When it comes to MMORPGs, free to play has never been more prevalent in the genre. There’s dozens upon dozens of free entry MMO games that allows you to jump into the world and creep toward the end-game without spending too much. Of course, for most games, there’s always a catch. Things like additional content in DLCs, Expansions and of course micro-transaction exists. So in a way, there’s no completely free game out there. However, on a tight budget, there’s still some solid titles out there that will offer you tons of fun for the free entry. Here’s our picks for the best MMORPGs to play if you’re not keen on spending money. 1. Star Wars: The Old Republic There was a period in time that SWTOR wasn’t actually considered free to play friendly at all. Most saw BioWare’s monetization of the game as greedy, and with a massive fan base like Star Wars, corporations would obviously want to cash in on that. Today, SWTOR has dialed back on some of … [Read more...] about Top 5 MMORPGs To Play On A Tight Budget
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I’ve often wondered to myself why there seem to be so many in-development MMORPGs that stubbornly and desperately cling to the idea of the old guard doing it the best, generally shrugging off the refrain as a sort of nostalgia-fueled “Pepperidge Farm remembers” kind of mindset. After my time in RuneScape for this month, I can kind of see why, however. There are a lot of things here that have aged well. First off, as I mentioned in the early going, is RuneScape’s onboarding and tutorial experiences. After coming off of other sandbox MMORPGs that conflated challenge with thoughtless starting experiences, I found it both refreshing to be given the tools to start making my way and ironic that a game that’s been out for so long has done this sort of thing better than newly released titles. It would have been so easy for RuneScape to assume that everyone arriving to the game were old vets of the original or lapsed players coming back from a hiatus, but Jagex has … [Read more...] about Choose My Adventure: The simple joys of RuneScape and duo gameplay
Legacy, vanilla, classic, progression – call them what you like, but alternative server rulesets, particularly of the nostalgia-driven kind, are all the rage in 2018. Just since the dawn of the new year, we’ve gotten a new server type for Age of Conan, with RIFT’s on the way – not to mention World of Warcraft’s looming in our future. And those are just the new ones! Games like RuneScape, EverQuest II, and Ultima Online already run similar servers. That said, does every MMORPG need one? Aren’t some MMORPGs already in pretty good shape without needing a spin-off for nostalgia’s sake? Is it in every MMO’s best interests to prioritize, on some level, the very older ideas it intentionally left behind? That’s the question I’ve posed to the writers this week: Are there any MMORPGs that should stay far, far away from legacy servers, and if so, why? Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I’m all for alternative rule sets: PvP, … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Which MMORPGs should stay away from legacy servers?
This has actually been a heavily requested video for a while. People look at our gameplay videos and think “That runs so smoothly”, before the reality kicks in and they realize we just have very powerful computers. Back before Wiggy and I had monster PCs, we spent day after day looking for games that could run on our crappy laptops. We had wished at the time that there were lists that could elaborate on games that were still good – games that were populated, worth playing, that didn’t crash our computer whenever we tried to boot the game up. Now, at the time, which was the mid 2000s.. there were none. The only MMORPG channels were MMOHut with Omer, and OnRPG with.. I don’t even remember. Neither of which did top 10 lists like people do these days. So, in light of that, I wanted to go ahead and make a list compiling some great quality games that will definitely run on low-end computers. A quick note before the video begins; this video features random … [Read more...] about The Best MMORPGs in 2018 To Play For Low-End PCs
As Counting Crows told us, it’s been a long December, although the fact that it has also only just started being December speaks to something unpleasant in the makeup of this particular month. But it also means that this is a good time to check in on the overall health of various MMORPGs and see which ones look to be in the healthiest state at the end of the year. This is, I hasten to point out, not a scientific process; last year I pointed to Marvel Heroes as a not-quite-MMORPG title that was still in a very healthy and robust place, and it later turned out that this was entirely not true and had been built upon a foundation of lies. But we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it in 2018. What are the healthiest games running right now? 1. World of Warcraft Expansion announced, subscribers still subscribed, reasons to be hopeful about that next expansion, and so forth. World of Warcraft continues to be as healthy as ever and shows no sign of slowing down. I mean, … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: The healthiest live MMORPGs at the end of 2017