A New Year Deserves a Free Game
It is a new year, and along with that comes the obligatory New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you have made a resolution to exercise more, or maybe to eat healthier. There is no doubt that many of you have made the resolution to better manage your finances this year. Hey, I am right with you. Of course, for us gamers that is easier said than done. Since the average retail price of a AAA title is between $40 and $60, our budgets can barely handle it. Well, believe it not there are plenty of free games on Steam that play very much like the best AAA titles on the market. These are games that do not ask you to buy content in order to get ahead, nor do they allow those who pay for content to have an edge over those who do not.
Here are ten free Steam titles that are so fun, you would swear that you paid for them.
#1: MapleStory 2
It would have been very easy for me to put the first MapleStory title on this list, but why do that when we can now play its superior sequel. Nexon’s MapleStory 2 is a 3D action/RPG MMO that allows players to choose from various classes and embark on grand adventures. Each class is available for play and has their own unique story. The adorable “chibi” aesthetic is appealing to players of all ages, and the action will keep them coming back for more.
#2: Dungeon Fighter Online
Many OG gamers will remember the beat ’em up arcade titles of yore. What if I was to tell you that there is a free MMO that is based on that gameplay. Dungeon Fighter Online has been around for well over a decade and has undergone many changes, as well as company ownership. With Neople now managing the game, the updates only improve upon the hack ‘n slash action. Along with this, DFO has a very dedicated fanbase that keeps this game very entertaining without creating a toxic gaming environment.
#3: Heavy Metal Machines
What do you get when you combine Rocket League, MOBAs, and heavy metal? Well, you get Hoplon Games smash and grab magnum opus, Heavy Metal Machines. In this game, you choose from over a dozen unique racers to enter into a post-apocalyptic arena and deliver an active bomb into the goal of the opponent. This game draws heavy inspiration from Blizzard’s early title, Rock n’ Roll Racers; it even has the same announcer. If you love fast paced vehicular carnage that’s not Rocket League, then you are going to love Heavy Metal Machines.
This game has been accused of being a Smash Bros. rip-off, but it is actually its own unique gaming experience. Blue Mammoth Games and Ubisoft has made this game a Steam mainstay, and that is because it introduces free chaotic gameplay that up to four players can enjoy together. The colorful characters in Brawlhalla fight for glory as they knock each other off the arena to gain victory. The main difference between this game and Smash Bros. is that each character has their own set of weapons that they can use, and that provides a different approach to the genre. Plus the game is free, and you can’t put a price tag on that.
Sure, this game is called PRICE, but it won’t cost you a thing to play. In this full-length point and click horror adventure, you play as Ivry, a young man who awakens from a nightmare to find himself in a strange room. He must escape the room and explore the mysteries of his surroundings while looking for his lost sister Iva. Out of the many point and click adventures available on Steam, this one is considered to be one of the best on the platform.
#6: Another Sight- Hodge’s Journey
Lunar Great Wall Studios recently released the puzzle platformer, Another Sight, to a worldwide audience. In the game, the main character, Kit, has a feline companion named Hodge. The developers wanted to bolster sales of Another Sight. So, they released the prequel, Another Sight: Hodges Journey, about a month after the core game’s release. In this free title you play as Hodge the cat, and you must traverse a wild and surreal environment in order to get to Kit. This a free 2.5D platformer that is just as beautiful as it is difficult.
#7: Atlas Reactor
This game has been affectionately called “the Overwatch of PvP strategy games.” Coming from the powerhouse indie developer Trion Worlds, Atlas Reactor allows players to chose from various unique and animated mercenaries to accomplish their tasks. All of the action is turn-based and on a grid movement system. Each character has a unique ability that can be used to turn the tide of battle, like ricocheting shots or shooting through walls. This a fantastic game for being free and its player base is growing day by day.
Card games are becoming all the more common in the gaming market, but this title is doing something different with the idea. BANDAI/NAMCO have Duelyst, a game that allows players to choose cards to play on a grided playing board that allow for movement among characters. Each card can make specific movements on the board as indicated in its description. The key to ensuring victory is to strategically move one’s pieces to conquer their opponent, much like in chess. For a free title, this game is very generous with its cards and power-up content. If you like Hearthstone but want something a little different, then you should check out Duelyst.
#9: Build a Game Universe
If you are one of those people who has always wanted to create a video game but have no clue how to do so, this title might be for you. This free early access game engine is a far cry from Unity and Unreal Engine 4, but it does allow for you to create some great content for no cost to you. Its Mario Maker type interface makes game development fun and relatively easy. On top of that, this little content creator will help you to learn the ropes of game development and light coding, getting you ready for taking on larger projects in the future.
#10: Path of Exile
For many Steam gamers, this game needs little introduction. However, this list would not be complete if I did not include Path of Exile. This action/RPG allows you to play as a heroic demon slaying champion in the world of Wreaclast. This game is heavily inspired by the Diablo franchise, and its hack n’ slash action is a testament to that. Most of the content can be enjoyed for free, and Grinding Gear Games has ensured players that they can enjoy unlimited character customization without paying a dime. If this game were a free meal, it would be a buffet.
There Are Plenty More Free Titles Out There
This is truly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to free titles on Steam. There are hundreds of other free games that can be enjoyed by players, some good, and some, not so much. Whatever you are into, I’m sure you can find it on Steam for free.
So, what do you think? What are some of your favorite free Steam titles? We would love to hear what you think in the comments below.