Sony Online Entertainment's free-to-play MMO Free Realms has made the leap from PC/Mac and onto the PlayStation 3. You can now download the game directly from the PlayStation Store and adventure to your heart's content.
"SOE has set the standard for MMOs on the console with two incredibly successful, innovative and exciting new massive online game worlds for the PlayStation®3 system- first with DC Universe Online and now Free Realms," said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. "Our games extend the current lifecycle of the console with the added value offer of bringing tens of thousands of people together, in a game world, to socialize at community events, compete in combat activities and engage in a diversity of gameplay experiences, for years to come."
You can use voice chat in the PS3 version, which is cool, and also earn Trophies. I like the idea of a free MMO I can play on my PS3, but I'm guessing it's probably pretty limited unless you pay the monthly fee. I mean, there's 15 jobs and 30,000 clothing combinations, but if you're playing for free, it's probably just 100 clothing combinations. All the jobs are accessible, but you can only advance through level 4. If you pay, you can go up to level 20. Although 800 quests for free isn't bad, and paying adds another 400. You can pay $4.99 a month, $12.99 for three months, $24.50 for six months and $29.99 a year. Or go for $34.99 for a lifetime membership, which will be good for as long as SOE is supporting the game.
I don't play MMOs because of the extra monthly fee, but maybe if it didn't cost anything up front it might not be as bad? Or maybe it'll be fun just playing it a little for free? I don't know... I kind of want a little pink winged pony... Should I fire up my PS3 and take the plunge? Help me out here, people!