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The 101 Best Free PC Games

Looking for the best free PC game? Whether you're broke or just frugal, free is a price point that appeals to everybody's purse. We've collated the 100 top free PC games guaranteed to deliver a near endless stream of complementary entertainment. All you need to spend here is your time.

Update! We've had a little tinker with the list and added a particular little action RPG that was shamefully missed off. Please forgive us! 

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Smite

Following the same formula as League of Legends and Dota 2, Smite has teams of five gods trying to fight their way into their opponent’s base. Rather than giving players a top-down view of the battlefield, it chooses a third-person perspective, switching the focus of the game from tactics to action.

TRY SMITE

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Nosgoth

A free to play combat game set in the Legacy of Kain universe, Nosgoth pits vampires against vampire hunters in tight deathmatch arenas. Asymmetrical abilities and diverse tactics keep the action as sharp as the bloodsuckers' pointy fangs.
TRY NOSGOTH


World of Tanks

One of mightiest free-to-play games there has ever been, World of Tanks is an accessible and exciting tank simulator that hides some complex game mechanics. It pits two sets of tankers against each other in team deathmatch. There are hundreds of vehicles to unlock across ten different tiers, from speedy scouts to hulking heavies. You’ll never believe so many tanks existed.

TRY WORLD OF TANKS

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War Thunder

A massively multiplayer World War 2 combat game that effortlessly encompasses all of the explosions and excitement that tanks and planes are capable of generating. War Thunder's recent updates lavish the fast-paced battler with dozens of new vehicles and game modes. It's a free to play gem. 

TRY WAR THUNDER

 

Lord of the Rings Online

Turbine’s free to play MMO is the third most popular in the world, depending on who you ask, and it’s all because they ditched the subscription model and went full throttle towards a cash-free future. The LOTRO Store is where premium players can drop pennies, but otherwise frugal adventurers can lose themselves in Middle-earth just as easily.

TRY LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE

League of Legends

Inspired by the original Dota, this takes the same concept but introduces a different roster of playable characters that is constantly being expanded. Many players find League of Legends is both easier and more accessible than Dota, but it’s still extremely nuanced. 12 million players play it every day. You won’t struggle to find a game.

TRY LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

World of Warplanes 

Seize the free-to-play concepts behind World of Tanks, take them to the skies and you have World of Warplanes, a game of whirling dogfights and nail-biting bombing runs for teams of jet bombers and biplanes alike. Sure, it’s still in beta, but it’s getting sleeker and shinier with every release.

TRY WORLD OF WARPLANES

 
Path of Exile

An action RPG in the mould of Diablo, Path of Exile is one of the most polished, well-executed games on this list. Adventure with a friend or two through hundreds of areas in a dark fantasy world that provides a dizzying collection of monsters to repeatedly click on until they squish. Path of Exile does feature a microtransaction system but it’s admirably unobtrusive and ethical.

TRY PATH OF EXILE

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ArcheAge

A free to play pirate fantasy MMORPG that lets you tool around on magic boats with other players, getting into online scrapes and ending up in virtual courtrooms, pleading your innocence to a jury of your peers.
TRY ARCHEAGE

 

 

Hearthstone 

Blizzard's world dominating card game is about as addictive as chips. Who's ever had enough chips? You've always got room for more chips, and you've always got time for another game of Hearthstone.
TRY HEARTHSTONE

 

Firefall

Firefall

The ex-Blizzard lot at Red 5 done good, pulling together to create a kinetic and skill based third-person shooter-y sort of MMO. An intensely fun blend of PvP and RPG exploration that continues to go from strength to strength.
TRY FIREFALL

 

Planetside 2

Battle has never been so big. Imagine entire continents at war, with tanks, trucks and fighter craft alongside hordes of infantry. Throw that into the far future and you’ve got Planetside 2, a never-ending conflict on an incredible scale that’s pretty damn good looking to boot. There is nothing else quite like this out there. 
TRY PLANETSIDE 2

 

Rift

Rift was a phenomenal subscription based fantasy MMO - World of Warcraft in new trousers, essentially. It made its name by updating and improving itself at a ferocious pace: with new raids, new zones, new world events appearing on a monthly basis. Now, it's entirely free-to-play: you can play it without spending a penny. It's a brilliant option: you can sink hours into it. Highly recommended. 
TRY RIFT

 

