Best Free MMORPG Games
- By Alex Smith
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Video games come in all shapes and sizes. One of the favorite types is the MMORPG. In laymen’s terms that is the massively multiplayer online role playing game – quite a mouthful indeed – and often shortened to the first letter of each word. Many of these games require an initial purchase of the game and also a monthly or yearly subscription to gain access to online servers and other features. However, more and more games and gaming companies are making MMORPGs completely free to play and use while others have partially free gameplay. With so many of these free MMORPGs across the internet finding an excellent game can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Even so, fantastic MMORPGs abound, many of them free. Take a look here for some of the best free MMORPGs the internet has to offer.
This game came out 2002 and has been a hit ever since. Though it does have a pay to play feature, Ragnarok also has a free to play system, meaning that it is also a completely free MMORPG. Ragnarok is set in a fantasy world with elements taken from real life places, times and mythologies. The world itself is shown in 3D though all characters are shown in 2D images. There is a virtually limitless amount of jobs – usually called classes in other games – that the player can choose from, the original 13 having been added to until today when they have reached over 50. This creates not endless re-playability, but also makes gameplay much more interesting with such a wide variety of characters and the evolving nature of jobs throughout the game. Ragnarok was such a hit that it not only has a sequel in production but also has an animated series that was made and is part of the franchise as well.
Flyff, the common acronym for the game officially titles Fly for Fun, is a free MMORPG that upon first glance may seem like a free version of fairly standard games of the same genre. Player choose a class and level up, teaming up with other players from around the globe to finish quests and battle monsters. But the most unique feature, and one that draws so many people to this 2005 release, is the transportation system. Flying is the norm in this game, the majority of characters getting from place to place in this world by flying.
City of Heroes
City of Heroes is a fantastic MMORPG that has had fans begging for more since its original release in 2004, since which numerous expansion packs and massive updates have become available, most recently as September of this year. In this free to play MMORPG, players create their own superhero based on traditional comic book superhero style. There are many missions to go on with other players, fighting the criminals that plague Paragon City, where the story is set. Creating new superheroes, each one more interesting than the next, is something that never gets old, and never suffers from the boredom and copycat feel that many other MMORPGs suffer from.
Lord of the Rings Online
Lord of the Rings Online is a free to play MMORPG set in the beloved fictional world of Middle Earth. Players choose a character from one of the canonical races. Many quests and characters are familiar from both movies and books, though fans of the books will definitely get a higher satisfaction from the game as many characters who are mere footnotes now have a fleshed out stories and their own adventures. But this game is fun even for the non Lord of the Rings fan due to the wonderful lore and great storyline that will keep players coming back for more.
DC Universe Online
This new MMORPG has just recently gone free to play. In this world you are a hero working for the factions of good or evil. Starting in either Batman’s Gotham City or Superman’s Metropolis, players are fully immersed in their favorite superhero worlds, being able to interact in the worlds they’ve loved for years. With missions, quests, and more it is no wonder that DC Universe has had such a widespread surge in popularity with Novembers introduction of the free to play system for DC Universe Online.
There are thousands of free MMORPGs found online, ranging from simple browser games produced by small name companies and fans of gaming to titles based off of popular fiction worlds and others produced by big name companies providing even more fun for their fans. Free MMORPGs are a great way to be involved with the greatest games the video game world has to offer while not having to pay exorbitant fees just for a single game that doesn’t include any bonus materials. This list is a great place to start your exploration of online gaming, and with this list of best MMORPGs, you’ll never have to look any further for a fantastic – and free – gaming experience.