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  disantia

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OP  8/29/14 12:05:52 AM#1

As that title states, would lotro or swtor be worth playing if you don't plan on spending any money at all? Are there major restrictions? Lvls/zones/gear? I don't mind paying for a f2p game. But I don't want to be forced too.

 

Also, on a side note. Anyone know of any good single player PC games with a female main character? Doesn't matter if it's premade or custom as long as it's female. Besides Skyrim/ME/DA/NWN/Borderlands.  Needs to be 3D and look decent. At least better or equal to DA:O. Thanks :)

  zaberfangx

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8/29/14 12:17:50 AM#2

Rift your best bet don't have to spend any money, you can get item from there cash shop if you need it with in game gold, but the content is free gear and many other stuff.

 

Lotro I have not played my self but what I was tolded have many paywalls, for Swtor there free to pay very grindy as I played it, very limited on getting gear as free to play.

  Boneserino

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8/29/14 12:20:35 AM#3

I haven't paid any money in Swotor, but then I am just playing it for the story lines.    Depending on what your goals are in the game, it could be restrictive or not.

 

I never paid anything in Lotro until about level 30 and thats when zones start becoming locked off.  You do gain free Turbine points ingame, but I ended up spending some money simply because I enjoyed the world and was happy to pay a little to see the parts I wanted.  Again I would say it depends on what your goals are.

 

I f  you are serious about not paying, I would say Swtor is best for that.   Hard to get past level 40 in Lotro without paying something IMO.  Plus you would have to pay for any expansions.  I imagine that applies to Swtor as well.

 

In any case the standard rule applies:   Both are Free to Try, as I like to call it now.   So there is nothing to lose to download either game and give them a shot.

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  FrodoFragins

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8/29/14 1:29:35 AM#4

swtor for the storylines as you level.

 

LOTRO is too nickle and dimey.

  Tyserie

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8/29/14 1:44:36 AM#5
I dont know about SWOTOR, but in LOTRO you don't have to spend any money. You can buy all for turbine points. BUT, you should 100% pay for one first month in game. The reason is, you will receive lot of bonuses which will stay with you after the subscriptionends and you will receive 500 turbine points. There is one condition for not spend money in LOTRO, it's you want play and you want play like real player. MMORPG is always time consuming, so if you have no time and you want all the nice things you saw on the guy with max lvl who is playing 5 years, you will have to pay. But my opinion, thats bad approach.  If you want rally play, you can have enough turbine points to buy even expansions. For the time I am playing, I did buy all the expansions and quests packs and 80% of all is for turbine points.
  Azaron_Nightblade

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8/29/14 2:42:31 AM#6
Originally posted by Boneserino

I haven't paid any money in Swotor, but then I am just playing it for the story lines.    Depending on what your goals are in the game, it could be restrictive or not.

 

I never paid anything in Lotro until about level 30 and thats when zones start becoming locked off.  You do gain free Turbine points ingame, but I ended up spending some money simply because I enjoyed the world and was happy to pay a little to see the parts I wanted.  Again I would say it depends on what your goals are.

Pretty much what Boneserino said.

I haven't played LotRO, but on SWTOR you can get all the unlocks you want from the in game GTN (auction house). Of course that means you would have do some farming for money, but it's pretty easy to get - especially once you get to the higher levels, or if you're someone who likes to craft (or to simply gather resources and sell the on the GTN).

You can also get store currency by doing the whole boring grind thing that DDO, and from what I hear LOTRO as well, have you do. AKA make characters of every class on every server and run them through the started planets to get the one time store currency rewards. (It's a very poor investment when it comes to time vs reward however, just like in the other two games, but possible if you're absolutely set on not giving them a dime of your money).

The only thing on SWTOR you can't get through playing, is the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion. You get that one for free the moment you subscribe for a month. After which you could easily go to "preferred" status (the one between F2P and sub)

My SWTOR referral link for those wanting to give the game a try. (Newbies get a welcome package while returning players get a few account upgrades to help with their preferred status.)

  Gorwe

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8/29/14 4:38:18 AM#7
If you don't want to spend a bob, I wouldn't exactly recommend either of these.

Swtor becomes very easy to circumvent its restrictions once you have a character on lvl 50. Then you can do dailies and just buy the unlocks for stuff from gtn. But you need to get there which is easier as a p2p.

LoTRO you need to pay for zone access and expansions. Sure you don't have to(which is exactly why I didn't use must), but be prepared for a serious grind then. I know people who unlocked over 80% of stuff via farming turbine points. Ofc, I would sub as well, because LoTRO gets confused as the account types change and you will be able to keep some stuff you realistically shouldn't.

