TOP 10 FREE-TO-PLAY GAMES AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW
The Best Things in Life ARE Free!!
Games can get a bit pricey but don't worry we got you covered. We here at Level base Gaming are always looking for a good deal, and there is nothing better than getting something for free. There are a lot of free games out there so we decided to round up the Best Free-to-Play Games that are available right now.
10. H1Z1 (PS4, Windows)
There's a reason why we didn't include this in with Fortnite, to be quite honest A. it's just a budget version of PUBG and B. it isn't Fortnite. Plus, this is the only other alternative if Fortnite really isn't your thing. Although H1Z1 was really the first one to come up with the concept of the Battle Royale genre. Developed back in 2015, H1Z1 was plagued with bugs and glitches but was still a worth-while survival shooter. Ever since its debut on the PS4 in early 2018, H1Z1 really has gained a huge following on the console and it doesn't look like its slowing down any time soon. We'll see if that is still the case once PUBG launches on the PS4 but for now, this is the best we will get.
Anyone who has played a Battle Royale knows the premise, you parachute in to a large map with 100 other players and fight until you are the last man standing. It sounds super simple but it is extremely difficult to pull off. If worrying about other players wasn't bad enough, a rapidly shrinking map encapsulated by gas ramps up the tension to an 11. We here at Level Base Gaming haven't won any matches but we are logging our results in our H1Z1 Diary just to see how long it will take us just to win 1 match.
9. Pokemon Go (Android, iOS)
Where should I start with this one? Pokémon Go was nothing short of a global phenomenon when it launched in 2016. It was a great premise, it actually forced you out of your comfort zone and encouraged you to actually group up with friends and go outside. No many games were able to do that, so that's why Pokemon Go was jut so fascinating. Exploring your neighborhood rewarded you with a variety of Pokemon. Each town, city, county, state and county offered different Pokémon to add to your ever growing list.
H1Z1 / Daybreak Game Company
Pokémon Go / Nantic
8. Planetside 2 (PS4, Windows)
When Planetside 2 was first announced, we honestly didn't think that Daybreak Game Company was going to be able to pull it off. But if there's anything that Daybreak has proven to us is that they have the formula to make a good free-to-play game. Not only is it free but it is MASSIVE, so massive that it feels like entire continents are engaged in an endless battle. Frankly, there is nothing else quite like this out there.
The feeling of taking part in an all out assault on an enemy base only to be met with a massive counter-assault is absolutely exhilarating. And on top of that anything can happen on the battlefield, like having your assault team in the mist of retreat only to have a reinforcement convoy come over the horizon to lend a hand. It's epic, its massive and I still cant believe that its free. Of course there are in-game purchases but you can be just as productive wit your default load-out.
Planetside 2 / Daybreak Game Company
7. CCG (Card Trading Game): Hearthstone/Gwent (Windows, Android, iOS, MacOS)
The card-based genre has really gained stem over the past couple of years and they can get very addicting. We've actually lost countless hours playing these card based monstrosities, but we mean that in a good way. They look simple enough on the surface, but once you get into the in-depth structure of each cards abilities, then you have a game where having the perfect deck is your main objective. Hours, weeks and months later you're scratching the surface for the perfect balance of support, attack and defense cards.
We can go deeper into each game but we just can't. Each game has gorgeous graphics with their own hero structure but the card play is relatively the same. Each match played is a strategic dance where the smallest mistake will cost you greatly. Trust us, we've seen some wicked comebacks with the swipe of just one card. We recommend either game but when you get sucked into the world, and you will, don't say we didn't warn you.
6. MOBA Games: DOTA 2/League of Legends/Heroes of the Storm (Windows, MacOS)
You're getting a 3 for 1 special with this one. Now we can spend an entire article on each game but that's a different article for a different time. Mostly popular on the PC, The online MOBA genre is one of the most popular free-to-play genres available to date. The top-down arena battler is incredibly enticing and extremely addicting once you get past the steep learning curve. It doesn't help that eSports made it super lucrative as well earning players multi-million dollar prizes.
But its not all about the money though. Multiple patches and re-designs have made these games accessible to everyone. And to add to the intrigue are the online communities going out of their way to help new players learn the ropes. With a slew of online tutorials and how-to videos, there is no shortage of help when trying to start learning a MOBA title. Like we said earlier, it can be extremely addicting. Don't say we didn't warn you.
League of Legends/Riot Games
5. World of Tanks/Warthunder (PS4, XBO, Xbox 360, Windows)
We're deciding on bundling this one because these games are essentially the same game only with different war machines. We never thought that military vehicles of war and the MMO genre would go hand in hand. Thankfully World of Tanks and Warthunder showed us that not only could it work, but it could also be very successful. Focusing strictly on Teamwork, these MMO shooters, are geared towards those who like to play well with others. Any player who decides to adopt the "Army of One" play-style will kindly be reminded to leave that for Call of Duty where it belongs.
