We, in the mmo world call these games P2W(Pay 2 Win) games.
The only free to play game I agree with on the list is Planetside 2. I am not a MMORPG player, so that is why.
Life is pay to win you must be living of mummy & daddy still ;-)
Saying Path of Exile is like Diablo III is not correct. D3 wishes it was half as good as Path of Exile and stands as an example of how bad a job Blizzard did with D3. Basically everything that everyone complained about D3 works in Path of Exile, plus it has true replayability. Even when you replay a map the random map generator makes it different enough that you don't feel map fatigue. Played on Hardcore you are constantly faced with the possibility of losing your character if you die (technically it just drops your character back into easier levels, but you lose access to everything in your hardcore chest and you can no longer access maps). Plus played with other players it becomes wickedly difficult and requires a combination of luck and careful planning when playing the hardcore levels. Oh and the story line isn't so stupid you are doing face palms to the point of having a permanent hand-print on your forehead...unlike D3,
Nobody has mentioned World of Tanks, or Warthunder? Incredible free to play's
TERA is misrepresented in this article. The game has PvP battlegrounds, that's a completely false claim. More grey area would be the horrible picture you've selected for the main article, TERAs top appeal is it's absolutely gorgeous, probably the best looking game in the entire market right now. What makes TERA special is the Open Targeting component (can use mouse or controller) ... NO MORE TAB targeting. You have to align your crosshairs up on moving targets or your shots will miss. This makes the combat so organic and natural, really brilliant design.
On the contrary. If I lived with my parents I don't think they'd pay for my digital content anyway.
Hmm, it seems you missed a lot. so let me add three huge titles to the list: War Thunder, World of Tanks and Tribes: Ascend. What about these?
I'm really loving War Thunder, man some time has gone into making this game and its free to play but of course you can buy golden eagles with your real hard earned cash that will enable you to rank up faster. The game is in beta but hell its very enjoyable if you like dog fighting or taking massive bombers out for a bombing run. The developers have huge plans for this game and have done a great job. I've played final release games from huge companies that are as buggy as hell, not War Thunder it's fairly solid already in its beat state.
Tribes Ascend is a free fps for those interested.
SWTOR is nearly unplayable unless you sub almost everything is locked or capped to the point where after leveling there is nothing you can really do with out subbing or buying their cartel coins.
Not sure polish is the right word for planetside 2.
There's a difference between paying for content and paying for an advantage. Buying a mappack is not pay to win, it's just expanding on the free part of the game. Getting a weapon early or a ridiculous armor is pay to win.
Good one. League is one of the easiest competitive games you can play. It pales in comparison to Dota, Tribes, Quake, Starcraft, and even world of Tanks or Mechwarrior. Its accessibility is one of the biggest reasons for its success.
Between those two classifications, I can say this
Star Trek Online is pay for an advantage.
Lord Of The Rings Online is pay for content.
Regardless of inconvenience, you can still play several months for free without needed to spend on either game.
Im not sure, but Phantasy Star Online 2 not count because is fort japanese only? is a good option for play online. Lots of foreigners play the game in the japanese servers, waiting for the western launch.
No love for Age of Wushu? It's not for everyone, but there's a LOT of content.
A game not on this list that I played the beta ON steam this weekend was Marvel Heroes.
Free to play MMO and it was alot of fun.
Can't believe Lord of the Rings Online isn't on the list. Especially considering SWTOR is!
LotRO is MUCH less limited in it's F2P than a lot of F2P MMOs including SWTOR -- You can get to end game without paying a cent (if you're willing to grind for "turbine points" to purchase expansions). And it's successful--not likely to disappear anytime soon, with solid, big expansions every year (and littler one's bi-yearly).
It uses Direct X11 graphics rendering (Star Wars is DX9(!)) gives a visual depth that rivals pretty much any MMO out there if you play it with all bells and whistles turned on--the dappled shadow and lighting effects are the best I've seen in any game--some areas are just breathtaking in their visual detail. And the attention to detail in creating Middle Earth is just top notch. Plus, it has a friendlier community than most, with a lot of players on the older, more mature side. Crazy not to include an established, huge, growing game in the list.
In the topic of HoN and the issues of balance...S2 doesn't know the meaning of the word. If you mention the word balance to S2 they may either laugh or scramble to find a dictionary.
Avid HoN player
I don't know where you're living, but in my side of the world, life is pretty damn expensive...
Life is not expensive, habits/desires (good or bad) on the other hand can be.
Old habits like eating and having a roof above your head die hard...
Hawken is free to play but to get full advantage of mechs ,you have to pay...that's the idea behind free to play.I guess if you want a great experience and like the game, you have to pay.
Downloading planetside2 right now