Action games

What We Liked..

Ability to switch between classes at will

10 different classes that are fun to play

Story-driven MMORPG

Action based combat

Unobtrusive cash shop

.. and what we didn't

Typical grind at later levels

Unsubstantial PVE and PVP

Linear story pacing and delivery

4.6 out of 5
Editorial vote: 9.1

Genre: action, mmorpg

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: matches or duels PvE PvP


Twin Saga is the latest high fantasy setting MMORPG to come out from Asia and offers a promising outlook for the genre by putting the power of choice in the hands of the player. rassembler du matériel ou forger. The game features 10 different classes that players can swap between freely at any time without cost or restriction. Player housing also takes a different approach – the Terracottage is a mobile house that can move like mounts, and is a place where guilds and friends can hang out, gather materials and even craft.

If you enjoyed games like Final Fantasy, Ragnarok and Kingdom Hearts, Twin Saga’s 3D art style and animations will definitely appeal to you as it hovers between anime and cartoon, but the graphics do look a little aged which is surprising.

Overall, Twin Saga is a fairly good MMORPG that contains rich lore and story that is complemented by a fast-paced action combat system that suits the art style. There’s plenty to do in PVE ranging from hidden quests, Astral Adventures and Dungeons, while the competitive players can try their hand at PVP in arenas or battlegrounds. Ultimately, Twin Saga should be credited for its fresh approach but doesn’t do enough to stand out from the MMORPG crowd.

➔ Main points:

  • Ability to switch classes without restrictions or cost
  • Story-driven MMORPG
  • No pay to win in cash shop
  • Mobile player housing

What We Liked..

The warframes

Great mix of genres

Outstanding graphics

.. and what we didn't

Mediocre co-op

Predictable missions

4.4 out of 5
Editorial vote: 8.9


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Genre: action, shooter

Setting: fantasy, sci-fi

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: PvE


Playing Warframe is as close to being a ninja as many of us will get. Set in a sci-fi universe full of insane alien enemies, you'll have to count on your powerful exo-skeleton to survive.

The gameplay is an interesting mix of classic third person shooter and action, with some undoubtedly enjoyable RPG-like features. You can play co-op with friends or take on one of the many available missions solo.

Graphics are beautiful and due to the game’s proprietary engine, you won’t need a beefy rig to run it. Updates are released regularly so even more fun is to come.

Warframe is a great free-to-play title with a hectic pace and rewarding weapons. It has a plethora of progression options to keep you engaged. Most of all, though, it's a blast to play. Moment to moment gameplay is intense, face paced, and visceral.

➔ Main points:

  • 2013 Cooperative third person shooter (MMOTPS).
  • Incredible, adrenalinic combat both in solo and co-op PvE.
  • Inspired art direction and triple-A quality graphics, with affordable minimum requirements.
  • RPG elements and original (at least for a shooter) progression options.

What We Liked..

vehicle customization

earn real money currency on the market

engaging combat

.. and what we didn't

heavy grinding

dated graphics

ultimately light on content

4.4 out of 5
Editorial vote: 8.8

Genre: action, shooter

Setting: sci-fi

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: matches or duels PvE PvP


Crossout is an online shooter based around vehicular combat in a post-apocalyptic future. One might go as far as to say that it is mad… to the max. Or at least, one day it might be, but for the moment Crossout is a few interesting ideas bundled into a grindy open beta. So naturally, a lot of what the game is and offers is subject change over time. Until then, though, Crossout is all about grinding for weapons and car parts in order to build a better vehicle to allow you to continue grinding for even better weapons and car parts.

➔ Main points:

  • Vehicular Combat
  • High Customization
  • Six Distinct Factions
  • Dated Graphics, But Light on System Requirements

What We Liked..

Good Crafting

Fun Guardian System

.. and what we didn't

Poor Graphics

Confusing HUD

No tutorials

4.3 out of 5
Editorial vote: 8.6


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Genre: action, mmorpg

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: guild or factions PvE all vs all


Last Chaos is a bit of an oddity. Despite its age and dwindling popularity it seems to preserve in an MMO ecosystem rife with other choices. It’s a relic of a bygone era, and maybe this is what makes it compelling to some players.

