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Best 5 Free-to-Play MMORPGs

Updated on May 14, 2012

Today there are more free-to-play (f2p) MMORPGs available than ever before. If you are new to the genre MMORPG stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. World of Warcraft has been the top MMORPG for several years. If you are like many that have gotten burned out on WoW, it might be time to test out a few other games. If you've never played a MMO give one of these free options a spin.

Just a word of warning: All of these games are free, but do offer cash shops. That means to be the best of the best you are going to have to spend some real money. If you are very competitive in PVP (player vs player) combat, you may be at a real disadvantage to those willing to spend money on improved weapons and armor. Personally, I've played all of these games below without spending a single penny, and had a lot of fun doing so.

5 Allods Online

Allods is a mix of fantasy and sci-fi. It is a beautiful game with stunning graphics. You can choose to fight for one of two sides, the League and the Imperial. Characters are very customizable because you receive stat points at every level to improve attributes. Besides the usual quests and dungeons, Allods also offers world bosses that can be taken down in groups. If you aren't a fan of PVP you might want to stay clear of this game. Personally the world PVP is my favorite part of Allods. You have to be on your toes constantly, because after level 20 you'll be leveling right along side the enemy.

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4 Dungeons and Dragons Online

Dungeons and Dragons Online, or DDO, has been around for a long time. It's one of the first MMORPG's and in some ways it has really started to show it's age. While it may not have the best graphics, the game still shines with it's unique story-telling. Character creations is very detailed. There are many different race and class combinations to choose from, but some must be purchased. The experience rate, or the speed with which your character levels up, is pretty slow. I personally don't mind it, but some might find it very it too much of a grind.

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3 Shaiya

Shaiya offers many of the standard features available in most MMO, like quests and armor/weapon upgrades. You choose one of two sides for your character, and PVP is available once you reach the borderlands. Where this game differs from other in the genre is the ability to choose different modes of play, ranging from easy to ultimate. Your first character can only choose easy mode, which offers fast experience rates, but no special skills. Other modes of play become available after you reach higher levels. Ultimate mode is not for the faint of heart. If your character dies and isn't resurrected in 3 minutes they are deleted permanently. I think it's a pretty novel concept I haven't found in any other MMO.

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2 Lord of the Rings Online

If you are familiar with the Lord of the Rings books or movies, you will feel right at home with this MMO. You can choose between 9 classes when creating your first character. They are burgler, captain, champion, guardian, hunter, lore-master, minstrel, rune-keeper and warden. Like a lot of other F2P games not all features are available without spending a little cash. Even if you don't opt to pay for all the bells and whistles this is a fun game. The interactive quests and all-encompassing world of middle earth is sure to keep you entertained for quite some time.

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1 Runes of Magic

If you've played WoW before, Runes of Magic will seem pretty familiar, at least at first glance. While the interface and some aspects of the game play are similar, it does offer unique features like player housing. There are hundreds of quests available throughout the land of Taborea. The duel-class system really sets it apart from similar games. At level 10 your character can pick up it's second class. There are so many different class combinations available, you can can really customize your character and make it unique. You can join a guild and work together to build your guild castle. My absolute favorite aspect of RoM is the siege wars between guilds. Siege wars bring PVP to a whole new level.

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What do you think?

Which of these F2P MMO's do you like the most?

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Do you think I ranked one of your favorite F2P MMOs unfairly? Is there a game I left out that you feel deserves a spot on this list? Leave me a comment. I'd love to hear what you think, and I love trying out new games!

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