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Free Realms is a family-friendly MMO from Sony in which players can choose to engage in a variety of different gameplay mechanics. Traditional combat-driven adventuring is a potential option, as is exploration, building, pet rearing, fashion design, and social networking, among others. Players begin by creating and customizing an avatar, then choosing from a number of different character classes, including Chef, Ninja, Archer, Wizard, Postman, Blacksmith, Medic, and Kart Racer. Continuous play in any single class helps characters level up and earn new abilities, weapons, quests, and outfits, but gamers are free to switch between classes as often as they like.
Designed to double as a social networking site, the game assigns each player a unique web page where users can share images, links, and videos, and Free Realms also features a number of smaller mini-games, including a virtual trading-card game, complete with a real-world counterpart courtesy of Topps. As its name implies, Free Realms costs nothing to download or play, though gamers can pay a $4.99 per month subscription fee to unlock five more character classes, 400 extra items and quests, and ranked leaderboards. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide