Over the last several years, I have been consistently trying to find a decent free MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game, for all two of you who have never seen this term before).
I have met with very limited success, since I have found most of these games lacked any kind of depth.

Yeah, I could play something worthwhile like World of Warcraft, but those games cost money, which when you are on a budget, free online games can sound very attractive.

A few weeks ago, I discovered Voyage Century Online, and I must say I am very impressed by this game.

This nautical-themed game is available for free, but what had prevented me from even looking at this game before was the rather hefty download – 1.7 gigs worth. This used to be far too big for me to consider, although now with an unlimited fast internet connection at home, this was no longer an issue for me, and I dived in.

The game places you as a starting-out adventurer in the 15th – 16th century world of trading, piracy and adventure.

You can choose the life of a merchant, ferrying goods from port to port, a pirate robbing on the high seas, or an explorer making discoveries, or if you really prefer, you could focus on being a miner, lumberjack, or even a tailor.

The scope within the game is immense, and there are many quests to keep you busy.

The playability of the game is good, and the graphics and 3D engine are superb, offering smooth and visually appealing playing.

One slightly odd aspect of the game is that, since the game originated in China and the English version is a translation, some of the English text appears odd. This in no way impacts how the game plays but it is noticeable for a native English speaker such as myself.

My character in the game is still a relatively low level character, so there is a lot in the game that I have not seen yet, but I can definitely recommend this game as one of the best MMORPG’s I have ever played.