As another quarter of 2011 has passed, it’s time to update the Top 10 Free-to-Play MMO Games of 2011. You can compare the list to the previous one from Q2 right now to see how its changed and weigh in on how you think it should have gone.
The top three remain the same in the new list. They each have giant communities, large holdings, and maintain accolades and awards sufficient to keep them in the top three and the GameOgre community agrees that they have a lot of the mindshare of players. As a result, they haven’t moved much.
The upset comes, however, right in the middle where a property by Perfect World Entertainment jockeys for position with a property of Nexon: newly unveiled Rusty Hearts and Dragon Nest nearly tied for 4th place on the list with the sheer interest of the MMO community behind them. In fact, it took looking at the GameOgre community itself to choose which one would be weighted higher and, winning by a fire-breathing snout, it came out as Dragon Nest.
Perfect World International all bit fell off the radar in spite of a large community and some solid awards, but Forsaken World remains largely in the consciousness. Also, it means that Perfect World Entertainment still retains two properties in the Top 10 leaderboard—alongside Nexon who also has two.
This quarter, Hellgate made it onto the list due to the interest of the GameOgre community and it’s surprising resurgence after changing from a pay-to-play game into a free-to-play game. Although it’s position in the leaderboard is somewhat shaky, it’s phoenix rise onto other lists gives it a position at number 7.
The leaderboard bottoms out with old standby favorites of RuneScape, AIKA Online, and Runes of Magic all three of which proved to be tenacious enough to maintain notable popularity in other MMO leaderboards and also have the notice of the GameOgre community.
As for who got dropped off the list? Dragonica has all but fallen out of favor with the GameOgre community and the MMO world at large, they’ve received some awards, but they’re not sticky enough to remain in the Top 10. Also, Maplestory, while extremely popular across Asia, just didn’t have what it takes to stand up against the new rivals of Dragon Nest and Rusty Hearts who really created a disruption in the entire playerbase for MMO games.
Still looking forward to the next three months.
As always, your input is highly valuable and if you’d like a say in how we weight or gauge the next Top 10, please put it into the comments below (or follow the Top 10 list link and comment there!)