X-Com has been a wild hit since being released earlier this month. And while many of us have had the opportunity to play it, there may be a few who just don't have the cash to pay upwards of $60 for a game. There has to be some cheaper alternatives, perhaps even free alternatives?
Well then you've come to the right place. X-Com is a turn based strategy RPG by Firaxis and 2K Games. So what other turn-based strategy RPGs are there out there that are free to play? Let's go through some of them.
The Settlers OnlineRating: 9.0 The Settlers Online is a super engaging MMORTS from the world renowned developer Ubisoft. You know the guys that make Ghost Recon and Assassin's Creed? Yeah, they're good. And they took no short-cuts making this free to play title. The game brings a great real time strategy feel with some really unique graphics to make a great title. Basically you will build up your town from humble beginnings to one of the mightiest empires in the land. Best of all there is no downloads for this game, you can play it right in your browser. You should definitely give this game a try.
Goodgame EmpireRating: 8.2 Goodgame Empire may look a bit tame from the graphics. But let me tell you something right off the bat. This game is anything but tame. Goodgame Empire actually takes some real skill and strategy to master. There are so many new options in this city-building game that it's difficult to get everything down the first time around. You will play this game a few times before you master it, and that's why it's so fun. It's just great knowing that you are mastering a game and becoming the best.
Command and Conquer: Tiberium AlliancesRating: 8.4 Command and Conquer is another game by a big time developer. Electronic Arts brings you this excellent browser based strategy game based on the Command and Conquer story world. This game lets you experience their games in a whole new way as you can access it from any web accessible browser, which makes this one of the first truly portable MMO strategy titles to hit the market. You will be growing your empire in no-time with this awesome strategy game!
EdgeworldRating:8.0 Edgeworld is a modern take on a sci-fi free online strategy game. This city-builder is like none you've seen before. First off, you're stationed in galaxy that is in the middle of a relentless war between the Ceruleans and the Galactic Union. Three major factions collide and you are left to defend and control your portion of the empire. You will use real time strategy to take out your opponents as the Commander in charge of building our your military units to control the land.
Dragons of AtlantisRating: 8.3 Dragons of Atlantis is a MMORTS where you are the chosen one and must save the civilization of Atlantis. But you are not alone. Oh no, you have the help of a mighty dragon which you must care for and help level up in order to take down the enemies. Your dragon is a key part of the game and how you manage his skills will determine how well you do in this strategy game. You will also need to build up farms and mines and collect resources in order to keep your kingdom prospering. But remember, its the Dragon baby!
So who cares if you can't play X-Com Enemy Unknown. There are plenty of free to play titles that will fill your need for a real time strategy based game. Most played right here in your browser, so you don't have to spend the first hour downloading anything, just pick a game and start playing!
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