Top 10 Free to Play PvP MMORPG Games 2013

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We’re here to talk to you about some of the best MMOs out there right now, specifically action combat MMORPGs. While these are all very good for many different reasons, the PvP in each game is either a main focus or a great addition and outshines almost any other current generation MMOs player versus player combat. Remember that these are all free to play so they are safe to test for yourselves! Let’s begin with our number 10!

10: ALLODS ONLINE

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Allods Online has many unique and small twists to the genre that get overshadowed by the fact that it is aesthetically and mechanically similar to World of Warcraft. Some may see this as bad, some may see it as good, but when it comes to PvP it is all very good. In all the ways that it is similar, it is done well and in every aspect that it deviates, it carves out its own niche in the F2P market. Combat is alike to World of Warcraft, non stand still action combat but still a bit floaty. Where Allods Online really shines is in its PvP content, with a plethora of different arenas and areas to fight in as well as epic ship vs ship end game. Different classes and roles to play, teamwork is on a heavy emphasis here so to get the most out of your PvP experience, role with friends.

9: DRAGON’S PROPHET

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Dragon’s Prophet is a really unique game with a lot of potential. The ability to tame dragons which can be used for combat has many fans already endeared to the title. This game is more arcade influenced than most but still the combat is accurate and impactful. A bit floaty and somewhat similar to the World of Warcraft formula, the combination of different classes and different dragons makes for interesting fights. The biggest factor in adding it into our list was the Frontier System where players fight in conquest over an archipelago of islands located above the world. There, they can create housing, formulate an economic system to sustain the islands, and also bolster defenses to protect the conquered lands.

8: NEVERWINTER

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Neverwinter, based on Dungeons and Dragons, has a fun mix of PvP elements from different genres that meshes well with the game design as a whole. Its PvP is arena-based, which fits perfectly with the combat style of the game. It is very team oriented with each class having entirely separate movement mechanics and spells to provide support or damage in battle. With a comical atmosphere, fighting in Neverwinter is pure fun.

7: C9: CONTINENT OF THE NINTH

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C9 is an eastern based MMORPG which has some of the most explosive spells and combos you could get in a game. This MMO is solo friendly and has 1v1 arenas which are absolutely ridiculous with shockwaves and blades flying everywhere. Eastern influenced, you can expect fantastic mobility and well done animations. If you are looking for a spectacle fighter disguised as an MMO, try out Continent of the Ninth Seal.

6: AGE OF WUSHU/WULIN

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Age of Wushu (also known as Age of Wulin) owns its place on this list due to different reasons than any other game here. The game’s mechanics could be considered standstill, though that is not entirely true. The combat is just very strategic and sticky. So trading the floaty combat as we see in games like World of Warcraft, it gains in return a more decisive and strategic formula which fits perfectly with the theme of the game. Age of Wushu has open world PvP that meshes perfectly with the lore and class systems with certain possibilities including kidnapping and persistent worlds where players still remain after logging out. This particular MMO has a strange and foreign approach that many players are very much enjoying.

5: VINDICTUS

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Vindictus is published by Nexon, the same company behind Dragon Nest, and overall the game feel is almost identical. However, the aesthetic is far more horror based and abilities and spells are a bit more aggressive. While it does vary slightly from the Dragon Nest formula, Vindictus is still a great title that has been bringing in thrill-seeking adventurers since release. The combat is far more melee based than Dragon Nest but it still holds its grip as one of the best PvP experiences inside of an MMO.

4: DRAGON NEST

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Dragon Nest as a dungeon crawling MMO has the best animations aside from its sister title Vindictus. Eyedentity has done a great job at creating epic and unique abilities between the different classes and this really comes out when fighting in the arenas. The smoothest action combat of any game, it also has a good bit of flavor with the different game modes. One is even an infection mode where players, as they die, turn into Ghouls which then infect other players and turn them. While the game is very much co-op based, also expect a scene for 1v1 arenas and it is also solo friendly in regards to the PvE which is also competitively tracked with an arcade scoring system.

3: STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC

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Star Wars: The Old Republic is very much alike to World of Warcraft and for that reason it is our number 3. The variety of spells, the map design, the team emphasis, everything comes together well to make a great experience for players looking to fight. While the game also has a rich PvE environment, the PvP certainly holds its weight. While the fights are arena-based, expect to see more squad play than in other games in the same niche. While a bit floaty, the customization of character skills and abilities makes PvP rewarding and entirely worthwhile.

2: RIFT

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Rift is an explosive game and holds true to a very old and dated formula in MMOs but it works. The game has many classes, many abilities, a skill ceiling worthy of the genre, and a fantastic world to immerse yourself in. The player versus player content is extremely team-based, as well character customization is also important and an included mechanic. Rift has been continually been polishing itself and is only getting better with time. While not wholly unique in many of its ideas, it’s the small changes and polish that set it apart from the majority of free to play MMOs out today.

