In the past few years, MMORPGs have been less prominent than before. I still remember very well that around 2013 the free MMOPRG titles are still new and have a huge community of gamers. At that time, Candy Crush Saga was only released for a year, South Park launched a “pay to win” style in Freemium Is not Free in 2014, but at that time their community was not much.
However, in later years, everything has changed (including MMORPG). Game publishers have been very clever in eliminating the time-charging and they only earn money by putting in very small fee-for-play games, typically the Cash Shop.
The fact is that the amount of MMORPG players is getting less and less, probably due to the fact that so many other game genres are being released and gamers will have more choices. As a result, many game developers have reduced their monthly subscription fees or even removed this feature. For example, The Elder Scrolls Online Zenimax was launched in 2014 and quickly reduce monthly premium players before it is released on consoles in 2015.
If you are planning to explore the MMO world, this will be the best time for you as most of them are free. And the subject of today’s article is that I want to introduce to you the list of 10 free MMORPGs worth to play.
Note: Most of the games in this list are free games but within it there will be small fee features such as Shop, Auction. But games are not required to join them. You can still experience full game without spending any money.
1. Runescape 3
The first game in this article is Runescape 3. Owning 200 million accounts has shown how good the game quality is. The game was released in 2011 and gained the title of the most popular free MMORPG, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The web version of the game is not much different from previous renditions of the game. Game set in the fantasy land of war-ravaged Gielinor, Runescape has simple and familiar gameplay of MMORPGs, game focus on PvE and crafting fuction.Quest features and battle system of the game is also very interesting, it forced you to click to let the enemy completely dead, then you can loot the item. Actually, the game has another great content, but you have to spend money to explore them.
But overall the free version was very interesting and attractive. In my opinion, you should play full the free version, and then consider playing additional paid content.
Another impressive point is that the suits in the game are very beautiful and detailed. Thanks to the transition from HTML5 to a new C ++ tool (called “NXT”), the game has a completely customizable user interface and extremely good graphics quality. This is a game that has great content and not charge playing time.
2. DC Universe Online
DC Universe Online has dropped their players after its debut in 2011 as a paid game. At the time, however, the game had very interesting features for the player. In the game, players will create a character of their own choice or can choose the superheroes and villains in the DC Universe.After that, you will play your hero and fight continuously with the enemy. Besides, you will also have familiar missions and dungeons to explore as well as find rewards there.
The game has beautiful graphics and the design of the city is quite impressive. In addition, NPC systems, monsters as well as bosses are well crafted and look very real. Speed in the battle is also very fast, it brings exciting feeling to players in the fight scenes especially in the big battle.
Although the game still has some bugs but it does not affect the player experience much. Currently, the game has max level players and they are expecting an update with newer content for them.
Moreover, now is the perfect time to experience DC Universe Online, because the game has just launched a huge update to celebrate the 75th birthday Wonder Woman.
3. Guild Wars 2
3rd place is Guild Wars 2. Page Metacritic and GameRankings.com has rated this game respectively 90% and 90.02% – just behind World of Warcraft – Guild Wars 2 is one of the multiplayer games are rated the highest of all time.I’ve played through both Guild Wars 2 and WoW, it’s hard to say that which game is better, but Guild Wars 2 has better things than World of Warcraft, and most importantly, it does not cost anything.
The game’s impression is that the combat system is very comfortable and uncluttered. It is not constrained by certain standards and it is true that players will have a great experience when participating in battles in the game.
Although the tasks in Guild Wars 2 are very difficult, it requires players to work together in harsh environments with constant battles.But through this, players will feel more interesting and not get bored when fighting together. You will see this through some of the PVE content in the game, as there need to be multiple combat positions such as a healer, a tanker…In addition, the game has a Shop system, which sells gems and if you like, you can use the money to buy them. Publishers will profit from this feature and create additional fresh content to continue serving gamers.
Trion Worlds’ Rift looks like a copy of World of Warcraft, but the reality is that when playing the game you will notice the difference. This is one of the long-standing MMO games (launched in 2011) but very stable, with very few bugs and still very attractive.Although the contents and storyline of the game soon become boring, the game is more and more interesting as you finish the content, then you will start exploring new things, fight with a variety of monsters in huge numbers.
The best feature of the Rift is a diverse character class system and has distinct characteristics. Players start the game by choosing one of the two opposing sides – Guardians or Defiant – which will have roles such as mage, rogue, cleric, or warrior for the player to choose.In addition, the player will have three souls at a time, these souls will act as supporting characters. This feature is very interesting because it helps the player a lot while on duty or exploring the dungeons.
In the expansion pack called Starfall Prophecy (released in the fall of 2016), Rift will be adding new content, including new areas, new dungeons and new gameplay features.This update is only for the player who will have to spend money to buy it. However, all the rest of the game is free and you can experience it right now.
5. Star Wars: The Old Republic
Any game related to the Star Wars universe has a huge community of supporters. Fortunately, BioWare has released Star Wars: The Old Republic as a free game. The game is set in the Old Republic timeline, thousands of years before the movies.Game guides the player by talking to the NPC in the game is very impressive and attractive to the fans of Star Wars.The images are the same as in the movies, and users can easily customize the graphics settings to match their gaming devices.Gameplay is a real-time combat style, and players will find it very enjoyable to experience the game, especially in PVP.
