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bothi73
2011-08-27, 09:26 AM
So, I am a cheapskate. But I still love to game. I am on a quest to find the perfect, FREE, PC game. I have tried;

Dungeons and Dragons Online (VERY close, but everything is instanced)
League of Ledgends (No. Rounds take to long, one bad member ruins a match, gear doesnt save.)
Project Blackout (Good, but looking for a MMO, and guns are rented.)
Perfect World (Very confusing to start, many glitches.)(Opinion may change as I fuiger it out)
Ragnarok Online (Again, very confusing, hard to find anything to kill/quests.)
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So, I am open to all suggestions, and please do leave a link in your post.

Greatfully,
-Bothi

Acanous
2011-08-27, 09:46 AM
City of Heroes is going free to play soon (TM). In preperation for the change, the online store has lowered the cost of the game to $2.
So, for $2, you can have a free MMO. Or you can wait the last month out, then get it for free-free.

Rustic Dude
2011-08-27, 10:12 AM
You can also try the recent Age of Empires Online if you only need quality PvE, or World of Tanks if the grind is bearable to you.
Buuut I suppose, reading your list, that you are looking for RPGish things.

Mondsichel
2011-08-27, 10:15 AM
Karoshi series - Killing yourself has never been more fun!
Iji (http://www.remar.se/daniel/iji.php) - Excellent platform shooter. Fun doubles once you reach the scrambler. Other games made by the Daniel is very good too, check out Hero Core also for more goody.
Survival Crisis Z (http://db.tigsource.com/games/survival-crisis-z) - Zombies? Guns? Isometric? A must play for any zombie fan and still great fun even if you're not.
Merry Gear Solid 2 (http://www.superfundungeonrun.com/?page_id=256) - A different take on the popular franchise of MGS. There is also Underside, platform game akin to Cave Story, but since it's unfinished and in definite long hold until Arthur can get a grip on himself to focus on one game, it's not going to come out soon.
The Spirit Engine (http://thespiritengine.com/tse1.html) - Side scrolling RPG with quite challenging levels throughout the entire game. If you liked the 1st, go and buy the 2nd which features similar aspects of the first but better refined.
Elona (http://homepage3.nifty.com/rfish/index_e.html) - A wacky rogue like where you can have a girl as your pet, have sex with prostitutes, and in general, save the world while you try not to die in the beginning tutorial. Now that the creator has mostly given up on updating the game, there is a fan based port of Java from Hot Soup Processing going on in the works who are still accepting people to get help if you liked the game as much as the community does.
BMS (http://www.bemanistyle.com/forum/f94/lunatic-rave-2-final-edit-upload-52565/) - I love rhythm games. I have been playing many different keyboard rhythm games for a long time, and this is my favorite game and simulator for anything BMS related. As a shameless plug, I'll post videos of my playthroughs here, even if they do suck :P
ピアノ連弾的「You」~ひぐらしのなく頃に~ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lov5GvNcT20)
Flower (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgaLasAgSYE)
Zatsuza (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIyMGK0iAcs)

bothi73
2011-08-27, 10:38 AM
I AM looking to lean torwards the RPGs, and online multiplayer is nice. Trying the Survival Crisis Z game. Thanks for the recomendations, will probably try City of Heros once its free.

Science Officer
2011-08-27, 11:06 AM
Let's check Steam's free to play section, we've got...

Team Fortress 2, Champions Online, Spiral Knights, Forsaken World, Alliance of Valiant Arms, Alien Swarm, CrimeCraft: Bleedout, War Inc. Battlezone, Global Agenda: Free Agent.

Of those, I can recommend TF2, if you like shooters, Alien Swarm, though it's kind of short. Also Champions Online is kind of nice.

Off of steam, Cortex Command is free, sort of. It's not finished, and you can only play skirmish mode for 6 minutes. But there's just so much user created content, the game has a lot of playability if you just like messing around and blowing stuff up. Shooting the engines off of a dropship never gets old.

