The Best Buy To Play MMORPG & MMO Games Of All Time As Of 2020


Buy-to-Play, abbreviated as B2P or BTP is a revenue model for games that can only be installed and played once purchased. Not to be confused with subscription-based games that limits access based on time, buy-to-play games can be accessed for an unlimited amount of time after purchasing. Some of the games listed below offer free trial periods.

Here is a list of the best buy-to-play MMOs of all time! This is an on-going list that will be updated over time.

Gloria Victis

Developer: Black Eye Games
Black Eye Games
Low-fantasy open-world PvP, Castle battles, Realistic stronghold defense/siege
PvE: Monster Hunting Quests, Dungeons

Gloria Victis is a medieval-themed MMORPG that aims to provide realistic themes. For instance, the PvP takes place in real-time in the open-world with no instances of any kind. Players fight for realistic goals such as territory control in lifelike scenarios with non-target combat, sandbox crafting and a player-driven economy.

Black Desert Online

Developer: Pearl Abyss
Kakao Games
Sieges, Clan Wars, Duels, Battlegrounds, Open World, Caravans
PvE: Monster Hunting, World Bosses, Taming Wild Animals

Black Desert Online is a sandbox and action combat MMORPG that offers a fast-paced action combat and intense large-scale, coordinated, open world PvP like guild wars and sieges. After reaching level 40, players can activate PvP mode. The game’s graphics went through a massive overhaul that was called “Black Desert: Remastered”.


Developer: ArtCraft
Open-world/free-for-all PvP, Partial loot drop from killed players
PvE: Monster Hunting For Resources

Crowfall, the “throne war” MMORPG is played across finite campaigns that can last for months. During the campaigns, the open world is up for grabs. Players battle over resourceful areas.  The game offers player-created ever-lasting hubs called “The Eternal Kingdoms” to make use of the bounties gained from the long PvP campaigns. Players can play any of the available characters at any time. The combat system is non-target action style.

Ashes of Creation

Developer: Intrepid Studios
Publisher: Intrepid Studios
PvP: Duels, Arenas, Open-world, Sieges, Node Wars
PvE: Monster Hunting Quests, Dungeons, Raids, World

Ashes of Creation is an upcoming MMORPG that offers an open world divided into zones and nodes which are points where civilization can develop into villages, cities, and metropolis. Extending the game’s content further and the game’s housing system, politics, and many important features revolve around the node system. Other notable features include no fast travel, castle and node sieges, trade runs and a unique Player killing system.

Albion Online

Publisher: Sandbox Interactive
Sandbox Interactive
PvP: Guild vs. Guild, Open-world
PvE: Monster Hunting Quests, Dungeons

Albion Online is a full-loot MMORPG that offers a world divided into different colored zones with their own set of rules. Risk versus reward makes doing any progressive activity an exciting experience for PvP lovers. Some are discouraged by this type of gameplay, while others love the thrill of risking it all for a bountiful reward.

Project: Gorgon

Developer: Elder Game Studios
Publisher: Elder Game Studios
PvP: Duels, Open-world
PvE: Monster Hunting Quests, Open-world Dungeons, Instanced Dungeons, World Bosses

Project: Gorgon is a sandbox, skill oriented, primarily PvE MMORPG in which a large variety of combat and life skill types determine what each player is able to do and what role a player ultimately end up playing. Interacting with NPCs is a huge part of the gameplay with each NPC having its own personality and preferences.

Elder Scrolls Online

Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios
Bethesda Softworks
PvP: Duels, Alliance Wars, Battlegrounds, Sieges
PvE: Quests, Public & Instanced Dungeons, Bosses, Trials, Arenas

The Elder Scrolls Online’s gameplay consists mainly of non-linear content such as quests, random scenarios and free-roaming exploration. The game’s lore is always expanding.

Guild Wars 2

Developer: ArenaNet
Arenas, World vs. World, Conquest, Battlegrounds, Team Deathmatch, Stronghold
PvE: Monster Hunting Quests, Dungeons, Raids, World Bosses

The core version of Guild Wars 2 is free to try, but the majority of the game’s content is buy-to-play. Guild Wars 2 is the sequel to the classic MMORPG Guild Wars. The game offers a large variety of events, stories, scenarios, PvE content, PvP content, and famously difficult puzzles.

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Temiko Salyzar
Temiko Salyzar
5 years ago

Great list except Project Gorgan. It’s shit optimized for out of date 2002 graphics. If you care about graphics at all, it’s a pass.

5 years ago
Reply to  Temiko Salyzar

That’s because the graphics are based off and developed by a former dev of a game called Asheron’s call which is a mmorpg from the 90’s that shut down in January 2017

5 years ago
Reply to  Kman

On top of that its a very small dev team, and the game is in early access. Sad he gives no reason to why the game is “shit” other than graphics, bad reviews like that are the reasons games fall before taking off.

Kathy Korstick
Kathy Korstick
2 years ago
Reply to  name

I agree. Unfair to write a game off just because it isn’t your preferred graphic style. Gameplay is king.

2 years ago
Reply to  Temiko Salyzar

People who care about graphics are spoiled brats