You get the picture. Let’s just get in to this, shall we?
One of the first free games, available since 1989 – that’s a whole 27 years of Minesweeping fun. It’s a game that we’ve all played, at some point… unless you were born past the year 2000, in which case you’ve probably never heard of it. Even to this day, when I’m bored and can’t find anything else to do, I’ll play 10 minutes of Minesweeper.
I probably shouldn’t admit this on the internet, but I wasted many a school lesson playing Travian. Whenever we were able to use a computer, we logged on to this awesome browser based game and pillaged, fought, and made alliances to our hearts content. It’s the original Clash of Clans – made in a time before micro-transactions was really a thing. You can still play it to this day – and it’s hardly changed a bit.
8) DC Universe
Who doesn’t want to be a superhero? We’ve all dressed up as one of our favourite DC characters, at one point or another. And, if you were anything like me, you were even imagining what your costume and powers would be – were you to be a superhero. DC Universe gives you the opportunity to (almost) live out those fantasies. Are you the clean cut good guy, or the twisted villain? The choice is yours, in this massively multiplayer online experience.
I love me some D&D. And it’s common knowledge that the people at Wizards of the Coast know their way around a story. Neverwinter is a fantastic MMORPG experience, and I’d argue that it’s even better than Elder Scrolls Online (in some instances). It’s no WoW, but it’s always free to play, no matter what level you reach.
6) Team Fortress 2
This game has been free-to-play since mid-2011. It’s not often that you find a decent free FPS, but Team Fortress is probably one of the best.
5) Happy Wars
I love Happy Wars. It’s an incredibly fun game. It has a wonderful community around it, and it’s just a nice game to play. It has everything you could ask for – excitement, entertainment, character customisation, level progression, online and offline play. And it’s all free!
This was the first MMORPG I played as a kid. We couldn’t really afford the monthly sub for WoW, at the time, so I had to settle for the free version. But, calling Runescape the ‘free version of WoW’ is a bit detrimental to the game. It’s a fantastic experience in its own right. Sure, it’s very similar to WoW. But it has it’s own mechanisms, infrastructures and economies that help to make it a unique and engaging experience. You can still play Rubescape, and I’m thinking that I might just go back.
3) Star Wars: The Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic, one and two, are two of my favourite games. I’m an RPG buff, and I love Star Wars. So combine the two and you’ve pretty much got the recipe for my perfect game. SWTOR, however, didn’t quite deliver the experience I hoped it would. As a free-to-play game, though, you can’t really complain. It’s good fun, particularly with friends. I still prefer the original RPGs, though.
2) League of Legends
This is one of the most popular games in the world, at present, and the first of two MOBAs on my list. People play it for fun, people play it for money. People even play it in front of millions of viewers – it’s a force in its own right. It’s a fantastic game, there’s no denying it. But I do feel that the community can be a little toxic. It’s not necessarily a game for people who are just looking to have fun. And that’s why I’ve given the number one spot to Heroes of the Storm.
1) Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm is pretty much Blizzard’s answer to League of Legends – though I’d say it isn’t as popular. It’s still a great game, though, and I feel like the community around the game is far more pleasant for newer players. Gameplay wise, I’d probably say that League of Legends is better – but it’s a close call.
That’s my top 10, but do you agree? I’m sure you’ll be able to critique my list and the order of the games – that’s the wonderful thing about free choice… probably mostly about Minesweeper. Let me know in the comments below!