Probably my greatest and most constant gripe about fantasy MMORPGs is that for all of the freedom and imagination that this genre supposedly boasts, game designers keep going to the same boring well of tropes and limit themselves instead of exploring possibilities.
Nowhere do you see this more than in races. Dwarves and Elves? We’ve got bushels and barrels of them, all on sale at discount prices. There are regular humans, of course, and Slightly Bigger Humans, and Half-Sized Humans, and Blue Humans. But what about getting outside of this been-there-played-that cookie cutter design to offer some interesting playable choices?
Like fairies, perhaps?
I could never understand why we don’t see fairies more in MMOs. They are widely recognized in the fantasy genre, they seem to have popularity, and they even share some cross-over with Elves. But the poor fae have been unrepresented, so much so that it took a lot of digging to come up with a mere 10 MMOs that allow you to play as one, whether it be as a race or class. Let’s take a look!
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Sometimes you reach a moment in your life where you have to take a side. With the launch of the fantasy city-builder Elvenar today, the moment of choice is here: Do you side with humans or with Elves?
The two factions are now available to play as the US version of this free-to-play game goes live. Players can build up a fantasy city, establish an economy, explore the game map, and (of course) go to war with each other. The battles aren’t glossed-over affairs with disassociated numbers but are tactical clashes on a 3-D map.
You can watch the trailer after the jump and decide which race to side with — if you pick one at all.