World of Warcraft is the very face of contemporary gaming. It is the golden standard for any modern game when it comes to entertainment factor and panache, and also the aspiration for developers in terms of the success it has seen. Despite being over a decade old (the game released in 2004!), World of Warcraft has not seen a dip in popularity. In fact it has only expanded into an even bigger cultural phenomenon, and it prominently features in most Comic Cons across the globe.
Fun Facts: South Park’s episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft” won an Emmy. DC Comics’ then subsidiary WildStorm even issued a comic on the game, which has 30 issues in all spread over 4 volumes.
That said, not everyone need like World of Warcraft and all of its features. Maybe you’re looking for a good MMO game but this one doesn’t do it for you. Or maybe your excitement with the game has plateaued and you want to stay entertained battling other people across the globe with your trusted friends and co-players by your side. Not to worry! There is an abundance of World of Warcraft alternatives you can avail, and I’m going to help you find some.
Here is a list of 14 amazing games like World of Warcraft that I’m sure you will love. Check them all out and tell me which ones you decide to keep exploring further.
A game that pretty easily mimics the World of Warcraft paradigm without coming off as a rip off is Rift. Follow the journey on your very customisable character as you try to win the war for your clan. There are a ton of characters and abilities possible as well as journey paths as you choose which abilities to upgrade and in what order of priority.
The game’s graphics are certainly very High Fantasy-esque. The first few fights are sort of like a training tutorial, but for the main world, you do need to learn quickly if you want to survive, which keeps the game engaging and entertaining. If you’re not down with learning a new game mythology or chronology, you might like the next option I have for you much more.
2. Star Trek Online
If you love the Star Trek series, you’ll enjoy Star Trek Online quite a lot. It’s like being a participant in the entire story. You have the front seat in all the events that take place. It’s a lot like Pottermore, only for Star Trek.
The game has an elaborate opening sequence and the cutscenes are too intense to skip. You get command of your ship only when you get through an hour of exposition and preliminary intro scenes, but once you’re through it, the game’s pretty engaging. The game has a little bit of an arcade-like feel to it, but it’s not enough to discourage one from enjoying the game for hours together. Bonus points for the graphics and visual effects.
3. Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 certainly comes with a novel approach to MMO gaming with its interesting characters and their equally interesting set of abilities. The elaborate maps and terrain are just one of the several things this game has going on. The fighting versus exposition ratio is more decent than Star Trek Online, which is a major plus. Guild Wars 2 manages to entertain by introducing some pretty neat animation of side-kicks like dragons and beings of that sort. The teleporting to places is a fairly common theme across MMO games, and Guild Wars 2 could have perhaps done a better job at animating that particular cut, but it could be a fault with my PC’s configuration. If anyone among you have the same problem do mention it in the comments below so I can know for sure where the problem lies.
TERA has some pretty great PVP and Arena battles that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire sequence. The game in general allows you the liberty to pick from a myriad on characters of different classes and abilities, customise their looks as per your whims and also pace the development of the character’s abilities according to your own ideas and theories. The game paces and connects you with people of your own caliber in your missions, so the level of difficulty is always comfortable and you know an accurate measure on your progress. The monsters are pretty interesting as well, and massive. The one quality that makes this game stand apart from the crowd is that it is free to play. For a game this loaded with awesomeness, I’m sure asking a small price isn’t the worst idea. If you’re looking for free games like Wow, TERA could be a really good pick.
5. The Lord of the Rings Online
I love the LOTR personally, so playing this game to get an idea of it for this post was something I looked forward to. The game has mesmerising graphics. It definitely doesn’t feel like something from the previous decade. There are all the classes of people we know from the books and the movies, and an additional class many have not heard about called Beorning which is like a man who can transfigure into a bear. Apart from that, the game has a lot of quests and all of them can be replayed so you can better your stats and win better rewards. The characters and abilities are not bound by the gender you give it which is helpful because it cuts the hypersexualised bullshit and also gives you a lot more capability for customisation. It is also not as commercialised and is perhaps the best free MMORPG game strikingly similar to WoW. It is pretty surprising for a franchise as commercially successful as The Lord of the Rings.
6. Revelation Online
This Chinese Fantasy game is probably going to interest everyone who loves Anime. The content is badly translated in english and most of the menus and character information is in Chinese, so you just kind of go ahead on gut feeling in a lot of cases. But the game has a lot to offer if you’re willing to look beyond the bad translation and the somewhat buggy shadows in the graphics. The most lucrative aspect of the game remains its quick pace that not only makes your character fast but also makes quests super fun. You don’t feel tied down to needlessly realistic physics and you can actually traverse the entire map (it is not open world) in one single run without load screens. The physics-free interface also makes the game more fun, and your character can just jump several times and effectively fly. You do get wings and a mount in the course of the game though, and a lot on side quests can help you unlock some pretty cool abilities that can help you get ahead of the crowd and also score better in PVP events. There are a few cutscenes that get a little long and given I don’t understand chinese, things did get a little confusing and at times a bit ridiculous.
