If you’re interested in entertaining yourself and having fun by playing online games, the numerous options available may seem overwhelming. Even more challenging is that you may hear experienced gamers use unfamiliar terms to refer to certain genres of online games. Here, we look at five main genres of affordable or free in-browser games that you can start playing right now.
We have selected in-browser online games because in addition to being convenient, a number of vendors of these games offer them at great deals. Additionally, some of these genres have options for both single-player and multiplayer modes.
1. First Person Shooter (FPS) Games
In these games, you are engaged in fast-paced real-time action through the character’s eyes, i.e. the first person perspective. Shooting is the primary focus. Popular modern FPS games are typically available in multiplayer format. In fact, some developers of FPS games create only games with multiplayer modes. Common first person shooter games include Call of Duty, Battlefield, Far Cry, Destiny, Doom and Halo.
2. Role Playing Games (RPGs)
RPGs are usually adventure-based games with three essential aspects. First, they feature a specific overall narrative or quest and smaller sub-quests and sub-narratives centered on the game’s canon and lore. The second aspect is levelling or character evolution, in which, as the main character, you gather knowledge, experience and skills by vanquishing enemies and completing quests. The third element is crafting and inventory management of magic spells, armor, weapons, etc. crucial for progressing in the fantasy world. RPG examples include games in the Witcher franchise.
3. Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) Games
While a number of current games are available online, MMO games offer players a much broader experience because they typically involve the participation of thousands to millions of players on the platform in real time. Available in first person, third person or top view, MMOs sometimes incorporate the RPG format, resulting in a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) hybrid. Important to note is that MMORPG games are a subset of MMO games. The widely popular and successful World of Warcraft is the best example of an MMORPG as it brings together a fictional world (Azeroth) and fictional characters.
4. Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) and Real-Time Strategy (RTS) Games
In MOBA games, such as League of Legends and DOBA, you control a single character — a champion or hero — who with the help of computer-aided minions attack and destroy an opposing team using a variety of abilities and weapons. RTS games, such as Warcraft III, are similar to MOBA games except you control entire empires, nations or armies that use large-scale strategic warfare and maneuvering to defeat to defend themselves against enemy armies.
5. Online Casino Games
There are a number of real-money online casinos to choose from nowadays. Give preference to the ones that offer not only a great experience but also unrivaled safety and convenient payment and payout options. The best option, especially if you’re a beginner, are no-download in-browser online casinos that only require you to log in and make a deposit into your bankroll in order to play. Examples of games you can play at online casinos include Blackjack, Baccarat, Poker, Craps, Keno and Slots among others.