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Games Like World of Warcraft You Should Play in 2024

Games Like World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is that game, the one every millennial played at some point as a kid and had tons of fun in. I mean, questing, raiding, PvP, you name it, you could do anything in this game! But once you’ve literally done everything, it’s time to move on to greener pastures with a new, similar game. If that’s what you’re after, then you’re in the right place! This article has seventeen games with the same magic and feel as WoW but with their own twists on it. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

1. Dota 2

DOTA 2

To start us off, I wanted to mention Dota since it’s kind of the most popular descendant of the Warcraft world and also one of the best! As an action RTS game, you’re definitely leaving the MMORPG genre here, but you’re going towards a world of gaming that is as fun as it is mysterious. Pro (read: noob) tip: Play Pudge if you’re looking to have the most amount of fun…and some angry teammates.

In Dota 2, you play a 5v5 battle of heroes where the goal is for you to destroy the enemy’s towers and, eventually, their ancient. The main reason you’ll love Dota 2 is that you’ll find a ton of the heroes are actually the same (or very similar) as some of the most notable characters in WoW! Though the focus is super high on multiplayer, a bit of lore certainly adds to the excitement and fun of playing a game like Dota 2.

If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone a bit while trying out a game from the same universe as Azeroth, you can get Dota 2 running on (basically any) PC.

2. New World

New World

Alright, back to the familiar world of MMO games! New World is a super recent release from Amazon Game Studios that offers a ton of activities for players. I mean, as an alternative to WoW, it better have as many things as it can!

New World has a dynamic and open-world approach to the gameplay, so that means you get lots of PvE, PvP, crafting and an economy system, and of course, exploration. There’s really nothing like having a ton of loot on you and accidentally venturing into hostile territory where the enemies are like, a hundred levels above you, so you die.

That aside, as a WoW player, you’ll really appreciate the similarity of this game’s mechanics, the setting, and the overall gameplay experience. After all, it is an MMO, but it’s done in a more sandbox-type way. To try it out, you can get it now on PC only.

3. League of Legends

League of Legends

Ah, League of Legends. There’s something about this game and Dota 2 that just brings out either the best or the worst in people, sometimes even in the same match! Developed by Riot Games, you can be sure that League will be a proper good gaming experience since Riot never disappoints.

In terms of gameplay, LoL is all about controlling champions with unique abilities in 5v5 matches, aiming to destroy the enemy Nexus. It offers fast-paced matches, diverse champions, and a competitive gameplay experience. With over 150 champions to choose from, you can enjoy a variety of strategies. The game focuses a ton on teamwork and coordination, so you’ll be praying for good randoms a lot!

Like Dota, this is a fun RTS alternative to WoW that focuses more on putting you in a similar but mostly new experience while not making it so confusing that you don’t understand what you’re doing. To try it out, all you need is a basic PC.

4. Diablo III

Diablo III

Developed by the gaming maestros at Blizzard Entertainment, Diablo III shares the same universe as WoW, giving us a comforting sense of familiarity with its lore and world-building. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Diablo 3’s RPG gameplay is one of the best out there and has been for a long time, so you’re not getting tired of this one any time soon.

If you’re like me, you’ve always relished the joy of hunting for that elusive legendary item or endlessly upgrading your character’s abilities in WoW, and that’s why you’ll be thrilled by Diablo 3’s loot-based progression system, too! Add to that its cooperative multiplayer mode, whereby you can join forces with your friends to conquer challenges together just like you do in Azeroth, and you’ve got a game that was made for WoW players.

Not to mention, Diablo 3 offers a more laid-back gaming option, perfect for those moments when you want to enjoy a quick gaming session without committing to lengthy raids or dungeons. To play Diablo 3, you’ll need a PC, PS, Xbox, or Switch.

5. Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Larian Studios is just one of those developers at this point that can never miss with a game, it’s almost unfair to other devs! With Divinity: Original Sin 2, you’ll assemble a party of diverse heroes, each with their unique abilities and backgrounds reminiscent of WoW’s beloved character creation process. Once that’s done, you’re welcomed into the game’s deep and strategic turn-based combat system, allowing for tactical battles that’ll start to feel more like a chess match than anything else at one point.

