The 15 Best MMORPGs for Mac Downlod 2022
We pick our favorites, including worthy free alternatives. Finding the right MMORPG for Mac is a tricky business, especially on Mac. With the changes in pricing models, new Expansions, and the suddenly discontinued classics, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. But the good news is there are a number of excellent Mac options available.
And we’re here to help you find them.
Following our tradition of finding the top MacOS games for you, today we tackle the best MMORPG for Mac.
The Mac MMORPG market is pretty strong right now. With a good variety of sub-genres and pricing models, going from extremely generous free-to-play games to premium experiences with monthly subscriptions, there’s something on this list for everyone.
How We Decide
Finding the best games is a good start but what good are they if their Mac versions suck? Sometimes a great game on Windows can suffer from extremely poor MacOS performance, or even worse, a broken Mac version. That’s why testing these games on Mac hardware is critical for us. In this list, you’ll only find games that are great and have good MacOS support. You can read all about how we test MacOS performance below.
World of Warcraft
The most successful MMO ever created, World of Warcraft (WoW) had at one point over 12 Million subscribers, more than all its competitors combined! To be fair, WoW’s subscribers may have decreased, but it’s still the most popular MMO out there, by far.
That success comes from the amazing support Blizzard continuously delivers. Every Expansion significantly improves the game and sometimes even dares to reinvent it. Legion was particularly great, especially for Mac gamers, as it moved the game from OpenGL to Metal, delivering a 61% performance improvement in the process.
Overall, everything in WoW just works. The missions are fun, the dungeons are rewarding (yet, accessible) and the raids are hardcore as ever. The Player versus Player (PvP) is equally good, and there are professions, crafting, and countless other things to do. Leveling up and getting better gear will become your obsession.
Finally, with the decision to make all prior Expansions free (finally), WoW is set to become the best Mac MMORPG of 2019.
Real Pricing: WoW offers a free trial that goes to level 20 but if you want to play this seriously, the game requires $14.99 per month.
Guild Wars 2
For a long time, Guild of Wars 2 was the only MMO that could compete with World of Warcraft. The Elder Scrolls and Final Fantasy 14 changed that, but Guild Wars 2 is still one of the top choices.
What I love the most about Guild Wars 2 is that it works hard to limit the “grinding” (you’ll hear a lot about grinding in this article). You know, killing 500 Level 1 rats to level up. Instead, Guild Wars 2 focuses on group events and Living World stories, the latest being a killer open-world jungle.
The other thing that sets Guild Wars 2 apart is the fact that it doesn’t require a monthly subscription. This was already a good deal, but then ArenaNet did even better when it made the base game free-to-play. Path of Fire, the game’s latest Expansion, isn’t free but does include a rogue god war to kill and mounts for the first time!
An MMO that can go up against WoW but is free? That makes Guild Wars 2 our runner-up.
Real Pricing: The base game is completely free; there are two paid expansions available which you can get for $49.99 but you won’t ever have to pay
The Elder Scrolls Online
A cross-platform MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) is the only way Mac gamers can experience the Elder Scrolls universe. And while there were various criticisms leveled at the game when it was first released, updates and fixes have firmly established it as one of the best MMORPG games for Mac around.
Featuring the fantasy RPG gameplay that made Skyrim and Oblivion famous, ESO features a wide open world that you can explore and play in as you like, alone or with your friends. The game features a rich story, plenty of side quests, crafting, battles and more. And Summerset, the game’s latest Expansion, adds a new region to an already huge world.
While there are still technical issues with the game on MacOS, our experience with the game was positive. It is so well optimized for Macs, it was even playable on our 2012 MacBook Pro.
A great-looking AAA title with a reasonable price playable on a 6-year-old MacBook Pro? That’s enough to make it our MacBook pick.
Real Pricing: The base game costs $19.99 and does not require a monthly subscription. There is also an optional $14.99 monthly subscription available including all paid DLC, faster XP, and more.
Lord of the Rings Online
Developed by Turbine, Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO) follows the story from the movies and gives you full access to almost everything it has to offer for free.
LotRO was always a good game, and now that it’s free-to-play, the player base is finally big enough to make it great. The game features everything that you’d want from an MMORPG set in Middle Earth. Explore the places you’ve read about like the Shire and the Mines of Moria, meet Gandalf and battle the forces of Sauron. Or play as one of his minions in Player vs. Monster mode.
However you make your way through Middle Earth, LotRO is gorgeous to look at, fun to explore and includes all your favorite MMORPG elements such as crafting, quests and of course battles.
