6 Games Like Ragnorak Online [Recommendations]

Game developer Gravity did something very amazing in 2002. This Korean based studio unleashed on the world Ragnarok Online an MMORPG that even 15 years later, still continues being played. This amazing MMORPG would then release a sequel titled Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of the Second as well as an anime series called Ragnarok the Animation. Thus it’s easy to say that Ragnarok Online was—and still is—an extremely popular and lucrative franchise. Now then that begs the question, what games are like Ragnarok Online?

Folks, welcome one and all to our 6 Games Like Ragnarok Online recommendations list. Down below we here at Honey’s Anime decided to find numerous games that captured the beauty found in Ragnarok Online. Our 6 Games like Ragnarok Online list has taken us into numerous titles that delve into multiple themes such as medieval worlds and fantasy ones. If you love the excellent world found in Ragnarok Online, then we know you should definitely try some of these titles like Ragnarok Online we’re about to mention. If you’re ready to get lost in some huge online gaming titles—some that have eaten hundreds of our own hours here at Honey’s Anime—then scroll down and let’s begin this games like Ragnarok Online list.

Similar Games to Ragnarok Online

1. Guild Wars 2

  • System/Platform: PC, OS X
  • Publisher: NCSOFT
  • Developer: ArenaNet
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2012

250 years ago, the Great Destroyer was bested by strong heroes in the world of Tyria. However, while peace should have reigned over the lands of Tyria, the world wasn’t so lucky. Five Elder Dragons who had been asleep underground awakened and began bringing destruction to Tyria. The human race has begun to grow extinct because of all the damage and the Charr race has advanced on the humans to take back their stolen lands from the now dwindling humans. Your job as a new adventurer is to somehow revive a now disbanded group known as the Destiny’s Edge who are the only hope for bringing peace to the lands of Tyria.

Guild War 2 is a sequel to the very popular MMORPG released seven years and like Ragnarok Online, still has a lot of popularity in the online gaming scene. Players choose from one of several races and professions to then set forth into an epic quest. Like Ragnarok Online, Guild Wars 2 has a lot of customization options for players and tons of cool quests to take on either solo or with others. Guild Wars 2 is a huge improvement over the original titles—as Guild Wars 1 had several expansions—and even today still gets new players to enjoy it’s now free to play format. If you’re ready to dive into a rich world filled with amazing enemies, cool classes and nice combat mechanics then you’re going to want to download Guild Wars 2 as soon as you can.

Guild Wars 2- Teaser Trailer (Official Trailer)


2. Rift

  • System/Platform: PC
  • Publisher: Trion Worlds
  • Developer: Trion Worlds
  • Release Date: Mar 1, 2011

In the world of Rift, the five elemental planes—Earth, Wind, Water, Life, Death—have each intermingled with one another. Each of the five planes has a dragon-like deity that governs the elemental force they are assigned to. Separating the five planes is the land of Telara where all the planes have been kept separated until the five dragon-like deities decided to join forces as the newly named Blood Storm. Despite their combined power those who lived on Telara were able to stop the Blood Storm and keep them from taking controls of all the elemental powers. However, while the Blood Storm were all chained and locked the leader who combined them—named Regulous—escaped and began to make plans to help the Blood Storm get freed. You play as an Ascended, one of the super powered warriors who stopped the Blood Storm originally from their onslaught and must prevent history from repeating itself once more.

Rift from developer Trion Worlds is easily one of the better MMORPGs we’ve played in some time. Like Ragnarok Online, Rift prides itself on giving players large scale battles with multiple friends and or online players all while taking down loads of dungeons and various other instant events. Originally Rift was a paid subscription based title but in 2012, Trion Worlds went for a free to play method that actually made Rift a lot more appealing to play. We here at Honey’s Anime knew we had to include Rift on our 6 Games Like Ragnarok Online list and if you download it and play it soon you’ll agree with our decision. Just be prepared to get lost in Rift’s huge world and mass amount of sights to see and things to do.

Rift: Official HD Intro Trailer (Official Trailer)


3. The Elder Scrolls Online

  • System/Platform: PC, OS X, PS4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios
  • Release Date: Apr 4, 2014

Have you ever wished to play online within the large world of Tamriel found in the Elder Scrolls franchise? Well, now you can do just that in The Elder Scrolls Online. Taking place 800 years before the events found in The Elder Scrolls Morrowind and Oblivion, players will enter a battle for supremacy of Tamriel. Your starting faction will determine where your journey begins and from there you will have to engage in multiple story quests and minor ones to level up and prepare to enter the war. With a large world to explore, The Elder Scrolls Online aims to be one of the biggest MMORPGs ever.

Here at Honey’s Anime it’s safe to assume we’re pretty big fans of games from the Elder Scrolls franchise. We have found ourselves sinking hundreds of real life hours in games like Oblivion or Skyrim and with The Elder Scrolls Online we’ve sunk another large amount of time in this huge MMORPG. If you’re a fan of any of the previous titles we mentioned—and if you love the large variety in Ragnarok Online for example—then you’re going to want to purchase The Elder Scrolls Online. What’s really nice is that unlike when it first released as a subscription based title, The Elder Scrolls Online only requires the player to buy the base game and it’s free from then on. With tons of weapon, classes, skills and places to adventure to, The Elder Scrolls Online will be the MMORPG of choice if you love the setting of the Elder Scrolls series and want to immerse yourself even further in its lore.

