Thursday, January 26, 2012

Crossfire

Genre: RPG
System: Windows, Linux, Mac

Crossfire Homepage
Crossfire Free Download Page
One player will also need to download the Crossfire Server.

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Savage: The Battle for Newerth

Genre: Shooter, Real-Time Strategy
System: Windows, Linux

Savage Homepage
Savage Free Download Page

Players should also consider looking into the Savage XR project, which offers various community-developed improvements to the original game (it also has Mac support).

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Grand Theft Auto 2

Genre: Miscellaneous
System: Windows
# Players: 1 - 6


Grand Theft Auto 2 Homepage
(To download, provide an email on that page. If you do not have an email address, consider using Mailinator. If you use GMail, you may find Plus Addressing useful.)

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Adding Games


I've been adding a lot of placeholder posts for games lately, so that I can add them to the Big Free Games Index. I've compiled a pretty huge list of free LAN games from all over the Internet, and I decided the Games Index would be more useful if it was as big as can be. Some of these games I haven't even had a chance to play yet, nevermind LAN them!

I'll continue adding more games, and then I'll go back and fill in the information for them. Just giving you a heads up in case the placeholder posts were getting annoying. :P

Freecol

Genre: Strategy
System: Windows, Linux, Mac

Freecol Homepage
Freecol Free Download Page

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Freeciv

Genre: Strategy
System: Windows, Linux, Mac

Freeciv Homepage
(Free Download Links are on the same page, under "Where is Freeciv?")

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Battle for Wesnoth

Genre: Strategy
System: Windows, Linux, Mac

Battle for Wesnoth Homepage
(Free Download links are on the same page)

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Spring RTS

Genre: Strategy
System: Windows, Linux, Mac

Spring RTS is not actually a game, but an engine on which real-time strategy (RTS) games have been made. The website has quite a few games, so check them out. I will post each game individually after I get a chance to play them!

Spring RTS Homepage
Spring RTS Games Page

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Warzone 2100

Genre: Strategy
System: Windows, Linux, Mac

Warzone 2100 at Sourceforge
Warzone 2100 Free Downloads Page

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UFO: Alien Invasion

Genre: Strategy
System: Windows, Linux, Mac
# Players: 1 - 6

UFO:AI Homepage
UFO:AI Free Download Page

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Smokin' Guns


Genre: Shooter
System: Windows, Linux
# Players: 2-64


Overview:

Smokin' Guns is an FPS with a western theme. Throughout the game, players earn money which allows them to  buy new weapons and items.


Smokin' Guns Homepage
Smokin' Guns Free Download Page

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Team Fortress 2


Genre: Shooter
System: Windows, Mac
# Players: 1-24 (Technically more, but 24 is the recommended maximum)

Rating: Excellent

Overview:

Team Fortress 2 is a team-based FPS that has recently been released as "free to play." Players can choose to become one of nine classes, each with its own special abilities--for example, the Spy can turn invisible and disguise himself as an enemy. Team Fortress 2 has some unique game modes, such as "Control Points" and "Payload", which usually require some good strategizing for a team to win. Also, the game has a very active online community.


Quick Review

Team Fortress 2 is a fast-paced game that's great fun. There is a bit of a learning curve as new players get to know the classes, but there is a training mode and some useful guides available. The classes are quite balanced (or they seem to be, anyway), and by playing online, you can "find" new and interesting weapons to customize the classes. The high production quality of this game is clear throughout, as you would expect from a game that used to cost money. Overall, I think Team Fortress 2 would be fun at any LAN party, and it is an excellent game.

Team Fortress 2 Homepage
Team Fortress 2 Free Download Page

Note: downloading and playing this game requires Steam. For a LAN party without Internet access, you can still play the game by starting Steam in offline mode, but you won't be able to distribute the Install file to new players easily. A slight nuisance, yes, but worth it for this game.

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