What sets Divinity apart for me is its unparalleled freedom. You’ll have the power to shape the game’s narrative and world through your choices, much like the dynamic decision-making process you encounter in Azeroth. Plus, it has super rich storytelling and an interactive world that makes for an engaging experience through to the end.

Speaking of the end, you can also replay it multiple times without ever getting bored because the story changes depending on the choices you make! If you’re burned out from WoW and need something to sink hundreds of hours into, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is absolutely screaming to be tried out – available on Switch, PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

6. Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2

When it comes to alternatives to WoW, Guild Wars 2 has to be on the top of your list. Just like in WoW, Guild Wars 2 invites you to explore a stunning and expansive fantasy world known as Tyria, filled with diverse landscapes and captivating lore. Within it, you get to go on epic quests, unravel intriguing mysteries, and forge your own path in this immersive realm.

Guild Wars 2 embraces the essence of dynamic events, a feature that sets it apart from WoW’s traditional questing system. That means you get to experience a living world where events unfold based on player actions, ensuring that your choices have a real impact on the game’s narrative and development! This is a huge breath of fresh air from other games that usually have a static world that you’re simply passing through.

There’s also lots of character customization in Guild Wars 2, which is as diverse as WoW, granting you the freedom to create a unique hero to suit your playstyle and preferences. With your character made, you can engage in fast-paced combat with active dodging, strategic positioning, and an arsenal of abilities that will keep you on your toes in every battle. To play Guild Wars 2, you can play it for free on PC.

7. Destiny 2

Destiny 2

This is going to be a new one for WoW players because now we’re in FPS territory! Now, I don’t want you to think Counter-Strike or Call of Duty kind of FPS, I mean Destiny, which is completely in a world of its own.

Developed by Bungie, this first-person shooter seamlessly combines the excitement of gunplay with MMORPG-like elements. In the game, you get to explore a rich universe across diverse planets and moons, with engaging missions and challenges that’ll keep you entertained for hundreds of hours!

And that’s not all; character customization in Destiny 2 also offers a range of subclasses and abilities reminiscent of WoW’s classes and talent trees. As you level up your Guardian, unleash powers and master various playstyles. You can even do co-op playstyles with a buddy or a whole group of friends (I wouldn’t know what that’s like)! And to top it all off, the game has some of the most amazing narratives, lore, and regular updates that make it ever-evolving and fun to play. To try it out, you can get the base game for free on PC, PS, and Xbox.

8. Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV

I was skeptical about trying out Final Fantasy XIV as an alternative to WoW, but wow, did this game surprise me! It’s a super good side-street to World of Warcraft for a bunch of reasons, the first of which is its immersive storytelling to make sure you don’t run out of lore for even a second!

As another MMORPG, the game can be as different from WoW as it wants, but it’ll still have the same core elements as our favorite game, which is why it deserves a spot on this list. There’s a dynamic combat system and diverse classes, stunning visuals, a beautifully crafted world, and awe-inspiring music, all of which combine for a truly magnificent gaming experience.

Also, no MMORPG is complete without frequent content updates and expansions, which I’m happy to report are plentiful in FFXIV! Whether you’re seeking a break from WoW or a new gaming world to explore, Final Fantasy XIV has much to offer MMORPG players – playable on PlayStation and PC.

9. Neverwinter

Neverwinter

Even though it’s called Neverwinter, for some reason, I kept feeling like the actual game would be entirely winter! Turns out I was wrong, no surprises there. It’s actually a lot more diverse than you’d expect! Neverwinter takes inspiration from the beloved Dungeons & Dragons universe, offering a fantasy world full of epic stories, enchanting characters, and thrilling monsters.

Now, why do I think Neverwinter is a fantastic alternative to WoW? Well, first off, it’s the heart-pounding action in the combat in Neverwinter, which is all about fast reflexes and strategizing – just like we’ve always handled those boss battles in WoW.

