Here is a list of some of our favorite free to play MMORPGs in 2011. There are actually a lot more than just five good online multiplayer games so please feel free to look around this website at other lists and find other good MMORPGs.
Lord of the Rings Online – based on JRR Tolkien’s fantasy series Lord of the Rings, this MMORPG is different from the other games listed here because it was built and developed for Western gamers, with an emphasis on more photo-realistic graphics and classic RPG gameplay. Its top features include a huge game world, a unique PvP “Monster Play” mode where level 10 players can create a max level monster for PvP, player housing and story-driven quests. Another great gameplay feature are the “skirmishes” in which players must win a combat scenarios like fighting a horde that is trying to overrun a fortress. LOTRO is a big-budget AAA title that was originally pay to play but has now converted to the free to play model.
Battlespace Galactica Online – a new free Browser-Based, 3D Sci-Fi MMORPG that was released in February 2011. In the recent European Games Awards ceremony held in Cologne, Battlestar Galactica Online was presented the award for Best European Browser Game, Europe’s largest and most prestigious consumer-voted gaming award.
World of Tanks – this free action MMO is a certified blockbuster hit, with over 18 million players worldwide. World of Tanks is the first and only team-based MMO action game dedicated to armored warfare. Players control hundreds of historically accurate armored vehicles from America, Germany, the Soviet Union, etc. It’s not all about controlling and upgrading your tank, though. In the World of Tanks, victory is achieved through teamwork. It is only by combining your combat skills with those of the other members of your team, each playing their own role on the battlefield, that you can win battles. The game has been praised for its straightforward controls, fun shooter-style gameplay, and the fact that battles are evenly matched – newbies fight with other newbies while experts with monster machines of destruction don’t get to steamroll the newcomers.
League of Legends – four million players play League of Legends everyday, that’s how popular this game is and why it is in this list of the Top 5 Free MMORPGs 2011. LoL features fast and fun session-based, multiplayer battles against rival teams. During each online multiplayer session, gamers will choose one of dozens of unique Champions wielding diverse skills and abilities, and engage in fast-paced team-oriented combat to defeat enemy minions, foul beasts, deadly turrets and enemy Champions. This is somewhat similar in gameplay to the Warcraft 3 mod DotA-Allstars. This is because the dev team of League of Legends includes some of the creators of DotA-Allstars. LoL is sometimes called a DotA clone.
Shaiya – a good all-around MMORPG with beautiful 3D graphics, tons of content and faction vs faction (Light vs Darkness) PvP, Shaiya stands out because of its polished and smooth gameplay that has a good learning curve – easy for beginners to learn but has several difficulty levels as you level up. The four difficulty modes are easy, normal, hard and ultimate which gives the player a good range of choices depending on how familiar he or she is with MMO games. Of course, the real reason why Shaiya is one of the top 5 MMORPGs of 2011 is due to its fun and addictive gameplay, with lots of PvE and dungeon raids with guildmates.
Top 5 Free MMORPGs List updated: November 2011