Top 10 free Anime MMORPG to play in 2012
This is probably one of the most difficult top 10 we could assemble. How can you list the best free to play top 10 anime-inspired MMORPG games without leaving quite a few behind? We did our best at reuniting a few classics of the genre and some more recent games in our Top 10 Anime MMORPG, but we’re sure we left some great games out. Without further delay, here are 10 free to play Anime MMORPGs that everyone must play.
10 - Iris Online
Iris Online is a case of an MMO that looks good and plays great. There’s a great twist to the game, with the inclusion of Tarot cards that can be used both for customization or monster summoning. Turning into a monster during combat is good fun, but it’s even better when there’s a fully-fledged MMORPG behind it. Such is the case with Iris Online.
Play Now: Iris Online
9 - Dragon Saga
Dragon Saga (Dragonica) is one impressive Anime game that breaks from the usual perspective in MMOs. Designed as a side-scroller and blending elements from the MMORPG and fighting genres, the game also scores high on the visual department. The comic touches added to a satisfyingly deep experience turn it into a quality MMO.
Play Now: Dragon Saga
8 - Grand Fantasia
Grand Fantasia may seem like a generic fantasy MMORPG with the usual anime graphics, but it is quite a few years old, when the theme still wasn’t over-explored. That also means that Grand Fantasia has a lot of content on offer, the sprite system is an interesting feature and the large world is filled with a lot of fun quests.
Play Now: Grand Fantasia
7 – Rusty Hearts
Rusty Hearts is a high quality anime-style brawler, featuring some impressive character art and smooth animation. It’s a great fighting game that is only made better by the polished visuals, appealing both to fans of the genre and those attracted by the graphic design. The best of both worlds, we could say.
Play Now: Rusty Hearts
6 – Mabinogi
Mabinogi is a classic free-to-play 3D MMORPG with cheerful anime style visuals and a focus on the community aspect of things. It’s a relaxed game with a lot of peaceful activities to do, but combat and dungeon exploring are also part of the game. This is a game for every kind of player to enjoy and leave any competitive desires aside. The prequel, Vindictus, however, is a more mature action-MMORPG.
Play Now: Mabinogi
5 - Ragnarok Online
Ragnarok Online sure is one old MMORPG! However, there aren’t many games that can claim to have an original art style such as the one in display here, and those that tried to do it (Solstice: Reborn, for example) are far from receiving the same acclaim. But there’s more to Ragnarok Online than its beautiful and large game world, with regular content updates bringing something new to the table. Ragnarok Online is considered by many the best anime mmorpg anime of all time. A sequel is in development.
Play Now: Ragnarok Online
4 - Fly for Fun
Fly for Fun (FlyFF) is another long-running popular MMORPG with lots of updates, a level cap that keeps on climbing and, of course, anime graphics that may show their age but have the merit of supporting a game with all the popular features. As the name says, when players reach a certain level they will be able to fly, opening new opportunities such as air combat and races.
Play Now: Fly for Fun
3 - Eden Eternal
Besides offering some of the best anime graphics in a free-to-play MMORPG, Eden Eternal has a couple of features to make it stand out from the competition. The most important is the class system, where a player is free to switch between classes, as long as some conditions are met. The clean interface and frantic combat also deserve a mention, but beware of the grind.
Play Now: Eden Eternal
2 - Dragon Nest
Nexon is the publisher behind Dragon Nest, an MMORPG with extremely detailed anime-style characters and a world that fits perfectly with the theme. An experienced team comprised of elements who worked on Kingdom Under Fire and Ninety Nine Nights is responsible for the development of this game, a charming blend of RPG and dynamic combats.
Play Now: Dragon Nest
1 – Maplestory
Maplestory is a timeless classic and a legend, a free to play 2D Anime MMORPG that is one of the most popular ever. Released in 2005, it still manages to hold an impressive playerbase, boasting figures of over 100 million subscribers worldwide and over 8 million registered users in Maplestory Global alone, as of 2011.
It’s easy to understand why the game is still so relevant nowadays, but it’s almost impossible to replicate that success. First, the regular updates keep the game fresh and interesting – a recent update added PvP; secondly, the cute anime style looked so captivating that players spread the characters all over the web, acting as the best marketing tool that exists. Finally, Maplestory looks like an easy game to play and consequently draws many new players, although it has a lot of features on offer.
Other games tried to imitate the visual style of Maplestory, but there’s nothing quite like the original.
