Best free Steam games

Best Free Steam Games

What are the best free games on Steam? If you're broke and penniless, you don't need to fear a gaming drought. Steam is full of games to play without spending a penny. What's more, they're actually good games: games as fun to play as their full-price, wallet-destroying siblings.

If you're not wedded to Steam, check the best free PC games - there's loads of them.

Because we desperately care about the health of your bank account, and honestly worry about how much money you’re spending on your nasty gaming habit, we want to help you find the games worth your time. Below, you’ll find a bounty of free games, all waiting for you to play them right now. 


Free Steam games Paladins

Paladins gets a lot of stick for looking like Overwatch, but it actually came first - and offers a lively variant on the MOBA-influenced FPS. From the Tribes necromancers at Hi-Rez, this griffin-like hybrid team shooter gives you a hero and some abilities on the Q, W and F keys, before asking you to capture control points and escort a siege engine to the front door of an enemy fortress. Champions level all the while, upgrading their skills with buff cards. Afterwards, players open chests, pick up more cards for their decks, and voila, they’re hooked.


Best Free Steam Games Smite

Smite’s another one of those MOBAs, but blessed with a twist: you control your divine religious-influenced heroes like you would in an action game, with the camera positioned behind them and many of their abilities being skill shots. With 3D character models and the lack of isometric view, Smite feels a very different kind of game.

Despite that, if you enjoy a good 5v5 arena battle, it’s still got the familiar stuff: like lanes, creeps and items are all present and correct. If you're just getting started, check out our Smite beginner's guide.

War Thunder

Play War Thunder for free

In World War II soldiers would often hear thunder in the distance and prepare themselves for rain, only for them to discover it was actually War Thunder, a video game about planes shooting each other. Gaijin's flight game straps you into a mind-shattering variety of authentic 1940s planes and tasks you with surviving dogfight after dogfight with other players.

Should you have a reasonable fear of height or flying, you can stay firmly on the ground with the game's tank expansion, which offers the same variety of perfectly-crafted vehicles without any defying gravity technology.  New pilots should read our guide to getting started in War Thunder before take off.

Star Trek Online

Best space games Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online is an MMO set in the unmistakable sci-fi world of the starship Enterprise, where you are given a ship, a crew and sent you off on sci-fi adventures that feel authentically Star Trek. Though it’s ever ageing, it continues to get regular free updates that add new, elaborate episodic missions, new gear, seasonal events (we're currently on 'season 11'). The story also has a tangible impact on the evolving galaxy.  While there is a cash shop and premium ships, the game continues to be extremely generous toward free players.


Best free Steam games Neverwinter

Neverwinter is the MMO take on Bioware's classic and beloved RPG, taking us to the Forgotten Realms and pitting us against hobgoblins, kobolds, and much, much worse. It's a surprisingly robust action MMO, with a strong emphasis on skill-heavy combat, and a pretty world to explore. Free players are unfortunately more restricted than premium players, but Neverwinter receives frequent updates that add new quests and classes that are available to everyone.


Best free Steam games Warframe

Warframe lets you play as a space ninja, and for a lot of you, that’s probably all that you need to know. Beyond that, it’s a third-person co-op affair that pits you against goons and other space ninjas, all wearing fancy ‘Warframes’ that confer special abilities. It’s a slick action game with a hint of console gem Destiny about it, thanks to its buddy-up mission design and shared-world social environments. There may be a bit of grind involved if you want to craft the coolest gear, but you'll be slicing people in half and power sliding around on your knees for most of that, so I wouldn't be too concerned.


Play Archeage for free

Archeage, Trion’s free-to-play MMO, begins very much in the mould of tradition: quests, crafting and slightly humdrum fantasy adventures. Get past that though, and the game quickly makes way for high seas escapades as you and some chums set off on your very own boat, becoming wealthy traders or unfriendly pirates, preying on other players. It's a true sandbox MMO that's vastly accommodating to the ambitious merchant, explorer, or scallywag.

Path of Exile

Best free Steam games Path of Exile

Considerably more grim and gothic than other action games out there, Path of Exile is also blessed with one of the most compelling level up systems seen in an RPG. An impossibly large and liberating grid of abilities and improvements awaits, ready to allow you to upgrade your character in any which way you see fit. To unlock those tantalising abilities you'll need to battle your way through the monster-infested world, and combat is (whisper it now) possibly a bit better than Diablo III.

The latest expansion, Path of Exile Ascendancy, adds tricks and traps among other cool new abilities. A genuine triple-A experience for not a single penny.


Best Free Steam Games Robocraft

There are certain games out there that let you fit bits together to make whatever you want, but you have to pay for those. But if you’re in search of free digital Lego, look no further than Robocraft. A workshop full of hundreds of components you can neatly click together to create an amazing robot, you can then take your mech out to the battlefield for huge multiplayer battles. There, lasers blast chunks out of players’ designs, and with the battle done it’s time to go back to the drawing board and iron out the flaws. 

Marvel Heroes 2016

Best Free Steam Games marvel Heroes

Marvel Heroes was once a pretty disappointing online action-RPG that might have faded into obscurity, but Gazillion instead went back to the drawing board and reinvented the game. Like Steve Rogers being turned into Captain America, Marvel Heroes returned an improved, beefier, stronger offering of the same thing: a better business model, a more involved community, and frequent updates.

