Dungeon Fighter Online
Dungeon Fighter Online is an action side-scroller that combines attractive 2D graphics with exciting gameplay.
Anarchy Online is a science fiction MMORPG developed by company Funcom.
Shadow Worlds is an old-school hardcore MMORPG in fantasy setting.
MU Online is a retro hack-and-slash MMORPG.
FlyFF (Fly For Fun) is a Korean fantasy MMORPG.
Ultima Online is one of the first popular fantasy MMORPGs.
Discworld MUD is a browser text-based online RPG in the setting of the Discworld.
GemStone 4 is one of the first and longest-running text-based online MMORPGs.
Realms of Despair
Realms of Despair is an active classic text-based MMORPG, developed by Derek Snider in 1994.
DragonRealms is one of the oldest and still most popular MUD RPGs in fantasy setting.
Ryzom is a hardcore sci-fi fantasy MMORPG with open world, developed in 2004.
EverQuest is a first commercially-successful fantasy MMORPG, released in 1999.
Seafight is a sailing MMO game, developed by Bigpoint Games in 2006.
A free-to-play Korean fantasy MMORPG in anime style, developed by Nexon. Released in 2004.
More about Retro MMO Games
All of Retro MMO Games share the same trait — the age. These projects were released a long time ago, and that directly affects some of the critical aspects such as outdated graphics or simplified mechanics. The reasons why players still play them are nostalgia and belief that old games are more soulful than new ones.
However, some projects are maintained very long. For example, the World of Warcraft, which is over fifteen years old, still has millions of active subscribers. The developers release a new expansion pack every few years. Other projects keep the interest of the audience releasing remastered versions featuring modern graphics and classic gameplay.
Retro MMO Games community is massive, and a large part of the members play old MMOs regularly. Unfortunately, most of the servers have a small number of visitors, and the experience is not as glorious as it used to be years ago. A lot of fans come back due to nostalgic memories of past achievements only to find out that the game is outdated to the modern standards and the online is low. That is the reason why most of the players only come back for a brief period and leave soon afterwards, and only a tiny number of gamers stay and play regularly.
A lot of recent projects look at successful games of the past and take the most popular features to use, and most of Retro MMO Games became an example of what is a good game of the genre is supposed to be. A countless number of successful projects of the past are still available to everyone, and that keeps the community alive for years.
Best Retro MMO Games
- World of Warcraft is an MMORPG developed by Blizzard Entertainment and published in 2005. It is a veteran of the MMO genre, and it still keeps millions of fans online with its retro setting and graphics.
- Lineage 2 is one of the most popular retro MMORPG that brought millions of players together in the same universe. Different variations of the game still live, and various other projects take the inspiration from this legend.
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is an MMO first-person-shooter published by Valve, and this project with its ancestors were popular from the beginning of 2000s. It features a classic team elimination mode and a selection of real-life weapons, and millions of players up to this day take part in this shooting and strategic competition.