Play Now: Maplestory
That was our Top 10 free Anime MMORPG. We hope that you just discovered a few great games to try and share your experience with us. Sadly we couldn’t include all the games we wanted, leaving names such as Fiesta Online, Elsword, Lunia, Legend of Edda, Cloud Nine, Asda 2, Ether Saga Odyssey out of the equation, but let us know in the comments section if you agree with our choice and what would be your perfect list.
*This page will be updated from time to time so don´t forget to share your top 10!
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It's buggy as hell and the classes are unbalanced. Sometimes you go like 10-11 Times into the same exact Dungeon, because you get 10161616565 Quests but you can only have 20 or so in your Questlog. Have fun to play until highlevel and get asskicked by Bugs and Game crashes...
Maplestory 2 will release soon in 2014/2015 there will release soul worker and black desert and it will take long time till it will release in EU or NA.. so enjoy those games he posted :)
And still love it :)
Elsword and Grand Chase are better than Maple Story, but Grand chase has been dying recently.
La Tale is way better than Maple Story
better combat system (season 2)
its just more fun overall
Its a Cool game
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Seriously Wtf -_-. Atleast make Elsword #2
Absolutely hate Maple Story, beginning is boring, Pay to Completely Win, too much people spending on it, and its not as good as it used to be. But I can see why they chose to make it #1.
In terms of how fun a game really is though, I'd personally rank Maple story lower then hell :\. No offense to Occults.
I've never played Wonder King before, but I can tell by the trailer that I really wouldn't rank it any higher then #14 of what games I've seen anime based.
Grand Chase actually doesn't really belong up in the top 10 anymore. Its lost what it used to have after being transfered to Gamerage.
Mabi, eden eternal, and grand fantasia,
im suprised grand fantasia didn't a better place in the list.
But Maplestory Is The Best . . . . . .
100% good . . . .
That All Or Maybe There More :O(period)
on rank 9! Dragonica is one of a kind Game!!!!
Every few years, there is some major crisis in the coding & hackers have been able to gain access to the account database. Long time players have found themselves stripped of everything they spent countless hours obtaining. Nexon has the worst customer service on record & have allowed their game to go from epic to shit. Proof is around of mods allowing hackers to get away with their activities. Conventional LEGIT players get banned for little to no reason at all due to the failed autoban feature implemented meant to stop hackers but causes headache for everyone BUT the intended target.
Wizet's sellout to Nexon was the worst possible business deal ever.
Lol I love MapleStory and I recommend you guys play it if you haven't! I've never gotten bored of it, but sometimes it lags... I remember one time I lagged soooo much because a ton of these hi-lvl maplers were using pointless attacks for no reason and plus they were typing random crap which made me have to log out and log back in because I froze...
but other than that I LOVE the game! :)
I got heart atack when i see that , even Elswords is better that maplestory.
And were is Tera Rising ? It should be 1st xD
My opinion guys , the rest of it depends of you ;)
yes it is a 2d game, and that why most of the people think it's bad.
But it's not.
But I agree with those who said Dragon Nest is better,
'cause I also think that.
Any ways, good Ranking. :)
Thats all :P
Eden Eternal FTW!!! D:
The Original Classes are just useless now. Most oF them.
I hate Maplestory now that most server don't have anyone doing pq
Only Scania and Bera have some people.
Maplestory should be #5 or #4.
Mapplestorry oh my god
oh i don't think it so big like this
look it just 2d game
so how could it be?
I like Dragon nest the most
this game is the best one
PS i stopped playin around 2 years ago not that u care any way
We all have different views about this. I prefer 3D mmo games with fast combat and good skills. Others don't mind that much and are comfortable with a 2D mmo game with 'normal' skills and an easy leveling system. So don't get all het up when someone doesn't agree with you.
My personal review on MS would be that the graphics aren't good and to me that makes a hell of a lot of a difference. To others that wouldn't matter to them so much. Guys we're human beings, we all get slightly annoyed when someone doesn't agree with you or something that you love doesn't get to be in errr.. 1st place? ._.
Look for you game lovers out there I will give you a tip, if you're getting so annoyed about your favourite game not being at the top of the list then you better go on holiday and experiance real life. Staring at a screen for hours looking at a bunch of pixels moving around, fighting mobs isn't going to do you any good.
