Top 10 Free to Play MMOs
10. Star Trek Online
Developed by Cryptic Studios, creators of City of Heroes and City of Villians, Star Trek Online is a free-to-play MMO game that puts you in the driver’s seat of your own starship. The game is updated every week with a new storyline mission to attempt and does an excellent job of representing the Star Trek Universe. Maximum Warp.
9. Planetside 2
Planetside 2, developed by Sony, is a huge improvement over its predecessor. A FPS MMO this game allows you to choose between three different factions, and then all hell breaks loose. Massive combat has always been PlanetSide’s calling card and the game pulls it off well graphically and still allows it to be playable. It can be a little unforgiving to newcomers but after that initial hurdle this game is extremely fun to play.
8. Allods Online
Allods tries to take a different approach at the free MMORPG genre by mixing fantasy AND space elements into the same game. It stays closer to tradition by using more fantasy than space but it should be noted that it is something different. Allods also elects to focus on its story line more so then other MMOs, making it great for the solo gamer as well.
7. DC Universe
This game continues its Top 10 FTP status as it is still one of the most played free-to-play MMOs on the market. You choose to create your very own super hero or super villain and embark on your quest to save or take over the world. Developed by Sony, DC Universe is known for its physics-based engine that makes combat seem very real and those superpowers you have look stunning. Two years in and this game is still one of the best.
6. Lord of the Rings Online
Since 2007 LOTRO has continued to be a staple of the free-to-play MMO experience. What makes this game so popular is its uncannily accurate portrayal of the Lord of the Rings universe. The game is constantly updated with new quests that add to the story and it sports one of the best PvP models in MMO with its Player vs. Player Monster mode. This game is still on the top subscriber-wise and doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
5. Aion: Ascension
In April of last year this game became free to play and rose quickly as one of the better MMOs on the market. The game is impressive graphically and was also a huge hit in Asia before coming to the North American market. With a very deep customization system and a constant update stream of new content, Aion: Ascension has proven itself worthy to be a top 5 candidate.
4. Dungeons and Dragons Online
Another classic that gets better with age. In 2006, Dungeons & Dragons Online was released and hasn't slowed down since. The game uses an instanced dungeon system with the actual data for the dungeon itself stored on a players computer. Players can still trade items and chat across servers, but using an instanced system has proven much smoother for the game. If you’re any type of D&D fan you've already played this game, and if not you definitely need to check it out.
This game takes combat to a whole new level. Tera takes pride in its action based combat system where there is virtually no auto targeting. Everything is done on the fly and in the heat of battle. And yet, Tera pulls it off extremely well. You never feel overwhelmed and it gives you just the tools you need to survive. If the support for the game is any indication this MMO will be alive and kicking for a long time.
2. Star Wars: The Old Republic
A game that has recently gone free-to-play Star Wars: The Old Republic is the closest thing you’ll get to a real Star Wars experience. Although SWTOR does not have a killer feature to set it apart from the rest, it does everything else extremely well. Combat is tight and balanced. The PvP mechanic is well done. And graphically the game is amazing. It’s hard to find MMOs that (for the most part) get everything right, but SWTOR is one of them.
1. League of Legends
Did you expect anything less? This game has taken the world by storm and is currently the top free to play MMO in competitive gaming. In League of Legends you choose your character and then are allowed to jump right into PvP combat if you desire. There is no story or campaign mode in LoL but the matchmaking system is good enough where you won’t get beaten down to the point where the game isn't fun anymore. Easy to learn but hard to master, this game has brought on its own following in MMO circles.