We already know that there is going to be a load of triple-A games releasing in 2018 that you will have to fork out money for. I recently covered thirty of them and that is only scratching the surface. 2018 is going to be great regardless of buying games or downloading free to play ones and here a list of awesome games that probably won’t cost you a thing.
Ascent Infinite Realm (PC)
From the creators of PUBG comes something very, very different to what we are used to. Ascent Infinite Realm is an upcoming Steampunk-styled MMORPG set in a world filled with magic, machines and discovery. Very little is known of the game’s core story right now but the gameplay looks pretty cool. I have been craving a good MMO after leaving World of Warcraft behind a few months ago and hopefully, this will deliver something as unique as it seems. From flying giant airships to building your own house and maintaining its as you progress through the game. This MMO looks promising and best of all it will be free to play.
Unreal Tournament (PC)
Unreal Tournament III still stands as one of my most favourite shooters ever and the fact that there is a new one coming that will be free makes me very happy. When I say “free” I mean completely free without any extra microtransactions at all or loot boxes. Unreal plans on releasing the hardcore arena shooter sometime this year and instead of offering loot boxes or DLC the developer will let players buy assets from the store such as skins and items made by people all over the world. Developers will also be allowed to give things away in the marketplace too. Regardless, this free game is going to be the return of the much-loved FPS shooter that we have been craving.
Total War Arena (PC)
Being the first free game in the Total War series, Total War Arena continues to push the RTS genre that the series has been known for and this time allowing everyone to jump into the action for free. Total War Arena will merge an online RTS genre with a touch of MOBA too where players take control of one fo ten factions as they pit themselves against other players online with hundreds of soldiers under their command. This free to play game will be the online warfare you have been waiting for.
Fortnite (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
While Fortnite has been in early access for some time now and its Battle Royale mode free to play for all without purchasing early access, the title will finally release in 2018 as a free to play game. This tower defence-like survival game sees you try and survive the storm as the end of the world has clearly come and with it millions of creatures known as Husks. You and your team will need to loot during the day for crafting materials to build traps, weapons and structures to keep the Husks away from your objective when the storm arrives. While the game requires a bit of a grind for blueprints for weapons and the materials to craft them, it makes for a great free to play game with hundreds of hours of content to sink into.
Lineage “Project TL” (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
While Lineage Eternal was originally in development for some time, the team at NC Soft scrapped the development of the game and began working on Lineage Project TL on a brand new Unreal Engine 4 build. The game has also been tweaked a bit from a classic MMORPG to an MMOARPG that is faster than the first planned game as well as includes new mechanics and a brand new combat system too. The beta for the game is scheduled for sometime this year which will make all fans of the series happy. The trailer also looks pretty cool if I do say so myself. If Project TL will release this year is still not confirmed but the beta will take place so it’s a good guess that we could be playing this free to play game soon.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
After the great success of the Gwent card game introduced in The Witcher 3, it was a no-brainer that the team behind the game would release a standalone version of the mini-game to challenge that of Hearthstone and The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game has been in early access for a long time now and it is just a matter of time before the game releases in its final form. The game is free to play and early access can be played by anyone right now so if you are interested in this then give it a go. If you would rather wait for the final release then you might not have long to wait either.
Not in the mood to pay for Monster Hunter: World or are you waiting for the PC version to release? Well, Dauntless could be the Monster Hunter replacement you are waiting for. Currently in closed beta, this co-op action RPG is coming to PCs and packs all the action from a Monster Hunter game into a cel-shaded experience. You will take on massive creatures as you gather materials to craft powerful weapons to set off on a journey to do it all over again. The game will be free to play and might just be the game you need to try before you jump into Monster Hunter: World. It has the same formula and looks to be a great option too.
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