And hey, speaking of characters, you’ve also got a ton of races and classes to choose from, making your hero creation process about half as long as the actual playtime! Oh, and did I mention the icing on the cake? The Foundry lets you create your own adventures here, so you can be the mastermind behind some awesome player-created content, just like the modding realms of WoW. Still not convinced? Why not try it out for yourself, Neverwinter is playable on PC, PS, and Xbox.

10. The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online

A Lord of the Rings MMORPG, something none of us knew could be reality but actually has been for a long time! LOTR Online is a fantastic MMORPG based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary Middle-earth, and it’s perfect for World of Warcraft fans looking for a fresh and immersive fantasy experience (bonus points if you’re already a LOTR fan!).

In this game, you step into the mythical world of hobbits, elves, and dwarves, as LOTRO brings Tolkien’s epic storytelling to life. Now, the movies set a high standard to match, but this game still does it justice as you quest your way through a thrilling narrative that ties into the iconic Lord of the Rings saga. Plus, since it’s not exactly repeating the movies, there’s a lot of new lore to discover!

Compared to WoW, apart from what you can already tell, this game also lets you customize your hero with a range of races and classes and embark on a multitude of quests with friends in co-op mode. As a team, you can conquer challenging raids and instances and so much more! Need I say more? To play LOTRO, you’ll need a PC.

11. Grim Dawn

Grim Dawn

You can probably already tell from the title, and I’m here to confirm your suspicions – this game is like WoW’s edgy cousin who rocks a leather jacket and listens to heavy metal. With that in mind, let’s talk more about the game itself!

Coming from WoW, there are several elements to love in Grim Dawn. Its character customization options, similar to WoW’s, allow you to create a unique hero by choosing from various classes, masteries, and skills. Also, the gameplay is actually pretty challenging too, and the strategic combat will feel very closely reminiscent of WoW’s end-game content!

Grim also hasn’t forgotten about the loot hunters among us, and those of you who do love loot will be delighted with Grim Dawn’s extensive loot system! There’s a wide variety of gear and items to collect, a lot like WoW’s gear progression worked but with this game’s unique twist on it. As has become a bit of a trend in this list, the game also has cooperative multiplayer to make sure you’re not going to be missing the group activities from WoW. To play Grim Dawn, you can get it on Xbox and PC only.

12. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Us WoW fans are nothing if not enjoyers of classics, and Star Wars: KOTOR is about as good as it gets when you think ‘old is gold’! KOTOR’s epic storytelling is part of what makes it so great, as it takes you on thrilling adventures through the Star Wars universe with amazing narratives and some of the most fun quests I’ve ever tried. Also, since lore is such a big part of why we love WoW, KOTOR makes sure that its rich lore and world-building also make you feel right at home.

The game’s character development follows meaningful choices and actions that you make, so you can shape your unique hero the way you want, just like WoW. Be careful, though, we all know what it’s like having a friend hold a grudge against us, but can you imagine a video game character doing that? It’s all part of the RPG fun here!

Apart from that, there are your standard MMORPG features included here, such as multiplayer and co-op, without which a game can never really replace WoW. If you’re interested in trying out a different universe that’s similar in core ways to WoW, KOTOR is very easily playable today on PC, Xbox, and Mobile.

13. The Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online

An amazing story, well-crafted multiplayer, character customization, and action-packed combat, The Elder Scrolls Online has it all! These are the essentials for an alternative to WoW, but what makes this game unique? Well, it’s the fact that this is the vast and immersive world of Tamriel, the Land of the Elder Scrolls series!

Touching more on the similarities to WoW (which the game puts its own spin on), ESO offers a breathtakingly beautiful and diverse universe where you can explore diverse regions, encounter fascinating characters, and unravel intriguing quests.

Starting off, you get to create your hero from a range of unique races and classes and then customize them with the skills and abilities that make them truly yours. And that’s not all, ESO also has amazing combat that’s layered with dynamic gameplay, ensuring you’ll feel right at home with your tactical prowess from WoW’s battles. Oh, and it’s not an MMORPG if it doesn’t have super good multiplayer, which I’m happy to report is one of the best you could get in any game today!

