Free games! What could be more exciting than that? Most gamers nowadays are fully aware of the amount of investment it may take to get into gaming. Costs like home consoles, high definition televisions, high fidelity speakers, or even bleeding edge graphics cards, quad core processors (with overclock-ready cooling fans), widescreen monitors, and high quality mouse and keyboard arrangements can set even the most savvy shopping gamer back a pretty penny.
But wait! There are companies out there that are crazy enough to give out free games!! The games must be terrible though, right? I mean, who gives away good free stuff?
Besides the free games that plague Facebook and iPhone, there are plenty of high quality games available to play right now for free! Here are four games that made the short list (plus one):
Lord of the Rings Online / LOTRO
The Lord of the Rings Online™ (LOTRO) is the award-winning online role-playing game set in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, the greatest fantasy world of all time. In LOTRO, you can explore the legendary world of The Lord of the Rings&trade and create your own unique Middle-earth adventure. Join with the world’s largest fellowship of players to fight the ravenous hordes of the Dark Lord Sauron, and forge your own legend.
Battlefield Heroes is a cartoon-style action video game developed by EA. It is played from context-specific third- and first-person shooter perspectives. The game is less demanding on computer specifications than the previous games of the series to increase the audience base. In addition, the game match players of similar levels together for fairer play. Basically it is like Team Fortress 2 in many aspects, but allows for much more “even” games between two teams.
Dungeons and Dragons Online / DDO
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited (abbreviated as “DDO”) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine for Microsoft Windows, and originally marketed as Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. Turbine developed DDO as an online adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) based loosely on the D&D 3.5 Rule-set. It is set in the Eberron campaign. Internet access is required.
Hexic is a puzzle game where the player tries to rotate hexagonal tiles to create certain patterns. The game was designed by Alexey Pajitnov, best known as the creator of Tetris. It was developed by Carbonated Games and is available online as part of MSN Games, as well as a downloadable deluxe edition. A variation of the game called Hexic HD comes preinstalled on all Xbox 360 hard drives, and is now available for download from Xbox Live Marketplace for free on the Xbox 360.
World of Warcraft?
World of Warcraft, often referred to as WoW, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Blizzard Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. It is the fourth released game set in the fantasy Warcraft universe, which was first introduced by Warcraft: Orcs & Humans in 1994. World of Warcraft takes place within the Warcraft world of Azeroth, approximately four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard’s previous Warcraft release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment announced World of Warcraft on September 2, 2001
Sources say that soon World of Warcraft will be free-to-play, meaning you will not have to pay a subscription for the online portion of the game any more! Whether or not this will happen is kind of a push – on the one hand, there are billions of people who already pay for WoW, but on the other hand there are potentially billions more that would play it if it were free.