10 Free to Play MMORPGs You Should Try in April, 2019!
I’m sure you guys have a lot of free time on your hands right now. So with this in mind, I wanted to restart a monthly series of videos I had going last year titled “Free to play MMORPGs you should play in x month.”
In each video, I’d compile a list of 10 free MMOs – completely different from each previous video for you guys to look at.
I want to do the same thing this year. I have a channel with almost a quarter million subscribers, and feel like I should be bringing attention to as many different games as I can.
That way you might find something you really enjoy that you might not have otherwise. This is especially important right now with so many people home looking for something to do.
Each list will have 2 “big MMOs” and 8 “smaller,” more “obscure” games. So note that your favorite free MMO might not be included in this months list but might in next months.
So, let’s take some time and spread not only some love, but also some activity around the genre a little bit, yeah?
Phantasy Star Online 2
While Phantasy Star Online 2 is currently only available on the Xbox console, the game is slated for a release in the near future on PCs, with other platforms coming over time.
PSO2 was originally released back in Japan in 2012 with us finally getting the game this year. Yet even after all this time, it has remained one of the most anticipated MMOs year after year.
The game is a beautiful Anime MMO that takes place in a large social quest-hub where you take missions with other players and tackle fights ranging from small-scale encounters you can complete on your own to large-scale encounters you need several groups for.
Despite when it was released, the action combat the game employs is better than most combat styles released even in this day and age. You have the option of equipping various different weapon types and swapping between them on the fly.
This allows you to fill different roles at any given time and provides players a lot of individual utility.
While the game is mostly instanced content, there’s so much to do and so much to explore that you don’t really feel it. Especially considering you can meet other players around instances randomly at times.
Honestly the first time that happened to me I was freaked out. I had no idea how another player made it into my instance but he just walked up to me fighting and was like.. “hey.”
Riders of Icarus
Riders of Icarus was released back in 2016 and was published by Nexon for the first few years of its life before being transferred to VALOFE, who have been in charge of publishing the game since.
Even after 4 years of being online, it remains one of the only MMOs that provide players with an extensive selection of monsters to both do battle with and capture.
There are a couple other monster-collecting MMOs out there but none done nearly as well as Riders of Icarus is. The one issue with the game was that it was published by Nexon, which has since been remedied.
It’s a beautiful 3D game that takes place in a large, open world with segregated zones akin to Blade & Soul or Final Fantasy XIV. There’s so much to explore and so many different creatures to capture that you almost never run out of things to do.
The combat is a hybrid of action and tab-target, requiring a target for single-target abilities, but allowing for AoEs to be used anywhere at any time with no target necessary.
Riders of Icarus is a pretty traditional MMO. It kinda reminds me of what Ascent: Infinite Realm is trying to be but at an earlier stage in its life.
Tree of Savior
Much like Riders of Icarus, Tree of Savior was released back in 2016. At the beginning of 2019, it underwent a complete overhaul of all of its systems and rebranded to “Tree of Savior Re:Build.”
Tree of Savior is one of the few MMOs of its kind. It’s heavily inspired by Ragnarok Online and features more classes than you’d ever know what to do with.
It features very fluid action combat, allowing for you to unleash spectacular destructive abilities that look like they shouldn’t be in a game of this kind.
It’s a beautiful mixture between Anime and 2D sprites with painted backgrounds that truly looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before. If you were to try this game purely based off of how it looks I wouldn’t blame you.
Like Riders of Icarus, the game also utilizes segregated zones but each zone has the potential to hold a plethora of players at once. The playerbase is just very low and due to that you don’t see many while leveling.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 released back in 2012 as a buy-to-play MMO. After 3 years and over 5 million copies sold, ArenaNet decided to make the game free-to-play, increasing the playerbase exponentially.
Guild Wars 2 is probably one of the better looking free-to-play MMOs on the market, with a fully 3D world that is ridiculously large, even if it utilizes segregated zones as well.
I feel like the majority of MMOs actually use segregated zones as opposed to instanced zones or sandbox worlds and Guild Wars 2 definitely pulls it off while feeling rather seamless.
Combat in Guild Wars 2 is pretty unique: A target is technically necessary for some skills but at the same time it’s in no way tab-target, considering most classes are capable of using attacks and skills without a target.
Make of that what you will. If anything, I’d say it’s pretty much an action combat system though.
There’s so much to do in the game and with an expansion on the horizon, it’s safe to say that Guild Wars 2 might be something you want to make your way through in preparation for the next large set of content!
I go back to Vindictus periodically because it’s just so damn good. It looks as good as it plays as well, and considering the game was released all the way back in 2010? You honestly wouldn’t think it.
Vindictus is a hub-based dungeon-crawler, similar to PSO2 but much more focused on the dungeon aspect of the genre.