And there's Battle for Wesnoth! An amazing, terrific, absolutely solid Turn Based Strategy game. Lots of fun, lots of campaigns.

Here's 52 more free open source downloads (http://www.dmoz.org/Computers/Open_Source/Software/Games/), and here's another 81 freeware downloads (http://www.dmoz.org/Games/Video_Games/Downloads/Free/).
EDIT: of particular use might be this list of game directories (http://www.dmoz.org/Games/Video_Games/Downloads/Free/Collections/).

If you like RPGs, most of the free ones are MMOs, old abandonware, or roguelikes. How do you feel about roguelikes? I like DoomRL, I.V.A.N., Nethack, and A.D.O.M., in order of increasing difficulty.

Oh, and I almost forgot, The Spirit Engine 2 (http://www.thespiritengine.com/tse2-download.php). The writing is great and the story looked promising, but I couldn't get into the battle system. Maybe you'll have better luck. Haven't tried number one.

You can also dig up lots of abandonware stuff, if you believe in that idea. Old games though, which is a plus, in my book.

Breltar
2011-08-27, 12:16 PM
Alien swarm has some player created campaigns that are out "Lana's Escape" is an excellent one.

Surprised nobody said Dwarf Fortress.

Lord of the Rings Online is free and allows you to grind out free points to 'buy' the stuff that they sell too, so depending on your level of devotion you can get almost all of it for free.

Wurm Online is like a bit of minecraft thrown into a more conventional MMO set in a pseudo feudal era fantasy. Pretty great game if you like crafting and don't mind java and rather basic graphics. You can get to a rather decent level of skill with the free part of the game. I think it works on Linux as well, not sure.

Dragero
2011-08-27, 01:42 PM
Lets see.....

Dwarf fortress
Mechwarrior 4
Spelunky
LoL
Nethack
Ivan
Are the free games that I play, and are all great games, all being totally free except LoL.

Edit: I see you already tried LoL. A new gametype is being introduced that promises to have shorter rounds, closer to 10 or 15 minutes. And the gear that you buy really does make a difference, I'm not sure what you're talking about there.

Edit2: Oh, and I've heard the Pokemon online cardgame has gone into open multiplayer beta if you want to try that out.

Mr.Silver
2011-08-27, 02:03 PM
Freeciv, Freecol and Freeorion are probably worth mentioning, since they're essentially the early Civilisation games, Colonisation and Master of Orion II respecitvely. You could do a lot worse.



And there's Battle for Wesnoth! An amazing, terrific, absolutely solid Turn Based Strategy game.
I can't help but think you're over-hyping Wesnoth a bit. I wouldn't say it's a bad game - it is free after all, the only things it costs you is bandwidth and time - but the combat's relience on RNG is too high, in my view, for it to be called an amazing strategy game. We're talking at or above the Fire Emblem - Risk bracket. The longer campaigns (especially Heir to the Throne) can also suffer from the 'didn't level up enough guys correctly several missions ago to stand a chance currently' problem. Again, it's not a bad game but it does have faults, moreso in the campaigns than in the single scenarioes and/or multiplayer.

