Top 10 Most Popular MMORPGs of 2008
Here is a list of the top 1 0 MMORPGs (mass multiplayer online role playing games) reigning supreme at the end of 2008, at least in terms of subscription base. WoW is still #1 in the charts for a while now. Doesn’t seem like anything is closing in to bring them down. WAR had a huge jump on their release date but their growth dipped after the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, or even a little before that. Age of Conan had a huge boast of 1 million subscribers within their 3 months but all that has completely died leaving them out of the top 10 list. Without further ado, your top 10 MMORPGs for 2008:
1. World of Warcraft:
With 4 years under its belt and 11 million subscribers to this game. It is one of the best MMORPGs out there today. Arguably, the best recognized MMORPGs even to non gamers. I know I know, there are many players out there who have their reasons to dislike this game. But you must admit Blizzard reigned supreme over every other MMORPGS out there. Surely 11 million people can’t be wrong, but then again Mr. T plays this game too.
2. Guild Wars: Guild Wars having a large community with 4.5 million players world wide is one of the top MMORPG to play. With a strong PvP system, guild battles gives players the thrive to come back for more. I love the whole Hero System which turns the game into a strategy-based game too.
3. Lord of the Rings Online: With a story already famous itself, the game takes players straight into the world told by Tolkein. It has all the elements of a MMORPG, but players actually love the questing in this game. Every two months or so players are treated to a free update for new quests (aka books) for them to take on. If you actually love the LoTRO story with a decent MMORPG element to it then this game is perfect for you.
4. Warhammer Online: The newest game to come out this year is Warhammer and it was one of the most hyped and talked about MMORPG. Warhammer is similar to WoW which is not a bad thing, but with better graphics and way better PvP (player vs player) or what they called RvR (realm vs realm) system. The main draw to this game is the whole world is a battleground for players. Each factions trying to take over each others stronghold and if succeeded players of the winning factions are rewarded. It might not kill WoW now, but it might just hurt WoW’s community over time.
5. Everquest 2: Sony did a great job making this so called sequel to the Everquest line. They introduced a “Lock Encounter” system so there would be no kill stealing in the game. Also, having 8 expansions and 1 more coming out this year this game always keep up with the latest contents in the game. Players should be aware, you’ll need to be very dedicated in the game to actually progress far.
6. Lineage 2: A very popular game in Korea where it was made and so far been popular in the states as well. It’s already been 4 years since its release and still has a decent growing population. Besides the nice visual graphics of the game and a great storyline, the siege warfare is really a nice touch to the game which puts PvP to the next level. Compare Prices
7. Runescape: Now here we have a hidden gem. If players can overlook the graphics (usually players can’t) they can see how great and detailed this MMORPG is. The questing is non linear so as a player can choose where to quest and what to do to progress through the game. The PvP system in this game is really great because players who won the battle can reep the rewards from the players they’ve defeated. For a free game which doesn’t take much memory or graphics, this is a great MMORPG to play.
8. Final Fantasy XI: FFXI has a amazing story line and a vast world to explore. It lacks PvP, but makes it up with the questing and storyline. Only the dedicated players will truly experience the quality of this game. If you are a fan of the Final Fantasy series and enjoy casual PvEing then this is the game to play.
9. Maplestory: A free game to play and addictive as well. Players who can overlook the cute graphics in this game will find that it is a great time killer. A very simple concept where you kill mushrooms, pigs, and other cute creatures to level. The cute creatures draws the attention of many players to keep on playing and seeing their characters upgrade. A 2-dimensional side-scrolling adventure done right and its free.
10. EvE Online: I have yet to try out this game myself, but I’ve been hearing and reading great reviews on it and hopefully I’ll have a chance to try it out. The whole game is set in the future and one cool aspect of this game is that you can control your very own spaceship to conquer other mines on other planets.
Honorable Mention. Second Life: Well I can’t really call this a MMORPG, but it is like a SIMs type of game. It boasts a 14.5 million subscriber base and also free to play. This game supports the use of real life money to purchase in-game items and assets. It’s a whole new economy of currency exchange. Your USD for the games Linden Dollars. If you are a gamer that enjoys playing Sims, then you should give this one a try. There you have it my top ten MMORPG for 2008. Thanks for checking my list. As usual, any comments are welcomed.