You might be wondering what are the best Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games for girls. What makes an MMO so addictive? That answer can be different for both men and women. Women tend to be more social gamers, they also enjoy more dressup and character customization. Girls don’t necessarily need ultra high definition super realistic graphics and often prefer cuter, cartoon, or anime style graphics that are bright and colorful. Girls are also more likely to read the story and lore within the MMORPG and not just skip through quest and NPC dialog. For a girl, the enjoymemt of an MMORPG is in the journey, not in the endgame. Girls probably want a game with a large variety of pets and mounts to collect. And girls probably are more into crafting, fishing, and other relaxing activities besides just hunting monsters.
Based on all of these factors. Which are the top 10 MMORPGs for girls in 2020? Here’s my picks for the best MMOs for girls.
Temtem is like a Pokemon or Digimon styled game with tons of cute monsters to collect. Temtem is also great because there’s no monthly fee. It’s the new kid on the block, being released just this year in 2020 which makes it super accessible still for new players. There are no expansions or things to worry about yet, but needless to say, that could change in the future. Fresh new content is constantly being added to Temtem. It has very positive reviews and a large and growing community of active players.
Here’s a quick rundown of Temtem’s features. As you can see it plays almost exactly like a Pokemon game. This info was pulled from the game’s official steam store page.
- Story Campaign: Journey across six vivid islands and embark on the adventure of becoming a Temtem tamer while fighting against the evil Clan Belsoto.
- Online World: The days of traveling solo are over; in Temtem the world is a massively multiplayer one. Tamers from around the world can join and you will be able to see them around you, living the adventure with you and fighting to become the best Temtem tamer.
- Co-Op Adventure: You will be able to join forces with a friend any time and work together towards your next goal. Catch new Temtem, complete a Route, or face off against a Temtem Leader; all while fighting alongside your friend in dual battles!
- Housing: Buy your own house at Atoll Row and decorate it your way. Buy new furniture, color your walls and you’ll be ready to invite your friends over!
- Customize: Customize your character to stand out from the crowd and get new cosmetics while you battle other tamers. Pick a silly hat, a comfy sweatshirt, some pants and you’re ready to go! Or maybe you prefer to wear a full-on cosplay of your favorite Temtem?
- Competitive: Start by choosing 8 Temtem and the pick and ban phase will begin. Take turns with your rival to pick your Temtem and ban theirs. When all the decisions are made and the turns are ended, you will end up with a squad of 5 Temtem and the battle will begin.
- Always Growing: New content is constantly being added to Temtem, new events, new missions, new cosmetics, new Temtem, and new ways to play!
2.) World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft has to be doing something right to have lasted for over 15 years. It still remains the largest MMORPG with over 84 Million active players. The next game behind it has a mere 26 Million active players which is old school runescape. And yes, these numbers are from 2020. This means WoW is CRUSHING the competition when it comes to revenue from subscriptions even 15 years after its initial release.
Edit: I can’t find the original source of where I got those numbers – a reader politely informed me WOW’s numbers aren’t that high. And It is true. But it’s still the most highly populated MMORPG by far: https://mmo-population.com/r/wow ranking number 1. And with various sources citing between 5 to 8 million subscribers as of 2021. – It had 7 million according to the link in the source at time of this article’s publication.
What makes WoW so unique that it has both drawn in new players while retaining old players? I think it’s the ease of use of the game. The game is quite simple and easy to play. It is a good gateway game for users who have never played an MMORPG before.
It offers something for everyone from crafting to transmutation of gear allowing you to customize your looks without affecting the stats of the gear. Hardcore gamers can grind their way to the top of the arena and earn rare mounts and titles and earn achievements to show off their accomplishments. More casual gamers can try wow boosting to get a jump start on their adventures. Whatever your play style, even if you just want to read lore and spend all day questing, WoW lets you play the game the way you want to enjoy it.
And with the largest online community, many people stick around just to keep playing the game with their friends. New expansions and fresh content are being released still even 15 years later. In fact, there’s an expansion coming out in just a few more weeks. Some expansions bring back characters or areas from the past and continue to write the story in new and interesting ways.
The story is definitely another highlight in World of Warcraft, one that I think girl gamers will definitely enjoy as it is full of fantasy and whimsy as well as heartfelt moments along the way. There are even numerous roleplaying servers where one can totally immerse into character whilst playing.
Mabinogi’s cute anime style graphics and extensive crafting system really stand out. You can do anything in this game, from writing and composing your own music, playing music, fishing, farming, or of course grinding and hunting monsters. The game’s simple but cute anime graphics and the colorful world will draw girl gamers in for sure. Mabinogi is free to play but has some options for paid content, especially when it comes to character customization.
Mabinogi’s features are totally unique with no other MMORPG quite like it on the marketplace. That’s why it has been around since 2004 and continues to draw in new players, much like World of Warcraft.
Mabinogi is more like a life simulation game, allowing you to truly play the game any way you can imagine. Whether you want to just sit back and relax, cook, craft, play music, decorate your home, or go out and slay monsters, the choice is yours.
4.) Ragnarok Online
One of the oldest and most beloved MMORPGs of all time, Ragnarok Online remains a cult classic to this day and is more accessible than ever with new mobile and steam ports of its popular franchise.
There are many people also setting up private servers with faster EXP rate and increased dropped rates for rare items.
I love the colorful cute pixel graphics and retro feel of this game. The game originally released in 2002 making it almost 20 years old now.
