Over the decades, gaming has spread to become a worldwide phenomenon. Nowadays, you have the choice of playing games alone, in your living room with a few friends, or with people in different countries.
The Internet has been particularly impactful in not only getting games across the globe, but also connecting players no matter where they came from. Titles like EVE Online, World of Warcraft, and Runescape defined what massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) could accomplish. As the genre grew, players all over the world proved just how massive and dedicated online communities could become to these games.
Historically, most MMORPGs and other massively multiplayer online (MMO) games have mainly been available on computer platforms. Enter the PS4: one of the most popular consoles to grace the gaming world with a player demographic ripe for the picking. In 2020, more than a handful of multiplayer titles have been released on the PS4, if not ported from their PC versions. To make things easy for you, here’s a list of the best PS4 MMOs that are worth playing.
The Best PS4 MMOs
Developer: CyberStep Publisher: CyberStep
Just from the name alone, Onigiri is an MMORPG based in an anime-styled, fantasy version of ancient Japan. The game provides pretty standard RPG level progression, and its hack-and-slash combat can be fun.
However, the gameplay overall doesn’t really innovate or do anything particularly great. While free-to-play, there’s also a real grind for items short of buying into the cash shop. If you’re into the aesthetic of Onigiri, then it’s at least worth a try.
14. DC Universe Online
Developers: Dimensional Ink Games Publisher: Daybreak Game Company/WB Games
Released in 2011, DC Universe Online is a superhero-based free-to-play MMORPG. You play as your personally customized hero, and you’ll occasionally interact with famous characters from the comics.
The game features average-looking graphics and a beat-‘em-up style of combat influenced by your choices in powers and weaponry — a great take for mixing and matching. Anyone can freely access a basic version of the game, but players will have to purchase DLC expansions, labelled as “Episodes,” or a monthly subscription to experience all of this MMORPG’s content.
Developer: Wonderstruck Publisher: Square Enix
Boundless is a block-style sandbox MMO game with clear Minecraft roots. However, this game polishes the graphics and spruces up gameplay to help it stand on its own. Boundless lets you explore the vast depths and corners of the in-game universe.
Players explore areas to gather resources, craft equipment, and build new structures. You’ll have to defend yourself against hostile fauna while also keeping track of basic survival stats. While you would have to purchase the game, microtransactions mainly provide cosmetic changes and relatively basic convenience. Overall, it can be a fun experience, especially when players get involved in group-wide hunting or building projects.
Developers: Allods Team/Obsidian Entertainment Publisher: My.com
In this sci-fi/fantasy MMORPG, you become an immortal tasked with protecting the planet of Aelion. Like Guild Wars 2 and Tera, Skyforge has a more action-oriented combat engages players to mind their positioning and, well, aim.
Plus, the graphics are nothing to sneeze at, especially the very flashy skills and animations that highlight your character’s powerful nature. It’s also free-to-play, and no parts of the game are inherently blocked behind a paywall. More casual players may find that it takes a while to reach higher-tier content, though.
Developer: Cryptic Studios Publisher: Perfect World Entertainment
Neverwinter is what happens when Dungeons & Dragons meets the MMORPG genre (and yes, I know Dungeons & Dragons Online exists, but that’s not on the PS4). With how popular the tabletop game’s become, it comes as no surprise that Neverwinter has gotten a lot more attention, too.
The game takes a lot of concepts from its tabletop roots, including classes drawn from D&D 5th Edition, and builds up the eponymous city from associated literature. Neverwinter definitely stands out as one of the better attempts at marrying the MMO scene with Dungeons & Dragons.