What’s not to love about free PC games? Though there’s no escaping the wrath of Windows 10 , PC gamers can easily avert paying for games by taking advantage of the vast pool of free ones available at everyone’s disposal.
As our list fine displays, just because you’re not paying for a game doesn’t mean it won’t make for a valuable experience. In fact, many of our free PC game examples are just as fun and enticing to look at as in general. Following are some of them:
1. Planetside 2
Two years before Destiny, back in 2012, we had a Planetside 2 . It’s an epic, all-out first-person battle so impressive, you’ll give yourself a quick pinch every time you remember it’s completely free. There are in-game purchases of course, but you can still dive into gaming’s biggest ever battlefield and be useful with just default gear.
There’s simply nothing like taking part in a massed assault on an enemy base and coming out on top, or living in a world where an enemy convoy could appear on the horizon at any second. If you need any proof that ‘free’ doesn’t mean uninspired, Planetside 2 will provide it.
2. Dota 2
The Dota universe may have derived from a Wacraft 3 mod, but Dota 2 is very much its own entity, not to mention one of the most popular free-to-play games.
This top-down arena battler is incredibly active, attracting multi-million dollar prize funds for serious tournament players. It’s not just for obsessives, though.
3. Path Of Exile
In the style of Diablo III, Path of Exile is a free dungeon crawler that’s a bit different from most free-to-play games out there. It’s not just about whacking real life people until they scream at you in shrill pubescent tones through their Skype headsets.
4. League Of Legends
Pick your champion and head into battle in this amazing free-to-play game from the creators of Dota. League of Legends’ automated matchmaking, range of characters and excellent maps have made it a multiplayer star over the last year, and one well worth a play.
5. Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft
Ever played Magic the Gathering, the card game? Hearthstone is Blizzard’s attempt at making an online free-to-play alternative to it.
6. Star Wars: The Old Republic
Taking over from the original Star Wars MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies in 2011, Star Wars: The Old Republic was not free at release at first. But it has since, like so many games of this kind, adopted the free-to-play model. If you want to get Sith kicks, this is the best way to get them for free.
7. Killer Instinct
Rare’s classic fighting series Killer Instinct may not be the household name it once was, but the ability to play one character for free is enticing nonetheless.
8. War Thunder
Think World of Tanks is a bit too arcade-like for your tastes? You need to try out the free game War Thunder. Despite being lesser-known, it’s a great alternative to that tank battler. And for an extra sweetener, it throws airplanes into the mix too. As you might expect, they’re a great deal of fun.
If you’re into third-person co-operative shooters, Warfarme is one of the best free games out there. After joining one of three factions: Tenno, Grineer or Corpos, your soldier is decked out in a Crysis-styled exosuit and equipped with guns or melee weapons.
If you like Blizzard games, such as World of Warcraft, Wildstar will undoubtedly quench your thirst since many of its developers at Carbine Studios came from the beloved Activision Blizzard subsidiary.