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2.5D MMO Games List

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A long time ago, when the classic 3D games were unavailable to regular players and unpopular because of their cost and complexity in production, the developers were trying to create the most realistic image without resorting to the use of real three-dimensional graphics. At this period, many styles of videogame graphics were developed. Some are rarely used nowadays, but the most popular and picturesque one, the isometric visual style, is still often can be seen in 2.5D MMO Games. Even though larger companies can use it, it's more loved by indie studious.

Total Battle

A free-to-play browser-based MMORTS in fantasy setting

Blightbound

A multiplayer dungeon crawler game involving three players into mysterious journey.

Starblast

Starblast is a space shooter with wide variety of gameplay modes.

Elsword

A 2.5D side-scroller MMORPG with real-time dynamic combat system

Secret Ponchos

Secret Ponchos is an indie top-down MOBA in genre of spaghetti western.

Dragon Ball Z Online

Dragon Ball Z Online is a browser MMORPG in the universe of famous anime series.

World Of Conquerors - Origins

World Of Conquerors - Origins is a fantasy free-to-play MMORTS.

RPG MO

RPG MO is an indie sandbox MMORPG.

Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms is a free-to-play indie MMORTS.

Bit Heroes

Bit Heroes is an indie dungeon crawler pixel MMORPG.

Hex: Shards of Fate

Hex: Shards of Fate is a multiplayer TCG with RPG elements.

Castlot

Castlot is a multiplayer fantasy game with RPG elements.

Ragnarok Journey

Ragnarok Journey is a free-to-play fantasy MMORPG.

Hunter x Hunter Online

Hunter x Hunter Online is a free-to-play anime-based MMORPG.

Ultima Online

Ultima Online is one of the first popular fantasy MMORPGs.

Sacred Saga Online

Sacred Saga Online is a 3D fantasy MMORPG game, developed by GameHollywood.

DDTank

A turn-based 2D MMORPG game, developed by NGames.

HeroSmash

HeroSmash is a role-playing MMORPG, developed by Artix Entertainment.

Sword Art Online's Legend

Sword Art Online's Legend is a free-to-play anime MMORPG browser game.

Serenia Fantasy

Serenia Fantasy is a 2D browser-based MMORPG developed by KoramGame.

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More About 2.5D MMO Games

One of the most popular types of pseudo-3D graphics is featured in 2.5D MMO Games. This style combines the advantages of classic top-down view and non-resource intensive 2D graphics, often released in the form of pixel sprites. This combination, called isometric videogame graphics, was a real technological breakthrough in the gaming industry. In these games, players were able to see the objects from different angles and fully understand what happens on the screen. To some extent, isometric graphics are even more convenient than beautiful 3D visuals with the view from the first or third person, because, in 2.5D games, players could control what is happening behind their character's back and instantly respond to any threat. Also, it is much more convenient and exciting to explore the well-designed game locations from the bird's-eye view.

However, even though that isometric games were accessible for many computer users and many players liked them more than clumsy early 3D projects, their production was a little more complicated and had some tricks, which are difficult to notice at first sight. For example, artists had to consider additional coordinates when creating sprites. Without that, they would not display correctly. Although 2.5D MMO Games were invented a long time ago, such graphics are still very popular. Nowadays it can be used both by indie developers and large studios, and the visual style even can be released in the 3D graphics, combined with the isometric angle of view.

Best 2.5D MMO Games

  • Vikings: War of Clans is a strategy game, which uses fancy hand-drawn graphics in pseudo-3D style.
  • Mythborne is a browser-based RPG in a fantasy setting, which has an isometric 2D graphics with picturesque backgrounds.
  • Diablo 3 is an action-RPG in the dungeon crawler genre, which inherited isometric angle of view from the previous parts, and combined it with the 3D models.