Free MMORPG & Free MMOs

Free MMORPGs and MMOs in 2010

Posted on: January 21, 2010

Free to play games have taken off in the past few years and have given us such top notch titles such as Perfect World and Alliance of Valiant Arms (or A.V.A for short.) There are now over a hundred free online PC games available with even more scheduled to be released in 2010.

Many free MMORPGs and MMOs are scheduled for release including Kung Foo! and Allods Online but I still find myself playing many older titles that have been around for years.

Hero Online is old Asian MMORPG by Netgame that’s been around for a while now but is still one of the more popular games on the Netgame portal. Last Chaos and Shaiya are two other games that can’t be described as ‘new’ but still offer great traditional fantasy MMORPG experiences. The latter also has a great PvP system which keeps it interesting for a long time.

MMOFPS games are some of my favorite mainly because they are easy to learn and quick to jump into. Just install and you’re good to go. No grinding required before players can access most of the content. Besides the aforementioned AVA, KOS Secret Operations has been a recent obsession of mine. Nexon’s Combat Arms is still the most popular free FPS as far as I can tell but there are plenty of options available today for gamer sof all tastes. Fancy the third person perspective? Than just download S4 League or GunZ: The Duel!

The past year has seen more than just the release of a larger quantity of free games, it has also heralded the opening of more genres to the f2p model. The Warcraft 3 custom map Defense of the Ancients (or DotA for short) is widely popular across the world but always required players to have the retail WC3 client installed. Fans of the game may be surprized to hear that a free to play sequel is now available and is even designed by many of the people associated with the original such as Guinsoo and Pendragon! The game goes by the name League of Legends and is similarly an AoS (Aion of Strife) where two teams of up to 5 players each battle to destroy the opposing base.

A classic PC gaming genre has also received new life in the free to play market. RTS is one of the most quintessentially PC gaming genres, even after repeated attempts consoles just haven’t gotten the formula of commanding dozens of troops right. Luckily EA’s BattleForge is available as a free download and mixes classic strategy gameplay with a trading card game element to craft a truly unique experience that can be enjoyed for free or with the aid of micro payments for additonal content.

I don’t know about you but I’m excited to see what new innovations 2010 will bring. Will we see even more publishers move into the free MMO space? Let’s wait and see!

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