The best free-to-play games

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Gone are the days where free games equated to ropey puzzle games and knock-off clones of games that had a price tag. These days, courtesy of in-app payments and the ease of offering both a sample of title alongside its full-fat version, there’s actually plenty of great games to play without spending a dime. Put your card away, and consider this your starting point.

Apex Legends

Although Fortnite is without a doubt the most popular free-to-play battle royale game, that doesn’t mean you won’t have a great time with the rest of the bunch. Apex Legends is the perfect example of that. From the studio that brought you Titanfall, Apex is a 60-player deathmatch with teams consisting of three people each. The goal is for your team to be the last one standing in Kings Canyon, where you’ll have to loot and fight your way to survival using characters like Octane, an adrenaline junkie whose ultimate move is deploying a jump pad that catapults you into the air for sneak attacks.

You can download it and use the majority of Apex’s characters without having to spend any money. That said, you will have to shell out some cash to access to certain content, including weapon skins and new characters such as Wattson, the savvy electrical engineer who was added in Apex Legends season two on July 2nd. If you don’t like the cartoonish aspect of Fortnite, and if you’re a fan of the action-packed Titanfall gameplay, it doesn’t get much better than Apex. EA

Doki Doki Literature Club

Doki Doki Literature Club looks like any other dating sim. It plays like any other dating sim. Until it doesn’t, and then you’re rocking yourself to sleep and trying to get images of damaged schoolgirls out of your head. There’s a creeping sense that something is terribly wrong and even though we’ve already spoiled one of the major twists — that this supposedly innocent story of a bunch of book-loving teens is, in fact, a horror title — you’ll still find yourself dreading every new development and wondering what the game will do to them (and you) next. KN

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