The Elder Scrolls Online- E3 2017 Trailer (Official Trailer)


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4. Mabinogi

  • System/Platform: PC
  • Publisher: Nexon Korea
  • Developer: devCAT
  • Release Date: Jun 22, 2004

Mabinogi is a MMORPG where players choose one of several races and set forth in a large fantasy world. Going against the modern theme of most MMORPGs, those that play Mabinogi will find a lot of freedom in their development of their character. Players are not locked into skills based on race or profession and can feely level up various skills via in game AP. Players will find a world where real life tasks—such as plowing fields or making clothing—can be done for various gains. If you’re ready to embark in a world where freedom of choice is largely the name of the game, then enter Mabiongi.

Mabinogi honestly is one of those MMORPGs that takes a lot of risks. Instead of favoring a linear progression—more so focusing on a story narrative—Mabinogi gives players the ability to either level up via fantasy-like work or to engaged in the campaign proper. Mabinogi may seem like a silly looking MMORPG but like Ragnarok Online, there is a lot of depth seen within not only the gameplay but also the quests available and the gameplay itself. Mabinogi has had a long life as an MMORPG and honestly that is a rarity only mimicked by few gaming titles which is why we placed it on our list of 6 Games Like Ragnarok Online. Now then what are you waiting for, the fantasy world of Mabinogi is waiting for you to go and try it out.

Official Mabinogi: Fantasy Life Trailer (Official Trailer)


5. Elsword

  • System/Platform: PC
  • Publisher: Nexon, KOG Games, Gameforge
  • Developer: KOG Studios
  • Release Date: Dec 27, 2007

The land of Elrios came to be thanks to a powerful gem named the El Stone. However, the powerful El Stone is stolen by some thieves and it’s up to Elsword and allies to return it. Dubbing this team as the El Search Party, new allies will join to increase the chances of success for Elsword. You happen to be one of these new allies yourself. Arm yourself and prepare to bring justice to those who have wronged the land of Elrios in Elsword.

One thing we love about Ragnarok Online—besides the great gameplay—has to be the anime inspired aesthetics. That’s why we know if you’re like us here at Honey’s Anime you’re going to love Elsword for the same reasons. Developer KOG studios crafted a rich and super fluid 2D side scroller that focuses on action and some very cool classes to play as. Free to play and having had multiple updates that only make the game even better, Elsword is game you won’t mind spending dozens of hours on. Anime inspired visuals, cool 2D combat and tons of cool quests, what’s not to love about Elsword?

Elsword Official- New Promo Trailer (Official Trailer)


6. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

  • System/Platform: PC, macOS, PS3, PS4
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix Business, Division 5
  • Release Date: Aug 27, 2013

The world of Hydaelyn is about to suffer when one race wishes to annihilate another. Hydaelyn has several races that co-exist on the planet in different environments and with different lifestyles. However, the Garleans Empire wants more land and more power. Researching various magic, the Garleans have found a means to call down a small moon and plan on launching it at the beast race to wipe them off the planet completely. While various warriors and adventures are able to stop the Garleans assault, they can’t stop the moon named Dalamud but learn that the moon is actually meant to contain a strong being known as Bahamut and now is free to devastate the planet. Thus a strong scholar named Louisoix Leveilleur uses a power to awaken chosen warriors in a new time to hopefully stop the threat from a different time.

Final Fantasy XIV originally was met with nothing but anger and negative reviews causing Square Enix to have to restart the world. The end result of their decisions led to the now popular Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Fans of the Final Fantasy series will love the amount of similarities found in not only combat but various skills and large explorative world. While Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has only been out for several years, with the large popularity and still very alive servers, it’s safe to assume that it will be running online for some time more. We knew that our 6 Games Like Ragnarok Online list needed a solid last title to end on and thus we end on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn- Launch Trailer (Official Trailer)


Final Thoughts

Ragnarok Online probably won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. MMORPGs tend to be risky ventures for most gaming studios and clearly Ragnarok Online was a risk too. However, when a company like Gravity—or some of the developers we mentioned above—are successful in their risk, we get titles that not only wow us but stay around for years to come. With that folks though we close our books on yet another great recommendation list. If you have any suggestions for more games like Ragnarok Online—or want to talk about the titles mentioned here—be sure to comment down below to let us know. As always we here at Honey’s Anime also aren’t going to close our doors anytime soon so make sure to keep coming back for more great articles to read.

Aaron

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Author: Aaron

Hey everyone I’m Aaron Curbelo or Blade as I’m called by my YouTube Subscribers. I’ve been an anime/manga fan since I was a young kid. In terms of anime I have watched nearly a thousand shows and have read hundreds of manga series. I love writing and honestly was so happy to join Honey’s Anime to get a shot to write articles for such a wonderful site. I’m a firm believer in respect in the anime community being the most important embodiment we should all have. We all love anime and we have varying opinions of series but we should respect one another for those differences! Life is too precious to spend it making needless arguments in a community that should be the shining example of loving an amazing medium. I hope as a writer for Honey’s Anime I can bring you folks some amazing articles to read and enjoy!

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