Games like WoW (World of Warcraft) are very much in demand these days and game developers have not been sleeping on the job. There are several massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like WoW that are free to play. These are often called WoW clones because of their similarity to Blizzard’s bestselling product.
It’s interesting to note that the makers of WoW have recently announced that their game is now free to play for players under level 20. Previously there was a f2p WoW trial period of 14 days. This has now been replaced by a level cap but no time limit on how long players can enjoy the game. Why did they change their policy? Simply because the free MMORPG model works.
Did you know that there are actually many MMORPGs that are free to play forever? The main advantage of playing these fun games that are like WoW but free is that the price is right at $0.
Games Like WoW But Free to Play
For players who want to play a great game but don’t want to pay for it, here are examples of some good World of Warcraft free alternatives:
Shaiya – a free to play 3D MMORPG that is very similar to World of Warcraft, Shaiya has the same type of quests, faction vs faction PvP and world design elements that are similar to WoW. One thing is quite different though – it’s free to play. Players will love the high-quality character designs which are very striking, especially for a f2p MMORPG. Shaiya can provide a polished, WoW-like experience for players who are looking for that type of game to try out.
Runes of Magic – this MMORPG is about as close to “free WoW” as you can get. It has the same equipment grading system, the same type of auction house and mailbox, the same names and functions of various skills and crafting, plus instanced WoW-style dungeons, and so on. In other words, it looks and plays almost exactly the same as WoW. Of the free online MMORPG games like WoW, Runes of Magic is the most popular. It has over 5 million registered users in the US and Europe, which tells you a lot about how good this game is.
4Story – a free to play 3D MMORPG that is very similar to World of Warcraft, 4Story has the same type of user interface, looting system, mini map style, quests, and other features that are similar to WoW. It looks great, runs very smoothly and is now playable on your browser, too. The client download is normally over 1 GB but the new Kalydo plugin technology allows you to play it right away directly on your browser with no download or installation. This is the best choice for players who hate long download times.
Perfect World International – this game actually has better graphics than WoW, which is a big plus for those who are looking for good WoW clones. Although PWI is very similar to WoW it has its own charm and unique content that are quite fun. It’s a good alternative to World of Warcraft
However, these free online games are like WoW but are not exactly the same as Blizzard’s MMORPG. If you want a game that is exactly the same then you should just play World of Warcraft.