The 10 Best Free Online RPG Games

Online Role Playing Games (RPG) and in particular, World of Warcraft, played a critical role in making online gaming reach the masses. RPGs help people escape the rather boring real world to live the fantasy of being a knight in shining armor, an emperor as and when they please or something else entirely. They’re also great for taking a break from work!

Read on to explore some of the best online RPG games we were able to pull together.

Top 10 Gaming Series: This is the second in a series of roundups covering the top 10 games in several different categories. Look forward to several more in the weeks to come and submit games you’d love to see listed!

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  2. The 10 Best Free Online RPG Games (viewing)
  3. The 10 Best Free Online Arcade Games
  4. The 10 Best Free Online Adventure Games

The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) is a MMORPG set in the fantastical middle earth from J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy. Your own epic quests will write a new legend of Middle-earth as you rise to safeguard the Company of the Ring and preserve hope among the Free People.

LOTRO has quiet a large community of gamers, so there is always someone for you to play with. Updates are frequent so you’ll be able to continue exploring new ways to enhance and improve your gameplay.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

Quite a few people know about the Dungeons & Dragons game. DDO Online takes place in a story setting known as Eberron. Intrigue lurks around every corner and magic drives technology in this unique genre of sword and sorcery. Threats from monsters and invaders are constant, and noble houses and factions engage in political struggles for power. From familiar races like elves and dwarves to mysterious new entities like warforged and quori, Eberron is a world of action, adventure, and danger!

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Warrior Epic

Warrior Epic

Warrior Epic

Set in a vibrant fantasy world, Warrior Epic is an action adventure RPG in which you can lead an army of warriors into the wilderness, recover ancient artifacts and fend off barbaric tribes carrying the wicked heritage of the warmongers of ancient times. Three game play modes—solo, PvP, and multiplayer dungeon-raiding adventures—let you to unleash the inner warrior.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Heroes in the Sky

Heroes in the Sky

Heroes in the Sky

Heroes in the Sky is a fast paced and high impact airborne MMO that chronicles the events from the beginning to the end of World War II. Combat in Player vs Player (PVP) modes is taken to a new level as players must not only worry about the basic danger from in front, behind, and to the sides, but also from above and below. Cannon fire, machine gun blasts, missiles, and bombs flood the skies as up to 16 players shoot it out for air superiority!

  • Game Type – Airborne
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

PlaneShift

PlaneShift

PlaneShift

In the previous roundup, lots of our readers complained about the lack of Mac capable online games and frankly there aren’t many. Planeshift is still in a tech demo, yet it’s pretty much playable. In this MMORPG, you can explore the virtual world, interact with other players or with server controlled creatures, fight monsters, cast spells, solve quests and puzzles, improve your character, gain magical items and more.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Oberin

Oberin

Oberin

For a change we have a Mac only RPG! Oberin is an online RPG and virtual community as well. Oberin is set in a persistent, ever evolving world. Your character may come and go, but the world continuously runs.

In Oberin, the journey is the reward and there’s no ultimate goal when playing. There are many separate quests that can be completed in Oberin and the fun comes from interacting with other real players. You can join a group of fellow players to hunt for dragons, spend a quiet day fishing, meet a friend at the pub for a game of chess, or spend some time refining your chosen skills.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes (Mac only)

Vindictus

Vindictus

Vindictus

Vindictus is the prequel to the popular Korean MMORPG Mabinogi. The gameplay can be gory: for instance you when enemies fall, you can hoist and brandish their corpses as your trophy. With Source Engine physics and destructible, interactive environments, Vindictus is a great “free-to-play” game.

  • Game Type – Action
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Perfect World

Perfect World

Perfect World

Perfect World is known for its depth in gameplay as well as story. The story is more like a modern epic in which the three races—Human, Untamed, and Winged Elf—must set aside their differences and unite to preserve their way of life, halt the spread of corruption, and above all, protect the Perfect World. The game offers a lot of character customizations and also allows you to create new characters.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic is set in a world of magic filled with ancient riddles and your journey involves finding the long lost kingdom. In the game, to create or enhance weaponry you will have to master professions & special skills and use them to slay dragons and other creatures.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Allods Online

Allods Online

Allods Online

Allods online is an online MMORPG based on the popular Allods series. The game is set in the magical islands of Allods that float on Astral, a highly unstable substance that leads to the death of millions of inhabitants. With magical creatures and portals, the game is a cross between sci-fi and fantasy genres.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Share Your Thoughts!

What is your favorite online RPG? What character do you usually become in the game?