First things first though, most of these games are considered to be "MMO", but that is such a generic term that essentially, anything with some kind of online multiplayer support falls under this category. I'll go into the terminology of this more in depth in a future blog, but for now, do NOT assume when a game is a MMO, it's a WoW or EverQuest clone unless stated otherwise. This mode of thinking is like saying every FPS game is a Quake or Doom clone.
Probably the best way to list the best F2P games I have played so far is in terms of their respective categories. The categories will be the following:
- Best Action/Adventure RPG
- Best RTS
- Best Anime Inspired MMORPG
- Best General MMORPG
- Best Shooter
1. Best Action/Adventure RPG
The easiest way to describe this game is that it's essentially Monster Hunter Online with physics puzzles and traps. For those of you who haven't play Monster Hunter (NOT Monster Rancher), it's a hack and slash RPG title that focuses more on timing of attacks and combos vs. just spamming your attack button. It's more like a 3D fighting game than a traditional hack and slash game such as Dynasty Warriors.
Overall this game is very polished, has good gameplay and is the best in its class. Later, I'll go more in depth on this game and create a more thorough review.
2. Best RTS
This game is constantly updated and has tons of content/features being added regularly. I highly recommend you check this game out if you are into games such as DotA or any of the Dawn of War games.
3. Best Anime Inspired MMORPG
Although the gameplay is uninspired (auto-attack WoW styled gameplay), it is very well polished and several mechanics built into the game that are fairly nice. However, be warned, if you HATE WoW (not because that it's popular, but because you just don't like the gameplay) then stay away from this like the plague. Otherwise, if you don't mind the WoW mechanics, like anime themes, then this game is for you.
4. Best General MMORPGThere are quite a few in this category, and when I say few, I mean a crap ton. So, I'll just list which ones stand out from the pack:
- Runes of Magic(RoM)
- Dungeons and Dragons Online(DDO)
- Allods Online
5. Best ShooterI just want to note that I HAVE NOT PLAYED MANY F2P shooters. I have yet to play S4 League and things like that, so what I'll say is the best shooter is just from what I played.
The best way to describe this game is either Tribes the MMO, or Team Fortress 2 + Mass Effect + Jetpacks. Although this game has some really high hardware requirements (mainly CPU issues) and is fairly buggy, it's quite a unique game and has tons of fun gameplay. If you have the room on your HDD (it's about 12gb), I recommend at least checking this out.
- Best Action/Adventure RPG: