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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 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 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.