With game prices on the rise it was obvious that more free-to-play games had to be developed. When one hears the name ‘free-to-play’ it is natural that people will think that the game will literally suck at everything. But game developers defied the critics in these examples. Free-to-play games are now a lot better compared to their predecessors. These games provide as much entertainment as their pricey competitors in the same space as well.
And now more than ever, there is not a large difference in the quality between free and paid games. For example, the difference between FIFA World (Beta) and FIFA 14 isn’t much but there is a difference in the number of bugs in both the games.
Nevertheless, here’s a list of top 5 popular Free-to-play games.
1.) Dota 2
Number one on our list is Dota 2. Dota 2 is a 2013 real-time strategy and multiplayer online battle arena and the successor of Defense of the ancients (Dota) and Warcraft 3. The game was originally developed by Valve Corporation and was released for Windows on July 9,2013 and for the OSX and Linux on July 18,2013.
The game features a battle between two 5 player teams placed on each side of the map and each team has a building called the ‘Ancient’. The opposing team has to destroy it to win the match. The player also has to collect the valuable collectibles throughout the game. Dota 2 has become the most actively played game on Steam, with daily peaks of over 800,000 concurrent players. It can be downloaded for free from Steam.
2.) League Of Legends
League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena released for the Windows and OS X. It’s a video game developed and published by Riot Games inspired by the Defence of the ancients. The game was first announced on October 7, 2008 and released on October 27, 2009.
In League of Legends, players assume the role of a character, called a “champion”, with unique abilities, battling with a team against other player or computer-controlled champions. In the most popular game modes, each team’s goal is to destroy the opposing team’s ‘nexus’, a building which lies at the heart of a base protected by defensive structures. Each League of Legends game is discrete, with all champions starting off each game fairly weak and progressing by accumulating gold and experience over the course of the game. There’s also an annual League of Legends Championship, which in 2013 generated prize money of $1 million and attracted a viewership of 32 million. It can be downloaded from their official website.
3.) Team Fortress 2
Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Valve Corporation. It is a sequel to the original mod Team Fortress and its GoldSrc engine remake. The game was released for Xbox 360 and Windows on October 10, 2007. Later a PS3 version was released on November 22, 2007. The game was later released as a standalone package for Windows on April 8, 2008, for OS X two years later, and for Linux on February 14, 2013.
Team Fortress 2, as its predecessors, is based on the battle for supremacy pitched between two opposing teams, Reliable Excavation & Demolition (RED) and Builders League United (BLU). Players can choose from a set of nine different character classes each having its own advantages and disadvantages. The basic elements of each class are the same as all of them have one primary weapon, secondary weapon and melee weapon. It can be downloaded from Steam.
4.) World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a massively multiplayer online game developed by Belarusian company Wargaming.net featuring early to mid-20th century era fighting vehicles. It was released on August 12, 2010 but was officially available world-wide on September 5, 2013. It was released for Xbox Live Arcade on February 12, 2014 and for the iOS on June 26, 2014.
The player takes control of a single armored vehicle of his or her choosing, and is placed into a battle on a random map, though map selection may vary with different game modes. The player has control over the vehicle’s movement, firing, and can communicate with other players through typed or voice chat, and several preset actions that give tactical instructions visible to only their team. The player can choose from 6 different types of battle modes. It is labeled as free-to-play but has a payment option for ‘premium’ features. It can be downloaded from its official website.
5.) FIFA World Beta
FIFA World is a free-to-play massive multiplayer online football (soccer) game by Electronic Arts. It was announced on August 9, 2013 and later open beta on November 12th, 2013 in Brazil and Russia. It was launched for global beta on May 20th, 2014.
The game is divided into 2 modes i.e League Teams Modes and Ultimate Team Mode.
League teams mode allows player to progress through with an original team existing in the game. It starts from Division 10. Players can make changes to the original squad before playing the match. They can progress to the next division by winning the title or simply getting enough points for promotion.
Ultimate team mode or simply known as ‘FUT’ allows a player to play through online seasons with a team ranked as a bronze team in the beginning. The team is allocated to the player after he selects his own favourite club and a gold player is allocated to him from his favourite club. These teams can then be used in either and Offline or Online Seasons Mode, Tournament Mode or Play a Friend. Each week a new Team of the week is released within ultimate team, this gives players a chance to get upgraded players for a limited time period.
FIFA World is authentic, with over 16,000 real players from 600 real clubs and 31 fully licensed leagues.
It can be downloaded from EA’s Origin application.