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Updated Fri, Oct 19, 2012 by Shayalyn

Vanguard

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes


This one is bound to be controversial, but we’re gonna go out on a limb and say that Vanguard, the game you love to hate if you were ever a fan before its abysmal launch, is worth a second look now that it’s free. Now, don’t get us wrong--when last we played it, Vanguard was still Vanguard, irritating little bugs and all. But at least now your system will most likely run it.

Vanguard always had a lot of great things going for it that its launch tragically decimated: it had an enormous open world, a variety of interesting races, and a sort of EverQuest-y old school feel. To add to the appeal, there are a couple of advantages to Vanguard’s free-to-play conversion, besides the fact that it’s free: it now has more than just a skeleton of a dev team (EQ2 players might be interested to hear that Steve “Moorgard” Danuser recently replaced Salim “Silius” Grant as Creative Director); and there’s been an infusion of new (or returning) players to hang out with.

Don’t get us wrong--Vanguard will likely feel dated to the sophisticated gamer, and just how much effort its reenergized dev team will put into updates and improvements remains unseen for the moment, but if you long for a little old school fun it’s worth downloading and exploring one more time.

SWTOR (massively single player, anyone? I love the storylines.) and LotRO (best video game adaption of an IP that I've ever seen) still top my F2P MMO list. Well, unless you count World of Tanks as an MMO. I guess it really isn't one, but it still a heck of a lot of fun.

My daughter's favorite F2P MMO is .... WoW. As a tween, she mostly likes creating alts with neat hairdos and running them through the first couple of zones. Starter Edition is perfect for her, and runs great on her little laptop.

I love SWTOR though last I checked it is still subscription based. Though they are SAYING that they will be switching to a F2P pay-model. I just have failed to see them actually do the switch. I am playing with some Panda's currently but I plan on getting back into TOR. I have yet to find a single developer that can satisfy my appetite for new content. Raiding is ok but I am referring to actual story.

The Secret World supposedly is switching to some F2P pay-model too.

Tried few of them, but for Aion nobody will for sure not get never ever again my credit card number. This is valid of course for entire company. Only game so far that I was unable to cancel sub for that crap, tried many times, no response ever from support ... they continued to charge for that bots horror "game". had to change credit card to get rid of them.

Not sure why Drakensang wasn't mentioned?

DC universe still has those limitations with cash items? like u have to use cash to be able to get more in game money

Yes, DCO has a definite money cap for F2P. This cap is actually regulated as 'Escrow'. As a virtual balance of cash overflow, it can be unlocked with real money. As a F2P DCO refugee from CoH, I have utilized a high yield system for cash overflow... Its called 'Cola'. If you're getting close to cap, which you always will, cash dump by buying Colas. Store these badboys in your bank til needed later. The 'High Yield' aspect, you wont get your full amount back upon selling these 'Cola' back to the vendor. >>BUT<< You need Cola (Healing Potions/Inspirations/HoTs) anyways, and no real money is spent getting your money back. This system will take some time to adjust, so don't cry over money sneaking into your escrow account. The best way to increase the F2P options is to go Premium. Premium is achieved by spending a certain amount of real money. Once spent, the Premium is eternal. Much like Legendarys that fail to pay subs, they fall to Premium by default. I like Green Lanterns/Sinestro Corps, I went for the Power of Light set. Now, I'm Premium forever with a 2k money cap. CoH Lives on Forever, mentor and now relocator of Paragon refugees.

- Cobalt Cricket
(lvl 50 CoH Defender/lvl 30 DCO Controller)

RAIDERZ!!!!! Epic game >:D

I played RaiderZ in beta. And, it isn't too bad.
On the other hand, I was completely unaware that Aion was F2P now.
And, I have been playing it since I read this article. I am addicted to it now, thanks TTH. :D

You're welcome, ltjuno. We aim to please. ;)

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