Like it or not, free-to-play is here to stay and while not every single game that adopts this business model respects its audience, there are a handful of them that do. Below, you’ll find some of the best free-to-play shooters that are available on the most popular digital distribution service for games (read: Steam.) For all of them, I included a short description and a list of features that are available for those of you who would like to pay for items.
Loadout has a crass and immature sense of humor and that’s one of the features that sets it apart from the competition. But underneath that layer of immaturity lies a terrific class-based third-person shooter that offers dozens of hours of free content.
What can you buy? Outfits and individual parts.
4. Tribes Ascend
Remember the original Tribes? Actually, you don’t need to remember Tribes to enjoy its successor. In fact, the only thing you need to enjoy this game is some free time. Usually regarded as one of the fastest shooters available, Tribes Ascend seems like a concoction of classic shooters, but set in an online environment. The result is a fun and highly addictive game that’s easy to get into, but hard to get away from.
What can you buy? Tribes Gold which are optional and let you unlock classes and skills more quickly.
3. Planetside 2
Planetside was already a terrific shooter, but this sequel has everything that made its predecessor such a terrific game and more. New content includes vehicles, a training zone, weapons, attachments, platoon management and more. If you have friends to play with, conquering continents will be your new favorite pastime.
What can you buy? Convenience items and cosmetic changes (such as camouflage outfits and armor paint jobs.)
2. Super Monday Night Combat
Who wouldn’t want to participate in a lethal sport set in the future? Monday Night Combat is all about customizing characters so that you can compete against dozens of other players and the sense of satisfaction you get in return is unparalleled.
What can you buy? Unloackable items such as hats, skins, uniforms and more
1. Team Fortress 2
As soon as you read the title of this article, you knew Team Fortress 2 was going to be here so don’t act surprised. Collecting hats is entertaining, but you don’t have to spend your hard-earned money on the game if you don’t want to. After all, there are always thousands of players to play with, there are collectible items, special events, the class-based action is top-notch, the game’s constantly updated and it has low requirements by today’s standards.
What can you buy? Microtransactions include unique equipment, outfits and of course, hats.