The 7 Best PvP MMORPGs on the Market in Early 2020

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Farming items or skill points can bring a lot of satisfaction, battles with mobs can be a serious test of skills, and quests can deliver a lot of fun indeed. But nothing will ever compare to a solid PvP brawl in your favorite MMORPG title.

When you challenge other players online, you both get the opportunity to test your skills. That is some of the most rewarding experience a gamer can get.

The PvP aspect is a huge draw for many to the MMORPG genre overall. If you're a PvP MMOer, read on for seven titles to bring the right to in 2020.

ArcheAge

  • Developer: XLGAMES
  • Platforms: PC

PvP aspect is central to ArcheAge and is the foundation of most of its content. This is one of the few games where the confrontation of guilds and political games are paramount.

Initially, all players are divided into two factions and six races: Nuians, Elves, Dwarves, Firran, Harani, and Warborn. Two factions can fight each other always and everywhere with the exception of starting locations.

In this regard ArcheAge follows the free-PvP principle, which is very rare for an MMORPG title. This means that players can kill both representatives of the enemy faction and of their own, too. Of course, there is punishment for killing your own faction, but the fact that it's even possible makes ArcheAge truly wild.

One of the best parts about Archeage is doing trade runs across the ocean with your friends. It's a real social experience, and if you lime risk in your PvP, then this should make it really exciting for you.

Lastly, the current version of the game has two pay methods: free-to-play (regular ArcheAge with cash shop), and buy-to-play (ArcheAge Unchained, without shop). So it's up to you which version you wish to delve into.

Black Desert Online

  • Developer: Pearl Abyss
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

PvP in Black Desert Online is presented in free-for-all format, but there is one limitation: you have to wait to level 50 to get into the PvP action. Luckily leveling is a snap and shouldn't take you much time at all.

The game also has a guild war system, which plays an important role in server politics.

The combat system is entirely based on combinations of abilities, which makes it one of the most exciting features of this game as it incorporates animation cancelling and fighting game-style inputs for a player to rise above the rest.

When you figure out the combat system and settle on a class, Black Desert Online may quickly become one of your favorite MMORPGs for PvP.

Blade and Soul

  • Developer: NCSOFT
  • Platforms: PC

The game has a really unique battle style, which uses auto-target with an aiming system. Because of this Blade and Soul has an extremely dynamic combat, which, in comparison to other fighting MMORPGs, is very unusual.

As of now, there are twelve classes in total. Each class of heroes has a unique playstyle. Assassins are shadow fighters that try to stab you in the back, Destroyers are slow but have powerful attacks, Summoners are masters of spells and area effects, Blade Masters deftly parry blows, responding with sharp and frequent attacks.

If you feel that you're not ready to fight in real PvP battles, then you can always start a training arena, where you can fight with other newcomers and sharpen your skills for the real deal. Make no mistake: the real draw to Blade & Soul is its fast-paced PvP.

Guild Wars 2

  • Developer: ArenaNet
  • Platforms: PC

There are several types of PvP modes in Guild Wars 2. There is a standard arena where two teams fight and capture control points. Unlike arenas from other MMORPGs, here local maps have very complicated layouts, which increases the level of difficulty.

But the main PvP entertainment in Guild Wars 2 is the epic World vs. World vs. World mode. In this mode, up to 500 players can fight on huge continental maps. All kinds of obstacles, such as roadblocks, towers, siege equipment and other key points and positions are scattered throughout giant maps. The best part is that you can join this mode right from the very beginning of the game.

Guild Wars 2 has a large and relatively stable playerbase. The game gets regular updates and developers often communicate with players. All this makes it a high-quality AAA level project.

Revelation

  • Developer: Netease Games
  • Platforms: PC

Netease Games, the Chinese developer, take the PvP component of Revelation just as seriously as PvE content. Fortress sieges, clan confrontations, and interserver battlefields play an important role in the world of this fantastic MMORPG.

The combat system is nothing new, but it's not the pure non-target system you would expect. It utilizes both a classic control scheme with auto-target and a crosshair for manual aiming. It is worth noting that players can also dodge attacks, which makes combat even more fun and dynamic.

At the moment, Revelation allows players to choose one of seven classes: Assassin, Blademaster, Gunslinger, Occultist, Spirit Shaper, Swordmage, and Vanguard. There is also a really elaborate customization system in the game, which will allow you to make a truly unique character.

The Elder Scrolls Online

  • Developer: Zenimax Online Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

PvP component in The Elder Scrolls Online is presented in realm vs. realm format, where three factions fight for control of Cyrodiil. Each faction has its own territory, and Cyrodiil is a sort of disputed zone, where all PvP battles take place. The main objectives of these battles are to capture control points, watchtowers and fortresses, where the siege of fortresses involve hundreds of players. 

The battle system in the MMO version of The Elder Scrolls is similar to other games in the series. The left mouse button performs attacks, and the right one blocks attacks. Active skills are installed on hot keys, from 1 to 6. The targeting system is a modified version of the classic Tab-target.

All-in-all, ESO is not exactly the most PvP-driven title of all listed here, but be sure to try it out if you like the world of Tamriel.

World of Warcraft Classic

  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC

There is a solid PvP component in World of Warcraft, but nothing will ever compare to the PvP combat in the Classic version of the most famous MMORPG on the market now, and probably ever.

In Classic players need to focus on obtaining honorable kills, which will increase their Honor points. Every week these Honor points are summed up and players get to see their actual rating in the game.

Since this type of approach is very different from the original PvP system in the last few expansions, players really need to put a lot of work on a weekly basis.

If this kind of approach makes you excited, and the competitive spirit is strong within you, then World of Warcraft Classic is the best PvP experience you will ever have.

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These were the seven best MMORPGs on the market today that focus on PvP component, and be sure to leave your feedback in the comments section below.

Published Dec. 11th 2019

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Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin. Sergey doesn't own consoles because a PC is all he needs.

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