Top 10 Free to Play MMORPG Games 2014


It’s that time of the year again! That completely random occasion when we decide that the time has come to update the list of our favorite free to play MMORPGs. It’s a bit of a pain, to be honest, but it’s also very rewarding to see when you guys actually agree with our choices. Even if you don’t agree, it’s awesome to hear your opinions and reply to you with a very personal, unique comment that will make us bond and become best friends forever.

Well, perhaps not all of that, but I digress. Games! That’s what we’re here for, so here’s the countdown of our Top 10 Free to Play MMORPG Games 2014!

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At the moment, DC Universe Online is the best superhero MMORPG and while the competition is trying different approaches, such as the loot-driven, clicky-clicky Marvel Heroes, this is our definite pick. If you really want to feel like a superhero, running at super speed or flying like you never did before, this is also your game. It’s all very smooth to handle, the character creation is one of the most in-depth that we’ve ever experienced and combat is a big and very enjoyable part of the adventure. Featuring a hybrid system, it requires quite a bit of skill and attention, and while it can get quite button-mashy, it’s still tremendous fun in PvP. We wouldn’t say that DC Universe Online is a very deep MMO, but it’s extremely enjoyable and makes for a perfect entry point for those who are trying their first MMORPG.
– > Play Now DC Universe Online Free



It’s difficult to find a game with a richer lore than Lord of the Rings Online – this is, after all, the fantasy world that inspired many other fantasy worlds, with characters that everyone is familiar with, even if they don’t really know what all the fuss is about. Lord of the Rings Online launched over seven years ago and turned free-to-play in 2010, with huge success up to this day. It’s a very deep game and while it’s clearly inspired by the gigantic World of Warcraft, it remains immensely enjoyable just to follow the story and meet some of our beloved characters. If you enjoy the game then you’ll probably want to get a monthly subscription since it gives you some very useful options (such as lifting the currency cap) and access to more content.
– > Play Now The Lord of the Rings Online Free



It seems that Aion is getting a bit of a rough time with the bot-mania that pretty much infects most MMO games, but if you happen to be immune to that, you’ll still be able to enjoy a very pretty and addictive MMORPG. Not only it features one of the most incredibly awesome character creation systems, it’s also one of the few games with decent aerial combat. In fact, something about the upcoming Chinese game Revelation reminds us of Aion, so keep an eye out for that one too. Anyway, Aion looks good even after quite a few years, has some large scale battles that will drive you crazy and the huge world will keep you running and flying around for quite some time. Still totally deserves our attention, but let’s see if next year it remains as one of our favorites.
– > Play Now Aion Free


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You never expected Neverwinter to be an open world, sandbox, bad-ass MMORPG similar to ArcheAge, right? Because that’s just not what it was supposed to be. What we have is a very fun and addictive MMORPG with fast-paced combat and no-bullshit, straight to the point gameplay. PvP is extremely fun and feels mostly right. Neverwinter can easily entertain you for a long time and if you decide to stick with the Foundry, then you’ll have a virtually infinite number of adventures to play. You’ll easily pick the best experience thanks to the ratings, so it’s doubtful that you’ll play a really stinky creation. This is one for fans of Dungeons and Dragons but also for players who just love a fun, accessible MMO adventure, as long as they aren’t expecting the most in-depth mechanics.
– > Play Now Neverwinter Free


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Dragon Nest is plain and simply still one of the best action MMORPGs available. Don’t judge it by the cute anime looks; this is one for the most resilient, skilled players. Combat is unique and diverse, depending on the character you pick and how skilled you are in this kind of game. The combat mechanics make for a fast paced and really fun PvP, which is a very valid way of changing from the enticing main adventure and the awesome bosses. If we wanted to compare Dragon Nest to other action MMORPG then it would most certainly be Vindictus. Which brings us to…
– > Play Now Dragon Nest Free



… Vindictus! The sexy, gorgeous, Source Engine-powered action MMORPG from Nexon. This is a game that is standing the test of time and besides the great graphics, it has hands-down one of the most exciting action combat systems ever seen on MMOs. The way you can use plenty of objects to bash enemies never gets old and we wish more games had such a versatile combat system as this one, where your skill and the way you time your dodges actively matter on the outcome of the fights. Despite some outcries, Vindictus isn’t a pay-to-win game; we would say it’s more of a pay-to-get-some-sexy-costumes-for-your-female-avatar game, if you’re into that sort of thing. Now we’re just waiting for the new character, Arisha, to be added to the North American and European versions.
– > Play Now Vindictus Free


