One of the most successful gaming genres in recent years on PCs has been MMORPGs (which stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). Although World Of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic are probably the most famous ones in this genre, there are many others, such as Tibia, Ultima Online, and Guild Wars, which have also got a decent number of players over the years.
The huge boom in casual gaming on mobile platforms often takes the focus away from other genres such as MMORPG, which are doing just great, despite having been more traditionally linked to hard or mid-core gamers. Obviously, games with a high level of social interaction work well on mobile devices.
As well as all that, continuous connectivity allows users to access the vitual world whenever and from wherever they want. Mobile MMORPG games have finally brought the role-playing fans out of their bedrooms, into the outside world.
Today we've got five of the best MMORPG titles on Android for you. Endless maps, jobs and clans: welcome to your other life..
Order & Chaos Online by Gameloft is the best choice for those who already know the genre. Why? Well, basically because it does a fantastic job of recreating the vices and virtues of the great MMORPGs played on PCs. Great themes, various trades, similar graphics to World Of Warcraft and missions ranging from killing a certain number of beasts to collecting magical items.
Of course, a lot of the time you have to make parties, which means making coalitions with other players, in order to kill any enemies who have a higher level than you. As you move up the levels, you can choose how to improve your weapons and your skills. You can also join clans and interact, in real time, with anyone you come across on your trips while exploring the huge world created by Gameloft.
Avabel Online by Asobimo is along the same lines as Order & Chaos, but it's slightly more original in both its anime graphics and in its gameplay. It's got over 35 classes or trades with unique developments for each one; as well as hundreds of missions, some individual and others that have to be played in groups.
The things that stands out the most about Avabel Online are, firstly, its huge user base (it has even more downloads than Gameloft) and secondly, the dedication of the development team behind it, which keeps updating the game, always adding new maps, capabilities and missions.
Arcane Legends by Spacetime Games is perhaps the best casual option and perhaps that's why it's the most successful so far (between 10 and 50 million downloads). If you've never played an MMORPG before, it's probably the best entry point into this world.
It seems that Arcane Legends' success lies in its simplicity. In AE you only have the option to choose from three classes (Warrior, Rogue or Sorcerer) and to change the look of the character slightly. The weapons and skills upgrade systems get gradually more and more complex. The graphics are also focused on a more casual audience.
In Arcane Legends, you'll find everything you expect to see from an MMORPG: missions, battles in parties, trading items and clans. You can get your own pet too, which can help you beat enemies.
Glu could not miss out on the MMORPG party. Although the Eternity Warriors saga began with a dungeon crawler, like Diablo, it has ended up being an MMORPG, with many of the characteristics typically seen in this genre.
However, Eternity Warriors 3 focuses more on the action. The battles are in real time and not in turns, with combos and quick movements. Improvements are more linear (as opposed to being in a tree format). And finally, the graphics are less casual, and more realistic. Quite obviously this is the best choice for those who prefer a larger variety of weapons and missions with lots of action and complex plots.
Ragnarok: Path Of Heroes is the mobile version of one of the biggest MMORPGs played on PCs. We are talking about a game that has been developed over many years, and a huge gaming community. If you haven't heard of it, that would be because its popularity hasn't been global, but instead it's success has been mainly in South Korea and other Far Eastern countries.
Unlike previous MMORPGs, Ragnarok: Path Of Heroes has 2D anime graphics, which remind us of old 16-bit consoles. The atmosphere is just a pure delight for otaku, from the scenes to the characters that appear throughout. It has a good mix of individual and group missions, a well-balanced upgrade system and many crafting elements.