Lord of the Rings film, where the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 4.

    Guild Wars 2

    Guild Wars 2 is beautiful game that runs very well on most mid-spec machines, but the developer needs to rethink its approach to rewarding the game's most devout players. I didn't realise it at first but, like most MMOs,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 3.

    Guild Wars

    Guild Wars is a beautiful playing experience, a technical marvel and a fantastic way to pass the time. The fact that such a beauty of a game is practically free is yet another reason to play it. MMORPGs, for various reasons,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

    With its spectacular design, dazzling polish and ever-compulsive gameplay, World of Warcraft seems destined to remain the everyman's pick of PvE-focussed MMO for the foreseeable future. It's hard to conceive what PC gaming... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 1.

    Football Manager Live

    FM Live is the greatest football management game ever created and will keep you playing, and playing, and playing... After years of playing Football Manager, logging into Football Manager Live proved a bit of a shock. While... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC