The best free PC games

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 top free PC games guaranteed to deliver a near endless stream of complementary entertainment. All you need to spend is your time.

Disclosure: some of the games on this list will earn PCGamesN a small referral fee if you sign up to play. 

From military games to to sci-fi to fantasy and back, MMOs to block builders to card battlers, it turns out that zero can buy you quite a lot in the F2P game world.

Rift

Play Rift for free

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. 
PLAY RIFT FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Rift review.

War Thunder

Play War Thunder for free

You don’t have to find a group of like-minded aviation enthusiasts on a message board and join their virtual squadron to enjoy War Thunder. You don’t have to choose between realism or accessibility. You just download it, and then you’re flying - or driving. This massively-multiplayer WW2 combat game effortlessly encompasses all of the explosions and excitement that planes and tanks are capable of generating.
PLAY WAR THUNDER FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our War Thunder review.

World of Tanks

World of Tanks free PC game

One of mightiest PC 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.
PLAY WORLD OF TANKS FOR FREE 

Want more? Here's our World of Tanks review.

World of Warships

Play World of Warships for free

This isn’t a sim, and it isn’t an arcade game. World of Warships is something in-between - a pastiche, but a loving one. The controls are simple and welcoming, but allow for interesting tactics. It's more fun than Total War’s pondering naval engagements, definitely more approachable than Silent Hunter, and far-far deeper than the Pirates games. Surprising depth, if you'll excuse the submariner humour.
PLAY WORLD OF WARSHIPS FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our World of Warships review.

Star Conflict

Best free PC games Star Conflict

A plush, colourfully-paletted space sim that takes the genre massively multiplayer, Star Conflict drops you right in the middle of an interplanetary skirmish that encompasses both PvE and PvP. Its void is as roomy as any other sector of space you might name, while its busy, man-made surface environments recall the twisty tunnels of the Descent series.
PLAY STAR CONFLICT FOR FREE

Want more? Read our Star Conflict review.

ArcheAge

Play Archeage for free

Archeage is the closest thing we’ve got to a proper pirate MMO. You can try and master the endless sea as a notorious pirate or choose to be a humble peddler of crafted goods. Its labour system - how it gates content - may take time to get used to, but nevertheless it’s a really solid free-to-play experience. There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t give this a try.
PLAY ARCHEAGE FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our ArcheAge review.

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.
PLAY LOTRO FOR FREE

Want more? Read our Lord of the Rings Online review.

Hex: Shards of Fate

At its heart, Hex is a two player card game. Hex’s rules are a little more complex than Hearthstone’s but we found it to be a more rewarding game. Both players have 20 health and draw cards from their decks to summon creatures and cast spells against each other. The spells and creatures can weave their abilities together to make powerful combinations. Hex is in free open beta right now, and with hundreds of different cards available, players are still finding new ways to combine them.
PLAY HEX FOR FREE

Want more? Read our Hex: Shards of Fate review.

Winning Putt

Best free PC games Winning Putt

Lots of people like and play golf, and golf games. MMOs are designed for lots of people. Therefore… And the good news is that this has all the trappings you’d expect from that genre, wrapped around a perfectly serviceable set of thwack-the-ball-into-the-hole mechanics. There are plenty of upgrades to be had, wardrobe items, and all kinds of friendly and competitive play options. Plus a man with a really nice voice gently encourages you throughout - something which, frankly, more games should have. Winning Putt is new to our list and one to try for sure.
PLAY WINNING PUTT FOR FREE

Trove

Trove is the MMO equivalent of Minecraft, and exactly as good as that sounds. It's fast paced and fluid, with you exploring and dominating voxel worlds. What's neat is just how much you can customise the look of your character: every item dropped can be used to change your style.
PLAY TROVE FOR FREE

Want more? Read our Trove review.

League of Legends

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.
PLAY LEAGUE OF LEGENDS FOR FREE

Want more? Read our League of Legends review.

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.
PLAY PATH OF EXILE FOR FREE

Want more? Read our Path of Exile review.

