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Thread: Free games you like.
18-10-2015, 11:26 AM #1
Free games you like.
Inspired from the usual rps thing http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015...e-games-on-pc/
18-10-2015, 12:11 PM #2
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From my comment:
Hero Core – a minimalistic metroidvania shmup.
Desert Nightmare – one of the best horror game I’ve ever played.
Irisu Syndrome – mash-up of some sort of tetris (very enjoyable!) and horror visual novel.
18-10-2015, 12:11 PM #3
GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT vs xxXilluminatiXxx [wow/10 #rekt edition] - Montage Parody The Game
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18-10-2015, 12:12 PM #4
Oolite - obvious really, it's Elite with slightly improved graphics and massive modding potential. The classic gameplay is fun enough on its own, and it still holds up really well against all but pretty much Elite Dangerous itself. Absolute must-play if you at all care for space sims.
Speaking of space sims, Star Wraith: Shadows of Orion and Star Wraith 4 are pretty decent Wing Commander clones with quite a bit of depth to them (I don't think 1 and 2 are available anywhere any more). They used to be shareware, later went freeware. They haven't aged particularly well, but are still really fun. The same guy also made Riftspace, basically a precursor to the later Evochron series. It's a freeform space combat sim, basically a space trader but without the trading (apart from a few transport missions and some gunrunning, since it is possible to make a profit by buying weapons and selling them elsewhere), same engine as the Star Wraiths with very similar combat, apart from a few minor changes.
Lastly, Starfighter and Starfighter: Disputed Galaxy (which used to be on Kongregate, but I haven't been able to find it lately) are pretty much top-down equivalents of Star Wraith and Riftspace, respectively. They had fun Asteroids-style combat with a wide variety of weapons, fairly simple gameplay but certainly very entertaining.Guild Wars 2 - Failbaddon, Mars Baneblade, Vulkan Hellhammer
Elite: Dangerous - EpicTheTrumble
Steam - EPICTHEFAIL
18-10-2015, 12:30 PM #5
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18-10-2015, 12:37 PM #6
Wonder if devs of free games can promote their stuff here as long as it's 100% free instead of being sucked into oblivion down there.
Also I'm going with warsow
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18-10-2015, 12:58 PM #7
Since this is a recommendation thread for free games I'm automatically going to mention Fraxy. It's a learned response. It's basically a Gradius boss rush presented as an arena shooter and you can make your own bosses easily enough and even your own stages which is more difficult since there's no dedicated tool for that. It's brilliant.
RunMan was conspicuous by its absence from the RPS list but then I remembered that it's a game for cool dudes (burn). Race through pathologically cheerful stages whilst listening to old-timey tunes and it's like dreary Hollywood military action, even drearier gangland violence and super dreary cold north barbarian games don't even exist.
YS Flight was also absent. I really don't know how many freeware flight sims there are but this one is really good. There's a good amount of aircraft to pilot and a selection of maps plus a world of addons for it out there, it's a good entry point to see if sims are your kind of thing especially if untextured low poly graphics tick your box.
I saw XOPS mentioned in the comments section. Sure it looks primitive, even more than Rainbow Six but it's strangely compelling. There's an unofficial open source version of it too which is a pretty neat idea.
Generally is what one would call a classic. The graphics may be cute and dinky but it can be quite cruel in how it can kill friendships like all the best competitive games.
18-10-2015, 01:04 PM #8
Btw ground control is supposed to be freeware
18-10-2015, 02:36 PM #9
18-10-2015, 02:48 PM #10
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Splinter Cell:Conviction hehe.
19-10-2015, 03:45 AM #11
Of the ones on the RPS list, I've mainly played Knytt, Samorost, Gravity Bone and Passage, all of which are great.
I'm sure I've played a bunch of other good freeware games, but I don't remember the names. I thought Iji was ok and N was over-rated.
21-10-2015, 11:25 PM #12
22-10-2015, 12:22 AM #13
22-10-2015, 02:09 AM #14
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I think it's worth remembering you can still play the original free alpha version of Desktop Dungeons and in many ways it remains the superior version to the much worked-on and even 'enchanced' paid version because most of what it does well was in that alpha.
22-10-2015, 08:54 AM #15Want to add me on Steam? Steam name: Mr. Gert
Guild Wars 2 characters: Norgothus (Norn Necromancer), Maggrivo (Charr Warrior)
22-10-2015, 09:26 AM #16
PLAY STILT FELLA EVERYONE! ITS SO GOOD IT'LL MAKE CAVE STORY LOOK LIKE A SACK OF SHIT! :DDDDDDDD
Ok that's the PR stuff is out of the way. I like to browse the latest games added page on itch.io from time to time. 95% of it is uh... stuff of questionable quality. But here's some of the better things I've stumbled across:
Memories of a Broken Dimension - short but sweet/terrifying. Looks like nothing else out there. If you're looking for some Halloween gaming I recommend giving this a go.
CHESTO - Checkout counter sim. It's quite something.
Anything by Daniel Linssen - that guy knows what he's doing.
22-10-2015, 09:56 AM #17
22-10-2015, 10:39 AM #18
Probably my all-time favourite games, and probably my most played games of all-time, is the Areena series (5 was the best one). It is a Finnish gladiator management game, with a surprising amount of depth to it, even if the turn-based combat is pretty simplistic. I'll try to explain what it is and why I love it so much.
First the combat. It's a simple turn-based affair. You can move, attack or cast a spell. Each team has 1-6 gladiators on the arena, depending on how many healthy gladiators you have. Your guys can get injured if the final blow takes their hit points enough in the negatives. Sometimes they can be sidelined for months.
But the real depth comes from managing your team. When you start the game you first have to recruit gladiators from a pool of randoms (in a bidding war against other teams). There are several races/classes available, and they each have their own areas where they excel. There are 40 "races" in total (I say "races" because Thief is just as much a race in this game as a Hobbit or Minotaur). There is a lot of variety there. Gladiators retire at the age of 35, so you need to constantly train new ones as the old ones retire.
The gladiators themselves have several stats. Health, mana, strength, speed, dodge, spell resistance etc. Each weapon has a different skill associated with it (both attack and defence) and they increase as you use them (same with spells). Basic stats can be trained and spells bought, but skills increase only when used. You can equip your gladiators with a melee weapon, ranged weapon and armor, which you buy from the shop.
You fight one match each month and try to win your division, so you can move up to the next one. This can often backfire, because you might do well in your division but might just get stomped in the next division and fall back to the previous one. You also have to keep the owners happy - they might end up firing you if you lose too much.
There is a lot more to it than this, but that's the basic idea. Sadly, the best game in the series is only available in Finnish (Areena 5). There is a new browser version that is in English, but it lacks so many features from the previous games that I wouldn't even recommend it. Maybe just to get a slight idea of what I'm talking about. Here's the link if you're interested.
Areena 5 (Finnish)
22-10-2015, 11:00 AM #19
22-10-2015, 08:43 PM #20
The fun with free games for me ended when the monetization imperative came into full force. Personal perspective probably plays a role but I do feel the vast majority of free games out there are simply early testing or peculiar doodles.
For one, when I tried Bernband, I had that typical "journo's game" reaction: the post about the game is better entertainment than the game itself. It's kind of ironic you then get the self-loathing remarks from journos themselves "I wouldn't like this game so much if I didn't review games for a living" and I look at them, eyes wide, and ask myself how can you be both so right and oh so wrong. It's like they get a late case of guilt or they can't tell anymore whether they liked the game because everybody was raving about it or they really liked it in the first place.