Originally published way back in 2006 by Aeria Games, their first game ever in fact, Last Chaos has recently changed hands and is now being handled by Gamigo. Last Chaos is a game victimized by its own age. Its graphics, animation, and systems all attest to the game’s age. None are particularly impressive by today’s standards.

However fans looking for a nostalgic MMO experience may find Last Chaos enjoyable. It has a classic feel that modern games can fail to capture. Last Chaos boasts a plethora of classes to choose from, these are gender locked however. Unfortunately with all of it’s classes and somewhat charming nostalgia, Last Chaos still falls flat gameplay-wise. It’s repetitive, and for the most part uninteresting.

➔ Main points:

  • Guardian System
  • Level Cap is 184
  • Classic Gameplay
  • Robust Crafting

What We Liked..

Beautiful Environments

Fun Combat

Pretty Costumes

.. and what we didn't

PvE content is simple

Lacks innovation

Needs better Optimization

4.2 out of 5
Editorial vote: 8.5

Genre: action, mmorpg

Setting: fantasy, anime

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: guild or factions PvE PvP


Blade and Soul is a Korean MMORPG recently published by veterans of the MMO industry, NCSoft.

Originally published in Asia, a little over four years ago, the long anticipated game finally makes its way westward. Fans here in the west have long been clamoring for Blade and Soul: the flashy anime inspired graphics and the apparent innovation of its highly touted combat system make NCSoft’s newest experience seem like an amazing proposition.

The question though, does it live up to all the hype? In many ways yes, the game’s combat is reminiscent of classic combo based fighting games, making each encounter engaging and unique.

The graphics are great, if a little dated. However optimization issues and lag run rampant, PvE is somewhat lack luster, and gearing at max level can be a bit of a chore.

The game is a mixed bag, it does some things right and some wrong, however the things it does correctly may be enough to outshine its rougher aspects by the standards of some players.

➔ Main points:

  • 2016 Free to Play MMO
  • Action Combat
  • Fun 1v1 PvP
  • Great Environments

What We Liked..

Bright and colorful world

Upbeat music

Fun Sprite companions

.. and what we didn't

The world is too big and you often play by yourself

Repetitive and bland quests

Very low player base

Unbalanced economy

4.0 out of 5
Editorial vote: 8.0

Genre: action, mmorpg

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: guild or factions PvE PvP


Almost approaching its' tenth birthday, Grand Fantasia is an F2P Anime MMORPG that doesn't reinvent the wheel of the genre but follows the 'If it isn't broke, don't fix it" mentality.

Pleasantly cheerful music, and a game world that is bright and colorful, Grand Fantasia's art style holds up well. What doesn't, is the PVE and PVP content. Quests in Grand Fantasia are painstakingly boring and what's left of the PVE content is little more than level grinding for PVP.

PVP is all but inaccessible to anyone but high-level players, and the P2W game model the game uses makes PVP very unbalanced, as all the top Pkers have spent real-life money to give themselves a huge advantage over the competition and grant themselves powerful end-game gear. PVP is the best part about Grand Fantasia, but unless you spend money, you don't stand a chance.

The game is dead and that makes it hard to recommend. A new server, Siwa was released 5 months ago, and it is already a ghost town. A world full of lively things is now lifeless.

➔ Main points:

  • Downloadable F2P Anime MMORPG
  • Vibrant and cheerful art style
  • Game world is too big and spread out
  • Often feels like a single-player experience because no one else is ever around
  • P2W PVP, only high-level spenders can be competitive

What We Liked..

Great graphics

Fun gameplay

Good progression System

.. and what we didn't

Uninspired PvE

Heavy reliance on grinding

Steep learning curve

3.9 out of 5
Editorial vote: 7.8

Genre: action, shooter, war

Setting: sci-fi

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: guild or factions PvE PvP


Star Conflict is an MMO set in space. The player customizes and controls his very own fleet. Take command and complete various PvE missions, alone or with a group. Then pit one of more than a hundred different ships against one another in the game’s stellar PvP battles.

Enjoy a deep meta game. Send your ships out to autonomously gather credits and earn influence for your chosen faction. Complete increasingly difficult challenges and claim your spot on the leaderboards. Whatever it is that you like in a video game chances are you will find a sliver of it in Star Conflict.

