This is mostly for Sci-Fi fans.
I play www.anarchy-online.com
The main world is free and you can optionally buy expansion packs of the game.
The game is old more than 5 years. Its graphics are outdated -but a new upgraded graphics engine is in development..
Its professions are not the usual Fantasy-RPG types. Eg It has Engineer,Doctor,Nano Technician,Meta Physisist etc..
I am a Sci-Fi fan and this is the best Sci Fi game I seen so far.
Eve online is I think the top SciFi game but from what I read (=not sure) you control a spaceship -not a character...
Another game that seems interesteing but haven't tried it yet is Tabula Rasa (http://eu.rgtr.com/en/).
Comparing to WoW I can say that I know at least 5 people that left AO, played WoW until they reached top level to one of their characters and came back to AO .
Some other friends I have ,said that AO stats are more complex than WoW..
If you're a sci-fi fan I suggest you give it a try (download the classic-free version) .
If you want to just laugh (and know good english) try a browser mmorpg text-based game : www.kingdomofloathing.com :biggrin::biggrin::nuts::biggrin:
I played Guild Wars for 2 years, then went to WoW for 2 and now that I'm 70 and bored with it I've gone back to Guild Wars. It doesn't have the depth that WoW does but the PvP is a blast and there are TONS of skills to get over the 3 expansions. Plus there are Heroes and Henchman (NPCs of all classes) that you can take with you if your not the social type or you can't find a healer. No professions though and no auction house. I'm hoping those will come in GW2. But on the plus side, no monthly fee
Lord of the Rings Online (http://www.lotro.com/) is pretty good. Star Wars Galaxies used to be pretty good, but I haven't played it in a long time and I've heard that they've made some pretty massive changes, so I can't really recommend it.