Online gaming can get expensive, and it might be discouraging when you realize you have to drop $50 just for an enjoyable online experience with your friends. It’s also frustrating when you’re looking for a new game that you and your squad can jump into, but not all of you can afford to play. Many gamers drop hundreds of dollars on games like Overwatch and Call of Duty, without even realizing there are games out there almost exactly the same. Believe it or not, there’s plenty of hidden gems that just so happen to be completely free. If you think the games on this list must be free because they lack good graphics and quality missions, then you couldn’t be more wrong.
Whether you’re interested in MMOs, fighting games, battle royales or shooters, there’s bound to be a game on the list below for you and your buddies to kick back and enjoy. Keep reading below to find the next game that’ll keep you up all night, without having spent a dime on it.
If you’re a fan of Overwatch or interested in the game, but the hefty price is keeping you away, Paladins is the perfect dupe of the game. Just like the well-loved Overwatch, Paladins is an online action shooter game with an interesting character roster. Each character has their own set of abilities that makes gameplay much more fun and exciting than your average shooter game. You can play with up to five friends on your team, and there’s also a variety of different modes for you to choose from, such as Team Deathmatch, Siege, and Onslaught. In addition to that, there’s also a ranked mode and two training modes so that you won’t be getting bored anytime soon with this game.
Apex Legends is one of the newest and most popular Battle Royales out right now, mostly for its interesting take on the battle royale genre. Similarly to games like PuBG and Fortnite, Apex Legends is a game where 60 players drop down on a map and have to search for weapons, armor, and ammunition. To survive, you have to be the last squad standing. Since the game is still new, you can only play in teams of three for now, but that doesn’t take any fun away from the game in the slightest. Every player gets to choose their own unique character that comes with their very own special abilities, which gives you the ability to choose which character is best for your playstyle and even switch out characters every match to experience new controls each game.
For all lovers of fantasy, anime, and magic, Tera is right up your alley. Tera is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game made in South Korea. You can create your own character with a variety of different options to pick from and choose your race and class that each gives you your own powers and alliance. You’re also able to level up and learn your new skills while doing multiple side quests with an unlimited amount of friends. For mission maps, up to four friends can link up for some exciting boss battles to earn yourself new gear.
Warframe is a science fiction co-op shooter that has plenty of open world and story missions. There are so much content and different places you can explore within the game; it’s unbelievable that the game is free to play. You and your friends get to play as unique robotic/alien characters called Frames, with customizable outfits so each of you can stand out. Each frame has different abilities that can benefit your team as a whole.
DC Universe Online
If you love superheroes and MMO’s, DC Universe Online is a perfect combination of the two. This game doesn’t stray too far away from the standard MMO gameplay, but it does differ in the sense that you get to create your own superhero and battle some of the most iconic DC villains. You get to choose between Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to be your mentor. Once you make a choice, you get to go on multiple quests and missions with as many friends as you’d like. There’s also plenty of different superpowers for you to pick from, along with the ability to fly, have super speed or climb buildings. Unlike other MMO’s, this one is vibrant, full of color and popular superheroes.
Brawlhalla is a cartoon style fighting game that you can play with up to eight friends on custom matches. For the standard fighting games, you can either play against your best friend or partner up against another duo online. There are light attacks and heavy attacks for you to practice in battle, and an adorable variety of characters to select from. You can save up coins earned in the game to unlock new characters to fight with. Brawlhalla is a 2D game that is reminiscent of the classic Crash Bandicoot and Super Mario games.
If you happen to be a fan of Dungeons and Dragons, then there’s no doubt you’ll love Neverwinter, which is an action adventure MMO based on D&D. Unlike other roleplaying games that typically have around four classes to choose from, Neverwinter has eight different classes ranging from Wizard to Rogue. There’s plenty of content that’s double the fun if you play with a group of friends, and even after you’ve reached the maximum level, there are still tons of quests to engage in.
Another fighting game on the list, Smite is a more mature battle arena game that is basically like an MMO and a fighting game mixed into one. There are exactly 101 characters that are all based on popular figures from ancient mythology that you can play as, and they each have a variety of different classes. The variety of characters is almost never-ending and constantly expanding, and it’s best to play as multiple characters so you can learn how to best fight against every opponent. You can rush into battle with up to five friends, with multiple game modes to jump into.
PlanetSide 2 is a first-person shooter that’s comparable to games like Call of Duty and Battlefield. Unlike those games mentioned, PlanetSide 2 is an open world game with over a hundred players in a single match divided into three different factions. There are also five different classes that allow you to do different things, such as repair vehicles, temporarily go invisible, become a medic, or wear a jetpack. In addition to that, there’s plenty of maps that are bigger than any map you’ll see on almost any other shooter game, and there’s a new map called Oshur coming out sometime this year.
You’ve most likely already heard of Fortnite, but this game has definitely earned its place on this list. Fortnite is way more than just a standard Battle Royale. Epic Games is constantly adding new weapons, items, and vehicles into the game always to keep players on their seat. Each season, there are huge changes to the map so that you’ll never get tired of seeing the same places repeatedly. Fortnite goes above and beyond Battle Royale since it recently included the brand new Creative mode. Creative mode is almost like the Sims on Fortnite, but it’s free, and you can play with your friends. You can create your own houses, maps, mazes, and games. There’s also the main hub in which you can discover different puzzles, races, and games to play all on Fortnite Creative. As for the Battle Royale mode, there’s always different limited time mode games such as 50-vs-50 to keep players engaged. Fortnite is more than just a game; it’s a hangout spot that will always keep you entertained.