16 of the Best Free to Play MMOs

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LesserAnimal

Feel Like Guild Wars 2 deserves a mention. It does have a box price but this can be found for like 20-30 bucks for a key on amazon. its predecessor was the first serious contendor to offer a subscription free game of this type and you get serious quality and bi-weekly updates and free expansions.

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Blighty

Not a bad list. Finally someone gives love to Dragon Nest. People shy away from it because it was made by Nexon,(And for good reason) but it seriously has the best combat system out of any MMO I have played.

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STO-No-More

As a lifetime member of Star Trek Online for the last 3 years, I was very happy to see it make the list. Unfortunately for those who don't play the game, there is a huge and glaring issue which makes STO almost unplayable. There is absolutely zero moderation from Perfect World Entertainment. The goons and the trolls run this place with impunity. I have watched whole roleplaying communities destroyed by maybe 3 players? I've witnessed 50+ people reporting the same toon for stalking them zone to zone and nothing ever happens.
The RP community got the shaft on this one and there's a huge RP community in Star Trek. Don't plan an in-game wedding or try to host a party. It's almost like the developers are the ones tormenting the players. This game could be number one if they'd only listen to their playerbase once in a while and answer a few support tickets. I ended up quitting the game and I gave them $300 when they were in beta. I watched too many good players getting shoved out of the game by the same handful of sadistic toons.

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Arnulf

How do these stalkers follow you across instances of the same map ? When you're doing something together with others (= in a team) you can move to different instances of the same map in areas that are more crowded (say Sirius Sector Block for example).

The real issue with STO is that developers keep tacking on "features" that nobody wants (dinosaurs from Earth with laser guns ? in Star Trek ? for real ?) which means new bugs are being introduced every week, without ever fixing even the most glaring problems such as botched up Hromi Cluster warp-in location (you have to sit right on top of it at 0.00 distance and not all 0.00 locations will allow you to enter), Delta Volanis Cluster which cannot be entered by KDF-aligned characters anymore at all (botched up with release of Season 8 some months ago), the never-ending graphics glitches (resulting from huge memory leaks involving texture loading and leading to blank/white textures) that also appeared with Season 8 etc.

It is as if a team of mongoloid kids took over the franchise in mid-2013 and is trying to screw things up really really hard. The best analogy for those unfamiliar with STO would be the "Windows 8 on desktop with its metrosexual GUI" fiasco ... "Fixing" things which aren't broken to begin with and introducing new problems that nobody asked for.

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bone21

With the battle between userbase and turbine about a planned Update (U20) I wouldn't say it belonged still in this list. But let's see how that ends up

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playhard

DCUO has devolved into a lottery. The best gear and weapons are randomly won. Their business model is based on players buying replay badges with real money and replaying content over and over in hopes of getting the weapon they want and the best gear. The PUG'ing community is the worst ever and either kick you for groups or never finish. The Dev and creative director post arrogantly on the forums if you don't like it, leave. So why is this in the list? You should invest your time in a game that at least rewards based on effort and skill not on random lottery. (Oh and don't think they don't withhold items from dropping to increase replay badge sales.) LOL

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DCUO_Daddio

DCUO All the way, Such a great game and only going to be getting better!! Where else can you go face to face with or against your favorate DC characters?

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VAHarleygirl

I'm surprised that Wizard101 isn't on the list.

It's F2P, and the only 'required' costs if you don't go subscription is periodic crown purchases to unlock areas. Once they're unlocked though, they're unlocked for that account. Recently determined that it's the equivalent of $60ish to unlock all zones in the game.

Is it the most beautiful or in-depth story of the games? No.

But it's easy for kids to figure out, as well as their parents & grandparents. Many of the games listed will only work for the pre-teen + - 40something crowd.

