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6 Of The Best MMORPGs For Mac

Everything tastes better with friends, and games are certainly no exception. Since their inception in the mid-nineties, massively multiplayer games have constantly been gaining popularity. Why bash baddies on your own, when you can do it in the company of literally millions of other people? Celebrating the spirit of camaraderie, today we bring you a comprehensive guide through MMORPGs for Mac.

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

Although it isn’t among the first of its kind, World of Warcraft is widely considered to be the impetus for the genre’s sudden soar in popularity, and not without reason. Even though a decade has passed, Azeroth remains to this day one of the most gorgeous online environments. This intricately crafted universe successfully mixes high fantasy with steampunk, and the care that went into making it is reflected in everything – from player equipment and NPCs to landscapes and stories.

A monthly fee of circa 15$ is required for unobstructed play, but you can try it out for free with harsh limitations – such as a cap at level 20.

EVE Online

EVE

Another dinosaur, EVE Online is a Mac MMORPG that lets you become a spaceship pilot. One of the main selling points is the freedom it gives the player – you can be an asteroid miner, a bounty hunter, a space trucker – anything you want, basically. But the core of EVE is the fact that it is entirely unregulated – there are no artificial barriers stopping you from doing anything. It is completely community-driven and based on trust. Wanna violate that trust? There’s nothing stopping you except maybe the fear of reprisal.

The fact that the game’s Wikipedia page has a section dedicated to virtual crime speaks volumes. A month’s worth of playing will cost you 15$, the upside being that you can pay with in-game currency. That you get by swindling old space-ladies.

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2

In a world where all MMORPGs were subscription-based, the original Guild Wars made some noise by going with the traditional model. Almost a decade later, the sequel lets you revisit Tyria a couple of centuries later for a flat fee of 50$.

What makes it stand out is the fact that the story reacts to the player’s actions – your deeds will shape the world. Wherever you go, you’ll feel the consequences of your choices both large and small rippling through the world. The move from static, skill spammy combat to a more dynamic and involved method has made fighting an enjoyable and thrilling affair. Actively dodging and using the environment strategically makes all the difference.

Ryzom

Ryzom

Ryzom’s biggest redeeming quality is the liveliness of its world. It is not just a stage set for players to enact their heroic deeds, but a place with a life of its own. In addition to a fairly standard day/night cycle, there are seasonal changes that affect everything, from what materials you can gather to where certain types of mobs live. The amazing AI makes weaker mobs fear the stronger ones, and the bigger beasts prey on the smaller.

As with most MMORPG games for Mac, playing without a monthly subscription will result in a level cap and a much smaller inventory. For 11$ a month, you remove the speed bumps.

Vendetta Online

Vendetta Online

You like the sound of EVE Online, but wish it would have more involved combat? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Vendetta Online is another space-bound game that lets you choose your profession and makes you live with the choice. The difference – your success on the battlefield depends solely on your strategic capabilities and reflexes. More expensive guns may tilt the scales in your favour, but at the end of the day, the better pilot wins.

After an eight hour free trial, you’re expected to pay a 10$ monthly subscription. There’s also a 1$-a-month lite sub, that comes with a level cap and without the ability to become a Guild Leader.

Dofus

Dofus

Saving the most peculiar for last, we’ve finally come to Dofus. Let’s put aside the fact that there’s a creature called “Tarzantula” in it for a moment. Or that you can make a living by being a baker or a shovel smith. The big thing to keep in mind here is that Dofus has honest-to-god turn-based combat. Careful planning is your friend here. Take a deep breath and unleash the Tarzantula on your opponents. It may not be the best MMORPG for Mac, but it is definitely the strangest.

It’s also by far the cheapest of the bunch. A month’s worth of game time costs 7$, and if that isn’t tempting enough, you can also renew your subscription using in-game currency.

So there you have it. Six exquisite, no-nonsense MMORPGs with the potential to suck up all your leisure time and more. A bit heavy on the wallet, but low on padding in return. Remember to take regular breaks to stretch your legs and back and such. If your personal favourite isn’t included in the article, be sure to scold us in the comment section below.

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