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The best free PC games

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.

If you're feeling a bit more specific, check out our list of free MMOs.

From military to sci-fi to fantasy, from MMOs to block-builders to card battlers, it turns out that zero can buy you quite a lot in the F2P game world – and that some classics are available at the steepest possible discount.

TERA

Free PC games TERA

TERA has been a mainstay in the MMO stable for many years, and with good reason. Rejecting traditional point-and-click combat, TERA is an all-out actioner that draws from games like Devil May Cry. If that fact doesn’t grab your attention, perhaps its new event server will. Manahan is an alternate reality where level progression is quicker, dungeons are tougher, battlegrounds are switched up, and special changes are added to pretty much everything. Regardless of if you are a new or returning player, TERA’s most recent update has something for everyone.

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ArcheAge

Free PC games ArcheAge

ArcheAge is the closest thing we’ve got to a proper pirate MMO. You can try to master the endless sea as a notorious pirate or choose to be a humble peddler of crafted goods. The labour system – how ArcheAge gates its content – may take time to get used to, but nevertheless it is a really solid free-to-play experience. 

If you’re not into piracy, there’s plenty of classic fantasy MMO elements to keep you happy. Yes, magical swords and fancy armour are still a huge part of ArcheAge. Some of that armour is on the backs of the dragon mounts who arrived in the recent Legends Return update - majestic killers raised by players who want to tame the skies as well as the seas.

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Skyforge

Free PC games Skyforge

Skyforge blends sci-fi and fantasy together for an action-heavy MMO that’s happy to ditch many of the rules so many other games adhere to. There’s no levelling or strict classes: instead you develop your character however you like and can swap between different combat roles whenever you wish. As you gain more power you’ll eventually become a god incarnate, complete with your own followers.

PLAY SKYFORGE FOR FREE

Crossout

Free PC games Crossout

Crossout is a vehicular combat MMO in which you craft outlandish cars and then drive them into battle alongside other players. Set to a Mad-Max-stye backdrop of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, there’s an emphasis on deep customisation as well as skilfull driving and aiming. Crossout contains a variety of co-op and competitive game modes, as well as a marketplace full of tradable goods. The sheer number of different body types, guns, cannons, and armor ensures that there are many different ways to play… although they are all pretty deadly. Launched in May last year Crossout was one of the best free PC games of 2017.

PLAY CROSSOUT FOR FREE

War Thunder

Free PC games War Thunder

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, either. You just download it, and then you’re flying – or driving, or shooting, or even both at the same time. 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

Total War: Arena 

Free PC games Total War Arena

Total War: Arena does not sound like a game that should work, stripping away as it does the series’ megalomaniacal thrust, leaving behind only overland battles between formations of ancient warriors.

And yet, Arena is Total War at its most focused - a game of precise positioning and well-timed charges that gives you more than enough to think about. Never have those real-time battles felt as tense or satisfying as in competitive multiplayer. It is a generous free-to-play offering too, tiering unlocks in the fashion of World of Tanks, but letting you pay to access those elephants sooner. Just make sure you are ready for the onagers when you do.

PLAY TOTAL WAR: ARENA FOR FREE

World of Tanks

World of Tanks free PC game

One of the mightiest PC free-to-play games there has ever been, World of Tanks is an accessible and exciting tank simulator that is built on a foundation of complex game mechanics. It pits two teams of tankers against each other in a classic deathmatch scenario. There are hundreds of vehicles to unlock across ten different tiers, from speedy scouts to hulking heavies. You will be surprised at how many tanks Wargaming have managed to cram in.

PLAY WORLD OF TANKS FOR FREE 

World of Warships

Best free PC games World of Warships

If you like the idea of World of Tanks but the battlefields just are not wet enough, then you need World of Warships. Introducing the navy to the concept of deathmatch, the controls are simple and welcoming, but allow for interesting tactics. World of Warships is more fun than Total War’s pondering naval engagements, definitely more approachable than Silent Hunter, and far, far deeper than the Pirates games. Surprising deep, if you'll excuse the submariner humour.

