MMORPGs are massively multiplayer online role playing games. Some of the most popular MMORPGs to date consist of World of Warcraft, EverQuest 2, Lord of the Rings online, TERA, Guild Wars 2, and Rift. Once upon a time, if you played an MMORPG it either meant that you played World of Warcraft or EverQuest. Although these popular rivals are still standing, there are more options than people even realize.
When it comes to MMOs, gamers are very picky. If an MMO is lacking in one of a gamer's "must-haves" the game is not playable. These games take a lot of time out of our lives, and even turn into a second life in a sense. The game must be worth it for that type of dedication. There are many new popular MMORPGs coming out that every gamer should take the time to look in to.
EverQuest is the third MMORPG in the EverQuest franchise. Bringing a whole new game to the table gives them the edge over games like World of Warcraft with constant expansion releases. Once a decade rolls around, people want fresh quests, fresh graphics, and a new world. EverQuest next appears to be up to the challenge to create an MMO that makes games happy. Articles constantly claim that games are innovative when they have the same quests, the same graphics, the same professions, and the mounts are no different. EverQuest next may be true to the definition of innovative. The underground worlds caught my eye, but they are not the most interesting part of this so-called innovation.
The NPCs are not on a pre-programmed path that they are on with every other game. The NPCs can go down many different paths to the point where playing on different servers can give the player an entirely different experience. EverQuest Next is new to Beta testing phase and has no definite release date yet.
Elder Scrolls Online, another one of the new popular MMORPGs, should be high on everyone's radar. From the makers of the highly acclaimed Elder Scrolls Franchise, an MMO is finally being launched. This is another game that can truly be called innovative. There will not be different experiences on different servers, but for a very good reason. This is the first MMORPG that is being released on one super-server. To keep from the world being crowded, people will be on different channels of the same server. Friends can jump channels to pair up, and it will be rare when playing together will be an issue.
Another great trait of Elder Scrolls Online is the customization of characters. In many MMOs, there is one or two ways to create a talent tree that offers optimal DPS, healing, or tanking skills. The characters on the Elder Scrolls can be customized in a variety of different ways, including not being stuck with either a caster, or melee. If you want a "mage" that is great with a sword, you can do that, and do it well. Professions are also very different. A much wider variety of ingredients can be farmed and experimented with. Instead of only having set recipes, you can throw ingredients together and see what you come up with.