This online, multiplayer game lets you shoot the bad guys with your team of elite soldiers
Windows 8 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows XP
Crossfire is a team-based first-person shooter game that’s free to play and offers numerous modes and maps.
Developed by SmileGate, a South Korean video game developer, Crossfire is a 3D FPS that emphasizes tactics and teamwork. The game has the framework for a story that includes two factions: Black List and Global Risk. In each mode, you’ll be a member of one of those teams working alongside other human players to complete objectives and vanquish foes.
Gameplay is reasonably fast-paced but not as fast as modern Call of Duty. There’s certainly been an effort to recapture the multiplayer of older games like Goldeneye, and it’s somewhat successful on that front. The game’s graphics are outdated now and were to some degree even at release. That can be a pro or a con depending on your perspective. On one hand, the new FPS games on the market blow it away in the visuals department. On the other hand, this game can run on practically any modern computer and can achieve 60 or even 120 FPS without the need for a lot of expensive hardware.
The available game modes mirror the most popular in CoD: deathmatch, search and destroy, free for all and horde mode. There’s no hardpoint or equivalent, however. There’s also a unique mode called Ghost as well as dozens of maps. Some maps are specific to certain modes, but many can be played across many different game modes. The game also features a great deal of customization. You can customize your character, your weapons and the many other items you carry.
It’s not just the gameplay that keeps you coming back. There are many guns and items to unlock, and you’ll unlock these as you put time into the game and play various modes. There’s also an RPG-like system. You’ll begin at rank one and can ascend to 100. Each new rank unlocks new items to purchase in the game’s storefront. Items in the storefront can be purchase with Game Points or GP, which you’ll accrue by playing and being victorious. There are also microtransactions that let you purchase these items for real money instead, which is how the developer offsets being free to play.