World of Warcraft is a classic, many competitors have tried to topple the giant but none have succeeded.
With the continued expansions, changes, and invenstments by Blizzard, Warcraft doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
But what if you wanna try something new?
Are there any other games that are truly like World of Warcraft?
To narrow things down a little we will be looking into a few specific qualities that WoW has offered us, then we will see how other games compare. (the games below will have most of these)
- Quality of graphics (beauty and detail)
- Battle system (similar to WOW)
- Mount system
- Diversity of classes and specialties
- Diversity of character and worlds
- Character customization
Some of these games are so similar to WoW that they could be attempted replications while others are mostly different than WoW but still have some general similarities.
I will be leaving out some games that are widely regarded as similar that you have probably already heard of, like Star Wars Old Republic or Elder Scrolls Online and instead be trying to find the diamonds in the rough that you have not heard of.
1. Allods Online
If you are looking for a game like World of Warcraft and are tired of the fees, try Allods Online.
As far as games like World of Warcraft goes, Allods is tops.
There are 7 races split between two seperate factions, some of which are pretty unique, and 10 classes. The quests, user interface, powers, game mechanics, almost everything in the game is also similar to World of Warcraft.
The two features that stood out for me as different was the ability to auto path questing and click to move options instead of solely key bound controlls. The best part of Allods Online? I'ts free!
2. Guild Wars 2
For those looking for a new experience.
Guild Wars 2 is a free option that, although different in many ways from World of Warcraft, is an amazing adventure its' own right.
Questing is done differently, they appear when you enter an area and then get switched out with new ones if you leave and go to another area. If you loved the mounts in World of Warcraft you might be let down as there are none in Guild Wars 2, instead you travel by a teleporation system of sorts. There is not as many different races to choose from, a variety of classes however, and custimization is great.
If you stick with it you can truly enjoy a game that offers a well balanced player vs. player system, unique characters that change based on in game choices, and events that spawn randomly forcing players to work together in the battlefield to survive. The graphics are awesome and the world is a joy to be in. There is also world vs world battles instead of only PVE and PVP.
Better action and fighting make for a refreshing change.
Tera introduced a complex a battle system in which you actually have to time your dodges, blocks, attacks, and spell casting accurately or else you will be mercilessly killed.
Dungeons will pit you against awesome foes allowing you to take full advantage of the battle system with other players and a diversity of characters and landscapes helps to keep the game interesting.
Along with amazing graphics, a variety of character choices and custimization, mounts, awesome animations, viscious enemies, and best of all an action based battle system, Tera stands out as like World of Warcraft as well as an improvement of the MMORPG engine.
Not to mention, once again, it's free!
4. Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn
Square Enix remade the original Final Fantast XIV into A Realm Reborn after the original release was a disappointment, thus created a far superior game. Players can alternate between classes while playing the game and there is also a mentor system for new players to learn the game and classes faster. Leveling is done primarily through fates, or events, which spawn in the world while dungeons are less rewarding but overall, this game offers a refreshing change from WoW.
The game starts right out with action and the glorious cinematic attacks similar to the movie 300. Character custimization offers huge variety of looks to choose from, some that could fit into the real world and some that definitely belong in the fantasy world. You are also able to change between the starter classes whenever you want. The world is not open, it is more of a dungeon grinder that you access from a single location that portals you into whatever area that you want. If you enjoyed just running dungeons in WoW or are looking for games like world of warcraft with less travel, this might be for you.
If you want a huge talent tree system with tons of custimization.
Rift has attempted to take all the things that MMORPG's are famous for and improve on them to make a more interesting and captivating game.
The biggest part of Rift is supposed to be the open public spawn events. The sky breaks into huge portals through which monsters fall are engaging as all players take part.
There is supposed to be fewer invisible walls than in World of Warcraft and rewards tucked away to encourage players to explore however I still ran into a few spots that I could not traverse.
Graphically, Rift shows it's age and if you love vibrant and cutting edge graphics you might be let down.
However, there is still plenty Rift has to offer.
Along with being free again, one of the best features in rift is the sould/talent system. It is huge, complex, and gives players plenty of options for custimization. The housing system is also well done, there is plenty to explore in the world, instant dungeon type adventures, and many more things to enjoy.
7. Blade & Soul
This is a martial arts based MMO with some crafty looking moves and characters.
At a first look this is just a basic fighting system engine. It incorporates a need to calculate attacking and blocking in order to balance inflicting damage with maintaining your health since there is no healer or tank roles. The battles feel as though they require more skill to compete. If you don't plan on mostly utilizing group dungeons and PVE battles, be prepared for a glitchy PVP system.
8. Forsaken World and Perfect World
You might say these two games are two sides of the same coin. They both offer highly customizable characters along with an array of race and class choices, are designed around leveling through quests, and the basic abilities that you start with are both very similar to WoW. These games are older in the MMORPG world, however they still get their updates.
Forsaken World offers a set of unique characters as you can play as a vampire or lycan, along with the normal human, dwarf, elf, etc. Choices for a MMORPG Quests tracking is automated so you do not have to spend time finding NPCs and can quickly run through the beginning levels. If you enjoyed the simplicity of WoW then you will probably enjoy both World games, they do not try to reinvent the wheel but just take a slightly different take on it.
9. Swordsman Online
If you missed having a story in WoW, here it is, or at least the martial arts Chinese novel version. The music is beautiful and the graphics are great as well. Although the voice acting is all in Chinese there are subtitles to pull you into the story. The game is not open world and quest tracking can be automated. The primary draw to play is honestly the story itself. The story connects great with the gameplay as the various schools and classes that you choose from influence the PVP attributes.
10. Path of Exile
This game has a very different feel to it than WoW as its not quest focused. Each time you level up you will have a choice of how to upgrade and use your powers. The story is not compelling and if you are interested more in the action side of WoW then this game is worth a shot.
11. Aura Kingdom
The world in this game is gorgeous and friendly feeling as it is a colorful anime style game. There are 13 different classes none of which are gender locked. You will also be able to choose a companion and customize your abilities as you go through the game. If you enjoyed WoW for the graphics and you enjoy the anime look then you might like this one. Highly addictive, then again most games like world of warcraft are.
I hope you enjoyed these suggestions. I will continue to update and adjust this list as I play more MMORPGs.
If you can think of one I missed or should check out, leave a comment below and let me know!
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