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are there any worthwhile free-to-play mmorpgs out there?

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Like many, I'm temporarily off work due to covid. so I have a) a lot of free time and b) little expendable income.

I have a potato laptop and an iPhone XR as my options. Though, I know iOS mmorpg scene isn't a big thing yet right now maybe there's a gem on there I just don't know about.

I'm going to steal from the 'recommendation weekly thread' post I also made that got zero traction. 🙂

What are you looking for?:

  • An open world MMO that's free to play.

What games have you previously played?:

  • Retail Wow a little bit (pc)
  • Classic wow a little bit (pc)
  • Durango: Wild Lands (iOS) (shut down)
  • Some Nexon mobile RPG that came out some months ago with 4 classes. Had great graphics, but after successsful launch, incorporated gross p2w mechanics and the game basically died.I can't remember the game's name (ios)

What is your playstyle (Casual,Semi-Casual,Hardcore)?:

  • Casual to semi-casual. I'll be putting more hours in over the next couple weeks than I normally would. If it's on iOS, I can put far more hours into it simply due to accessibility to the device.

Any preferred mechanics?:

  • Deep Character options / builds / class selections is a big bonus. I like theory crafting and playing janky builds in rpgs. I like a challenge and hate myself. Tho this is simply bonus, not a deal breaker type thing.

Anything specific you want to exclude?:

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  • expensive games / subs
  • high end spec/graphic requirements. (unless it's iOS. I have an XR that can handle anything. Laptop not so much)
  • grotesque p2w mechanics. (which might be hard to avoid since I'm looking for something basically free. I get it.)

I'm not looking to shatter leader boards or anything here, and given that I'll be playing for free, I kind of expect some degree of pay-to-win or pay-to-advance built in. (but hey, maybe not who knows). But I do want to have an unencumbered experience.

To expand:

I dabbled with Classic and retail warcraft. Classic is a really good game, I get the appeal, but it just doesn't feel right for me. I think it mostly stems to the fact that nothing remains in the game to be discovered so when I log in, I'm playing with people with 15 years of knowledge, and when I don't have any of it, it gets stressful. Retail on the other hand has alot of quality of life changes, but the experience feels cheap. I got to level 40 on a new character (my very first one) in an afternoon. Like, what the heck. It felt cheap.

I guess, I just want something where the grind has a payoff. Classic Wow is a grind, but I dont feel the elation of a big payoff afterwards.

I prefer the fantasy trope of most MMO's (final fantasy, wow etc) but I'm open minded to something that's sci-fi/space, anime etc. I dont really care. I'm already asking a lot for nothing. I'm not picky about theme.

Anyways, do you have any ideas?

thanks!

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