There are a lot of video games out there, and not only is it hard to find ones worth playing, but it’s also even harder to find ones that you can afford. With AAA games taking over the market with hefty price tags and not always providing the most bang for your buck even then, it can be hard for a budget-strapped gamer to find a good game to sink their teeth into. If you’re looking for something new and inexpensive, you’re in luck! Here are four free online games that you can throw yourself into.
When you first lay your eyes on Warframe, you may have a hard time believe it’s actually free. This beautifully designed, high-graphic quality third-person co-op is a fast-paced action game that is set in a dynamically evolving sci-fi environment. Does being a highly skilled space ninja sound like a good time to you? If so, you definitely need to check out Warframe.
There are countless missions to choose from and get you going, easily accessible training areas to hone your craft, craftable and customizable gear and weapons, and absolutely massive open-world areas to explore. You’ll find yourself marveling time and time again that there isn’t a big price tag hanging off this one.
2. Lord of the Rings Online
Whether you’re a diehard fan of the Tolkien books and critically acclaimed movies, the Lord of the Rings Online MMORPG is consistently hailed for being one of the best MMORPGs out there, and it’s completely free to play.
The world of Middle-earth is absolutely perfect for adventuring, making for a massive game that is filled with magic, fighting, and the colorful storytelling that hundreds of thousands have come to love from the LotR series.
Choose from starting classes of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, or Humans, and undertake your very own breathtaking adventure!
3. EVE Online
EVE is heralded as being one of the greatest MMOs out there, and for good reason. It wields strong world building and storytelling, creating a world full of espionage, betrayal, intricate economic dealings, and thousand-player space battles.
The game is very driven by its user base, allowing for a very unique and authentic feel to the game unlike many others in its genre. There are system-spanning wars, plots and sabotages planned and carefully executed after years of planning, and this is just skimming the surface.
Unlike the two others before it on the list, EVE online does eventually reach a point where subbing for a fee is required – however, there is an epically generous amount of gameplay offered entirely for free, so it’s more than enough to play around and see if you’re interested enough to invest in.
4. Fallout Shelter
If you’ve paid any attention to Bethesda in the past year, you probably know that Fallout 76 went over like a limp bag of potatoes, and the company didn’t really do anything to help themselves in the…well, fallout.
That being said, the free to play Fallout Shelter still deserves a place on the list for a more casual, yet super fun online game that is full of things to do and a fun customizable experience. It is also available on mobile, and no matter what platform you choose to play it on, it’s got a lot to check out.
You assume the role of the Overseer in one of the infamous Vault Tech vaults, putting you in charge of your various vault citizens and making sure they have enough food, water, and entertainment to keep them happy. Grow your vault, gather more materials, and even send vault dwellers out into the perilous wasteland for exciting quests and treasure hunting!