With the recent release of World of Warcraft Classic, many MMO fans are clamoring to try it and for good reason. While World of Warcraft is certainly one of the best MMOs ever created, there are quite a few that you should try out first before sinking your teeth into the classic reboot. We'll look at a few of them and list the pros and cons of each.
First up is Tera, another in a long line of great South Korean MMO's that have helped to change the landscape of the genre. It offers a dynamic combat system, coupled with great customization and ever-changing quests. The graphics and physics are on par with the very best on the market today and you will find yourself wanting to continue playing long after you planned on stopping.
It's free: Like many MMOs these days, Tera is completely free-to-play. This makes it easy for you to get started and apart from time, you aren't investing any money into your adventure. With that being said, you can purchase costumes and mounts, along with a whole host of other items to help you along on your journey if you wish.
Active combat: While many games in the genre require that you point and click constantly on your enemies, Tera doesn't. Instead, it uses a "live-action" combat system which forces the player to actively dodge enemy attacks in order to avoid taking damage. At first, this might seem tedious, but it adds an extra level of immersion that you just don't get from other MMOs. Additionally, it makes PVP and PVE a lot more entertaining and challenging.
Dungeons: No dungeon is the same and each boss that you encounter within them will have their own skillset and mechanics, forcing you to adjust your own playstyle in order to come out on top.
Leveling: While the developer is slowly increasing the level cap, once you reach it you will only be able to improve your character by finding gear.
The Grind: Speaking of finding gear, the amount of time that it takes to find the items you need once you reach max level can be rather tedious. Sure, this is to be expected to a certain extent, but it would be nice if there was more of an active progression to getting gear once you hit max level.
Black Desert Online
This is hands down one of the best looking MMOs currently on the market. If you're looking for a game that gives you insane character customization and a beautiful environment, along with immersive quests, Black Desert is for you.
Your character is your own: From top to bottom, you can make all sorts of changes to your character's appearance. You can adjust the spacing of their eyes, the length of their hair, their stature, and even adjust all the proportions of their upper and lower body.
Elements of Sandbox: While it certainly isn't the best when it comes to sandbox features, Black Desert has enough of them to set itself apart from many other MMO's on the market. You can swim underwater, start wars with other guilds, fish, customize your own house, and even breed horses and pets. Additionally, you can hire NPC's as workers and give them tasks such as collecting materials and crafting.
It isn't free: Unlike many other popular games on the market, Black Desert Online isn't completely free. You will have to purchase the game for a minimum of $10.00, though there are other plans which give you a bit of a head start in the game. While this is a bit off-putting, the good news is that you won't have to pay any monthly payments.
Dungeons and raids aren't plentiful: Sure, they exist, but there aren't too many of them and they don't really give you the ability to show off your skillset in any way.
Blade and Soul
Like the other games on this list, Blade and Soul has amazing graphics and character customization that helps to immerse you into the game.
Insane levels of character customization: While most character customization is limited to a certain point, Blade and Soul lets you go about as far as you want. You won't be limited to preset proportions and you will be able to create characters that have no basis in reality and are truly unique and separate from others in the game.
Music: It isn't often that MMOs have bad music, but it's worth mentioning that Blade and Soul has one of the very best soundtracks available.
Combat: Like the other MMOs on this list, Blade and Soul has a very dynamic combat system which makes you feel as if you are truly controlling your character during each combat phase.
Hand pain: While it's nice to have a great combat system, the number of repetitive keystrokes and movements will often leave both your wrist and fingers in considerable pain after playing for hours.
Dungeons aren’t unique: They might appear that way at first, but you'll quickly notice their repetitive nature and become less interested in completing them as the game goes on.
While World of Warcraft certainly has its merits, each of these MMO's offers something that is truly unique and worth experiencing. Often, we stick with a certain game that we are comfortable with and don't give ourselves the opportunity to try something new. So, before hopping into the tried and true MMO that is World of Warcraft Classic, give these equally great games a shot.