Perfect Ten: 10 MMOs to get you out of your gaming rut


We have all been there. You’ve been gaming in your standard comfort MMOs when one day you hit that wall of burnout. You feel like you’ve done all of this too much — and you need a break. You’re in a gaming rut.

When that happens, it’s only natural to start looking around for alternatives. The “Big Five” are obvious candidates, but chances are you’ve already played or tried those. You want something different, something to jolt you out of your rut. You want a fresh experience in a game that isn’t completely dead or seriously hard to learn. But where to go?

In today’s list, I’m going to give you suggestions for 10 MMORPGs that are perfect when you want to get out of your game routine and when you’re looking for a specific experience. Hope this helps!

Dungeons and Dragons Online: For when you want dungeons that are more than beat ’em ups

So what I’m going for in this list isn’t necessarily obscure or unknown MMOs but rather ones that tend to get overlooked when people are fishing around for a new game to try. And if there’s one game that gets overlooked way too much, it’s Dungeons and Dragons Online. The incredibly well-designed dungeons of this MMO are its key selling point, with puzzles, traps, stories, and surprising designs. But this community also love the ability to develop a complex character with multiclassing and more skill trees than you would expect.

Project Gorgon: For when you want skills to actually matter

I’ve often seen player’s call for “skill-based MMOs” (versus level-based), and they usually fail to see one standing right in front of them: Project Gorgon. With tons of skill lines available, characters can be grown according to the imagination and whims of the players. It’s also a weirdly funny world that is a spiritual successor to Asheron’s Call, a sadly shuttered MMO that walked the path less traveled.

Villagers and Heroes: For when you want a charming WoW clone

If you like the visual aesthetic of World of Warcraft but want to see that in a different world that just so happens to include housing and a great crafting system, then get thee hence to Villagers and Heroes. There’s a lot of personality lurking in this MMO — and it also offers a mobile edition for when you want to play your adventurer on the go!

Dungeon Fighter Online: For when you want to play an insanely popular MMO that nobody you know plays

If you follow our monthly coverage of SuperData’s industry earnings report every month, you might have noticed that there’s almost always one MMO that’s pretty high on the top 10 list that we never talk about: Dungeon Fighter Online. I’ve only rarely heard of anyone I know actually playing it, but hey, a whole lot of people must be for this game to be so consistently high in revenue. Maybe it’d be a good option if you find great comfort in high populations and activity?

Wakfu: For when you want to experience a very cute turn-based MMO

Wakfu might well be the most “out there” suggestion on this list, but I think it might be perfect for certain people with discerning tastes. From its tile-based isometric format to its turn-based combat, this isn’t your typical MMO. But it’s also one that gets good word-of-mouth praise from those who have tried it — and the studio pours a lot of development effort into it, too.

AdventureQuest 3D: For when you want to pick up a tablet and play online

There’s a lot of great things to say about AdventureQuest 3D — our own MJ is an unapologetic fan girl of the MMO — but perhaps one of its greatest features lies in how accessible it is. While you can certainly play it on a computer, the mobile edition is slick and engaging. It’s perfect if you want to raid while you’re in the can, is what I’m saying.

Here we go.

Champions Online: For when you want a superhero MMO but totally forgot this existed

There’s definitely a hunger for the next great superhero title, but for those antsy to don spandex and punch out mutant villains, Champions Online already has you covered. With actual development in recent years and a huge amount of content and costumes to enjoy, this might well be the MMO that your mind slides right past when considering options — but shouldn’t.

Wurm Online: For when you want to build a homestead from scratch

It’s one thing to get into “crafting” in online games, where you’re making some armor or potions before calling it a day. But serious homesteaders should get thee hence to Wurm Online, where building everything from the ground up is the name of the game. It’s perfect for when you want that deep satisfaction of looking over a farm and thinking “I built all of that!”

Wizard101: For when you want to indulge your inner child with a candy store of options

If you’ve been dismissing Wizard101 because you think it’s just for the kiddies, you really shouldn’t. A surprising number of teens and adults have found this magic-themed MMO to be a blast, especially with a wide array of options including card collecting, housing, minigames, and PvP.

Guild Wars: For when you want an awesome blast to the past

Sometimes shaking yourself out of a deep gaming rut is as simple as going back rather than forward — back to an old favorite. Let’s not forget that ArenaNet has left the original Guild Wars up and running with hundreds of hours of challenging and exciting content waiting. Plenty of people love returning to this RPG, so why not you?

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Wurm Online: For when you want to build a homestead from scratch

Wurm Online: For when you literally want to grind as a main mechanic. Valheim is a better homestead builder imo. With a fraction of the progression time.

Daniel Veit

City of Heroes satisfies my superhero needs, even today with Homecoming servers.

Roger Christie

Me too! Plus, they keep adding new stuff!

Dug From The Earth

Everyone of those suggestions, aside from DDO, are games that quickly PUT me into a gaming rut. lol


It’s a shame there’s isn’t a GW1.5, also i wish i could play COH with CO avatars and clothing system.

Bruno Brito

“Dungeons and Dragons Online”.

Yeah…until you get terrible spikes of lag because all SSG games lag terribly nowadays ( and so do DBG games ).

I can’t in good conscience recommend that to anyone. The lag is just so awful that it actively detracts from your experience.


RE: “huge amount of content ” WRT Champions Online…
What were you smoking. Yes the costume creator has a wide variety of options once you level up; but for a 13 year old MMO where the max Character level is still only 40 (never been raised once) – and they’ve added a couple new mission about once a year on average for the past 7 years.

“huge amount of content…”

Yeah, no.


I mean yeah it may not have a lot of recent (or decent) updates, but if you haven’t played this game or haven’t gotten very far, then there is a ton to do. I’m not saying its the best game, and honestly, they’ve kinda fallen out of favor with me, but he’s not wrong.


Interesting timing because I actually just read a post on Reddit trying to sell people on DDO for a gaming rut lol

Bree Royce
Bree Royce

I saw that this morning! All I could think was, hah wait until they get a whole list! Justin writes his columns a week or so ahead, so coincidence, but a fun one. :D (And two votes for DDO should be encouragement, right?)

Bryan Correll

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Of this list, I think the original Guild Wars (1) is actually worth a look for anyone that has never played it.

Simply put, in GW you collect skills the way you collect mounts and such in other MMOs. Then, you select which few of the dozens you have to put on your bar.

I sure wish they had made GW2 at least a little more like GW.

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Now that ArenaNet is a smaller studio, I’d love to see them do a GW1:Remastered. They’ve done some cool improvements over the years, but I’d go back to GW1 if they did a visual overhaul and some mechanical improvements.


I really don’t think ArenaNet is doing too well to even attempt that, especially if End of Dragons doesn’t succeed.