Top 10 Free to Play Online Shooters 2013

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Once again we decided to pick our favorite free to play online shooters and give you our opinion on what is hot and what’s not. You know how this goes – it’s a countdown of the best 10 shooters, third person and first person, based solely on our personal taste. So let’s begin with our Top 10 Free PC Online Shooters.

With so many good free MMOFPS and MMOTPS out there we decided to create our Top 10 Free to Play Online Shooters to play in 2013.

* This list will be updated regularly. Last update October 18th, 2013.

10 – WAR THUNDER

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War Thunder or World of Warplanes – now that is a battle that is still only beginning. While we keep hesitating between the two, right now we’re finding that War Thunder just hits the spot. It offers a perfect balance between simulation and arcade, while still providing enough shooting thrills for all fans of exciting aerial combat. This is a great game as it is, but the developer plans on adding tanks and ships to the same, unique game world – unlike Wargaming’s three different games. War Thunder is going to be huge, we have no doubts about that.
- > Play Now War Thunder Free

9 – HAWKEN

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Hawken is a jaw-dropping, dirty mech shooter which offers the amazingly convincing sensation of controlling a hulking war machine. Gameplay is simple to grasp while providing enough strategy to make sure combat isn’t a shallow affair. Verticality plays an important role in this game and you’ll quickly learn that you can’t just run and gun like in other first person shooter games. With its stunning visuals and satisfying arcade combat, Hawken is a winner.
- > Play Now  Hawken Free

8 – TRIBES ASCEND

Tribes: Ascend was an amazing surprise – a great shooter that was faithful to the legacy and incredibly fun to play. There was nothing like shooting your enemies at breakneck speeds. However, the game seems to be losing its support as well as its players, since Hi-Rez is admittedly focusing on MOBA game Smite and Global Agenda 2. This leaves Tribes Ascend without any major updates for quite a few months, something that may end up killing the game – or what’s left of it. It’s sad to see a game of this quality wither away, but that’s free-to-play for you.
- > Play Now Tribes: Ascend Free

7 – WARFACE

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Crytek seems to believe Warface will be one of the best free to play shooters ever and we’re bound to agree, there’s certainly potential for that. Warface is still in closed beta after all this time and the studio is using the lessons learned from the Chinese and Russian versions to make the Western version the definitive one. For now, Warface is fast-paced, kind of arcadey, more Counter-Strike than Call of Duty, a fun game with triple-A visuals. But we’re yet to see how it fares in terms of content and how the microtransactions will turn out.
- > Play Now Warface Free

6 – WARFRAME

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Warframe is a very fun games and one of the most stylish shooters out there. The space ninjas thing actually became quite popular and turned out to be the major selling point of this shooter. Digital Extremes created a cool looking, fast-paced game that currently features over a dozen Warframes with different powers and impressive acrobatic moves. It’s fun, particularly with three friends, and while it gets a bit repetitive, it’s mostly enjoyable as long as your sessions don’t last longer than an hour or two.
- > Play Now Warframe Free

5 – GHOST RECON ONLINE

Ghost Recon Online is that different kind of shooter, the kind that doesn’t seem to have many direct competitors and is definitely worth a shot if you like some depth with your headshots. This is a tactical shooter, a game relying on teamwork that will provide you with a lot of fun as long as you’re willing to take on the steep learning curve.
- > Play Now Ghost Recon Online Free

4 – FIREFALL

Firefall seems like it’s been in development for ages – it was announced in 2010 – and is a make or break title for Red 5 Studios. This is a free-to-play cel-shaded shooter where you can choose from third or first-person view. It has all the elements to wow players, from the exciting and fast-paced team-based gameplay to the MMO elements. The vast open world is a beautiful playground and the use of jetpacks adds an important layer to gameplay. However, the decision to remove and redesign all PvP during an uncertain period is a sign that the game still needs a lot of work to become truly special.
- > Play Now Firefall Free

3 – BLACKLIGHT: RETRIBUTION

Blacklight Retribution is the kind of hit that no one was expecting. It stands up proudly among most FPS games, even retail ones, offering great graphics, a couple of really clever touches and in-depth weapon customization to keep you fiddling for quite some time. There’s also the Hyper Reality Visor that allows you to look through walls, but it’s implemented in a way that doesn’t break the balance of the matches. Blacklight Retribution is clearly standing the test of time.
- > Play Now Blacklight: Retribution Free

2 – TEAM FORTRESS 2

It’s impressive how Team Fortress 2 is still going strong after 6 years, but that is a testament to Valve’s quality and ability to maintain player interest. No, it’s not just the hats; it’s the amazing cartoon visuals and distinctive characters, but most of all the fun and perfectly balanced gameplay. If Valve keeps the fantastic rate of updates then this game will be one of the best shooters for many years to come. With or without more hats.
- > Play Now Team Fortress 2 Free