Free-to-play MMOs are a dime a dozen, but Lord of the Rings Online truly stands out. This is without hesitation the best free MMORPG for Mac, as the only differences with the paid version are quite superficial.
Real Pricing: The base game is free, but there are several paid expansions offering more quests to play. There’s also a $14.99 monthly “VIP” subscription that unlocks every expansion, gives you access to the monster class, free LoTR points and more.
Final Fantasy 14 Online
With the release of the Shadowbringers expansion, Final Fantasy 14 Online became an excellent game. The problem was the MacOS version, which was a buggy mess when released. The performance was so terrible, Square Enix had to publicly apologize and offered refunds.
But things have changed for the better. The Mac version runs infinity times better now, a new PvP MOBA-style mode was launched, and Stormblood, the game’s latest Expansion introduced a plethora of new quests, features and gameplay mechanics.
FF14 offers everything a fan could ask for, including switching between classes and jobs, challenging dungeons, and huge PvP battles (with up to 72 players). Plus, the game now offers a free trial up to level 35 and cross-platform multiplayer between Mac, Windows and PlayStation 4.
Needless to say, FF14 is also the best anime MMORPG on Mac.
Real Pricing: A $19.99 Starter Edition lets you play up to level 50 while a $59.99 Complete edition eliminates all limits and includes all available expansions. Both include a 30-days free play period. Subscriptions are $29.99 for a 60-day card.
EVE Online is a fascinating space adventure game that lets you do whatever you want. You can choose from a variety of professions, including mining, manufacturing, trading, piracy, exploration, and more. Everything happens in real-time, even when you’re not logged in, which is tedious for some but provides added realism for others. EVE Online truly feels like a parallel universe that will go on with or without you.
But the best part of EVE are the impressive space battles. These battles can involve ships as big as entire cities and can cost literally thousands of dollars. In fact, in 2014 a huge war broke out, costing gamers over $300,000 in damages!
Developer CCP Games recently made EVE Online a significantly better MMO with two key decisions: it made it free-to-play and vastly improved the game’s introduction to make it easier to get into.
Bottom line: EVE is a rewarding space sim (and a must for space combat fans) that you can try for free.
Real Pricing: Free-to-play but with limits on skill levels and ships you can acquire. A $14.95/month subscription eliminates those limits and opens the whole game universe.
Featuring cartoon graphics, Spiral Knights has a slightly different take on the MMORPG. In this free-to-play cooperative MMORPG, you and your fellow space-faring knights crash on an alien world and must explore the underground Clockworks to find a mysterious energy source and fix your ship. What this really means is you go underground to explore an ever-changing dungeon, battle enemies, and solve fairly simple puzzles.
Played from a top-down third-person perspective, Spiral Knight focuses on the real-time battles, which are fought cooperatively with other knights against hordes of enemies. In between battles you train, rest, chat and more in the town of Haven on the surface. There’s also a PvP mode for when you’re tired of getting along with your other knights.
Real Pricing: The game is free-to-play, with downloadable content and in-game purchases available but not required. There are some complaints of excessive grinding if you don’t pay for Orbs to help you advance.
Looking for a Minecraft-y online MMORPG on Mac? Trove’s got you covered. With a focus on cooperative multiplayer and action, Trove gives you all your classic RPG elements inside a Minecraft lookalike universe.
In addition to going off on adventures on land and underground, alone or with friends in cooperative multiplayer, Trove allows you to craft anything you want and use it in the game. You also get your own house in which to craft and relax. And if you don’t like the worlds that already exist in the game, you can even craft your own, again alone or with friends.
Trove is praised for its community and gameplay, but it can suffer from server issues and some claim the grinding becomes excessive later in the game. But for those looking for a Minecraft-style experience, Trove is definitely your ticket.
Real Pricing: Free-to-play with paid DLC and in-app purchases going from $2.99 to $49.99 for the biggest bundles, some complain it can become pay-to-win to get the materials you need to craft higher-end items.
Now free-to-play, Albion Online is an open world sandbox MMO set in a medieval fantasy world where player choice dominates gameplay. Using a classless system, you can develop your skills in different areas and switch between roles at will.
Another nice twist is the economy, which is completely player driven. Everything available to buy and sell has been gathered or crafted by other players. You get to decide how you want to fit into that economy.
Need a break from the exploring and fighting? Albion Online provides
you with a private island where you can farm and build your own dream house. Along with Guilds, PvP battles and cross-platform multiplayer with Windows, Linux and even mobile (Android, iOS in beta), Albion Online has it all for those who want to create their own adventure.