Ragnarok Online is free to play but does have a VIP option for users who want to spend a little extra.
5.) Final Fantasy Online
Whether it’s FFXI or FFXIV, both Final Fantasy games are still popular to this day. With the name Final Fantasy already being well known to female gamers, and popular characters and monsters and lore from the gaming series, the attraction of this game is obvious. Whether you want to be a sexy cat girl or cute chubby baby like character, the races and character customizations allow you to look your best.
Like most Asian MMOs, this one can be a little grindy, but it’s definitely worth it. There’s a lot of great story elements as you can expect from any game with Final Fantasy in its title. FFXI still has about 50,000 players. It has lost most of its initial players to the newer FFXIV which boasts 23 million players in 2020.
Really FFXIV has a great single player campaign. But once you reach endgame, things can get dicey, with long queues and wait times for some of the dungeons. But if you’re a casual gamer, you might not mind it as much as you can fish or craft or do something else while waiting.
The story and music in FFXIV is probably the best of any MMORPG on the market right now.
6.) Dragon Raja
I did an in-depth review of Dragon Raja awhile back on my blog. What makes Dragon Raja so great is the character customization options. The graphics and characters are super cute. The story isn’t half bad either. And it’s a very accessible game being free to play and available on IOS and Android. I highly recommend Dragon Raja and think you’ll love it. It is similar in some ways to Mabinogi in that it is part life simulation. It lets you play the game as you like. Check it out.
7.) Perfect World
Perfect World is another MMORPG with heavy character customization. The game is also quite old being released in 2005. It is free to play, but there are lots and lots of costumes and mounts and pets that can be purchased with irl money. The game, like others on our list, now has a mobile version, and is more accessible than ever before. For hardcore gamers, there are massive battles with 160 players fighting for dominance. It also allows you to fly. It’s a great game for girls also because it is super easy, mindless in fact, because you can autopath everywhere. Also female characters can be picked up and held by male characters so I used to have a friend who carried me everywhere in the game because I had a tendency to get lost 🙂 lol.
8.) Tree of Savior
Similar in many ways to Ragnarok Online, Tree of Savior was a highly anticipated title but most fans felt it fell short of its lofty aspirations. It received mixed, mostly negative reviews at release. However, it has undergone a transformation called Re:Build and now is receiving mostly positive reviews. However, I hear they did a complete wipe and reset which angered people who had been playing since 2016. So it’s still one of those, love it, or hate it, types of games. It has a lot of charm and cute graphics that girls will love though so still makes our top 10.
9.) Phantasy Star Online 2
Wow American gamers had to wait a long time for this one, didn’t we?! Releasing in Asia in 2012 – and not available in English until May of 2020, Phantasy Star Online 2, could have taken the world by storm, if their timing was right. Phantasy Star has been a cult classic ever since the 90s with its offline RPGs. It is an interesting blend of scifi and fantasy elements. Some may even call it a steampunk MMORPG.
The original Phantasy Star Online was a big hit both internationally and in the US. While it’s still very early days for the sequel in the US, all signs are pointing to it doing very well despite being almost a decade old.
They are already preparing the next stand-alone Phantasy Star Online game for release on PC, Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo Switch as early as 2021. Whether that will be an English release, or we’ll have to wait a decade again, remains to be seen…
One thing is for certain, for fans of Phantasy Star Online 2, it was definitely worth the wait. I speculate, that the release may be in part just a marketing ploy to draw players in before the next stand alone game releases next year. We shall see.
Despite potentially being a big marketing ploy for the next game’s installment, a lot of time and care was given to the localization of Phantasy Star 2 Online including English (or your choice of original Japanese) voice overs, and even English singing of the vocal tracks. That’s more love and care than would be given to most free to play MMORPGs.
With its anime graphics, great soundtrack, and unique scifi setting, I highly recommend Phantasy Star Online 2 as one of my top 10 MMORPGs for girls in 2020.
10.) FLYFF Fly For Fun
Securing the last spot on our countdown, we have FLYFF, Fly for fun. This game has been around since 2004. The cute 3D graphics and colorful world make FLYFF a big hit. As the name suggests, you can fly and even participate in airbase combat.
When it first released, FLYFF had incredible success. However, it soon became plagued by bots and hackers. They made numerous changes over the years to the game, but most dedicated players were already leaving FLYFF for newer MMORPGs. As the population declined, the game continued to fade into obscurity.
Another drawback was the game was quite slow and grindy as most Asian MMORPG are. It took forever to level up especially after about level 60. The game’s level cap is over 150, so as you can see, most players just became frustrated and gave up the grind midway through the game.
FLYFF recently got a new publisher this month. Some users are concerned this could be the doom of their beloved game. But I think to look at it this way, Bora Island paid a lot of money to acquire the rights to publish this game. They aren’t just going to waste money. They see potential in FLYFF and will work hard to continue to publish new and exciting content for the players.
Will Bora Island be able to revive what was once a cult classic? Only time will tell…
Of course, there are many other noteworthy MMORPGs. Although some say MMORPG is on the way out, I disagree. I think MMORPG will always draw in players who want to obtain loot and/or enjoy crafting or even just want to make new friends. MMORPG is a unique genre that offers a little bit of something to all gamers no matter their playstyle.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my Top 10 MMORPGs for Girls in 2020. What MMORPGs are you currently playing? Leave a note below. Maybe I’ll come join you. 🙂