19 Games Like Sword Art Online

Games Like Sword Art OnlineOur assembled list of games like Sword Art Online (SAO) features other MMO like experiences that combine deep RPG mechanics with flashy action.

Based on the hit anime the video games in the Sword Art Online franchise combine the universe and elements of the storyline into an action packed role playing like experience.

The games deliver combo orientated combat where knowledge of your enemy and precise execution are rewarded.

The video games aim to deliver an experience similar to the anime by letting you step into a MMO like world that you can enjoy even when playing alone thanks to the NPC characters that aim to mimic the elements of a real MMO.

Customisable avatars, first person gameplay and hundreds of heroes for you to recruit are also core to the Sword Art Online experience.

The games like Sword Art Online here offer a mixture of MMO and single player adventures with action orientated combat that have an anime feel to the overall game design. Whether it was the anime, novels, magna or video games that made you fall in love with the franchise you'll find an appropriate alternative for your desired platform below.
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Drakensang Online

Drakensang Online started as a free to play browser based game that offers similar gameplay to the classic action role playing games of days long past, the title also offers an alternative small downloadable client for Windows. Important to note though is that in order to play Drakensang Online in browser you’ll have to have the latest version of Java installed and be using Internet Explorer 11 as the majority of other browsers (e.g. Chrome and Firefox) have removed support for Java. With ...[Read Review]

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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, 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]

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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]

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8.6 User Avg (52 votes)
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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]

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8.4 User Avg (17 votes)
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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]

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Twin Saga

Joining the ranks of other anime style MMO titles is Twin Saga a game with impressively colourful visuals, transportable player houses and a free class system that lets you swap between characters as you please. Travelling across the charming game world that has been split in two by the warring factions of the game players will customise their own avatar and then embark on a number of quests across the lands. While avatar customisation is fairly straight forward players can enjoy 10 different ga...[Read Review]

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Elsword Online

Elsword Online offers a skill based free to play action packed MMORPG experience with 2.5D side scrolling mechanics at the core of the experience and comic book undertones. Like many MMOs Elsword first launched in Korea in 2007 and eventually landing to North American shores in 2011. Gameplay in Elsword centres around beat ’em up style mechanic within a MMO framework that emphasises co-operative play. With this beat ’em focus you are guaranteed a fast paced adventure as you move acro...[Read Review]

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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]

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Dragon Nest

Dragon Nest is a free to play game from Nexon that uses a non-targeting system for combat. This encourages fast and skilful based play by giving greater control to your character and their movements. It’s truly a game where a more skilful lower levelled player can take out a high level low skilled one. Dragon Nest uses a fantasy setting for the game and has players taking on the role of saviour as they fight endless evils in search of a poison used on a goddess. By finding this poison they will ...[Read Review]

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S4 League

S4 League is a stylish fast paced shooter with sci-fi and MMO elements at the heart of the game experience. With a catchy techno soundtrack combining with small map designs it offers a less tactical approach to the genre where you can jump into a game and instantly be in the thick of action. This highly stylised and quick paced experience has made S4 league a popular casual option but also goes beyond the casual crowd at the higher levels of skill due to the high mechanic skill cap associated wi...[Read Review]

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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]

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Mabinogi

Mabinogi allows you to create your own anime life in an experience that is simply overflowing with content, features and options while revolving around social elements. For those MMO players that crave customisation, anime styling and large scale friendship groups Mabinogi has proven to consistently deliver this experience since its original launch in 2008. Centred around the growth of character through the game world of Erinn the core Mabinogi experience revolves around questing, community enga...[Read Review]

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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]

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Eden Eternal

Eden Eternal is a fast paced MMO with an impressive anime set of graphics behind it. The game is definitely one of the higher quality MMORPGs around and is worth checking out if you are on the hunt for a new game. In Eden Eternal you will be assuming the role of a hero that was found trapped within a strange blue crystal and of course you can’t remember a single thing about your past. Your strange crystal hero can belong to any of the 15+ class options which fall into five branches of character ...[Read Review]

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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]

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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 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]

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Lucent Heart

Lucent Heart is an anime inspired MMO that combines astrology and dating together to create an in-depth match making system within the game which encourages you to build relationships with other players and find that special one. Combining this unique feature with the core MMO features of dungeons, monster slaying, professions, questing and PvP Lucent Heart offers it all. Starting your basic role as either a mage or warrior there is plenty of room for advancement into other roles as you progress...[Read Review]

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Flyff

Flyff (Fly For Fun) is one of the longest running fantasy based MMOs on the market with an original launch date in 2005 which gives it over a decade of content waiting to be explored by new or returning players. As the name suggests a unique selling point of the game is the flying system that makes flying your key transportation method to make the large game world accessible for your exploration. Flyff is a charming experience and given the length of time that the game has been online there is a...[Read Review]

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7.2 User Avg (17 votes)
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Age of Wushu

Age of Wushu (Age of Wulin in Europe) changes up the standard fantasy MMORPG setting with a martial arts focused experience that has an impressive feature list. Are you are ready to travel back in time and learn one of the many fighting styles available? Age of Wushu has decided to adopt a free flowing class system which is one of its greatest assets. The only skills that are restricted are the internal skills of each school. Players are free to move between the eight available martial art schoo...[Read Review]

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