All gamers know that the only thing better than an awesome MMORPG is a free awesome MMORPG.
MMORPGs have always been a mainstay of the gaming industry. They have captured audiences for years and allowed players the world over to connect and display their love of a genre along with some creative flair.
MMORPGs are now widely available across a variety of platforms, and free-to-play MMOs are ever-increasing in their popularity. They also come in a variety of sub-genres, from warcraft games to space games to shooters.
Many regular MMO games also offer extended trials, which allow players plenty of time to decide if a game is perfect for them. Here are our picks for the best free MMORPGs currently available.
The Best Free MMORPGs
World Of Tanks
World of Tanks is one of the most massive military-style games on the market. It showcases several hundred tanks and military weapons. The game doesn’t require tons of work into strategizing about armor and vehicle formatting.
World of Tanks gives players the addictive, fast-paced gameplay that players find in arcade games. The rate of play and ease of use make it one of the most popular war games out there.
World Of Warships
World of Warships takes World of Tanks and gives it a more realistic approach. The warships are large, slow, and extremely powerful. The fact that the warships are large and slow alters gameplay, making World of Warships a game of technical strategy.
On the plus side, it also gives players ample time to enjoy their lovely graphics.
War Of Warplanes
So far, we’ve covered land and sea war games, and now we move onto the air. War of Warplanes gives players the ability to make all of their Top Gun fantasies come to life if Top Gun took place in World War 2.
The war play is all about scrappy adrenaline-pumping combat. It also doesn’t hurt that the skies are gorgeous and that flying, in general, is lots of fun.
Planes, tanks, and warships, oh my! War Thunder is a war game that combines all others. Realism is the name of War Thunder’s game.
The gameplay is as real as it gets, with a focus on ballistics and armor that reacts in-game, like their real-world counterparts.
Space & Sci-Fi Games
Dreadnought is precisely what we’ve come to expect from space games, as in you look cool while flying in your own highly customized space ship.
The best part is, there is no need hours of grinding to master the five vs. five combat system with a specialized fleet of vessels.
If Dreadnought is classic space-age gameplay, then Fractured Space is its tactically strategic cousin. The game offers multiple modes, from a solo P vs. E and a Conquest mode. Fractured Space really comes into its own with its stunning fight scenes and tactical acumen.
Note: Featured Space is no longer officially supported, however, thanks to industrious reddit users you can still play Fractured Space on private servers.
Star Conflict is the fleet builder free MMORPG that takes Dreadnought to a new level. The thing that truly separates this game from Dreadnought is that pilots get to hunt down treasures throughout the galaxy.
As a bonus, Star Conflict is one of the few MMOs that can be played in VR.
Traditional MMOs and RPGs
Neverwinter is one of the oldest online MMORPGs; its been around since 1991. Its early combat is often compared to Diablo, and it is set in the lore of the wildly popular Dungeons and Dragons.
Newer versions of Neverwinter have a combat style more reminiscent of Darksiders. It is a hallmark of free MMORPGs and is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The only downside is that in-game purchases are incredibly expensive.
Defiance is a classic MMORPG, which was initially released on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Defiance is most well-known for its relation to the Destiny franchise and the companion show, which aired on SyFy.
The combat is the traditional third-person shooter Newer versions of Defiance 2050 have since been released on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Lord of The Rings Online
This one is an oldie but goodie. Everyone and their mother has heard of the Lord of the Rings, and while the Shadow of Mordor was fun, this is less gritty orc battles and more like a traditional MMO.
Players get to choose a race and class and explore all of the things that the Jackson movies didn’t.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
One cannot talk about free MMORPGs without referencing Star War: The Old Republic. Its a truly iconic game, and it is what all other MMOs are compared to, which isn’t surprising given how expansive the gameplay and world-building are in the game.
Bioware has outdone itself with this comprehensive MMO.
Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online is a pretty solid alternative to Star Wars The Old Republic. Players get to revive their Star Trek nostalgia since the challenges play out as though they’re actual episodes.
The character creation is similar to Dragon Age, meaning you can fully customize your character’s features.