Battlefield 1942

This was the game that the entire Battlefield series: a World War 2 first-person FPS that demonstrated tanks and planes and submarines and everything in between belonged in our deathmatch arenas. It may look dated now, but it’s still a fine example of World War 2 shootery, so take another tour of duty.
TRY BATTLEFIELD 1942

Mechwarrior Online

Pledge your loyalty to a great house or sign up for a mercenary company in this mech simulation. Whether you’re piloting a light or heavy mech, you’ll have to manage your weaponry and keep an eye on your system temperature. In the Mechwarrior universe, piloting a giant robot can be a technical and rather nuanced occupation. There is also stomping.
TRY MECHARRIOR ONLINE

 

Tribes Ascend

Tribes: Ascend

Tribes is probably the fastest FPS in the world. It’s set across huge levels of open valleys and leafy forests: you zip through them by skiing down mountains and jetting up hillsides. Just be aware that success comes from both ultra-fast reactions and clever teamwork.
TRY TRIBES: ASCEND

 

Warface

Warface is a fast action military shooter: but less concerned with realism than it’s po-faced peers. Warfare wants you to do two things: co-operate with your team in fast urban deathmatches. And slide along on your arse while firing a machine gun.
TRY WARFACE

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No Marvel Heroes!? How am I supposed to take this list seriously with these unheard of indie side scroller and tower defense games and you don't include Marvel Heroes? For that matter, is Path of Exile even on the list?

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You forgot War Thunder....

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... and included World of Warplanes. Bold.

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FIXED

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Thanks! :)

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Should have included Quake Live; should be in the top 10...

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Hmm, I wonder if you'd consider including Swtor in the MMO slots available. It's really one of the best MMOs as far as leveling up to max level. Also included should be Path of Exile. It would also be worth exploring the option of adding Heroine's Quest (available for free on steam), and The Silver Lining (King's Quest game by Phoenix Online Studios available for free on the website), and Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead.

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* Requiem: Momento Mori *

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how do you play it ?

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The Everquest 2 picture on page 10 is from Lord of the Rings Online and not EQ2.

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Okay, so mostly shooters and MMOs. That's better than what I was expecting :)

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Dear Pcgamesn.

How can you put Star Trek Online but not put Star Wars The Old Republic?

I'm sure Star Trek Online is a good game but just play SWTOR and I'm sure you will put it in the Top 10 this is the best MMO/RPG game i have ever played

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Pretty pointless list overall.

No distinguishing between mmos and singleplayer games? Or abandonware and freeware? Or browser games and installed games?

No kind of judgement on just how free these games are? DDO, for instance, yes - "free" - but none of its players would consider it that.

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the GTA 1 and 2 one can be taken off as for a long time they have been ünafailable"on the rockstar site. and System shock is free ? really now i can play it finaly :D

OHW and DC online but no Marvel heroes 2015?

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Heroes and Generals have very very good Maps but its too Lagg

#Warface is One of the Best of the Year

#Battlefield 3 its now On Free on Origin.com Too

i think NFS WORd is Lost Is a Great Game

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Age of Empires Online should probably be removed since it was shut down on 1 July 2014.

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These are just "free to play" games, not free.

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How do u leave Ghost Recon Phantoms off this list

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Path of exiles deserves the list 100%, it's a very good free to play ARPG with absolutely NO PAY TO WIN only cosmectic changes and some house decorations can be bought with real money.

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You missed Uncharted Waters Online, which is now be reinstated on steam as

Uncharted Waters Online: 2nd Age

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Why no Defiance?

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No Warframe? Marvel Heroes 2015? Marvel Puzzle Quest?

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ArcheAge's title seems to not show, only the picture and discription

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So what is the name of the "free to play pirate fantasy MMORPG"?? It sounds interesting.

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No Renegade X? For shame.

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Can you distinguish between free games and pay to win freemium games please?

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I would add http://panzergeneraldownload.com/ a place to get all the old Panzer General Games.

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QWOP rules :)

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Wow didnt know rift had eased up on the f2p restrictions, might give it a go again then.

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A lot of great games in this list though the lack of flash games and cookie clicker is a bit disappointing :P

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League of Legends is the best game on this list!

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I only looked at the first page so far, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume 99 of these 100 games are shooters of some kind, yes? God, I hope I'm wrong...

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This list is great if you're a media stereotype gamer that only enjoys shooters and maybe a few generic mmo's.

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What about toribash, one of the better games on this list

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Well seems like you went throught none of the 9 other pages.

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