For a sub-genre of MMO’s that hasn’t been around all that long, there are an absolute slew of free to play MMOFPS, MMOTPS and multiplayer online shooter games on the market. It’s not surprising really; this genre is like the perfect melding of two seemingly disparate things. The relentless action and excitement of shooters, with the joy of social features and item collecting found in RPG’s. With so many new entries out there, we figured we’d help you sort through them all with this list of the Top 10 Free Shooters to Play in 2013.

10. Battlefield Play4Free

The second venture of Electronic Arts in the free-to-play genre with the Battlefield name (after the cartoony Battlefield Heroes), Battlefield Play4Free is a more serious game. Based mostly on the acclaimed Battlefield 2 game, this FPS offers 32-player battles in a Middle East setting. Players choose between the United States and Russia sides and enter some exhilarating FPS action. There are 16 vehicles to use in the game maps, such as helicopters, tanks and fighter jets, making things even more chaotic.
Play now: Battlefield Play4Free

9. Global Agenda: Free Agent

After a warm critical reception, developer Hi-Rez Studio decided to drop the subscription on their jetpack-powered MMO shooter Global Agenda, and later opted for the addition of a free-to-play model. And then Global Agenda: Free Agent was revealed. Global Agenda: Free Agent offers some exciting team-based PvP gameplay and Agency vs. Agency territory conflict in a third-person perspective. The crisp graphics and polished presentation make this game truly shine.
Play now: Global Agenda: Free Agent

8. Alliance of Valiant Arms

Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA) offers up tons of awesome game modes, near-limitless customization, and some of the tightest shooting gameplay to be found online. It’s good looking and stable, thanks to the Unreal Engine powering its thirst for blood, and runs nearly lag free.
Play now: Alliance of Valiant Arms

7. APB Reloaded

APB spent just a few months as a retail product and was promptly shut down… but not forgotten. GamersFirst acquired the rights for this MMO and after a revamp (including some features such as a new district and clan-based combat mechanics, among others) released it to an eager community. APB Reloaded is one of a kind and the mix of third-person shooting and driving is a successful one. The Criminals vs. Enforcers gameplay is an exciting one and the city of San Paro acts as a solid playground. APB Reloaded it´s not a perfect game (well… no game is perfect, all of them have flaws) but GamersFirst has a blockbuster in their hands, a MMO game with many indisputable qualities. If you like non-stop action, this is the one.
Play now: APB Reloaded

6. Gotham City Impostors

Fans of DC Comic’s iconic hero/villain duo Batman and Joker will find Monolith Productions Gotham City Impostors to be a welcomed addition to the F2P FPS genre. The shooter pits players as wannabe Batman vigilantes vs Joker thugs in zany, often over the top brawls. Players can choose from a large assortment of homemade weapons and contraptions including Jack in the Box explosives, pipe bombs, inflatable bouncing shoes, marble machine guns, katanas and other non traditional weaponry. Players can enjoy customizing the look of both their vigilante and villain with a wide range of costume unlocks, voice packs and unlockable perks which allow a player to tailor their character to fit a specific playstyle. Enjoy a large variety of maps and interesting game modes in this eccentric shooter!
Play now: Gotham City Impostors

5. Ghost Recon Online

Ghost Recon Online, is Ubisoft’s Free-to-Play rendition of their popular third person, cover-based tactical series. The TPS features a heavy focus on cover mechanics with the ability to seek shelter behind various walls and objects, providing the player with decreased recoil and increased bullet protection. Ghost Recon Online features three soldier classes each with their own unique weapon type and special ability, allowing players to work together as a tactical squad in order to complete objectives and gain the upper hand.
Play now: Ghost Recon Online

4. Tribes Ascend

With the experience gained with Global Agenda, it’s hard to think of a better suited studio than Hi-Rez to work on the popular Tribes franchise. Tribes: Ascend fully delivered on what fans were expecting of it, offering exciting and fast-paced FPS combat where jetpacks truly make a difference. The vibrant colors help create a compelling world that is quickly filled with all kinds of weapon blasts that any player with a slight interest for sci-fi and experience in the genre (not mandatory but helpful) just has to enjoy.
Play now: Tribes: Ascend

