#1 Posted by zArcaneSkye (18 posts) -

I was just wondering which free online shooters are the best/best rated. I went on a search myself and there are mixed reviews.
I understand that it might be difficult to find online games which don't require real cash for a much better advantage over other
players but well...I used to play Wolfteam, great concept and all but I'm looking for an FPS which will step up another level.
Also, there were too many cashers in WT - which made it impossible for me to play to my greatest potential.
About the search, I found some interesting games such as Tribes: Ascend, Blacklight Retribution and PlanetSide 2.
It would be great not only to tell me which is the best out of the 3 but also to advise me on potentially better
Thanks in advance and looking forward to personal opinions, experiences and answers ;)

( Oh, and don't say Team Fortress, already have it :P )

#2 Edited by believer258 (12972 posts) -
don't say Team Fortress, already have it

Well, then, you've already got the best...

...but Planetside 2 is pretty good judging from the little I've played of it.

#3 Posted by LangarN (138 posts) -


#4 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -

You can't go wrong with Planetside 2 when it comes to MMOFPS games. 
Tribes and Blacklight Retribution are also really good games just for a quick match or two. 
If you're ever gonna play Planetside 2 I would suggest getting into an Outfit with members that actually want to play the game instead of just looking up the ones on forums where people go "We should totally make an outfit, bros! It would be totally radical and awesome and brosome and totally 420, dude, brah, man, dudebro, son, dawg!" those outfits are useless and don't have active members

#5 Posted by zArcaneSkye (18 posts) -

@believer258: As I mentioned, from what I heard/saw, Planetside looks pretty good. The only flaw is that there is an overload of ways to play, upgrades to make, stuff to buy etc... Also maps are huge and amount of players in games as well (I normally like medium-sized maps). Of course, this does give users plenty of angles for playing the game and keeps you interested in every way possible. However, I do like the simple/classic FPS without jetpacks or flying spaceships if you get what I mean. Although I did say I wanted another level of FPS... Maybe its all about getting used to the game, I don't know.. Anyways, thanks for the reassurance.

#6 Posted by Christoffer (2099 posts) -

You want suggestions of great free-to-play shooters. But not Tribes, Blacklight, Planetside 2 or Team Fortress 2. I'm sorry, But I (we) think those are the best right now. Find some people to play with and find your own favourite play style and you will have a blast with either one of these.

#7 Posted by zArcaneSkye (18 posts) -

@ZeForgotten: Awesome dude, we should totally make an Outfit........Just messing haha xP I'm guessing an outfit is the equivalent to a clan? And I'm also assuming you play Planetside? If so, how do you find it so far?

And also, Tribes and/or Blacklight is not the type of game you would play for a year (minimum)? That's what youre trying to say right?

#8 Edited by Morbid_Coffee (974 posts) -

How much time are you willing to put into Planetside 2? Because it can take about 5-10 hours to unlock one good thing in the game without giving SOE money for station cash, which will still only buy you one unlock.

I liked Planetside 2 at first but the grind eventually got to me because I had better things to do and other games I wanted to play instead.

#9 Posted by AjayRaz (12678 posts) -

i used to play this F2P shooter named Cross Fire which i liked a lot for the time that i played it for. it was simple, fast and it'll run on a toaster. mind you, this was like 4 years ago so i don't know if it's gotten any worse since. link

#10 Posted by zArcaneSkye (18 posts) -

@Morbid_Coffee: Thats exactly what I'm worried about. Sony has indeed done a good job with this but I'm not a hardcore gamer....I wouldn't spend my time on this 24/7 but I wouldn't play it once a month either. This is also where the vast amount of upgrades and stuff to do come in since I believe these would be time-consuming as you implied...

Furthermore, how exactly do you get SOE money/Station Cash? I didn't really try the game yet :P