Although there are many functions, but when you play solo in SWTOR still very interesting. Players will choose from one of two opposing factions, the Republic or the Empire.Then players will continue to choose from one of four distinct character types of each faction. If you choose Republic, you will have smuggler, trooper, Jedi Knight, and Jedi, while the Empire offers characters including bounty hunter, Sith warrior, Imperial agent, and Sith Inquisitor.
The highlights of SWTOR are in co-op dungeons, which are very challenging in the entire universe of Star Wars.You will fight with other players in the big spaceship and try to complete the missions to receive high rewards.
Although SWTOR has been released for more than five years, BioWare continues to provide new updates to refresh the game content. Up until now, the game has always been a great game on the Star Wars theme.
The 6th game I’m going to introduce is called TERA. Like the Rift (game in fourth place), TERA has a simple context and gameplay.However, the game is still very well thanks to the most dynamic and engaging fighting system in MMORPG history.Like all games of the same genre, TERA offers a variety of character clans and character classes – from giant Amani to lovely Popori – all with familiar character classes for all races.Beautiful graphics, bright, colorful scenery and character models are plus points of the game.
In TERA, combat mechanisms are extremely dynamic and different from other games. TERA requires players to perform a series of actions as they dodge and hit opponents.Furthermore, hunting and destroying giant monsters along with your team, as well as passing dungeons together will bring you wonderful hours of fun.
However, missions and events of the game is not really attractive. Recognizing that, the publisher has added additional patches, such as large-scale PvP tournaments, where players can compete against each other in a giant arena.
The massive update in 2014 has raised the level limit from 60 to 65 and added some new maps, all for free. In addition, there are two new classes.Meanwhile, smaller updates continue to be released, including dungeons, battlegrounds and new skills for the 11 classes of the game. That said, TERA still has one of the most active gaming communities, mainly due to the strong support from game developers.
7. The Lord of the Rings Online
Like SWTOR, the seventh title is a game inspired by the series of the same name, “The Lord of the Rings” movie. This devilish and magical world has become one of the most popular cultures thanks to Peter Jackson’s film.Luckily, Tolkien has put a lot of content into TheLord of the Rings Online from Jackson’ film. The Middle Earth world will once again be re-imagined in a very unique graphics game.
Places you’ve seen in movies, from snow-capped peaks to hills… are all included in the game. The game allows players to start their adventure like a hobbit, human, dwarf, or elf. Character classes are also varied, ranging from burglar and hunter to lore-keeper and guardian.
With four extended patches and other minor updates, the game has undergone significant changes since its release in 2007, but the core engine and gameplay remains the same.While gameplay and PVP features are limited, additional elements such as combat and monster play (which allows you to play as Sauron’s minions) will make you feel no bore. LOTRO is often referred to as World of Warcraft (because they are quite similar in many respects), but its appeal is undeniable, especially to the fans of Lord of the Rings.
Developer Cryptic Studios has directed Neverwinter to focus on combat systems, it is similar to Diablo and has a backdrop based on the legend of the Dungeons & Dragons world.
The game was released in 2013 for PC and 2015 for Xbox One, featuring 10 PvE campaigns and a PvP feature for players to experience. Smooth and beautiful effects in the battle scenes that Nerverwinter bring really is a new point.The most impressive feature of this game is the effects when characters or bosses use skills, they are really beautiful. Besides the view angle in the scene as crossing the bridge, fighting with the team in the castle is also very nice.
When playing video games, visual effects, text and sound design are great. Although some features of the game are not good, such as the lack of communication channels for players to connect with each other and a shop selling items expensive (almost nobody buy them).However, these points do not affect the players experience much. Neverwinter is a fast paced game and offers a very special feel for the player when experiencing it.
9. Dungeons and Dragons
For most of us, Dungeons and Dragons is always a game in which players will feel the fear in them. Although the game has incomplete beginnings, the attraction of Stormreach in the game is always there.
In the game, your character can combine actions to form a combo quite easily. Although the latest updates have not added features to the “teamwork”, the game still has a very attractive solo mode players. Especially hiring NPC features to assist you in each match.
Although the game was released in 2006, but with updates, there is always fresh content available to players.The minus point of the game is that there is no depth in the gameplay and the vibrant details like Tera. However, with the great graphics and the unrelenting battles in the dungeons, players will spend hours and hours trying to experience it.
10. Aion Online
The final game of this article is a legend in the gaming world. NCSoft knows how to make a great MMORPG, and that’s Aion.
A game is well known for its great graphics. Because at that time, Aion is almost one of the two games which has best graphics in the world. Aion is set in a time when a post-cataclysm world has been ripped apart by two wars.Players start by choosing Asmodian or Elyos – each with four distinct classes. And when you reach level 10, you will have one class transfer, this is also the time you truly participate in the Atreia world. The questing and six crafting systems are linear, players will have to spend a lot of effort on these features.
Highlights of the game are the PvE and PvP features. Once the player reaches level 25, they can go to Abyss, a PvPvE battlefield, where you will have to fight other players to gain control of the tower. Fast paced and responsive combat, stunning effects from the skill combo skills associated with flying in the sky really unique and enchanting players.
Although most areas outside of Abyss are no-fly zones, players can still glide by finding themselves a high position and jump down from there. Actually the flying feature in Aion is impressive and made me sign up to experience this title.