Everyone likes a little something for free, right? Well that has been my case in the past few months, especially after the purchase of my new laptop. There are some out there who may bash my particular interest in free MMO's, but in my opinion this is where a lot of interesting creativity shines. Most pay to play games are of course, better, in a sense. They have higher budgets, bigger staffs, and gigantic industries to back them. With free MMO's, this isn't always the case, and it is up to the individual small developers to work around this problem. So, at times, they produce a really cool game that attracts quite a few players to invest in the economy of the game via real cash markets. I have caught myself many times investing in these markets, and have even subscribed to a few that I really enjoy (i.e. Dungeon Runners). So, what's so great about free MMO's?
Well, for one, they're free. But beyond the free factor, some of them have some really interesting ideas and themes behind them. Now, of course, we can't jump into a free MMO expecting something like World of Warcraft. If you do this, you're probably going to come out disappointed. But, you can find something that's pretty close. I came out of World of Warcraft after some pretty bad customer support on their side. Irritated with it, I withdrew my subscription. In my opinion, they were way to arrogant and careless about their subscribers. I guess when you have millions playing like they do, you don't have to worry about an individual like me. But on a good note, I ran across Runes of Magic and I have really enjoyed its similarities to the monster MMO . The developers of Runes of Magic did a really good job of combining several elements from many MMO's, and made them better. If you are looking for an automatic free replacment for that pay to play MMO, if you're feeling a little cheap, or you're just wanting to try some new- download RoM. I've never enjoyed a free game more than RoM and I am really anticipating the full relase after the open-beta.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a sense of humor in an MMO, try out Dungeon Runners. It's full of crazy humor, whacky item names, and gives you a few minutes of good fun. I have even subscribed to it to enjoy all of the game's benefits. I'm not a tight-ass, but if there is something worth investing in that I truely enjoy, I will. Dungeon Runners has several features I find exciting and fun, such as the instance-based dungeons that are unique to you and your party. The graphics are easy on the eyes and resemble WoW and the gameplay is pretty smooth for the most part. I have not had any trouble finding a quest or something to do, as there is a plentiful supply of needy NPC's in this game. The community in game also seems pretty active, the chat screen is constantly running with real people, not spam. The game really presents itself well and markets the cheap five dollar monthly fee great. This is a good bang for your buck, or if you want to go free, it's still enjoyable.
If you're looking for something new and exciting, check them out. You don't have to go running to GameStop or start shopping online for a new game. There are plenty of them right here online for free that would love your support. Freebies provide a new insight to the fun world of MMO gaming and new, creative themes. I think just the variety and excitement of a new game is what has me hooked on them. It just amazes me how many neat ideas are out there, but just never get the credit they deserve. So, the moral of this ramble is to not turn it down just because it's free. In fact, I would give it a good look just because it is. You may just surprise yourself. =]
And if you're stuck on where to start, try these: Runes of Magic, Dungeon Runners, GuildWars(even though you have to pay for the initial game, theres no monthly fees) , Atlantica Online, Rappelz, Anarchy Online (good PvP, imo). Give them a look through. There are plenty more, but those are just off the top of my head.