So yeah, I don't want any mean comments because I'm trying very hard not to get anyone angry right now... As you can see (If you even bothered to look at what I put) I was trying to look at both points of view.
My final thoughts: Dragon Saga ought to be in 1st place. It's not perfect, button mashing gets annoying and dungeons can get boring but other than that it's a really good game with a acceptable pet system, item mall prices are average and when you're new people offer to help you without you even asking.
So just remember, we all have different opinions....
P.S-Woah this was longer than I intended it to be!! xD
But a couple of these I was sitting at the edge of my chair gawking " I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY EVEN PUT THAT IN HERE!!!" sorry, my oppinion i:
awwwwsome if you play this, you future bright ( but i don't think this game anime )
since when in a mmo did ur char balance light and darkness >:o.or since when did ur char be able to actually GLIDE with wings at lvl 10 >:o (other than aion)and lastely since when did u get to actually use a 2 crossbows?
1st of free MMORPG
^^ all the character
if u dont like this game i will come to your house and kick your little ass XD
Dragon nest have a Handy moves PVP
Playstyle is AWWWEEEEEEEEEEESOME!
First off, Maple Story achieved one of the most important requirements of an MMORPG -- quick-to-learn controls. I hate having to figure out the controls and find it cumbersome if I have to read through some in-game item manual. I'd prefer if they have the controls explain simply and quickly within the first 5 minutes itself.
Secondly, the graphics are a little old compared to the other MMOs, but they do have flashy skills that are attractive to an extent (which will become better when you level up and get better skills). I'm quite upset though when I heard that you have to pay real money to get the Nexon Cash currency in order to master Evan skills. It just seemed like, "I'm never going the bring out the full potential of my character no matter how hard I train, because I can't master his skills without paying with my lunch money."
Thirdly, and one of the most popularly criticized aspect is its population base. The demographic of Maple Story, when I first started playing, seemed to be young teenagers ranging from ages 12 to 16, with the occasional odds of younger children (my friend was mortified to find out that his Maple girlfriend was really just an 8-year-old), or adults around the age of 30 (there was also a nice senior player who confessed that he is a 65-year-old professor in person, hence the reason why he never wanted to marry anyone in-game). Recently I gave Maple Story another one of my itchin', and I met gamers who ranged from ages 13 to 19. While there are annoying brats who just scream n00b with the way they talk and harass others, you may also come across players who are more mature and helpful. It's all about luck. In every community - there's bound to be a ratio between fun people and stupid people. Sadly in my opinion I find Maple Story leans more towards the bratty and obnoxious children (because Mommy and Daddy can afford the NX they want to win in the game), though lucky players may find real fun people to casually hang out with in the game.
Maple Story is considered a classic because of how long it stood while many other MMORPGs have shut down or have been announced to have their plugs off by 2013 (after many months of Ghost Town Syndrome). It managed to survive by keeping its contents fresh, but I must admit that it puts me off with its new and overpowering jobs (compare the typical Explorer Assassin with Hero Phantom both thief class, or Cygnus Dawn Warrior with Resistance Demon Slayer both warrior class).
It's comparatively easy now so it maddens the senior players who have spent plenty of time and effort into levelling their characters up back then, including myself. So really, Maple Story to me is almost like a first ex that you always have a sense of nostalgia towards, but find yourself hating because they are money faces that keep you around without you realizing that they're sucking off your money and energy as long as you're lax with time management. The moment you left him/her, they can still stand on their own feet by attracting other people with new tricks and whatnot. It's really a love/hate thing for me. xD
I'm so sorry for such a long post. If you've finished reading this entire post, thank you so much for your patience!
Maplestory is the #1 game because of the features it presents. Reviewers have a list of points that they compare the ideal ones based off of various surveys and research, to the game itself. Maplestory happens to meet those ideals quite well.
It has frequent updates, a large playerbase, unique gameplay and story, plus it has a simple learning curve.
Putting aside Maplestory, a game that had those features would be incredibly appealing to you. Maplestory HAS all of those features, regardless of what you think of it. Hence why Maplestory is #1 on the list.
If you feel that it's so wrong, put together a full fledged, PROPER review of YOUR 10 best anime games. And ensure that it is written in as objective a manner as possible, providing as much information on the game that is important. And then come back and complain that this one's wrong.
under level 20 your just no class you have no real skills and you have that anoying hitbox problem
its solved with skills like fireballs lightning super jump thingey of doom and stuff like that
and to get to level 20 takes max 30 min
I think it's still up in other countries, but for players in NA, it's gone.
