MMO Attack has covered some great strategy games in the past. Early this month we tackled the Top 10 Best Tactics MMOs, and before that we handled the Top 10 Best MOBAs. Sadly, those two lists were fit to a specific genre. Many of the games you will see making another appearance on this list, but there are also a few new additions that couldn't be ignored when discussing online strategy games.
There are so many MMO games that involved strategy nowadays it can even be difficult breaking down the genre. Every MMO involves strategy on some level. Many titles emphasize on strategy though by utilizing specific styles of tactics, teamwork, and turn-based planning. The MMORTS Goodgame Empire missed the cut on our list, but was notably voted best strategy browser game of the year by MMO fans in 2013. Lord of Ultima was another exclusion this time around. The game is arguably deserving of being on this list, but stumbles when viewed comparatively to anything it could replace. There are just too many good strategy games out there.
The famous DotA in fact got bumped right off this list despite being such a good game. The title may still be fun, and people may still play it; but it's out of date. One could argue how good of a game Super Mario Bros. 3 is for the NES, but there won't be one Nintendo fan suggesting that you play it before the many newer successes like Mario 64, or Super Mario Galaxy. This is a list that should ultimately provide players with ten of the most entertaining and strategy centric games on the MMO market. Popularity plays a big factor in this list. Despite endless complaints about the mainstream state of some titles in the gaming industry, popularity does a great job predicting an enjoyable experience for the majority of people who do actually end up playing.
10. End of Nations
9. ECOL Tactics
8. Heroes of Newerth
7. Frontline Tactics
6. Jagged Alliance Online
5. Command and Conquer: Tiberium Alliances
When players can focus on one of
their units more, they can build a better strategy around the characters they
like. SMITE provides a great way for individuals to better progress through a
MOBA with a character of their choosing. Despite having better solo strategy,
there's still big emphasis on the outcome of two teams who are pit against each
other. When it comes to strategy, nothing can beat a good team. Whether it's
athletics, projects, or video games; solid teamwork will always prevail. SMITE
is a MOBA and therefore knows exactly how important good teamwork is. It may require
a bit more cash to unlock all the goodies you want in this game, but SMITE
won't ever suffet from play to win and very precisely justifies how important
it is to have a good strategy in any active MMO.
3. DotA 2
DotA 2 its far less mainstream than games like League of Legends. Unlike some of the competitors this series inspired, DotA 2 expects players to be educated on the mechanics of the MOBA strategy. This game was based off the original MOBA and takes itself very seriously when it comes to augmenting the experience that spawned an entire genre. Other strategy games aren’t quite as daunting. You can't deny amazing presence that DotA 2 has in the MMO community, but a good chunk of its supporters are merely super fans that had played the original.
Dota 2 was created
by fans of the original DotA. When a title has so many dedicated players that
it leads to the birth an new genre of online gaming (MOBA); you can be sure
that similar gameplay strategies will be prevalent. If DotA 2 didn't try so
hard at making DotA fans happy, it might actually become the best strategy MMO
to date. You may consider this to be the best online strategy game currently
out there, but that's probably because you were lucky enough to get a key and
somehow also hate number one and two on this list.
2. World of Tanks
Wargaming owes their explosive popularity to World of Tanks, so they have put in every effort to make it the best action-strategy MMO it can be. The company has even implemented what they call a free-to-win model, to show how much they respect individual gaming needs. The concept of free-to-play is about respect for gamers, and Wargaming wants to provide a game that players can see through to the end. There are definitely things that can be purchased in World of Tanks, but every player has the same chance of implementing a successful strategy. This is one MMO that shows reciprocity for hard work and dedication.
World of Tanks is easily one of the most entertaining online
games available. Players are given true MMO aspects, like customizing your
favorite tanks for future conflicts. Your tank will be specific to your style
of play. Developers have successfully designed tank skins for those looking for
a historically accurate conflict. The never ending campaign of Clan Wars in the
games global map creates a nonstop emphasis on strategic gameplay. Every
decision you make in World of Tanks could be turning point in massive online
warfare. If you’re still having trouble understanding why World of Tanks ranks
so high on our Top 10 strategy list, just play the game and see for yourself.
1. League of Legends
The popularity of this game says it all. Whether you are a
casual gamer or a hardcore MOBA enthusiast, League of Legends will provide you
with vibrant battles involving endless strategies. A combination of different
champions makes every player, and therefore every battle, one of a kind.
Developers of the MMO also seem to really care about their fan base, giving
players a more reliable community if problems do arise. There are cash
transactions in League of Legends, but nothing beats a good team with a good
strategy. Strategic gameplay, a feature eSports circuit, and a handful of
clones more than justify why League of Legends should be given a chance by
pretty much every fan of gaming.
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