1 – PLANETSIDE 2

PlanetSide 2 is a colossus, a shooter that is growing so big that the cracks are becoming more and more apparent. It’s an incredibly difficult task to balance every class, vehicle and weapon in a game where pretty much you do your own thing and just create complete chaos in huge battlefields, or continents as they’re called. This game represents the true meaning of MMOFPS, with impressive large scale battles and a highly addictive gameplay. It’s not exactly easy to learn and is far from flawless as far as optimization goes, but if you’re the patient type and have a powerful computer, once you begin to master the mechanics you have a solid, fun, massive shooter that could easily suck you in for months.
- > Play Now PlanetSide 2 Free

So there you go. 10 great games for you to try if you haven’t done so already. You know what to do now: leave your opinion in the comments and mention other games we left out. But tell us why they should be included, what makes them special, don’t just “Hey, Soldier Front 2 should be there, you assholes”. 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!


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13 Comments on "Top 10 Free to Play Online Shooters 2013"

  1. Milosav August 29, 2011 at 8:42 am - Reply

    BattlefieldPlay4Free is the most poor game in content of all games. I’ve been playing it in closed beta and just play it yesterday. They brought 2 new maps, couple of new BF weapons and nothing more since closed beta, that’s horrible. I’m talking about period of 5-6 months. I don’t understand people who spent any money on that game. You don’t have server browser, bugs are all over the place (not in game, but their game client, launcher, sucks completely), 3 free weapons, 5 BF only weapons, pistols and shotguns are available to all classes….amazingly poor game. As far as I can see they only want to make money by bringing only new BF (Battlefunds) weapons. You can play it for a month or two and you’ll get bored to death with so little maps and weapons. Developers are sloppy as hell, during the whole closed beta stage the game was crashing after each round, it took them months to resolve that problem, same thing with every other bug. If you ask me, this game shouldn’t be on this list, many things make it horrible, cheap and unfinished comparing to other games.

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    • mmometer August 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      It’s true that there’s something disappointing with BattlefieldPlay4Free, mostly that it is blatantly a game trying to surf on the Battlefield wave without truly respecting the franchise. It can be fun, sure, and there aren’t many quite like it, but the game just doesn’t seem like it’s getting a lot of love from EA.

      It should be more polished and offer much more content, but time will tell if it will sustain itself or shut down in a few months. There’s only so much you can do to sell in-game items…

      Thank you for your insightful comment, the list will be updated soon with new quality games being released, such as War Inc.

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  2. purewitz August 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Number 2 under TF2 for me would Battlefield Heroes.

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  3. Daniel September 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Well, you can’t expect the typical Battlefield behind “Battlefield Play4Free”, I think the name of the game is the only problem here. ;) Other than that, it’s a solid game in my opinion.

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  4. DaMann22 June 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Bump all those up and put PLANETSIDE 2 FIRST. You have battlefield F2P and old ass TF2. What about Planetside or Firefall? Or even Dust 514 from ps3? Horrible list, just horrible?

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    • FreeMMOStation July 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      The list is about to be updated, those games are not there yet just because they were just in development when the top was last updated.

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  5. Bohemian August 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Why is TF2 not #1?!? Is it because you have to pay to get the stuff that makes it the best?

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    • FreeMMOStation August 11, 2012 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Not really, TF2 is a great game and was top of our list until a month ago. However, Planetside 2 and Firefall are amazing shooters that manage to be even better and are absolutely recommended.

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  6. xcorps January 2, 2013 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Planetside 2 is terrible. Experiance unlocks are so retardedly expensive. Cash unlocks are worse. Balance is terribly done. Game is either a mass zerging of infantry getting rocket spammed or a boring, slow slog through miles of empty terrain. Base design is atrocious. One of the most “noob” unfriendly games I’ve played in 20 years of gaming. Performance issues range from apocolyptic to highly annoying, especially in base fights.Yeah, it looks great on a super high end PC, but even on a gaming PC that’s only 2 years old you have to set it to fugly to get a reasonable framerate. And without the “eye candy” graphics it IS fugly.

    Slow, boring and unintuitive.

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    • Colin April 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      noob unfriendly ? yeah sorta …but if you want to see a worse game take a look at what COD has become over the years

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  7. eric bloedow June 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    FYI, Firefall is still in open Beta.

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  8. DD October 23, 2013 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Planetside 2 is quite crap game team dependent and you get retarded kids that just instant suicide, plus those pay2win weapons

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