ByD.C. Fenoff, writer at Creators.co
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For a person with a particular taste in video games, it can be really hard to find one that captures your total attention. Those who've fallen head over heels for can find it's even harder to find one that encapsulates every aspect of gaming that they love - even more to find one that's affordable (or at least gives a free trial before purchase). The genre is booming right now and new and exciting games are everywhere, so shouldn't they be just a little easier to find?

We all feel a little like Michael trying to find one
We all feel a little like Michael trying to find one

Fear not, despairing gamers, for I bring you tidings of great joy. There are some great options out there and just for you, I've compiled a list of the top 10 MMORPGs you can play for free right now.

10. Star Trek Online - Cryptic Studios

Credit: Star Trek Online (Cryptic Studios)
Credit: Star Trek Online (Cryptic Studios)
  • Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One
  • Price: Free to play, optional subscription
  • Entertainment Value: 5/10

Coming in at number 10 is Cryptic Studios' . While this was among the games I probably spent the least amount of time playing, my adventures were nevertheless entertaining and exciting. The game dives deep into the extended lore and history of the vast Star Trek universe, complete with appearances from everyone's favorite series' characters. If you're a Trekkie or just happen to be a big fan of space exploration, this game is definitely for you.

However, if having other players around constantly is more your thing, this game may not be your best bet. As the years have gone on, the fan base has drifted further from the game and onto bigger and better things. Though it still maintains a steady monetary flow, one has to wonder just how much time the game has until it joins fellow fallen heroes such as City Of Heroes and Star Wars Galaxies.

9. DC Universe Online - Warner Bros. Interactive

Credit: DC Universe Online (Warner Bros. Interactive)
Credit: DC Universe Online (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, PS3
  • Price: Free to play, optional subscription
  • Entertainment Value: 6/10

Have you ever just dreamed of being totally and completely immersed in the universe? Ever wondered what it would be like if you were a hero and got the call from or to join the ranks of the Justice League? Now you can find out in . While the game itself leaves very little to be desired in a world where you come face to face with nearly every hero and villain of the classic DCU, it can get a little muddled at times and you may find yourself lost in the constant chaos of the massive open world.

8. Guild Wars 2 - NCsoft

  • Platforms: PC, Mac
  • Price: Free to play, optional subscription
  • Entertainment Value: 8/10

This game has come forth, without a doubt, as one of the most beloved and epic MMOs of all time. With its critical scores only second to the juggernaut that is World of Warcraft, there's little reason to doubt the power and prowess of this massive multiplayer. The game's unrestricted combat system is likely to enthrall those who've been stuck too long being told how to play and what to be. The only real downfall of is that it lacks major motivation to get players to often work together to make it through difficult missions. Nevertheless, that aspect may prove even more promising to those players who enjoy going it solo.

7. World Of Warcraft - Blizzard Entertainment

  • Platforms: PC, Mac
  • Price: Subscription recommended, alternative methods to attain free to play (Still does require initial purchase)
  • Entertainment Value: 7/10

I don't think I've ever met a gamer who didn't know of the Guinness World Record holder for most popular MMORPG, . The game offers one of the most vast and engaging methods of storytelling that I've ever seen. The sheer magnitude of it is overwhelming. It's hands down the most popular MMO out there and will likely maintain that title for many years to come. I spent very little time in this online universe as I felt it lacked the more creative control I was used to in other series and its difficult methods of getting that free-to-play option can end up feeling not worth the effort. But it's the biggest and most well-known for a reason, so it's definitely worth a try.

6. Dungeons & Dragons Online - Warner Bros. Interactive

Credit: Dungeons & Dragons Online (Warner Bros. Interactive)
Credit: Dungeons & Dragons Online (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Platforms: PC, Mac
  • Price: Free to play, optional subscription
  • Entertainment Value: 6/10

has been around since 2006 and in that time has managed to stay alive with little subscription value and a fleeting player base. Having gone free-to-play in 2009, it's somewhat of a wonder how the game has managed to stay around for over a decade.

However, if you've played the game, it becomes a little easier to figure that out. For players of the original board based game, they'll quickly notice the dedication the online version pays to its predecessor. It was one of the first games I ever played online and it remains very close to my heart even to this day for opening up my world and showing me just how awesome it can be to tackle any challenge with a gaggle of giggling buddies and confused newbies.

5. Neverwinter - Perfect World

Credit: Neverwinter (Perfect World)
Credit: Neverwinter (Perfect World)
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Price: Free to play, optional subscription
  • Entertainment Value: 5/10

is the "sort of spinoff" of Dungeons & Dragons Online, but the game undoubtedly stands out and makes the genre its own within minutes of gameplay. It combines the best assets of DDO and Dragon Age. The game itself is much more focused on a storytelling-based format instead of combat. So, if you're searching for something that you can really sink your teeth into, this is the game for you.

I enjoyed the game for a relatively short period of about a month. Though I deeply enjoyed the deep, rich storytelling, it can get a little grindy (as can all MMOs), so it just wasn't enough to keep me from wandering on or back to previously played games.

4. Star Wars: The Old Republic - Bioware/EA

  • Platforms: PC
  • Price: Free to play, optional subscription
  • Entertainment Value: 6/10

I must've played through the original two games in series over a thousand times. The game is the perfect (and pretty much only) way for players to become a part of the Star Wars universe. It offers some of the best storytelling I've ever seen and it's now constantly churning out new content to keep the massive amount of players from abandoning the beloved franchise.

On the negative, The Old Republic has been plagued by updates that are meant to fix and enhance the game but only end up driving away the core base of players when they realize they pretty much have to start all over again. Its in-game store and methods of milking players' nostalgia has run its course and if nothing is done about it soon, the game may also be faced with the possibility of extinction. Not that, that would be a bad thing because then we might finally get the game we all deserve. Looking at you, Rogue One.

3. Champions Online - Cryptic Studios/Atari

Credit: Champions Online (Cryptic Studios)
Credit: Champions Online (Cryptic Studios)
  • Platforms: Mac, Xbox 360
  • Price: Free to play, optional subscription
  • Entertainment Value: 8/10

Originally meant to be a Marvel MMO, was forced to break free of that mold when Marvel abandoned the project. It quickly adapted and became one of the best superhero-based online games ever created. The sheer amount of creative control, story, combat systems, and open worlds is enough to keep even the most diehard old world fantasy gamer interested. Though it suffered an exodus of players after the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, it has maintained a steady base of core players that revel in the modern world of heroic adventures.

Although the game was only released back in 2009, its visuals and play style can't hold up to the games of today. If the game manages to make it to be a decade old, it'll be surprising if it makes it much longer than that.

2. The Elder Scrolls Online - Zenimax Online Studios

Credit: The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax)
Credit: The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax)
  • Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One
  • Price: Free to play, optional subscription
  • Entertainment Value: 9/10

Though it took some time, has become a staple in any true MMO gamer's life. I admit I was hesitant to give it a shot, having not really played the games before myself. Within a few hours, I was completely enveloped in this world. The vast amount of stories to explore is mindblowing. While it doesn't offer as much creative control over personal combat system, it's unlikely you'll end up noticing all that much with just how much it does offer. There's no one or even a hundred set ways to play. In this game, you make it all your own. Your journey and your development is entirely up to you. This game is a definite must-have.

See Also:

1. The Lord Of The Rings Online - Turbine

  • Platforms: PC, Mac
  • Price: Free to play, optional subscription
  • Entertainment Value: 10/10

This one will hit you right in the nostalgia. From Turbine and Warner Bros. comes the MMO to end all MMOs. Well, probably not, but for dramatic effect, you get the point. I've never fallen so hard and so fast for a game in all my life. There was so much about it to love. The dedication the creators put forth in creating this colossal masterpiece will never go unappreciated. Every little detail of Tolkien's books, even those not covered in the film series, have made it into this incredible game. There's no limit to exploring the vast world created here. Whether you do so as a Hobbit, Elf, Dwarf, or even a monster, if you're a fan of the books or movies or both, you're guaranteed to be in for one hell of a great time.

Do you agree with my list? What MMORPG not on this list do you think is worthwhile? Let me know in the comments section.

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