7. Final Fantasy (Latest)
Final Fantasy is a game that is a cult phenomenon in its own right, just like World of Warcraft. It boasts some pretty sweet graphics and abilities for each class and race of character are well defined. Except the healers, but let’s be honest, healers are the saddest characters in any game. The game lets you develop the abilities of a variety on classes of each character you design, no matter their original class. Choosing the race is crucial matter here though, as with most MMORPGs. The first few dungeons and even a few side quests have low entertainment value in my opinion. But if you’re not picky, you can find a lot to be entertained by at every point in the game.
8. The Elder Scrolls Online
The first few moments of The Elder Scrolls Online are less MMO and more RPG. The MMO really kicks in when you do the dungeons and when you enter a PVP arena. The game has some beautiful animation and graphics, and just the right amount of realism. The movement can be a little buggy at times, but again, it could be because of my PC’s particular specifications. The game has a nice smooth feel to it despite of it.
The Elder Scrolls Online can be a bit expensive, however. It might not be worth our investment if you’re only looking for a game to casually play over a long weekend, because much of the game’s delicious detail can be enjoyed after you’ve punched in a few hours into the game’s story. Serious gamers swear by it, however, and if you play it for a few hours yourself, it is not hard to see why.
9. Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter
The game takes you far too often to its store so you can spend your pocket money to buy in-game currency, which is stupid and annoying. But if you can ignore that bit, Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter is a decent enough game to spend your time playing. I guess the game sort of lost its way through the middle of production which is why realism sometimes feels entirely absent from the game, and not in a good way. But the game does have its ups, and perhaps the one I enjoyed the most is the unique feature that lets players make their own quests and share it with their friends as a challenge to beat. The game really takes flight once you reach level 10, and you get better combat experience with more power. THE MMORPG really comes in in the PVP; outside of it, the game is mostly just a one-person deal. The game could have done with more story and exposition though.
10. Wizard 101
Remember those combat games that turned out to be card collecting games with no animation and you could never figure out how you were supposed to feel excited about having a virtual card that had a bunch on gibberish written on it with a glowing “rare” sign? Wizard101 thankfully avoids that chiche design and includes actual abilities illustrated wonderfully using a very kiddish scheme of graphics to produce a world where your character walks, explores and fights. The game is very hand-of and PVP oriented, and you fight off people’s characters, learn and train for new spells and earn experience and currency to expand your abilities further to better yourself. The game’s deciding what wizard you should be by asking you a bunch of questions is really cute too.
11. Black Desert
It is not hard to make out that the developers really went all out with the graphics, and the result is that Black Desert Online looks like a work of art no matter at what point you turn your camera. Apart from the stunning graphics, the characters are well animates as well, and the abilities and special effects are impressive. The character can be customised to your fancy going right from the shape on their individual body parts (you can have fat bellies and thin legs for all the game cares) as well as a lot of variety in hair and skin.
It’s not as challenging though. The game could have done with just a tiny spike in difficulty especially with the warrior classes since so many moves are area damages.
We’ve actually covered Trove before in a different article on this website, and yes, it is a good option for anyone looking for a substitute for World of Warcraft. The interface is a lot like Minecraft (or Minecraft Comes Alive, another game we’ve covered in a blog entry before). The game has a leisurely pace which can be more relaxing. Things definitely feel a lot more casual, so this might not be the closest match with WoW. The initial phase on the game feels slow, but the good thing is you have access to the MMO mode right from the beginning. This can be a pretty fun game for young children as well.
13. League of Angels 2
This one’s free, so there’s that. Call me judgemental or a snowflake, but i just won’t pay for a game with so much needless sexualisation. The physical realism adds to the appeal of the game, but it is hard to look past the crowded interface. The gameplay is mostly the grinding kind, and you collect cards which unlock characters. If you’re into mobile gaming, this seems like a nice option. The starting bits are pretty easy, so don’t form your first impression in the first 20 minutes of the gameplay. The game’s 3D effects are good, and it has that distinct anime, eastern taste to it. Things could have been better, no doubt. But it isn’t all that bad in its current version either.
The USP of Skyforge is that you can switch from one class to another anytime in the game. You unlock more and more as you progress through the game, which keeps things interesting. The game follows your journey as an immortal where you must save your world armed with the essence of the god Eli, and helped by other gods like the god on science. Dope, right? The map resembles something you would find in a mobile game, but unlike League of Angels 2, the game lets you walk around and fight, becoming more traditional in its approach.
Stay tuned; there are a lot more games like WoW in 2021 coming to this list in the next update. If you have a suggestion, be sure to send it to us in the comments or in a private message to the website.