Video games seem to be getting more and more expensive all the time and for most of us there’s just no way that we can keep up with buying new games to keep up with it all. But that’s fine because believe it or not, there’s a bunch of games out there that have been released completely for free. Don’t count these free games out just because you don’t have to spend anything to play them because a free game can be just as good as an expensive one. Hey guys, Arcade Cloud here and today we’re counting down our list to the top 10 best video games that are free.
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Path of Exile. After an open beta in 2008, the online action RPG Path of Exile was officially released in 2013 and it’s totally free to play. With seven unique classes to play as and a near unlimited amount of character customization this RPG has a lot of depth and content for a free to play experience. The story centers around your character exiled to the dark continent of Wraeclast fighting to earn the powers that will enable you to take revenge on those that wronged you. The game was supposedly made by a group of hardcore gamers and prides itself on being completely free with no pay to win elements.
That’s a good thing too because there’s a PVP mode where people compete in daily leagues with their own ladders and economies to win prizes. Basically there’s an almost unlimited number of things you can do in Path of Exile, and you don’t have to pay a dime to be able to do them. Number nine.
Dirty Bomb. If you’re into hardcore competitive shooters then maybe the free to play game Dirty Bomb that was released in 2015 by the developers at Splash Damage might be more your speed. Set in London after a brutal radiological attack on the city the game is about objectives. At the beginning of the match you are placed on one of two teams, the jackals or the CDA.
During play you can choose between three different characters with different weapons and abilities to be able to play and you can switch between them at any time. This game is all about teamwork and communication so it’s probably best to play it if you have some friends to play with. The gameplay is loosely based around other games in Splash Damage’s library like Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Brink. But unlike Brink this game is actually, you know, good. Number eight. Team Fortress 2.
We can’t talk about free games and team shooters without bringing up the hugely popular Team Fortress 2. The game was initially released 11 years ago in 2007 and since then it has only grown and grown in popularity. It was originally released as a part of the orange box for Windows and the Xbox 360 and is actually a sequel to a mod that was made in 1996 for Quake called Team Fortress. Undoubtedly what has made Team Fortress 2 so popular other than the fact that it’s completely free now is the characters in the game. There are nine in total, all used for completely different purposes and all loved for their individual and interesting personalities. There are three offensive characters.
The scout is a cocky kid from Boston, the soldier is a Midwestern military man who is never actually in the army, and the pyro is a mentally unstable pyromaniac who just wants to see everything burn. There are also three defensive characters. The demo man is an alcoholic Scotsman with a penchant for blowing things up, the heavy is a big Russian man who loves a big gun, which apparently costs 400,000 dollars to fire for 12 seconds, and the engineer, a classic Texan who can build sentry turrets to protect teammates.
Then there are supporters. The medic is a crazed German doctor who accidentally placed his pet dove Archimedes into the body of the scout. The cheerful New Zealand sniper who was raised in the Australian outback, and finally the spy, a French double agent who can use his watch as a cloaking device.
The game modes are fun, the characters are unique and it all costs absolutely nothing to play. Plus there’s cool hats and stuff, I don’t know. Number seven. Smite.
Smite is a MOBA with a difference. While most MOBA’s take place from the top down position and have you move around with your mouse, Smite puts a new spin on things and allows you to play from a third person perspective. Because of that you can even play the game on consoles. With the game currently available on Windows, Mac OS, the Xbox 1, and the PS4. In the game you take control of a god, goddess, or other mythological figure, and battle against an enemy team using a combination of your own skill and teamwork to crush the enemy’s towers and eventually destroy their titan. The gameplay is pretty similar to every other MOBA, you kill creeps and sometimes your enemies to get gold and levels and this makes you stronger and more likely to take out the enemy’s titan before they are able to reach yours.
Currently the characters in the game come from nine different holy pantheons, the Celtic, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Hindu, Japanese, Mayan, Norse and Roman gods all featured in the game. They’re broken up into subclasses with some of the gods being assassins, some being guardians, others being hunters, mages, or warriors. All of these different types have a distinctive style of play which all of the different characters take in different directions.
While it might not be as big as some of its competitors, the Smite eSport scene is still pretty popular with the prize pool for some tournaments stretching into the millions of dollars, which is pretty impressive for a free to play game. Number six. Paladins.
Remember when Paladins first came out and everyone called it just a cheap ripoff of Overwatch? Well, Paladins is not a cheap ripoff of Overwatch, and it’s completely free to play. The champions of Paladins are split up into four different subgroups. Front line, damage, support, and flank. Front line characters are described as the anchor of a team.
They hold the front line and protect their allies with big pulls of health and shields. The damage characters are obviously characters with high burst or consistent damage outputs. Support characters have high utility and usually a healing ability or two. These are guys that hang back and provide additional assistance when needed.
Flank, the last group of characters are those that find it easy to traverse the battlefield. They get behind the enemy and take out the characters that are most vulnerable when they aren’t expecting it. Game modes like siege, which is where you capture a point and then push a payload obviously make it feel a little bit like Overwatch, but free. But there are a few differences in the actual gameplay mechanics. For example the card system is a method of strengthening certain aspects of your champion. All of the champions have three default loadouts, but you can customize your own as you get more cards.
These cards grant special cool down reductions, move speed bonuses and sometimes extra health. Then there are also items which grant special bonuses throughout the duration of a match. They’re similar to cards in a way, but you don’t start with them, instead you gain currency throughout the match from killing enemies or pushing the payload. While Overwatch is all about non-stop fighting with characters that are immediately at their full potential, Paladins features characters that grow in strength across the course of a game.
