Guild Wars isn’t free in the traditional sense. Although you don’t have to pay any monthly fees or worry about being pestered with micro transactions, you will need to purchase a copy of Guild Wars or one of its many standalone expansion packs to play it. That being said, in terms of visuals, Guild Wars looks way better than WoW. Compare the Guild Wars NPC below against our freshly minted Death Knight and decide for yourself.
Above: Guild Wars: Eye of the North (left). World of Warcraft (right). Remember, we maxed out the video settings for World of Warcraft before hitting the print screen key
Allods Online is by far the best looking free MMO we’ve come across. Over $12 million was spent on developing this free MMO, and it shows in the screenshots. Check out some of our comparison screenshots below. At the very least, we have to give the developers at Astrum Nival credit for capturing the idea of perspective. We’re tired of seeing chairs, stairwells, and cannons made for giants in Azeroth.
Above: Allods Online (left). World of Warcraft (right)
Above: Allods Online (left). World of Warcraft (right). We hate cannon balls that are bigger than our heads
Above: An official Allods screenshot of a PvP arena. Just look at those particle effects. Allods Online is definitely the most visually impressive free-to-play MMO game available right now
Above: An official trailer for Allods Online that shows off ship combat
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