Semi-final battle in the MMORPG Showdown series.

The Match-Up

Very few MMORPGs can give World of Warcraft a real challenge and even fewer of those charge subscription fees. However the #1 ranked MMO on’s Top MMORPG list went up against the #2 ranked MMO and nearly lost. That’s right nearly. After appearing to lose at first glance by only .22 of a point (which would have been the closest match yet) it was discovered that one voter had tried to vote for both games twice. Thus World of Warcraft barely escapes into the finals to take on the winner of Guild Wars versus Maple Story. Eve Online was almost able to bring down the MMO juggernaut due to a combination of very deep game play in a science fiction setting and players who just simply love to hate WoW. Given how close WoW came to defeat this week by another pay-to-play MMO it will be interesting to see how it fares against a free MMO in the finals. Furthermore it should be noted that WoW has yet to face a free game in the tournament as it has defeated the likes of EverQuest 2 City of Heroes and now Eve Online.

Tale of the Tape

World of Warcraft

  • The world’s most popular MMORPG.
  • Awaiting its first expansion The Burning Crusade.
  • Each major update reworks a class based on a class review by Blizzard.
  • PvP has been revamped with the latest patch to accommodate casual players better.
  • Raid content continues to grow.
  • Auction houses simplify character trading.


Eve Online

  • Offers a 14 day free trial.
  • A long-time resident of GameOgre’s Top 10 Online Games List.
  • Recently released its Exodus expansion.
  • Players control corporations.
  • One of the best economies in an MMO.

Select Comments For World of Warcraft (Edited for Presentation)

Rating: 10
Author: death throw
Comment: Best MMORPG I have ever played. Played it for a year and a half and loved it. Every other MMORPG I have tried to play seems so boring. Truly the best MMORPG out there.

Rating: 10
Author: mallack nightblade
Comment: So entertaining it’s scary. Sure it lags a bit but not as much as Eve Online. I can play this for hours and not lag at all. I played Eve Online for 10 minutes and it crashed. Not only that but WoW is only 2 years old and it is at the top of the ladder already.

Rating: 10
Author: raylium
Comment: Completely awesome. Nice graphics attack system and animations. Best sounds in all of the games. I hope it stays as “King of MMORPGs”. 10 all the way.

Rating: 3
Author: Adeori
Comment: WoW is mediocre at best. Most of its content is the grind which appeals to a very limited number of players. I for one hate the grind. The game was a good concept but didn’t go very far with it.

Select Comments for Eve Online (Edited for Presentation)

Rating: 10
Author: SpellfireWitch
Comment: A classic. Definitely a must play. Always lots of people on to play with.

Rating: 10
Author: Lord of Penguin
Comment: EVE Online has everything that WOW hasn’t: great graphics a fantastic player base and breathtaking game play that can never be the same. This is a good mile away from World of Warcraft’s childish graphics dreary player base and monotonous game play that just seems to go on forever. EVE is amazingly one of the oldest MMORPGs still with a big player base on the market today. To compare these two games is like comparing a Lourie masterpiece with chicken scratchings. However if you want a game full of gold farmers pathetically poor PvP and RuneScape dropouts then vote World of Warcraft at your leisure.

Rating: 9
Author: Bethonio
Comment: A nice game that is entertaining and a fresh concept out of the box. It really is better than WoW.

The Voting

World of Warcraft received a total score of 5.78

Eve Online received a total score of 5.4

The Result

World of Warcraft Wins!

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