These games offer a large variety of military vehicles, and we do mean A LARGE variety. For any newcomer it can be a bit overwhelming but these game do a fantastic job of easing you into the battlefield. Plus there are no shortage of new players top join in the battle. The upgrade systems are very in-depth, offering you to customize any vehicle to your distinct play-style. The large scale theaters of war feel immersive and engaging, you never feel alone as you move forward towards your objective of total domination. Some vehicles may be a bit on the expensive side but there is always a way to work towards your death-machine of choice.
4. Let It Die (PS4, Windows)
The name says it all but we just couldn't just Let it Die. Suda 51 really broke the mold with this game. Mixing the brutal difficulty of Dark Souls with the art-style of Killer7, sprinkled with a small helping of Manhunt, Let it Die is absurd, brutally violent, and quite possibly very stupid. It's because of those reasons alone that it deserves to be on this list, oh and did we mention that its FREE?!?!?
Tasked with traversing a tower of blood stained walls and deranged murderers, there is no shortage of violence. Each floor gets more and more difficult as the baddies become blood-crazed lunatics looking to make friends with your dead corpse. Even if you manage to fall to one of these maniacs, the next corpse is readily available off the meat-rack for general consumption. The best part of the whole experience is you trusty skateboard riding, scythe swinging guide, Uncle Death. This insane game truly needs to be experienced first hand and I hope that this game is supported 4-5 years after its initial release. It would be a shame if they just Let it Die.
Let it Die/Grasshopper Manufacture
3. DC Universe Online (PS4, PS3, XBO, Windows)
Who wouldn't want to play as a character in the DC universe right? DC Universe Online gives you the chance to play along side character like Batman, Superman, Joker, Lex Luthor and many, many more. When you start up the game you get to choose if you want to be a member of a hero or villain faction and then begin the journey of creating your super hero and take the battle online.
Still following a more traditional MMORPG structure, DC Universe Online is meant to me more of an interactive experience. You still get to participate in activities such as raids and post-game progression but it does get a bit difficult not to spend real-world money. This doesn't mean that the game isn't fun to play, becoming a member of the Justice League or The Legion of Doom is enough to have you questing away to become one of the strongest heroes or villains in the DC Universe.
DC Universe Online/Daybreak Game Company
2. Warframe (PS4, XBO, Android, Windows, NS)
We still cant believe that a game this massive is completely free. We looked into why Warframe is the perfect game nobody is talking about and this game has everything that any gamer could want. We're also going go out on a limb and say that nobody should be playing Destiny when a game like Warframe exists, especially if you're into third-person co-operative shooters. Warframe is one of the best, if not the best free games on the market.
You play as a member of the Tenno, one if the oldest races in the galaxy and you're at war with other deadly races. Your character uses an armored suit called a Warframe that grants you the ability to use various super-powers as well as different variety of weapons. Then you take part in enemy raids with various objectives with the goal of riding the galaxy of your foes. There is a lot of fun to be had with this type of structure and if you haven't tried it by now, you are doing yourself s massive dis-service. We highly recommend it.
1 .Fortnite Battle Royale (PS4, XBO, Android, iOS, Windows, NS)
No Top 10 list would be complete without the Battle Royale Juggernaut that is Fortnite. It almost seems like we just can't get away from it no matter how much we try. We really don't need to explain to you what Fortnite is. It's current player-base is about 130 million players and there is a high change that you have played a little bit of it. Everyone from sports stars to celebrities have ventured into Epic's most popular Battle Royale, so its safe to say that it's pretty popular.
The best thing is that it's free-to-pay but we're not completely sure if it would have been massively popular if it was a full retail game. Originally marketed as a survival, base building third person shooter called Fortnite: Save the World, the new Battle Royae mode was originally passed over as another failed attempt to copy the more popular PUBG. With solid game mechanics, cartoony art-style, weekly updates, challenges and the introduction of seasons, Fortnite just continues to evolve. Simple to pick up and hard to master, there's always something for players to do. Let's see how long Fortnite can remain King of the "Battle Royale" hill.
FREE Game to Keep an Eye On: Defiance 2050 (PS4, XBO, Windows)
Remember the science-fiction MMO shooter called Defiance? Don't worry, not many people do remember. A relatively good MMO shooter that had a television show-tie in that was sadly canceled after 3 seasons. It definitely went overlooked because during its initial release 2013, there was just way too many MMO's on the market for the game to get any traction. Trust us Defiance was not a bad game, it was actually pretty fun but we do feel that it lacked in content.
Trion World believed in the game so much that they decided to re-launch the game under a different name, Defiance 2050. Listed as a re-boot/sequel, Defiance 2050 offers all the content of the original Defiance plus an all new story set 20 years after the original. If this version of the game is anything like the original, then expect it to gain the traction that is so rightly deserved. We're keeping a close eye on this one and we suggest that you do the same. The game is currently available on all consoles but we recommend waiting it out a bit just so that Trion Worlds has enough time to work out all the bugs and glitches.
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