"Free" and "Games", two beautiful words that when joined together become a wonderful thing... sometimes. While all free games are free (usually), not all free games are good. Yet every now and then a real gem comes along. I've been wanting to put together this list for a while now and the prospect of winning a PS3 has been that last bit of motivation needed. Please note, this is not a list of F2P games.
To begin with I want to point you in the direction of some great resources for finding free games. The ultimate list of Free Games has been compiled by Megazell in his Free And Legal PC Games List! which currently has 2410 games listed.
I am also indebted to PC Gamer's Best Free Games of the Week for directing me to many great time wasters.
Alright, now for the games. I will be adding to this list during the week so look out for subsequent posts, also, feel free to add any comments especially if you have tried out any of the games, another viewpoint is always welcome.
Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole
Thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog, I have always loved platformers and so SB already had me on that. Described as the illegitimate love-child of Metal Gear Solid and Super Meat Boy, SB sees you hastily sneaking in the shadows to avoid certain and immediate death. The real-time shadows and lighting effects are a stand out feature as you avoid detection, jump through vents and hack terminals just like a real Tactical Espionage Arsehole.
In all seriousness, SB is a solid platformer that involves a bit of problem solving as you figure out how to complete the level without dying. The quicker you can do it, the better, as your time is recorded and placed on a leaderboard. The game can get frustrating at times but it's more of a case of getting the timing of jumps right and working out the best way to get through the level. It's a good challenge. There is an option of skipping the level if you are finding it especially tricky.
Once you've completed the developer's levels you have a multitude of user created maps from which to choose so this game can keep you busy for a good while.
All in all Stealth Bastard provides a challenging yet entertaining experience. The graphics are appealing, the gameplay is polished and I quite liked the funky soundtrack. So give it a go and be prepared to die a lot.
Download Stealth Bastard here.