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MMORPG or not MMORPG? We honestly don’t care. Path of Exile deserves to be on this list as much as other games are, so we’ll just stick to the facts: this isometric online action RPG is the closest thing you’ll ever get to a free Diablo game. The classes are extremely varied and you’re able to come up with some truly different and crazy builds that show just how diverse the gameplay can get, thanks to the awesome skill tree, which we kindly like to call the What-The-Fuck skill tree. It’s a very in-depth RPG that gets plenty of support from the developers and it can suck entire months of your life if you don’t pay attention. It looks really good, plays even better and there’s this great feeling of immersion in the game. Best of all, it’s one of the best examples of how to make a proper free-to-play game – you never feel like they’re trying to reach into your wallet. But do support this game and the developers, they truly deserve it for making one triple-A game that you can play for free, really!
– > Play Now Path of Exile Free



Oh boy, where should we begin with this one? ArcheAge was a highly anticipated sandbox MMORPG and while it had a bit of a rough start in Korea, no one was expecting such a mess during the Western launch. Trion Worlds was widely considered the best publisher possible for such a game, but that didn’t stop ArcheAge from having a chaotic launch. From queues that could reach nine hours to several bugs and even DDOS attacks, it was far from the smoothest launch we’ve ever seen. QueueAge… I mean, ArcheAge is slowly finding its feet with new servers and fixes, so we’re pretty sure in a few months the game will be playable as intended.

And it is quite a terrific game. It’s a pure sandbox, so you’ll have a lot of fun with it if you like living a life full of possibilities. One time you’re tending to your crops and the next you’re on the high seas trying not to get your ship destroyed by the Kraken – if you’re stuck in some part, then go find something else to do. It’s far from perfect and sometimes a bit broken, but that’s the price to pay for all the things that you get to do. Combat is a bit shallow, but that’s not really the focus of the game – you should play ArcheAge to enjoy its world, all the things you get to see and do, not to nitpick on its flaws. It’s also far from your average pay to win MMORPG – sure, those labor points can be a pain in the butt and free players have a harder time getting them, but if you’re playing ArcheAge as a racing simulator, then you’re doing it wrong. Explore it, take your time, find new locations and stuff to do and if you appreciate the game, then you can spend some real money as a thank you to the devs. ArcheAge is a flawed masterpiece and while we’re pretty sure it will remain so, it’s a very inspiring game.
– > Play Now ArcheAge Free


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RIFT is the second game from Trion Worlds in our top this year and it was already featured last year. It deserves so, since it’s probably the most polished MMORPG ever at launch – quite the opposite of ArcheAge, but we’re talking about two very different games. RIFT is rock solid, looks great and has some depth to the skill system. The dynamic world events bring some diversity to the gameplay, although they’re not overly dynamic. It’s pretty evident that RIFT launched at a time when everyone was trying to make their own World of Warcraft-killer and while we all know how that story turned out – hell, even Blizzard’s own WoW-killer, Project Titan, just got killed –, RIFT is a damn fine MMORPG. Easily accessible and rewarding, with a mostly fair free-to-play model that doesn’t get in your face and plenty of content to go through, this is still one of the best free MMO games out there. If you can get past the generic fantasy universe and the somewhat bland storyline, then this is a must-play.
– > Play Now Rift Free


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Tera Rising is still our favorite MMORPG of the bunch, probably until Black Desert Online launches in the West, or, who knows, Blade and Soul. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves and in the case of Blade and Soul, probably just fooling ourselves. Anyway, Tera isn’t perfect but it’s the best example of true action combat in MMORPGs, the graphics are damn fine and while the quests are somewhat repetitive, the great gameplay and PvP pretty much make up for that. Grouping to take down BAM’s is still a great thing and this year also saw the introduction of the new Reaper class as well as more content for everyone’s pleasure. Tera keeps going strong and there’s plenty more to come, possibly by the end of 2014 or early 2015, with the launch of a new continent (with 5 new end-game dungeons), an increased level cap and more content. Stuff to be excited about.
– > Play Now TERA Rising Free

And so here it is, our highly anticipated Top 10 Free to Play MMORPGs 2014. Quite a bunch of awesome and diverse games, both for fans of action combat or the most classic tab-target combat. We had obviously to leave some other good games out of the equation, and it wasn’t an easy decision. So we want to recommend you to also try C9, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Swordsman Online or Elsword Online, for example. Any other awesome MMORPGs you can think of? What changes would you make to our ranking? Let us know all about it in the comments!