Apart from a new realm and a couple of new elements, The Elder Scrolls Online is as close as you can get to WoW without actually playing it! To try it out, you can get it on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

14. RuneScape

RuneScape

We’ve toured a whole bunch of realms in this list, now it’s time to step into Gielinor, where thrilling quests, diverse regions, and some hilarious NPCs await you. It’s like running into that one funny gnome in WoW, but times ten!

As for the gameplay, it starts off with you crafting your own epic hero with all the skills and abilities you like in proper seasoned MMO-pro fashion. Whether you prefer swinging a sword, brewing potions, or even baking virtual pies (yes, that’s a thing!), RuneScape’s got you covered with a fun way to do anything.

Now, for the big question – Old School RuneScape (OSRS) or the modern version? It might seem like a no-brainer to some, but the Old School version is alive and thriving today for a reason; it’s got its own charm! It basically comes down to the graphics and the convenience of a better UI in the modern version, so if you’re new to all this, I think the newer one is the way to go for you. To play RuneScape, you only need a basic PC or Phone.

15. Planet Calypso

Planet Calypso

Imagine stepping into a futuristic world with a mix of sci-fi and fantasy elements, where you can explore and uncover from dusk till dawn and never run out of things to find! That’s what Planet Calypso is – a unique and immersive experience that sets it apart from the traditional fantasy setting of WoW without losing the MMORPG elements we all love.

One of the standout features of Planet Calypso is its real-cash economy, allowing you to earn real-world money while you play. It’s a bit confusing, but basically, you deposit and withdraw actual, real money from the game, but only if you want! The game is playable without this, too, if it seems a bit sussy to you.

The game has sandbox-style gameplay, where you can choose your path – be a skilled hunter, a shrewd trader, or a resourceful crafter. Your choices shape your destiny, and the possibilities are as vast as the cosmos itself, another good thing carried over from WoW! Speaking of, like WoW, Planet Calypso offers cooperative gameplay, encouraging you to team up with friends or join forces with fellow players to make those raids and challenges just a little bit easier. To play this game, you can get it for free only on a PC.

16. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Alright, I’m coming in with another recommendation that’ll have you scratching your head but hear me out! In Dragon Age: Inquisition, a third-person POV RPG, you’ll be crafting your unique hero, choosing from all the classes and races you could want, and developing your character’s skills to match the way you like to play your games.

In Thedas, the mesmerizing world of Dragon Age filled with diverse landscapes, you get to explore majestic castles, haunting forests, and more, all brought to life with visuals that’ll make you forget you’re actually in a game! As the Inquisitor, the fate of the realm rests in your hands, and your decisions shape the course of the narrative, forging alliances and facing tough moral choices – talk about role-playing!

Oh, and I’m not done – you also get to assemble a diverse and loyal party of companions, each with their own captivating backstories and personalities! Building strong bonds with them will be key to overcoming the challenges ahead, and trust me, there are a lot of challenges ahead. If you’re ready for an adventure unlike anything from WoW, Dragon Age: Inquisition is playable on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

17. Rift

Rift

‘The ultimate fantasy MMORPG’ is a big claim to make, but man, do these guys back it up with a solid game! You get to experience an extraordinary dimension-hopping adventure in Rift – a fantastic alternative to World of Warcraft! The world here is called Telara, as mesmerizing as it sounds but on the brink of chaos, where rifts between dimensions threaten its existence.

As the game starts, you begin by creating your unique hero, which follows the standard blueprint of many different callings and souls, making your character as diverse and unique as you yourself!

In Rift, dynamic events called rifts spontaneously open, and you get to join forces with other players to defend the world from planar invasions. The rifts bring excitement and unpredictability, a lot like the dynamic events from WoW. As you progress, you get to unlock powerful abilities and also eventually master your character’s skills, becoming even stronger than you would be with just the leveling up!

In some ways, this game is also like Destiny 2, which makes sense since that’s also on the list of recommendations here! To try out Rift, you can get either the Android version or play it on a PC.

With that said, we’re all done for today. I thought it’d be hard to find seventeen good alternatives to WoW, but there’s a plethora of devs and games out there that were just waiting to prove me wrong, fortunately so! So, which one is your favorite? Or did I miss the one you’ve actually decided on? Let me know what you think. Until then, good luck and have fun!

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