The 6 best subscription-free MMORPGs you have to play

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Massively multiplayer online role-playing games have been around a while. The first generally accepted ‘true’ title in the genre was Neverwinter Nights way back in 1991 which cost players an astounding $6.00 an hour to play. Since then, MMORPGs have developed into the behemoths we know today - such as the mighty World of Warcraft - and many still use a pay-to-play subscription model, though thankfully they don’t charge on an hourly basis anymore.  

One thing that puts a lot of people off MMORPGs is that they don’t want to commit to a monthly subscription, which is why many of them now don’t require monthly fees. Several titles on this list started out with paid-for services, but eventually moved to a free-to-play model that offers benefits to those who wish to continue subscribing. The criteria for getting on this top six is that the game must be, essentially, free to play. A few of these titles do charge for the base game, but don’t require any monthly subscriptions in the way something like Warcraft does.  

So if you want to dip your toe into multiplayer online RPGs, or maybe you’re a lapsed subscriber who wants to return to these amazing worlds, here are the 6 best subscription-free MMORPGs you can play today.

Published Sep. 12th 2015
  • Victor Feldstein
    Where's Star Trek Online? Been playing it since 2011 and I have to say, far better than The Old Republic. Yes, the Perfectworld group screwed it up at first, but now, under the Arc Games banner, and with Cryptic at the helm, it's an amazing game with amazing content and, as far as I'm concerned, the best MMORPG ever.
  • Durinn McFurren
    WildStar is awesome. The combat system places it, in my opinion, in a completely different league from most other MMOs. I'm not sure if I could ever go back to a 'tab target' system, now that I've played Wildstar.

    It's also less 'gear dependent' than some other MMOs like WoW - even with high level raid gear, you can easily die in dungeons if you slip up.

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