PLAY WORLD OF WARSHIPS FOR FREE

Revelation Online

Free PC games Revelation Online

Revelation Online may look overly familiar at first thanks to its classic eastern visuals, but there is one very specific feature that sets it apart from the likes of ArcheAge and Blade & Soul: flight. Your champion, rather than being chained to the floor by gravity, can simply spread their wings and soar through the skies of Nuanor. The seamless open world is yours to explore on your terms, with nothing deemed out of bounds. Flying is not just for exploration, either. The numerous PvP modes include an aerial combat arena, adding a new dimension to multiplayer battles.

PLAY REVELATION ONLINE FOR FREE

Armored Warfare

Free PC games Armored Warfare

In Armored Warfare, the tanks of today and tomorrow are at war. The idea is that you're fighting as part of a modern-day private military company. Big player-versus-player rucks are exciting, but if you're not into that, there's a co-op campaign you can play with your mates.

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Star Trek Online

Free PC games 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. Each quest in this MMO is like an episode of the show, and each mission series is an arc, complete with the occasional filler episode. Packed full of the best pieces from Roddenberry’s universe, this is the only MMO for a true Trekkie. 

PLAY STAR TREK ONLINE FOR FREE

Neverwinter

Free PC games Neverwinter

Neverwinter comes from a long line of ambitious, multiplayer Dungeons & Dragons RPGs – including both the original Neverwinter Nights - the first ever MMOs with graphics - and the BioWare game of the same name. Neverwinter, however, is the cheapest yet at a tempting $0.00, and benefits from the massively-multiplayer expertise of City of Heroes studio Cryptic. Packed with action-focused combat, challenging dungeons, and amazing locations to explore, it is also fantastic Forgotten Realms fan service: a place where you can meet both RA Salvatore’s Drizzt and Minsc from Baldur’s Gate.

PLAY NEVERWINTER FOR FREE

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.

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Blade & Soul

Play Blade and Soul for free

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 pulled straight from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and a propulsive revenge plot akin to that of Kill Bill. It is a highlights package of the best of Wushu. 

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Warframe

Free PC games Warframe

Everything’s better in space, as Warframe proves with its Ninjas in space theme. It is 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 straightforward action game, creating something slick, exciting, and very sociable. The game is often compared to Destiny, and Warframe players will even tell you that it is far better than Bungie’s triple-A shooter. 

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Warface

Free PC games Warface

Warface is a fast-action military shooter, but less concerned with realism than its po-faced peers. Warface wants you to do two things: cooperate with your team in urban deathmatches, and slide along on your arse while firing a machine gun. Made by Crytek, the developers behind Crysis and the original Far Cry, you can be assured it is crafted from top-tier shooter DNA. 

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Star Conflict

Free PC games Star Conflict

A shiny, colourful space sim that places you in a massively multiplayer universe, 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.

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Trove

Free PC games - Trove

Trove is an MMO with a level of creativity to rival Minecraft, and is exactly as good as that sounds. Set in huge, blocky voxel worlds, there is an emphasis on exploration and discovering new loot. What is neat is just how much you can customise the look of your character: every item dropped can be used to change your style or design something new. 

Shadowverse

Free PC games Shadowverse

Shortly after Shadowverse’s mobile release in Japan in 2016, it became the biggest strategic card game in the country, and with good reason. This charmingly designed CCG eases you in gently with its tutorial and single-player story mode, and keeps you coming back with complex gameplay and new card packs every three months. You have seven different leader classes to choose from, and they each allow significant strategic depth. Whether you are an aggressive, cautious, or sneaky player, Shadowverse will cater to your playstyle.

Paladins

Free PC games - Paladins

Paladins is a team-based hero shooter that pits teams of colourful, ability-laden heroes against each other. Yes, it is a bit like Overwatch, but shares many of Blizzard’s titan’s merits as a tactical murder simulator and provides them at a fraction of the cost. You can play as a mecha-goblin or gigantic rolling bomb and work in conjunction with your comrades to knock the numbers out of your opponents before diving on the objective. Bonus: everyone gets their own horse.