3. Blacklight: Retribution

Blacklight: Retribution is the follow-up to Blacklight: Tango Down, a 2010 downloadable shooter that earned some mixed reviews. This free-to-play FPS fixes some of the problems of the original title and adds some much needed quality to the genre. Among the distinctive features are the HRV (that lets you look through walls for partners and enemies) and the hardsuit, an hulking armor pretty much similar to a mech. With great graphics, customizable weapons and fast and furious gameplay, Blacklight: Retribution is well worth seeking out by fans of rock-solid FPS games.
Play now: Blacklight: Retribution

2. Team Fortress 2

Valve stormed the market by unleashing Team Fortress 2 as a free-to-play game, offering what is undoubtedly one of the finest shooters ever for free. It’s not just the brilliant cartoon visuals – from which Battlefield Heroes was clearly inspired – or the polished game mechanics, but also the humor that the charismatic characters bring to the matches. If there’s a free shooter out there that everyone must play, that shooter is Team Fortress 2. As long as Valve keeps things balanced between the free and premium players, this is a game that has a fantastic lasting appeal.
Play now: Team Fortress 2

1. PlanetSide 2

Sony Online Entertainment was the first to bring the scale of war to the FPS genre with the original Planetside back in 2003 and now again in 2012 with none other then the sequel to Planetside, aptly named Planetside 2. This unmatched open-world MMOFPS boasts the largest FPS battles currently available, with 2000 players spread across 3 factions in an all out war. Fans of vehicular warfare in games such as Battlefield, will enjoy similar ground and air combat, with Planetside 2 focusing heavily on air to air enagements and massive tank warfare. Unlike most traditional lobby based shooters, Planetside 2 is completely open world, with battles waging across 3 distinctly unique continents, each around 64sqkm in size! Planetside 2 offers an unprecedented amount of depth for a shooter, with 6 unique classes players can independently level up, customize and switch to on the fly. If you like organized large scale warfare, nothing beats Planetside 2.
Play now: PlanetSide 2

This impressive list of free shooters stands to grow even larger throughout the year, and several new MMOFPS and MMOTPS games are in development. Whether they can top any of the games on this list remains to be seen, but they’ll have their hands full. Still, we can’t wait to see where this genre takes us in 2013 and beyond.

**This page will be updated from time to time so don´t forget to share your top 10! Last update: Dec 4th 2012.

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  5. dose it matter if someone likes a game and you don’t really call of duty was always grate to play with friends but battle field was always a more serious game… besides cod ghosts is pay to win too.

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  9. Battlefield Play4Free was meant to be a free to play Battlefield 2. But it had so much more popularity, that we increased the features of the game, and we made the graphics and sounds better. But it doesn’t have all the destruction that was in Battlefield 3, Battlefield Bad Company 1 and 2 etc.
    It didn’t have the Frostbite engine so that slower computers could play it too.

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  10. Battlefield Play4Free is a high-graphic, fast paced shooting game for people who love action. Battlefield Heroes though offered a less war-torn environment for younger players. And they are nothing to be looked at as 2 scompletely identical games.

  11. I have to say something about “Alliance of Valiant Arms” game –

    * This game is the worst rating game by players! If you are playing it for 5 months or more you will see that Aeria Games company is killing this game every time they have a chance.

    * !!! You must pay a LOT OF REAL MONEY to own SOME permanent stuff !!! *

    Because you can buy ONLY TIMED stuff for in game cash. A.V.A community is one of the worst I know of. Accounts are banning instantly, amount of hackers is increasing. AVA haven’t got even capable programmers.

    * EVERY patch takes A LOT OF HOURS! many times it is whole day and after they release the update… The game have a lot of new bugs.
    (I played this game for 4-5 years since IJJI beta. U.A.V.A is not good game anymore.)

    * !!!This game have status -> Pay2Win!!! *

    There is not balance between In Game Cash Stuff and Real Cash Stuff.
    Verdict: “If you have too much money to spend and a huge patience, then this game is for you.”

    *My Rating for this game is 0/10 because A.V.A have no right to be called Play For Free Game.

    PS.: This is just true about this game. The evidence is game it self. Try it and you will see.

  12. Hmm I can agree with this list, TF2 falling down to #2 after having #1 for years makes sense esp. considering what planetside 2 offers as a newer game. The placement of tribes and black light as #4 and #3 also seems fitting.

  13. I think most of these games in the top 10 are crap and and the most are old games…

    I played almost all of these games…

    And I guarantee you guys will like this game.. And in my opinion it should be in this top 10 list at least.. But for me! Number one is
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  14. Team Fortress 2 is just excellent and deserves its spot on the list ….better at spot 1

    There are very few games which actually pay equality to the free and the premium users and TF2 is one of them with the best of class.I think it should have topped the list

  15. Forgot to add blacklight retribution. Best graphics even though I had to lower them to stop freezing. I just wasn’t very good at it.

