As most people would probably know by now, the Steam Games program is one of the best way to buy games nowadays. Gone are the days where you have to travel to a brick and mortar store to buy the latest games as Steam can provide you a digital copy instantly. Steam Games also contains a huge variety of Free to Play games with most of them having in-game purchases. Most of these games are bad and a dime a dozen, but there are are a few of them that are actually very good.
So here is a list of free Steam games that you should have and should try out. We will look into different genres of games thus giving you more options of games based on your preferences. Let’s start!
1. Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath
Path of Exile is an Online Action RPG game reminiscence of the old Diablo II game as well as other games of the same genre. Path of Exile has its own storyline which currently expands to 10 Chapters and the storytelling is very engaging. Players can start from one of six different classes and will be able to unlock a seventh character later in the game.
Another great feature of the game is that although each character starts differently on their passive skill tree, the Skill Gem mechanic lets the players build their character however they want. The downside, however, is that the game has a loot-based system akin to Diablo where all the items drop from monsters has random stats and skills thus making it a grind to find that one item you might want or need.
Still, the game developer always brings new content to the game every few months, making the game fresh to be played again. Path to Exile is a great Free to Play game if you like this genre and want more of Diablo-esque games, thus I highly recommend this game as one of the games you should have in your Steam account.
2. Tera Online
For the Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) genre like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy 14, I highly recommend Tera Online. Tera Online unlike most MMORPG has an action combat game-play instead of the traditional click combat game-play. This means that your character and each monster has has a hit box aiming and you or the monster can dodge the attacks.
Thus, the game is more akin to a a game like Monster Hunter or Dark Souls (although not punishing) than to the traditional MMORPG. The game currently has 13 Classes and 7 races each very distinct to one another and looks visually appealing. I recommend you check out the game and if you have the time to sink into an MMORPG, get Tera Online for free.
3. S.M.I.T.E & D.O.T.A 2
The next two is where I cheat a little bit by recommending two great games of the same genre. For the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre, D.O.T.A 2 and S.M.I.T.E are games that you should have in your Steam account. I won’t be talking about D.O.T.A 2 much as most people already know what the game is all about and should have the game already if they are interested in the genre.
On the other hand, although S.M.I.T.E is a MOBA game, it is played through a First Person camera instead of over the top camera like D.O.T.A 2 or its kin. S.M.I.T.E has the same game-play of destroying towers, farming creeps and killing opponent heroes but the skill base is different as you will be playing in First Person. In other words, you can dodge attacks and skills while also dashing though the map. The game features heroes with lore of mythical gods, goddesses and heroes like Zeus, Odin and even Guan Yu. If you love MOBA games and want something a little different, have a go at S.M.I.T.E.
4. Eternal TCG & Shadowverse TCG
The next genre which I will recommend two games as well is the Trading Card Game genre. For this, I recommend Eternal TCG and Shadowverse for being the most Free to Play friendly games out there that does not cost you an arm and a leg. Both rewards you for playing each day and you can build your collection of cards very quickly without pulling out your wallet. This is one of those Trading Card Games where you won’t mind spending money and buying something because they are that good.
Both games are very different in their game-play with Eternal TCG being more like Magic the Gathering while Shadowverse is more akin to Hearthstone. The art direction is also very different for both games as Eternal TCG brings more of the western fantasy to life while Shadowverse brings Japanese manga art for its game. So if you like Trading Card Games and have preference in one or the other in terms of art direction, get one of them or both.
The last game is my most favorite Free to Play game out there, Warframe. Warframe is a First Person Shooter game that has been regarded as the better Destiny game or what Destiny should have followed (cues Destiny’s fans hating me). Warframe offers a lot for a Free to Play game with an engaging storyline, a lot of loot to farm and also distinct fashion for your character that you can buy.
The game does the loot system differently as you gather resources to build your own Warframes (your armor), weapons and gears at your ship base. Each weapon is distinctly different that you actually feel like you’re wielding different weapons and not just the same stats but different skin. Each Warframe also has different abilities that brings different ways to play the game like being invisible with the Loki Warframe or being a ramming tank with the Rhino Warframe.
The movement of your character in the game is the main feature as you will be sliding, wall jumping and gliding through the stage like a ninja in space. Everything in the game can be farmed or built without spending money but you can spend to hasten your acquisition of items. It’s a great game and yes, I am being biased but you should have this game in your Steam account if you want to be a Space Ninja kicking Greneer ass.
And those are the games I highly recommend that you should have in your Steam account. Until next time, keep on slinging spells!