Online gaming is one of the world’s favorite pass times. If you’re looking to get started, it may seem a little intimidating at first. There are plenty of high-quality games of all genres for free. Whether you’re looking for something slower-paced game with an emphasis on strategy or a faster-paced game that showcases your hand-eye coordination and reflexes, making you believe that you could be as fast as the NASCAR picks, there is a game out there for you.
League of Legends
If you’ve been around PC gamers, you’ve probably heard of League of Legends, the worldwide sensation that spawned one of the most successful esports ecosystems of all time. League of Legends is a game in which players compete in teams of five, each controlling a unique character or “champion.” Each Champion has unique abilities that players use in cooperation with their teammates to destroy the enemy base. With over 160+ champions, you and your friends will never run out of new characters and team compositions to play with your friends.
League of Legends is free to play, and new players will be given a couple of champions to start them out. Champions can be unlocked over time via an in-game system or using real-world currency. There is also a rotation of free-to-play champions that are constantly changing to give players a chance to play characters they may not have unlocked yet. The game is very strategic and perfect for those not looking for a shooter.
It is just about impossible to be on the modern internet and not have heard of Fortnite. The 3rd person shooter was an incredible success. It combined the emerging free for all genre known as Battle Royale with a unique building mechanic allowing players to create structures as quickly as they could input the command. Add to that a distinctive cartoonish look, and it’s no wonder why children and adults alike logged hours on the game.
Fortnite revolutionized modern gaming by creating a battle pass system and making the core game free to play and cross-platform, allowing anybody who was playing the game the ability to play together. A major development in the console wars era. This proved a genius decision as the popularity has led to crossovers with other media franchises selling in-game cosmetics.
The game is still updated regularly, and the player base is still as active as ever. The game is nowhere near the end of its life cycle, so if you haven’t checked it out, there is no time better to jump in and see what all the hype is about.
Overwatch 2 is Blizzard’s newest update to the Overwatch franchise. An update may be a better term for the game rather than a sequel. The game is almost identical to its predecessor. However, the few changes it made had a positive impact on the game, making it feel better overall. The game moved to a free-to-play and cross-platform model, which is great for the game as it may be one of the most accessible new games out on the market currently.
In Overwatch 2, players play as unique characters or “heroes.” All of whom have unique personalities, weapons, and abilities. You control your hero from the first person in teams of five in a variety of different game modes. Some have you capture certain areas of the map; others have you pushing a cart around the map. There are four different game modes in the main quickplay and competitive queues; however, there is a seemingly endless number of game modes on rotation in the arcade.
New players will start with some heroes locked but will be able to unlock them either by playing the game or by using real-world currency. It also follows Fortnite’s footsteps when it comes to its battle pass system, having nearly identical systems to Fortnite’s. Though some fans believe that Blizzard still needs to add value and or rework the battle pass, the system seems to be working, as Overwatch 2 seems to be pretty popular early on in its life cycle.