Best VPNs for MMORPG Games
We've discussed how to use VPNs to get around IP restrictions in previous articles, but I wanted to make a quick list here of the best VPNs for MMO games. As most readers are well aware, most of the games we cover on MMOs.com are developed overseas, namely in South Korea and China. These games are typically available in their home countries well before they ever launch in the West, and that's if they ever launch. Phantasy Star Online for example has been available in Japan for some time, but it never got an official Western release, so if you want to play it you'll need to play on the Japanese servers and that isn't possible without a VPN, as these games have IP blocks. Over the years I've used numerous VPNs myself and even paid for some premium ones. Below are the best VPNs for gaming.
Best VPNs for Gaming
VyprVPN is by far the best VPN I've personally used for gaming. What's not to like? They have servers all over the world (but most importantly for MMO purposes, they have Japan and South Korea), are super speedy (I regularly get 2-3 MB/s with them), and fairly priced ($5/mo when you sign up for a year). There's no reason to pay up-front though. They have a 3 day free trial that doesn't require any credit card number. They offer unlimited data usage and support 2 simultaneous connections at once. I discovered VyprVPN myself after trying to play La Place, but my other VPN (private internet access) didn't seem to work. Another reason I recommend VyprVPN is that their desktop client is super easy to use. Log in, select a server, hit connect, and that's it. Unfortunately after the free trial, you do need to pay to keep using them. There are free VPNs out there (see VPN Gate below), but they will never be as reliable as something like VyprVPN. Free VPNs tend to be incredibly slow as they're used by thousands of people at once. Trying to game on a free VPN is near impossible. If you're looking to play foreign mobile games, VyprVPN has a mobile app too!
NordVPN is one of the largest VPN companies in the world with over 700 servers located in 50+ countries. They boast a "No-log" policy, meaning they don't track user activity what-so-ever. This isn't really important for playing MMOs, or any video game really, but it means it can be used to torrent without worrying about getting in trouble. It has a companion app available on iOS and Android too, which is a nice bonus. Given NordVPN's sheer size, it's no surprise that it's also one of the fastest VPNs out there with download speeds well above 3MB/s based on my personal experience. A 1 year plan can be had for $5.75/mo, but unlike Vyper Nord doesn't have a free trial - but it does have a 30 day money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work for you, getting a refund is super easy. I've personally tested Bless and Soul Worker Online on NordVPN and it worked without a hitch. This is easily one of the best VPNs out there for gaming.
ExpressVPN is a great alternative to VyperVPN and is one of the most well known paid VPN services out there. They don't offer a free trial, but do have a 30 day money back guarantee (no questions asked). The biggest downside with ExpressVPN is that they cost a bit more than VyperVPN ($8.32/mo when you subscribe for a year), but on the flip side, they have A LOT more servers (over 1,000 servers in 78 countries). I'm not sure why I would need more servers, but if for some reason one of them is slow, you have options. I've tried out ExpressVPN and they work well. I was able to get a pretty consistent 1 MB/S on one of their Japanese servers while patching Dragon's Dogma Online. If you don't mind paying a bit extra, ExpressVPN is great. Mobile app included with subscription!
VPNGate is an open source VPN platform that lets users connect to countless public VPN servers. The main reason to use VPNGate is that it's free, but beyond that, there are a lot of downsides. All the servers hosted on it are public, which means they're likely overcrowded. I've used VPNGate in the past to play Black Desert Online (RU version), but reliability is a serious issue here. Expect high pings, slow download speeds, and servers coming and going offline. I'm sure you could find some fairly reliable servers out there, but they're almost always going to be over crowded. Mobile app included with subscription!
I've personally used Private Internet Access for years to protect my privacy while using torrents, but I haven't had much luck with it for bypassing IP restrictions. I remember trying to use it for Dragons Dogma Online and La Place, but it didn't work. Private Internet Access is great for protecting your privacy / torrenting, but not so great for getting around IP blocks / gaming.
Well, there you have it. I'm currently actively subscribed to VyperVPN and use it to access foreign games with IP blocks. In fact, I recorded my La Place video on while on it and expect to record additional foreign games in the future using it. If I have any issues with it in the future, i'll update this post. For those looking to reduce their ping in online games, check out our article on the best ping reducers for online games.