Roleplaying games are a cornerstone of the video game industry. But in an industry prone to change, naturally, a lot of elements will be introduced to the genre to transform it and make it more accessible. While classic roleplaying games continue to be popular, alternatives to these lengthy, singleplayer adventures continue to make themselves available.
For those who are looking for a multiplayer experience while keeping that roleplaying feel, this one goes out to you. Here are some multiplayer games to check out if RPG fans are looking for a co-op experience.
Developed by Bluehole, the same company behind PUBG, TERA is a game for those who enjoy the gameplay elements of an RPG. While the lore and story are lacking compared to its contemporaries and competition, the shining point of TERA is the fluid and seamless True Action Combat system.
Timing is key when engaging against rather competent enemy AI. The player also needs game sense, aim, and other aspects of tactical combat to conquer their enemies. TERA also offers an interesting way for players to engage with the community and other players online.
TERA is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (Steam).
9 Blade & Soul 2
Blade & Soul is a massively multiplayer online experience that puts martial arts on the center stage. Developed by Korean game developer Team Bloodlust (NCSOFT), fantasy, Asian mythology, and the previously mentioned martial arts mix together for a rich, open-world experience. Players can play solo or with other players and friends for campaign missions, adventures and other side quests.
The player’s character, which can be customized in appearance, is seeking vengeance against the main antagonist Jinsoyun. It’s a straightforward story but stick around for the gameplay. Players also choose between four races, ten classes and multiple professions that affect crafting and production.
Blade & Soul 2 is available on Windows PC.
The fantasy MMORPG based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons, Neverwinter takes the D&D formula and converts it into an action-packed adventure build on an epic story. It is also based on the Forgotten Realms Campaign from D&D. Players can traverse the world of Faerun, go through enemy encounters faster and be involved in tactical combat, just like normal D&D.
Players can, of course, choose their own class, race, abilities and etc. for their character. They can level their character to the level cap, run missions either solo or with random players and experience iconic locations, NPCs and villains from normal D&D. New missions are available every day and special events come and go with limited-time gears and weapons.
Neverwinter is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (Steam).
7 Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 is a classic fantasy RPG adventure that includes solo, co-op play and PvP opportunities. Originally a game one had to pay for, it went free-to-play in 2015. Regarding co-op, the game’s website noted that there is no “kill-stealing or fighting over loot.”
There are nine classes, called Professions, available to the player when they begin, including Necromancer, Mesmer, Revenant, and Elementalist. The main story takes place in the land of Tyria where players must unite a fractured guild while combating the forces of the main antagonist, the Elder Dragons.
Guild Wars 2 is available on Windows and Mac.
Paladins is a hero shooter that followed shortly after Overwatch’s release in 2016. The free-to-play alternative to its contemporaries, Paladins offers a wide variety of different heroes to play as. There are four roles: front line, damage, support and flank. No one hero is alike, and each one offers a different approach to combat.
Using cards, players can modify their hero’s stats throughout the course of the game via stat allocation from points accrued from kills or objective plays. Naturally, players can play with random players or friends online. While it does not offer a clan system like other games, the co-op is very present; the only solo mode is Training. There are also various ways to alter heroes’ appearances, including different cosmetic gear, emotes and victory poses.
Paladins is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC (Windows and Mac).
Deep world lore? Check. Various cosmetic items for the Warframes? Check. Multiple gameplay and combat mechanics? Check. That and many more is available to players in the popular looter shooter Warframe. Don one of many Warframes to unlock their special abilities. While players upgrade their weapons and Warframes, they can interact with NPCs for more rewards, manage pets, do mini-activities and more.
The game markets itself as both a solo and co-op adventure, so a player (and their friends) can approach it however they want. It can be a classic RPG adventure with quests to do, or a cooperative experience with friends, random players or clanmates. Take advantage of those seasonal events, too!
Warframe is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch.
4 Path Of Exile
Path Of Exile has been on a popular streak lately with Twitch Prime users getting free content for the game once in a while. The dark fantasy RPG game is jam-packed with multiple things to do and learn in the game. Here’s another goodie: it’ll never be “pay-to-win (at least according to its website)."
Path has an interesting take on the skill tree system: Skill Gems. Players gain abilities by equipping gems, which are found in drops from enemies and bosses. Gems can be leveled up and traded. There is also a passive skill tree system, and items serve a central part in the game’s design. There are also occasional events and “league races” for the PvP side of things. There's plenty to do in this game!
Path Of Exile is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (Steam).
3 World Of Tanks Blitz
Here’s something one wouldn’t expect: an MMO shooter built around tank combat. World Of Tanks has been tearing up the free-to-play mobile market for some years now and has blasted its way into PC gaming. This game is a completely PvP-oriented in “strategic 7-vs-7” battles.
Over 300 tanks are available in the game for the player to build and take into combat. These tanks are derived from real-world armies and conflicts. Players can unlock up to 10 tiers of tanks to customize, upgrade and experiment with to refine their gameplay. Missions and challenges are available to help learn the game and get rewards for completion.
World Of Tanks Blitz is available on the Steam (PC), iStore, and Google Play Store.
2 Final Fantasy XIV
This is probably one of the biggest multiplayer games for an RPG fan. No, seriously.
Final Fantasy XIV (Online) is a massively multiplayer online RPG for classic fans of the series and newcomers. Six races and seven classes are available to the player to choose from. Developed by the one and only Square Enix, here’s what to expect: stunning graphics, engaging updates, an intriguing leveling system and skill trees, amazing music, compelling story and much, much more.
The game is free up until Level 35; afterwards, players need to pay a monthly subscription of $12.99. However, that’s a great amount of time to decide whether the player wants to purchase it or not. FF14 is only available on Steam.
1 Destiny 2
A game that is made to keep you busy, Destiny 2: New Light is packed with everything from campaigns to quests and activities that gift weapon upgrades, armor, gear and other interesting items available. Players can customize their Guardian’s stats, appearances, and weapons based on mods, upgrades, and skins they apply. Plus, there are plenty of diverse and interesting NPCs to assist the player on their journey.
The Guardian is a silent protagonist, just like in the original Destiny. While they do not exhibit a personality, players are free to apply whatever lore to the Guardian relative to the larger Destiny world. Players can also group with friends and other players for campaigns.
Destiny 2 is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam (PC). New Light comes with the main campaign Red War, the Year 1 DLC (Curse of Osiris and Warmind), Crucible, Gambit and more. However, players must purchase the Forsaken and Shadowkeep DLC separately.