Genshin Impact is multiplayer, but it skews closer to a single-player game during much of the moment-to-moment gameplay. However, I still find that to a certain extent it scratches the same itch as MMORPGs do. Between daily resets and challenges, the whole Battle Pass feature, and many elements of its leveling and structure… it’s not the same, but it clearly has elements of that in place. It’s easy for me to kind of fall into the habit of thinking of it like an MMORPG, even with full objective knowledge that it is not that.
I don’t think it’s alone in that regard, either. There are many games that I have personally played (Code Vein springs to mind) that have wound up hitting some of the same notes as MMOs for me, sometimes providing just enough of a hit that they feel like close-enough substitutes under the right circumstances. So what about you, dear readers? What non-MMO games scratch an MMO itch for you?