Among the free-to-play kind, fighting games are a particularly appreciated genre that is seen even in the most famous MMORPGs. There’s nothing like some virtual combat to get your blood pumping, to show your skills to the world and take a break from the usual turn-based combat.
There are some great free MMO brawlers available out there, proof that the style is getting more and more popular. Among some obvious choices, we offer you some underrated gems in our Top 10 Free to Play Fighting MMO Games to play in 2012. Check out the list and see if your favorites are part of it.
* This list will be updated regularly.
10 – Dynasty Warriors Online
The large-scale battles that are a trademark of the franchise make Dynasty Warriors Online stand out from the crowd. The fast-paced action is ever-present and a bunch of tactical options prevent it from becoming stale too quickly. It does become repetitive though, pretty much like the console versions, so be warned that it’s a game to play in short doses.
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9 – Rumble Fighter
If there’s a game to be enjoyed in short bursts, Rumble Fighter is the one. The simple visuals don’t get in the way of combat, but combat isn’t as exciting as it once seemed to be. There are a few game modes to discover and some fun to be had, but there are also more accomplished free to play fighting games out there.
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8 – Zone 4: Fight District
Zone 4: Fight District is a little gem, an under-appreciated game that does many things right. The 3D graphics are clean and pleasing, even when there’s a lot going on in the screen. Fight animations are of good quality and the gameplay is actually difficult in a good way, offering a challenge that is enormously fun.
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7 – Dungeon Fighter Online
Dungeon Fighter Online has come a long way and so the graphics may begin to look somewhat old for many players. If you’re not discouraged by that then you’re on your way for a fun, fast-paced MMO brawler in the style of timeless classics such as Double Dragon or Final Fight.
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6 – Lost Saga
Lost Saga is a smooth fighting MMO with plenty of content on offer. With dozens of classes and many modes and maps, it’s a free-to-play game with endless fun to be had. Things may get slightly chaotic sometimes, but standing out in the middle of all the punching and kicking is part of the fun.
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5 – Brawl Busters
Brawl Busters is a frantic fighting game from the publisher of successful MMO shooter MicroVolts. The great cartoon visuals that remind us of the aforementioned game and Team Fortress 2 are just a part of the qualities of this game, offering some cool characters, costumes and weapons to use.
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4 – Rusty Hearts
Rusty Hearts is an amazing free to play 3D MMO brawler with high quality anime visuals and animations, offering a nice range of PvP modes. The available characters are stylish and each one has its own range of moves, but while the game features exciting combat, the dungeons could do with some more variety.
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3 – Dragon Saga
A fantastic little brawler with a colorful heart, Dragon Saga (Dragonica in Europe) is aimed at players who are looking for some humor with their fighting. This is an extremely polished MMO with a lot of content on offer and that will surely appeal to those who appreciate the cute anime graphics and fast-paced combat.
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2 – Elsword Online
The studio responsible for Grand Chase followed it with Elsword Online, another brawler that has much in common with the aforementioned game. The cel-shaded anime visuals are really appealing but the fighting is the main course, with some fluid action on offer. It can be accused of lack of originality or ambition, but still manages to be a fun game to play.
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1 – Vindictus
Vindictus is a great action MMORPG with the focus on the word action. The fighting in this game is fast-paced and exciting, requiring players to cooperate against tougher enemies. The interaction with the environment is impressive and the PvP, while leaving much room for improvement, is there for anyone to try.
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Do you agree with our choices? Remember it’s all based on personal opinion and that things can move around fairly quickly. Let us know in the comments section which games you would choose and why.