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ArcheAge

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ArcheAge is a fun sandbox MMO with diverse crafting options, multi-classing, and deep PvP, but …Read Review

Elsword

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If you are a Smash Bros fan then you will love this game. …Read Review

Vikings: War of Clans

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A high production city management and strategy game with RPG elements and crafting but one that…Read Review

World of Warships

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Control destroyers, cruisers, aircraft carriers and battleships in naval team warfare….Read Review

Planet Calypso

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Unique MMORPG with a currency backed by real money that can be traded by players for goods and …Read Review

Pirates: Tides of Fortune

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Pirates: Tides of Fortune combines great art and music with all too familiar base building MMO …Read Review

War Thunder

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An ideal game for war game enthusiasts but may lack universal appeal….Read Review

Sparta War of Empires

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Sparta: War of Empire can feel overly grindy with too much attention given to paid players but …Read Review

Neverwinter

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Forged from the Dungeon and Dragon franchise, Neverwinter showcases the highly popular fantasy …Read Review

Stormfall: Age of War

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Stormfall accumulates a lot of positive aspects from brower strategy games with a very unbalanc…Read Review

TERA

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A Korean twitch based action MMO, TERA offers fun combat with a dull questing system….Read Review

Revelation Online

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Revelation Online is a newbie friendly fun MMO with unlimited flight and extensive character cu…Read Review

SAOs Legend

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SAO’s Legend is an unofficial easy-to-play browser based MMO based on Sword Art Online….Read Review

Felspire

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Can be described by lots of character progression, in game automated bot features, and a heavil…Read Review

World of Tanks

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Unique and firm within its place in the free-to-play world, World Of Tanks is a team-based tank…Read Review

League of Legends

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The most popular MOBA in the world, League offers high replay and a strong atmosphere for compe…Read Review

Warframe

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High quality mission based MMORPG with combat that blends ninjas and guns…Read Review

Atlas Reactor

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Atlas Reactor is a hybrid MOBA/turn based multiplayer strategy game without any luck….Read Review

Stronghold Kingdoms

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Stronghold Kingdoms brings Stronghold Crusader into MMO form with serious alliances and epic ca…Read Review

Champions Online

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Champions Online is a great game with excellent character creation and twitch combat that is up…Read Review

Bleach Online

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Bleach Online is a fun, casual MMO based on Bleach with laughable translations and frustrating …Read Review
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What are Free to Play MMO Games?

Obviousness of free meaning something you don’t need to pay for aside, these games do share some common qualities. At the same time, they also split in some key areas for how they generate revenue from the players.

Fifteen years ago, we would never have believed that some of the best games of the genre would be free to download and play. Back during the inception of the MMO era, this genre of gaming was actually the most expensive to play. There was a box fee like any other video game and an additional monthly subscription fee. And the average subscription fee started to climb, not decline as popularity increased. But then a few publishers decided to try something that would change the online landscape forever.

Instead of forcing players to pay money upfront prices and a subscription fee on top, these publishers decided to release their games as free to play MMOs. These games individually weren’t particularly novel, typically copying the best of paid MMORPGs into a free MMORPG model. The catch here was that players could buy items in game with real money. And paid items in these games were typically far better than what a non-premium player could acquire. So while the big money spenders were getting really strong, they were also the ones financial supporting the game for everyone else. This is typically referred to as a freemium model with some players getting a “premium” version of the free product. It’s a formula that still works today, but is one that creates some anxiety as people (including us) worry about pay to win freemium content.

Eventually, makers of big budget titles saw how successful MMOs with a free play option could be. Free MMOs started to release with unique features and modern capabilities instead of the copycat, rehashed game design that the subgenre was initially known for. They also began to toy with free to play monetization models. They introduced optional subscriptions for more content, in game skins and costumes to change character appearance, and “fun” items without any power benefit. They also provided options to buy things for much less real life money, meaning less “whales” but many more consumers. Especially because the populations of free to play MMO games with a fair revenue model tend to be much higher. You’ll find many different monetization strategies and how the cash shop affects the in game economy can be a huge boon or bane to overall enjoyability.

Although pay to win is certainly a concern, it doesn’t necessarily ruin gameplay. Many titles don’t have a lot of direct player interaction (for better or worse). As a player this lets you consume free content without the worry of falling behind, possibly just dabbling with freemium items as the need suits. The free online RPGs that stifle growth when competitive PvP starts are the titles of which to be truly weary.

Today, the free to play MMO space offers a myriad of different options with different choices. This is both in terms of the games themselves and how they choose to monetize. Ultimately, we try to present the best free MMORPGs available on this page. One size certainly does not fit all so keep that in mind when looking. It may take a few tries to find your perfect MMOG from the batch of games offered. Luckily, we always try to keep the list updated as new games release.