5 AAA Games With NO Microtransactions You Should Give a Try
Triple-A games or blockbuster games, in which creators have invested heavily, and you probably shelled out several tens of dollars per title, should never ever force their users to pay for content they’ve already paid for. Unfortunately, some AAA series has the audacity to feature microtransactions for an extra buck in their developers’ pockets (we’re looking at you, FIFA!).
We have handpicked five AAA titles with no loot boxes that have recently caught our attention. But first, let’s see what those pesky microtransactions everybody is nagging about really are.
What Are Game Microtransactions?
Microtransactions (MTX) are all in-game purchases that help game developers earn an extra buck. They are usually embedded in “free” mobile games as a stream of revenue for game creators. Gamers who don’t make in-app purchases usually have to watch ads, experience a slower game progression, or even lack access to important items and game areas.
However, when large titles like AAA games use microtransactions to boost producers’ revenue, things can get tricky. Many gamers consider that it is unfair to pay from $50 to $100 for a game to have to pay extra to gain access to certain in-game content in a game you’ve already paid for. However, the practice is fairly common, especially in massively multiplayer online games (MMOs).
In Japan, there are even some games called gacha (gacha means “toy vending machine”) that work only if you use real-world currency on loot boxes, a type of microtransactions that help the player progress in the game. Gachas are usually free mobile titles that can be so addictive that some players spend thousands of dollars on a single game.
The most common types of microtransactions are:
- Small in-app transactions like buying virtual currency or extra lives
- Character skins and accessories like new outfits and vehicles
- Loot boxes, or boxes with randomly generated items
- Holiday themes.
5 Outstanding AAA Games with No Microtransactions
AAA games that you already paid for should never be “free-to-play-but-pay-to-win.” Hopefully, there are several sites that show you if a game contains microtransactions before you shell out your hard-earned money to buy it. Here are five microtransaction-free titles that everyone should give a try:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This is a Nintendo Switch title that is worth every cent. Some of the franchise fans even claim that Breath of the Wild is the best Zelda adventure ever created because of its unpredictability and more adventurous nature. Unlike previous Zelda titles, this one is less cinematic, but it makes up for it with a massive map and the joy of discovering how things work on your own.
2. Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an AAA game with a cult following that we can’t get enough of. It works across multiple platforms including PC, PS4, Xbox One, and macOS. This role-playing video game is so well curated and content-rich that it has put to shame all AAA game developers that even think about adding a loot box to their content. With its content-rich, outstanding isometric graphics, and challenging quests, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of the best RPGs ever created.
3. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
For horror-survival genre enthusiasts, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard is a must-have. Rated 9/10 on Steam, this AAA title is less action-oriented than its predecessors and more focused on game mechanics and 1st person exploration, creating an ultra-realistic immersive experience thanks to its latest RE Engine.
4. Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is another Nintendo Switch hit you should give a try. With a 97% Metacritic rating, this platform game is worth every penny (of its $60 retail price.) While the gameplay might look simple, every level seems like a distinct mini-adventure, while the game is highly replayable, detail-rich, and immensely fun.
5. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
The series is a classic for the action-adventure genre. Assassin’s Creed: Origins shines bright with its outstanding graphics, flawless game mechanics, improved gameplay, and return to quality Assassin’s Creed fans have been pushing for years. With a 9/10 Steam rating, make sure you don’t miss this gem.