I recently started playing Forsaken World, part of the Perfect World conglomerate of, mostly, free-to-play games. After playing World of Warcraft for several years, I got tired of the dated graphics and monthly fee. Once I realized that FW was F2P, I made the jump immediately.
Now, I haven’t completely leveled my character as it takes a goodly amount of time. However, from what I have seen while leveling my 54 Vampire, it seems to be a very comprehensive game. One thing that I really like is that they have completely removed the grind out of the usual MMORPG leveling systems. They have achieved this in several ways, but the most clever is AFK training.
Basically, AFK training works exactly how it sounds, with a few caveats. First, you must reach level 30 before you can begin the basic training. However, I reached level 30 within the first two days of play. Secondly, to get the most out of the training, you should always have memory lotuses in your back-pack. This will grant you more experience every minute. Finally, upon reaching level 40, your character can start advanced training. This will give you even more experience, allow you to increase masteries and raise your reputation with whatever faction you choose. This last can be very valuable in the later levels to acquire mounts, advanced skills and experience tomes.
Their job system is truly impressive as well. You can earn job points through main quests. They have your typical RPG fair such as botany, mining, fishing, alchemy and cooking. However, they also offer unique twists to familiar jobs. For example, with Artisan you can make highly valuable side-arms. The only bad side to this and other jobs is the fact that the economic system needs quite a bit of work.
In most Auction Houses on other games, such as WoW, as you level you can easily make more money. Not in Forsaken World. I have had to make numerous alternate characters just to farm certain items that are valuable but will not drop for my higher level Vamp. Also, materials to make the higher level jobs are difficult to come-by and too expensive to purchase off the Auction House. This makes it extremely difficult to level these jobs.
All-in-all, I truly enjoy playing Forsaken World. They have unique classes and skills and the PVP element is fun. One thing that I find distressing is that the population of the realms has been slowly declining. If more people don’t start playing soon, the servers could be dead in the next few years. This is a legitimate free-to-play game and you can actually be just as strong as someone who cash shops or buys their gear and other items from the Perfect World website. However, to accomplish this you would need a lot of luck and time on your side.