1: TERA RISING

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Guilds across the globe have been thriving in the Tera scene. Fights require you to have cunning, strength, and confidence. While the questing is completely lackluster, the endgame dungeons are fantastic and in that same respect, the endgame PvP is pure joy to so many fans playing now. The combat is action-based and aimed, meaning in a similar way to Dragon Nest, you must actually target your spells manually and strategically block or dodge. As a free to play, it has a level of originality and polish unparalleled. The PvP is actually very similar to other games but the skill ceiling is far greater with the skill shots required and reaction timing needed to survive. Looking at graphics, they are gorgeous and the world itself is completely novel. Classes and class mechanics are also very unique and when it comes to PvP, these systems shine. Play with friends, and if you can, join a guild. Tera Rising is a game not to be taken lightly and because of this it suffers a bit to the casual crowd. However, If you are someone who considers themselves a hardcore player killer, join the ranks and have fun. Tera is a worthwhile MMO to anyone, especially those in favor of action and team play.

Thank you very much for checking out our top ten for PvP in MMOs, remember that this list is very hard to organize because of the varying styles of PvP found in each game. Each of these games is worthy of playing regardless. Let us know what you think in the comments below and we will see you around next time.

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  • Bleedeagle

    While i may agree with the majority of the list i definitely don’t agree with Tera. Yes the game has one of the best flows in combat and i can see that in PvE , but when it comes to PvP the damage you deal is so slow the fight always comes down to one person running around kiting and the other person trying to hit . It’s boring and meaningless.

    Plus you have got to be kidding me , best PvP game? Of Course its Aion , it has been free for about 2 years now and the main idea of the game is based around PvP.I can’t even imagine not putting it out on the list.
    While Aion does have its up and down points , its definitely a game to list.

    Oh and i almost forgot to point out , Rift is indeed really close to WoW , the games animations are so bad to even compare.In WoW you can easily see what class uses what spell because of the different animations for different spells .While on the other hand in Rift has so many spells with almost identical animations making it impossible to PvP with 20 people and see what was just shot onto your face.
    Thank you.

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    • freemmostation

      Thank you for your opinion. Some of us do agree that Aion should be in this list, but ultimately it was the personal opinion of our editor Skylent Shore and he surely knows his games too :)

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  • A13xand37

    I must disagree.
    Tera does not deserve 1st place
    Pros:Graphics++, Action Combat++
    Except
    Cons:Grindy Quests,Gear Grinding,Completely non-existant endgame exept a few dungeons everyone is farming while semi-afk in main town -> so other areas are mostly desolate
    Non-existant notable Jobs/Proffesions becouse gear from dungeons is considerable better, alchemy tree not completed.
    World Bosses, Area Boses completelly ignored, becouse they do not drop any gear, so pvp on them and hunting the same is out of the picture.
    All above cons prove that tera has centralised gameplay on dungeons, and that means you wont be seeing alot of those graphics while doing dungeons and standing in main town on a break.
    Dissapointed in lack of content and balance in that game overall.

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  • A13xand37

    SW The old Republic – my words and take it literally, SW ToR is not FTP, the cake is a lie, skip that one if you were looking for free game becouse you will be subdued to oblivion.
    For those who enjoy P2P games i highly reccomend GW2,or 2nd place SW ToR even though many players from there are migrating to PoE and Rift

    Aion 4.0 and Path of Exile (even if arpg) Planetside 2(MMOFPS) deserve a worthy mention, considering they are great games, my oppinion not related to list.

    All its left for us is to wait for more balanced, graphically improved, two words, new future , mmorpg’s like :
    Black Desert, Everquest Next, B&S, Archeage, ESO, Titan etc
    Each to its own
    Keep a heads up these will have high demands on spec ,so a strong computer is a must if you want to try any of above mentioned, when they are released.
    Thank you 😉

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  • Wurstbrot

    I don’t know how the US-Version of Allods Online is but the german Version has the worst PvP i can imagine.

    I played it the first three months it was released, so i don’t know if they changed anything but: If you where killed you got an debuff that lasted an hour and it was stackable (i’m not sure how often). To get rid of this debuff you had to buy an item from the (real money-)store which protected you from the debuff for some hours. With this debuff it was not possible to survive any fight. And with level 25 you had to quest in an open PVP Area. This debuff also got stronger every time you leveled up and to play it normally for month you had to spend at least 30-40$.

    For comparison: The RU-Version had the same mechanic but the item to get rid of the debuff was way cheaper and also lasted for a week, not only some hours.

    So…, this game was totally (pay to win-)fucked up. Before you give it try, check out under which conditions you can play it for free. Because the rest of the game was really awesome 😀

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  • freemmostation

    Thank you all for your input! :)

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