Everybody loves free stuff, right? And free games are no different, even if they aren’t really free. Well they are, but then nothing really is. Free-to-play games, for the uninitiated, are available to download and play for free, but usually feature micro-transactions. Developers essentially create a game, release it for free, and build in certain features which players must pay to use. These can range from items, vehicles, and characters, to in-game currency and special outfits.
There are seemingly thousands of free-to-play games out there. Most of them are crap, but there is more than a handful of great free-to-play games as well, including the likes of Team Fortress 2 and Star Trek Online, neither of which made my list because I actually paid for those games when they were released, so they don’t count as free-to-play in my books. Also, don’t cry because League of Legends didn’t make my list. No game going by the acronym “LOL” deserves a place on my hard drive.