Did you know that there are not many game portals on the Internet that are primarily dedicated to MMORPGs? Even if you didn’t know, now you know for sure. GoHa.Ru is the largest thematic resource in the CIS, but in the West things are much better with this. We are not considering Asia, especially South Korea now – riveting endless mobile MMO crafts there is a budget-generating segment, so “that’s different.”
We were wondering which MMORPG games our Western colleagues consider the best in one aspect or another. And as you know, “abroad everyone is casual” (which, of course, is not the case), so we decided to take the appropriate selection for review. But we won’t indicate the name of the resource, you’ll find it yourself – well done, and if not, then what’s the difference? And the author will also insert his highly expert comments on some games. Of course, the opinions of experts from “Gohi” are also welcome. So,
Top MMORPG for casual players
Sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy a good MMORPG without worrying about gear, tough raids, and competitive PvP. While all the games on this list have these features, these MMOs are easiest to play casually without having to worry about all that stuff.
World Of Warcraft
The king of casual MMORPGs, World of Warcraft has long been a stronghold for a wide variety of gamers. Of course, the game has hardcore raiding and PvP, but only a small percentage of players participate in these activities. For most players, WoW is simply a home for adventure and socializing with friends.
Zan: And yet, I wouldn’t put “Ukhtyshka” in first place in the top. Although in general the idea is correct, there are still many moments in the game where you have to remember where your hands should grow from. And we are also talking about single content.
Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV features storytelling and the ability to play as any class with a single character. The game has established itself as one of the giants in the MMO world, and much of this is due to the hospitality and support of casual players who simply want to take part in the story and world of the MMO.
Zan: But this game really should bear the title of “king of casual MMORPGs”. I’ve heard a lot of stories from veterans of the game about “how difficult raids are,” but in reality it turned out that all the “difficulty” lies in correct positioning in most “difficult raids.” There is no need to even calculate timings.
Over the past two years, New World has made big strides towards becoming more casual-friendly, and with the release of the Rise of the Angry Earth expansion, this has become even more noticeable. Gone is the long quest for gear knowledge and the typical MMO loot system for items appropriate to the level of content you’re playing has emerged. Spend your days chopping down trees and collecting resources, or taking part in the updated story.
Zan: but this looks more like complete nonsense. Of course, if the authors do not consider the gameplay solely from the point of view of crafting and resource extraction, and not in terms of pumping, passing dungeons, and so on.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 does not increase the level cap, even in expansions. For players, this means their gear is always up to date. Add to that a fantastic story and a gorgeous world to explore, and GW2 is a casual gamer’s dream. Do everything at your own pace and enjoy the game the way you like.
Zan: alas, I can’t really say anything here. It just so happened that at the time of GW2’s heyday I was into other MMORPGs, so this game passed me by. Perhaps forum experts have something to say on this issue?
Lord Of The Rings Online
While there are some endgame challenges that are difficult to overcome, the VERY LONG journey in Lord of the Rings Online is the best content for casual players. Travel parallel to the history of the books and experience your own unique adventure in the world created by Tolkien.
Zan: the best warrior of “Fonost” (the strongest official localization server) cannot pass by this game. But, alas, I don’t understand anything at all about modern “LOTR”. But I remember very well the game with five years of content. And in terms of complexity, it could easily give a head start to many “hardcore” games. But if there was no goal to close hard raids, then “The Lord of the Rings Online” was really great for casuals.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
The fantastic class-based story chapters of Star Wars: The Old Republic are reason enough to play this highly acclaimed MMORPG. Each class has a unique story with multiple chapters leading up to the grand finale. Whether you want to become a Jedi, a smuggler, a bounty hunter, or a Sith, SWTOR has a story created just for you.
Zan: An excellent old-school MMORPG, with a strong community of Russian players. The game is really great for casuals, but you won’t feel too far behind the hardcore nerds.
And what a great fan-made localization the game has! Many official localizations of MMORPGs are done worse.
Palia is a casual, cozy MMORPG where you can build your house, farm, collect things, craft things, and relax in a community of players who do the same things. Fish, farm, cook and live off the land the way you like.
Zan: I have to admit, why they call “Palia” an (MMO)RPG, I don’t understand. After all, there is nothing in it that is inherent in the genre. And so – yes, this is 100% casual, of which there are hundreds on mobile phones, for example.
Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online’s episodic story missions create a fantastic, casual experience for fans of The Trek. Participate in missions across the galaxy, whether you are a member of Starfleet or the Klingon Star Empire. It’s easy to move from mission to mission and enjoy what makes Star Trek so great – the stories.
Zan: As much as I love the Star Trek universe, I can’t say anything about this game. Because I never launched it.
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online lets you go where you want, when you want, in a world that scales to your level. Even if you’ve just booted up the game for the first time, your level 1 hero can jump into the latest content right from the start, earning experience and rewards that match his progression.
Zan: If FFXIV has a competitor for the title of “most casual MMORPG,” it’s definitely TESO. It’s hard to find a more single-player, multiplayer game.
I guess that’s all. Do you have any ideas on what game could be added to this top? Be sure to share them!