10 Essential Free Games of 2016

'Ravenfield' SteelRaven7

From RPG puzzlers to first person shooters, download platform Itch.io is giving free to play a good name

From RPG puzzlers to first person shooters, download platform Itch.io is giving free to play a good name

Ravenfield

Say what you will about the state of big-budget gaming, but few will deny that 2016 was a banner year for shooters of all stripes, including EA's All Quiet on the Western Front simulator Battlefield 1. Tightwads among us who don't feel like forking over that kind of cash can settle for Ravenfield, which emulates the chaotic appeal of DICE's long-tenured franchise with surprising success, only with the immaculately-rendered hunks of player-controlled man-meat replaced with stick figures. And while it's only single-player as of yet, the legion of bots that round out your team will just as reliably crash their helicopters, jeeps, and ATVs as their human counterparts, so you might not even notice a difference. Hell, it's probably an improvement.
Play Ravenfield at Itch.io

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