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The 11 Best Sci-Fi MMOs to Play in 2021

The 11 Best Sci-Fi MMOs to Play in 2021

Yay to aliens, nay to orcs? Do you prefer laser guns to swords and spaceships to dragons? In that case, we have a treat for you. These are the best sci-fi MMOs available on the market. Most of the titles on this list are free so go ahead and give them a try!

Star Trek Online

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There’s no secret that Star Trek-inspired titles are not exactly the best games. Luckily, the Star Trek Online apple falls far from the tree.

The game launched in 2010, but the graphics are holding up nicely. The gameplay combines ground missions with space adventures. Obviously, the latter is more fun. For a trekkie, being able to play as a spaceship captain is a dream come true.

Most of the players are hardcore Star Trek fans and they are quite friendly and welcoming towards newbies. Game content includes more than 160 episodes based on stories from all the Star Trek series.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

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SWTOR is part of the 2011 MMORPG wave that was meant to crush WoW. Not even the power of the force and a Guinness World Record for the “Largest Entertainment Voice Over Project Ever” was enough to take down World of Warcraft, but Star Wars: The Old Republic turned out to be a great game nevertheless.

You can be a Jedi or a Sith Lord and you can equip a laser sword. The quests are engaging. In fact, many Star Wars fans have played the MMO just for the story.

EVE Online

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Many stories surround EVE Online, however, this is not a game you play for the quests. The most interesting game happenings feature real people and true events.

As you may have heard by now, EVE Online is a ruthless environment. Players deceive and betray each other because this is part of the game. They go to great lengths to get revenge or scam others just for fun. One player even faked suicide attempts for money. But not all EVE players are like that. Some are genuinely friendly and helpful. The trouble is that it’s hard to tell friends from foe.

Fallout 76

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We asked for a Fallout MMO and all we’ve ever got was Fallout 76. In the beginning, the game was bad. For some reason, Bethesda thought it’s a really cool idea to make a game without NPCs. The gameplay wasn’t the best either, to put it mildly. But the developers went to great lengths to redeem themselves and now Fallout 76 is a worthy game.

One would argue that the Fallout universe is not exactly sci-fi, a never-ending topic that – just like a nuclear blast – never fails to bring the heat to many Internet discussions among sci-fi aficionados.

Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

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If you’ve heard of Phantasy Star Online it’s only natural to wonder what’s the deal with the New Genesis appendage. PSO2 New Genesis is an August 2021 gameplay remaster. It’s the old game made better.

This MMORPG features an open world. Six classes and several weapon specializations allow players to create personalized avatars. The ability system includes new actions such as wall kicking (run on walls) and photon glide (fly) that make combat more fun. Players will make use of their combat techniques to take down unique enemies known as DOLLS.

Elite Dangerous

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Elite Dangerous is not your casual space MMO where you merrily fly your ship to relax at the end of a long day. At least, not for a beginner. It’s hard to learn but eventually, it pays off.

Elite Dangerous provides a complex sci-fi adventure in an MMO world. The game universe retains some level of realism with star systems modeled from real astronomical data. There are also fictional planets.

PvE and PvP gameplay include exploration, resource gathering, trading, and fun stuff such as bounties and smuggling. Spaceship customization is an important game feature.

Anarchy Online

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Have to be honest here, Anarchy Online is a sight that might make your eyes sore. However, the good reviews and the fact that the game has been running for 20 years compensate for the outdated graphics.

The adventures take place 30,000 years into the future. Anarchy Online has a generous share of PvE missions and PvP guild wars for territories and resources. Four races and 14 character classes allow players to become traders, soldiers, spies, and more.

Anarchy Online retains a loyal player base and it can be a fun experience should you get over the visuals.

Planetside 2

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What’s better than scoring a Guinness World Record for the largest FPS multiplayer battle? Beating your first record and having a game with an active user base. Players join one of the three warring factions and compete in various scenarios.

The character creation system offers several classes with unique skill trees. Weapons and vehicles count as character customization options. Each faction has specific abilities and items. Planetside 2 mostly appeals to PvPers, but recent updates have introduced more PvE content and daily tasks.

The game came out in 2012 but the graphics hold up to this day.

Entropia Universe

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Entropia Universe is a sci-fi MMO virtual universe. This is not your typical MMO experience, it’s a virtual world where your avatar is an extension of your person. The Entropia Universe includes six planets. Each planet has a different environment, theme, and activities.

One of the features that sets Entropia Universe apart from other MMO games is that players are not allowed to have alts. Another particularity is that players can cash out their in-game money called PED. This has created lucrative opportunities for some players. In-game activities include resource gathering, crafting, trading, and socializing.

Destiny 2

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Destiny 2 is a sci-fi action MMOFPS that allows players to become explorers of the solar system. The game has a story-driven campaign and co-op missions.

Destiny 2 works great as a single-player experience because of its amazing graphics that allow players to lose themselves in this immersive sci-fi universe. Multiplayer modes include popular scenarios such as team arena, free for all, and battlegrounds that mix PvE with PvP.

The character system features three class choices and millions of customization options. Players are free to try various gear and weapons combos. The trick is to find the one that is better for the job at hand.

Star Citizen

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Star Citizen is a controversial game that might not even make it out of development hell. It’s been 10 years since the production started. The game is an alpha and playable in exchange for a one-time fee.

Judging by what the people who have tried the game have to say, Star Citizen is shaping up to become one of the best MMO space simulations. The scope of the game is grand, to say the least. This FPS game gives players the chance to become space citizens. They pilot ships, fight, join wars, and explore on a level that no other game has reached before. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait.