Looking for the best free MMORPG 2012? Well, you have come to the right place! Here is a great list of the top MMOs that you can play for free. We haven’t bothered listing every single f2p game on the market. Instead, we feature only the ones that we feel are currently worth playing.
And our top pick is:
Shaiya – this is one game that is not only good fun but also looks and sounds amazing. The character designs have very detailed high definition textures (the picture on the left is not artwork, it is an actual in-game screenshot of a two characters). The virtual world is a delight to explore, the community is friendly and it’s easy to learn to play Shaiya. The faction vs faction gameplay combined with active guilds encourages people play together and help each other level up. This is very nice for newbies if they take the time to make friends since in Shaiya cooperation is the norm.
Best Free MMORPG 2012 – Established Games
Here is the list of the proven and established games that we think qualify for the best free MMORPG 2012 title. These all require a client download to play. While new games are attractive to old players who are looking for something they haven’t tried before, these older games are for players who want a very polished and almost flawless game without the bugs that some new games have.
Forsaken World – one of our current number one picks for 2012, Forsaken World is a fun, free-to-play MMO that looks great and runs very smoothly. It’s a dark fantasy 3D MMORPG based on Western myths and folklore, especially supernatural beings like vampires which are a playable race in Forsaken World. The 3D graphics are very good, quite on par with pay to play games like World of Warcraft but with more detailed art work. The latest expansion, Forsaken World: Nightfall, was well-received by players which is an important thing – good quality updates are needed if you plan to play a game for a long time. A big plus is that players can trade in-game currency for premium currency which can then be used to purchase items in the cash shop.
Jade Dynasty – the world’s top martial arts MMORPG, Jade Dynasty is set in an Asian fantasy world based on Chinese mythology. The virtual world is a beautiful place full of brilliant color, stunning scenery, gorgeous people and enchanting fantasy creatures. Combat is martial-arts based with a lot of cool moves and animations. The new expansion “Jade Dynasty: Legacy” has many new features for players to enjoy, including new classes, character visuals, special events, plus incredible rewards and prizes for players who complete the new Crimson Peaks instance.
Perfect World International – a free to play MMORPG that has stunning graphics, Perfect World is one of the most popular MMO games around because it is played by over 50 million people from all over the world. PWI has incredibly detailed character customization with near limitless options for every part of the avatar’s face, hair and body. Set in a gorgeous virtual world, Perfect World International has very polished gameplay and constant quality updates. The latest content update was “PWI: Reflections” in which tons of new content for low-level and high-level players was released, such as seasonal daily quests, a weekly PK event, and a new realm. Lastly, in Perfect World the GMs are very active which is a big plus and definitely a welcome change from most free to play MMORPGs where admins are usually nowhere in sight.
War of the Immortals – fantasy-based MMORPG that thrusts players into a great battle to defend Atlantis against the evil legions of Ragnarok. War of the Immortals features high-quality 3D graphics, vivid landscapes, detailed character customization and epic monsters. Players can expect fast-paced leveling, 8 classes, guild housing, territory wars, pet system, mounts and many unique features such as dungeons that come alive with destructible environments.
Wizard 101 – a family-oriented magical MMORPG that puts you in the shoes of a newly enrolled magic student at the Ravenwood Academy. Wizard 101 is very family and child friendly. Parents have easy access to permission settings which allow complete control over what their child experiences at Ravenwood. With just a few clicks it’s possible to completely remove any chance that the player will encounter anything indecent (even from other players) without restricting access to the game itself.
Elsword – a fun side-scrolling action MMO that has manga-inspired graphic design and animation. Elsword offers players the chance to star in their own comic book. It’s top features include fast paced gameplay, stunning animation, four customizable characters and quests based on interesting story-lines. A recent update improved PvP content; now players can easily jump into a PvP battle at any point during the game through auto-matching. Auto-matches can also set players against AI opponents or bosses. All in all this is a great game for casual players who want a quick dose of fun for free. It’s very much like an arcade game with a lot of fast-paced gaming, button mashing and cool combo attacks
Best Free MMORPG 2012 – New and Upcoming Games List
Editor’s note: This post was originally written last year and this year we have been forced to make some changes since the post became too long. The three different parts of Best Free MMORPG 2012 – New and Upcoming Games List has been divided into three posts. Here are the links:
Best Free MMORPG 2012 List – you are here. This is a list of the current best games you can play.
New Releases and Expansions – click here if you are looking for news about the latest MMO game releases.
Upcoming MMORPGs List 2012 – click here. These games are all to be released some time this year. They are currently under development so you cannot play any of them yet.
This Best Free MMORPG 2012 list was last updated February 16.