MMORPG: A Multiplayer Genre

Abbreviations can be quite confusing - especially in the gaming world! Those unfamiliar with the genre MMORPG, let us help you out: This term stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games meaning that players, regardless of where they log in from, get to play together in the same universe, create a character that is theirs to keep and join forces with like-minded gamers to slay dragons, conquer new territory or explore dark and gloomy dungeons. A trailblazer among 3D MMORPG games is EverQuest, a fantasy adventure that is still going strong today at the helm of Sony Online Entertainment. The game studio is also responsible for continuing the franchise with EverQuest 2, EverQuest Next and Landmark.

Explore New Worlds and Level up a Character

Tired of collecting bear pelts and running through the realms of Norrath? Then jump into PlanetSide 2 or Firefall for a change. These two online shooters combine the best MMORPG and MMOFPS features in one bundle of entertainment allowing players to switch their fantasy swords for futuristic firearms and their leather wraps for space armor. As you can see, this particular genre is as versatile as can be and spans all sorts of subcategories. The one common denominator that brings all MMORPGs together, however, is teamwork. Players are almost always asked to band together and synergize with each other through spells and other powerful abilities.

Tank, Healer or Damage Dealer: Know Thy Role

Picking a class usually comes with assuming a certain role. While tanks are traditionally the meat shield of a group and responsible for absorbing damage and getting allies out of harm’s way, damage dealers do what their name implies: They wreak as much havoc in as little time as possible to minimize threats and quickly take out enemy targets. Healers have the power to restore health and even bring fallen warriors back to life. If you are looking for a new free MMORPG to dive into and give a whirl, here’s a selection of what you can find here on

  • Neverwinter
  • Age of Wushu
  • The Lord of the Rings Online
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • ... and many, many more!

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Venture Out into the Unknown

The core mechanic of every online roleplaying game is to collect experience points and gain new levels. A variety of quests will task you to help out innocent townsfolk or to slay vicious beasts.

Whether it be nefarious demons in Rift or pesky goblins in Mabinogi: Ridding the MMORPG world of sinister wrongdoers will always reward you with in-game currency (such as gold or credits), valuable items (such as new weapons or mounts) and the much sought after experience that every characters needs in order to unlock new abilities. Most MMORPGs grant you the opportunity not only to follow a certain skill path and specialization, but also to customize a hero’s appearance. Remember: Snazzy pauldrons and fashionable hats are all the rage and a welcome sight in any online world.

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