You have a town that you occupy, tons of players to run around and play with, a plethora of NPCs to take quests off of and.. well that’s pretty much it.
But the action combat found in-game is still better than the combat found in the majority of games made quite a bit after its release.
And graphically? Honestly I’m going to have to do an updated video on Vindictus purely so I can show you all how incredible the characters look, especially the newly added ones. And with interactible environments and weapons to find in dungeons? Man.
Seriously, this is one of the best action MMOs I’ve ever played. If you’re a fan of hub-based dungeon-running then this will no doubt be right up your alley!
Revelation Online was released back in 2015. This is one of the few MMORPGs that have a completely open world without loading screens separating areas.
The game is absolutely beautiful. Back when it was released, players were often found arguing which game between Revelation and Blade & Soul was the better looking MMO.
They both have similar graphical styles, and are both a little Anime-inspired, featuring noticeably exaggerated body proportions on their characters.
Combat is targeted lock-on, meaning that while you can technically use some AoEs without a target, the majority of the game, even with their “action mode,” from what I believe was not in any way traditional action combat.
Honestly, with the exception of the game being a large grind, it’s a fairly solid, traditional MMO. I played it at launch for a while and enjoyed my time in it. And with the updates it continues to get even 5 years later, it’s refreshing to see My.Games haven’t given up on it.
Mabinogi was released back in 2004. Honestly, this is probably the oldest MMO included in this list yet even so.. the game has continued to remain one of the most unique MMOs to have ever released.
The game is Anime-inspired. It utilizes beautiful cel-shaded graphics which is something that definitely isn’t very common in the MMO scene, and is generally referred to as the “social MMO.”
While the game utilizes segregated zones, there is so much to do in-game that traversing the zones, exploring, and heck even combat are mostly an afterthought. Mabinogi provides you so much freedom to play the game how you want, it’s unreal.
Speaking of the combat, interestingly the game makes use of kind of like a rock-paper-scissors mechanic while the combat itself is tab-target. The combat definitely shows its age and is probably the only issue I have with the game.
Otherwise, it’s by far one of the most interesting MMOs I’ve ever played. I’ve never played a game like Mabinogi and with Peria Chronicles cancelled I probably never will.
Digimon Masters Online
I’m a huge Digimon fan. I love Pokemon but the first Digimon World game is one of my favorite games of all time. Digimon Masters Online is an MMO set within the Digimon world and was released back in 2009.
I haven’t played through it nearly as extensively as I probably should have, honestly, but from what I’ve played I can definitely say I’ve enjoyed. It’s a solid, traditional MMO. It’s nothing new, it’s nothing innovative but it’s Digimon.. with hundreds of other players.
Obviously since it’s a Digimon MMO it’s Anime-inspired. The Digimon are all rendered very well and everything looks like it’s out of a PS3 Digimon game – which for an MMO released back in 2009 is pretty good.
Combat is tab-target, yet instead of controlling your character in combat, you give your Digimon commands and watch him battle while you have the freedom to run around and do whatever you want. Loot, explore. Literally whatever.
I never made it that far through the game but from what I gathered, the game takes you through plenty of unique zones with a large selection of Digimon to capture and train.
If you ever wanted to play a Digimon game with other people.. this is it.
Atlantica Online was released back in 2008 and provides one of the most interesting experiences I’ve had in an MMO. See, traditionally you create your character, you get in-game, you start leveling, killing monsters or enemies, advancing yourself and your character.
However, Atlantica is different: First and foremost, instead of one single character you have an entire party of characters. I forget how many specifically. 9 I think?
You field a number of characters – all of which you can recruit over the course of the game, as you continue to level, as you continue to unlock new content.
Each character you recruit can be leveled individually and have their own unique selection of gear equipped.
This means that you’re required to actively grind gear for your entire team, but also provides the opportunity to craft a team to use against bosses, dungeons, and even other players that is completely your own.
The combat is turn-based, which is probably the only time I’ve seen that used in an MMO. The game, otherwise, is a pretty traditional MMO.
Soul Worker Online
Soul Worker Online was released back in 2016. Yes, this is definitely a more recent title. When Soul Worker came out, I dedicated so much time to the game, working my way to level 40 something.
Unfortunately Gameforge ruined the leveling experience at the time and thus I quit, but it remains one of my favorite Anime MMOs.
Not only is it still one of the best looking Anime MMOs on the market, but it also has incredibly fluid combat, providing you the ability to combo lots of different skills with pretty damn flashy effects.
The only drawback is the fact that it’s a hub-based instanced MMO, providing you various instances to run and various towns to explore, but other than that, there isn’t much in the way of MMO-esque content.
This is still one of my favorite Anime MMOs regardless, considering what’s available. At least until Blue Protocol launches.
And there we have it. 10 Free-to-play MMORPGs I think you should definitely give a look if you’re looking for something to play with all that spare time you no doubt have.