No fancy state-of-the-art gaming rig? No problem! Depending on how graphically low you are willing to go, most of today’s MMOs, including exigent titles such as BDO or ESO, will work on budget computers.
However, the compromise is not always worth it. Especially when there are plenty of good MMOs for low-end PCs. When it comes to computer specs, low and high are often a matter of perspective. With that in mind, we have organized the list in an ascending order based on the games’ system requirements.
Who can resist the cute chibi Norse-inspired world of Ragnarok Online? On the outside, it may look like an innocent MMORPG with casual gameplay, but wait until you see the character system.
The sheer number of job classes coupled with many development options and skills feel overwhelming at first glance. Players use card combos, attributes, and equipment to strengthen their characters. Each one of these features is its own system.
Do you still think it’s all fun and games? Wait until you get in the middle of a War of Emperium where guilds fight for territories.
Many MMOs implement flying as a means of getting around, but Flyff makes it a central part of the gameplay. Aerial combat is a big thing in the world of Madrigal. All monsters must meet their doom, even those that are not terrestrial.
But first, you must decide on a combat style. Players start the journey as Wanderers. Later down the road, they can specialize in one of the four jobs. Each job has four classes. Instanced dungeons and guild sieges provide challenging PvE and PvP scenarios.
Adventure Quest 3D is a PC re-image of the ancient 2D browser-based Adventure Quest. The game implements cross-platform play between PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.
AQ3D allows players to change between playstyles on the fly as they unlock more classes. PvE content has adventurers completing quests to uncover the fantasy story. Duels and group PvP are also on the menu.
Regular updates and events keep the players active and happy. AQ3D has a friendly community that welcomes newbies, so it’s a great place to start a new MMO adventure.
The graphics may be early 2000, but the action is late 29,000. In this MMO that prides itself on being the first sci-fi entry into the genre, players take the role of colonists on the planet Rubi-Ka.
More than 14 character classes and four races are available. Players have an entire arsenal of weapons and armors to define their combat styles.
Customization through implants and other high-tech methods is part of the deal too. Players work together to tame the alien world. They also fight for resources.
Complete with player housing, Anarchy Online gameplay holds quite well.
Did you ever dream of becoming an Arthurian knight that’s sworn to fight Vikings and nature-loving Celts? Or the other way around?
Dark Age of Camelot is the MMORPG that makes this fantasy come alive. The story is told through quests, but it’s the realm versus realm PvP that keep players stuck in 2001. The battles range from small-scale conflicts to massive realm wars.
Speaking of massive, the character system is no less. Players have 19 races and 45 classes at their disposal. DAOC offers player housing as part of the optional membership deal.
The fun begins early with character creation. Numerous amusing classes let players become anything from Candy Barbarians to Dino Tamers. Equipment is both for functionality and looks.
Entertainment is guaranteed as you get to literally bring down the house when you clear a dungeon. Trove has destructible environments that can be reduced to cubes.
Imaginative players are free to create personalized worlds and share them with others. Bomber Royale mode, fishing, and music blocks are just a taste of Trove’s quirky content.
Final Fantasy XIV’s quieter and revered older brother packs quite a punch. Final Fantasy XI is not a casual MMORPG. Going through the levels on your way to the end-game is not a formality. Quests are challenging, monsters don’t go down quietly, and you are not showered with rewards every step of the way.
The world of Vana’diel is beautiful and the soundtrack makes all the difference. If you have the time and patience to discover FFXI, you won’t be sorry.
Developed by Turbine, this D&D 2006 MMO installation still has a hold on players. Why? Meaningful character development and engaging combat go a long way.
The character creation system offers 17 races and 15 classes. Players face iconic monsters such as mind flayers, beholders, and – obviously! – dragons as they delve deep into – duh! – dungeons and explore the fantasy world of Eberron.
Six expansions add more content and open more classic D&D areas such as Cormyr, Barovia, and Feywild.
Few MMO worlds are as savagely delightful as Hyboria. You would think that an amnesic castaway on the Barachan Isles shoreline doesn’t have many options. Well, that’s where you are wrong.
Players can become Barbarians just like Conan or choose different paths such as Demonologist or any of the 12 available classes.
The action system makes sure that each second spent in combat demands your undivided attention. When you are tired of killing Hyboria’s monsters, try your hand at massive PvP in guild wars.
In 2018, the people in charge deemed Perpetuum no longer development-worthy. The silver lining was that they allowed the community to take over. The MMORPG is now entirely player-operated and doing very well.
The sandbox sci-fi game features a single persistent world. It means that all players share one server and the changes they make are permanent. Players can transform the landscape to make it more suitable for structures that range from buildings to entire cities.
The industry and economy and in the players’ hands as well. Perpetuum is often labeled as a friendlier EVE Online.
However, EQ2’s flame still burns after 18 years and that’s an undeniable achievement. To date, the game has 18 expansions and three smaller, yet significant, content updates.
A great deal of quests and an even greater deal of monsters to take down keep players busy as they progress to max level 110.
No matter you like to play alone, team up with fellow players, decorate your house, or do PvP, the end game content has something for all tastes.
Aura Kingdom is a cute anime MMO set in the fantasy world of Azuria. The base class selection numbers more than 15 choices with specializations becoming available later.
The content is pretty much what you would expect from a casual MMORPG, but it does have a twist. Pets accompany players everywhere they go, help them in battle, and even comment on their masters’ actions.
Combat has a quick pace. Combos have spectacular animations that make battles even more fun. There’s no shortage of dungeons, PvP, events, and activities.
No matter which one you choose, you can be sure that you’ve made a solid MMORPG choice. Both titles have an active player base and enjoy regular content additions and updates.
The RuneScape series has skill-based character progression, challenging content, and memorable quests.
The multitude of skills allows players to become proficient with monster fighting, farming, construction, and a myriad of professions.
Another commendable thing about the RS series is the fair free-to-play model and decent cost for the premium membership.
If you want challenging action combat, Vindictus will not disappoint. The system requires players to learn how and when to make use of combos.
Each one of the 16 character classes has unique combos and abilities. Some monsters go down without too much hassle, but others will test your skills to the maximum. Raid bosses and taxing encounters call for teamwork.
It’s too bad that an MMO with such ferocious combat doesn’t offer more in terms of PvP, but we will settle for engaging PvE.
The eponymous Warframes are the core feature. These battle suits provide more than 40 ways to customize your avatar. Each suit has unique skills and abilities.
Players are able to craft equipment, companions, and vehicles.
The sci-fi story spawns over five expansions and more than 30 story-driven quest chains. Co-op PvE missions and PvP allow players to enjoy various activities in the Origin System. The matchmaking feature enables player interaction.
The class concept is implemented using equipment rather than a choice players make at the beginning of the game. Combat and play styles vary based on gear.
Crafting is one of the main components as most of the game’s items are player-created.
Albion Online caters to social PvP players. Having a stable group and not being afraid to battle your fellow players make all the difference in the world of Albion Online.