First-Person and Third-Person Shooters quickly became one of the most appreciated subgenres in the free to play segment, offering the great quality usually seen in some triple-A titles. Better still, some of those triple-A games are gradually becoming free, such as Team Fortress 2 or APB: Reloaded. The advanced social features are an added bonus and a great addition to the exciting action these games offer.
With so many good free MMOFPS and MMOTPS out there we decided to create our Top 10 Free to Play Shooters to play in 2012.
* This list will be updated regularly.
10 – OFFENSIVE COMBAT
For a browser-based game, Offensive Combat is amazing stuff. Graphics are just as detailed as you would expect from a client-based game, combat is fast-paced and fun and the game is a blast to play. Not only that, it’s a very funny game, one that you can spend a few minutes a day playing just to humiliate your opponents with some crazy gestures.
- > Play Now Offensive Combat Free
9 – GOTHAM CITY IMPOSTORS
From retail to F2P, Gotham City Impostors is a game that has everything to succeed, as long as you like the peculiar art style, where chubby jokers go shooting scantily-clad batladies. It’s funny, over the top and has a lot of crazy gadgets to go along with the polished combat.
- > Play Now Gotham City Impostors Free
8 – WORLD OF TANKS
It may look like just another action-MMO shooter, but World of Tanks is acclaimed not only because of the high production values (for a free-to-play title). It isn’t called “Counter-Strike with tanks” for nothing, a praise that is due to the tactical depth and the exciting team-based gameplay. A massive hit.
- > Play Now World of Tanks Free
7 – ARCTIC COMBAT
Described by many as the Call of Duty of the free-to-play first-person shooter games, Arctic Combat may not bring anything new to the table but is a polished and compelling experience. The light RPG elements add a welcome touch to gameplay and players are rewarded with perks such as health and aerial strikes.
- > Play Now Arctic Combat Free
Blacklight: Retribution is a quality free MMOFPS with a high degree of weapon customization, down to several small parts such as the barrel and sights. There are other appealing features in this game, one of the most interesting being the HRV (Hyper Reality Visor), a device that lets you locate you friends and foes through walls. The hardsuit is a massive mech-like armor that will give a player the upper hand for a while, at least for the time that it takes for the opposing players to join forces to take him down. The fast-paced combat and first-rate sci-fi visuals turn Blacklight: Retribution into a game that any real fan of first-person shooters just has to play.
- > Play Now Blacklight: Retribution Free
5 – GHOST RECON ONLINE
Another anticipated game that didn’t disappoint. Ubisoft’s first entry in the free-to-play shooter genre is a brave effort, one that is faithful to the series and that is like a breath of fresh air to the often stale MMO shooter market. Gameplay invites a tactical approach, so all you Rambos should go elsewhere.
- > Play Now Ghost Recon Online Free
4 – TEAM FORTRESS 2
After a troubled development, Team Fortress 2 first enjoyed success as part of The Orange Box and now as a free-to-play FPS is sure to please many fans. The amazing and original art style, clever humor and, most importantly, great gameplay mechanics propel it to the rank of classic. Team Fortress 2 is a videogame that just can’t be missed, even more now that it’s free.
- > Play Now Team Fortress 2 Free
3 – TRIBES: ASCEND
With the experience gained from Global Agenda: Free Agent, Hi-Rez delivered a superb new chapter in the lost but not forgotten Tribes franchise. Tribes: Ascend captivated players looking for fast-paced and exciting first-person shooter combat with jetpacks added to the mix. It’s a difficult game to master but one that is lauded for the depth of gameplay and the competitive nature. And it just looks good to. If you’re looking for a free-to-play quality FPS then it’s difficult to find better than Tribes: Ascend.
- > Play Now Tribes: Ascend Free
2 – FIREFALL
Firefall is another shooter of the new free-to-play generation, where quality games such as Tribes: Ascend and PlanetSide 2 prove that the F2P business model is gaining advantage over the current retail model. With a colorful yet desperate vision of Earth 200 years in the future, Firefall pits hundreds of players in intense competitive and cooperative gameplay. It’s an incredibly polished game and one where the developers actually valued player feedback.
- > Play Now Firefall Free
1 – PLANETSIDE 2
Words just cannot describe how awesome PlanetSide 2 and its epic scale is. This is the game that – just like its predecessor – gives true meaning to the acronym MMOFPS, with massively multiplayer online battles up to 2.000 players on foot and in land/air vehicles. It’s easy to get lost in the middle of such large maps and chaotic action, but organized teams will make the best of the game, using advanced tactics to capture sectors and resources. PlanetSide 2 is a true FPS lover’s dream come true.
- > Play Now PlanetSide 2 Free
This list includes some of the best realistic, sci-fi, cartoon and military free MMOFPS and MMOTPS games but is obviously based on personal opinion. We had to leave out some renowned games that nearly made the list, such as War Rock, WolfTeam, Project Blackout, Quake Live, Alliance of Valiant Arms, or S4 League. With more games on the way this list is very likely to change soon, so keep checking regularly and share your top 10 in the comments!