Free to Play (F2P) games can get a bad rap sometimes, or be accused of being “pay to win”, meaning those who pay for special items or DLC have a significant advantage. While this is true in some cases, the Rocket Yard is bringing you some of the best free games on Mac that provide tons of fun without needing to spend a dime. All of the titles we will mention are cross-platform titles that are available on Steam or Battle.net.
Heroes of the Storm
Multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA) are all the rage these days, and Heroes of the Storm stands with the best of them. Far more accessible, but just as fun as its brethren (Dota 2, League of Legends, etc.) Heroes offers fast-paced matches full of action that end in 15-20 minutes. Blizzard has pulled all their franchises and characters together in the Nexus, so if you’ve ever wanted to see how Nova matches up versus Diablo here’s your chance. Great tutorials, AI matches, and an easy partying system make this one easy to jump into solo or with friends. Related article: Rocket Yard Guide: Summer Gaming Options for Nearly Every Mac
Marvel Heroes 2016
This game is so well made it feels like it would be worth $50. But the best part is Marvel Heroes is a phenomenal free action RPG for the Mac. An engaging story has you adventuring through a vast variety of locations taking on iconic villains. If you’d rather do your own thing, there are dozens of challenges, quests, raids and more to keep you busy as you level up your favorite Marvel hero (or villain.) Play solo, join a superhero group or hop on with as many friends as you want. I have personally sunk hundreds of hours into this game and still find myself coming back for more as the devs put out frequent updates.
I could never find the interest to get into Rust, Minecraft or Dayz, but Unturned sucked me right in. While it takes some obvious inspirations from other popular survival games before it, at the end of the day Unturned is its own creation. Pick one of the several maps (or whatever server you want) and hop into an excellent survival adventure. Unturned can be anything from a lonesome last-man-on-earth experience to a tense cooperation and standoff with dozens of other players. It’s all up to what you want to play. Coolest of all, the game was developed by one person while he was still in school.
No More Room in Hell
While Team Fortress 2 is the king of F2P shooters, I prefer this indie gem. No More Room in Hell is some of the most fun I’ve had with friends (up to 8 of them!) as you must share resources, move together and try to get out alive of the zombie-infested scenarios. A wide variety of maps with randomized objectives make this highly replayable. Escape from cities, prisons, farms, shopping malls and more. This is no Left 4 Dead, but rather a more realistic slower-paced shooter. You’ll have to check your ammo clips and your friends, because if one of them is bitten, it’s only a matter of time before they turn on you.
Ever wanted to fly a plane or command a ship or tank during WW2? Then War Thunder is the game for you. Join a massive community of players from all over the world as you fight on land, sea, and air. Realism is the name of the game here, as you command one of more than 500 detailed vehicles recreated from historical sources with an accurate damage system that determines whether your ship will keep going, not a health bar. If the multiplayer action and clan battles aren’t your thing, you can also load up single player and cooperative campaigns or custom scenarios.
Of course, these are just a few of the great F2P games available. What F2P games do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments!
And as always, if you find yourself running out of space to add more titles to your library, you could always install them on an external drive, or optimize your Mac if it needs a tuneup on performance.