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Five must-play MMO games on Xbox

MMO games on Xbox

If you’re looking for a multiplayer RPG experience on Xbox, look no further: we’ve rounded up five of our favourite MMO games and MMORPGs you can dive into right now.

MMO games — which stands for “massively multiplayer online” — come in various shapes and sizes. They’re often role-playing games by their very nature, and while they can sometimes be played solo, they’re designed to be played in a group with other players. Even if you’re by yourself, you’ll encounter other people as you explore the game’s world: it’s shared by many other players all across the world.

In this short list, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite examples of MMO games on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. We’ve included something for everyone: if combat is your thing, you probably ought to check out Warframe. How about an apocalyptic adventure? Then we recommend Fallout 76. If you like the idea of a Pokémon-flavoured MMO, Temtem is for you. If you like high fantasy, go for The Elder Scrolls Online, and if pirate role-playing is more your thing, it’s Sea of Thieves.

Keep on reading to find out more about each game — and happy adventuring.

1. Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves
Image: Rare
  • Available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S
  • RRP £39.99/$39.99
  • Available on Xbox Game Pass

Developed by Rare, Sea of Thieves was, until very recently, an Xbox console exclusive. Originally released in 2018, it’s been heavily supported by its development team and has seen numerous updates, improvements, expansions and additional content in the last six years. There’s even Monkey Island-themed content!

Players can tackle the seas of Sea of Thieves by themselves, but you’ll get much more out of the game if you team up with a group of wannabe pirates. Together you’ll man a ship, keep it running smoothly, engage in combat with rival pirates and explore islands in order to plunder treasure — and more. It looks fantastic, it offers almost endless replayability, and role-playing as a pirate with your friends is, well, just about as entertaining as you’d expect it to be, really.

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2. The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online screenshot
Image: Bethesda
  • Available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S
  • RRP £14.99/$19.99 or £59.99/$59.99 with all expansions
  • Available on Xbox Game Pass

We may still be waiting a long time before The Elder Scrolls VI materialises, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t fresh Elder Scrolls content out there to dive into. It’s been on Xbox since 2015 and in that time it’s seen a wealth of updates including massive expansions. Players can choose which race and character class they play as, with their actions as they play shaping their character as they move through the game.

The Elder Scrolls Online is, again, an MMO that can be tackled alone, but you’ll get much more out of this Xbox game if you play with others. There’s a huge world to explore and one that’s only set to get bigger: we’ve seen major expansions land annually for the last several years, with Blackwood, High Isle and Necrom being the most recent — and the next, Gold Road, scheduled to arrive on Xbox in June.

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3. Fallout 76

Fallout 76
Image: Bethesda
  • Available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S
  • RRP £34.99/$39.99
  • Available on Xbox Game Pass

We won’t beat around the bush: Fallout 76 was rubbish at launch. We scored it a paltry 2/10, and we weren’t the only ones to think it was hugely disappointing. But since its launch in 2018, Bethesda has continued to work hard on the game and now, six years later, it’s in a completely different state. So much so, in fact, that it’s now one of the most well-regarded MMO games on Xbox — particularly now that the Fallout TV series has spurned a bit of a Fallout craze.

Following the launch of the TV show, Fallout 76 saw its highest player count on Steam ever. And really, it’s more deserved now than ever. This post-apocalyptic MMO allows you to live out your radioactive dreams, exploring the fantastical world of Fallout, joining forces with the factions you want to align with, battling against rival survivors and a whole lot more.

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4. Warframe

Image: Digital Extremes
  • Available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S
  • Free to play

Warframe has been on Xbox for almost a decade, and it still remains one of the most popular MMO games you can play. It’s unsurprising, really, given the amount of support developer Digital Extremes has put into it. Not to mention the fact it’s rather unique with its focus on payers building their own titular warframe warrior. Perhaps the biggest element in its success, though, is the fact that it’s free to play.

That’s right: anyone can jump into Warframe and give it a try without paying a single penny. The entire game is playable without paying, too — although there are of course various premium items that can be paid for. You don’t need to purchase anything, which we love — but you might have to work a little harder to get through some of the game’s more grindy elements. Still, there’s a lot of fun to have here, especially if you’re teaming up with friends.

Read more: 100 hours into Warframe, and I’ve barely even started

5. Temtem

Temtem screenshot
Image: Crema/Humble Games
  • Available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S
  • RRP £39.99/$44.99
  • Not currently on Xbox Game Pass

Last but not least on our list of must-play MMO games on Xbox is Temtem, a game that will surely resonate with you if you’re a Pokémon fan. We wouldn’t quite call it a Pokémon clone, mostly due to the fact that it’s been designed with multiplayer in mind, but the concept is the same. You’ll initially choose one creature companion — known as a Temtem — but over time you’ll collect more.

As you explore the world of Temtem, split over six islands, you’ll encounter battles, adventure opportunities and different types of creatures to collect and fight against. You’ll also be able to have your own house, which can be customised over time, making your own little mark on the world of Temtem. Even if you choose to play this game alone, you’ll meet other players out in the world — but with the whole thing available to play in co-op, we think that’s the best way to enjoy this wonderful creature-filled adventure.

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Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.