DDOU is unequivocally the best free-to-play game on the market today, and has been awarded
as such. Unlike the scores of free-to-play titles that seem to appear on the gaming scene daily, this game began as a solid AAA MMOG that didnt quite manage to provide long term mass appeal when it first released in February of 2006. Rather than scrap the project, the team at Turbine made a bold decision in an attempt to turn things around. Their gamble has paid off, and the free-to-play model has drawn in players who might never have given DDO a second glance back when it was an aging pay-to-play game.
The game has three different levels of membership: Free Player, Premium Player, and VIP. Free players are just that make an account (no credit card needed), download the game and play. Premium Members are those who were previous DDO: Stormreach subscribers or have bought anything in the DDO Store. VIPs are those who currently pay a $15.00 per month subscription fee.
Each level of membership has its own rewards and perks. Free players get to play without ever paying a single penny and can have two character slots. Premium members get an extra two character slots (total of four), can read and post on the official forums, and have access to Turbine customer service. The VIP program not only grants you access to everything in the game (classes, races, adventure packs), ten character slots, top tier customer service, and a shared bank slot, but it also grants you 500 Turbine Points each month to spend in the DDO Store however you see fit. To see a comparison list of all three membership programs, click here
I don't care how you break it down; the value of DDOU is immense.