Real Pricing: Previously $29.95, the base game is now free-to-play with upgrades and DLC available but not required.
A newer entry in the WWII genre formerly dominated by World War II Online, War Thunder also includes the Korean War era in its air and land combat options.
With a huge number of available planes, tanks, and even navy vessels, War Thunder offers anything your heart could desire for mid-20th-century combat.
War Thunder features full-scale PvP battles, historical campaigns in PvE, a large number of solo missions, and cooperative multiplayer. Plus it’s cross-platform on MacOS, Windows, Linux, and PS4.
What else could you want in a military MMO? Well, we’ll throw in modest system requirements allowing even more of you to try it out.
Real Pricing: Free-to-play with lots of paid DLC and in-app purchases available. There are also premium accounts available starting at $7.49 for 20 days that offer extra bonuses and experience points.
Star Conflict is a gorgeous space simulation MMO that focuses on PVP combat above anything else.
As an elite pilot, you’ll spend most of your time engaging in action-packed dogfights in outer space. This means ships are at the heart of the game, and you’ll be able to chose from fast and scrappy fighters to powerful and bulky destroyers. On top of that, Star Conflict also offers a stellar customization system, with 200+ ships and 40+ mods to play with. As one long-time player puts it:
You can go 1000 matches with one build before deciding to change one single mod on the ship, which leads to a completely different experience for the next 1000 matches.
You’ll also be able to join a faction and engage in missions to gain influence and loot. Finally, the game also offers quests, exploration and crafting to round things up.
Real Pricing: Free-to-play with optional Packs available
System Requirements: 2.0 GHz Intel Processor, 4 GB RAM, 512 MB Video RAM (Intel HD 3000 or better) and 6GB of Hard Drive space.
Realm of the Mad God
An action-shooter MMORPG for Mac featuring classic 8-bit graphics, Realm of the Mad God is all about the fighting. Sure you’ll have looting and exploring to do, but that’s just to get you to the monster killing.
As a character transported to the Realm of the Mad God to serve as food for his minions, your job, along with your fellow players, is to kill everything. As you battle through each realm, you’ll level up, earn Fame, and improve your arsenal. However, the game features permadeath, where you lose (almost) all your equipment and stats when you die. Fame you have earned allows you to buy in-game items.
With a focus on cooperative multiplayer fighting, Realm of the Mad God is classic 8-bit RPG fun.
Real Pricing: Free-to-play with just one optional $9.99 Adventure pack including several items for your character.
An open world, choose-your-own-adventure style MMO, Runescape began life as a browser-based game but long ago graduated to its own client software. Runescape claims fame as the world’s largest and most-updated free MMORPG for Mac according to Guinness.
Runescape is known for its classless system and non-linear gameplay. You improve skills by using them, and choose how you want to play the game. With plenty of skills, quests, monsters and more, Runescape gives you everything you need to explore the world of Gielinor.
Real Pricing: Free-to-play but unlocking many elements requires a $9.49 monthly subscription.
Dungeons and Dragons Online
Dungeons & Dragons Online was the first free MMO I ever played.
What I like the most about DDO is the narrator or “dungeon master” that describes the paths and options available to you. This makes DDO feel a lot like a tabletop game and not just a video game. By the way, DDO is based on the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 ruleset, which is the foundation of most RPG elements within the game.
When it comes to the graphics, DDO looks a lot like the Lord of the Rings Online, but that’s about the only similarity they share. The storytelling and mechanics are completely different, clearly catering to different audiences. Speaking of audience, DDO’s player base is much more forgiving than the average.
DDO is a favorite among our team here and if you like tabletop RPGs, I’m confident you will love it too.
Real Pricing: Free-to-play with paid Expansions and DLC packs required to unlock some classes.
World of Tanks Blitz
Looking for an MMO with tanks instead of dungeons? World of Tanks Blitz (WoTB), the MMO version of the popular World of Tanks, is for you. Featuring 7-vs-7 tank battles with cross-platform multiplayer (including cooperative multiplayer), WoTB is what you need when in you’re in the mood for some heavy metal.
With over 200 different real-life vehicles and 18 different battle arenas, there’s plenty of variety to keep things fresh. Despite some complaints about matchmaking, the community and what some see as a pay-to-win formula at higher levels, WoTB is still a fun, free-to-play tank fest for you and your friends.
Real Pricing: Free-to-play with in-app purchases.
The best MMORPG for Mac
Normally, we test our Top 10 games on different Mac models and share the results with you. This time, with so many free-to-play options, we decided to focus on the premium games only.
We performed all of our tests on these machines: