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10 of the Best Free-to-Play Games

Updated on October 16, 2012

With Facebook, iOS, Console and browser based free-to-play encounters in plenty, we have a look at the very best of the various catalogue of supposed wallet-friendly video gaming currently available.

League Of Legends
League Of Legends

League Of Legends

Influenced by the regularly popular Warcraft III mod DOTA, Riot Games has received remarkable achievement with League Of Legends given it went live in 2009. At it's core it provides a deceptively easy team-based attack-and-defend goal, however with around 80 character variations there is certainly a great deal of skill involved if you wish to defeat your enemies. Micro transactions make up the basis of income, but additional characters and skins do very little to impose on the balance of the founding game play concepts.

Team Fortress 2
Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2

Several free-to-play video games are designed as such, while some adjust by themselves to the model to renew affinity for the product. Team Fortress 2 definitely grouped into the second group, with Valve's combination of beguiling animation and addicting gameplay the right fit for free-to-play. There are lots of game modes to have fun with, however the key here is how Valve neglects to allow microtransactions to slow down gameplay. Plus, did we mention you can purchase hats?

Neopets
Neopets

Neopets

A kind of founding father when you're thinking of free-to-play and positively one skewed a little younger compared to most of our readers. Nevertheless, Neopets is definitely an excellent success and something that must not be overlooked based on its aesthetics. You will find a great deal of content available here, with a huge selection of mini-games which your personally created Neopet can take part in. It set the theme for each and every cutesy Facebook game that's ever spammed your news feed.

Battlefield Heroes
Battlefield Heroes

Battlefield Heroes

This cartoony, free-to-play version of EA's popular FPS series hardly appears like its progenitor. It's managed to carve itself a good little niche, with more than Ten million players running around, shooting one another into tiny chunks. This online game did come under fire after EA modified the pricing style, putting a greater focus on paying to win, however it hasn't significantly affected the primary experience.

Auto Club Revolution
Auto Club Revolution

Auto Club Revolution

Probably the most incredible part of Auto Club Revolution is just how much of an effect the community has had on the game's development. Eutechnyx has modified and altered the title over time, which now stands as an amazingly deep racing sim with visuals comparable to Forza or Gran Turismo.

DC Universe Online
DC Universe Online

DC Universe Online

For superhero MMO DC Universe Online, switching to free-to-play just one year after it entered the market was absolutely the right decision. Concurrent user numbers elevated 1,000 % and income improved by 700 % post-transition. Big fancy figures aside, this is an extremely polished and engrossing MMO that is certainly worth investing a few serious hours into.

World Of Tanks
World Of Tanks

World Of Tanks

This pseudo-simulator is probably the greatest free-to-play wonder presently on the marketplace. There is certainly enough weight and explosive action to really make it catch the attention of casual gamers, while the respect paid towards the vehicles could keep hobbyists squealing. Progression is sluggish to push gamers towards microtransactions, but patience is rewarded in firepower, which this game has loads of it.

Draw Something
Draw Something

Draw Something

No matter whether you are long fed up with this social gaming whim, Draw Something had an incredible number of players communicating over the simple spin on the classic Pictionary rules. Hardly ever does a game appear and surpass demographics, whilst igniting the creative imagination of half the globe.

The Lord Of The Rings Online
The Lord Of The Rings Online

The Lord Of The Rings Online

Yet another MMO that sensibly took an instant turn down the free-to-play route for the better. The Lord Of the Rings Online was simply a perfunctory furry-footed i Licensed money grab, but an delicately designed fantasy world with different familiar group of books. Contentiously, it may just be a lot better than World of warcraft.


Minecraft Classic
Minecraft Classic

Minecraft Classic

Having now made all the money in the world from his open-world build-a-thon, Notch's initial Minecraft game may still be enjoyed online. It's really a little harder round the edges and does not have all of the features, nevertheless the pure experience continues to be intact and there is no better time for you to jump on the bandwagon.

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    • PurpleHubs profile imageAUTHOR

      Arun Kumar 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Dreamhowl Thanks for your comments...

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      Jessica Marello 

      6 years ago from United States

      It's always been hard for me to find a free-to-play game that sticks with me in the long run. I think you compiled a good list here of the better games out there - some of which I should probably try soon. Voted up!

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