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  • DPerete

    • Neverwinter – Pay-to-Win.
    • DCUO – Pay-To-Do-Anything-Good for sure.
    • TERA and RIFT – good F2P models.
    • Path of Exile – the perfect F2P model.

    • Aion, Dragon Nest and The Lord of the Rings Online – never played.
    • Vindictus – never played, region blocked (Brazil).

    • ArcheAge – never played, is it Pay-to-Win or Pay-To-Do-Anything-Good?

    Heard about ‘Labor Points’ that you use to do stuff other then fighting, but F2P players have it in low ammounts and it regenerates slowly.
    And you have to plant stuff on public places and get robbed all the time, etc.
    True? Anything else?

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    • freemmostation

      ArcheAge is more pay-to-speed-things-up-quite-a-bit. Labor points in case, like you said. It’s also a bit of an harsh environment, with a lot of robbing your crops. Not for the faint of heart!

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    • Lex

      Archeage hm.I play it.
      Let me tell you few things, it has alot of problems concerning bots/no land, but bots are being removed and no land issue that hit even patrons wont be a problem when auroria releases 😉
      As this can not be called true F2P ,i must say it is best title on the market atm anyway.
      And yes in 1-3days time anyone who plays the game actively can earn patron status, so no labor problems.

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    • 91029312390123901

      neverwinter isnt pay to win .-.

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    • Mungkone

      Neverwinter is not pay to win when they have campaigns, dungeons, and foundry quests which you can get high quality items from. You just have to put in the time to play the game

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  • lardeson

    dcuo and archeage are more like p2p games, f2p is very limited. As for dcuo its pretty nice, lots of fun stuff but it requieres like 24/7 grinding because of their lame skill points mechanic, which requieres a lot of free time to get. As for rift, im not sure why its on the list but seriously i got bored of that game in less than 10 minutes, those 10 minutes were actually spent trying to change the keybindings and settings and like seriously you cant even hide mouse cursor, point-target games are not that fun. neverwinter used to be nice but then they decided to go p2w and make it impossible for new players to catch up (lots of grinding and repetitive end game content). Tera is a pretty nice game, it has all i want in a game, but having to download 50gb makes me feel lazy, same goes with Aion. As for vindictus its one of the best games ive played so far, just sad it doesn’t have the massive in it (repetitive dungeon play), this can also be applied to DN which im still yet to play. Diablo is not my game so not gnna give POE any cons nor pros, its a nice game for those who like Diablo.

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    • freemmostation

      ArcheAge is limited, but only if you’re rushing to be one of the top players. Rift is a very familiar MMORPG, so if you’re bored of WoW and all that stuff then I understand why you gave up on the game :)

      Don’t be lazy, download the games you want to play 😀

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      • alex

        I find Archeage really hard to play as a f2p, after level 40, you will die a lot and your exp bar will go back instead of forward and you will not have quests to go back again. Not a mmo for everyone.

        P.S. I played wow from 2006 till now.

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    • DPerete

      I’m downloading TERA again right now ^^
      Was having bad performance in every game, a malfunctioning SATA Cable was the cause, fixed that getting back to MMORPGs.
      I tought it was my Core 2 Duo 😡
      In TERA I only don’t like the VERY REPETITIVE quests and the combat is a little bit slow, at least on lower levels.

      Path of Exile is very deep for those who love this kind of game and invest time in it but it’s also simple enough for you to play casually, for the story even, strange how a game like this can be so immersive. ^^

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      • Nicolas Teixeira

        I think is the Core 2 Duo really.
        I’m playing in a core 2 duo E8400,3gb ram and a 550 ti. I can play fine at some times, but my fps really REALLY get down and the game never use more than 70% of my card power ( No bottleneck, got it tested on some games like rift,swtor and wow no problem at all ) I think the problem of TERA is because it really got a bad engine for mmo, like archeage does.

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      • Nicolas Teixeira

        sorry if links are not allowed but there’s a video of it

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        • DPerete

          Yeah, I know MMORPGs in general are terribly optimized, especially TERA, but my FPS was lower than 30 most of the time, stuttering, etc.

          I had a IDE HDD before and it ran better, but my GPU was a GT 630, now it’s GTX 550 Ti too.
          I didn’t knew what the problem was for a LONG TIME, then I started getting Blue Screens of Death, I knew the cable was malfunctioning because sometimes the HDD used to disconnect and I had to adjust it to work but I didn’t knew it would still run the HDD if it was that damaged.
          I got a new cable and now in Red Orchestra 2 for example, I get ‘constant’ 60 FPS, used to be around 30 FPS.
          So I’m downloading games I stopped playing because of performance to test them.