Star Trek Online

Who wouldn’t want to take control of a starship, explore the fringes of the galaxy, battle dangerous aliens and train an elite crew of pangalactic professionals? Star Trek Online is your chance to show the internet that you’d make a much better Picard than Picard. Or, at least, than they do.
PLAY STAR TREK ONLINE FOR FREE

Want more? Read our Star Trek Online review.

Guild Wars 2

Play Guild Wars 2 for free

Guild Wars 2 is one of the best MMOs available. Even better, you can play a huge chunk of it for free. There’s a lot to do, from traditional questing for NPCs to zone events where everyone can suddenly get involved and work as a massive team to bring down a boss, or help a burning village. You’ll need to pay to get into the Heart of Thorns expansion, but the base game is huge enough as it is, and the backlog of Living World stories now available to play means there’s plenty to see, explore, and get involved with.

PLAY GUILD WARS 2 FOR FREE

Want more? Read our Guild Wars 2 review.

Warframe

Everything’s better in space, as Warframe proves with its Ninjas in space theme. It’s a co-op third-person game where teams of ninjas suited up in powerful ‘Warframe’ armours head out to slice up bad guys, or just hang out at the dojo. It blends some MMO elements with the sensibilities of a more straight-forward action game, creating something slick, exciting, and very sociable. 
PLAY WARFRAME FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Warframe review.

Atlas Reactor

Best free PC Games Atlas Reactor

Combining the turn-based tactics of XCOM and the Pixar-like characters of Overwatch, Atlas Reactor is a PvP game unlike any you’ve played before. Taking place across a series of discrete phases, players must make simultaneous turns involving movement, dodges, and attacks.

The simultaneous nature of the turns means you have to think ahead of your enemy; there’s no point firing at their current position because the moment the action starts they’ll have dived out the way. So where to shoot? Behind that cover where they’re likely to hide? Or perhaps right by your teammate, who’s crying out to be the enemy’s next target?

Mix this novel method of strategy with the kind of glitzy abilities you’d expect of a MOBA, and you’ve got one of the most compelling and intriguing free games on PC.

PLAY ATLAS REACTOR FOR FREE

Chronicle: Runescape Legends

Play Runescape: Chronicle

If you want to have a crack at conquering the ever-growing Collectable Card Game genre, you'd best do something different, something special in order to make your mark. Chronicle: Runescape Legends' USP is that it features a book. A big, open, colourful, animated book, laid out on the table in front of you, acting as the playground where you and your opponent do battle. It’s an approach that leads to a seriously beautiful card battler, and one that also benefits from featuring characters lifted from Jagex’s MMO Runescape, instantly opening the game up to an established fanbase.
PLAY CHRONICLE: RUNESCAPE LEGENDS FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Chronicle: Runescape Legends review.

Dota 2

Two teams of five choose their Dota 2 heroes from a selection of hundreds, before taking to the battlefield to destroy the other side’s base. It’s no mean feat, as both bases spawn waves of creatures and are protected by powerful towers. Each player will need to make the best of their hero’s abilities in what is not only a game, but a sport. It’s tough, complex and it inspires fanaticism in its fans.

Want more? Here's our Dota 2 review.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Best free PC MMO SWTOR

After a long, slow start, SWTOR is now pretty great - particularly thanks to the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion, which is basically 'Bioware does Star Wars'. It’s a fast-paced action-RPG with lightsabers and space combat and Jedi houses and bounty hunters and, if you go full dark side, you can fire lightning from your fingertips. Really.

Want more? Read our Star Wars: The Old Republic review.

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. Oh, and it looks pretty great on phones and tablets too.

Want more? Here's our Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft review.

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm

It wasn’t going to be long until Blizzard entered the MOBA fray, and Heroes of the Storm is their stab at taking on Dota and League of Legends. Yet this 5v5 arena game isn’t just another Dota clone. Instead of a single map, Heroes of the Storm has many themed arenas that ask you not only to defeat the enemy but also complete side quests to help improve your chances. Not only does this provide variety, but it’s intensely fun.