I guess the developers decided to keep only Legend of Edda alive in NA since the sequel is now in CBT -- while Luna Plus and Iris got the boot.
Right now, the only option to play Iris is on a private server.
Maplestory is a great game because it keeps you going. The arguments that it ''sucks'' are meaningless. It's you against the millions of people who enjoy playing it. If the game sucked nobody would play it and it'd shut down. Also, i'm pretty sure the writer took in account all the Maple PRIVATE servers that are also widely popular.
In the near future I'll add PSO 2 as the best mmorpg f2p game and maybe if Blade&Soul will be free(I doubt it) i'll add it too.
but i strongly recommend dragon nest, dungeons can get boring but PvPs are so full of fun and action >:D
Out of those ten, i played 5 (Iris, Rusty Hearts, Mabi, FlyFF, and Maplestory). Honestly, my favorite has to be Rusty Hearts and least favorite is Iris (which shutdown). Mabi was alright, but not my type of game. I used to love to fly around in FlyFF, but it got boring. And Maplestory, I played it for two years, but then it just got plain easy and boring. Old Maplestory<333
Played mabi the longest which was for like.. 2 or 3 years i think, was good but then it got boring so i up and quit. Rusty hearts is good, i played it in CB and like it but once it came into OB i just didnt feel like playing it anymore, probably cuz i was playing DFO (dungeon fighter online) and i preferred it over RH. Dragon's Nest is ok but idk i just didnt keep on playing it like i did with mabi. Eden was just... bleh and maple... well i just didnt plain like maple.
And do any of these games hav IP blocks concerning UK/EU?
Elsword, no. NO game that has a stamina bar should be allowed to even be called an mmo.
90% of you people who keep arguing about MS being "gay" or "sucky" or "great" or even the "best" just seriously need to leave. You can't spell for crap. Your grammar is horrible and you just plain sound retarded. Why don't you focus on getting an education first. Most of you dumb ass people probably have characters that are higher level that your IQ. You're pathetic.
So before I go just a few more words of advice. Please, for Gods sake, grow some damn hair on your body before you try to act like you know anything about criticizing something you know absolutely nothing about. "It fun i can lvl up fast and be a loner while mom changes my diaper"
That is all.
Im right am i?...:/
and i think thts very spical game i nevar found other game like tht (there is no lvl limit items or class limit u can lern every skill u want to but u hav to rain there is also no lvl limit i can reach lvl 10000+
)if u wanna know more abut the game add omribh12-SIxz(omri) on skype i will be happy to help with starting the game
If not... Eden then...DN's only up sites are storylines and fighting styles ,there're need a lot more than that to be a really fun game...
Maple story is one of the biggest mmorpgs so stfu
(not that i like it)
Cant w8 fore Blade & Soul :3
1st? come on its a horrible game and you know it -.-
That's my 2 cents. PEACE
A re-cap on my opinion on Maplestory: It has a few problems that I really hate but it can be very enjoyable to those who like these kind of games. All in all, it's pretty good, just not good enough to be #1 in my opinion.
1: Maple Story shouldn't even be compared to a real "Anime" Game, their graphics aren't worthy of "Anime" Status.
2: No one is saying that maple story should just die, all we're saying is that it's not good enough to be considered the best MMORPG out there. The game is only fun for people who like to do nothing else but kill monsters and lvl their character (and both my brother and I have played the game), there are a lot of mmos out there that offer a lot more then just becoming stronger.
3: How many people play the game is meaningless...all that shows is how good their advertisements are, this has nothing to do with how good the game actually is.
Personally i don't care who likes or hates the damn game its not that bad but it deffinitely ain't the best and doesn't deserve the #01 spot.
So for whatever reason, people play it and still play it. Lots of people using lots of different hardware play it now and played it then. There has to be a reason for that and marketing t kids or anybody won't mean squat if its not a good enough game to keep them playing much less spending real money on (which people do). Bottom line its a great game, may not be for everyone (like me) but its still a great game.
