When it comes to the world of
online gaming MMOs (massively multiplayer online game) are where its
at. Games like Aion, Rift, as well as the new Star Wars and many more
are the talk of the industry all hoping for the same lofty goal; to
take the coveted title of king of the MMO world from Blizzard
Entertainment and their game giant World of Warcraft. Thus far none
have been able to meet the mark.
While many of us would hate to
see WoW fall, it would be nice to have another gaming option to turn to
when we get a bit tired of the same old, same old. After seven years of
World of Warcraft, even the most devoted fan may be feeling a bit of
the infamous seven year itch. So it is with hoping hearts that we go
forth to these new MMOs only to have our dreams of an alternate
favorite game to play be crushed quickly as these newness and glamour
of these competitors quickly fade.
However, in the quest for
looking for the perfect alternate game to play when the servers are
down or WoW fatigue sets in perhaps the problem is that we are looking
for new games in all the wrong places. Instead of looking for another
MMO WoW playres should think outside the box and instead dive into the
world of first person shooters, RTS games and RPGs. Here WoW players
will find a plethora of options offered up one of which is sure to be
the perfect side game just for them.
Don’t waste anymore
time with the WoW is my only game blues! Below you will find five of
the top non-MMO multiplayer games from my personal arsenal of favorites
offered up for your future gaming entertainment.
Mem's Top 5 Non-MMO
Multiplayer Games for Wow Players
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Team Fortress 2 is a fast paced
multiplayer shooter game developed by Valve Corporation. A
sequel to the original Team Fortress this game started out life as part
of a video game compilation, however, after much success was later
released in its own stand alone packaging. Thanks to its team based
gameplay Team Fortress 2 will easily appeal to most WoW players used to
a raiding or team PvP environment. The game focuses on two teams
(Reliable Excavation & Demoliton a.k.a RED and Builders League
United a.k.a BLU) competing for a principle objective. Teams that work
well together will ultimately prevail.
Once placed on a team WoW
players will find that instead of the normal pick a character name and
blast things they will instead be able to pick from nine distinctive
classes, (the Scout, Solider, Pyro, Demoman, Heavy, Engineer, Spy,
Sniper and the Medic) each with its own strengths and weaknesses. With
offensive, defensive, and even a support classes the choices here
should easily allow WoW players of all ilks to find a character that
fits their individual play style. On account of these various options
Team Fortress 2 is so much more than just a shoot ‘em up
The best part of Team Fortress
2, however, may be the fact that it has recently gone free to play. The
game now only relies on microtransactions to fund it. This way the
player can choose how much or how little they wish to spend on the game
itself. WoW players who want to give this game a try can easily
purchase and play Team Fortress 2 using the Steam system.
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If you are a WoW player that
wants something to occupy your extra free time but aren’t
sure you are ready to cut the strings totally from Blizzard you can
choose to try out their immensely popular Starcraft II series. A
successor to the equally as popular original Starcraft, Starcraft II is
a military real time strategy game set in the 26th century in a distant
part of the Milky Way galaxy firmly planting this game in the realm of
Once inside the game players
will find themselves immersed in a well developed world where game play
is based upon the conflicts between the three races found inside the
Starcraft universe. The Terran, human exiles from Earth, the Zerg a
super alien life form, and the Protoss, a technologically advanced
alien species with mental powers beyond the realm of understanding.
Players may choose to play against or as a team with other players
inside Starcraft II as any of the above races each of which has
distinctive pros and cons. If you find yourself tiring of the
traditional maps and WoW players will be pleased to find that there are
player made maps and games aplenty that pull you away from the typical
RTS feel of the game and are sure to keep you coming back for more.
WoW players who wish to enter
into the Starcraft universe can find this game for sale either in the
online Blizzard Store or at almost any store that sells PC games near
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Another first person shooter on
the list is the
well known Counter-Strike. Originating from a Half-Life
modification, Counter-Strike was created by Valve Corporation and has
successful. As a result of this success the game has been
expanded into a series including; Counter-Strike, Condition Zero,
Counter-Strike Source, and Counter-Strike: Global all of which have
achieved excellent reviews leaving WoW players tons of options when it
comes to this game.
In Counter-Strike players will
find themselves placed on either the side of the terrorists or
counter-terrorists. Working as a team they must strive to complete
missions or to simply eliminate the other team. As in all team based
games, those teams that work the best together will excel here. WoW
players will be intrigued to find that much like in World of Warcraft,
the Counter Strike world is littered with a slew of mods which add,
subtract, and even create totally different modes of play that allow
for a difference experience every time you play the game.
Still not sure Counter-Strike
is the game for you? Try it out for yourself by downloading it from the
Steam client and remember; the Counter-Strike franchise has sold over
25 million copies, that many gamers can’t be wrong.
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If you’ve never taken
a walk in the world of action RPG or tower defense Dungeon Defenders
allows gamers to try out both at the same time. Created by Trendy
Entertainment Dungeon Defenders is set in a fantasy world where players
can take on the role child like heroes. Their sole purpose is to
defended Eternia Crystals
to prevent doom from befalling their castle
and homeland while their parents are away.
WoW players will be pleased to
find that while taking on this game they will have the option of
choosing melee and ranged classes although no healers are currently
available. In a typical game players will be placed inside a map where
an onslaught of baddies will attempt to eliminate the Eternia Crystal
and pretty much bring about the doom of this fictional world. To
prevent this from each class can use a variety of attacks or choose to
tap into the class specific “tower” defenses that
can be constructed on the map to stop advancing mobs.
While there is leveling to do
in the game, it is insignificant and most players will reach max level
in a very short time span and get right into the real action. While at
times Dungeon Defenders can seem a bit tedious especially waiting for
that special piece of gear to drop, this fast passed, vibrant world is
sure to peak the interest of the addict in all of us. The game will
bring you back time and time again without fail making this the perfect
game for the discerning WoW player to take on in their spare time.
Want to try out Dungeon
Defenders? Download the demo or purchase the full version using the
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Finishing out our list is
Portal 2 a first person puzzle game
that was developed and subsequently
published by Valve Corporation (yes, I love Valve games). A sequal to
the original Portal many were concerned that it would suffer the fate
of many follow up games and not live up to expectations. Thus far
however players and critics alike have been in agreement that Valve did
something utterly right with Portal 2.
While this game is barely
multiplayer with only a two-player co-op mode, it is playable both
locally and online. In the game players assume the role of a robot
being. The robots sole purpose is to survive the wrath of GlaDOS (the
AI controller of the Aperture Science Facility) which is dished out in
the form of various puzzles and obstacles. Each robot comes equipped
with their own portal gun which they use to move through the various
game levels. With its advanced use of physics, Portal 2 has opened up a
whole new range of challenges that are sure to keep you playing for a
long time to come. For WoW players with a love for puzzle solving,
Portal 2 is where its at.
Do you personally play any of
the above listed games? Do you feel they deserve the spot on the top 5
list? Share your thoughts and own personal choices in the comments
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