Free, right? The best things in life are free. So goes the refrain. And yet, with games, it certainly has not always been so. Is that changing?

Let’s talk about that.

It’s been awhile since we dedicated an episode to surveying the landscape of Free To Play games, and this seemed like a good time to circle back around on that topic. The ever-growing list of free games on Steam beckons to the frugal gamer, but time is money – are they worth your time? Surprisingly often, it seems these days that they are.

Many of the games we discuss can be found in the above link, but we call out and give attention to Neverwinter (a game to which I give a deserved apology), Star Trek Online, Tribes Ascend, and Planetside 2, among others.

In a different part of the show, I entreat you to check out Monaco, and I totally forget the name of Intrusion 2. Sorry, Intrusion 2, but to be fair, for being such a fun game your name is crazy generic. Regardless, do you like Contra-styled side scrolling action games? Play that one. It’s good.

Not quite as long as our last episode, but there’s still a solid couple of hours in store, so settle in.

Don’t worry. It won’t cost a thing.

Hosted, Summarized & Clumsily Edited by Eric [Ravenlock]
Participants are James [Vigil80] and Robert [Trebor]

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