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From military games to to sci-fi to fantasy and back, MMOs to block builders to card battlers, it turns out that zero can buy you quite a lot.
Everything’s better in space, as Warframe proves with its Ninjas in space theme. It’s a co-op third-person game where teams of ninjas suited up in powerful ‘Warframe’ armours head out to slice up bad guys, or just hang out at the dojo. It blends some MMO elements with the sensibilities of a more straight-forward action game, creating something slick, exciting, and very sociable.
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In Armoured Warfare, the tanks of today and tomorrow are at war. The idea is that you're fighting as part of a modern day private military company. Big player versus player rucks are exciting, but if you're not into that, there's a co-op campaign you can play with your mates.
Skyforge blends sci-fi and fantasy together for an action-heavy MMO that’s happy to ditch many of the rules so many other games adhere to. There’s no levelling or strict classes: instead you develop your character how you like and can swap between different combat roles whenever you wish. As you gain more power you’ll eventually become a god incarnate, complete with your own followers. But being a god comes with its own responsibilities though, and you’ll have to help defend the world of Aelion from attacks by hostile deities.
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World of Warships
World of Warships has now launched - and it's awesome. While World of Warplanes struggled as a second act for Wargaming after World of Tanks, Warships is a lot more fun. At first you'll struggle to hit anything but give it a chance and the combination of action, strategy and team play will keep you coming back.
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World of Tanks
One of mightiest free-to-play games there has ever been, World of Tanks is an accessible and exciting tank simulator that hides some complex game mechanics. It pits two sets of tankers against each other in team deathmatch. There are hundreds of vehicles to unlock across ten different tiers, from speedy scouts to hulking heavies. You’ll never believe so many tanks existed.
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A massively multiplayer World War 2 combat game that effortlessly encompasses all of the explosions and excitement that tanks and planes are capable of generating. War Thunder's recent updates lavish the fast-paced battler with dozens of new vehicles and game modes. It's a free to play gem.
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A plush, colourfully-paletted space sim that takes the genre massively multiplayer, Star Conflict drops you right in the middle of an interplanetary skirmish that encompasses both PvE and PvP. Its void is as roomy as any other sector of space you might name, while its busy, man-made surface environments recall the twisty tunnels of the Descent series.
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Star Trek Online
Who wouldn’t want to take control of a starship, explore the fringes of the galaxy, battle dangerous aliens and train an elite crew of pangalactic professionals? This is your chance to show the internet that you’d make a much better Picard than Picard. Or, at least, than they do.
Hex: Shards of Fate
At its heart, Hex is a two player card game. Hex’s rules are a little more complex than Hearthstone’s but we found it to be a more rewarding game. Both players have 20 health and draw cards from their decks to summon creatures and cast spells against each other. The spells and creatures can weave their abilities together to make powerful combinations. Hex is in free open beta right now, and with hundreds of different cards available, players are still finding new ways to combine them.
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Lots of people like and play golf, and golf games. MMOs are designed for lots of people. Therefore… And the good news is that this has all the trappings you’d expect from that genre, wrapped around a perfectly serviceable set of thwack-the-ball-into-the-hole mechanics. There are plenty of upgrades to be had, wardrobe items, and all kinds of friendly and competitive play options. Plus a man with a really nice voice gently encourages you throughout - something which, frankly, more games should have. Winning Putt is new to our list and one to try for sure.
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Lord of the Rings Online
Turbine’s free to play MMO is the third most popular in the world, depending on who you ask, and it’s all because they ditched the subscription model and went full throttle towards a cash-free future. The LOTRO Store is where premium players can drop pennies, but otherwise frugal adventurers can lose themselves in Middle-earth just as easily.
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Path of Exile
An action RPG in the mould of Diablo, Path of Exile is one of the most polished, well-executed games on this list. Adventure with a friend or two through hundreds of areas in a dark fantasy world that provides a dizzying collection of monsters to repeatedly click on until they squish. Path of Exile does feature a microtransaction system but it’s admirably unobtrusive and ethical.
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Supernova takes the immensely popular MOBA format and gives it a sci-fi re-skin and an injection of new ideas to help it stand out among its peers. It’s got all the boxes ticked: heaps of character, a bounty of heroes, balanced gameplay and unique features like being able to choose the types of minions you field and upgrade your hero’s stats to the extent only usually allowed in RPGs.
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League of Legends
Inspired by the original Dota, this takes the same concept but introduces a different roster of playable characters that is constantly being expanded. Many players find League of Legends is both easier and more accessible than Dota, but it’s still extremely nuanced. 12 million players play it every day. You won’t struggle to find a game.
Want more? Here's our League of Legends review.
Archeage is closest thing we’ve got to a proper pirate MMO. You can try and master the endless sea as a notorious pirate or choose to be a humble peddler of crafted goods. Its labour system - how it gates content - may take time to get used to, but nevertheless it’s a really solid free-to-play experience. There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t give this a try.
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Trove is the MMO equivalent of Minecraft, and exactly as good as that sounds. It's fast paced and fluid, with you exploring and dominating voxel worlds. What's neat is just how much you can customise the look of your character: every item dropped can be used to change your style.
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Rift was a phenomenal subscription based fantasy MMO - World of Warcraft in new trousers, essentially. It made its name by updating and improving itself at a ferocious pace: with new raids, new zones, new world events appearing on a monthly basis. Now, it's entirely free-to-play: you can play it without spending a penny. It's a brilliant option: you can sink hours into it. Highly recommended.