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Many multiplayer roleplaying projects are maintained for decades, since the early games of the video game industry. The Classic MMORPG is not only the oldest ones but also the most well-developed and extensive, because of the dozens of additional content created since the day of their release. All of their mechanics are honed to the maximum and well-balanced after years of experiments and redesigns, but the graphics are usually outdated, and plot cliches are quite simple. Typically, the oldest MMORPGs are also quite hardcore and complicated.

Lineage 2 Essence

Lineage 2 Essence is a PvP-oriented version of LA 2

ArcheAge

The game has several publishers who have localized and distributed it in certain regions.

Guild Wars 2

A player-driven fantasy MMORPG with diverse gameplay and unique class system.

Florensia

Free-to-Play fantasy MMORPG in anime style

Asherons Call 2

The continuation of the fantasy MMORPG Asheron's Call

Asheron's Call

Old-school fantasy MMORPG with deep character development system

Wakfu

Wakfu is a turn-based open-world MMORPG with unique gameplay mechanics.

Dungeon Fighter Online

Dungeon Fighter Online is an action side-scroller that combines attractive 2D graphics with exciting gameplay.

Anarchy Online

Anarchy Online is a science fiction MMORPG developed by company Funcom.

R2 Online

R2 Online is a Korean PvP-oriented MMORPG.

Star Trek Online

Classic massively multiplayer space RPG in sci-fi setting

Minecraft

Minecraft is a blocky 3D sandbox about crafting and exploring.

Mortal Online

Mortal Online is a sandbox hardcore MMORPG.

Ultima Online

Ultima Online is one of the first popular fantasy MMORPGs.

Dungeons & Dragons Online

A hardcore roleplaying MMO in D&D fantasy setting.

Dark Age of Camelot

Dark Age of Camelot is one of the pioneers in the genre of RvR games.

Second Life

Second Life is an online virtual world that provides unique roleplaying opportunities.

Lord of the Rings Online

Lord of the Rings Online is a unique free-to-play roleplaying game in fantasy setting.

Gemstone 4

GemStone 4 is one of the first and longest-running text-based online MMORPGs.

DragonRealms

DragonRealms is one of the oldest and still most popular MUD RPGs in fantasy setting.

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Classic MMORPG is a type of games which were created a long time ago and earned deserved popularity among players. Usually, these video games were designed at the early 2000s, and they’re still maintained and developed. During that time, classic old-school projects became a pattern for new RPGs, which use the same systems and mechanics, created by developers of the first multiplayer online games.

Usually, classic MMORPG have outdated graphics with sparse textures, especially at the central locations, which were added at release or a few years after it. At the same time, visual quality of the latest content may differ dramatically, which makes it harder to say it’s still the same game. A vast amount of retro video games use isometric and 2.5 graphics, and extremely simplified control options. However, some developers release improved versions of the graphics with significant content updates; it often causes complaint of the old-school players, who prefer the classic style, but it gives projects a second wind.

Old-school roleplaying games are famous not for their graphics and dynamics: the main feature of Classic MMORPG are plot and gameplay mechanics. The unique experience is much more exciting and prevalent for players than beautiful graphics. Retro video games have well-balanced class systems, excellent combat mechanics; even more, these projects have the widest and the most active community. Because of that, classic games are suitable for roleplaying.

Best Classic MMORPG

  • World of Warcraft is a fantasy MMORPG with the well-balanced class system, immersive combat mechanics, deep plot and vivid pretty graphics. This video game still receives constant extensive updates, which adds new content in the game and increases the quality of the game.
  • Lord of the Rings Online is an MMORPG in the legendary universe of fantasy books by J. R. R. Tolkien. It has hardcore gameplay and immersive combat system; also, this game has an active community of roleplaying fans.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic is classic sci-fi MMORPG, which features an opportunity to play as honourable Jedi or cruel Sith.