Finding a free to play online MMORPG is a challenge because you may or may not know what is available out there. In this article I will focus on the free to play browser based MMORPG games available out there and some of the important requirements I think make up a good free to play browser MMORPG.
What the heck is a MMORPG you might be asking? It is a genre of gaming which is an acronym for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. A key component of this genre is the ability to interact potentially with thousands of other online players on a central server. These games require you to make an avatar or virtual representation of yourself to complete various quest, battles and other gameplay. An example of a popular MMORPG would be World of Warcraft, although this is a traditional client based title. What I am interested in discussing today is the free to play browser segment of the MMORPG.
What qualifies as a free to play browser MMORPG? This would be a game that would be playable in most web browsers, and do not require up front subscription fees in order to play the game. Ideally these games would have high quality graphics, engaging gameplay and a massively multiplayer game component. One requirement that browser based games have is they do not require large client downloads and that is what will be discussed here. No client downloads are the difference maker in free browser based games.
Credit cards are also no longer a barrier to playing high quality titles. Most of the games offer a free to play model and sometimes offer premium optional memberships which give you incentives or bonuses in exchange for monthly fees.
There are several dozen of free to play games that range from a variety of game genres such as 2d RPG games, 2d shooting games, 3d shooting games, 3d MMORPG’s. A good example of a high quality 2d RPG game would be Adventure Quest Worlds which is developed by Artix Entertainment. This game is developed in Flash and features a very high quality MMORPG game experience in your browser.
If playing in 2d is not your style, don’t worry you still have options. One high quality free to play game is Runescape developed in Java. It has tons of gameplay depth, and is tailor made towards lower end Pcs and gamers on a smaller budget. With those elements combined with the engaging gameplay elements, Runescape is one of the most popular free to play browser based games and features millions of monthly players.