F2PMeter: Is Heroes & Generals Truly Free to Play?
Here we are again with a new episode of our popular F2PMeter series. This time we are going to test a very interesting and maybe underrated free to play Strategy/MMOFPS: Heroes and Generals, a game set during the WWII that features huge battlefields, vehicles and objective based gameplay.
The game is fun, no doubt about that, but is it truly free-to-play? Or does it force you to open your wallet in order to be competitive? Remember that games start with a 100% of free-to-play-ness, and that % will vary depending on the answers to the questions.
Let's go with it!
No. Heroes and Generals was designed since the beginning as a free-to-play title so players can register and start playing without having to pay a dime.
Yes (optional) – -15%. In addition to the f2p option, the game offer a purchasable veteran status (lasting 24h, 30 days or 90 days) that will give you boosts to XP, currencies, one extra combat badge slot and one extra weapon slot.
Yes (but...) – -5%. Althought the chance to have weapons and gear earlier could be ignored as an advantage, the extra combat badges and inventory slots are a direct advantage over free players, even if it's not a huge gap.
Yes. There are no races besides humans. And you can play both factions for free and unlock every class through regular or premium currency. Same goes for the Generals part of the game, you can unlock it and play it through gameplay or real money.
No. The Generals part of the game can be either unlocked and bought through regular currency and gameplay or with gold (premium currency), although of course if you buy it with gold you can have access to it right from the beginning of your experience.
Yes – +10%. Yes, even if the veteran players gets some advantages and booster and you can buy the access to the Generals section straight from the beginning, the game seems to be still playable and absolutely enjoyable without opening your wallet. Free Players will just take a little more time to unlock content and features compared to the paying users.
Heroes and Generals scores a nice 75% of free-to-play-ness in our F2Pmeter.