Free MMORPG & Free MMOs

Good Things in Life are Free MMORPGs

Posted on: March 3, 2009

When I first got into the free MMORPG scene I thought games like Ragnarok Online and Maplestory were the best of the best and nothing better would come in the free MMORPG scene. Well, to be fair, Ragnarok Online wasn’t a free MMORPG until recently, but for all intensive purposes it was still free as there were and still are countless private servers for the game, but my point is that after playing Ragnarok and Maplestory I figured the free MMORPG scene had hit its peak, as even though those games were great they didn’t have the same ‘feel’ as pay to play MMORPGs like World of Warcraft or Eve Online. They also didn’t look as pretty or have the same amount of content. Today though, the tides are turning.


The quality of free MMORPGs has risen dramatically over the years. With the release of titles like Atlantica Online, Runes of Magic and Perfect World the gap between pay to play and free to play is quickly narrowing. These games have the same ‘pay to play’ gameplay quality to them and the visuals to back that up as well. I never would have even imagined that in a few short years the quality of free to play games would rise so fast. Not only are there great free MMORPGs on the market today that can directly compete with the pay to play games there is also an incredible variety of good MMOs as well. If I want to take a break from bashing Orcs, I can play one of the many good racing MMOs out there like Project Torque or Project Powder. These racing MMOs are on par with their pricy console competitors as well. Why on earth would anyone pay for racing games like Need for Speed when they can play Project Torque for free? Why should people pay for games like Counter-Strike when there are literally a dozen or so free MMO shooters out there?

Five years ago or so, gamers didn’t have a choice. If they wanted to play an online shooter, they had to pay. That’s what changed. The free MMO and MMORPG market has grown tremendously. There are now well over 175 free to play MMORPGs and MMOs. That’s without counting the hundreds if not thousands of prominent browser based games out there. With a new free game coming out almost every week, there really is no reason to pay for games anymore. The good things in life are free MMORPGs



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