In many respects, the fantasy/space opera Allods Online looks very much like a World of Warcraft clone. It is perhaps the best WoW clone around, and is shaping up to be an excellent F2P MMO in general, potentially toping the renowned Runes of Magic.
Nowadays, people throw around the term ‘WoW Clone” much too often for it to have any real significance and meaning. In fact it is often used as a derogatory phrase to downplay a potential MMO title as generic or unimpressive rehash.
World of Warcraft has become the measuring stick to judge other MMO titles by because it is the most successful MMORPG out today. WoW used concepts and features from other MMOs on the market, and combined it into a single package. It was not revolutionary for what it brought to the table, but because it was a brilliantly polished chimera of an MMO, with ideas from games all over rolled into a single title. It also has one of the largest user-bases around; thus it’s popularity becomes a contributing factor in the games favor.
With that being stated, Allods Online is a highly polished title, (graphically, it actually looks on-par with WoW’s Burning Crusade), has excellent character creation and customization and impressively, is free to play. It is reminiscent of WoW in the best way possible.
What sets Allods apart from other F2P MMOs is that it avoids the grind-heavy norm and expensive cash shops associated with Korean games. The game has two warring factions players can join, 28 classes to choose from, some 1500 quests to take part in, and plenty of creatures, temples, dungeons, and castles to raid. The game offers faction to faction battles, PvE, and ship vs ship battles. Yes, you can build and control your own space ship.
The game is currently in beta at the moment. From what can be seen so far, the title seems to be the most polished F2P title yet.