Paying for your games is so 2016, now isn’t it? Here are five games for you to have fun with but which won’t cost you a penny. Now there is a difference between free and free-to-play. Free games means free games. No microtransactions and no paid DLC. Free-to-play isn’t exactly what you call free. You play for free, but if you want something extra, then you must draw your card and pay the piper. Well… the developer. These five free games are split up into those two categories.
Totally free games
This game is one of my favorites. It’s an open source variant of Transport Tycoon and stays quite close to the original. Well, it adds a ton of extra features that were missing from the cult-classic. It’s totally free and has a ton of people creating extra content, maps and mods. You’ll enjoy yourself for hours, and it won’t cost you a penny.
Price: Yes, look at the title of the article.
One of my first PC-games I can remember playing is Civilization. The original. Yes, I am that old. Freeciv is a free recreation of the sequel to that game: Civilization II. It’s open source and developed by an active community so bugs won’t stay unnoticed. It may not look fancy but it is a whole lot of fun to play. And for you older gamers: it takes you right back to your early gamin’ days.
Price: It’s funny you’re still interested in this piece of obvious information.
Somewhat free games
For those geeks that have played Magic: The Gathering, this game will make them feel right at home. As a former Magic geek, I can’t stop smiling when playing the game. However, do not think you might master this game anytime soon. There is an active esports scene and the level of play is pretty high. The matchmaking makes sure you won’t get crushed by one of the best players though, although you can feel pretty in the weeds from time to time.
Price: Nada, save for the people who want extra cards quicker.
Heroes of the Storm
Yes, Dota and League of Legends are bigger games. But I love me some Blizzard. I can’t help it, I’m a fan. The game is not that resource-intensive so even on a mediocre PC you can still kick some ass. The game is competitive too, with a lively esports-scene. This game is a mix between an RTS and RPG so there is much to love for players of both game types.
Price: Zilch, unless you want the extra heroes quicker.
World of well… pretty much anything that shoots
Wargaming has made the World War II battle shtick into a series of games that, quite honestly, are pretty awesome. They won’t cost you a dime although you’ll probably be running for a premium account pretty soon. There is a pay-to-win factor here as well since players can use paid ammo to shoot at you. However, it never killed my enjoyment. You can go for the fast-paced World of Tanks or World of Warplanes. If you want a more docile game, you can play World of Warships for a more cerebral game.
Price: I can’t believe you’re still wondering. However these games have a pay-to-win option, and that kinda sucks.