If you want a completely free(well almost) game which is quite playable, I'd recommend Rift.
  disantia

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OP  8/29/14 4:31:37 PM#8
I'm playing rift now. I pre-ordered the game. Getting bored of it though. Playerbase is slowly decreasing.  Just need something else to play. I don't mind farming/grinding like hell to unlock content. As long as the game is good it won't even bother me. I always roll tons of alts and lvl them up to try them out lol. Think i'll give swtor a shot first. Hopefully it's fun. If not, off to Lotro. 
  Azaron_Nightblade

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8/29/14 4:41:24 PM#9
Originally posted by disantia
I'm playing rift now. I pre-ordered the game. Getting bored of it though. Playerbase is slowly decreasing.  Just need something else to play. I don't mind farming/grinding like hell to unlock content. As long as the game is good it won't even bother me. I always roll tons of alts and lvl them up to try them out lol. Think i'll give swtor a shot first. Hopefully it's fun. If not, off to Lotro. 

If you enjoy playing lots of alts then SWTOR with its "Legacy" system will definitely appeal to you. :D

My SWTOR referral link for those wanting to give the game a try. (Newbies get a welcome package while returning players get a few account upgrades to help with their preferred status.)

  rojoArcueid

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8/29/14 4:43:41 PM#10
Originally posted by disantia

As that title states, would lotro or swtor be worth playing if you don't plan on spending any money at all? Are there major restrictions? Lvls/zones/gear? I don't mind paying for a f2p game. But I don't want to be forced too.

 

Also, on a side note. Anyone know of any good single player PC games with a female main character? Doesn't matter if it's premade or custom as long as it's female. Besides Skyrim/ME/DA/NWN/Borderlands.  Needs to be 3D and look decent. At least better or equal to DA:O. Thanks :)

i dont know about lotro but swtor isnt worth it unless you subscribe.

 

As for a single player game with female main character. Tomb Raider (2013) is totally worth it and one of the best games with female main characters. And you can get it for cheap on Amazon and Steam sales.

I wish i could recommend Remember Me because the main female character is very interesting and it could have made a good franchise but the game itself is a piece of trash so dont bother with that one.

  Grumbs

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8/29/14 4:45:50 PM#11

LOTRO is easily playable to level 30 without spending a dime.  The only annoyance you will find up to level 30 is your bank balance (gold) is capped - which I got around by constantly keeping my gear up-to-date by spending in the Auction House.

Around level 30, you will have close to but not quite enough Turbine Points to unlock content that covers levels 28 to 40.  At this point you can spend a little real money for more Turbine Points, OR you can create your second free character and earn enough TP to unlock the content you want (it unlocks on the whole account).

I found it to be a lot of fun up till I quit playing.

  Gorwe

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8/29/14 4:49:40 PM#12
Originally posted by Grumbs

LOTRO is easily playable to level 30 without spending a dime.  The only annoyance you will find up to level 30 is your bank balance (gold) is capped - which I got around by constantly keeping my gear up-to-date by spending in the Auction House.

Around level 30, you will have close to but not quite enough Turbine Points to unlock content that covers levels 28 to 40.  At this point you can spend a little real money for more Turbine Points, OR you can create your second free character and earn enough TP to unlock the content you want (it unlocks on the whole account).

I found it to be a lot of fun up till I quit playing.

Yeah like...I don't know what to say :/

Is like saying "That girl's awesome until you talk to her". What? :D

  Manestream

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8/29/14 4:57:40 PM#13

I cannot say about Lotro (last played that under subscription in EU when codemasters had it) then they got rid of it and accounts were handed back to mythic who gave you a week to claim before junking any accounts. Not played it since as I don't think I want to purchase everything I had in game again under the F2P design. Not to mention doing my character from scratch (which I would not mind doing anyways, as long as peeps helped), but purchasing everything upto mines of moria and 1 expansion above (carnt remember name offhand as I didn't play it that long after that part came out).

 

As for SWTOR it is deffo NOT worth playing the f2p model at all, you will end up having to purchase everything (forced to doing it) and that will cost more than subscribing anyways.

 

Games that have great F2P models are Rift and Defiance, Neverwinter also has a decentish F2P model as well. As far as any other F2P games I cannot say, too many orce you into using their store tio do anything. Those 3 don't.