psilontech
2011-08-27, 02:54 PM
Freespace 2 - Sexiest of sexy space sims. I recommend a joystick for maximum happiness.
Battle for Wesnoth - A decent open-source fantasy strategy game.
DOOMRL - DOOM, but translated into a roguelike. One of my favorites of the genre.
Mechwarrior 4 - Less simish than previous MW games, but remains entertaining.

~~~ Ur-Quan Masters ~~~

Dwarf Fortress - Learning curve is nearly a vertical wall, but once you get into it you can have a LOT of fun.
Aurora - Like dwarf fortress, but 4x and in space. Learning curve is, in my experience, even less forgiving than DF.

Stars! - The '!' is part of the title. 4x space strategy game with a fairly steep learning curve, but you can do some awesome things. The sequel, Stars!: Supernova Genesis unfortunately turned to vaporware not long after its announcement.

I Wanna Be The Guy - Side-scroller. One of the hardest games still on my harddrive.

Done really know how legal these games are to download for free seeing as they've been picked up by Good Old Games (gog.com), but they're still on my top ten list:

Master of Orion I/II (Avoid three)
Master of Magic
Alpha Centauri
Panzer General II
Fallout I/II


And just for giggles, I'll mention Space station 13 because I've recently started playing it. Only been knocked out, stuffed into a locker with the door later welded shut and subsequently shoved out the nearest convenient space lock twice so far!:smallbiggrin:

SlyGuyMcFly
2011-08-27, 03:12 PM
I think City of Heroes goes free in October. It is quite heavily instanced, though.

All Points Bulletin (http://www.gamersfirst.com/apb/) is free (and in open beta), but not an RPG. More like an MMO version of GTA. 3rd person shooter with lots of driving. Pretty much purely PvP, and has a bloody amazing character creator. The clothes and vehicle editors are very cool too. System specs are a bit high by MMO standards, but it's quite shiny. No instancing that I could see when I tried it.

Spiral Knights (http://www.spiralknights.com/) is a free MMORPG, rather like the dungeon portions of the 2D Zelda games in spirit and appearance. Has an rather elaborate crafting system, but none of the questing you find in most RPGs. Just walk into the (quite randomised) dungeon with your team, beat the ever-loving crap outta the monsters and walk out with the loot. Craft loot into better killy-stuff, repeat. Instanced, outside of the central trade/teaming/crafting hub.

Champions Online (http://www.champions-online.com/splash?redir=frontpage) A.K.A That Other Superhero MMO, is also free, sports a solid character creator and not much instancing.

MonarchAnarch
2011-08-27, 03:20 PM
May I suggest Dragon Nest at www.nexon.com. FANTASTIC game.

factotum
2011-08-27, 03:26 PM
Freespace 2 - Sexiest of sexy space sims. I recommend a joystick for maximum happiness.

Since when has Freespace 2 been free? The engine might have been released into the public domain, but the game itself never was.

Tengu_temp
2011-08-27, 03:30 PM
Iji, Cave Story and La Mulana are the triumvirate of awesome freeware platformers. All gamers worth their salt should at least be familiar with those titles.

Cespenar
2011-08-27, 03:42 PM
Iji, Cave Story and La Mulana are the triumvirate of awesome freeware platformers. All gamers worth their salt should at least be familiar with those titles.

Nah, La Mulana doesn't fit the pattern that Iji and Cave Story build. It aims for a more select audience, while the other two are much more approachable.

Otherwise, completely seconding both games.

Edit: Also, the OP seems to favor online multiplayer games above others, so most of the excellent suggestions here look like they can go to waste.

GoblinArchmage
2011-08-27, 03:42 PM
While not MMOs, I believe that Bethesda offers free downloads of the first two Elder Scrolls games. The thing is, you'll need to download an emulator.

Tengu_temp
2011-08-27, 03:47 PM
Nah, La Mulana doesn't fit the pattern that Iji and Cave Story build. It aims for a more select audience, while the other two are much more approachable.

Otherwise, completely seconding both games.

You still should at least get to know that title. Especially since La-Mulana might be very difficult, but it's also an incredible experience with an awesome atmosphere.

Dragero
2011-08-27, 03:55 PM
Freespace 2 - Sexiest of sexy space sims. I recommend a joystick for maximum happiness.
