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Free online and downloadable games
It’s hard being a recently-graduated chap. These days I find myself working three jobs in order to support myself and to pay my ever mounting bills and student loans. There’s almost no time left for gaming really; well except for on-the-go. Thankfully, I have my HTC ONE S for that. I have more than 30 (seriously… 30) free/freemium/paid games loaded onto my phone, yet whenever I’m travelling to work you’ll see me playing only one: Com2Us’ Dead City.
Dead City is a twin-stick shooter that has you battling the undead as you race towards safety. It’s like a fusion of your typical sidescrolling endless runner with twin-stick action of games like Gun Bros, Pew Pew, Guerilla Bob, and Beat Hazard Ultra. What I love about Dead City though is also what separates it from other freemium games on the market; you can actually advance pretty far into the game without having to pay a single cent for in-app purchases like upgrades, coins, costumes, weapons, and buffs. More on Com2Us’ Dead City after the break. Read the rest of this entry
I swear, next to Tetris, Halfbrick Studios’ Jetpack Joyride is undoubtedly one of the most addictive mobile games available for iOS, Android, and the PS Vita. There’s something about the game that transcends its simple design, giving you just enough rewards to keep going for hours on end. I’ve never had so much fun dying in-game and telling myself “just one more go” as I miss my stop during public transit. Like Tetris, I play Jetpack Joyride at home, in transit, at the library, at work (don’t tell anyone), at the gym, and even in the washroom.
To me that says something great about the game’s design. It’s not only free-to-play, it doesn’t bother you with boost purchases incessantly, you’re free to purchase them at your own leisure or even not at all; you can still enjoy fully enjoy the game without them. And really that’s all I ask from a F2p mobile game. Learn more about Jetpack Joyride after the break. Read the rest of this entry
One of the first free-to-play games I had played on Steam, Alien Swarm offered tense multiplayer isometric shooter action against bugs/aliens. Like other multiplayer games on steam like Left 4 Dead, Alien Swarm requires players to have quick reflexes as well as apply squad tactics.
In Alien Swarm, players take control of a four-man squad of IAF Marines. Each marine had a specific classification as well as weapon and tools loadouts. Combat is reminiscent of other isometric/top-down shooters from yesteryear like Smash TV, Loaded (PSOne), and Shock Troopers. And, if you’ve ever seen James Cameron’s Aliens, then you’ll have an idea of the tension and feeling of dread the game aims for with its gameplay, locations, and enemies.
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Given Call of Duty’s popularity, I’m actually pretty surprised that we haven’t seen many successful free-to-play first person shooters that played like Activision’s fast-paced shooter franchise. Then I heard about Webzen’s Arctic Combat for PC. Arctic Combat is perhaps one of the first free-to-play FPS to have a killstreak-like “Package” reward system. Add smooth, responsive controls with fast and furious shooting mechanics, and you’ve got yourself an FPS that combines Counter-Strike and Call of Duty’s best qualities into one FREE package.
What’s not to like about that? Learn more about Webzen’s Arctic Combat after the break. Read the rest of this entry
This week on Free to Play Fridays, we’ll focus on EA’s Battlefield Play4Free for PC.
Battlefield Play4Free is set in the modern theatre of war where Russian forces and American forces engage in all out battles for control. Players who are familiar with Battlefield will feel at home with Play4Free’s game mechanics, engine, and maps. It runs on your web browser too so even if you have a relatively old computer, you’ll be able to run the game (although with weaker graphics).
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I can’t believe it’s already the third week of our Free To Play Friday series! So far we’ve covered DC Universe Online and PlanetSide 2; both massively multiplayer games for the PC. This week, I wanted to point the spotlight on an singleplayer, independently-developed game that celebrates the golden age of NES gaming with Super Mario Bros Crossover.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if other popular classic NES characters invaded the Super Mario universe? What if all of these larger-than-life characters got together and helped Mario save the princess from the evil King Koopa?
Independent developer Jay Pavlina (AKA Exploding Rabbit) developed Super Mario Bros Crossover to answer these questions, putting his favorite classic NES characters into one game. From Mario, to Zelda, to Mega Man, if they’re 8-bit heroes, you’ll find them here.
Learn more about Super Mario Bros. Crossover after the break.
Almost ten years ago, Sony Online Entertainment reshaped the idea of an MMO with the release of PlanetSide, popular for its dedicated fan base and deep multiplayer shooting gameplay which involved several hundreds of players at the same time. Quite unheard of for a first person shooter at that time.
A few days ago, SOE officially launched PlanetSide 2 as a free-to-play MMOFPS. The game features battles that can be fought by thousands of players at the same time. Unlike most first person shooters where a battle ends after each round, PlanetSide 2′s battlefields commonly lasts for days to weeks at a time. Players must coordinate and strategize with their teams to capture key points in the battlefield; these capture points or facilities produce boosts and/or resources that can potentially turn the tide of each war zone.
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I wanted to introduce you guys to new weekly series called Free to Play Fridays. Gaming is a very expensive hobby and there’s a lot of people (like myself) who can’t afford to buy games at $60 each. So every Friday I’ll be featuring games that are free to download and play, be it on the PC, gaming consoles, or mobile. This can include MMORPG’s, Indie adventure games, and retro classics. Should be a fun little series! I hope you guys like it.
This week, I wanted to feature DC Universe Online for PC and PS3.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a superhero or a super villain in the DC Universe? Ever fantasize fighting alongside the Justice League as they face their toughest opponents bent on destroying the world? Well, DC Universe Online allows you to create your very own superhero/villain, their own origin story, and their own unique power combinations as you choose your path towards being good or evil.
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To help celebrate 10 years of EA and DICE’s Battlefield Franchise, the company has released the first game in the series as a free download. Basically, everyone can now download Battlefield 1942 for free on EA Origin.
I remember playing Battlefield 1942 back in 2002 and was blown away by it’s sandbox-type multiplayer action. Yeah it was a first-person shooter and you have to kill your opponents, but winning matches actually required players to cooperate and hold key capture points on each the game’s gigantic maps. Up to 64 players could play at the same time and it was one of the few games (at that time) that nailed multi-player vehicle use within in the competitive FPS market.
Learn more about Battlefield 1942 and find the download link for the free game after the break. Read the rest of this entry
I don’t know where this sudden resurgence of 8-Bit love came from, but I sure as hell appreciate it. Perhaps one of the best tribute/crossover/parody flash games of 2012, Abobo’s Big Adventure certainly reminds people why the NES (and its games) defined a generation.
Independent developer Roger Barr started working on Abobo’s Big Adventure back in 2006; he and the other two developers on the team had a goal to pit the iconic Double Dragon bad guy against other iconic stages, gameplay mechanics, characters, and music from the 8-bit era and make it fun and playable. Color me surprised when I played it; Abobo was challenging, funny and damn fun, a perfect example of a full-on flash game done right.
Learn more about Abobo’s Big Adventure after the break.