Top 20 free PC games

Free PC games F2P

Free PC games used to be dominated by oddball flash games or small-scale indie testbeds. But the free-to-play phenomenon has completely changed the landscape over the last few years. Now, the full-priced AAA games that once ruled the roost are getting some real competition from games that offer large swaths of the experience for free.

There are innumerable free-to-play games available for the PC, and with that comes positives and negatives alike. The large selection means that there’s something to fit just about any taste, but the signal-to-noise ratio is truly atrocious. Instead of trudging through dozens of clones and halfhearted cash grabs, let us separate the wheat from the chaff for you. Today, we’re highlighting 20 of the best free games on the PC. There’s a lot to cover, so follow along, and something here is bound to strike your fancy.

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Dota 2

Based on a popular Warcraft III mod called Defense of the Ancients (DotA for short), Valve’s Dota 2 is a model free-to-play game. Without spending one red cent, you get access to the entire gameplay experience. Of course, Valve makes a tidy profit from selling cosmetic and ancillary items. The Bellevue company is well-versed in the realm of free-to-play games, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself buying lots of new loot for this “free” game once you’re hooked. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Dota 2″ class=”slider-234475 slide-188638″ />
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Killer Instinct

Originally developed by Double Helix for the Xbox One’s launch, this superb fighting game has continued to see significant updates under the care of Iron Galaxy. Most importantly, it’s now available on PCs running Windows 10. There’s always going to be at least one character available to use for free, but you can also buy new characters or entire seasons worth of content outright. And since everything you’ve unlocked or purchased on the Xbox One transfers over to the Windows 10 version, there’s never a need to double dip. (Download it on the Windows Store, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”PC Free Games Header” class=”slider-234475 slide-224256″ />
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Unlike most MMORPGs, Tera’s combat is real-time. Instead of just locking on and cycling through your abilities like a typical MMO, Tera is much more action-focused. You’ll need to roll out of the way of attacks, and aim your shots. So if you like the social aspects of MMOs but hate the WoW formula, Tera is worth trying out. “Elite status” nets you tons of bonuses at a rate of $15 per month, and investing real money in “EMP” lets you purchase cosmetics, consumables, mounts, and random loot boxes whenever you see fit. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”TERA” class=”slider-234475 slide-224187″ />
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Path of Exile

If you liked the Diablo series, Path of Exile is right up your alley. At its core, this is an action RPG mashed together with a free-to-play business model. You walk around destroying everything in your wake with blades, bows, and magic — paying for aesthetic changes and convenience upgrades along the way. If you loved Diablo II, and weren’t so keen on the direction taken by Diablo III, you should absolutely check out POE. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Path of Exile” class=”slider-234475 slide-188646″ />
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 myClub

If the management and strategic aspects of soccer games tickle your fancy, take a look at the myClub free-to-play experience that’s been broken out of Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. You can play the online myClub mode, kick around with the exhibition matches, and learn to play better with the training mode. It’s much more limited than the full game, but it’s still a solid way to get a taste of what modern PES looks like — especially if your budget is tight. (Download it on Steam)” alt=”PES MyClub” class=”slider-234475 slide-224186″ />
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How does a mashup of Robot Wars and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts sound? Pretty good, right? Well, that’s what the folks at Freejam are aiming for with Robocraft. Build and customize your very own combat robots, pit them against other custom robots online, and gain better parts and abilities. Premium memberships, crates, and bundles can be a bit pricey, but the core components are accessible through normal gameplay for free. And since the game is still in early access, it’s wise to be cautious about sinking any money into this just yet. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Robocraft” class=”slider-234475 slide-224771″ />
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League of Legends

Just like Dota 2, League of Legends is a MOBA derived from the exact same classic Warcraft III mod. However, the folks at Riot Games have a very different pricing model than Valve’s. You can play a select number of characters out of the gate, but access to additional characters need to be earned or purchased. League remains insanely popular across the globe, and the folks at Riot Games continue to expand this franchise more and more every single year. (Download it on the League of Legends website, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”LoL” class=”slider-234475 slide-188639″ />
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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Based on the artwork and setting of Blizzard’s incredibly popular Warcraft franchise, Hearthstone is a phenomenon in and of itself. This turn-based collectable card game is hugely successful on PC and mobile, and the low barrier to entry is the reason why. All you need is a free account, and you can join in on the fun. There are optional expansions, heroes, and card packs that cost between $3 and $25 each. But if you just buckle down and play the game on a regular basis, you’ll soon earn enough good cards that you won’t need to buy card packs with real money to stay competitive. (Download it on, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Hearthstone” class=”slider-234475 slide-203669″ />
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Star Wars: The Old Republic

