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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.

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.

Naruto Online

Naruto Online is a browser-based anime MMORPG, developed by Bandai Namco and Oasis Games.

Dragon Lord

A fantasy MMO game with classic RPG gameplay, mixed with strategy mechanics

Crystal Saga 2

Crystal Saga 2 is a browser-based free-to-play MMORPG in a fantasy setting, developed by R2Games.

Wartune

Wartune is a browser turn-based fantasy MMORPG with SLG elements, developed by 7Road studio.

Wild Terra

A medieval sandbox MMORPG, developed by Russian studio Juvty Worlds Ltd in 2017.

League of Angels 2

A sequel of League of Angels game with beautiful 3D graphics and advanced battle system.

Crystal Saga

Crystal Saga is a free-to-play 2.5D browser MMORPG in fantasy style, developed by R2Games.

Seafight

Seafight is a sailing MMO game, developed by Bigpoint Games in 2006.

Omega Zodiac

Omega Zodiac is a free-to-play fantasy browser MMORPG inspired by Greek and Norse mythologies.

Wartune Reborn

Wartune Reborn is a strategic 2.5D browser MMORPG in setting of fantasy.

Dragon Awaken

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

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.

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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.