31 Games Like Guild Wars 2

Games Like Guild Wars
Our collection of games like Guild Wars 2 features a wide variety of MMORPGs including free, paid and subscription based options.

Guild Wars 2 is one of the few remaining paid to play MMORPGs available today that require a purchase but lack a subscription fee component. The game is set in a fantasy style universe reminiscent of the first Guild Wars experience and other games in the genre. With millions of copies sold it sits within the top handful of MMORPGs and continually attracts new players.

The key ingredient in the success of Guild Wars 2 is the responsive story that adapts to player actions. While this is a common feature in role playing games it’s fairly rare in the MMO scene due to the complexity it adds to the game.

At the heart of this responsiveness is the event system which is dynamically generated by the game with player decisions then creating a ripple through the game for both other players and themselves later on in their adventure.

The games like Guild Wars 2 featured below offer similar fantasy based experiences for fans of the MMO genre. Due to the rarity of paid to play but non subscription games a majority of these options either fall under the free to play or subscription based category instead.

Games Like Guild Wars 2

archeage

ArcheAge

In terms of fleshed out MMO experiences ArcheAge is near the top of the list with an impressive game world filled with adventures and features around every corner. There isn’t much in the way of innovation but ArcheAge brings a huge amount of content and quality to the MMO scene. Set in a... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(27 votes)
tera

TERA

TERA offers a 3D fantasy inspired MMORPG with a focus on action based combat that puts it well ahead of most other games on the market. TERA (or The Exiled Realm of Arborea) started in early 2011 in the Asian MMO market with a western release in May of 2012. Since 2013 TERA Online has rebranded... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(72 votes)
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User Score
8.4
(51 votes)
star-trek-online

Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online (STO) is a free to play MMORPG that takes place within the Star Trek universe. The game does a great job at capturing the universe of Star Trek and has a good amount of content for players to experience. At launch the game required a game purchase and monthly fee so it has high... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(23 votes)
neverwinter

Neverwinter

Neverwinter is part of the action MMORPG breed and plays out very much like a single player RPG experience. If you want something with a focus on fast paced combat then Neverwinter might just be the MMO you’ve been waiting for. The game was developed by Cryptic Studios and went live in June 201... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(40 votes)
perfect-world

Perfect World

Perfect World offers a 3D fantasy MMORPG that original launched on the Asian market and eventually found its way to an international setting in 2008 under the name, Perfect World International. The game takes heavy inspiration from Chinese mythology with a focus on character customisation, grap... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(37 votes)
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Swordsman Online

Swordsman Online delivers an impressive martial arts orientated experience which emphasises fast paced gameplay with impressive character customisation. For fans of Chinese culture this is a high quality experience that can not be missed. The story itself is based on the popular novel, The Smil... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(21 votes)
forsaken-world

Forsaken World

Forsaken World is a popular 3D MMORPG based in a fantasy world developed by the same studio behind Perfect World. The game focuses on providing an accessible experience to casual players while still offering end game depth for the hardcore community. Forsaken World isn’t shy on packing in... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(27 votes)
black-desert-online

Black Desert Online

Hailing from Korea and focused on sandbox orientated mechanics is Black Desert Online a buy to play for those in Europe and North America. You’ve got most of the traditional MMO features and a host of interesting design choices to explore in the Black Desert Online universe. Central to th... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(21 votes)
royal-quest

Royal Quest

Royal Quest is a fresh MMO with an impressive game world, isometric view and countless other features. Players will get to explore the huge range of locations and dungeons while slaying hundreds of monsters and completing thousands of quests. With a game offering that feels very much like a mix... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(33 votes)
aion

Aion

Aion is one of the growing number of subscription based MMO games that have gone free to play in recent years. So if you originally considered getting into Aion but the price turned you away now is a great time to get into this highly polished experience. Aion lets you play as one of two warrin... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(22 votes)
rift

Rift

Rift is definitely one of the best MMO games available and is one of the few games that could potential dethrone World of Warcraft. The game was released in 2011 as a subscription based experience but went free to play in June 2013. Rift takes place in a fantasy game world known as Telara which... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(71 votes)
blade-and-soul

Blade & Soul

The popular Korean MMO of Blade & Soul is finally available to the rest of the world, focusing on action combat, deep customisation, a beautiful game world and immerse story telling. Orientated around martial arts the Asian origins of Blade and & Souls are fairly evident.Alternatively p... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(17 votes)
skyforge

Skyforge

Bluring the lines between fantasy and science fiction is Skyforge, a third person MMORPG that focuses on action, customisation, class swapping, region based servers and the ability to reach a whole new league of hero, a god. Venturing around planet Aelion where both ancient secrets and cutting ... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(34 votes)
swtor

