30 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.
rift

Rift

Offering vast fantasy MMO gameplay that stands up against the titans of the genre Rift is a MMO with subscription based history but has been free to play since June 2013. Important to note though Rift still offers a premium subscription called a Patron which offers currency bonuses, extra content, daily login rewards, boosts and convenience benefits. Free and paid players alike though will be treated to Rifts gameplay pillars which focuses on a massive world, large scale dynamic battles and dive...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.9 User Avg (107 votes)
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, secrets and features around every corner of the fantasy world. While ArcheAge innovates in a few areas of MMO gameplay much of the focus is put towards delivering vast content, quality and player choice over attempting to reinvent the historical MMO mechanics. Set in a fantasy game world the focus of ArcheAge is on being able to change the game world around you while...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.9 User Avg (69 votes)
planet-calypso

Planet Calypso

Planet Calypso leverages the framework of Entropia Universe to create a science fiction MMO with a wealth of content, mechanics and sizeable community waiting to be explored. Most notably is the adoption of a game currency that is closely tied with real money that provides the potential for players to profit from their activities within the virtual game world. Starting in 2003 as the first planet of Entropia Universe (which now has more than half a dozen planets that offer different gameplay) Pl...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.8 User Avg (102 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 edge technology live side by side players will perform the usual array of quests, trading and more that you would expect to see from a MMORPG adventure. Skyforge does this all in a uniquely satisfying mix ...[Read Review]

FreePCPS4Xbox One
8.6 User Avg (52 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 players can opt for a number of bladed weapons or magical powers which change based on your selected class. Said class can be restricted by choice of race although most classes are available to two or three...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.4 User Avg (17 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 still a baby in comparison to other MMOs but with Aeria Games behind it you know this is a game that is going to solidify itself as one of the top games in the genre. With 9 different classes all the standa...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.3 User Avg (43 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 2013 making it one of the newer MMO experiences available. Being a newer game to the MMO scene means that Neverwinter has had time to learn from it’s competitors and polish a large number of features. N...[Read Review]

FreePCPS4Xbox One
8.2 User Avg (46 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 a real testament to the quality of the game. It’s got a fairly standard story behind it and has you running around the fantasy land of Iris that is plagued by war (and chaos) between various Gods. You joi...[Read Review]

FreePC
7.9 User Avg (23 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, bringing the decades of lore, characters, settings and alien races into a single large scale MMO world and populating it with science fiction fans. At launch Star Trek Online required a game purchase and monthly fee for access which provided the game a solid foundation of funding to develop a high quality adventure. Star Trek Online has been free to play since 2012. Star Trek Online takes place in the...[Read Review]

FreePCPS4Xbox One
7.8 User Avg (24 votes)
albion-online

Albion Online

Albion Online centres itself heavily on the guild and sandbox mechanics that often form secondary features in other MMOs. Originally released in 2017 as a paid MMO Albion Online’s free to play shift in 2019 and large 2020 update (Queen) has seen a resurgence of interest in the unique sandbox MMO pushing its daily active accounts into the six figure mark and nearly half a million monthly active. With a single server housing these players you can expect an overwhelming number of players in f...[Read Review]

AndroidFreeLinuxMacPC
7 User Avg (4 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 itself as TERA Rising and has a adopted a freemium model. TERA has all the MMO features that you’ve come to love including a vast number of quests, plenty of character customisation, skill depth and a cra...[Read Review]

FreePCPS4Xbox One
8.5 User Avg (89 votes)
dungeons-and-dragons-online

Dungeons and Dragons Online

Attempting to capture the D&D 3.5 rule set and import it into the MMO environment Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO) launched back in 2006 as a paid title. Eventually going free to play since 2009 the game has continued to maintain an audience of dedicated players, predominately made up of fans who enjoy the original D&D mechanics. While free to play there are a number of restrictions on free to play players both in terms of races and classes which will eventually push the dedicated the p...[Read Review]

FreeMacPC
8.3 User Avg (56 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 unique features to help set it apart from most standard MMORPG experiences either. This feature list includes powerful floating fortresses for guilds to fight for, epic map wide skills, the ability for pl...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.3 User Avg (27 votes)
revelation-online

