When you look at MMORPGs they all feel so similar. I already wrote an article about how all MMORPGs are the same, and I’d like to be a bit more positive this time around and write about MMOs. Unlike MMORPGs, MMOs all feel unique, as they are all incredibly different. For all of you that don’t know the difference between MMORPG and MMO, it’s simple; MMORPGs are role play games, while MMOs are everything else where you don’t have to run around killing monsters to level up. If you still aren’t sure what the difference is, games like GunZ: The Duel, Shot Online, Richman Online are MMOs while games like MapleStory, 12Sky and Fly for Fun are MMORPGs.
MMOs are more unique than MMORPGs simply because they cover so many different genres. While MMORPGs are very similar games like Shot Online, a golf MMO, and GunZ: The Duel, a fast paced shooter, are completely different. I recently played Combat Arms, a first person shooter MMO by Nexon, and absolutely loved the game. Unlike other MMO Shooters, Combat Arms felt very polished and balanced. Although Combat Arms is a first person shooter like a lot of other MMOs, the game felt distinctly different.
Even though MMOs do overlap themes often, they are rarely as similar as MMORPGs are. Games like WolfTeam and Combat Arms are both first person shooters, but they’re not similar at all, as in WolfTeam, the game allows players to transform themselves into a werewolf that specializes in close combat fighting, which adds an entirely new layer of game play. Most MMORPGs don’t have these sort of major differences, but rather have only extremely subtle differences. There are simply so many different MMOs out there that all play extremely different from each other.
If you’re tired of playing MMORPGs but like the RPG / Leveling up elements of those games, I strongly recommend you try out some MMO games. Odds are you’ve never played a basketball MMO before, so why not try it out? FreeStyle: Street Basketball is actually a great game. It’s fast paced, balanced game play and 100% free. I recently played an MMO called “Richman Online” and the game was pretty impressive, as the game combined board game style game play with the RPG elements, making the game incredibly unique. I believe that MMORPGs can be just as unique as MMOs, but developers today simply aren’t willing to take risks and develop a new type of MMORPG.