Eve Online

EVE Online free to play

No MMO can claim to be as player-driven as Eve Online, with the space game/lifestyle boasting mega-corporations run by legions of players and, very occasionally, gigantic space battles with upwards of 5,000 participating pilots. Eve Online’s free-to-play model lets players experience all of that space madness (bar access to some of the end-game ships and skills) without having to pay a subscription fee.

Smite

Free PC games - Smite

Following the same formula as League of Legends and Dota 2, Smite has teams of five players trying to fight their way into their opponent’s base. Rather than giving players a top-down view of the battlefield, however, it chooses a third-person perspective, switching the focus of the game from tactics to action. Plus, instead of a roster of colourful fantasy characters, each player takes on the role of an almighty god inspired by real religions, from Norse to Celtic to Chinese.  

Hearthstone

Free PC games 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. With a gargantuan selection of cards, the game now supports hundreds of different play styles, which you can easily tailor by building your perfects decks. The heart of Hearthstone is in its competitive multiplayer matches, but Dungeon Run provides an excellent and moreish solo card experience few other games can match. 

League of Legends

Free PC games League of Legends

Inspired by the original Dota, League of Legends takes the same 5v5 base attack concept, but introduces a completely different roster of playable characters that is constantly being expanded. Many players find League of Legends is easier and more accessible than Dota, but it is still extremely nuanced; it has one of the highest skill ceilings in gaming, and the best players are considered tactical geniuses. More than 100 million people play it every month, so you won’t struggle to find a game.

Dota 2

Free PC games Dota 2

Two teams of five choose their Dota 2 heroes from a selection of hundreds before taking to the battlefield to destroy their opponent’s base. It is no mean feat, as both teams 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 is tough, complex, and inspires fanaticism in its fans. It is one of the most played games on Steam, and draws in hundreds of thousands of players every day. 

Heroes of the Storm

Free PC games Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard’s stab at taking on League of Legends and the MOBA crowd. 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 is intensely fun. Combined with the All-Stars approach that pulls maps and characters from every Blizzard game - from Warcraft to Overwatch - Heroes of the Storm is the most polished of the MOBA gang, and the easiest to pick up and play.  

Team Fortress 2

Free PC games 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.

Runescape

Free PC games Runescape

This golden oldie continues to be one of largest MMORPGs ever made, as well as holding the record for being the most updated game in history. Runescape has an enormous player base and a massive, ever-evolving world to explore, full of challenges that you can choose according to your own interests. Want to fight, complete quests, or just to play minigames? In Runescape it is entirely up to you.

Rift

Free PC games - Rift

 

Rift was once a subscription-based fantasy MMO – like 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 is entirely free-to-play: you can explore its colourful, exciting world without spending a penny. And when you consider how many hours you can sink into Rift, that’s not a bad deal at all. 

Duelyst

Free PC games Duelyst

Duelyst is a free PC CCG that offers players something a little more strategic than just laying down cards. Instead of a standard deck and board, Duelyst offers a five-by-nine grid straight out of a top-down tactical game like Blood Bowl. Cards in Duelyst spawn in units rather than simply casting effects, which makes for a game that is like a CCG twist on chess. Order your units across the grid, out-maneuver your opponent, and score a worthy victory. Counterplay Games Inc. have also lavished their game with a beautifully crisp 16-bit art style that’ll have you collecting cards for the art just as much as than their effects.

Fractured Space

Free PC games - Fractured Space

Think Battlestar Galactica meets Dota, and you’ll be somewhere close to the award-winning Fractured Space. Control gigantic ships and shoot your intergalactic foes in intense battles as you use your tactical nous to capture bases.

The complexity of developer Edge Case Games’ meta has only grown deeper in the years since release - and that’s on top of the game’s time in early access, too. From solo scraps in PvE to 5v5 quickplay, there are plenty of modes to get your teeth into if you are low on time. But, if you’re looking to get into something meatier, Fractured Space has the tactical complexity to rival the best MOBAs.

Dreadnought

Free PC games - Dreadnought

Normally if you want to take charge of massive airships, you’ll need a fair amount of cash and hours of training. With Dreadnought, a team-based dogfighter from Yager Development, you can pilot massive spaceships across the skies of many different planets for absolutely zero cost.

