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2.5D MMORPG

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A long time ago, most of the videogames were released only with simple two-dimensional graphics, because players had the simplest computers. At those times, developers were competing with each other in the race for the most advanced graphics, and the result of their experiments is 2.5D MMORPG. The designers of these games changed the classic 2D visual style to make it look like a picture with an additional dimension, which allows showing more details of the environment. At the moment, there are several types of pseudo-3D videogames.

Ragnarok Online

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

Lords of the Arena

An online idle RPG that features elements of MOBA gameplay

DarkStory Online

A free-to-play indie MMORPG with simple pixel graphics and immersive cooperative gameplay

Darkmoon Realm

Idle browser-based MMORPG game featuring tons of PvE challenges and PvP ladder

Eudemons Online

Free-to-play old-school fantasy MMORPG featuring immersive PvP and seven playable classes

Felspire

Browser-based role-playing game featuring deep character customization

Knight's Fable

Turn-based fantasy MMORPG with strategy elements

Odin Quest

Fantasy browser-based action-RPG based Norse mythology

Dead Maze

Survival MMO game with 2D top-down graphics

Tree of Savior

An isometric fantasy MMORPG with stunning visual style and immersive gameplay

Blightbound

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

Elsword

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

Warspear

Warspear Online is a pixel hardcore video game with old-school gameplay.

Dragon Ball Z Online

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

Bit Heroes

Bit Heroes is an indie dungeon crawler pixel MMORPG.

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.

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More About 2.5D MMORPG

A long time ago, at the middle of the 90s, players were extremely interested in videogames, and technological progress of the computer development made several significant breakthroughs, such as 3D graphics and servers for multiplayer games. At the same time, the most advanced PCs were extremely rare and expensive, and only a few gamers were able to afford it. This situation forced developers to create videogames with 3D-like graphics and low system requirements. The 2.5D MMORPG projects were the best decision to choose: these games had the most vivid graphics, unusual fresh angles of view, and unique graphic styles.

The first and most common style of pseudo-3D videogames is isometric one. These graphics usually combined with pixel style or 3D models with plane backgrounds in more recent projects. It is the most advanced and detailed stylistic, which easily can be mixed up with real three-dimensional graphics. The effect of pseudo-realistic three-dimensional style is created with a specific angle of view and specifically drawn sprites. Another type is the top-down perspective, which looks almost as the usual 2D picture, but with a small additional dimension, which helps to show the features of the environment and character designs. Some side-scroller videogames also use the effect of pseudo-deepness in their graphics on the background. All of these kinds of games can use both 2D sprites and 3D models, combining them with classic 2.5D MMORPG features.

Best 2.5D MMORPG

  • Tibia is an MMORPG with the top-down angle of view, vivid graphics and extremely simplified pixel style.
  • Albion Online is a 3D sandbox survival MMORPG with the top-down angle of view and cartoonish visual style close to the real picture.
  • Ragnarok Online is one of the longest-running Korean MMORPG with the anime-inspired visual style and combined isometric angle of view. This project is released with 3D graphics which looks like a drawing.