Revelation Online

Joining the ranks of MMOs with vast game worlds Revelation Online is now available to North America and Europe after claiming a foot hold in the Asian market. With 6 detailed classes, your choice of control scheme and seamless connected world the foundations of Revelation Online promise a good MMO experience. Your first decision in your Revelation Online journey is picking from the 6 available classes which both offer female and male variants. Your choices include the Gunslinger who is a master ...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.3 User Avg (31 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, graphics, guilds and huge PvP battles. Perfect World offers some of the best customisation options in the MMORPG genre. Starting with your champion race, players can select 1 of 5 races that each offer their o...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.2 User Avg (38 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 classes, NPCs and plenty of quests. PvE is definitely the focus in the game with little meat on the PvP bone. Instances are by far the most challenging PvE aspect and offer a variety of difficulties for grou...[Read Review]

FreeMacPC
8.2 User Avg (78 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 warning it’s quite large) you’ll instantly get a World of Warcraft vibe from your surroundings which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since Runes of Magic does it so well (and it does it for a free price tag...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.2 User Avg (65 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 make a purchase to qualify for preferred status or purchase a subscription to unlock further content. SWTOR is not only one of the fastest growing MMOs ever but also one of the most expensive in terms of de...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.2 User Avg (63 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 includes the thousands of PvE and PvP hours that MMO players crave along with the usual questing, dungeons, guilds and large scale raids but adds just enough unique flavour to make it worth experiencing. This inc...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.2 User Avg (20 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 subscription based model but more recently has changed to a one time purchase with extras available for optional subscription members. In The Secret World you’ll side with one of the available factions; the Templ...[Read Review]

FreePC
8.1 User Avg (41 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 that the story is woven into the start of your experience. It makes the game world feel more realistic before you take your first few steps in it and is just generally the mark of a higher quality MMO. The se...[Read Review]

FreePC
7.9 User Avg (21 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 warring races, either the Asmodians or the Elyos. A third race is also present in the game which is enemy to both playable races (Balaur) but is not playable and simply used to create conflict in the game world....[Read Review]

FreePC
7.8 User Avg (22 votes)
4story

4Story

4Story explores a fantasy world where three warring factions fight between each other for domination. With a world with lore that extends back to the creation event over 3000 years before the current time of the three kingdoms 4Story offers a wealth of quests, mystery and fantasy lands rich in lore to unearth. While questing is one of the key pillars of 4Story you’ll also find PvP at the centre of the game to reflect the constant warring of the three factions. Launched in 2009 4Story conti...[Read Review]

FreePC
7.7 User Avg (12 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 which also includes a mobile version (Black Desert Mobile). Central to the game world are the Black Stones which have corrupted the minds of the ancient civilisations and lay in the desert between the two major game civ...[Read Review]

AndroidiOSPCPS4Xbox One
7.7 User Avg (21 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 universe and if you are familiar with the Conan franchise you will get an extra kick out of the story but this is definitely not a requirement to enjoy the experience. The graphics in Age of Conan is the fir...[Read Review]

FreePC
7.6 User Avg (20 votes)
royal-quest-cover

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 between Diablo and Ragnarok, Royal Quest has captivated an impressive sized audience only a few months into release. From joining a guild to battling others in PvP, summoning a pet, playing the economy or...[Read Review]

FreePC
7.6 User Avg (34 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 a map that is split into various city-states. At the centre of this story is the Mothercrystal, a sentient crystal. Every area of the map is beautifully crafted with locations that feel very fleshed out a...[Read Review]

MacPCPS4
7.6 User Avg (18 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 created after a great conflict. This conflict continues to rage between the game factions as they fight for control of particular Allods and their resources. This setting feels very unique and combined with th...[Read Review]

FreePC
7.5 User Avg (33 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 option for players to play through the first 20 levels for free (with some other restrictions as well) if you are just interested in seeing what all the fuss is about. To advance further players will need t...[Read Review]

MacPC
7.1 User Avg (17 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 years have passed since that time. This makes the game separate enough from the original that it won’t affect new comers to the series but still has those nostalgic moments for EverQuest fans. Character creat...[Read Review]

FreePC
7 User Avg (20 votes)