So Free-To-Play is the way to go at the moment, it seems, for a lot of big games these days. With this method, the developer can entice you into their game without making you pay anything and then envelop you in gameplay mechanics that will make you wanting to buy new things to either customise yourself or speed up your progress or simply explore different areas of a game.
That doesn’t mean all Free-To-Play games are money-grabbers though, and in fact, a lot of the best F2P games do the exact opposite. They make you WANT to buy things because you’re so enjoying the game that you want to delve deeper.
But what are the best Free-To-Play games on the market right now? Which F2P games offer up some of the best gameplay experiences whilst also offering up a world in which you’re not forced to play to progress. Those are called “pay-to-win” games and unfortunately, a lot of F2P games fall into that category. However, the following list of games do not.
We’ve left off the obvious big players such as League of Legends, DOTA and Team Fortress 2 as these are games you’ve likely already heard of.
Warframe is a F2P game that is absolutely blowing up at the moment. It has recently updated to version 2.0, bringing a whole new wealth of weapons, abilities and “Frames” which has seen a resurgence of old players and new players come to the game.
The essential idea of the game is that you play as a ‘Frame’ which is an Aline-sort of thing. You are then tasked with going to different planets and achieving certain missions. Some are short kill missions, others have you saving someone, others have you defending certain points and more.
Warframe offers up a huge diversity of weaponry, Frames, armour styles, looks and a modding system which allows you upgrade your Warframe ever more. It’s a game you should definitely look into.
Creativerse could be likened to Minecraft in that it uses a similar block-based asthetic and has you mining and crafting. However, Creativerse has quite a few features going for it that have it beating Minecraft.
Creativerse utilises different technologies to allow you to mine. It also shows you what can you craft as you collect different materials. But most of all, it offers up far better graphics than Minecraft with great lighting, more polished textures and the game also runs great.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 is arguably one of the biggest MMOs on the market right now. A lot of people have been playing it since it went free-to-play and it offers up quite a different feel to a lot other MMOs.
Instead of simply being quest-based and running from quest to quest, you actually just involve yourself in different events in each zone, similar to quests but without having to accept or return them. Along with this, there’s a main story which you can play every few levels.
It’s a game that offers great instructions for new players, the usual ability to gain new armour and weapons. Except your weapons decide your abilities, not your levelling. It’s an interesting idea and it works great. The expansion needs to be bought, but the base game is free to play right now.
Seeing as we haven’t featured Dota or League Of Legends, we thought it necessary to at least include one MOBA on the list. One of the other big MOBAs on the market right now which is blowing up a lot recently is SMITE.
SMITE has to set in third-person, as opposed to the asymmetrical view most other MOBAs go with. On top of this, you play as different Greek Gods and can participate in all sorts of different modes.
With regular updates and features coming from High-Rez studios, this is definitely a game worth checking out if any of those aforementioned ideas appeal to you.
Path of Exile
Path of Exile may be one of the better-known games in this list, but we simply couldn’t leave it off. Path of Exile, for a lot of people, is what Diablo 3 should really have been.
Path of Exile is a F2P asymmetrical action-RPG which has you equip weapons, armour and more to dominate evil. There’s a unique gem system which has you upgrade your equipment with gems to add abilities and improve your stats along with one of the most impressive skill trees in any game.
Robocraft is one of those games that started out life as barely a game and more of a creation-based simulator. However, since then it’s received huge bounds of updates to have you creating incredible machines, battling them out in many different modes and forever finding new improvements.
The game features part engineering and part wacky creations that never look the same as anyone else’s. Build a robot car without different materials that unlock as you progress and really unleash your creativity in this incredibly fun and addictive game.
Finally, we have probably the only competitor to Hearthstone and that’s Magic Duels. The game is a little finicky to play as it was initially optimised for touch-screen devices. However, it works perfectly fine once you’re in a game and has all the great heroes and cards everyone from Magic The gathering will know.
It works in a similar fashion to Hearthstone in that you can unlock cards by levelling up and going through the Campaign missions. Or you can simply buy yourself card packs with real money. If you’re into card-based games, we’d definitely worth giving this game a look.