The true wonder is that Gaijin’s game does all of this while still being one of the prettiest free to play games to date. If you like space, or video games in general, I recommend giving Star Conflict a go. I’m sure you can find something you love in this diverse a game.

➔ Main points:

  • 2013 MMO Shooter with great PvP action
  • Fair business model
  • Intense Combat.
  • Great looking graphics, and awesome progression trees.

What We Liked..

Great anime style aesthetics

Multiple game servers

Decent amount of match modes

.. and what we didn't

Dated animations

Cash shop sells advantage

Low active player base

Confusing and clunky UI

3.8 out of 5
Editorial vote: 7.7

Genre: action, shooter

Setting: fantasy, sci-fi

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: guild or factions PvP


S4League is a unique looking third person anime style shooter that gives manga fans a platform to express their love for both Neo-Tokyo art syle and shooter games. S4League offers a variety of PvP game modes in addition to PvE Story and challenge modes, but the true superstar are the unorthodox match modes like Chaser and Touchdown, which offers some refreshing objectives that are uncommon in shooters.

From a graphics standpoint, the game is unfortunately dated in several areas, especially with animations and the clunky menu UI. Player populations aren't very high either, and that could be down to the game's age. On a more positive note, for loyal and long term players, there are many things to collect and achieve as progression goes way beyond gear and equipment with the addition of collectible cards, costumes and character avatars. Overall, S4League is a fun and stylish game in small doses if one can overlook its age.

➔ Main points:

  • Neo-Tokyo inspired anime cartoon art style that manga fans will appreciate
  • Long term gameplay is provided thanks to multiple collection systems
  • Fun melee and ranged combat all blend into one
  • Dedicated servers in many regions for better latency options

What We Liked..

Guardian vs. Guardian hook is unique

Plenty of hero builds and customization

Varied selection of heroes with multiple roles to choose from

Regular updates and new content

.. and what we didn't

Cash shop limits hero selection for new players

Matchmaking limited due to limited players

3.8 out of 5
Editorial vote: 7.5

Genre: action, shooter, MOBA

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: matches or duels


Overview

Your team of five must strategically capture points, called power circles, in order to grant your Guardian enough power to attack the enemy Guardian, at which point you get the awesome privilege of seeing your gigantic creature dart across the map to give the enemy a good walloping, causing the enemy Guardian to become vulnerable to damage. If your Guardian overpowers the enemy’s enough, then it will be instantly wounded, and you won’t even need to attack it yourself. Talk about a sense of satisfaction (or overwhelming weight of your failures if you’re on the other end).
The game currently features 21 heroes, with more arriving as time goes on, and three maps, plus the expected assortment of skins for both heroes and weapons.

➔ Main points:

  • 5v5 skirmishes
  • Fast-paced 3rd person action
  • Contribute to the battle in a wide variety of roles, including tanks, supports, and nukers.
  • Cartoonish, stylized graphics

What We Liked..

Deep Customization

Nemesis System

Fun Gameplay

.. and what we didn't

Poor Graphics

Confusing HUD

Lots of premium content

3.8 out of 5
Editorial vote: 7.5

Genre: action, mmorpg

Setting: sci-fi, city

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: PvE PvP


Based on famed table top game Champions, Champions Online is a recently free-to-play MMORPG created by City of Heroes developer Cryptic Studios. Champions online is a comic book lover’s ideal virtual world. While it has its issues, mostly related to graphics, playing through Champions is still an enjoyable romp filled with a plethora of well executed ideas. The game creates a rich yet traditional MMO experience, however much of the game’s systems and classes are locked behind a subscription-based paywall.

The combat feels, for the most part, very traditional. It’s a variation of the classic tab targeting system we’ve come to love, and expect from games like World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic. What differentiates combat the most is the ability to enter combat with a unique ability called a travel power. Travel powers are pretty much exactly as the sound, superpowers that allow for different methods of travel. There are a plethora of travel powers to choose from, each compliments a certain class type, however you can choose whichever you are most fond of.

➔ Main points:

  • 2009 MMORPG
  • Superhero Themed
  • Unique Nemesis System
  • Plethora of Customization options