The game now offers up eleven chapters of Marvel goodness, where players can join together to punch villains in the face while playing as Winter Soldier, Deadpool (dressed as a pirate), The Hulk and Spidey, in a Diablo style isometric world (with added capes and spandex). There are tonnes of characters that you can unlock, and a decent starting roster to boot, with plenty of alternate and film-inspired costumes to collect.

Card Hunter

Best Free Steam Games Card Hunter

Card Hunter is a digital version of tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons, but combined with deck-building card games, strategy, and all bought together with a charming art-style that captures the feel of playing with physical boards and items rather than the fantasy setting the writing describes. But, most importantly, it’s evocative of sitting around a table, munching pizza and rolling dice with your pals.

Designed to be played in co-op (although solo players are welcome) it's a wonderful little strategic endeavour to be stretched out over regular gaming nights. The writing is lighthearted and sometimes funny, while the game itself has proved to be the challenging and clever sort where every dice roll counts.

Team Fortress 2

Best Free Steam Games Team Fortress 2

What can one say about Team Fortress 2, Valve’s mega-popular, constantly evolving shooter? It has many hats. It’s also extremely refined, always full of players despite launching in 2007, and gets frequent updates to fatten the game up with even more hats, modes and maps. But despite how much the game has grown in eight years since it launched, it remains easy to pick up, especially if you’ve got some chums to play with.

The package itself now feels infinitely huge, with a great variety of map designs and game types, from the classic capture point team vs team games, to co-operate Mann vs Machine, where players band together to keep waves of murderous robots at bay.

Marvel Puzzle Quest

Best Free Steam Games Marvel Puzzle Quest

Marvel Puzzle Quest is one of those deceptively addictive match three games, but with teams of Marvel heroes and villains, each with unique powers represented by comic book covers, battling it out on gem-filled boards. Unfortunately, the game is cursed with a greedy cash shop and eventually becomes a bit of a grind unless you spend some money – it takes quite a while to get to that point, however, and up until then, it’s a great deal of fun and you don’t need to spend a dime.

Dota 2

Best Free Steam Games Dota 2

Dota 2 is massive, second only to League of Legends in the realm of MOBAs, with millions of people seemingly playing it constantly, always coming back to check out new characters and new patches. As a MOBA with roots in the origin of the genre you know exactly what to expect: an eclectic roster of champions, a huge list of powerful items, ten players, three lanes, and a massive emphasis on skill. You could spend days and days just thinking about the metagame, not to mention honing your talents by spectating the biggest matches come tournament season.

Budding The International players need to get started somewhere, so check out our guide to the best Dota 2 heroes.

PlanetSide 2

Best Free Steam Games Planetside 2

PlanetSide 2’s scale is something to behold. Whole continents are locked in constant conflict, with armies clashing over bases, vehicles speeding across the ground, aircraft lighting up the sky – it’s glorious, until you die thanks to a sniper sitting a mile away. You’ll want to play with friends for this one, as the chaos of battle only starts to make sense when you’re in a squad that communicates. Think Battlefield's capture-point style gameplay, but on a large, never-ending scale, with three factions locked in ceaseless combat. Absolute FPS bliss.

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McFarvo avatarPlatypotato avatarJctt avatarHASWELLCORE avatarlowrihugzz avatarn0pax avatar+5
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n0pax(4 days 22 hours played)
5 Months ago

No Clicker Heroes yet Archeage makes the list?

McFarvo Avatar
2 Years ago

I've played Realm of the Mad God since early 2011. If you're good enough at WASD dodging and you grasp the keys to progressing in the game--one that is permadeath--you'll learn to make quick decisions, balance risk:reward, and achieve great things. It's a source of hours, days, weeks, months of gameplay if you get into it. You can do it completely free (I've never bought weapons/armor), but in order to support the game I gladly bought vanity items (dyes/cloth, skins, etc.) and ease-of-use features (e.g. more character slots, vault chests for storage, etc.). The game is down for security maintenance now, but come join us when it's back up! It's certainly the best flash-based, in-browser top-down rogue-like-like twitch WASD dodge-n-shoot MMO I've ever played. ;)

Platypotato Avatar
1 Year ago

Yo McFarvo, are you still playing Realm? I heard that you and basically everyone quit,like Kalle, Blar, and the rest.

Jctt Avatar
1 Year ago

The pure amount of hacking and cheating has pretty much made Realm of the Mad God impossible to succeed in. It does get really annoying.

HASWELLCORE(65 days 17 hours played)
1 Year ago

"There is a bit of grind" loool, there nothing except grind.

HASWELLCORE(65 days 17 hours played)
1 Year ago

talking bout warframe

lowrihugzz Avatar
10 Months ago

i really enjoyed clicker heroes

Grave Knight Avatar
Grave Knight(56 days 17 hours played)
3 Months ago

ArcheAge? I thought you said best.

And how is Clicker Heroes not on here?

AceMaze Avatar
AceMaze hour played)
2 Months ago

Clicker Heroes? Unturned? FistFul of Frags?

JMiles2 Avatar
3 Weeks ago

The majority are multi-player, so what makes some people assume that all players want to deal with little kids and cheaters?

Mr.Mcmuffins temp Avatar
1 Week ago

They forgot to say that Planetside 2 has loads of grinding, but it is great. New players to Vanu Sovereignty. Medium go to Terran Republic. Good players who can handle recoil, go to New Conglomerate. I am NC.

unwanted Avatar
1 Week ago

Lmao NC has been easy mode since alpha.

Mr.Mcmuffins temp Avatar
1 Week ago

Call of duty players beware, this requires teamwork. And sniping requires skill.