The Best Free To Play Multiplayer Games of the Month (May 2014)
Posted by: Mantis on February 22, 2014 Under: Top Lists |
By now you’re probably sick and tired of hearing about all these lists of “the best free to play Multiplayer games” and up-and-coming MMO’s that are taking the market by storm. After all these years, every single multiplayer game seems to have coalesced into more-or-less the same game with slightly different art and mechanics. More than likely you don’t want to hear more of the same, so the list below will feature some highly innovative games that also happen to be free-to-play. Since there’s a great deal of free MP games out there, only the Best Free to Play Multiplayer games of the month (May 2014) will be included.
This is the MMO that star wars fans (as well as fans of the KOTOR series) have been waiting for. It combines the tried and true methods of MMO design with advanced quests, fully voiced dialogues and a well balanced combat system that pits jedi and sith against one another (there’s even a selection of bounty hunter builds for players who prefer a “Han Solo” type character).
Even if you’re not into star wars, it’s exciting to see the way combat is exchanged between blaster wielding space cowboys and the force using lightsaber masters. The atmosphere is designed so well that it feels like an authentic fight from the star wars universe. Play Start Wars The Old Republic in the US server.
This game looks like something out of a modern day arcade. Defying conventional playstyle, Drakensang Online is built like a third person dungeon crawler with some added MMO flair. Its uniqueness gives it its own kind of charm, and many players familiar with games such as “Bastion” will find the top down run-around playstyle to be very familiar.
In Drakensang, you play as a dwarf who has a wide arsenal of guns and cannons at his disposal. The game revolves around your character making a name for himself by battling monsters and finding treasure in the standard adventure game fare. For that relaxed style of a top down RPG with aspects thrown in, you’ll want to look at Drakensang.
The turn-based gameplay in Ultimate Naruto took me back to the old days of gaming, back when games like Final Fantasy, Pokemon and classic RPG’s were still new. Instead of picking a class, I was able to pick from a set of characters, each with their own fighting styles. I was almost immediately able to take my ogre character into combat, and was very satisfied with the feel and flow of the turn-based experience. This game can be played in any browser and requires no download, so that’s certainly a plus for me! You can simply play it here. It’s also the perfect game for my martial arts and fighting games collection, read my full review about Ultimate Naruto here.
Stronghold Kingdoms, though a bit more slow-paced than most action games, still kept me on the edge of my seat. I was constantly tending to the needs of my kingdom and constantly worrying about attacks, conquests and progress certainly kept me busy. That feeling of lording over a large land and having an army, servants and a huge castle is quite exhilarating. Branching out into more and more villages is risky but it comes with its perks. I found myself worrying about potential political complications with other players as I pushed forward and built outwards from my first meager village. Stronghold Kingdoms was more exciting than I thought it would be. Stronghold Kingdoms Servers: – 1. US/UK 2. DE/AT/CH 3. PL 4. FR
5. World of Tanks – World War 2 game.
World of Tanks was and is one of my absolute favorites, as it combines the tactics and cunning that you’d expect from piloting a WWII tank with the excitement of competing with other players in multiplayer. It’s was also fun to build my own tanks with the advanced customization system present in the game, as I was met with a diverse set of options as to how I wanted my tanks to operate. The other players and the community are very accepting of new players and there wasn’t that much of a gap between the quality of my newbie tanks and the deadliness of the tanks owned by veteran player. Play Wold of Tanks here.
6. World of Warplanes – World War 2 game.
After checking out World of Tanks, I was really excited upon the release of World of Warplanes. It certainly emphasized all of the strong points in world of tanks and only added upon them. I felt just as much satisfaction in customizing/personalizing my planes to match my fighting style, and the thrilling dogfights were never without adrenaline-filled evasive maneuvers, close calls and glorious victories. Fighting with other players only helped make the experience feel more authentic, because I had the chance to operate with air-squads that coordinated their attacks and worked just like I would have imagined a WWII air-force team to fight. Due to its similarities to World of Tanks and its exciting innovations in design, I think that World of Warplanes is one of the best free to play multiplayer games of the month. Free servers: 1. US/CA. 2. DE/AT/CH
Warframe certainly kept me on the edge of my seat, as its dynamic shooter-styled combat system is anything but dated. Customizing my warframe felt very personalized and the attacks and abilities I unlocked for my characters always felt powerful in combat. Overall, the combat experience was very satisfying whether I was playing alone or with other players. Single player did turn out to be a little bit more difficult, though, as it seemed like the NPC difficulty remained the same whether I was in a multiplayer game or playing on my own. You can play Warframe here.
In a world where strategy “Elven village” styled MMO’s are becoming tiresomely abundant, Lord of Ultima brings some fresh concepts, crisp art and compelling gameplay to the table. Upon creating an account and beginning play, I was immediately prompted to begin building my kingdom and harvesting resources. The game takes off right from the start, throwing you into the fray but accompanying you with a personal tutorial assistant who helps guide you through the basics and teaches you the beginner skills required to effectively get around in the game. I had a great time establishing my kingdom and progressively adding buildings and growing my civilization. Overall it was an extremely immersive play and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of city-building games. You can play Lord of Ultima here.
While all of these games have their strengths and weaknesses, there’s a free-to-play multiplayer games out there for practically everyone. This list will be updated once I will find a game which deserves to be on this list. After a little bit of experimentation and finding out what works for you, you might discover that one of these Free-to-play multiplayer games is the game of your dreams.