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.

One Shots: Hey Hobbit, what’s ursine?

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Lord of the Rings Online's recent loosening of class/race restrictions is either the greatest or the worst thing that's happened to the game, depending...

Lord of the Rings Online delivers a tour of its upcoming Swanfleet zone

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A whole new beginner experience is heading to Lord of the Rings Online next month thanks to the upcoming Before the Shadow content update....

The Stream Team: The SWTOR Vodcast of random subjects

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When you've got to pick a new day for your SWTOR adventures, you've also got to pick new topics to talk about! Well, Massively...

The Game Archaeologist: Dark Ages, the weird lovechild of Celtic lore and Lovecraftian legends

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While the online world was fascinated by "the Big Three" Western MMOs in 1999 -- that would be EverQuest, Ultima Online, and Asheron's Call...

The Stream Team: Entering AQ3D’s Chamber of Suffering

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As Massively OP's MJ continues to collect the pieces of the ancient sword in AQ3D, she has to venture into each chamber of the...

PlanetSide 2 cleans up tank cannons and fixes some environmental issues in newest PTS build

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PTS builds aren't always about glamorous updates or big top features; sometimes they're just about applying some needed polish and bug fixes. That looks...

ArcheAge’s newest patch temporarily raises earnings and drop rates, adds a new buff to a faction statue

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It's never a good feeling when your faction in ArcheAge doesn't have enough members in it, but maybe a change to a statue will...

Alien invaders will descend on Fallout 76 in a two week-long event starting October 4

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You know, it's awfully neighborly of Fallout 76 to let players know when hostile aliens from outer space will be attacking. The devs at...

RuneScape swings a banhammer at accounts caught exploiting its Fresh Start Worlds

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RuneScape's Fresh Start Worlds are not looking so crispy and fresh out of the gate. First, Jagex had to rollback the servers due to...

Working As Intended: My 25 years of Ultima Online

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Twenty-five years ago my boyfriend, Paul, and I walked into a shop to find a new game to play together. He picked up this...

Star Wars: The Old Republic brings its shiny new forums online

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No longer will Star Wars: The Old Republic's forums be considered a "heap of junk" or a "scruffy-looking nerfherder." BioWare proudly announced that it...

Aion Classic’s Wrath of the Storm update goes live with new instances and improved sub benefits

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Update 2.4 has been the talk of Aion Classic for the past few days now, but the time for talk is over and the...

The Stream Team: In Star Trek Online’s Eye of the Storm

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While Massively OP's MJ is disappointed that the newest episode in Star Trek' Online's story arc revealed a juicy spoiler up front, she's still...
Retail value seems limited.

PSA: Lord of the Rings Online is once again handing out free permanent quest packs until October 31

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The wheel of the year turns. Seasons change. The weather grows colder. And Lord of the Rings Online hands out bundles of free quest...

Old School RuneScape polls its players about Wilderness weapon changes

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Old School RuneScape's continuing quest to update the rework the Wilderness has taken yet another step - a polling step, to be specific. The...

LOTRO Legendarium: 23 LOTRO facts I learned from Scenario’s Casual Stroll video series

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Your mileage may vary, but as both a journalist and a gamer, I absolutely love hearing about how my favorite titles were made. It...

EverQuest II’s Renewal of Ro expansion hints at a return to Takish-Hiz

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It's been a little bit weird to have to keep talking about EverQuest II's very much in production expansion and its very much live...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 390: All systems go for MMO launches

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Justin and Bree discuss Star Citizen's crowdfunding, Wrath Classic's launch, Dual Universe, Mythic, Ultima Online's 25th birthday, Tibia, and LOTRO Before the Shadow, with adventures in SWG Legends and Truck Simulator, plus a voicemail topic on MMO systems proliferated across the genre.

Aion EU teases the arrival of its own version of Aion Classic

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Players of Aion here in North America have been playing a classic version of the MMORPG for a while now - since last June,...
throne and liberty

NCsoft’s Throne and Liberty, still gunning for 2023, drops a new playtest gameplay video

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Back in August, NCsoft told investors that it had delayed its next big game, Throne and Liberty, yet again - this time into 2023....

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