Originally Posted by Emerican
That was another thing I was looking into. Most of the free MMO's and MMOFPS's are pretty much pay to win, like Allods for example is very much pay to win. I'd hate to actually get into a game then realize the only thing that will make me win/better is using real money.
Yeah most F2P games are just brutal without paying constantly for 100 different temporary boost items. They're actually more expensive than just putting down the standard $15 a month!
They aren't all like that though. As mentioned earlier, Planetside2 when it comes out (or now if you're in the beta) will be amazing, although that is of course an MMOFPS
. There are a few others that are also actually worth giving a try.
The anarchy online model is interesting. It was sort of a forerunner to the whole f2p thing. You get the entire original game for free (remember, this used to be a normal monthly fee MMO, it was competing with EverQuest in it's age), I think you also now get the first two expansions. If you want the rest of the expansions, you have to actually subscribe.
In other words, subscribers who play as much as you will be better than you and have more content than you. No way around it. That said, you can't buy your way to winning (you still need to play and earn everything in game), and you can still have an awesome experience playing the entire original game for free (which is huge). Also, if you have a nice org (guild), some of the items from the expansions can be brought back into the base game for free players.