  16. I want a newer list, I see MMOBomb.com as my primary source for free fps games, I really want a newer list.

    I’ve tried most of those games btw, here’s my review.

    Battlefield play4free was really really choppy, don’t know why.

    Alliance of valliant arms, though lower graphics was my favorite because on the Christmas gift level and the pyramid level I was usually a top player. They gave me a free MP5K (mp5K not mp5) that was great for close to medium distance headshots. And then on those levels I would sport an auto shotgun and fearlessly usually get an averadge of 6 or more headshots playing kinda fearlessly. I bet if they didn’t give me a free mp5k I would not have enjoyed it as much.

    APB reloaded doesn’t work well for me, I expect it has too high of graphics. What I did like during my short play time was that I could use a car that looks like a black ford focus from the back, and I use to have a black ford focus svt.

    Gotham City Impostors was cool, I was ok at it, but it was kinda choppy. Plus only one game mode seemed to work, I think the other game modes didn’t have enough players?

    Ghost recon is ok, it’s very based around taking cover. But that’s why I would use my recon’s see people taking cover ability and run up behind them with a submachine gun. I enjoy the game from time to time.

    The skiing in tribes ascend was cool but I havn’t played it much.

    Team fortress was ok, but I wasn’t good at it.

    Planet side just never worked on my PC.

    the games I didn’t list are those I havn’t tried

    anyways what I really wanted to say is I want a newer fps list from MMOBomb

  17. I would love to play these free fps games but I cannot use the keys and mouse.I absolutely suck! Does anyone know if you can use a controller for these games and if not any tips on how to improve using the keys and mouse?Well actually I play on a laptop so I don’t actually use a mouse but instead the mouse pad .Like I stated any suggestions will be very appreciated for a game lover that cannot get used to playing without a controller on console.

  18. From my experience, Tf2 is the best free fps game out of the shown games. If you want totally awesome fps you need to pay for it, like bf3 or bf4.

  19. com man!!!! battlefield? where is microvolts that is the best game shooters play that game have fun friends clan fight try play this game

  20. I think that Planetside deserves to win.
    My opinion: 1.Planetside 2
    2.Tribes Ascend
    3.Blacklight
    But good list of best shooters 😀

  21. The Arctic Combat site webzen says I have to download the game client to play Arctic Combat.And when I try to download it ,says AC game client is no longer available for download.What should I do to play the game?

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  23. Hmmm… In my honest opinion every game listed here and many, many, many more are horrible in all kinds of ways. The graphics blow and all of the content is boring (all the same crap that has been around for the past 10 years). I hate saying this I really do, but seriously… nothing is really pushing the edge as far as fps online is concerned. I want something fresh and jaw dropping! A game that is years ahead of its time and unfortunately there is nothing out there that is keeping me interested. I have tried every game on this list plus many more, and with all of them… I load it, install it, and play for about 15 min then hang it up only to uninstall it and go look for a better one. I’m caught in an endless circle of the same old S#%T different day syndrome. It is not because I suck, well I do suck, but years ago when this stuff was fresh and new I enjoyed it enough to be good at it. I can remember playing Medal of Honor Allied Assault for hours even days, long enough to become a melon popping bad ass with 0 deaths, 23 kills, and 16 head shots! I am so bored with games today that I just can’t seem to want to play long enough to get good at them. I just finished Planet Side 2… I mean exactly that… FINISHED IT! I downloaded it, installed it and played it. All with in about a 1 hour period. I got a bad ass puter that I built for work ( Im a graphics designer) so it doesn’t take long for me to download games off the wire. PLS2 is just the same as the rest of them. I don’t have to even say what the game consists of because all you guys already know what its about (without even having to play it). I’m waiting for a programmer to step up to the plate and knock one to the damn moon! C’mon… somebody make something different, something fantastic that just plain KICKS ASS!

  24. LADIES, LADIES. I just read the whole faking page of a comment war. and from what i seen you guys can’t accept other peoples opinions. i think Battlefield and Battlefield Heroes both good and suck. I have played both for at least weeks they both have cons and pros. for example Battlefield has a Pay2Win reference while Battlefield heroes has the good guns for real money while decent guns for in-game currency. If you guys want a game that really has all the normal armor and equipment weapons, etc.. without always paying real money. the winner is Ghost Recon: Online. thank you and have a good gaming life. 🙂

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  26. OK hi guys if any of you all here still play battlefield play4free add me i am currently a level 8 and my name is [141]Mr.Ghost in the game.