DC Universe Online
DC Universe Online started as a paid MMO but has since gone the free-to-play route with in-game purchases still available, of course.
Players do not get to be actual comic book characters, like Wonder Woman or Batman, but they do get to base their characters and powers off of them. There are plenty of quests, and while it’s not an open-world MMORPG, it’s still pretty expansive.
Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy has been around forever, and it goes without saying that the franchise is popular despite some issues with some of the franchise’s launches. True to form, the first version of this MMO was rough, and then they redid it, and now it’s amazing.
In other words, it’s normal Square Enix stuff. It offers a unique combat and skill tree system and allows for cross-play with Playstation.
Secret World Legends
Secret World Legends is one of the few free MMORPGs that is set in the real world. This game gives people a real-world look at MMOs.
Gone are the ways of magic and spellcasting, and instead, you get fight supernatural monsters with real-world fighting tools. Secret World Legends is definitely less a fantasy MMO and more a supernatural horror one.
Runescape is a veteran in the MMO sphere. It has a massive player base with millions of registered players. It is also one of the few free MMORPGs known for having a friendly atmosphere.
Runescape offers a free version with plenty of content and a paid version for further exploration.
Dungeons and Dragons Online
Dungeons & Dragons has had a difficult time breaking out from its tabletop origins. It launched back in 2006, and it definitely left room for improvement.
However, the game has come a long way since its initial launch, and fans of the tabletop icon cannot help but be charmed by both the familiar D&D lore and the setting of Stormreach.
Tera is another free MMORPG giant and with good reason. Tera is fantastic and is one of the most action-heavy RPGs ever. The open-world setting is nothing short of gigantic, and every inch of it is full of questing and crafting options.
Players get to enjoy a heavy dose of action MMO that is unlike anything other games available.
League Of Legends
League of Legends is a significant player in MMOs, although it really is more of a freemium than a genuinely free MMORPG. There have been plenty of expansions on this already expansive platform, and it is definitely a fun game to play.
World Of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is another freemium, although it caps you at level 20. The game is so big; however, I think the free option is worth mentioning.
WoW is popular for a reason, and it is evident in the gameplay why. The combat is fun, and it embodies the things we all love about classic RPGs.
Skyforge is one of the most beautiful free MMORPGs I’ve ever seen. The graphics are complete eye-candy.
The only thing better than Skyforge’s graphics is its combat mechanics.
Players can master multiple combat styles and skills and switch between them effortlessly in the midst of battle. It is an MMO that I never get tired of exploring.
Archeage is one of the only ship-based MMOs. Traverse the seas as a pirate and relive all of the fun from games like Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, just, you know, for free.
A bonus is that Archeage also provides dragons for players to ride, and need I say more about how awesome the game is than that?
Smite is an excellent alternative to League of Legends, and unlike League of Legends, Smite is entirely free.
This game features a slightly different take on third-person shooters, and the altered angle is kind of refreshing. Smite is an arena-based MMO and showcases a combat style similar to that of Dota 2.
Albion Online is similar to Runescape and is heavy on grinding, which makes it unusual in today’s landscape of less grind-heavy free MMORPGs. The unique thing about Albion Online is the fact that there are true character classes.
It makes for customizable gameplay, but it means that players have to build their characters from the ground up completely.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 is one of the most highly ranked games available. It essentially works as a combat fluid, less teamwork required version World of Warcraft. Gamers have the option of in-game purchases, but it’s not required for game mastery or leveling up.
The challenges are dynamic, which is a challenge unto itself. The best part is that the game doesn’t require a monthly subscription fee like WoW; instead, it’s completely free.
Crossout completes our list and deservedly so. It is a completely unique RPG. Crossout is the game that fulfills all of our collective
Mad Max fantasies. Customizable apocalypse-ready vehicles, a desert landscape, and looting for everyone. This game is loads of fun, and everyone should try it at least once.
The Bottom Line
Video games are so much fun, every time I play them, I’m reminded of how creative people are and how cool it is to share an interest with so many people across the world.
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to play the games and drop a line to the developers to tell them how amazing a job they did.