My Favorite Free-To-Play Computer Games

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Free-to-play has become the model of choice for most new online games since it provides a low entry level to gamers, creates more populated games and even earns game publishers more revenue through micro transactions.

Here an overview of my most favorite free-to-play computer games in recent times.

Lord of the Rings Online
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Lord of the Rings Online is in my view one of the best free-to-play games out there. The game offers a top notch game experience and provides hours upon hours of free game content in the lush brought to life world of Middle Earth. The game originally launched in 2007 as a game that required monthly subscriptions, but due to the falling numbers of payed subscribers the developers at Turbine decided to try something new. They introduced the free-to-play model in 2010 and the game filled with hundreds of thousands of new gamers, doubling Turibine’s revenues short after.

In LotRO players are able to create their own unique character based on one of the many races found in Middle Earth, including Elves, Dwarves and of course Hobbits. Each race has its own classes which all offer a unique game experience, for instance players can choose a Champion to play as a melee expert or can choose to be a Hunter or Captain to experience a more tactical game experience.

The main story roughly follows the events of the movies, from which you’ll encounter many familiar characters such as Gandalf, Aragorn and Bilbo. What I like so much about Lord of the Rings Online is that the game also shows a lot of the world of Middle Earth and the Lord of the Rings lore that isn’t shown in the movies or talked about in depth within the books. Examples of this are the regions as Angmar and the renowned Witch King that rules there.

By the means of so called micro transactions players are able to buy certain side quests and other special game features.

Lord of the Rings Online can be downloaded for free from the official lotro.com website.

Star Wars: The Old Republic
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Just like LotRO Star Wars: The Old Republic started out as a subscription based game in 2011. Already a year after its launch Bioware and LucasArts decided to make the game free-to-play to allow more gamers to fill the massive Star Wars world, and to follow up on the success of LotRO.

Star Wars: The Old Republic takes place several thousands of years before the events of the original Star Wars movies. Players take on the role of their own hero as they fight for the Republic or Empire side.

What I like about this game so much is that it allows players to travel across the vast Star Wars universe, mixing familiar and unfamiliar places known from the Star Wars movies and lore. The voice acting and story telling is done terrifically and there is almost to much to see and explore in this galaxy far far away. Most certainly worth a look for Star Wars, RPG or MMO fans alike.

Just like in LotRO players are able to buy certain side quests, access to certain areas and other game features by the means of micro transactions.

Star Wars: The Old Republic can be downloaded for free from the official swtor.com website.

Battlefield: Heroes
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Battlefield: Heroes is a fun online shooter created by Electronic Arts. The stylish animated shooter allows you to battle with other groups of players in all the familiar online shooter modes, such as Team Deathmatch and Capture The Flag.

Battlefield: Heroes takes place in a world loosely based on World War 2 and is stylized in an almost cartoon like way.

The free game can most certainly entertain shooter fans alike for several hours. Especially when playing against friends or people you know.

The game can be played at the official battlefieldheroes.com website.

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Rowan Gonzalez

Founder & Chief Web Editor at Computer Stories
Rowan is the founder and Chief Web Editor of Computer Stories. He studied Communication and Multimedia Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam from which he graduated in 2013. Rowan's passionate about computer technologies that make the world and our lives a little better.