Best Free First Person Shooter Games on Steam
Today I'm going to show you a selection of free-to-play first person shooter games (fps) that you can easily find and download on the most popular video game platform: Steam.
In no particular order, these are my favorite first-person shooter games on steam that you should try if you like this popular genre that for more than 2 decades has been the core of PC gaming. Some of these games are older, some of them are newer, but I assure you that all of them without exception are fun to play.
The game focuses mainly on its multiplayer and cooperative side, offering users both the possibility of fighting each other and in teams in various war scenarios, as well as dealing with various cooperative missions. The game rewards players with experience, cash and vendor points, this allows them to unlock new weapons, gears and weapon mods, leveling up also reward players with trial periods, premium items and VIP status with grants additional cash, experience and vendor rewards after matches.
The main problem in this game is latency but I suppose Crytek will take care of this at some point if not done already, moreover, If you take a look at this game you will probably think it's just another generic fps and you won't be worng about that, the game is pretty much a basic first person shooter, however, what makes free to play games good is if they are polished, and this first person shooter definitely is.
2. Planetside 2
Published and developed by daybreak game company, Planetside 2, Like its predecessor, is a one of a kind massively multiplayer online first person shooter, this means thousands of players in a persistent battle over several continents on a planet called Auraxis, the game combines 3 factions with different arms with air and ground vehicles that join the fray with infantry, think of battlefield with more players, a much larger map, sci fi setting and mmo social features. One of the best features of Planet Side 2 feature is the construction system that allows players to mine a crystal resource scattered across the continents called Cortium, this resource can be used to build base items, weapons, turrets, walls and more. Unlike the game before on this list, Planetside 2 brings something new to the FPS genre and definitely worths a try.
3. Team Fortress 2
Despite being 8 years old and started as a half life mod, Team Fortress 2 is still a game that appeals to casual and competitive gamers alike and also still has one of the largest player bases on the steam marketplace, yes! even 8 years after it's first release. The game is composed of fast paced combat and intense strategy in which everyone in the game and it's 9 classes exhibits their own powerful streghts and crippling weaknesses, game modes are straight forward, primarily putting two teams against each other in an effort to move a cart, capture specific points or steal a briefcase.
Team Fortress 2 has inspired a lot of newer games such as the famous Overwatch and of course the game below on this list.
Team Fortress 2 Classes; Meet them all...
Developed by Hi-Rez Studios creators of the MOBA Smite, Paladins Champions of the Realm is a Free to play First person Shooter game that features fantasy themed champions and classes with 4 unique skills and a special ability called ultimate. Games like Paladins and Overwatch were inspired by Team fortress 2 and MOBA games like Dota, resulting in a new complete genre of games which are actually very popular nowdays.
The first thing that stands out from Paladins to other similar games and is something that I really enjoy is customization, Paladins is a FPS that involves a card deck system for each champion, allowing you as a player to modify each champion stats around your particular playstyle, different loadouts can make a champion feel extremly different, plus there is a very rich and extensive cosmetic system for each champion meaning you can customize the body, the head, the weapon and the voice of each character. Moreover, Paladins feature an in-Match Counterplay, There are items you can buy during the game that allow you to further customize your champion builds and stats depending on the situation you are facing, and of course counter the enemy team, these items can be upgraded within a match as well, thus adding another level of strategy and in depth to the game.
5. Dirty Bomb
Dirty Bomb is a unique team oriented first person shooter developed by Splash Damage. The best way to describe Dirty Bomb is a mix of Team Fortress 2 and Call of Duty, players can choose up to 3 mercenaries to have in their squad and at any given time players can switch between these mercenaries upon death while in the match, each mercenary has their own set of weapons and unique abilities and can be customize with a loadout of cards that can be obtained by winning matches or using the in-game currency.
When the game was first realese was clearly a pay-to-win game, but after some changes and updates, the game is pretty much balanced at the moment. Dirty Bomb appeals to casual and competitive players alike.
Heroes & Generals
Heroes & Generals is presented as an MMO first person shooter set in World War II that features at the moment three factions you can join; U.S, Germany and Soviet Union. While is actually is not an MMO, there are definitely large and intense battles in the game that includes infantry, tanks, airplanes and more ground vehicles. Most of the maps have a great design and will definitely make you feel you are in WWII.
After chosing a faction, you start as an infantry soldier with a basic weapon depending on the faction you choose, but as long as you progress and rank up your soldier you will be rewarded with credits (in-game currency) that allows you to buy more soldiers from different classes such as sniper, paratrooper or Pilot to add to your squad, you can also buy a large variety of transport or combat vehicles and new weapons and modification for those weapons.
Heroes & Generals is probably one of the most immersive World War II first person shooters out there along with Red Orchestra and Battlefield 1, and despite its not in the same level of quality of these other games, we should consider this game is completly free to play.
Despite the negative feedback this game has recived, including catalogin it as a "pay-to-win" game or complains about the game requiering a lot of time grinding to get the items you want, which both statements are partially true. I must say I really enjoy this game and I strongly recommend you to give it a try. Heores & Generals is indeed a hard to master game but there are a lot of useful tips and guides online that will definitely help you if you are interested in this game.