And they don't advertise on cartoon network at least here in the US they don't. All their marketing comes from the internet and social media (facebook, et;al). Now if they do advertise and market on TV in other countries I cannot say, but I haven't seen a single TV ad for it yet and I love cartoon network. If you meant the Cartoon network website, I didn't see anything for maplestory or any nexon game there. They have their own games they market and push there.
and a little tip with sword magic missile is a homing skill so you don't have to melee so much and depending on the class and weapon there is a charge bar which gives different melee chains, for example,
chain 1 :she spins around killing anything close,
chain 2 :she twirls the scythe launching her for into the air and then uses that laser skill,
chain 3 :she throws her scythe air juggling her foe leaving them wide open for a team mate to kill them or for you to follow up with some magic
How could you even put Maple Story before all those other games on the list? They're all better than Maple Story, every single one of them. I tried them all, along with Maple Story.
How are "Eden Eternal", "Rusty Hearts", "Dragon Nest" and "Dragon Saga" worse games than Maple Story is beyond me. On this list, 4 games that I've listed above are in a completely different league, when it comes to quality.
I'm guessing it's something like "World Of Warcraft". took the market early, because it was very unique when it first came out, there was nothing even similar, it had years to promote itself without any competition, and so it gained popularity, and it's hard to break it now with anything. In that genre of 2D Side-scrolling mmorpgs, LaTale takes the 1st place. Just get a player that never tried MS or LT, let him play both games for 10 levels, and see which one will he choose to play.
my list would be
2. Iris online
4. Rusty Hearts
the rest of them games are awful.
reason:much simplier class system
Also... as said, Maple Story doesn't really deserve to be the "First", because just because there's a lot of players, doesn't make it the best game.
In fact... you could have said WoW is the Number One Game if we go by the number of players...
But as we all know... WoW isn't the best... (but this is a "F2P" discussion, just making an example)
Just because there's a lot of players, doesn't make a game good.
Also, there are a lot of other games out there that's really great, but really low number of players (due to sukky company that doesn't update - such as Camon Hero)
And Rusty Heart is awesome, but not a lot of players play it... so it have low number of players.
I never played it but I heard a lot about it. Most ppl who told me about it said that it's a good game. And if you look at playerbase... Well... There must be something good about it since ppl play it?
Only thing I'm asking myself is "How the hell did FlyFF get into the top 10?!?"
Sure if this list came like a year or 2 ago I'd agree but now? Gala-Net screws up the game and makes the end game cash shop dependant. So if you want to reach the lvl cap you either have to be awesome in economics (which is hard since prices are high and ppl keep rising them to sell their goods and ask low prices if they want to buy) or just pay real money to actually get there with exp scrolls (amps). Looking at Flyff's player base there's still no reason that this game should make the top 10. A bunch of people quit because of the sucky updates that disappointed everyone. The ones who now play are either the ones who want to be with the game till the end or newcomers who haven't seen FlyFF on it's best.
if you a maple story gamer and you thing maple story is waaaaay better than all the other mmorpgs then your as demented than Geroge Bush
All I'm trying to say is that all these arguements are pointless and a waste of time. Also, no, I'm not a hypocrite for argueing as well because I'm just telling you to shut-up and play... or learn something useful.
Playing once in a while is fine (like what I was planning to do) but this? What a waste... pathetic really :(
Don't bother replying unless you see Zozo on some other site or the word GarthNix in front of it. I unfortunatley <3 being bossy... especially when I'm, sort of, annonymous :)
Once again, a large playerbase does NOT make a game any good, and if you actually think MapleStory is any good at all, you're either a child, a childish adolescent, or a complete loser--most likely a child/childish adolescent, though.
Wall of text anyone? Hope you read it, all you MapleStory-loving fools out there, and, just so we're clear, MapleStory is awesome. Everyone should go play it. "Be All You Can Be--A Six-year-old Dumbass Playing MapleStory".
Rusty hearts is okay, but it is just hack and slash really. You enter a small box, mobs spawn you bash your keys like crazy in the most uncomfortable way possible and just continue the routine.
Though it does add excitement when you are suddenly owning the mobs with ease.
Everything else on the list is utter crap meant for girls, girly men or little children.
best anime graphics (cell shaded) and awesome fast paced action
but yea it needs 2 be the 5th best or 4th not 1st the first place needs 2 be Dragon Nest
i prefer dragon nest in the first place
That overrated crap doesn't even deserve a ranking! Having a huge player base doesn't qualify it for 1st.
Very good list, though if you took out MS, moved everything up, and added another as #10, it'd be perfect.
We all have our opinions.
1. MapleStory , i am like " WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT "
haven't played any of those games even so im not a anime fan at all , but still i like Dragon Nest XD