They say that there is no such thing as a free lunch in this world, but I think you can get pretty darn close with Tomb Raider: Underworld, where it is made available to the masses as a free-to-play game in a browser, all made possible thanks to Square Enix’s Core Online. Of course, there is a caveat to it, and the “price” that you must pay is to have your browser’s presence “invaded” by an advertisement every 20 minutes. One good thing about Core Online is this, there is no need to worry about a lousy Internet connection, since Core Online will pre-load the game onto your system instead of taking the streaming route.

These ads will pop up around three times an hour, and you can obviously remove those ads by forking out a fee (as usual), or just to sit through them. A couple of payment options are made available – first, you can pay a larger sum initially so that the entire gaming experience will be ad-free, while the other works according to your budget – you pay a certain amount of money for some ad-free game time, and once that time is up, ads will begin to make their appearance.

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