So you recently purchased a new PC, video game console, or smartphone, but you spent so much money on the hardware, you don’t have any more money for a new game to play on it? Free to play games have seen a recent boom in success in recent years, due to the fact that a lot of companies are now doing digital distribution. From the App Stores on Android and iOS, to Steam and Origin on the PC, the choices for free to play games are quite endless. We were always taught from a young age that you get what you play for, and free things usually mean that they aren’t always good. Thankfully, that has changed, and these are a few free to play games are actually worth your time.
Defense of the Ancients 2 & League of Legends
First on this list are probably two of the biggest games on the PC to date. Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) and League of Legends (LoL) are both considered MOBA; multiplayer online battle arena games. Both of these games are free, and to play, you and five different people all choose a different champion and try to take over the enemy base. With more than 40 million people playing the game daily, one has to think that there is no way that this game is free. Indeed, both games are free. You only have to pay for different skins to be able to customize your character. Each game is a full-fledged game with many different options, and even an ever-growing professional scene. If you are into games like this, you should definitely take the time to try both of them out.
Team Fortress 2
Back in 2007, Valve put out a sequel to one of Half-Life’s best mods on what was called The Orange Box; a collection of different games that were all based off of the Source engine. Team Fortress 2 is a team-based shooter, in the vein of Call of Duty or Halo. A couple of years ago, Valve decided to make this game into a free to play game on their platform on the PC. The full game is there, just like it was on The Orange Box, with the only thing that you have to pay for are the different options of hats and gear as a way to customize your characters looks to your liking. With the amount of content that is available on the game, ongoing updates, and thousands of people playing this game, it’s easy to see why Valve made the decision to make this game free to play.
World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a team-based shooter in which you and several people each control a tank of your choosing in order to eliminate the opposing team. With the game out on PC as well as the Xbox 360, the game has risen in popularity. In this game, you get to upgrade your tanks with experience that you gain by actually playing the game. The more experience you get, the more and more you are able to upgrade your tank(s). With a heavy focus on multiplayer, you can make what are known as clans with other people, and start to compete to get to the top of the ladder. While you do not have to put a dime into the game itself, if you invest a couple of dollars, it allows you to gain more experience at a faster rate. Just because this is an option doesn’t mean that you have to invest real cash into the game. Just like the other games mentioned, you can progress easily without putting any money into it.
Candy Crush is a casual game that was made for the Android and iOS platforms. With games becoming more and more popular on smartphones, free to play games flood the app stores. A simple premise, you match together three of the same candy pieces, and once you do, they disappear. With hundreds of different levels, this game has more than enough to keep the casual gamer occupied. Being a free to play game, there are instances where you can invest money into the game. The game limits play by giving you a set amount of times you can play before you must wait a specific amount of time to go on and play the next stage. If you have to get your Candy Crush fix, paying a few dollars will help speed up that process.