  27. + Your standard avatar doesn’t look stupid

    + Your standard weapons upgrade with your avatar level, they may not be as perfect, but deal the same damage as any other similar weapon for your level

    + You will get the best available weapons for your avatar for trying them out a few rounds if you level up

    + You can level up fast even without boosters. I’ve made it halfway through already.

    + You will get level-up rewards and loot on your way, such as grenades and upgrades for your stuff.

    + Seems like if you perform very bad in a round, you get almost the same amount of Requisition Points currency as if you performed very good.

    + A maxed armor or weapon for your level will set you back $15 each, or nothing more than 25 hours of game time without boosters, I’d say.

    + Your equipment will be permanent

    + Game is still in open beta stage and development should be in progress.

    + You can use PayPal for payment.

    +/- Highly team oriented, most of the time you have to stick with your squad for success. People usually do not utilize team speak much, though. Gameplay is simple and fast.

    – You will be mixed against maxed avatars, in particular, you will face high powered sniper rifles killing you with one shot in the foot, and the guys who know every spot to misuse them.

    – Persistence is an important part of this game, but half the Recons will usually not cover your back as they should and instead camp their favorite spots the whole match.

    – Punkbuster can be tricked, and this is a F2P game. Expect some little immature pricks using ESP and no recoil hacks with their latest account, and to leave a match at times.

  28. Soldierfront 2 is a new f2p shooter comming out. When it does come out can we get a review and first look for it? I know its going to be on the top 10 f2p shooter game.

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  31. What about Crossfire ? I played that game for long time and i think it is great game it have lot of content and great gameplay something like Counter Strike it have simple graphic but it is still unique.

  32. K GUYS. just to make sure if you’ve been reading the comments on AVA, a while ago there was a transaction from ijji to aeria and around after that time there was a HUGE wave of hackers, but for a long time its been completely dealt with and there are little-to no hackers at all. If any, they are in co-op mode trying to cheat money or something, but there is also barely any of that. Ava is great, love zombie mode haha. So is planetside2. just people know

  33. im getting tribes ascend cuz im not too good with super large maps like planetside2, but i still might give planet a try

  34. Question how the hell did all of you go from being descent and talking about games to um how should I put it……Turning the forum into a Damn battle field? o.O BFP4F tried it Didn’t like it BFH haven’t tried should I try? Project Blackout on the other hand….If any of you want to get your ass kicked in a FPS game let me know, Download Project Blackout and we will throw down.

    (I would and will kick all your asses at that game) And I just started playing it that’s the bad part. XD

  35. Battlefield P4F- absolute garbage,
    Global Agenda- had some very cool elements, but went bland after if went free to play,
    A.V.A- it’s pretty fun, better then recent F2P shit shooters (Arctic Combat, Sin City, Born to Fire),
    APB reloaded- fun, for maybe an hour, with friends, maybe day,
    Ghost recon online- really fun game, very excited, too bad the downloader is f**d up and the devs aren’t fixing it,
    Tribes Ascend- fun for a certain crowd, I personally suck balls at it,
    Blacklight retribution- crazy fun, been playing it since closed beta, and loving every second,
    Team Fortress 2- do I need to honestly say anything? Fantastic (as always),
    Planetside 2- Very fun, but Planetside 1 was more fun, as it had more innovation, but it’s going to go free to play in June, so MMOBOMB’s going to update their list. Suggestion: Get rid of Battlefield P4F.

      • It has TONS of things to customize, good labyrinthian maps, graphics are decent, optimization is all right, shooting now has a recoil system, it’s not p2w at all, good art design, Hardsuits are fun as hell, the Hrv is a game changer, team coordination is not required, but completing objectives is much more rewarding then getting kills. It’s overall a fantastic game, the one downside is dubstep.

  36. Mhhhh Planetside2 is a good good game graphic is near of halo 3’s graphic but and is a copy of [Halo] by microsoft because some vehicules are halo’s vehicles and the carachters are near to be halo’s carachters

  37. TOM’S CLANCY:GHOST RECON
    &
    TEAM FORTESS 2
    THERE ARE THE BEST.
    BUT IT’S BETTER TEAM FORTESS 2 WITHOUT STEAM (IN DIRECT DOWNLOAD WITH LAUNCHER)
    😉

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