Best Free PC Games of the Month – February 2014

Valentine’s Day is over, and all your money has been spent on candy and flowers and diamonds (oh my!). Give your wallet some breathing room while still keeping yourself entertained with ModCrash’s roundup of the best free PC games for the month of February. We have included the top 5 best free PC games ranging from FPS (Blacklight Retribution) to MMORTS (Stronghold Kingdoms) to give a wide variety!

Best Free PC Games of the Month – February 2014

1. Blacklight Retribution – FPS (multiplayer)

Best Free PC Games: Blacklight Retribution

Best Free PC Games: Blacklight Retribution

I would describe Blacklight Retribution as a fine substitute while we wait for the release of Titanfall. This game is a refreshing take on the free to play FPS genre, and while it is easy to pick up, it is difficult to master. There is a metric ton of customization options, and you earn plenty of in game points by playing to unlock bonuses and extras. You can customize nearly every aspect of your player and weapons, a la Army of Two. It plays somewhat like Call of Duty multiplayer, but without many of the flaws and downfalls of the COD series (what, players actually work together and don’t camp?!) The environment can also work to your advantage (or disadvantage), one map was pouring with rain and made finding enemies more difficult. You can even unlock giant mech-fighters in game to destroy your enemies. The levels themselves are unique and well designed. I recommend taking the time to go through the tutorials and training, as the home screens are quite busy and can be overwhelming if you don’t figure out where everything is. If you are looking for a fun, varied FPS that will take up a lot of your time, this is the one.

Links to play: Signup and download, or via Steam

2. Neverwinter – MMORPG

Best Free PC Games: Neverwinter

Best Free PC Games: Neverwinter

Neverwinter is an MMORPG based off of Dungeons & Dragons and enjoys the backing of Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast. In my humble opinion, this game puts World of Warcraft to shame. The gameplay will be familiar to fans of MMORPGs, and the HUD and screens look much like WoW, LOTRO, etc. However what sets this game apart is the customization and intuitive gameplay. Instead of frantically pushing buttons when you’re in combat, you just point and shoot using your mouse. Skills and powers are explained as you earn them, and a wise sounding man tells you exactly what button to press for each new attack or ability. Your bags are organized by type of object (something that always bugged the crap out of me in WoW), and you can hit a button to auto-organize everything. Your chosen customization greatly effects your character and the game, and everything I did had a purpose; I never felt like I was just doing tedious tasks meant only to increase my level. The graphics are superb, and if your mind isn’t blown by the opening sequence then I don’t know what to say.

Links to play: Signup and download, or via Steam

3. Nitronic Rush – Racing

Best Free PC Games: Nitronic Rush

Best Free PC Games: Nitronic Rush

Nitronic Rush is a survival racing game that was made by students from DigiPen Institute of Technology. The game is clearly heavily influenced by Tron, so if you love that techno-lite-brite feel, you’ll love this game. Your car has abilities like boost, hop, and wings, making it possible to take a different way each and every time you play a track. Half the fun is racing through as fast as you can, and half is doing tricks and finding crazy new ways to finish levels. The obstacles and multiple ways to do anything and everything you can imagine make this somewhat of a puzzle/strategy game as well. There are story, hardcore, and challenge modes, the hardcore modes being exceedingly fun/frustrating. It is a feast for the eyes, ears, and fingers, and a great twist to the racing genre.

Links to play: Download

4. Open TTD – Urban planning/strategy

Best Free PC Games: Open TTD

Best Free PC Games: Open TTD

I love the Sim games, and SimCity was some of the most fun I ever had pulling my hair out. However, SimCity is kind of expensive, and if you want the fun without the money Open TTD (Transport Tycoon Deluxe) is the way to go. The graphics are basic, but it doesn’t really effect gameplay in urban planning games. The map is impressively huge, and offers plenty of opportunity to create an entire world filled with bustling cities and people. It can be quite a bit to familiarize yourself with all the controls and options, but once you do you will find a wealth of entertainment and hours of fun.

Links to play: Open TTD website & download

5. Stronghold Kingdoms – MMORTS

Best Free PC Games: Stronghold Kingdoms

Best Free PC Games: Stronghold Kingdoms

This game puts you into a real time medieval strategy/building simulation where you work your way from Village Idiot to Prince. You begin by choosing a region from a real-life map. I got to build my stronghold in my homestate of Texas (kind of a strange place for a castle to be, but whatever). Strategic decisions are made throughout the game, incorporating a variety of economic, military, political, architectural, industrial, agricultural, and mercantile decisions that challenge players. It is important to work with other players to grow your power and reach, build guilds, and generally be social in this enormous world. Every decision you make influences the game, and it is awesome to come back after a break and see that your village has continued to grow and flourish (or be beat to hell by neighboring attackers). This game will definitely take up a lot of your time, and it will be worth it.

Links to play: Signup and download, or via Steam


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