 

Oh almost forgot - Archeage is also an F2P model that's due out soon via Trion, however I cannot say anything about how good their F2P model will be at the moment on that game as I have only been in 1 beta stage (2nd one) and didn't really look into that as I only got to lvl 10 on several characters)

  Tholdornas

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8/29/14 5:16:57 PM#14

I can only speak for SWTOR, for it's my guilty pleasure I return to every few months or so:

It CAN be managed as F2P, but be ready to face many restrictions, some of them can be lifted with credits (ingame currency) via the Galactic Market, others can't.

Personally, to fully enjoy the game without worrying about restrictions, subscribing is pretty much mandatory.

  Po_gg

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8/29/14 6:14:11 PM#15
Originally posted by disantia
I don't mind farming/grinding like hell to unlock content. As long as the game is good it won't even bother me. I always roll tons of alts and lvl them up to try them out lol. Think i'll give swtor a shot first. Hopefully it's fun. If not, off to Lotro. 

For strictly the lines in OP I'd say "depends", but with the additional infos above, if you don't mind the grind, I'd say LotRO much more easily. And also the "depends" part is still there, of course: depends how do you wanna play :)

 

In TOR you can play the stories for free, though you can forget altoholism with the 2 character slots limit. If you upgrade for preferred, it will be a bit better, but still won't be near to a subscriber's quality. You can grind CCs (massive grind), but with the 2 character slots that will be painfully slow.

In short I used to say, TOR is good for a single-player game experience when you're on Preferred (and not good, just bearable one if you're free). If you want more than that, group play, raids, etc. subscribing is the way.

 

LotRO is locking the quests between lvl30-50 from you, and the expansion quests, if you're f2p. (you can go there, do the story quests, killing, etc. just not doing the quest hubs). Also there are restrictions in your character (trait slots, inventory slots, etc.)  Farming TPs is a big grind, but easier to do than in TOR, especially since you have 2 character slots without a server lock, opposed to TOR (so 29 x 2 characters if your altoholism is taking you onto every server).

But the main difference is, that in LotRO you can unlock every restrictions through TP, while in TOR if you're not subbed then you'll have limits, regardless of how much you've spent already.

So if you want to play totally free (as said in OP), and don't mind the grind, in LotRO you can have the whole game for free.

  Gorwe

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8/29/14 6:22:46 PM#16

There was that edition of LoTR:O that gave you SoA + MoM + 30 days. If you could find that one, it'd SEVERELY enhance your experience.

But the only f2ps imo are MOBAs and those which will not be named. Everything else falls down into Free to Try category. Is what it is.

  rojoArcueid

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8/29/14 8:59:11 PM#17
Originally posted by Grassisgreen
 

Just to add EVERYTHING in Swtor is available through the GTN with ingame currency.  You don't need to spend a dime and play the entire game for free.

you forgot to mention free players cant earn enough money to buy most GTN stuff. The credit cap is too low. Or did EAWARE remove that cap? if they did then your comment is valid.

  Grumbs

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8/29/14 9:03:04 PM#18
Originally posted by Gorwe
Originally posted by Grumbs

LOTRO is easily playable to level 30 without spending a dime.  The only annoyance you will find up to level 30 is your bank balance (gold) is capped - which I got around by constantly keeping my gear up-to-date by spending in the Auction House.

Around level 30, you will have close to but not quite enough Turbine Points to unlock content that covers levels 28 to 40.  At this point you can spend a little real money for more Turbine Points, OR you can create your second free character and earn enough TP to unlock the content you want (it unlocks on the whole account).

I found it to be a lot of fun up till I quit playing.

Yeah like...I don't know what to say :/

Is like saying "That girl's awesome until you talk to her". What? :D

 

No it's like saying 'That girl's awesome we had a great time together until I decided she wasn't great enough to splurge on a ring". 

  DjordjeC

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8/29/14 9:39:49 PM#19
I play,  and i can confirm that he/she is right.  With the current credit cap, you can afford only minor unlocks ie. those that are under 500CC in the store.
  angerbeaver

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8/29/14 9:53:02 PM#20
Originally posted by disantia
I'm playing rift now. I pre-ordered the game. Getting bored of it though. Playerbase is slowly decreasing.  Just need something else to play. I don't mind farming/grinding like hell to unlock content. As long as the game is good it won't even bother me. I always roll tons of alts and lvl them up to try them out lol. Think i'll give swtor a shot first. Hopefully it's fun. If not, off to Lotro. 

If grinding doesn't bother you I would think you will be fine in Lotro. Honestly I was a lifetime member and didn't hit any paywall but as someone else mentioned you can earn turbine points and use them to unlock areas and instances (skirmishes etc).

I think the game is fun but I don't know how much population there is on the servers anymore

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