Five free to play games you should be playing

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Free to play games are rapidly moving beyond the adorable , anime-inspired massively online role playing games, or even the pay-to-win pricing structure. So many big budget titles have, or are planing to be released soon, that many of the ‘o so great ones may have slipped under your radar.

The free to play genre seems primed to explode at any moment as developers are finally beginning to discover the market’s potential. From first-person shooters to massively online role playing adventures to real-time strategy games, there shouldn’t be a game out there that doesn’t fit your kind of play-style.

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The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online is now officially free to play up to level 65. The game features some of the best PvE content out of any MMORPG free or pay, and provides a world that is both huge and fun to explore, though the graphics are a little outdated.

Even after five long, great years, Turbine has managed to continuously pump out great content updates on a frequent basis, from expansions to simple, yet fun seasonal festivals, this game is able to satisfy any kind of MMO player out there.

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Team Fortress 2 

Team Fortress 2 is a free-to-play team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Valve Corporation. If you’re looking for some fun, simple minded shoot em’ up action fun, then this is the perfect game for you.

The cartoonist styled graphics are fun and wild to look at, and best yet, the game is capable of running on almost any computer! Players can choose to play as one of nine classes, each with his own unique strengths and weaknesses. From fun game modes to a wide selection of maps to play on, you’ll never run out of options to hone your skills.

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Blacklight Retribution 

Blacklight: Retribution models itself after Call of Duty’s multiplayer components and borrows certain gameplay elements from Crysis and F.E.A.R. Multiplayer is an absolute blast, offering capture the flag and control point gametypes to play, yet still throwing in the game’s own unique twist on things.

Also, developed entirely for Direct X 11 via the Unreal 3 Engine, Retribution is capable of pumping out breathtaking visuals, pushing the limits of what we’d typically think of when they hear “free.” If you are a fan of shooters, then you should feel right at home when playing this game.

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APB Reloaded 

In APB Reloaded, you take on the role of either a Criminal, who is hell-bent of causing havoc and making money, or an Enforcer, tapped by the city to keep order. It’s one big, fun-filled blast of a fight between the two sides in this fast pasced Massively Multi-player shooter. Looking for a good time, this is your game.

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Age of Empires Online

Age of Empires Online is the next chapter in the best-selling Age of Empires PC game franchise.The game features some of the greatest ancient civilizations including the Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, and Celts, with more being introduced all the time, and offers more than hundreds of hours of gameplay for free!

The game adds new social interaction, customization, and MMORPG gameplay in an evolving and persistent world. Play co-operatively or competitively, craft and trade items, and level up by completing quests, all the while maintaining the wonderful RTS elements you may have grown to like from the franchise over the past few years.

Chandler Tate

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Gamespresso; undergrad journalism student at Florida Atlantic University. You can follow him on twitter @chandlertate95.

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