17 Games Like Ultima Online

Games like Ultima Online
These MMO games like Ultima Online (UO) offer deep and engaging worlds that have sandbox mechanics to help you live a second life within a virtual setting.

Ultima Online is one of the original massively multiplayer online role playing games with a launch data in late 1997. With the lore of the previous Ultima titles to pull on the game launched with a rich world of history despite it being a spin off title of the popular role playing franchise. The success of Ultima Online led to other spin off attempts including games like Lord of Ultima and Ultima Forever although they never reached the same level of success.

Key to the success of Ultima Online was the focus on a persistent world that players felt at the centre of while still being able to interact freely with other players, building lasting relationships to the point where the game became almost a second life to those that occupied the game world. With the layers of mechanics UO was still able to command a thriving community despite the introduction of new MMO titles that eventually saturated the genre.

The games like Ultima Online selected for this list attempt to capture the same experience as UO. While no game can truly ever match the experience that many gamers had with UO these titles will get you some of the way there. With their sandbox focus these games

Games Like Ultima Online

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Life is Feudal: Your Own

Step into a massive medieval world in Life is Feudal: Your Own that blends combat, crafting, building, sandbox, realistic directional combat and many other mechanics to create an adventure set far into the past. Alternatively explore the much larger world in Life is Feudal: MMO, the MMO variant... Read More »

User Score
6.7
(6 votes)
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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
7.6
(28 votes)
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User Score
8.1
(53 votes)
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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)
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Second Life

Second Life is a free to play online life simulation game that will appeal to fans of the virtual world genre. The game is developed by Linden Lab and has been online since 2003 for both PC and Mac. With endless possibilities and the ability to make real money while playing Second Life continue... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(173 votes)
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Mortal Online

Offering a hardcore sandbox experience Mortal Online is not a game for the faint-hearted player. Set in a deep medieval fantasy realm the struggle of life in Mortal Online is a real challenge for even MMO veterans. Your game starts in Mortal Online in a similar manner to other MMO titles with y... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
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Ascent – The Space Game

Ascent – The Space Game is a PvE sandbox title that uses space and over 200 billion star systems as the foundation of your experience. Set after the vast human empire has crumbled it’s time to build a new civilisation and rekindle the human drive for exploration. In addition to expl... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(4 votes)
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Uncharted Waters Online

Uncharted Waters Online is a sandbox focused MMORPG that is set in the great age of sea travel. Explore the world in a century gone by as you trade from Europe to Asia and beyond. With this player driven game world paired with large scale naval battles Uncharted Waters Online was carved out a n... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(10 votes)
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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)
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Eldevin

Aiming to bring the MMO genre back towards story driven gameplay is Eldevin a title that is simply packed full of game content. The story behind the kingdom of Eldevin is one of a peaceful land that over the past decade has slowly fallen into chaos upon the discovery of powerful Elemental Spher... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(5 votes)
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Wurm Online

Wurm Online is a sandbox style MMORPG that has a creative focus allowing you to create your own adventure. You can play Wurm Online with a basic account for free but to remove some restrictions you will have to commit to a subscription based premium account. The game also has a stand alone vers... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(31 votes)
salem

Salem

Salem is a free to play MMO with a focus on exploration and crafting mechanics. Seatribe is behind development of the game who also run the popular hardcore MMO, Haven and Hearth (to which Salem has many similarities). Just like in Haven and Hearth players can expect permanent death in Salem so... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(23 votes)
mabinogi

Mabinogi

Mabinogi allows you to create your own anime life in an experience that is simply overflowing with content, features and options. Watch your character grow in game as you explore the world of Erinn through quests, community engagement and an endless number of opportunities. Originally launched ... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(24 votes)
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Haven and Hearth

Haven and Hearth is a free to play survival based MMORPG that will have you fighting to survive in an unforgiving game world with permanent death. You will have to fight off animals, hunger and other players. The game is being developed by Jorb and Loftar and takes place on a persistent single ... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(34 votes)
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EVE Online

EVE Online is a space adventure just waiting for you to join in. The game is a player driven MMORPG with an insane amount of depth. Launching in 2003 the game has slowly gained a loyal following to reach half a million subscribers in 2013. EVE Online is a game of freedom allowing players to app... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(19 votes)
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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)
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RuneScape

RuneScape has long been a popular free to play MMORPG. It is widely regarded as one of the most popular browser based games around and has been constantly evolving since its humble beginnings over a decade ago. With hundreds of millions of accounts there are plenty of players to join you in thi... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(84 votes)