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SoreDCUO

DCUO has an advanced action-oriented combat system with complex combos, e.g. tap tap hold tap. Add in multiple layers of rock-paper-scissor mechanics AND THEN tray abilities (super-powers) and you have a very engaging experience. The fact that you can play on the PC/PS3 (and soon PS4) means it's great for console junkies like me with a big screen TV, surround sound, and comfy couch. I can't comment on the other MMOs because I've never wanted to take my hands off this game ever since starting. I'll let those other MMOs hit 1 to auto-attack.

DISCLOSURE: I have to admit that I am a member of a general SOE community council of players that does involve receiving perks from them. I'm not paid to leave this comment by any means. As just a dude that likes to play games, I stand behind my statements!

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majeedbelle

Guild Wars 2

I'm a little shocked to not see this game on the list. Yes I know you have to buy the game but it is "free to play".

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Bill Bobaggins

While GW2 is technically free to play after you purchase the game, all of the other games listed are free to download and play.

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guinness

World Of Tanks

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jimmthang

World of Tanks is a popular free to play game, but we wouldn't really classify it as an MMO, but more of an online action/strategy game: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_tanks

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guinness

MMO is MMO regardless of genre. According to your top list you ment MMO RPG,but nvm...

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Wige

But regardless of genre, MMO is generally considered hundreds of players on the same map, as opposed to the dozens in World of Tanks.

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Nimrod

Its not out yet but http://survarium.com/en promises to be one of the best out of them all including sub based games.

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guinness

Agreed. S.T.A.L.K.E.R Online :-)

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Alpha-Zulu

Why is Global Agenda on this list? It's not even an MMO.

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jimmthang

Wikipedia lists it as an MMO: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Agenda :P

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Fixedu

I used to love Global Agenda, had over 2000 hours in that game, but the PVP side is dead now. You'll wait forever to get a match. Aimbots killed that game. I am very surprised that you put it on the list now.

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HouseFoxx

Why in all the hells' bells isn't Perfect World: International on this list?!

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Rift2

Rift is the best of the list the gem store is a hoot! You can buy mounts without having to grind platinum....

Most of these games were free to play at one time but couldn't sustain the traffic to keep people coming back.

Guild Wars 2 the problem with that game is it's too big!!!! I mean the maps are huge everyone is scattered Rift o the other hand has awesome Rift Raid bosses and dungeons that I plan on doing all of them once I'm a higher level.

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Bean Bandit

I disagree with Tera Online being on the list. The classes and skills are just so close to each other that why even bother making it. The dungeons are very easy to do and mainly just tank and spanks. The campfire thing needs to be taking out period. I know it can boost your hp/mp but you could do that with normal buffs from other classes and not have to sit your arse by a campfire.

Now what you get by buying the game is actually nice from what you get. All bank slots opened and you get all the character slots opened. The odd thing is that you can only buy it from Amazon and I'm surprised they don't offer a digital download from there own site. I mean that's $20 in there pocket. The other good thing is that the game isn't pay-2-win which is kinda nice but other then that the rest of the game is dull.

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jgottberg

Except for a couple games like PlanetSide, all of these games look pretty much the same. Gandolf or some wizard shit hunting rats until they gain enough XP to be a cleric or whatever. Yawn.

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RatPatrol

I realize this list is 'Best' Free ....

I am still playing Anarchy after 7 yrs .. after playing WoW and Eve Online I have come back to Anarchy ... and still enjoy it

Daily Quests were a nice improvement ... yes waiting through Age of Conan AND Secret War ... AO is still waiting on a graphics upgrade

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Timberbeast

I liked Age of Conan used to play in on subscription, had to stop paying for it. When it went to F2P,I tried it again, they had large areas of the map/quests locked on less you pay. The biggest problem was you did not know what was locked till you spent the time getting to that area. If this has changed I would play it again.

I like skill trees that lets me customize the character. LOTR doesn't let you. I find Paths of exile to easy. What should I try?

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Cy-Kill

'LotRO: One of the first MMOs to utilize the free-to-play model.'

No it was not, there were a lot of F2P MMOs before LotRO ever went that route; do some *real* research next time!

