10 MMORPGs To Play in September 2019
It’ll be the first day of September tomorrow, and that means that today I’ll be introducing you all to 10 more MMORPGs I think you should at least give a try in September 2019.
These are not “the greatest MMORPGs” to play right now. These are 10 games that you may have overlooked at one point in your MMO career – that you may have not even known about.
This video is a continuation of the “MMOs you should try out each month” series I’ve been doing all year where I introduce you to new MMOs you may or may not enjoy.
So allow me to clarify: These are in no way “THE BEST MMORPG IN 2019.” Merely MMORPGs I believe you should try out. If you don’t like any of them, no problem. Maybe you’ll enjoy next month’s more!
Now let’s jump right in.
A TALE IN THE DESERT
I figured this would be the perfect game to begin this with. A Tale in the Desert has been around since way back in 2003 – and to this day is still actively developed and played.
I have a dedicated video for it coming up on Monday, but suffice it to say.. this is probably the most unique MMO I’ve ever played.
I know there are a lotta you guys that enjoy crafting. I’ve never been all to fond of it myself, often prefering other people to craft stuff for me while I benefit from their hard work.
But, A Tale in the Desert is very different. Unlike most MMOs – there is no combat in this game. Meaning that.. well, you need to pre-occupy yourself with other activities.
Crafting and building are two of selling points of the game, having players populate the land with their creations.
It’s a very interesting take on the genre that works well for people interested in trying out something innovative and unique – a feature seemingly lacking from today’s generation of MMO developers.
Tale 9 – their most recent update just went live last night so if you want to jump in-game when the population is at its peak, then now’s the time to do so!
The reason I listed ArcheRage – the private server here was because Gamigo just announced their plans to release a buy-to-play version of ArcheAge called ArcheAge: Unchained.
Their goal? Attempt to keep a non pay-to-win version of the game running concurrently with their very pay-to-win non-Unchained version of ArcheAge.
But a lot of people are still very skeptical of Gamigo, as they should be.
So in light of this, I opted to include ArcheRage because not only do I believe it’s a much less pay-to-win version of Gamigo’s current ArcheAge game, but also as a mere alternative to concerned players.
You could very well enjoy Unchained – it might turn out really damn good. But on the flipside, this could be Gamigo being Gamigo and.. you could end up burned, as history has proven they like to do.
So with this in mind, I can definitely recommend players play ArcheRage over Gamigo’s official servers – at least until we have a clear view of what their actual goal is with Unchained.
Anime MMOs seem to come and go. I’ve played my fair share of them and only a couple of them have really stuck with me.
Grand Fantasia was one of those games. It’s not the best looking Anime game – not by a long shot. It’s a little dated. Well, it’s actually pretty damn dated but older games aren’t necessarily bad.
I still play FlyFF from time to time because it was one of my first Anime MMOs.
Grand Fantasia though is.. a pretty basic game. It plays just like every other traditional game in the genre. Tab target combat, questing, monster grinding.. y’know.
But there was something about it when I played it. The silly, childish nature of the game maybe? I dunno. It had a certain.. charm to it.
The only unfortunate thing was that the population was almost non-existant. But that’s a reoccuring theme for Anime MMOs.
FINAL FANTASY XIV
I have endless opinions to give on Final Fantasy XIV. It is my main MMO after all. Or, one of my two main MMOs, anyway.
I’ve played Final Fantasy XIV on and off since Heavensward launched, finally deciding to dedicate a large portion of time to it in Jaunary of this year as I knew Shadowbringers was coming.
What I was greeted with was a pretty slow introduction to the game but ultimately one of the best stories ever told in an MMORPG. Maybe even one of the best stories told in a Final Fantasy game, period.
There are more than a few good things to say about the game – it’s beautiful, especially the further you get through it. The story is unparalleled. There’s almost an endless amount of content to partake of.
The class system is one of the best I’ve seen in an MMO, the boss fights are incredibly well done.. this game to me, has it all. Some people argue that pre-max level content is slow and tedious and they aren’t entirely wrong.
Especially with the pruning done in Shadowbringers, lower level combat can definitely be an.. arduous process to make it through but then that’s more or less the same for the vast majority of games.
You won’t find many, if any MMOs with the quality that Final Fantasy XIV offers.
So, with Peria Chronicles cancelled earlier this week I figured this would be as good a time as any to re-route player attention to Mabinogi.
While, yes, it is a Nexon game just like Peria Chronicles was, the game is still up and running and has been for well over 15 years now.
