After playing some crazy fun free to play MMORPGs like Allods Online and Neo Online, I quickly noticed that the graphics in these free MMORPGs are getting better quite fast. I started playing F2P MMORPGs a year or so after Nexon’s MapleStory first came out, and back then the best looking 3D game around was 2Moons – a PvP heavy game by Acclaim. Nowdays, I would say that graphics in free to play titles are easily equal to their pay to play counterparts. Games like World of Warcraft and Eve Online have great graphics, but so do games like Runes of Magic and Black Prophecy.
More proof that free to play games are getting better graphics is Nexon’s latest action MMORPG – Vindictus (Mabinogi Heroes). Vindictus has blood gorgeous graphics and utilizes the Valve source engine. Vindictus will be the first ‘realistic’ MMORPG that Nexon publishes, as Nexon in North America is best known for their anime inspired cartoony games like MapleStory and Mabinogi. They do have an MMOFPS called Combat Arms, but that’s an MMO, not an MMORPG.
The way I see it is unless pay to play games can get their act together and really start offering things that free to play games don’t, pay to play will eventually die out. After all, why pay for World of Warcraft when you can play one of many WoW clones for free? I used to pay for World of Warcraft myself, and I’m quite glad that I quit, because paying $14.99 a month for a game that I can play for free is a total waste.