Free FPS Games For the PC: Here's A List of the Best
Scouring the Internet for decent games that are free to play can be scary. Here are my picks for the best FPS games the online world has to offer.
There are quite a bit of free FPS PC games floating around out there in cyberspace. The average internet user doesn't have the time to sift through all of the first-person garbage out there. Luckily for you, we here at Brighthub are anything but average and we've taken it upon ourselves to brave the wild blue yonder in search of decent shooters. Here are five of the best free fps PC games that the internet has to offer.
The folks over at Monolith Productions, the studio behind the F.E.A.R. series, really spoil us too much. F.E.A.R. Combat is the entire multiplayer component of the popular shooter and it's available for download completely, 100% free. It's not dumbed down in any way. It features the same great shooter mechanics as the single player campaign in the retail title. It offers a variety of modes, such as deathmatch, team deatchmatch, and capture the flag, and others. Certain modes also use the "reflex time" effect from the campaign. It was even patched to add additional modes! With all it has going for it, this just might be the best free PC shooter out there.
Cross Fire is a superb shooter by South Korean developers SmileGate. It was first released in its home country in May of 2007 but didn't find its way to North America and the UK until almost two years later. Like most multiplayer shooters, it offers plenty of modes. It also features an RPG-like ranking system in which players gain experience points from playing and performing well. While the game has been criticized for lag, it's still hailed as one of the best free fps PC games out there. And with its plot involving extraterrestrials, it's got more to offer story-wise than the usual military shooter fare.
While Combat Arms' infamous "Nut Shot" feature may cast a disapproving shadow over the game, don't be fooled: Combat Arms is no joke. Just check out AenimaTN's review of the game, entitled Combat Arms: The Best Free First-Person Shooter? The title sums it up quite nicely. The review does mention lag being problematic during peak times, but also says that monthly updates and fixes are applied. The review was written in July 2009, so you can only imagine what sort of improvements the game has seen since then.
Alliance of Valiant Arms
While it might not be the most attractive title, Alliance of Valiant Arm's gameplay is more than good enough to make up for it. Using the Unreal 3 engine, it offers a shooter experience that seems way too good to be free. AVA is a tactical shooter, making it more team-based than other entries on the list. And with classes like pointman, rifleman, and sniper, this is a great game for displaying your teamwork skills. Like the other free fps PC games highlighted in this article, AVA offers plenty of modes. Some are pretty formulaic, while modes like "tank escort" offer something a little different and a heck of a lot of fun.
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory came out all the way back in 2003, so you young whippersnappers might prefer something a little newer. But if you're looking for awesome (and free) old-school first-person shooter action, there is no better representation. Wolfenstein offers great objective-based gameplay that sees each teammate playing a different role, from medic to artillery. If you're sick of mindless shooting and are looking for something a bit more focused, this should fit the bill quite nicely. It might be look a little dated, but if you can look past the primitive visuals, there's a lot of classic shooter fun to be had.