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Master of Orion I/II (Avoid three)
Master of Magic
Alpha Centauri
Panzer General II
Fallout I/II



I need a link to freespace 2 now!

And those games you listed aren't free, unless there is some place other than gog/steam to get them.

Cespenar
2011-08-27, 03:58 PM
You still should at least get to know that title. Especially since La-Mulana might be very difficult, but it's also an incredible experience with an awesome atmosphere.

I agree. It's just that I still wouldn't suggest it to most people I know. It requires a good deal of specific background from the player to fully savor that experience.

Unlike Iji and Cave Story, where I can suggest them to any (or "most", let's say) gamer without a moment's hesitation. Yeah, I know I'm nitpicking a little, but anyway.

bothi73
2011-08-27, 04:41 PM
Edit: Also, the OP seems to favor online multiplayer games above others, so most of the excellent suggestions here look like they can go to waste.

True, but I will still check out these games. Multiplayer is nice, but often games without multiplayer will be better in quality (In my opinion) as there is more room for the game itself.

Science Officer
2011-08-27, 05:41 PM
Freeciv, Freecol and Freeorion are probably worth mentioning, since they're essentially the early Civilisation games, Colonisation and Master of Orion II respecitvely. You could do a lot worse.


I can't help but think you're over-hyping Wesnoth a bit. I wouldn't say it's a bad game - it is free after all, the only things it costs you is bandwidth and time - but the combat's reliance on RNG is too high, in my view, for it to be called an amazing strategy game. We're talking at or above the Fire Emblem - Risk bracket. The longer campaigns (especially Heir to the Throne) can also suffer from the 'didn't level up enough guys correctly several missions ago to stand a chance currently' problem. Again, it's not a bad game but it does have faults, moreso in the campaigns than in the single scenarios and/or multiplayer.

I meant that it was an amazing game, and that it was a strategy game.
I really, really like it, but I see your point that perhaps the strategy involved is not that great.
I never had a problem with not having enough leveled units, not in the main campaign, but sometimes in the lesser campaigns with poorer pacing. Levelling up is so rewarding it becomes a main objective.



And those games you listed aren't free, unless there is some place other than gog/steam to get them.

I think he might be suggesting that they might be old enough to qualify as abandonware, but that them being on GOG makes that fall into doubt.

In my personal opinion, I'd say that it makes them not.

factotum
2011-08-28, 02:10 AM
I need a link to freespace 2 now!

http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/freespace_2

Also, I don't think the mods round here look kindly on mentions of abandonware, what with that having no legal meaning and all...

lesser_minion
2011-08-28, 07:06 AM
Transcendence (http://neurohack.com/transcendence/) isn't multiplayer or even networked. It is, however, extremely highly recommended.

Elona has a lot of flaws -- its only real appeal is in the random craziness. It's not Dwarf Fortress, but it is another example of "losing is fun" philosophy. At least give it a look.

As for Wesnoth, don't be surprised if you're disappointed. The art isn't bad, but the game itself is entirely devoid of substance. I can't recommend it on merit, but you may still want to take a look and decide for yourself.

zombie
2011-08-28, 12:11 PM
you might try some of the 'previously p2p' mmo's. lord of the rings online, age of conan and i think warhammer online.

Dragero
2011-08-28, 12:13 PM
http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/freespace_2

Also, I don't think the mods round here look kindly on mentions of abandonware, what with that having no legal meaning and all...

I figured he meant abandonware, but it was worth a shot, since lots of old games have been released for free in the past.

Sprinter
2011-08-28, 12:41 PM
If u like JRPGs like Final Fantasy there is fanmade Final Fantasy: Endless Nova which is completely free. It has quite a good storyline.

http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy:_Endless_Nova

Grif
2011-08-28, 12:44 PM
No one mentioned Command & Conquer? (and C&C: Red Alert and C&C:Tiberium Sun)

