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The 16 Best MMOs For Low-End PCs: Budget MMO Gaming

The 16 Best MMOs For Low-End PCs: Budget MMO Gaming

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.

If you’re looking for a good MMO to play on a budget PC though, we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we will discuss the best MMOs for low-end PCs.

These games are all highly playable on older machines and offer a great gaming experience without requiring too many resources. So if you’re looking to get your MMO fix on a tight budget, read on!

16. Flyff – Fly For Fun

Developer: Gala Inc.
Release Date: August 16, 2004
Platform: PC
For fans of Anime MMOs

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Take to the skies in Flyff!

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. 

15. Anarchy Online

Developer: Funcom
Release Date: June 27, 2001
Platform: PC
For fans of Sci-fi MMOs

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AO has been around for over two decades.

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. 

14. Perpetuum

Developer: Avatar Creations
Release Date: 17 Oct 2014
Platform: PC
For fans of Sci-fi MMOs

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Perpetuum lets you control robots and mechs.

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. 

13. Adventure Quest 3D

Developer: Artix Entertainment
Release Date: Oct 19, 2016
Platform: PC, Mac, Android, iOS
For fans of Casual MMOs

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AdventureQuest 3D is a fun casual experience for younger gamers.

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. 

12. Aura Kingdom

Developer: X-Legend Entertainment
Release Date: December 23, 2013
Platform: PC, Android, iOS
For fans of Anime MMOs

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Aura Kingdom is a casual anime MMO.

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.

11. Trove

Developer: Trion Worlds
Release Date: July 9, 2015
Platform: Pc, Mac, Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch
For fans of Voxel Games, Minecraft

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Trove is a voxel MMO with tons of humor.

Action combat and sandbox gameplay come together in this adorable voxel-based MMO from Trion Games.

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. 

10. Age of Conan: Unchained

Developer: Funcom
Release Date: May 20, 2008
Platform: PC
For fans of PvP MMOs

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Age of Conan was Funcom’s first foray into Hyboria.

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. 

9. EverQuest II

Developer: Daybreak Games
Release Date: November 8, 2004
Platform: PC
For fans of Everquest

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Everquest 2 has tons of free content.

November 2004 was a momentous time in MMORPG history. EQ2 and World of Warcraft went live that month. We all know who won that popularity contest.

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 whether 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.

8. Vindictus

Developer: Nexon
Release Date: January 21, 2010
Platform: PC
For fans of Action Combat MMOs

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Vindictus has a great fast-paced action combat system.

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. 

7. Ragnarok Online

  • Developer: Gravity
  • Release Date: August 31, 2002
  • Platform: PC, Android
  • For fans of Anime MMOs
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RO is a classic anime-style MMO.

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. 

6. Dungeons and Dragons Online

Developer: Standing Stone Games
Release Date: February 28, 2006
Platform: PC
For fans of Dungeons & Dragons

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DDO is the D&D experience turned into an MMO.

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. 

5. Final Fantasy XI

Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: May 16, 2002
Platform: Pc
For fans of Old-School MMOs

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FFXIV is the original Final Fantasy MMO.

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. 

4. Dark Age of Camelot

Developer: Mythic Entertainment
Release Date: October 9, 2001
Platform: PC
For fans of Old-School MMOs

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DAOC was one of the early PvP focused MMOs.

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 keeps 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.  

3. RuneScape and Old School RuneScape

Developer: Jagex
Release Date: January 4, 2001
Platform: PC, Android, iOS
For fans of Old-School MMOs

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Runescape or OSRS, both are good picks for a good time.

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. 

2. Warframe

Developer: Digital Extremes
Release Date: 25 Mar, 2013
Platform: Pc, Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch
For fans of Shooter MMOs

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Warframe is filled with fast-paced action.

One of the best MMOFPS‘, Warframe, is also friends with low-end PCs.

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. 

1. Albion Online

Developer: Sandbox Interactive
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Platform: Pc, Mac, Android, iOS
For fans of Sandbox MMOs

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Albion Online is one of the best sandbox MMO experiences.

Compared to the other titles on this list, the 2017 Albion Online is a new MMO. This sandbox MMORPG proposes innovative gameplay.

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.

So there you have it, the best MMOs for low-end PCs! These games are all highly playable on older machines and offer a great MMO experience without requiring top-of-the-line hardware.

So if you’re looking for a good MMO to play on a budget PC, one of these options should be perfect for you!

Thanks for reading, and happy gaming!

Mike Hunt

Monday 3rd of October 2022

you posted Warframe, dude wtf? low-end pc in what, the year 2077 or something? damn 1st world mentality

Failed

Sunday 18th of September 2022

This article is a fail. You assume that by posting a bunch of older MMOs, it will work great on a lower-end, potentially older computers, which are potentially is as old as the MMOs you're posting. Which means that the older MMO and (potentially) older computer came out at the same time, so it doesn't mean it will run well.

How about actually taking a quick moment and posting a brief minimum requirement for each game and then saying how the game actually runs.

This article doesn't do anything for people actually wanting to know if it will be good for their low end PC. Hence, this article is a fail.

meriane

Tuesday 9th of August 2022

Ragnarok online is not working anymore..