Yep, that’s right. Absolutely free. Gratis. No need to lay down your hard-earned cash, these titles cost absolutely nothing. You shouldn’t let the absence of a price tag put you off, these games are quality through and through. Don’t let the big name titles put you off either, these games are well worth your time and you’ll soon understand why they are so popular. Here are the 5 best big name free-to-play games that are worth a shot.
5. Fallout Shelter
Fallout Shelter is a great stopgap while we wait for Fallout 76 to land this Autumn, but is also a worthy title in its own right. Fallout Shelter captures all the intricacies of managing the myriad problems affecting an underground nuclear bunker, yet does so by keeping game play fun and engaging. The strategy aspect can get quite in-depth too with have to ensure each dweller has the best job suited to their abilities, encouraging breeding, warding off raiders, and managing resources. You’ve been warned, Fallout Shelter has a tendency to be addictive, like a digital vampire sucking up your free time without mercy.
Blizzard has kind of mastered the card-based video game with Hearthstone and shipping it as a free-to-play title was a wise move. As with most games adhering to this model, you can expand your decks and gain an advantage by spending real world money, but in its most basic form Hearthstone remains a rich game with countless hours of fun on offer.
This one is a no brainer. Part of the reason Fortnite is currently the most popular game on the planet is because it doesn’t cost a penny. Of course, the game itself is well made, extremely accessible, and offers a balanced battle royale experience with an appealing art style and fast paced action. You’ll never be short of players to battle with and the game works with only the occasional bug contrary to certain competitor battle royale titles (*cough* PUBG *cough*). Just don’t be tempted by the flashy skins on sale, shoveling money into Fortnite quickly becomes a slippery slope. If you’ve yet to sample the wonders of this cultural phenomenon, there’s no better time than now.
Fancy a jaunt as a badass celestial ninja careening through the star? Thought so. Warframe might just be your cup of tea. Oh and it’s completely free to. Part MMO, part co-op action game, Warframe is visually stunning as well as compellingly rich in game play. Improve your weapons, gather resources, battle Grineer enemies (both face to face and in space), and unlock the secrets of the Warframes all in honor of your calling as a Tenno. As always, in-game purchases form part of the deal, but they are by no means necessary to get the most out of Warframe.
1. Dota 2
Tired of League of Legends’ cataclysmic meta shifts and rampant toxicity? There’s always the spruced up version of the original MOBA title that started it all: Dota 2. Valve invested a lot of resources into crafting a balanced and engaging title with enough depth and strategy to warrant hundreds of hours of of game play. So much so, Dota 2 systematically ranks among the most played games on Steam. The skill ceiling is higher than League and for that reason tends to attract a more mature following. In other words, it’s a game for the more discerning MOBA enthusiast.