It’s probably the most complete, most Anime-esque MMO I’ve ever played, offering players the ability to live their life in the world they’re playing in. Like, actually live their life.
Not just quest, kill monsters and level up, but participate in slow, arguably tiresome at times content like getting a part-time job, finding someone to settle down and marry, resource gathering, player-run stores, city trading, an aging system and.. yeah.
Living your life in the game. Which honestly makes Mabinogi one of the more unique MMOs out there. Still, its population has declined quite significantly which is an unfortunate circumstance of being run by Nexon.
Nevertheless, if you were excited for Peria Chronicles and want something.. kinda like it but still not really, then this is the game for you.
Alright, now that Classic WoW has officially launched – and to numbers that almost broke Twitch, we can go ahead and include this into this list separately from the.. non Classic version of WoW.
WoW is the other MMO I main. I’ve played the game since back in 2008 when Wrath of the Lich King was released. I never really had the opportunity to try Vanilla WoW out because.. my family was too poor to afford it.
However with the recent release of the game I can safely say that it is worth the investment. I’ve been a fan of WoW ever since I played it. It’s had its ups and downs, it’s had its good and bad expansions.
But Classic offers players – albeit the very slow, very dated appearance of the game – an experience they’ve probably never had. Well, unless they played WoW back when it launched.
In which case you’re either having a nostalgia-trip right now or steering clear of the game since you know what it’s like already.
If you have yet to try Classic out, then now’s as good a time as any. Sever queues are only in the tens of thousands!
PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2
Microsoft announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 would be coming to North America next year and since then, fans have been ecstatic – we’ll finally, after almost a decade, be able to play this little gem!
But for those of you that are impatient, it is completely possible to try the game out before Microsoft releases it by playing the English translated Japanese version of the game.
It’s the ultimate Anime fans wet dream. You have crossover events with literally every Anime and Japanese RPG imaginable.
You have amazing character customization, awesome combat and.. a very large, very dedicated playerbase.
Honestly, I hope when Microsoft launches the game over here – or, globally, even, that it retains a large playerbase as this is one of the few MMOs I can see lasting a long period of time in the West.
At least of the Anime variety.
The reason I decided to include Onigiri is because a lotta people are still unaware it even exists.
I’ve done several videos on it in the past, all of which have gotten tens of thousands of views but people are always so surprised that it exists or is still populated when I mention it.
I know that it’s a very.. niche kind of game. It’s a hub-based dungeon crawler – but at the same time, it has segregated zones allowing for players to explore a world alongside one another, fighting monsters and partying up.
So.. yeah. Niche game. But its playerbase, even considering all of this is surprisingly high. Not numbering in the tens of thousands, no. But enough to never find yourself somewhere void of players.
It also has kind of a.. fun story, I guess and some pretty decent combat which took me a little aback but if you’ve yet to try it out, I definitely recommend trying it.
The only con is it might be too Anime-ish for you.
DIGIMON MASTERS ONLINE
I get asked repeatedly to do a follow-up video on Digimon Masters Online. I’ve done quite a few on Pokemon MMOs and even TemTem – a Pokemon-like game currently in development.
So since I don’t really talk about it all that much, nor have I really explored it very much on the channel I thought this was as good a time as any to include it.
I’m a huge Digimon fan so naturally Digimon Masters Online appeals to me. I grew up with Tai and Agumon, man! Agumon was the first Digimon I got in Digimon World – the first Digimon game for PS1.
Yes, I’m an old-school Digimon nerd just like I’m an old-school Pokemon nerd, with my journey always beginning with a level 5 Squirtle.. ’cause I wouldn’t start it any other way.
While Digimon Masters Online is a pretty traditional MMO in terms of substance, it’s completely digimon-themed so if you’re in the market for a normal MMO that takes you on a trip through your childhood.. here ya go.
Okay, so this may or may not have been a good MMO to include here. I know people ask me all the time to cover Tibia but I’ve only ever done a single video on it and only ever dedicated.. maybe 2 hours to it total.
Which totally makes me an expert on it, right? Tibia is one of the oldest MMORPGs ever – and somehow this game is still online. But then again RuneScape, Ultima Online and others are too, so.. Anyway.
It was released all the way back in 1997.. yes, I was only 8 years old at that time. Man, has it really been over 20 years since this game launched? Yikes! I’m feeling old.
I know it looks very dated – it feels equally as dated, trust me. But the game has still retained a very loyal playerbase even after all these years.
So they must be doing something right, right? I know I should probably take a deeper look into the game – and I very likely will after this now that it’s on my mind but you guys should as well.
Don’t write this off based off of how it looks!