#11 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -
@zArcaneSkye: Outfits are clans, yes. 
I've been playing Planetside 2 since the very start of the Planetside 1 Veterans Alpha-access and I'm enjoying the hell out of it.  
It's come a long way since those days and during weekends I log in for a few minutes only to hear people in my Outfit scream at me to get in any kind of vehicle(Air or Land, doesn't matter) and come help them out because they're currently engaged with another outfit and the war has been going on for a few hours. The big battles are what I really like though because of the teamwork that goes on when you play with people who are actually willing to play the game and not just run around like a dumb idiot thinking they can Lonewolf it and take over outposts on their own :P  
Also, big battles at night look amazing (at least on my machine) when there are 100v100(or hell, even more) and there are bullets flying everywhere and flak shells exploding in the sky. 
I've heard complaints from some other people though (usually new guys because stuff can be pretty overwhelming the first hour if you haven't watched their "Beginner videos" online) 
Complaints like weapons being unbalanced and stuff like that and how it takes hours to unlock stuff (which is false, all you need to do is hit people with your bullets and kill those people too and you'll have upgrades in the first 10-30 minutes) 
So basically the complains I'm hearing are from the three different factions.
Rock: "Man, Paper is overpowered and should be nerfed! Scissors is ok though!" 
Paper: "FFS, Scissors are so OP! It's so unfair! Rock is fine though"  
Scissors: "Man, Rock is OP as Fuck! Paper is cool though"  
When it comes to Tribes and Blacklight those are games I just wanna play when I just want to get some quick(free) FPS action in where it doesn't take much more than just point and shoot to actually win. 
Say if I wake up one morning and have 20-30 minutes of time to waste before I head for work I'll just boot up one of those and get a few quick games in and be satisfied with it.  
Planetside 2 I play more "seriously" where we coordinate attacks on different areas to take over a continent and reap the rewards for doing it!  
Speaking of which, it's 2am here and I should probably check what people are up to in Planetside 2. 
SEE WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO ME! And today is the day before drinking and blowing my hands off with fireworks! I SHOULD BE SLEEPING! 
But no, NO!. Thanks to you I will be drunk and tired tonight when I set off fireworks!* GOD! :P
*Don't worry, I'm not actually going to be firing any fireworks off after I've been drinking. I'll just watch everyone elses fireworks while I save money. 
TL:DR: You don't care enough to even read this, do you? :P
#12 Edited by envane (1188 posts) -

mechwarrior online / hawken both currently in open beta

#13 Posted by zArcaneSkye (18 posts) -

@ZeForgotten: Actually, whenever I get replies, I read every single bit xD What does TL DR mean btw? Also, what's the difference between an Outfit and a Platoon? I'm actually watching every single beginner/tutorial video while Planetside is downloading :P And is it a huge problem if I don't use a mic?

Lastly, I used to play shooters where I would indeed, as you explained, act as a lonewolf. I used to play with friends in clans and stuff but that slowly broke apart. I actually did quite well on my own which is also why I'm not used to so much teamwork since I hate thinking strategically hence why I don't like games like SC2....and moving away from pc games - I never did a single sudoku in my life xD You can call me retarded or whatnot but its just because I'm lazy to think. :P When I play games I want to play them for fun but in the same time actually take care of my KD ratio if you get what I mean

Oh, and Happy New Year....Everyone! xP (And yes, I'm aware that the day didn't come yet, lol...)

#14 Posted by kindnivore (2954 posts) -

Planetside 2 is the best when it comes to MMOFPS - bar none. However, a crisp an AAA feeling free-to-play title like Blacklight Retribution is probably the best for online-shooters. I'll even risk saying that it's superior to current popular shooters like Call of Duty or Battlefield.

#15 Posted by Subjugation (4816 posts) -

All I can think of when I see/hear "Wolfteam"

Also, Planetside 2 is my favorite free online shooter for sure. It has things that need to be fixed, sure, but it's still plenty of fun.

#16 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -
@zArcaneSkye: (TLDR = Too Long, Didn't Read :P) 
It goes something like this 
Squad: 10 players 
Platoons: 30 players (So 3 squads) 
Outfits: ...a lot of players(Basically as we talked about, a Clan or a Guild) 
There's no problem if you don't have a Mic since there's a perfectly well working chat feature in the game if you need to talk with people. 
Some Outfits ma have a Teamspeak server running where they all coordinate and plan strikes and stuff but you don't need to be the one talking if you're just there for the action so you could easily just get in on those and listen to what people are saying and then decide if you want to be a part of the attack or just wanna join up with a squad of dudes and go kill some people for the fun of it.  
The reason being a Lonewolf is not viable(At least not often) is because: You vs. 10+ guys is never a good idea plus you get more xp for being with a group of dudes completing objectives and buffs and stuff like that.  
Also "pro"-tip 
If you are in a huge battle (I'm talking 200vs200 or more) one well placed grenade can earn you like 7 battleranks and a ton of Cert Points to buy upgrades and weapons for. 
Also, you gain a Certification Point every two hour(Even when not playing) 
And  every 250xp = a Certification Point also, so there's not really a huge grind for them when you're in a battle.  
Anyways, I'm just rambling on and probably not making much sense anymore.  
But keep checking videos (also look for videos by some of the huge players on Youtube like Totalbiscuit's videos and others, their names escape me right now though but others might be able to help)
#17 Posted by Jrinswand (1745 posts) -

If you're not going to play Team Fortress 2 then you should really be playing Tribes: Ascend. It's way better than Planetside 2 and much easier on your system.

#18 Posted by Xeirus (1486 posts) -

@Jrinswand said:

If you're not going to play Team Fortress 2 then you should really be playing Tribes: Ascend. It's way better than Planetside 2 and much easier on your system.


Also, I so glad they did right by Tribes, finally.

#19 Posted by Icemo (679 posts) -