Four games free of charge

Felipe Cabrera

Money can be hard to come by for the budding college gamer. With a ton of new and exciting releases coming out this year like “Bloodborne” and “Evolve,” you may only have enough money to snag one or two of them. But have no fear, here are four games you can get free of charge.

1. Transistor

Good news for PlayStation Plus subscribers with a PS4: Transistor is free to download from the PlayStation Store for the month of February. Transistor is a lovely sci-fi action roleplaying game published and developed by Supergiant Games. Transistor is one of the best indie titles to come out this decade, well at least since Supergiant Games last outing, “Bastion.”

In this cyberpunk fantasy, you play as Red, a famous singer of Cloudbank City, who receives a powerful great sword called Transistor during a botched assassination attempt on her life. Transistors has beautiful graphics and a soundtrack you would bop to outside the game. The clash between active and turn-base battle systems keeps the game fast past and challenging.

PlayStation Plus subscribers, you have no excuse: grab Transistor while it is free.

2. Apotheon  

PlayStation Plus subscribers can also take advantage of picking up “Apotheon” free this month.

“Apotheon” is what happens when you mix old school “Metroid” with Greek mythology and it’s pulled off well. Apotheon is a 2D-side scrolling action title that makes you nostalgic for the days of yore when side scrollers ruled the market.

The 2D world feels like you’re fighting through a live action version of paintings on ancient Greek pottery. The combat is easy to master and there are tons of weapons to choose from that break over time, ranging from daggers to spears. There’s no game quite like it on the market at the moment, so pick it up for the visual style alone.

3. Team Fortress 2

If you are a PC gamer and you have steam, is there any reason why you haven’t picked up “Team Fortress 2” yet? “Team Fortress 2” went free to play  June 23, 2011 and since then it has become one of the most popular online shooters to date.

“Team Fortress 2” is one of Valves flagship shooters and being so, it contains their signature tongue-in-cheek humor. It’s a pure online multiplayer experience where players on the Red Team and Blue Team shoot it out in variety of game modes on multitude of maps. There are nine different character classes to choose from, each with their own unique weapon loadouts, abilities and play style.

“Team Fortress 2” has had a massive online community since its initial release in 2007. The learning curve can be difficult, but once you dive in, “Team Fortress 2” will be a main stay in your library. “Team Fortress 2” is an essential for PC gamers on Steam.

4. Warframe

“Warframe” is third-person cooperative shooter developed by Digital Extremes. It’s free to play on PC, PS4 and X-Box One.

What you get with “Warframe” is the type of quality that is often times reserved for full retail releases. The graphical prowess is impressive for a free to play title, meaning that you are going to need a slightly above average PC to run this on top settings.

“Warframe” drops players in an ongoing war among four different factions: one the players will control a race of ancient warriors called the Tenno and three other enemy factions.

“Warframe” gives the third-person-shooter formula a sharp edge. Not only are you armed with a different assortment of guns and bows, but you can get up close and personal with enemies, cutting through them with swords, hammers and axes.

There are 14 different mission types, ranging from survival missions where players must survive a horde of enemies to spying missions where players must work together to hack data terminals and bring the data to an extraction point.

What seals Warframe’s quality is the dedicated people at Digital Extremes, their tech support is admirable. Not only is the game being constantly updated, but send them a glitch report and they will patch it as soon as possible — for a free-to-play game. There are developers who make full retail games who barely come close to that kind of tech support.