“But Tarryn,” you’re probably thinking. “Free-to-play games are rubbish. It’s the rules.” And yes, that’s exactly how it is, except when it sometimes isn’t. And Paladins might be one of those special exceptions, because it’s by developer Hi-Rez Studios who also made the free-to-play MOBA Smite, and Smite is super fun, and I don’t even like MOBAs, so there.
Much like Smite, its free-to-play system features a roster of 24 characters that can be unlocked using in-game currency, but a cheap “Founders Pack” that instantly unlocks every available character plus any characters that launch in the future and some bonus extra cosmetic stuff is also sold separately. Obviously you’ll need an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus sub to play, though.
It kind of looks (… a lot) like Overwatch, but, you know, it’s free. It’s also tremendously popular on Steam, with more than 8.5 million players to date, and, you know, it’s free.