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is one of the great free games like World of Warcraft available. This MMORPG developed by BioWare aims to capture the Star Wars universe in a MMO setting (and succeeds for the most part). SWTOR offers all story content free of charge but players must either m... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(58 votes)
the-lord-of-the-rings-online

The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) is a story driven MMO experience that takes place in the Lord of the Rings universe. The game was originally a paid MMO for PC and Mac but has been free to play for several years now. LOTRO follows a standard MMO design with customisable avatars, multiple cl... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(72 votes)
aura-kingdom

Aura Kingdom

Aura Kingdom is one of the newer MMOs to be released on the market. Using an anime style the game blends action and traditional combat together to create a very fluid approach to gameplay. Starting its closed beta in December 2013 and transitioning into open beta a month later Aura Kingdom is s... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(40 votes)
last-chaos

Last Chaos

Last Chaos is one of the many free to play role playing games available, it’s been around since 2006 making it one of the longer running games in a competitive industry. The fact that it still has a solid community after all these years with the increasing amount of competition in this space is... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(19 votes)
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Dungeons and Dragons Online

Dungeons and Dragons Online launched back in 2006 and has been free to play since 2009. As the name suggests it draws plenty of inspiration from Dungeons and Dragons (in particular the D&D 3.5 rule set) so the game has obvious appeal to fans of D&D. Dungeons and Dragons Online takes pla... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(53 votes)
wildstar

WildStar

WildStar is a MMO set in a fantasy meets science fiction game world. Originally a paid experience but eventually turned free to play WildStar’s high production values and engaging combat are an amazing offering for a free to play adventure. Set on the fictional planet known as Nexus, the ... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(17 votes)
echo-of-soul

Echo of Soul

Echo of Soul is a fresh fantasy MMO with a similar development team to the popular Lineage II. While it has been a huge success in the Korean market since its 2013 launch the game has only recently come to the North America and Europe scenes with a beta and release in 2015. Echo of Soul include... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(19 votes)
runes-of-magic

Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic has long been one of the most popular free alternatives to World of Warcraft and draws obvious inspiration from the MMORPG giant. The game was released in 2009 and has one of the larger player bases in the MMO universe. After creating your account and downloading the client (fair... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(59 votes)
final-fantasy-realm-reborn

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the relaunched Final Fantasy MMORPG adventure that addresses the key issues of the original version to give you that MMO in the FF universe that you’ve always craved. Set on the continent of Eorzea there is a huge amount of ancient lore to explore with... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(15 votes)
4story

4Story

4Story explores a fantasy world where three warring factions inhabitant the game world. Focusing on quests and the PvP between these factions 4Story has crafted out a niche with the MMORPG genre that has served the game well since its 2009 launch. Often compared to the giants in this genre (suc... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(11 votes)
the-secret-world

The Secret World

The Secret World is a unique MMO set in a modern day game world with a focus on myth and conspiracy theory. If you are fed up with all the fantasy based MMORPGs that are flooding the market you’ll enjoy the change of pace that The Secret World offers. The game originally launched with a subscri... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(38 votes)
black-gold-online

Black Gold Online

Black Gold Online mixes a fantasy and steampunk world together to deliver a unique visual experience in the MMO space. With huge class depth and plenty of character customisation to explore it’s a MMO that you can definitely sink your teeth into. In Black Gold Online players will choose to figh... Read More »

User Score
6.8
(11 votes)
vindictus

Vindictus

Vindictus is a MMORPG is set in the same universe as the popular Korean MMO of Mabinogi. The game is heavily focused on combat and with its action approach to this system it’s much more engaging in comparison to other options out there. The first thing you’ll notice about the MMO is the way tha... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(20 votes)
everquest-2

EverQuest II

EverQuest II is a 3D MMORPG that builds on the EverQuest series. The game was released in November 2004 and as of 2011 went free to play so everyone can enjoy the experience. For gamers who played the original EverQuest the game takes place in the same fictional world (Norrath) although 500 yea... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(20 votes)
world-of-warcraft

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft (WoW) holds the largest subscriber base of any MMORPG, launching all the way back in November 2004 the game had peaked at 12 million subscribers by 2010 but has slowly dropped since that peak. World of Warcraft features a core game along with several expansion packs with the o... Read More »

User Score
7.1
(17 votes)
age-of-conan

Age of Conan

Age of Conan tries to separate itself from other MMO experiences by marketing itself as a more mature gaming experience. Like many other MMORPGs before it the game started out as a pay to play game and in recent years has swapped to a free to play game. The game is loosely based in the Conan un... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(20 votes)
allods-online

Allods Online

Allods Online is a stand out in the free MMORPG genre and is the perfect alternative for World of Warcraft fans looking to cut back on expenses but still play a great MMO on a regular basis. In Allods Online players will explore a number of floating islands (known as Allods) that have been crea... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(33 votes)