A while back I saw an interesting thread on the Guild Wars 2 Reddit, in which the player was asking whether he was missing out by being a free player – that is, not buying anything in the game. The comments were illuminating; the general consensus was that you’re not missing out on much if you’re just exploring the world and leveling up, but that come level 80, you’d probably be wanting the expansion content, mounts, and living world access too much to pass it up.
I agree with that consensus, mind you, and while I think mounts are a huge advantage for leveling up, the truth is we all got by without them just fine for years, and if you’re really broke, there’s an absurd amount of content on offer for free. Just don’t look at the cash shop!
Still, GW2 isn’t the only game like that. What would you say is the best MMO to play if you’re totally broke?