I am disappointed. :smalltongue:

Last I heard, EA have not retracted their freeware label over the game and even though the webpage to the game have been removed, you can still download the game through direct links to their FTP servers.

Dragero
2011-08-28, 12:47 PM
No one mentioned Command & Conquer? (and C&C: Red Alert and C&C:Tiberium Sun)

I am disappointed. :smalltongue:

Last I heard, EA have not retracted their freeware label over the game and even though the webpage to the game have been removed, you can still download the game through direct links to their FTP servers.

I also believe that the first two grand theft auto games are freeware as well.

VanBuren
2011-08-28, 02:07 PM
I meant that it was an amazing game, and that it was a strategy game.
I really, really like it, but I see your point that perhaps the strategy involved is not that great.
I never had a problem with not having enough leveled units, not in the main campaign, but sometimes in the lesser campaigns with poorer pacing. Levelling up is so rewarding it becomes a main objective.



I think he might be suggesting that they might be old enough to qualify as abandonware, but that them being on GOG makes that fall into doubt.

In my personal opinion, I'd say that it makes them not.

Hardly means anything. Abandonware isn't public domain, and legally it's still copyright infringement.

deuxhero
2011-08-28, 05:19 PM
I figured he meant abandonware, but it was worth a shot, since lots of old games have been released for free in the past.

I think he meant that Freespace 2 is open source (and or its unusal license agreement). I think there is one source port hanging out there.

TheMac04
2011-08-29, 01:16 AM
Team Fortress 2 brother. One of the best games well...ever, I'd say. Despite it's unbelievably obnoxious fanbase.

chiasaur11
2011-08-29, 01:58 AM
Marathon. (http://marathon.sourceforge.net/)

Old school FPS. Good plot, clever level design, and in games 2-infinity, you can carry a double barreled shotgun in each hand.

And yes, as long as the ammo holds out, that is every bit as effective as you are thinking.

Hmm. Lot of little indie games, of course, and mods. If you have HL2 and the episodes, get Minerva. Great couple of hours, good enough Valve hired the guy.

There's a few freeware X-Com alikes, 2 sides and Open X-Com for close clones, UFO Alien Invasion for something in a slightly more modern engine.

On the other hand, X-Com is five bucks. So.

Chainsaw Hobbit
2011-08-30, 09:51 PM
Team Fortress 2 brother. One of the best games well...ever, I'd say. Despite it's unbelievably obnoxious fanbase.

I'm something of a TF2 fan myself. I take great satisfaction in blowing unbelievably obnoxious people to hell and dancing on their charred corpses.

It makes me sad that it has an M rating, because it really doesn't deserve it.

Wookieetank
2011-09-01, 08:01 AM
I take great satisfaction in blowing unbelievably obnoxious people to hell and dancing on their charred corpses.


Maybe its just me, but perhaps this is why it has the M rating. Just sayin' :smallwink:

Science Officer
2011-09-01, 09:07 AM
You can also dig up lots of abandonware stuff, if you believe in that idea. Old games though, which is a plus, in my book.


Hardly means anything. Abandonware isn't public domain, and legally it's still copyright infringement.

Uh-huh. You are correct, it means nothing legally, whether said games are available on GoG or elsewhere, or not, does not change that acquiring them in certain means would be in violation of copyright.
However, within the ideology of abandonware, that fact might make some difference.

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Ground Control (http://www.fileplanet.com/promotions/groundcontrol/) is free. I've tried to download it a few times but have somehow always failed. I really enjoyed what I played of the Ground Control II demo.

Probably doesn't fit with OP's desires, but I'll just assume this thread can also be general interest.

Ason
2011-09-01, 12:13 PM
If you want a more tongue-in-cheek kind of game, then Kingdom of Loathing (http://www4.kingdomofloathing.com/) might be for you. I'm currently a level 3 Seal Clubber, though I'm eyeballing the Pastamancer and Disco Bandit classes for my second play-through.

Balain
2011-09-01, 11:43 PM