Dreadnought gives you access to a variety of ships equipped with massive, earth-shattering weapons that you can customise down to the last thermal exhaust port. The combat is a tactical affair, with a combination of slow methodical broadside assaults and rapid, piercing strikes. There are several game modes to choose from, and doing well in the tactical team-based warfare will reward you with an ever-growing fleet of ships.

Winning Putt

Free PC games - Winning Putt

Lots of people like to play golf, and many of them like to play golf videogames, too. MMOs are designed for lots of people. Therefore the two should combine, and they do in Winning Putt. The good news is that this free PC game has all the trappings you would expect from that genre, wrapped around a perfectly serviceable set of thwack-the-ball-into-the-hole mechanics. There are plenty of upgrades and wardrobe items to be had, plus all kinds of friendly and competitive play options. And a man with a really nice voice gently encourages you throughout – something which, frankly, more games should have.

Atlas Reactor

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 have played before. Across a series of discrete phases, players must make simultaneous turns involving movement, dodges and attacks. There is no point firing at an enemy's current position because the moment the action starts they will have dived out the way. Mix this novel method of strategy with the kind of glitzy abilities you would expect of a MOBA, and you have got one of the most compelling and intriguing free games on PC.

Path of Exile

Free PC games - 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.

Lord of the Rings Online

Free PC games - Lord of the Rings Online

Turbine’s free-to-play MMO transports you to perhaps the most famous fantasy setting there has ever been. Explore Tolkien’s Middle-earth, from The Shire to Mordor, and build up a character than will be worthy of 1v1ing Sauron himself. The LOTRO  Store is where premium players can drop pennies, but frugal adventurers can lose themselves in Middle-earth just as easily.

Hex: Shards of Fate

Free PC games - 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 free on Steam right now, and with hundreds of different cards available, players are still finding new ways to combine them.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Free PC games - Star Wars: The Old Republic

After a long, slow start, Star Wars: The Old Republic is now a stellar MMO – particularly thanks to the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion, which is basically 'BioWare does a proper KOTOR sequel'. It is 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.

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 as, at the top end of the game, you'll find raids that make Warcraft's easy-mode dungeons look like something for kids.

PlanetSide 2

Free PC games 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.

Closers

Free PC games - Closers

Closers is an episodic anime MMORPG where you can fight battles with jumps, dodges, and combos in your quest to save Earth. You play as a titular ‘Closer’ - a character with a customisable personality and character arc - in your fight against horrific interdimensional beasts.

Each Closer has their own combat style and that, combined with the thousands of weapons at your disposal, makes the experience different every time you play. And, if you fancy engaging in some beat ‘em up action with your friends, there are modes for co-op and head-to-head PvP, too.

Mechwarrior Online

Free PC games 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 for the more violently-inclined player. 

Dungeons & Dragons Online

Free PC games Dungeons & Dragons Online

Do you want a chance to adventure in some of the most famous fantasy worlds there ever were? With D&D Online you can set foot in the Forgotten Realms and the land of Eberron, stepping into the well-worn boots of a thief or a spellcaster as you fight dragons and demons. It’s not often you get high fantasy for free.

Tribes: Ascend

Free PC games 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.

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. It’s getting sleeker and shinier with every release.

Heroes & Generals

Free PC games Heroes & Generals

Do you want to shoot all the guns and make all the decisions? War isn’t all about what happens on the front line, but nor is it about the decisions made back at headquarters, so Heroes & Generals is the perfect game for players who want to try a bit of both.

Don’t Take It Personally Babe, It Just Ain’t Your Story

Step into the role of a high-school teacher who has the ability to peer into the private lives of their students. How far would you look? Would you interfere? Would you use your powers for good or for your own advancement?

Digital: A Love Story

An adventure set in the early days of the internet, Digital is a game unlike any others. It presents you with an Amiga-style interface and has you dialing into the bulletin boards of old, a place where esoteric communities chatter and strange secrets are waiting to be found.