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Wige

'LotRO: One of the first MMOs to successfully utilize the free-to-play model.'

Nice [intentional] misquote [to fit facts to your opinion] there. Do you work for Fox News?

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ApathyCurve

One of... ONE OF...

Whatsa matter, Cy? Run out of puppies to kick, you disagreeable little jerk?

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Bdiddytampa

Wow... great job nitpicking... we are all in awe of your intellectual prowess and boundless knowledge... *facepalm*

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davelray

It's not nitpicking when it's a pretty huge error to make.

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Cy-Kill

'The original Everquest paved the way for modern MMOs when it first came out in 1999.'

No it didn't, the first graphical MMO was "Meridian 59", which pre-dates EQ by a few years; do some *real* research next time!

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Nimrod

EQ was in development for a loooooong time before it was released also. I think it unofficially started in the early 90s before getting rebooted and tunred into what it was on release. It was orig going to have a pretty crappy engine that was outdated even for its time and was supposed to be free i think. but w/e

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Bucket_Monster

Okay, let's look at it another way, EQ really brought MMO's into the limelight, and I think you're missing a key element; "modern". Games like WoW borrowed heavily from EQ concepts. I would even say UO had more of an impact than Meridian 59. Did Meridian 59 pave the way for future MMO's? Yes. But it hardly brought them into the mainstream. I don't think anybody is claiming EQ was first.

And if you want to get really picky, text based MUD's predate Meridian, and started the path towards massive online gaming with graphical user interfaces.

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davelray

Depends on how broad you make the definition of MMO. Before Meridian 59 there was Neverwinter Nights on AOL. I believe the author is referring to modern MMO games. And by that stance, Everquest and Ultima Online were the first. And the play style that Everquest introduced has been carried through to the second generation MMO's and beyond. Meridian 59 was a MUD with graphics attached. In fact, it's game play was still based on commands that you would have used in a text based MUD.

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Nimrod

There were text commands in EQ. It made it feel so much cooler. it made it feel like you were actually interacting with the world. Vanguard had them as well. Typing the secret words in text made it feel like you were actually saying the word to open the secret door to the dungeon! Nar' Isk!

Tobad that game never had a good fanbase.

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D00dlavy

There are MANY free to play games out there, now, and 3/4 of them aren't on that list.

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jrd417

If you like old school try Ashen Empires. You have a choice of a PvP server or a PvE server.

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m31337

The Secret World is also worthy of mention.

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jimmthang

While the Secret World doesn't have a monthly fee, we didn't include the game on this list because you need to pay for a copy of the game. 

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majeedbelle

I see your point on The Secret World but like Guild Wars 2 it is "free to play". You just have to buy the game. Outside of the initial purchase I believe these games fit the "free to play" criteria and should be considered for a list like this.

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mario_ramalho

And you left out Entropia Universe again... That makes me sad, i would have expected you "professional gamers" to have some appreciation for the game.

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bittertruth

and they forgot about ‘world of tanks’

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zinjifrah

This. I mean, come on, this is as good as f2p gets. And it's different from all the fantasy rpg theme to boot.

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vrmlbasic

Is World of Tanks really a MMO?

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HouseFoxx

It's actually a MMOBA/ MMOFPS/TPS, which is why it probably wasn't put on this list (same with World of Warplanes and Warthunder). All of these games are actually MMORPGs, MaxPC just doesn't understand the difference, which is why LoL and Blacklight: Retribution aren't on here, either.

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majeedbelle

LoL is a MOBA. There is nothing MMO about it at all.

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vrmlbasic

To me, a game without a persistent world isn't a MMO.

If World of Tanks were on here then I couldn't see an argument as to why we couldn't rip open "pandora's box" and put other F2P/P2W games on here like Tribes: Ascend and MechWarrior Online...?

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jervinator

No Ryzom? I'm a bit surprised.

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Upyourbucket

Lord of the Rings online is awesome. I suggest you try it if you haven't yet. You can do PvE or Pvp. Its a great game and its FREE.