I would say Lord of The Rings Online as my first pick. As was said free to play and you can grind deeds to earn turbine points. And if you really want to grind turbine points to buy all the stuff and not spend any actual money, you can make characters on all the servers, since turbine points are account based.

Age of Conan is now free to play as well. again you can buy extra stuff. I really like Conan so I liked Age of Conan, but many people didn't like it so much.

Pirates of the Burning sea. again I am a Pirate freak you could say I love everything pirates.

Chainsaw Hobbit
2011-09-01, 11:47 PM
I would say Lord of The Rings Online as my first pick.

Really? I decided to play once and spent the whole day grinding, and then the next day my characters were utterly deleted due to a bug.

Chainsaw Hobbit
2011-09-01, 11:50 PM
Maybe its just me, but perhaps this is why it has the M rating. Just sayin' :smallwink:

You can do that in T-rated games. I'm pretty sure you can do that in Battlefield Heroes, which is rated T.

Wookieetank
2011-09-02, 08:25 AM
You can do that in T-rated games. I'm pretty sure you can do that in Battlefield Heroes, which is rated T.

:smallconfused: I'm not the ERSB so I couldn't tell you why for sure, just wildly guessing on my end *shrug*.

LansXero
2011-09-02, 02:44 PM
I suggest Atlantica Online (http://atlantica.nexon.net/) for its turn-based combat on a MMORPGish package :O.

SlashRunner
2011-09-03, 02:35 PM
:smallconfused: I'm not the ERSB so I couldn't tell you why for sure, just wildly guessing on my end *shrug*.

I think that TF2 MIGHT be rated M because you can shoot rockets a people that cause them to explode into bleeding chunks of flesh, and watch their heads roll around...

Chainsaw Hobbit
2011-09-03, 04:49 PM
I think that TF2 MIGHT be rated M because you can shoot rockets a people that cause them to explode into bleeding chunks of flesh, and watch their heads roll around...

Yes, but its cartoonish and unrealistic enough that its probably fine.

Dragero
2011-09-04, 11:33 AM
Yes, but its cartoonish and unrealistic enough that its probably fine.

I personally wouldn't want my 8 year old son/daughter playing TF2, that game (While cartoony and silly) is pretty damb gory, not to mention the things that people often put in their sprays can be......a little over the top.

To be fair, both of these things can be turned off (Sillygibs and disable sprays) but I think it's still earned it M rating from the ESRB, and 16+ from pegi (Which is more suited to TF2 than M, IMO)

Chainsaw Hobbit
2011-09-04, 07:56 PM
I personally wouldn't want my 8 year old son/daughter playing TF2

I didn't say it should be rated E. I think a T-rating is good, as your average 13-year-old will be able to handle it just fine.

Spartacus
2011-09-04, 08:04 PM
Bear in mind, sprays are not considered by the ESRB typically. They have some sort of disclaimer that says online experience may vary, so the rating may or may not apply.

Chainsaw Hobbit
2011-09-04, 08:41 PM
Bear in mind, sprays are not considered by the ESRB typically. They have some sort of disclaimer that says online experience may vary, so the rating may or may not apply.

Yes. Counting the way other players interact when rating a game is a dumb idea. If the ESRB did that, Roblox would be rated M. You would be amazed at some of the creepy stuff attention-seeking players slip past the sensors in that game.

Dragero
2011-09-05, 12:42 PM
Regardless, the game was rated M for a reason, even though it isn't the most violent game ever (I personally would place it in between T and M, in some theoretical 16+ rating, like PEGI has)

Going back to the topic of the thread, another great free game is "Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War" It was a pretty damb fun RTS, not just because spamming walls and naval warfare where so cool, but becuase it was also an action game. Throughout the game (Campaign and skirmishes) you could unlock heroes by building a special building and researching that hero. You could then build that hero (Cleopatra, Alexander the great, ect) and send them off to fight with your army. Whenever you felt like it, you could jump into third person view of your hero and fight as them, using special abilities, sword, and bows to take out your enemy. It was incredibly fun, I almost wish a new game would come out with a similar mechanic.

I'm not sure if the multiplayer still works, but you MIGHT be able to get something running with hamachi.