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Blade and Soul

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Blade and Soul finally provides the western audience with a fantastic martial arts fantasy MMOR…Read Review

Echo of Soul

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Brings a fun set of PvE and PvP content without really changing the classic MMO formula….Read Review

Wildstar

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Perfect MMO for competitive players or those tired of simple content that everyone can complete…Read Review

Trove

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Trove offers some great features brought on by virtue of its unique status as voxel style MMO….Read Review

DC Universe Online

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Dynamic combat and deep customization improves on City of Heroes and delivers a modern, if some…Read Review

ELOA

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ELOA is a well polished hack and slash MMO with a unique three stance mechanic for each class….Read Review

HeroWarz

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HeroWarz is a refreshing ARPG with a colorful cast of heroes that mixes MOBA, hack and slash, a…Read Review

Aura Kingdom

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A cute anime MMO with a faster paced take on traditional combat and eidolons, Aura Kingdom is f…Read Review

MageRealm

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MageRealm is a fully functional MMO you can play from your browser that makes heavy use of auto…Read Review

Heroes Evolved

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Heroes Evolved is a MOBA game that directly copies DOTA2’s gameplay with League of Legends’ gra…Read Review

Dungeons and Dragons

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A very enjoyable and engaging game, both for original and new fans of Dungeons and Dragons….Read Review

Uncharted Waters Online

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Uncharted Waters Online is a fun nautical, sandbox MMO with excellent gameplay diminished by da…Read Review

Last Chaos

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Last Chaos is a solid MMO that may unfortunately be past its prime….Read Review

Wizard101

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Wizard101 is a magnificent game that brings kids into the more extensive MMO world. Moreover, w…Read Review

Guild Wars 2

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Guild Wars 2 Excels at providing a ton of low grind content for PvP and PvE fans alike….Read Review

Hex TCG

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A bit complex for newcomers, Hex TCG is a great trading card game and is highly recommended to …Read Review

Omega Zodiac

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Omega Zodiac is a simplified action RPG that’s playable in a browser but lacks depth for hard…Read Review

Eve Online

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A space based MMORPG centered around on player driven economy, territory, and actions….Read Review

Skyforge

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God based free MMORPG with a classless system presents typical MMORPG formula in a new package…Read Review

Alliance of Valiant Arms

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Free online FPS that combines the fun of Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead, and Call of Duty with way…Read Review

Star Colony

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Star Colony combines Starcraft and Clash of Clans into one amusing game that’s fun to play….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.