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The amazing world of free-to-play games

The amazing world of free-to-play games

“Cheap” quality

As we go on with the evolution of video games, there are many free titles that are actually playable. Some would say that if the game isn’t AAA then it’s not worth playing. Additionally, I’m going to prove that paying $60 on a 3-hour’s worth of gameplay isn’t absolutely necessary. Anyway, here’s a list of free games worth playing, by category:

Battle Royale

Starting with the category I hate most from what I’m going to say, I have to admit I do actually like them a bit. I’ve also worked on a BR game for a contest in the past, getting the team to the finals. Anyway, these games pit together 100 or so players, each on their own or in teams.

Fortnite: Battle Royale

The free-to-play half of Fortnite makes you fight to the death in a colourful environment. From the characters to the cars and guns and skins and events everything is “E-rated“. Everyone may play this game as long as they have a basic understanding of how a computer and a game work.

The amazing world of free-to-play games

Although it may seem easy to play at times, it’s exactly not that. Particularly, if you are not used to the building system you are pretty much instantly obliterated.

Still, the developers from Epic Games seem to care a lot for their community. As the years went by they made many updates based on user feedback and they listen to every review, be it positive or negative.

Apex Legends

Continuing with friendly developers we have Apex Legends. Based in the same universe and lore as the Titanfall series we have another great free game. As a team of three one can choose a character (Legends) from a growing roster (11 as of 30th Jan 2020). Inspired by Titanfall 2’s pilot abilities, each Legend has their own primary ability.

In the legend’s alphabetical order, the pilot-inspired abilities are: Bloodhound with a revealing scanner, Mirage sends a decoy hologram into battle, Octane uses a stim pack which helps him sprint and heal faster, Pathfinder has a grappling hook and Wraith can phase into another world for a few seconds.

Moreover, the Titans from the previously mentioned game also inspire some abilities. Caustic can send deadly gas to close off a small area of the map and Gibraltar can deploy a Titan’s Dome Shield to protect his teammates.

The 3 remaining Legends have unique and new abilities: Bangalore can cover an area in smoke, Crypto can send a drone to survey a zone from above, Lifeline’s drone can heal her and her allies and Wattson can place metallic rods on the ground and chain them in fences using their electricity to damage and slow opponents.

This, alongside an evergrowing map and community, makes it my favourite Battle Royale I’ve ever played.

Trading/Collectible Card Games (TCG/CCG)

Gwent

Inspired and derived from The Witcher‘s in-game card game, Gwent became a standalone game in 2018 for most systems and in 2019 for iOS. The player controls characters present in the Witcher lore and before each game the player chooses one of 4 factions and each of their respective leaders. Each leader has a different ability that the player can use in the game.

Each player takes turn in placing their desired cards on the “battlefield”, on 3 “fronts”: melee, ranged and siege. After each player has their desired number of total points they can pass their turn and let the other play until they pass as well. After playing debuffs and other cards the round ends. The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the round. Moreover, each game can last for a maximum of 5 rounds, as the game ends when one of the players wins 3 times.

Hearthstone

Blizzard Entertainment launched the World of Warcraft inspired Card Game in March 2014. Unlike Gwent, in HS you play cards that resemble creatures and characters from the WoW lore and have them fight. Each card has a health stat, an attack stat, and a mana cost. They also have special abilities that make them a lot more powerful.

Some can attack the same round they are played or attack twice. Others can force the enemy to attack them first or negate all the damage they receive once (divine shield). In order to play the cards you need to have enough mana in your “mana pool”. Each passing turn gives you one mana crystal which fills up at the beggining of the turn.

There’s a seemingly endless combination of cards and decks, and each and every match is completely different from the previous. In my opinion Blizzard made a great game and there are many game modes to explore, but the skill gap still exists.

Action

War games (WoT, WoW, WoW)

The amazing world of free-to-play games

I am going to classify World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships in the same category. Their gameplays are similar and the goal is basically the same. Undoubtedly, you have buy and upgrade your selected your tank, plane or battleship respectively and fight in this war simulator. Each game has different strategies but tactical superiority is the basic and utmost important goal.

Warframe

As stated by the official Wikipedia page Warframe is a free-to-play action role playing third-person shooter multiplayer online game developed and published by Digital Extremes. Originally released for Windows personal computers in March 2013 following a beta period, it was ported to the PlayStation 4 in November 2013, the Xbox One in September 2014, and the Nintendo Switch in November 2018.

The amazing world of free-to-play games

In the past I didn’t really like the game a lot, but, since I found out my old laptop can run it, I was amazed. Even lagging at the lowest graphic settings, I managed to play it pretty effectively. However I was left in awe when i saw how good the game looks like this too. The developers worked extraordinarily well on the textures and lighting. The game made me gaze at the slightly pixelated scenery like an 8-bit artwork.

The speed and skillfulness of the game were blurred by my hardware, but when I played it on my PS4 and PC I could hardly understand how or what I was winning. In spite of all of this I still have a lot of fun playing it to this day.

The amazing world of free-to-play games

Other notable free-to-play titles

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)

League of Legends (LoL)
Defense of the Ancients 2 (DotA 2)
Smite
Heroes of the Storm (HotS)

Shooters (Third or First Person)

Team Fortress 2
Paladins
Quake Champions
Call to Arms
Ring of Elysium
Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG)

The Exiled Realm of Arborea (TERA)
Planetside 2 (MMOFPS)
Guild Wars 2
Black Desert Online
Aion: The Tower of Eternity
Skyforge
Neverwinter

Stay strong and don’t die in vain,

Exedor

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