Want more? Here's our Heroes of the Storm review.

Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2

Valve’s class-based shooter, Team Fortress 2, has achieved legendary status thanks to its varied game modes, impeccable sense of fun, and being home to more hats than the world’s millinery stores combined. The whole game is free to play these days, from the standard shoot-everything-that-moves deathmatches to the fantastic Mann vs Machine co-op mode where teams fend off waves of robots.

Want more? Here's our Team Fortress 2 review.

Blade & Soul

Free PC games Blade & Soul

Blade & Soul's story is of a journey to the West: well-regarded enough in Asia to prompt a 10,000 signature petition for wider release, this martial arts MMO has since blown up under NCSOFT West's stewardship. The keys to its success? High-wire swordplay from Crounching Tiger and a propulsive revenge plot from Kill Bill.

Want more? Here's our Blade & Soul review.

Wildstar

Free PC games Wildstar

Wildstar is built for lapsed World of Warcraft players. It's a sci-fi MMO that looks and feels like a Blizzard game, but with one important difference: it's for the hardcore. Ignore the cutesy looks: at the top end of the game, you'll find raids that make Warcraft's easy-mode dungeons look like something for kids.

Want more? Here's our Wildstar review.

Smite

Free PC games 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.

Want more? Here's our Smite review.

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.

Want more? Here's our Warface review.

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VinsanityV22 avatarHtorne avatarHurdurr avatarquietly avatarXxXPlayBoyManXxX avatarEarth_Dragon avatar+46
NachoFoot Avatar
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3 Years ago

You forgot War Thunder....

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elvismiggell Avatar
130
2 Years ago

... and included World of Warplanes. Bold.

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Tim Edwards Avatar
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Tim Edwards(9 minutes played)
1 Year ago

FIXED

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elvismiggell Avatar
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DuoBlaze Avatar
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1 Year ago

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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LidFlipper Avatar
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1 Year ago

Marvel Heroes is garbage tho.

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Mr Zeddam Avatar
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5 Months ago

same for DC Online.

PAYWALL, P2W, P2Everything.

Moving requires a payment.

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Dav Avatar
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1 Year ago

Path of Exile is on the first page.

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quietly Avatar
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3 Years ago

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

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Htorne Avatar
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3 Years ago

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

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MrJinxed Avatar
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1 Year ago

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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VinsanityV22 Avatar
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3 Years ago

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

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XxXPlayBoyManXxX Avatar
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3 Years ago

how do you play it ?

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huhwut Avatar
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3 Years ago

* Requiem: Momento Mori *

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Ukilamiback Avatar
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1 Year ago

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

Uncharted Waters Online: 2nd Age

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Borg917 Avatar
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1 Year ago

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

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Frenzier Avatar
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Frenzier(26 days 12 hours played)
1 Year ago

No Warframe or Hawken!? Im disapointed.

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Dav Avatar
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1 Year ago

Warframe is on the first page.

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Sayliex Avatar
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7 Months ago

You forgot Robocraft! I mean, you are doing a giveaway for it.

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Coolboypai Avatar
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3 Years ago

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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xprez Avatar
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3 Years ago

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

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Haggis Avatar
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3 Years ago

QWOP rules :)

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2 Years ago

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Natural Deduction Avatar
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1 Year ago

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

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Pseudonym Avatar
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1 Year ago

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

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Tovias Avatar
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1 Year ago

No Renegade X? For shame.

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Snipe Avatar
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1 Year ago

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

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Year ago

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

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Brian Evol Avatar
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1 Year ago

No Warframe? Marvel Heroes 2015? Marvel Puzzle Quest?

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Moonraker Avatar
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1 Year ago

Why no Defiance?

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LordWell Avatar
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1 Year ago

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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Clay F Avatar
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Clay F(1 hour played)
1 Year ago

How do u leave Ghost Recon Phantoms off this list

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Stinkflipper Incarnate Avatar
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These are just "free to play" games, not free.

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(Nation)DiazElGrande®(53 minutes played)
1 Year ago

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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1 Year ago

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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Pseudonym Avatar
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1 Year ago

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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Michaelvaanss Z(3 days 2 hours played)
1 Year ago

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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Decto(8 hours played)
1 Year ago

NO TEAM FORTRESS 2?!NO WARFRAME?! NO UNTURNED?! THIS IS THE WORST LIST I'VE EVER SEEN

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LidFlipper Avatar
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1 Year ago

TF2 is on here. Warframe is on here.

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Larkspeed Avatar
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1 Year ago

The vast majority of these are not free. I don't know what your definition is but free to me means costing no money. more than 90% of these if you want any real chance of survival or in some cases to even progress in the game you will need to spend money.

That bt definition is not free

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BenMcr Avatar
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1 Year ago

Battlefield 1942 cannot be downloaded from origin or via the download link you provided -given this you might want to remove it from the list.

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Dave The Luxon(2 hours played)
1 Year ago

I don't see how this list can include ArcheAge as one of the best free MMO's. You can barely do anything if you don't have a sub, and even then you're still limited unless you dabble in the cash shop. Replace it with Aion, in my opinion.

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Crazykid33(5 hours played)
1 Year ago

War Thunder is really awesome AND very realistic.

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Bananasan Avatar
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1 Year ago

List of my memorable free games

Quake Live http://store.steampowered.com/app/282440/

Smite http://www.smitegame.com/

Board Game Arena http://en.boardgamearena.com/

STREET FIGHTER x MEGA MAN http://www.capcom-unity.com/mega_man

Simutrans http://www.simutrans.com/

Vanguard Princess http://vanpri.wikiwiki.jp/

Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup https://crawl.develz.org/

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jman0war Avatar
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1 Year ago

While Battlefield 1942 is listed, there is no way to actually download it.

The webpage has a "download" button, but it just opens the Official Site with no download option.

Then you can search Origin, but it's not listed in the store directory.

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DUCCSOUP808 Avatar
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10 Months ago

Best free games (my all time faves)

-Blacklight Retribution

-Planetside 2

-Path of Exile

-Dirty Bomb

-Loadout

-Brawlhalla

-Team Fortress 2

-DOTA 2

add me on steam: DUCCSOUP808

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miverso3 Avatar
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9 Months ago

Age of Empires Online was closed on July 1, 2014. -http://www.ageofempires.com/games

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JFTravis Avatar
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9 Months ago

SWTOR? No. It's a "pester the hell out of you til you subscribe" game. Not enough power trays? Buy them. Money cap? Too bad. The list is practically endless.

Until you subscribe; then it's pretty good. Or until you get fed up and leave forever.

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Bloo Avatar
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7 Months ago

I have a few recommendations for people on here, if people want them: Ib, Misao, Mad Father, Wonderland Online, and Narcissu (1 and 2).

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MrJinxed Avatar
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4 Months ago

Some of these games aren't legally free, like Ground control and System Shock, police quest 3, sensible soccer, and others. Just because they're being offered at an abandonware site, doesn't mean they aren't still published.

Also, still no Heroine's Quest :/ What a shame..

And can I suggest Tales of Maj'Eyal while I'm at it. One of the very best roguelikes in my opinion. And there's of course also still Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead, though it might be too complex for the average gamer, I don't know.

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ネルガル | Trade.tf Avatar
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Where is TF2?, And Replace LoL, please.

I'm Totally dissapointed.*

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My Nan Has Aids Avatar
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1 Month ago

Nevermind i'm just a complete mong

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0V3RKILL Avatar
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1 Week ago

I was posting in another article and it goes in here?

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VinsanityV22 Avatar
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3 Years ago

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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Earth_Dragon Avatar
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3 Years ago

League of Legends is the best game on this list!

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Hurdurr Avatar
3 Years ago

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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sager11 Avatar
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2 Years ago

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

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LordWell Avatar
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1 Year ago

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

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