Simply put, Gaming these days is an extremely expensive hobby. With each new game going for 60 dollars (50 for PC) it has become a bigger and bigger strain on the wallet of devoted gamers. The last thing someone wants to do after spending hundreds of dollars on a new Console or computer, is spend another couple hundred on games. Luckily many developers are beginning to see this frustration and more companies are creating what we never thought possible, complete free games. At first these games where contained a issues like, only paying gamers can play the full game or ,using real money, players could purchase weapons and armor to instantly become an unstoppable force even against player with days of playing time ahead of them. Many of these problems have been fixed and below are just a few completely free to play games that have solved this problem and, although have a micro-transaction system, offer players a truly complete gaming experience for free.
1. Tribes Ascend (PC)
Tribes Ascend is free first person shooter from Hi-Rez Studios and currently offers a high speed Player vs. Player battle that is truly exciting. This is attained through their their jet pack ski mechanic. Going up a hill players jet pack up at high speeds and once they get to the summit they use a ski to glide down the mountain, further increasing their speed. However, players are expected to continuously perform this action while they shoot, and get shot at by other players. This creates quick, fast, and fun gun fights. Although Tribes Ascend has a team slayers game type, the true entertainment is in the highly addictive capture the flag mode and nothing can surpasses that feeling of rushing through mountains at terminal velocity, while getting shot at, and holding the enemies flag. Unfortunately, Tribes doesn’t offer much of a story, but the top speed gun-play with other excited gamers makes up for it, and with such a good game it’s also easy to forget it was free.
2. Neverwinter (PC)
Neverwinter is an MMO currently in an open Beta and is being produced by BioWare, the creators of many other Neverwinter titles.In addition, Neverwinter is designed by Dungeons and Dragons fans for Dungeans and Dragons fans, but by no means does it handicap players with no knowledge of the fantasy franchise. The game focuses on the hero, you. Shipwrecked and bruised you are instantly put in the middle of a major war. Valindra the lich is attacking the City of Neverwinter to attain the crown and inevitably rule the Forgotten Realm. The hero must stop her and her armies of undead minions from taking the crown, this means fighting wave after wave of rotting flesh. Of course, this results in difficult and large boss battles. As for the Features, Neverwinter offers 6 playable races, 5 currently to free players, and 5 classes, with more expected soon. There are many areas to explore as well, and also the game has a dynamic dungeon building engine where players can construct diverse levels for their friends, and strangers, to rate and play. Moreover, what Neverwinter truly does right is combat. Unlike other MMO’s where a player simply clicks and watches their character fight and occasionally pressing the “1″ key, Neverwinter’s combat system is mouse based. This results in each click causing a strike and the Gamer being a part of each attack. Lastly, Neverwinter also offers many skills and attacks for each class which gamers can use strategically with their friends to defeat the toughest of enemies.
3. Happy Wars (Xbox 360)
Happy Wars is a strange combination of cuteness and pure unadulterated violence, basically the game feels like you’re holding a unicorn in a choke hold. This war of cuteness was developed by Toylogic and hit the XBLA in October of last year. In the game the player can choose to battle as one of three class, class can be changed after death. After the class is selected players are put into a tremendous battle over towers in key locations on the map. As teams capture more towers they than can spawn from them and get even closer to their goal, seizing the other teams castle. However, many features in the title make it extremely unique. Like I mentioned before the game has a very cartoon like graphics that make for a charming and fun war zone. Each class has their own special skills and as a player kills others and capture towers they level up and attain more skills. Each class also has a team skill where many players must help cast an incredible spell with deadly effects. Happy wars does contain a micro-transaction system and players who pay for better weapons tend to wreck in one on one situations, but luckily Happy Wars involves a multitude of players.
4. Dust 514 (PS3)
After completely consuming all of the Earth’s resources humans were forced to expand their race further into the milky and quickly faster than light travel was discovered, allowing humans to expand further into the Milky Way Galaxy. However, a worm hole was found hidden in the galaxy and humanity began to use it to travel to travel to an uninhabited, unknown solar system. Earth’s government then established many colonies in this new galaxy to expand their domain, but the worm hole collapsed. This left the colonies alone without the food and materials they required from their home plant. Many of these colonies died out, but others survived. Unfortunately being their isolation from Earth caused the colonies to lose their knowledge of space travel, but a new era resulted in the rediscovery of space ships and faster than light travel. Now there are 5 colonies in the solar system and all of them are at war with each other to prove they rule to galaxy. The players part is one of a ground trooper fighting for one of the colonies. Your solder, however, was made immortal because of a template that can save and send their consciousness. Now, the game itself. Simply put the gun play and fire fights are exciting, it plays very similarly to the Halo franchise. However, it stands for itself with different game play aspects, like the ability to give a damaged teammate a shot to resurrect them. Also, the game as a rather large customization segment where players can change the appearance of guns, and armor. Lastly there are a good amount of maps to play on the graphics are very solid.
5. Smite (PC)
Hi-Rez’s Smite is a MOBA (Multiplayer-Online-Battle Arena) like League of Legends and Dota 2, however Smite has a multitude of features and style that simply can’t be replicated in the other MOBA’s. For example instead of using the standard overhead view, Smite implements a third person view and ,as a result the player must carefully time attacks due to the lack of auto aiming system. This makes the player feel like a bigger part of the action, also it makes the action feel like a larger portion of the game, which has been a struggle in some MOBA’s. In addition, Smite doesn’t use a list of heroes, instead the game is played with Gods of ancient societies. Meaning deadly battles between gods such as Ra, the Egyptian god of the sun, and Zeus, the Greek god of the sky. Other standard MOBA techniques are used uniquely in Smite as well. Instead of killing neutral monsters for experience and gold, they are killed for temporary perks. In addition, the player set up a shopping list of sorts for their character, which will automatically buy items when the gold is available.
The bar set on gaming just keeps going up and up, however the price tag on the boxes have as well. Fortunately, the birth of Free-to-play-games has produce some legitimately fun games without causing gamers to go bankrupt. Although, some games are worth the $60 we don’t always have the money for it, but luckily we can rest assure that no matter what we game on there will be amazing games that we can try for free and that more amazing free games, like the above, will continue to be produced.
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