I've been looking for the best free MMORPG of 2013 and I have found some interesting MMOs that I would like to share with everyone. This is just my personal opinion but there is an official list at the BestFreeMmorpg2013.com website if you want more detailed information.
Best Free to Play MMORPG
Age of Wushu - still fairly new (official launch on April 10) but I love it. Kung Fu action combat that's a mixture of realistic movements but exagerated to fantasy levels. The game developers apparently got some real life martial artists and motion captured their moves so it looks very graceful. However, while a jump irl would maybe allow you to get a foot or more above the ground, here you can leap over buildings.
I wouldn't say its the best MMORPG of all time but for 2013, this it the top MMO release so far. Just my personal opinion.
Why I like it - player-controlled economy where all of he necessary items are crafted and sold by other players. The open-world PvP everywhere is amazing. I have not participated in guild vs guild combat since the game is still new but it looks great. I recommend Age of Wushu if you have a lot of time on your hands.
Best Pay to Play MMORPG
Rift - a great overall pay to play game with a good community. I think most MMO gamers are already familiar with this game.
Eve Online - they have had some controversy recently over cosmetic items that can be bought with money but if you ignore all of that, Eve Online is an excellent sandbox MMORPG. I would say this is a niche game that is not for everyone but it is one of the top MMOs of 2013.
~ not really much to say here because I am not really into p2p. I'm more into f2p or buy to play, sorry
Best Buy to Play
Guild Wars 2 - now this MMO really is for everyone. Even the non-gamers in my house got interested when I started playing it and wanted to try it out. It looks great and it's not hard to get into so casual as well as hardcore gamers can try it out. I particularly like the feeling I got that I was in a real virtual world where things were really happening even when I wasn't there. I love my personal story.
The Secret World - I have been meaning to give this a try.
Upcoming MMOs You Probably Haven't Heard of:
I know there has been a lot of hype and publicity for the big budget upcoming MMORPGs so I won't discuss Neverwinter, The Elder Scrolls Online, ArcheAge, Wildstar, etc. Instead, here are some interesting indie titles that are under development.
Project Gorgon - an indie MMO by industry veterans. It's currently in pre-alpha but playable (open to all players). It has a very adventure/ old school game feel to it. Link: projectgorgon.com
Star Citizen - a space sim in a persistent world that recently raised $6m. It's an ambitious sandbox MMO that has a lot of potential. Link: robertsspaceindustries.com
Thanks for reading!