19. Uncharted Waters Online
We were delighted when we discovered that Uncharted Waters, one of our favorite games of the 16-bit era, was getting an MMO sequel, especially when it turned out to be a high-quality, entertaining high-seas romp. Uncharted Waters Online does an excellent job of capturing the best parts of pirate games and naval sims, all inside an unobtrusive online architecture.
The combat, both on land and at sea, is engaging, but the real appeal of UWO is its depth. It eschews the traditional monotonous grind of most standard fantasy MMOs, in favor of multifaceted systems for trading, banking, exploration, and adventuring. UWO is a game that could easily absorb weeks of your time without even beginning to expose its many layers of hidden complexity.