Spelunky Classic

It says something about how special PC gaming is that one of the best platformers we’ve ever seen is still free. Spelunky is inspired by the 8-bit classics, but it procedurally generates its levels so that you have something new to explore every time you play. It also has snakes, boulders, ice caves, and more bats than you can shake your shotgun at. If you can find one in the darkness.

Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar

One of the oldest of the old-school RPGs, Ultima 4 offers a seamless world to explore, packed full of adventure, and it closely tracks the morality of your actions, keeping an eye on the kind of hero that you’re turning into. Nowadays, it looks quite a lot like a roguelike, but make no mistake, there’s a great deal of character interaction in this one.

Alien Swarm

A top-down, team-based action game where each of you takes the role of an engineer, medic, gunner, and so forth. Alien Swarm takes its inspiration from a certain very famous sci-fi film and throws hordes of horrific extraterrestrials at you across a series of ever more difficult levels. Race against the clock and coordinate with your team to get to the shuttle or to put up your sentry guns before time runs out.

FreeCiv

A game of empire building and global dominance, FreeCiv is inspired by the Civilization series (particularly Civilization II) and gives you control of a single nation which you can set forth on the road to greatness. It’s constantly being updated and improved and even features support for 126 player games. Why? No idea.

Open Transport Tycoon


Transport management might be nerdy but it’s also incredibly engrossing. Build your own transport network, with trains, ferries, trucks, and jets, and use it to help develop the world around you, watching cities expand as you ship goods and connect commuters. This is another freeware version of a stone-cold classic and it runs far better than Transport Tycoon ever did, offering bigger levels and more to play with.

Tower of Goo

Mother to the incredible physics puzzler World of Goo, 2D Boy’s Tower of Goo is a more basic affair, challenging you to construct a tower of gooballs as positively vertitudinous as you are capable. The higher you climb, the more the wobbling structure quivers and the daintier your construction must become.

Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress is a seemingly impenetrable simulation that mixes Dungeon Keeper, roguelikes, and ridiculous levels of detail to create something truly unique in games. Manage an expanding fortress of dwarves by mining materials, setting up industries, defending from goblin attacks, and satisfying the whims of nobles.

Neptune's Pride

“A multiplayer game of strategy, intrigue, and conquest,” Neptune’s Pride is a space-bastard simulator that will turn friends against friends. Games take days and moves take hours as you muster forces and conquer systems, forming alliances and betraying loved ones as you go. Strategy at its most brilliantly cutthroat.

Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe

In 1999, Hidden & Dangerous arrived at the bleeding edge of tactical shooters, a dual first-and-third person World War 2 FPS that demanded a strategy-minded approach and punished trigger-happy impatience. It looks hideous today, even compared to its sequel, but the free version’s still worth a boot.

QWOP

A wonky-limbed Flash classic turned wonky-limbed internet meme, QWOP simulates some form of track-and-field event in which the runner’s arms and legs are individually controlled using the titular keys. If you can stay upright long enough to hear Chariots of Fire playing, you’re winning.

Super Crate Box

Super Crate Box is a super-fast, super-dangerous platformer where enemies constantly drop from the top of the screen. Score points not by killing them, but by collecting crates, each of which has a new weapon for you, though some are much better than others. Let any of the monsters past you and into the fire below and they respawn more powerful than before. Repeat this formula and enjoy ad infinitum.

Samorost

From the guys behind the excellent Machinarium, the Samorost games mix photography and painterly art to create one of the most uniquely atmospheric hidden object puzzlers around. It also has a gently progressing story about one creature’s asteroid home colliding with another.

Everquest 2

Surprisingly, there are still people jaunting around a free-to-play, microtransaction fuelled Norrath to this very day. Everquest 2 might lack some of the modern conveniences of more contemporary MMOs, but you can’t fault its determined approach to showering you in countless giant rats at the end of every quest.

That's your lot for games that cost zero money! Let us know what you think of our choices in the comments.

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NachoFoot Avatar
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4 Years ago

You forgot War Thunder....

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elvismiggell Avatar
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4 Years ago

... and included World of Warplanes. Bold.

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elvismiggell Avatar
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3 Years ago

Thanks! :)

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DuoBlaze Avatar
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3 Years 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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3 Years ago

Marvel Heroes is garbage tho.

