MMOSide Chat: Are you up for a free to play MMORPG, and when do you decide if it’s worth it?

I admit that: I may be dependent on too many game services (and entertainment services for that matter). EVE Online, Final Fantasy XIV, Lord of the Rings Online, Xbox GamePass Ultimate, PlayStation Plus – all complementary. So when it comes to participating in a game that should, in theory and by its own business model name, be free, there must be a reason.

To me, the free to play MMORPG is a big misnomer, which I’m sure many of you reading this can agree with. Sure, it’s free to download, you can go in and do the basics, but as soon as you’ve invested your time the game starts showing you all the ways you can invest your money. me.

Games like Star Wars: The Old Republic locks up post-subscription expansions, forcing players who want to experience the next great Bioware story in the Star Wars universe to pay for a short time, hopefully with the idea that they’ll stick long-term bundle after the flash point ends. Other games like Lost beer keg may not have a recurring subscription, instead selling the feeling of FOMO as players flock to the Founder’s Bundle to get just a few days off starting with the rest of us.

However, for free MMORPGs that offer side-by-sides, it’s hard for me to determine if it’s worth the money, especially since my time is stretched between work, parenting, and work. singleness and life in general. To have a free game that costs me $15 or so a month on extras, I have to really enjoy the world.

Two F2P headers did it for me: EVE Online and Lord of the Rings Online.

Full disclosure, one of the NIGHT account with game time provided by CCP for insurance purposes. Note I said “one of my EVE accounts.“As it stands, I usually run about three or four separate accounts, all of which have Omega time running at one time or another, or all at the same time depending on what I’m doing, to take advantage of maximize my experience in New Eden.

Sometimes it’s to set up and run battle sites, other times it’s to help maximize mining. For the amount of time I play NIGHT, the money I spend on Omega is well worth it, especially if it means I’m earning more ISK thanks to my access to more powerful and efficient ships and modules. I can run an Orca with Procurers and Retrievers making mining easy – and having a few more accounts go into battle to protect the fleet doesn’t hurt either.

Lord of the Rings Online It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s actually one of the things I feel more conflicted about.

Over the years, I’ve bounced between VIP and Premium account status (even though I have a lifetime account, my protagonist isn’t in it. Yea, I know.). Sometimes I’m already a Premium player and just need to buy quest packs that I want to play. Other times, I find myself dependent on MMOs for one reason or another, or gain experience and monthly results. LotRO point. Plus, access to regions I haven’t purchased doesn’t hurt either.

However, unlike SWTOR, LotRO more than simply providing you with extended content to become a VIP member. You still need to spend real money on those, which is one reason why the “small expansion” from a few years ago is such a hotly debated commodity. Is Standing Stone Games intentionally releasing content as a “small expansion” to gain VIP benefits, and if so, what’s the point of subscriptions?

Because I own a lot of content through sales and LotRO purchases for almost 15 years MMOs have been around, which also makes me wonder how much value there is in having a VIP account at this point. That’s an extra $15 that I could spend on a movie with my daughter, or even put in another MMO I might need to play for work, such as World of Warcraft’s 9.2 release?

Thinking about this makes me wonder about the whole subscription trend for free-to-play titles. We’ll see these increase, though more often than not now it seems like games are going with microtransaction stores heavily supported with a battle (although even The Lord of the Rings Online are entering the field of combat passing right now).

There is a debate that has been raised and has been raised for ages as to what is the best business model for an MMORPG, but when it comes to free-to-play titles, the subscriptions that can often come with them can be quite expensive. valuable to many people, myself included. That’s not to say they don’t feel predatory – as is the case with “mini-expansion” again. However, determining whether sub is worth it is up to the individual.

So I’m interested in your thoughts: what do you think about free play subscribers, do you have any subscriptions, and when do you decide if it’s good enough value for money? are not? Let us know in the comments section. MMOSide Chat: Are you up for a free to play MMORPG, and when do you decide if it’s worth it?

Fry Electronics Team

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