Turbine is on a roll lately with free to play systems, and their re released Lord of the Rings Online FTP edition is of no exception. Following in the footsteps of a similarly successful model for Dungeons and Dragons Unlimited that was released last year, LOTRO offers the same level of entertainment for free: within reason. Such FTP systems are a shining beacon in the midst of economic troubles that offer players a great deal of content along with the ability to purchase upgrades at reasonable costs if you’d rather not subscribe on a monthly basis.
Launched on the 10th of September, 2010, LOTRO FTP shares a great deal with DDO in regards to its in game store environment. Players can purchase content upgrades such as the Mines of Moria expansion, along with certain quests and combat skirmishes, not to mention a slew of cosmetic and consumable items, and more. The great thing about these FTP systems is that it doesn’t showcase equipment micro transactions that unbalance the game to a great extent for free players, yet at the same time they offer just enough teasing of content additions to entice those dollars to pass over at some point: but it is not required to pay to have an enjoyable experience. Such upgrades are purchased via Turbine points, the in game store currency, which can be collected for free in the game by completing deeds, similar to achievements on console platforms, or you can also purchase points in bulk for real life cash.
FTP model aside, LOTRO is a decent MMORPG, and quite beautiful in terms of environments. It doesn’t break any molds, but that’s no big deal because it offers the same general features that you would expect from a persistent world environment. If you’d like more in depth information about it’s features one would recommend checking the numerous reviews available on the web, but have no doubt that it offers at least enough content to keep online game lovers busy for a considerable amount of time. The game itself can be resource heavy in terms of recommended system specifications depending on what package you download, which is available in two packages that concern texture resolution (the higher of which is a whopping 10GB download so be prepared for that).
These FTP systems just may be a growing trend during economic down turns that at least give gamers another option, and it definitely breathes new life into aging MMORPG’s. Certainly, it is a blessing if you’ve never had the opportunity to subscribe to titles like these. There is a consistent flow of new and veteran players alike making themselves present since launch, giving players the enjoyable feeling of a populated world which you can choose to socialize with or simply let that life enhance your experience as a solo player. Although the game still has road blocks that will come up to free players, it’s another way for developers to strengthen their customer base when numbers start to wane, which potentially can bring in the money in another way.
Visit LOTRO’s homepage for more information on this new and exciting offer: you dont know until you try!
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