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2.5D MMO Games List

Screen from 25D MMO Games for PC Lost Ark

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.

Dragon Awaken

Dragon Awaken is a browser-based MMORPG developed by Game Hollywood.

Dota 2

A most famous FTP MOBA game, based on the map for Warcraft III.

Dota Underlords

An official version of DotA Auto Chess, developed by Valve.

Path of Exile

A multiplayer RPG from Grinding Gear Games. The ideological successor of the Diablo series.

SAO's Legend

Unique browser-based MMORPG, distributed according to the free-to-play model.

Lost Ark

An online isometric MMORPG game from Korean developers.

Ragnarok Online

Beautiful isometric RPG with anime-inspired visual stylistic, developed by GRAVITY Co. in 2002.

Bleach Online

Bleach Online is a browser fighting game in the setting of extremely popular anime, Bleach.


Screen from Pathfinder 25D Game for PC

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.