Old-School Style MMORPG List

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The first multiplayer games were created a long time ago; since these days, many projects became popular and famous, and dozens of them are still maintained. The Old-School MMORPG doesn't have the best graphics, but they have immersive gameplay, well-balanced mechanics and huge active communities. Many experimental decisions used in first RPGs now used almost in every MMORPG. However, these games still aren't outdated: many developers maintain their projects and add content packs with new quests, locations and competitions.

Lineage 2 Essence

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

Neverwinter

Neverwinter is a free-to-play MMORPG based on Dungeons and Dragons setting.

Warframe

The project is developed and published by Digital Extremes.

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.

Titans of Time

Fantasy MMORPG featuring well-balanced class system and 3D graphics

Hero Siege

Hardcore hack-and-slash roguelike with pixel graphics

Florensia

Free-to-Play fantasy MMORPG in anime style

Asherons Call 2

The continuation of the fantasy MMORPG Asheron's Call

Continent of the Ninth Seal

An old-school Korean action MMORPG in fantasy setting

Granado Espada
A multiplayer role-playing game in an unusual historical setting
8BitMMO

A free-to-play indie 8Bit MMORPG with sandbox gameplay

Wasteland 3

An upcoming multiplayer RPG in postapocalyptic setting

Wild Terra 2: New Lands

An indie sandbox MMORPG inspired by old-school games with survival mechanics

Ragnarok Online 2

A 3D continuation of fantasy MMORPG inspired by Norse mythology

Realm of the Mad God

Realm of the Mad God is a pixel MMORPG with hardcore diverse gameplay.

Pirates of the Burning Sea

Pirates of the Burning Sea is a game about the "age of pirates" which takes place in the XVII century.

Camelot Unchained

An upcoming indie MMORPG inspired by Dark Age of Camelot

Shadow Worlds

Shadow Worlds is an old-school hardcore MMORPG in fantasy setting.

R2 Online

R2 Online is a Korean PvP-oriented MMORPG.

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More About Old-School MMORPG

The Old-School MMORPG are projects which were developed a long time ago. These video games usually have a bit outdated graphics, complicated systems of character development, combat or interaction with the environment, and most in-depth storyline with many quests. Even though old-school games are not the most ideal and modern, but they have quite well-balanced mechanics, improved and debugged over the years of their maintenance. At the same time, the gameplay of them is usually much more hardcore and challenging than usual, and it's rarely suitable for casual players.

The oldest Old-School MMORPG rarely have a large audience, but their fans usually much more friendly to newbies and loyal to their favourite projects. Typically, if you ask for help, you will be quickly introduced into the gameplay and most likely find new friends, because the audience of old games rarely gets new players. Even though many retro games have too complicated mechanics and hardcore gameplay, their communities often write lots of guides and tutorials, which helps to choose the most balanced build for the hero — and that's another feature of this kind of games. All of their aspects are explored backwards and forwards, so it won't be a trouble to find the answers to your questions.

Best Old-School MMORPG

  • Dungeons and Dragons Online is a hardcore old-school MMORPG in the D&D universe. The gameplay of DDO is concentrated on completing of quests, PvE battles and roleplaying; also, this game has several unique features, such as an in-game editor for player-generated content.
  • Lord of the Rings Online is a fantasy old-school MMORPG with deep plot, dozens of exciting quests, well-balanced class system and dynamic combat.
  • RuneScape is one of the longest-maintained retro MMORPG with the largest community. This game has a flexible system of skills, deep character customization and many entertaining quests.