Well it seems it's having a resurgence. More and more companies are choosing to offer their games freely nowadays. The players are given a chance to explore and try out the games, no purchase or monthly fee. I have to say I wholeheartedly agree to this, because people should be able to play games before they commit to purchase it. With single player games there are demos, but with multiplayer/online only games, this is the way to go.
The obvious catch is that some of the content, normally the high end content that you'll need to get to enjoy the full experience, is locked. The way to unlock it is purchasing some sort of tokens, gold coins or credits with real life money. However this is entirely justified, companies can't keep servers up and provide content if they don't get money from somewhere.
I've written about one of these games before, Battlefield Play 4 Free, but it seems the more I look around, the more of these I find.
Here are some of the games that I've been trying out, because I know you're gonna spend your summer indoors playing online. Or maybe that's just me.
Team Fortress 2
If you're into games this must come as no news for you. Valve decided to make Team Fortress 2 free to play. It's chaotic fun for everyone, and not paying for the in game items doesn't mean you won't have a good time, you don't necessarily need them, and even so, you get an item here and there while you're playing.
|Action everywhere, lots of fun.|
As far as the game goes, it is fun, as I mentioned, but I find it a little bit chaotic at times. There are plenty of servers to pick from and you will always find one that suits your needs, at least for now, so if you want to try it out go ahead and download it on Steam.
If you don't have Steam, go and register/download here.
World of Warcraft
Yes... it's true. It seems Blizzard has reached the desperation level of letting people play up to level 20 for free, or maybe it's just common sense.
I don't know what I can say about this game that isn't general knowledge. It's one of the most popular games ever, some have deemed it as addictive as crack, and it seems to be going strong despite it being seven years old, which in gaming terms, is a whole century.
|Many lives have been infected by this virus.|
My advise is stay away, cos it can consume your whole life. If you're completely new to online role playing games, this might be the best place to begin. I still don't understand why they don't upgrade the graphics, that's always been a pet peeve of mine against WoW.
Anyway, download and registration over at their official website.
Runes of Magic
I was ready to log in to my account for this because I had tried it a couple of months ago, but unfortunately I couldn't. First I had to remember my overly complicated password they forced me to choose at registration:
When I managed to squeeze the password out of my mind and logged in, I was asked for a secondary password which I really didn't remember. I tried and tried different common passwords I use, but after 5 tries my account got locked for 60 minutes. Contacting support was another nightmare, and when the estimated time of reply is 24 hours, the best idea was to create a new account.
That didn't work either, my password didn't seem to be working even after just making the account. So I got pissed and stopped trying.
From what I can remember, the best I can tell you is that this is a pretty convincing World of Warcraft clone. I know that phrase gets thrown around a lot, but this really is quite a close copy of it. Here are some screenshots side by side.
The graphics are stylized much like WoW's, the classes are similar, the questing... Humans and elves are the only races however, while WoW has 10 to choose from.
There are some minor differences, changes and additions, and for that the company that makes Runes of Magic deserves some credit. If you're looking for a fantasy role playing game, this might be your choice.
Register, download and many more things at their website.
More to come on part 2, when I decide I've procrastinated enough.