After hosting a second LAN for 8 people at my house, I thought to create a list of potential cheap or free games. I’ll section this list into games I played at the LAN and then based on my recent Reddit post, I’ll chuck in what they recommended for FPS and RTS games. My idea of a cheap game is around $30.
PUBG – FPS/TPS Paid
This is just over the amount, but it’s a lot of fun. You can only play with 4 players at a time, but we all “readied up” at the same time so we all joined the same game.
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is a battle royale shooter that pits 100 players against each other in a struggle for survival. Gather supplies and outwit your opponents to become the last person standing.
Halflife Death Match – Source – Paid
Half-Life Deathmatch: Source is a recreation of the first multiplayer game set in the Half-Life universe. Features all the classic weapons and most-played maps, now running on the Source engine.
Left 4 Dead 1 &2 – Paid
If you have 6-8 players, or 4 and under.
From Valve (the creators of Counter-Strike, Half-Life and more) comes Left 4 Dead, a co-op action horror game for the PC and Xbox 360 that casts up to four players in an epic struggle for survival against swarming zombie hordes and terrifying mutant monsters.
Unreal Tournament – free
Unreal Tournament is a first-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and Digital Extremes
Halo Online – TPP – Free
Halo Online, a cancelled free Halo 3 derived PC game for the Russian market.
Golden Eye: Source – FPS – Free
You’ll need Source SDK 2007 from team. Go to library then tools in steam. Scroll down and install it, it’s free.
Rocket League – Car Soccer – Paid
Soccer meets driving once again in the long-awaited, physics-based multiplayer-focused sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars! Choose a variety of high-flying vehicles equipped with huge rocket boosters to score amazing aerial goals and pull-off incredible game-changing saves!
Sven co-op – FPS – Free
Sven Co-op is a co-operative game originally based around Valve Software’s Half-Life. In this game players must work together against computer controlled enemies and solve puzzles as a team.
Garry’s mod – FPS – Paid
Garry’s Mod is a physics sandbox. There aren’t any predefined aims or goals. We give you the tools and leave you to play.
Brawlhalla – FPS – Free – Up to 8 players
An epic platform fighter for up to 8 players online or locally. And it’s free! Join casual free-for-alls, queue for ranked matches, or make a custom room with your friends. Millions of players. Frequent updates. Over thirty unique legends. Come fight for glory in the halls of Valhalla!
Fistful of Frags – FPS – Free
Multiplayer based, first person enabled, action packed and skill demanding shooter set in the Wild West times. A unique combination of non-stop action and slow but powerful weaponry.
No more room in hell – FPS – Free
“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”A tribute to the highly acclaimed film series in which the above quote originated from, No More Room in Hell (PC Gamer’s Mod of the Year 2011, ModDB’s Editor Choice Multiplayer Mod of the Year 2011), is a co-operative realistic first person.
Alien Swarm – FPS – Free
Available free of charge, the game thrusts players into an epic bug hunt featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad-level tactics. With your friends, form a squad of four distinct IAF Marine classes. Plan your attack using an unlockable arsenal of weapons with countless loadout configurations against a wide variety of aliens.
Quake 3 Arena – FPS – Paid
Welcome to the Arena, where high-ranking warriors are transformed into spineless mush. Abandoning every ounce of common sense and any trace of doubt, you lunge onto a stage of harrowing landscapes and veiled abysses.
Nexuiz Classic – FPS – Free
Nexuiz is a free first-person shooter video game developed and published by Alientrap.
Xonotic – FPS – Free
Xonotic is an addictive, arena-style first person shooter with crisp movement and a wide array of weapons. It combines intuitive mechanics with in-your-face action to elevate your heart rate.
Warsow – FPS – Free
Set in a futuristic cartoonish world, Warsow is a completely free fast-paced first-person shooter (FPS) for Windows, Linux and macOS.
Teeworlds – Worms/Soldat – Free
Teeworlds is a free online multiplayer game, available for all major operating systems. Battle with up to 16 players in a variety of game modes, including Team Deathmatch and Capture The Flag.
0 A.D – RTS – Free
A free, open-source real-time strategy game of ancient warfare.
Unvanquished – FPS/RTS – Free
Unvanquished is a free and open-source video game. It is multiplayer team-based, first-person shooter and real-time strategy game.
Urban Terror – Slow FPS – Free
Urban Terror can be described as a Hollywood tactical shooter; somewhat realism based, but the motto is “fun over realism”. This results in a very unique, enjoyable and addictive game.
SpringRTS – RTS – Free
A 3D RTS with a lot of customisation and many offshoots of the game. You should be able to find what you all like.
Warzone 2100 – RTS – Free
In Warzone 2100, you command the forces of The Project in a battle to rebuild the world after mankind has almost been destroyed by nuclear missiles.
Red Alert – RTS – Paid
Buy it from multiple retailers for cheap
A classic RTS game that helped to build the RTS genre into what it is today.
Total Annihilation – RTS – Paid
What began as a conflict over the transfer of consciousness from flesh to machines escalated into a war which has decimated a million worlds. The Core and the Arm have all but exhausted the resources of a galaxy in their struggle for domination.
Written by Adam “Bruce L33t” Lamotte