MMORPG, or Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing game, is a subgenre of role-playing games focused on online, with multiplayer servers, worlds with lots of content, and complex character progression logic. Currently, some titles with this proposition, such as Monster Hunter: World and Ark: Survival Evolved, are very successful on consoles such as PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. However, these games were already popular on PCs in the 2000s, when nostalgic titles like Tibia and World of Warcraft were hot in the famous LAN houses.
To help kill the cravings, TechTudo compiled a list of seven 2000s MMORPG games that made history. From classics to mystical narratives to games with a sci-fi and futuristic theme, check out our selection of games that for many players were their first contact with the genre.
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The first version of World of Warcraft was released in 2004 and was so successful that it spawned several franchise expansions and new titles — Photo: Disclosure / Blizzard
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Free and pioneering, Tibia is one of the oldest MMORPG games – the game was released by CipSoft in 1997. With two-dimensional graphics and a hint of pixel art style, the game has a simple interface that brings a strong sense of nostalgia and set. In a world that combines fantasy and the Middle Ages. Without a specific goal to achieve, players are free to decide how to continue their adventure, level up, get new items, participate ButtocksTravel between worlds and even fight each other.
Tibia takes up very little space, is still playable, you just need to download the title from its official website (www.titbia.com). It is interesting to note that although it is free, it is also possible to get a subscription to the game, which gives the player exclusive access to premium areas.
Graphics have never been Tibia’s strong suit, but that hasn’t stopped it from being a standout for thousands of players — Photo: Photo: Disclosure/CipSoft
One of the biggest and most popular MMORPG games in history, World of Warcraft was developed by Blizzard Entertainment and its first version was released in 2004. The game also spawned eight expansions between 2007 and 2020. The game takes place in the world of Azeroth. Where the player must choose their character’s race and class, thereby determining their skills, gameplay, and the faction they will defend in the game’s missions and battles.
Almost 20 years after its release, World of Warcraft is still playable. It is also worth noting that the game has a free trial version that allows the player to level up to level 20 for free. From this point on, to continue being part of the community of the game, interested parties must pay a monthly fee, which can be paid individually or in bundles.
World of Warcraft is one of the biggest and most popular MMORPG games in history — Photo: Disclosure / Blizzard
Breaking away from MMORPG tradition with fantasy lands and a medieval setting, Eve Online is a game of space exploration and sci-fi storytelling. To play, the player must create his character from one of the four races available in the game and then choose his path, class and activities.
The game takes place on account of battles that can be experienced in PVP (player vs. player) and also as PVE (player vs. environment) where the player faces obstacles created by the game itself. Eve Online has been free since 2011, but it has paid expansions and extras that its players can purchase.
Eve Online eschews medieval fantasy for a space RPG experience — Photo: Disclosure / CCP
With a setting that combines 2D and 3D animations, Ragnarok Online is an MMORPG game set in Norse mythology, released in 2002 by the Korean GRAVITY Corp. Character development based on evolution in selected classes, in the game players can choose to face monsters in group challenges or fight against each other, aiming to level up and acquire new skills.
Originally paid, the game became free in 2008, but still has subscription plans for premium items. For beginners who want to explore the world of Ragnarok Online, just go to the official website (https://playragnarokonlinebr.com/download) and download the game. For “old school” players, it is necessary to migrate the Level Up account to Warpportal Brasil, which since 2018 is the company responsible for operating the game.
Ragnarok Online was a phenomenon on PC in the 2000s — Photo: Disclosure/GRAVITY
Developed and published in 2005, Perfect World is an adventure fantasy MMORPG with stories inspired by Chinese mythology. Set in the fictional world of Pangu, the game features excellent PVP battles with up to 80 players per side, as well as a PVE system where players come together to fight against creatures created by the game itself.
Starting with the creation of their character, which must be part of one of the ten available classes, the player will have specific skills to use to complete missions and level up, being able to explore the world independently or as part of groups. Up to 200 players.. The game is still available to play and can be downloaded for free from the official website (https://perfectworld.com.br/download).
Perfect World is an adventure and fantasy MMORPG with a narrative inspired by Chinese mythology — Photo: Disclosure / Beijing Perfect World
Released by 989 Studios in 1999, EverQuest was also very successful and was largely responsible for popularizing MMORPGs. Set in a European medieval setting in the fantasy world of Norath, the game is based on strong PVP dynamics. Starting with character creation, which offers a choice of race and class from 16 available options, the title forces the player to explore hundreds of existing zones in the first person in search of missions and new adventures.
With dozens of expansions and constant improvements over the game’s 23-year existence, EverQuest has been free since 2012 and can be downloaded directly from its official website (https://www.everquest.com/).
Released by 989 Studios in 1999, EverQuest was largely responsible for popularizing MMORPGs — Photo: Photo: Reproduction/Felipe Vinha
As one of the first MMORPG games with no subscription fee, the player only had to buy access to the game once, Guild Wars was released in 2005 by ArenaNet. Only compatible with Windows PCs, the title takes place in the fictional world of Tyria and brings a narrative that encourages the formation of groups in search of solutions to missions.
In Guild Wars, the player creates their character from one of six classes: Warrior, Monk, Elementalist, Ranger, Necromancer, and Mesmer, which affects the traits, abilities, weapons, and armor compatible with the character. Choices also affect your game mode, battle strategies, and battles with other players.
Although a sequel was released in 2012, the original version remains a favorite among fans of storytelling, and Guild Wars is still playable today. Anyone who wants to participate in the game should go to the official website (https://www.guildwars.com/en/download) and download one of the versions. However, it is important to note that this is a paid ticket and therefore a purchase from the online store is necessary in order to have access to the system access key.
Guild Wars is set in the fictional world of Tyria and was one of the first subscription-free MMORPGs on the market — Photo: Disclosure/ArenaNet
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