MMOs you’ve never heard of: Metin2, Orake, Crusaders of Light, Legends of Equestria, and Sansar

We’re willing to bet that some of you visit Massively OP because you are keeping an eye out for new conquests: games you have never heard of, hidden titles that beg to be brought to your attention. Well, today is that day because we have a list of five MMOs for you to check out and see if they warrant your attention and devotion.

The list begins with Metin2, an Asian martial arts MMO chock-full of wicked fighting moves, demon lords, and Chinese aesthetics. Another free Steam game to check out might be Orake, a 2-D MMO that looks like it would be at home in 1997.

The creators of Second Life have made a sequel of sorts with Sansar. This virtual world is a build-anything, do-anything sandbox, and Kotaku has a hands-on with the closed beta. It should be available in open beta testing later this summer.

Coming next month is Crusaders of Light, a game that actually looks like it might make good on its promise to bring an authentic MMORPG experience to mobile. Or if brightly colored ponies are your bag (and why not?), there’s Legends of Equestria, a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic knock-off that’s being developed by fans.

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Vardalaka
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Vardalaka

Metin2 was actually the first MMO that I played and I really enjoyed my time on it back then. I was lucky to play it when it first came out, it wasn’t that much of a P2W game as it is now. I still play it every now and then for the nostalgia.

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boredinBC

Finally a game that combines my love of open world sandboxes, player driven economies, pvp gank boxes and ponies!

If you will excuse me, Sir Buckingham has some noobs to wreck.

Purewitz
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Purewitz

Never heard of any of them, but Metin2. Tried it eons ago, way back when it first came to North America or maybe it was the UK version. I remember it didn’t have a geo-block. I think it was pre- 2009/2010, when I tried it. I’ve been looking for a good Martial Arts/Kung Fu MMORPG for years now, almost a decade now. Alas all suck on some level, even newer ones like Blade & Soul and Age of Wushu/Wulin. It’s a shame SOE never got to release their Kung Fu Hustle MMORPG (Based on the 2004 movie.) years ago. From the trailer it looked like it might have been fun.

Weilan
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Weilan

Orake is the only one worth involving time in. Metin 2 is a very old action MMO, but it’s very grindy, the story barely exists and it’s very repetitive, it’s still worth trying, but if you wanna stick to something, Orake is the only one.

capt_north
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capt_north

Been waiting on Sansar for ages. I enjoyed building in Second Life, but the tier charges are ridiculous. I don’t even care about the VR angle. I just want to push that engine as far as I can and see what they’ve got.

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agemyth 😩

EverEquestria. A real missed opportunity not jumping on that name, or smart to not push your luck on catching the attention of two different companies’ lawyers.

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Castagere Shaikura

I would love a good martial arts mmo. But they all suck so badly or are just pvp focused.

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Oleg Chebeneev

There are plenty of good martial arts MMOs. Age of Wushu if you love PvP, Blade & Soul if you love PvE. Also there are many more inc like Moonlight Blade, Age of Wushu 2 among others

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Oleg Chebeneev

Hah, you underestimate our knowledge, Justin. I know about Metin 2 and remember calling it one of the worst MMOs Ive ever tried. I also know very well about Sansar and actually hyped about its launch since I want to try making and selling content there.

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Modrain

Knew Metin2 and Equestria, but I’m not sure to have ever heard anything about the three other games. Maybe Sansar and Chronicles, but as I’m not interested in anything close to Second Life or mobile MMOs, it can be a simple omission. 100% sure I never heard about Orake, though. I’ll look into that one!

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Jack Pipsam

Oh dank-beans, I know 3 out of 5! Sweet.

I remember Metin2 from an ages ago PC magazine in a section talking about Free to Play MMOs (pre-DDO going F2P), they were gushing over the fact it was free. All I remember was it had a screenshot of someone walking along a road.

Orake I have come across on Steam before, it seems very classic, which is neat for those into that sort of retro vibe.

As for Legends of Equestria, yeah naturally I’ve known about that for years and I mean years, they’ve been chugging away at that for a long time now. I’ve only tried it once ages ago in a alpha build when there was no quests, all you could do was create a character and run/fly around the place with basic emotes and chat.
Although ironically even that super basic stage’s servers had so many people in them it would make many current commercial MMOs blush out of embarrassment. It was like scenes from old MMOs where there was a bunch of players all bunched up where you couldn’t tell what was going on there was too many people and then naturally server issues everywhere.
But I can’t help but feel once it comes out it would have missed the boat for a lot of the fandom, as far as fan-games go while it’s an amazing feat in sheer scale and organisation, but it will always be held back by having to make changes to make sure they don’t get Hasbro’d
Not the first MLP MMO attempt mind you, there has been others which got Hasbro’d. Oh and I think there’s some pixel based pony online shared world thing now too. https://pony.town/

Its greatest success is and will keep being a more online social space than anything else, a place where folks can create characters, chat and RP. Just wander about, actual mechanics or goals become secondary.
Because of that, I don’t really care, it’s not for me even though I can appreciate the effort. It’s just one of many cool fan-games with an incredible amount of effort. One becomes spoilt when such riches are plenty.

Hadn’t a clue about Sansar or Crusaders of Light though, so those are two new things I have learnt!

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Bryan Correll

I only opened this article to see if you had any opinions on the Equestria one.

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Melissa McDonald

Project Sansar differs from Second Life in that Sansar is built around VR. Second Life is a flat-screen virtual world mostly. Linden Labs, creators of both platforms, have described Project Sansar as “WordPress for VR”. They want it to be a platform to launch VR experiences that anyone can make.

Second Life previously supported the Oculus Rift, and had some unique areas devoted to that, but its engine was never optimized for VR and they have deprecated support for the Rift. Sansar is their going-forward VR platform.

The Kotaku article is a good read, Sansar features facial recognition so that your avatar will emote automatically in the VR space. This is a very exciting development, nobody has really attempted it much since SOEmote in EQ2.

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