Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that a fifth expansion to its Lord of the Rings Online free-to-play MMORPG, Helm's Deep, is slated for release this Fall. The new expansion stretches the story into the western plans of Rohan where players will battle for direct control of Helm's Deep, introducing 10 new levels and advancing the level cap from 85 to 95 in the process.
Score up to $150 of in-game credit when you buy a GeForce GTX 660 or higher videocard.
Here's an interesting nugget Nvidia dug up to support its latest upgrade promotion. According to the latest Steam hardware survey, 36 million gamers don't own a strong enough graphics card to play World of Tanks, Hawken, or Planetside 2 at 1920x1080 with High settings. The reason Nvidia chose to focus on those three free-to-play (F2P) play titles is because it's offering $75-$150 of in-game credit when you upgrade to a qualifying GeForce graphics card from a participating vendor.
The head of EA's Origin may take issue with Steam selling games at a steep discount -- *cough* hypocritically *cough* -- but judging by a statement from his boss, he may not have to worry about being undercut at retail forever. No, David DeMartini isn't getting fired; EA COO Peter Moore just thinks that basically all games will be free to play in the next five to 10 years.
With all the launch-day DLC, upgradeable options, premium packs and "microtransactions" permeating games these days, sometimes it feels like the $60 you plunk down for a new game is just the down payment. Do microtransactions hurt less if the game is free to play to being with? Crytek's betting on just that; the company plans to go the Tribes: Ascend route and focus solely on F2P titles sometime in the future, after its current slate of big box games -- like Crysis 3 -- are finished and shipped.
One of the biggest trends in gaming over the last half-decade has been the rise of the free to play (F2P) online business model. You might have heard it called “freemium,” or the pejorative “pay to win,” but whatever you call it, it’s here to stay.
You may not have heard of all the free to play games coming out recently (they don’t tend to have the same marketing budget as your Battlefields and Call of Dutys) but you should probably be paying a little more attention. Sure, some of them are a little shallow, or unfair to non-paying customers, but there are F2P games in every genre, and a lot of them are top notch.
So why pay to play? Read on for our list of 30 top-notch free online games. For each game, we'll tell you what you get for free and what costs money, so you never get surprised.