free to play

‘Free-to-play’ is a term that refers to games that do not have box or download fees associated with them and do not incur a mandatory subscription. Some have optional subscriptions and are more properly referred to as hybrid F2P. Most have cash shops and microtransactions.

Path of Exile’s latest patch introduces a mid-season nerf to an overpowered notable

So there's a new patch on the way for Path of Exile, and like other updates to this multiplayer ARPG, it's another...

The Stream Team: Celebrating First Contact Day in Star Trek Online and the Borg

Star Trek Online fans are very familiar with the celebration of First Contact Day, and Massively OP's MJ is ready to join the festivities....

Perfect Ten: MMOs that were ahead of their time

Timing is, as they say, everything. A good idea presented at the wrong time (and perhaps in the wrong way) might fizzle hard when...

ArcheAge, RIFT, Trove, and more Gamigo MMOs launch a reforestation charity initiative

Gamigo is announcing a big charity project today with Eden Reforestation Projects, which will raise money to plant trees all over the world...

APB Reloaded discusses its Easter event and beta testing for the Unreal Engine upgrade

APB Reloaded has a lot of pots boiling right now and they'd like to share what's cooking with you, so let's get...

The Stream Team: Looking for SWTOR datacrons in Alderaan places

Alderaan meets a sad end, but not today. Today, Massively OP's Larry and MJ might meet a sad end though! The duo is off...
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PlanetSide 2 reboots its Outfit Wars qualifier after exploits

The good news about PlanetSide 2's Outfit Wars revamp is that the qualifiers have produced lots of good data for the developers to...

Pandemic roundup: Humble Conquer COVID-19, Bethsoft events canceled, EA ‘stay and play’

Welcome back to another roundup of the impact of COVID-19 on gaming. A huge stack of game studios have chipped in to support Humble's...
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Why I Play April Fools’ Day

So it's time for our April Fools' Day joke, which means that usually it's my time to shine. Seriously, a lot of these have...

Ascent: Infinite Realm rebrands to Elyon, launches new website

It's no joke: The long-in-coming steampunk MMO Ascent: Infinite Realm has a new name. Daum Games announced yesterday that the game is now...
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Global Chat: Is Animal Crossing New Horizons an MMO?

One trend that we have noticed over the past decade or so is the blurring of lines between "regular" video games and MMORPGs. It...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 265: Delusions of Elyria

Justin, Bree, MJ, and Mia discuss Chronicles of Elyria, Guild Wars 2, PSO2, Ashes of Creation, Saga of Lucimia, WoW Classic and Burning Crusade, with adventures in LOTRO, Revelation Online, Don't Starve Together, and City of Heroes, plus mailbag topics on player housing and optional sub servers.

Wizard 101 announces the arrival of a test realm and new pet features that will be up for testing

The arrival of a test realm very often seems to be a development that's met with a lot of praise from players, so fans...

EverQuesting: Looking back at EverQuest’s 21st year

There are landmark years, and then there are landmark years. (Not to be confused with Landmark, which has been gone for years.) You...
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Defiance and Defiance 2050 are both kicking off Armistice Day festivities

You have to give both Defiance 2050 and the original Defiance credit, since they both are living up to their names. Somehow the...

COVID-19 roundup: Game platforms, pandemic sales, and the potential for a digital Gamescom

I think it's high time I took over one of these coronavirus roundup stories, wouldn't you agree? So allow me to offer yet another...

Champions Online aims to judge your backside in ‘reverse’ costume contest

The worry of whether some pants make your butt look too big will be a semi-legitimate concern with Champions Online's next costume contest...

The Stream Team: Enjoying the outdoors with LOTRO’s spring festival

Usually, springtime means a time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, blooming flowers, and blossoming trees. But for Massively OP's MJ right...

Old School RuneScape plots the return of the Bounty Hunter minigame

Let's provide a little bit of background: Earlier this year, Old School RuneScape had to remove the Bounty Hunter minigame as a result...

PlanetSide 2 enjoys a surge in activity and breaks its own Guinness World Record

Someone dared to post something positive about a game in the MMORPG subreddit. Not only that, but this brave digital wanderer had nice things...

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