The best free PC games: Page 3

Black Mesa

It took nearly a decade, but it’s now a real thing: Black Mesa is what happens when a mod team decides to recreate the original Half-Life in the Half-Life 2 engine. The result is a faithful and quite brilliant representation with a few new flourishes and without any of that Xen nonsense at the end.
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Want more? Here's our Black Mesa review.

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?
PLAY DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY BABE, IT JUST AIN'T YOUR STORY FOR FREE

Digital: A Love Story

An adventure set in the early days of the internet, Digital is a game like nothing else. 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.
PLAY DIGITAL: A LOVE STORY FOR FREE

Spelunky

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 randomly-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.
PLAY SPELUNKY FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Spelunky review.

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.
PLAY ULTIMA 4: QUEST OF THE AVATAR FOR FREE

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.
PLAY ALIEN SWARM FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Alien Swarm review.

Robot Unicorn Attack

Who doesn’t want Rainbow Power? No-one, that’s who, which is why everyone should try the relentless side-scroller that is Robot Unicorn Attack. A game of endless running that only becomes faster and more difficult as you play, this will teach you the true power of your wishes. Ugh.
PLAY ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK FOR FREE

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.
PLAY FREECIV FOR FREE

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.
PLAY OPEN TRANSPORT TYCOON FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Open Transport Tycoon review.

Canabalt

If it didn’t invent the autorunner, the greyscale Canabalt certainly popularised it. As basic as it is addictive, you play a suited man bounding between rooftops, across cranes and through windows as a faintly sci-fi dystopian city crumbles. The jump button’s all you need here, and quick restarts keep you hooked on this pixelated classic.
PLAY CANABALT FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Canabalt review.

Passage

Love it or revile it, the art game movement was arguably kickstarted by this five-minute metaphor for life, death, companionship and 3,000 word essays. Passage has you strutting through a life that goes from coiled up in pixels before you to a compressed memory-mush behind. Not a whole lot happens, but that’s sort of the point. Maybe?
PLAY PASSAGE FOR FREE

N: The Way of the Ninja

A freeware, single-screen Flash platformer from approximately four hundred years ago, you’d be surprised to hear that N: The Way of the Ninja still holds up as a game. The physics are bouncy as your character springs and wall-jumps, avoiding missiles and collecting coins to unlock doors. This is minimalist, pixel-sharp, reaction-testing platforming.
PLAY N: THE WAY OF THE NINJA FOR FREE

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 wibbling structure quivers and the daintier your construction must become.
PLAY TOWER OF GOO FOR FREE

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.
PLAY DWARF FORTRESS FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Dwarf Fortress review.

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.
PLAY NEPTUNE'S PRIDE FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Neptune's Pride review.

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.
PLAY HIDDEN & DANGEROUS DELUXE FOR FREE

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.
PLAY QWOP FOR FREE

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.
PLAY SUPER CRATE BOX FOR FREE

Want more? Here's our Super Crate Box review.

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, a gently progressing story about one creature’s asteroid home colliding with another.
PLAY SAMOROST FOR FREE

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.
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Want more? Here's our Everquest 2 review.

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

War Thunder
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NachoFoot Avatar
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3 Years ago

You forgot War Thunder....

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elvismiggell Avatar
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elvismiggell(6 days 14 hours played)
2 Years ago

... and included World of Warplanes. Bold.

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Tim Edwards Avatar
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Tim Edwards(2 hours played)
2 Years ago

FIXED

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elvismiggell Avatar
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elvismiggell(6 days 14 hours played)
2 Years ago

Thanks! :)

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DuoBlaze Avatar
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2 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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2 Years ago

Marvel Heroes is garbage tho.

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Mr Zeddam Avatar
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1 Year ago

same for DC Online.

PAYWALL, P2W, P2Everything.

Moving requires a payment.

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Dav Avatar
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2 Years ago

Path of Exile is on the first page.

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Htorne Avatar
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4 Years ago

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

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quietly Avatar
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4 Years ago

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

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MrJinxed Avatar
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2 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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Sayliex Avatar
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1 Year ago

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

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VinsanityV22 Avatar
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4 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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4 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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2 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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2 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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2 Years ago

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

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Frenzier(27 days 2 hours played)
2 Years ago

No Warframe or Hawken!? Im disapointed.

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Dav Avatar
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2 Years ago

Warframe is on the first page.

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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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2 Years 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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2 Years ago

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

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Tovias Avatar
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2 Years ago

No Renegade X? For shame.

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Snipe Avatar
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2 Years 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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2 Years ago

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

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Brian Evol Avatar
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2 Years ago

No Warframe? Marvel Heroes 2015? Marvel Puzzle Quest?

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Moonraker Avatar
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2 Years ago

Why no Defiance?

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Clay F Avatar
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Clay F(1 hour played)
2 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®(53 minutes played)
2 Years 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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2 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
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2 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(3 days 15 hours played)
2 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(9 hours played)
2 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
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2 Years ago

TF2 is on here. Warframe is on here.

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Larkspeed Avatar
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2 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
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2 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(2 hours played)
2 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(1 day 8 hours played)
2 Years 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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1 Year 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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1 Year 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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1 Year 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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1 Year 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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1 Year 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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10 Months ago

Where is TF2?, And Replace LoL, please.

I'm Totally dissapointed.*

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My Nan Has Aids Avatar
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9 Months ago

Nevermind i'm just a complete mong

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0V3RKILL Avatar
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8 Months ago

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

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starfallzone Avatar
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8 Months 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 Month ago

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

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VinsanityV22 Avatar
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4 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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