          – PC –
          MOBO: G41M-VS3
          OS: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bits;
          CPU: Core 2 Duo E7500 @2.93GHz; <—– .l.
          RAM: Dual-Channel 4GB DDR3;
          GPU: GeForce GTX550 Ti;
          Screen: 1360×768.

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  • IceMyth

    I was surprised to see Tera on the list. It changed a lot mainly with dung. they are very limited now after been unlimited. It was unlimited -> limited for someone of them to 1/day -> they increased it (don’t know what it is now). Now I am not sure if it will survive when lots of games comes out like BnS, Black Desert, Bless, ….etc.

    I think the only reason some people still playing it is no other new game released with game engine like it and Aion until now.

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    • kungfuevil

      Well, i don’t think any of the games on this list has to fear anything about BnS. Yes, it looks amazing, but thats all there is to it. There is no crafting, not in the way we got used to it. It’s action combat isn’t so well made, like you can spin through an entire instance, with a few auto attack (Destroyer).

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      • freemmostation

        Blade and Soul will get many players (if it actually launches in the West) due to the visual style/character creation and the silly, over the top action gameplay. It’s not perfect, but it knows what it is and it’s pretty good at it – being a goofy, beautiful martial arts movie/game :)

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  • Redfeather

    Archeage is my new favourite. I was hoping to see it on your next list.
    PoE is an exceptional arpg too.
    I think I like them both because they allow you to freely experiment with making your own combat styles.

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  • Vince

    Seems very similar to last year’s list, but with Archeage added in now, which I’m cool with. I still see Vindictus there, which is my current jam, so I’m still happy. And stuff like DCOU, Neverwinter, and TERA continue to look like awesome games I should check out, but I refuse to play simply because I don’t need any more reasons to procrastinate from work 😉

    I wonder how long TERA, Dragon Nest and Vindictus will stay on the list, too? I feel like this year especially has been loaded with “the next gen” of Asian MMOs that do what these games do, but better. How long before Black Desert, Asker Online, Maple Story 2 and Peria Chronicles Online knock these off the list? Hopefully sooner rather than later… and hopefully all of them will come out West (good thing Black Desert and Maple Story 2 are confirmed to release in the West in the future already!)

    I love Vindictus, and you’re right – you only pay for cosmetic items really. Which are expensive, but everything else? I’ve avoided. There are many events and double XP weekend-type things that you can avoid stat boosts… and the core gameplay avoids getting too grindy if you actually partner up (though it can be a slog if you’re solo’ing everything). That being said, though I love it (and can’t wait for Arisha/Alicia to show up in our version of the game), I also can’t wait to see Asker knock it off the list :)

    Not a lot happened this year in the way of F2P MMORPG’s. The biggest MMO’s of the year went subscription-based (Elder Scrolls, Wildstar, Realm Reborn), so I guess I should’ve expected little movement. Though why didn’t you wait for Trove or something? Do this a little later? It’s only October?

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    • freemmostation

      “How long before Black Desert, Asker Online, Maple Story 2 and Peria Chronicles Online knock these off the list?”

      I’m pretty sure those would enter the list easily, although I still need to see more of Asker (and besides BD, there were no more Western launch confirmations).

      Trove is a cool game, but it’s a bit too early for me to add it in the top 10. Gotta give it time to grow, as well as Albion Online, which is also looking cool :)

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  • Lex

    Played most of these, some twice, i think i need to wait for new titles for maybe a year, a YEAR without mmorpg’s , to go and live a life, the world will come to an end, we are all doomeeeeeed 😀

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  • Fred

    Neverwinter is cheat or pay to win. Highly expensive with moderators on the forums that treat papers like they aren’t welcome. Highly toxic players over broken system. Mod 6 is my last hope. If it doesn’t get better, I’m out.

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  • phamtruong1992

    Hey i have a question that can core2duo e8400 and gt9500 handle Black Desert at lowest settings?

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  • phamtruong1992

    Hey i have a question that can core2duo e8400 and gt9500 handle Black Desert at lowest settings?
    Damn the internet problem, i dont know if my comment was post?

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  • Angus Seydel

    I play Rift over TERA just because Rift runs on my laptop and TERA doesn’t

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  • dfghetae4rw3

    Mostly trash casualized games or games trashed by p2w companies and shops.
    Yeah… things look grim indeed.
    Only 2 i can really approve of in this list – Rift, and of course Path of Exile.

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