F2PMeter: Is Triad Wars Truly Free to Play?

We’re putting Triad Wars through the F2PMeter this time, the open world action multiplayer by United Front Games, developers of the previous title Sleeping Dogs, players will now find themselves as part of the Chinese Triad in Hong Kong, tasked with building up their own Turf and taking down their rival gangs. With some truly unique features and explosive cinematic combat and driving elements the game is a high octane and brutal multiplayer. The game has been dubbed free to play but as we go through our list of questions, removing points along the way, we’ll see how free Triad Wars really is, so join us!

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Does the game require an initial purchase?


There is no purchase needed to download or play the game.

Does the game require any continued paid subscription?


No subscription model exists for the game.

Does the game require spending money on DLC packs or expansions?


Currently there are no available expansions or DLC.

Does the game support micro-transactions? Can anything be purchased in-game using real world money?

'Yes' -5%

The main business model is microtransactions through the purchase of Gold premium currency, this gold can be earned as you level up in smaller amounts, and allows players to purchase various things including clothing items, vehicles and Favor packs. Favors are booster cards that players can equip to their character to give them XP boosts, upgrades to their Turf, new weapons and a variety of other customize on-the-fly options.

Do any of the micro-transactions give players an advantages?

Yes (but…) -10%

There are plenty of advantages with Favors (that is their purpose after all), however they can be earned with typical gameplay quite frequently from completing Operations and Raids. The only benefits with microtransaction are that the Favor packs are obviously quicker to acquire by spending cash/gold, but also each pack comes with a guaranteed Rare Favor that is a super boost.

Is the user interface customization restricted to paid options?


There are no options to customize the UI.

Does the game give access to all available Factions?


The game has three available factions that players can choose from, though there is no mechanical differences and so no subsequent restrictions.

Does the game require have limitations to how the 'Auction House' /Market/Trade system is accessed?


There are no Market/Trade systems in the game, the shop is accessible to all players.

Are personal inventory and/or bank slots limited at all?


There are no F2P limitations to storage, either your Favor collection or your garage.

Are all dungeons and zones accessible without purchases?


All of Hong Kong can be accessed without paying money, including all the content and missions within it.

Does the game restrict high endgame content (PVE, Raids or PvP)?


Content stays relatively similar throughout the game with no specific end game features, and so there aren’t any restrictions.

Can the game be fully enjoyed without ever having to spend a ‘penny’?

'Yes' +10%

Triad Wars is really fun and players can play the game without ever taking advantage of the ease of access that Favor Packs bring, all the content is otherwise available. Whilst there are certain elements of gameplay that could be improved players with otherwise have a great time playing the game with hours’ worth of enjoyment.


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2 Comments - "F2PMeter: Is Triad Wars Truly Free to Play?"

  1. Jafarson October 13, 2015 at 4:04 PM -

    ok its free…. but multiplayer??? really???????? how about multiplayer meter? 0.001?

  2. Erictus October 14, 2015 at 9:41 AM -

    I finally uninstalled Triad Wars after 60+ hours of game play and 30+ random game crashes. Was getting tired of repeating same Raids against AI bots in supposedly PvP anyway.
    Would have left it installed on PC and log in to collect Laundered gold daily if it was optimized enough to let players actually play without having to worry about game crashing in the middle of something that causes a defeat and a shame that brings when other players see evidence spray mark on the ground and pay respect to it while laughing how a noob he/she is. You lose “Face” in-game if game crashes on you during raids; you “Facepalm” in real life.

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