And that difference combined with its price tag of $0 definitely makes it worth playing. Number five. Hearthstone. If you’re anything like me then you probably spent way too long playing Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh cards as a kid.
Over time those games sort of died out, or at least I stopped playing them as often. But then Hearthstone came along and it changed everything. It’s so hard to believe that Hearthstone was released originally four years ago back in 2014, but now the online CCG has become a worldwide phenomenon. The game builds on the existing lore of Warcraft using the same elements, characters and relics, but instead of it being a pretty expansive MMROPG, it’s a pretty competitive turn-based card game. In the game each player’s deck consists of 30 cards and a hero with a unique power. Similar to the card game Magic: The Gathering, you gain mana crystals every turn allowing you to play more cards and get even crazier combos off.
The game was actually designed to stop a very real problem of other competitive card games. The active being able to completely close your enemy out so they can’t make any moves on their next turn and to replicate the feel of a physical card game within the UI. While you might think that the game is actually pretty unique and interesting, it was actually built off the ideas of the previously published physical World of Warcraft trading card game, which was something that never really took off. As of May 2017, Blizzard reported that more than 70 million people were playing Hearthstone, which kind of explains how it became so popular as an eSport over the past couple of years. With some tournament prize pools going up as high as one million.
Number four. Fortnite Battle Royale. It’s the game everyone’s talking about. The thing to maybe even take Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds off it’s 100 man PVP combat throne. When this game was first announced people were understandable weary. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds had just taken the world by storm proving that battle royale games could be insanely popular and fun and then out of nowhere, Fortnite declares that they’ll be adding an extra mode into their game, one that looked basically the same as PUBG albeit with a different art style.
Considering that Fortnite hadn’t really been the most popular of games, people were understandably worried that this was just going to end up being a quick cash grab from Epic Games but it turned out to be so much more. Fortnite Battle Royale succeeded in being the same as PUBG but also in being completely different. At a base level the games are incredibly similar. You bail out of a flying vehicle to an island to loot and kill until you either die or are left the last player standing. But when you actually take the time to look at the other mechanics, namely how the gameplay functions and all the building mechanics, you start to notice that the game is incredibly different. While at the and of a PUBG game, most of the fighting happens from inside of bushes, or by hastily crawling around the grassy scrub land, the end of a Fortnite game is full of tall towers and explosions, like actual action.
It’s a faster paced experience than most of the other battle royale games out there. And it’s free. Number three. Warframe. Warframe has undergone a lot of changes over the past year but the base lore and story as stayed the same.
You play as members of the Tenno, which are basically this ancient race of warriors that have awoken from a long cryo-sleep only to find themselves in the middle of a brutal war with a species called the Grineer, who are basically crazy human clones; as well as the Corpus Corporation, who are all about robots and lasers; The Infested, who are basically zombie people as a result of the Technocyte virus; And finally, the Sentients, who are alien robots from another star system. Lots of fighting going on, it’s a pretty big war. The actual gameplay is kinda similar to Destiny.
There’s PVE missions and looting and then there’s also some PVP thrown in for good measure. What this game really has over Destiny, other than it being completely free, is the characters and the loot. This game has some serious style. I mean, come on, just look at Galatine Prime.
Who wouldn’t want to kill a bunch of zombies and aliens with a giant cybernetic medieval sword. Number two. Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go is on this list for a whole load of reasons. For a start it’s free, and I mean this is a list of free games so that was really a big deciding factor. For a second, its Pokémon. Come on guys, Pokémon is one of the biggest franchises on the planet when it comes to gaming and new games come out so infrequently that I’ll basically take whatever I can get. Then third is the fact that this game pretty much changed mobile gaming completely. Like sure, you already had Niantic’s giant game Ingress, which is pretty similar to Pokémon Go in that you have to walk around your real world and interact with things on your phone.
But you never had the ability to literally live out a childhood fantasy. The childhood fantasy of becoming a Pokémon master. Any gamer who’s ever play Pokémon as a kid remembers picking up their first starter for the first time and then traveling around whatever region it was to collect them all and becoming a champion. Sure you can’t do all of that in Pokémon Go, but you could at least travel the world, or at least your town or your city, and collect all the Pokémon for yourself and to be honest, that was just magical. So magical in fact, that it blew up causing the world to basically stand still as Pokémon Go became one of the most popular video games of all time for a short while.
Honestly I just wish that the game had more battle mechanics and more PVP modes. Number one. Dota 2 or League of Legends. Is it cheating that we’re actually having two games in the top spot of this list?
Because we are. We’re totally putting two game at the top of this list. Basically we couldn’t choose between Dota 2 and League of Legends for the top spot.
We tried, we really did, but in the end we realized that both games have their positives and both games have their negatives. But neither of the MOBA’s really outshone the other in any meaningful way. League is more cartoony, Dota 2 is more gritty. Dota 2 is hardcore and intense, League is easier to get into. Both have thriving eSports scenes, both of them involve killing off creeps and then destroying towers before killing off a final big ball of glowing energy to win the game. They’re similar games but not quite the same and both fit into two very different niches in the MOBA genre.
And that’s why they’re both at the top spot of today’s list. They’re both extremely popular and extremely well made. And while we’re not gonna pick which one is our favorite, because it’s kind of a hot debate online, both of them are pretty good, so give ’em a shot. It just sort of depends on your personal preference, I guess. And there you have it, our list of the top 10 video games that are free. Do you agree?
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