Longtime MOP readers know that many our writers have a fondness for old MMORPGs, either because that’s how we got into the hobby and then this career path or because we still love and play them today. Some of us even play, ahem, some of the dead ones.
And yet come awards season, classic MMOs are rarely up for any awards, and if they are – like, say, Ultima Online, which launched F2P this year – they don’t win. And that’s a shame. Sure, some of them have graphics that have fallen by the wayside, but most have mechanics that can stand toe to toe with anything made in the last few years – and some could beat them given a chance.
Thanks to commenter Agemyth, who suggested this topic a few years back, we’re going to put it to a vote once again, offering up a wide range of “gracefully aging” MMOs that could reasonably be considered classics based on the era of their launch. No, we didn’t include blockbusters like World of Warcraft that are still literally among the top revenue games in the world because that would be super predictable and boring, and we didn’t include sunsetted MMOs either.
Onward to the future where the past lives on in the present!
Leaderboard: What's the best classic MMORPG still running at the end of 2018?
- Age of Conan (2%, 19 Votes)
- Anarchy Online (3%, 37 Votes)
- A Tale in the Desert (1%, 9 Votes)
- Dark Age of Camelot (4%, 49 Votes)
- Dofus (1%, 11 Votes)
- Dungeons and Dragons Online (21%, 255 Votes)
- EVE Online (6%, 73 Votes)
- EverQuest (9%, 113 Votes)
- EverQuest II (3%, 41 Votes)
- Fallen Earth (1%, 8 Votes)
- Final Fantasy XI (5%, 57 Votes)
- Guild Wars (4%, 52 Votes)
- Lineage (0%, 1 Votes)
- Lineage II (1%, 18 Votes)
- Lord of the Rings Online (14%, 167 Votes)
- Meridian 59 (0%, 6 Votes)
- RuneScape (6%, 70 Votes)
- Ryzom (0%, 4 Votes)
- Second Life (1%, 8 Votes)
- Ultima Online (7%, 83 Votes)
- Wurm Online (8%, 95 Votes)
- I can't believe you forgot X! I'm going to go down to the comments and politely suggest it right now! (3%, 34 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,050