We talk a lot about how free-to-play (and its slightly more expensive cousin buy-to-play took over the MMO market, but a lot of these titles still want you to subscribe. Some of them (Star Wars: The Old Republic) seem to actively resent you for not subscribing. And it raises the interesting question of which one of these titles asks you for an optional subscription fee… while then successfully justifying that fee in terms of content and perks.
For my money, it’s hard to beat The Elder Scrolls Online for what you get as a subscriber; it’s a good offering of content that does make you feel as if you’re getting a good value for your money every month. But that’s just my personal perspective, and it’s a pretty terrible value if, say, you just don’t like that game very much. So which optional subscription MMO justifies its subscription the best? Which one offers you the most compelling rewards for dropping that money on a monthly basis?