Free FPS Games Like Call of Duty
The Best Free FPS Games Like Call of Duty
With many free FPS games like Call of Duty out there I find it hard to part with money for every new generation of CoD. If you're like me then you'll love this list of free CoD alternatives that are just as fun but your wallet will be thanking you for.
With improved technology reducing development time for games and the increasing popularity of the freemium model there is now no shortage of free games out there on the web. With good games also comes the bad which can make working your way through the available options a long and tedious process.
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If you are hunting for a free shooter that focuses on working together as team then Warframe is one of the newer games you might want to consider playing. In the game you'll fit for the Tenno as you step into your powerful war suit (known as Warframes) while battling a variety of enemies that each offer their own threat.
Gameplay has you teaming up with up to three other players to create your team for the missions ahead. Missions are quite varied from killing enemies, capturing points, assassinating key targets or simple surviving for as long as you can. To help complete your goals players have their own unique equipment that can be mixed and modified to let you play your character in a manner that resonates with you or works well for your current team setup.
While not a true first person shooter (the game uses a very close over the shoulder third person view) I strongly recommend it for fans of Call of Duty multiplayer that want something more co-operative focused as opposed to battling other players.
Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA)
Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA) is one of the free games like Call of Duty that I've probably enjoyed the most if we're sticking to solely military shooters. It's published by Aeria Games and I've generally had good experiences in there other games so I was fairly willing to try out Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA).
It's been around for a few years but more recently the game has seen some impressive steps forward with graphical updates and more game modes. The likes of experience, unlocks, friends lists and other community features are in the game to keep you constantly committed and feel like you're making progress.
Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA) isn't shy on offering the game modes any first person shooter fan loves to see with co-operative options, free for all modes, capture the flag and several round based affairs.
In terms of scale and depth PlanetSide 2 is the clear winner, it's an extremely deep and engaging MMOFPS. The game takes place in the same universe as the first game but you really don't need to have any experience with the original to get something from the game.
As someone who did play the first game though I can tell you that they are worlds apart, the original PlanetSide was the sort of game that never really came together and always had too many issues that held it back. This definitely isn't the case with the sequel, as it really went back to the drawing board and fixed the problems from the ground up.
PlanetSide 2 is set in a futuristic type war setting as three factions battle it out for control over various territories. It's particularly an attractive option if you love using vehicles or aircraft as PlanetSide 2 has them in spades. All of the different factions have their own strengths and weaknesses which does play into the greater strategy of the experience and plays a very important role in deciding what you take into battle against a given faction.
You'll have to align yourself to a faction of your choice and it's generally recommend you check out their strengths and weaknesses before you make the jump. Depending on your playstyle you'll definitely fit into one of the factions more than another. It's also a good idea to communicate with friends signing up on this as well to ensure you can battle together across the various territories.
Gotham City Impostors
Gotham City Impostors is one of those of those games that starts its life as a paid title and then switches to a free to play experience to gain significant traction. In the case of Gotham City Impostors this worked out perfectly, it's important to not that it is still a paid title on consoles so I can only recommend this as a PC gaming option.
As you probably guessed from the name it's based within the Batman universe with Batman like characters battling Joker villains across some really impressive maps (like the mansion of Batman). The focus in this experience is two fold, a deep level of customisation so you can create a character (and characters) that work for you and secondly the ability to move around the map with ease.
This movement comes from the likes of grappling hooks, capes, roller skates and more. These elements really fit into the whole fun and colourful experience that is on offer.
Where the game really shines through is the character customisation with an insane amount of depth. Not only can you select from all sorts of weapons you've also got the ability to choose your body type, special perks, passives and more. You can set up plenty of classes so it's easy to swap based on how you're feeling at the time and what the map or your team calls for.
I'm a big fan of the non-military style games like Call of Duty that don't take themselves too seriously (like Team Fortress 2 also featured here) and if you're like me this is a great option.
Team Fortress 2
Another one of the casual first person shooters that I really like is Team Fortress 2. Just like Gotham City Impostors the game started as a paid title and has exploded in popularity since going free to play. It's a game I always return to because it just has a fun atmosphere, strong community and a level of variety that most other games simply don't offer. You can grab the game for free through the Steam platform.
The game keeps things simple and puts the teams of BLU and RED against each other in endless battles that are generally on objective based maps. The core element of the game are the nine preset classes that each have their own role to play on the battlefield. With enough game hours you'll also be able to unlock additional items that change your role slightly and help you chase a preferred strategy.
These classes include the powerful heavy that is capable of taking a lot of punishment, the medic who can heal teammates, the spy that can turn into the enemy and the pyro that loves to play with flames. There really is something for everyone here but you have to be willing to try them all for the best experience.
The maps is really where the longevity lies with a huge number of different maps and game modes and with a large community it's easy to find a game that meets your requirements. All the standard ones like capture the flag are there but you've also got more unique ones that really do offer something different.
If you're one for variety the free title of Team Fortress 2 is a perfect free to play alternative to Call of Duty.
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I've decided to include only free first person shooters on my list above but if you want games that aren't free then I recommend this extensive list.