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Mr Zeddam Avatar
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2 Years ago

same for DC Online.

PAYWALL, P2W, P2Everything.

Moving requires a payment.

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Dav Avatar
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3 Years ago

Path of Exile is on the first page.

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Htorne Avatar
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5 Years ago

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

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Sayliex Avatar
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2 Years ago

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

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quietly Avatar
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5 Years ago

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

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MrJinxed Avatar
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3 Years 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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5 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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5 Years ago

how do you play it ?

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huhwut Avatar
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4 Years ago

* Requiem: Momento Mori *

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Ukilamiback Avatar
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3 Years ago

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

Uncharted Waters Online: 2nd Age

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LordWell Avatar
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3 Years 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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Borg917 Avatar
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3 Years 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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3 Years ago

No Warframe or Hawken!? Im disapointed.

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Dav Avatar
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3 Years ago

Warframe is on the first page.

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Coolboypai Avatar
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4 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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4 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
3
4 Years ago

QWOP rules :)

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edithgiancola Avatar
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3 Years ago

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Natural Deduction Avatar
1
3 Years ago

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

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Pseudonym Avatar
35
3 Years ago

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

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Tovias Avatar
1026
3 Years ago

No Renegade X? For shame.

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Snipe Avatar
1
3 Years ago

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

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QDP2 Avatar
1030
3 Years ago

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

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Brian Evol Avatar
1
3 Years ago

No Warframe? Marvel Heroes 2015? Marvel Puzzle Quest?

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Moonraker Avatar
1
3 Years ago

Why no Defiance?

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Clay F Avatar
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3 Years 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® Avatar
1

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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xrobz1x Avatar
14
3 Years 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
35
3 Years 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 Avatar
1
3 Years 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 Avatar
1
3 Years ago

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

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LidFlipper Avatar
6
3 Years ago

TF2 is on here. Warframe is on here.

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Larkspeed Avatar
1
3 Years 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
4
3 Years 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 Avatar
2
3 Years 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 Avatar
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3 Years ago

War Thunder is really awesome AND very realistic.

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Bananasan Avatar
1
2 Years 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
1
2 Years 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
1
2 Years 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
1
2 Years ago

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

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JFTravis Avatar
8
2 Years 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
1
2 Years 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
907
2 Years 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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My Nan Has Aids Avatar
1
1 Year ago

Nevermind i'm just a complete mong

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0V3RKILL Avatar
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1 Year ago

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

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starfallzone Avatar
1
1 Year ago

Always a fan of GTA and Need for Speed, but for a different experience I am always open for more war games...

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Fnaf_Addictz202 Avatar
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1 Year ago

i mean trove is ok but alot of these are just cheap crappy games

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clara.ho4 Avatar
1
1 Year ago

Um, and Yandere Simulator is where?

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itdonlymoe Avatar
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9 Months ago

Can u add black squad from steam

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Jambutti Avatar
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8 Months ago

You call the World of Tanks, Planes and Ships - simulators. they are not, they are ARCADE games. The games would be good if everything you drove, sailed or flew was accurate and not a blue print.

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PoSmedley Avatar
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5 Months ago

As someone who has only been gaming for a short period, I have to say that I am tired of these lists. (No sarcasm intended)

Every gaming site has a list like this and when you start to compare them you often see the same games over and over. Someone might think that these were the ONLY F2P games (or MMO, MOBA, Turn-based, etc.)

I'd like to see some lists of the best games we're NOT playing or don't already know about. A list of games that deserve a second look before they go under or are abandoned by their dev's.

Not only do a few games come to mind, but I bet there are some game companies/dev's that could get behind such a blog. I bet there are a lot of players who have certain games they would like see get some extra love and attention from a blog like this.

How about some articles on why certain games are failing, or failed. Maybe delve into some of these games and review or revisit reviews. There are some games out there that had some very good reviews when they were released (good reviews from multiple sources) but never found solid footing or attention afterwards. (Trying real hard not to name games here, but 'yes', I do have an agenda)

Just a thought. ;)

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