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The 101 Best Free PC Games

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! 

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

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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

 
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

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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

Heathstone 

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

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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

 

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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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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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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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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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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