Did the success of The Force Awakens revive your love of Star Wars? If so, check out BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG. All of the core story content is free-to-play, but if you’re interested in even more gameplay, you can pay à la carte for expansions ($20) or a higher tier of service ($15 per month) that will net you more currency and perks. This game isn’t as popular or as polished as World of Warcraft, but it delivers a ton of content for free, and has a surprisingly solid story for an MMO. (Download it on Origin, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”SWTOR” class=”slider-234475 slide-188644″ />
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AdVenture Capitalist

If you’ve ever played a game like Cookie Clicker or Candy Box, you’ll be very familiar with the way this game works. When broken down into its component parts, you do little more than click buttons and watch numbers grow higher, but there’s something so viscerally satisfying about this style of game. AdVenture Capitalist, fundamentally, is a dopamine machine. It’s hard to explain the appeal, but since it’s free, you can simply go see for yourself. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”AdVenture Capitalist” class=”slider-234475 slide-203559″ />
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Heroes of the Storm

As if there wasn’t enough competition in the MOBA space, Blizzard is getting in on the action as well. Heroes of the Storm takes elements from all of Blizzard’s various franchises, and melds them all together in a single DotA-like. This particular iteration of the MOBA concept has been lauded as more approachable than others in the genre, but many long-time fans feel that it doesn’t offer quite the same level of depth. Regardless, this game has more than enough beloved Blizzard imagery to keep your brain saturated in nostalgic feelings for months. (Download it on, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”HotS” class=”slider-234475 slide-203568″ />
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Team Fortress 2

Dota 2, while wildly popular, isn’t Valve’s first free-to-play game. The house that Gordon built cut its F2P teeth on Team Fortress 2. Originally released as part of a bundle called The Orange Box, Valve made Team Fortress 2 free-to-play nearly four years after its original release. This class-based shooter is now infamous for its item-based economy, and maintains a surprisingly large user base. Give it a go, but don’t let the virtual hat mafia get ahold of your Steam account. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”TF2″ class=”slider-234475 slide-188645″ />
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This sci-fi third-person shooter from Digital Extremes has a lot to offer for thrifty players. You can spend dozens of hours shooting and slashing away with other players online, and you don’t have to invest anything other than your time. Of course, you can spend real money on in-game currency and items, but it’s not necessary to have a good time. Even better, it works surprisingly well on older systems, so almost anyone with a half-way decent graphics card can join in. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Warframe” class=”slider-234475 slide-188648″ />
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Blacklight: Retribution

If you just want a good old fashioned multiplayer shooter, Blacklight is the game for you. Team up with friends or match up with random players for some team death match, capture the flag, or king of the hill. It’s simple, fun, and you don’t really need the items behind the paywall to have a good time. Even so, the devs are happy to let you spend real money for in-game items. The fast pace, small learning curve, and lack of an up-front cost makes this title compelling competition for even the Call of Duties of the world. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Blacklight Retribution” class=”slider-234475 slide-234641″ />
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If you’re curious about the MOBA scene, but the overhead viewpoint is a turn-off for you, Smite is a decent place to start. With WASD movement and a behind-the-back perspective, Smite feels more like an action game than an RTS. Like many other games in this increasingly crowded genre, there is an absurd number of characters to choose from, and you’ll need to pony up some money if you want access to all of them right out of the gate. Thankfully, a one-time purchase of $30 will unlock all of the existing characters and every future character as well. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Smite” class=”slider-234475 slide-224185″ />
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Marvel Heroes

Marvel characters and loot gathering: a match made in Valhalla. Pick from a handful of free characters, and start clicking away on the hundreds of baddies that stand between you and that sweet, sweet loot. If none of the free characters strike your fancy, you can always lay down some cash for the character of your choosing, and pick out the costume that best fits your style. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Marvel Heroes” class=”slider-234475 slide-224258″ />
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TrackMania Nations Forever

TrackMania is designed around besting your friends on the leaderboards, and making the craziest race tracks imaginable. Play the entirety of the stadium environment for free by downloading TrackMania Nations Forever, or spend $30 to upgrade to TrackMania United Forever with an additional six racing environments included. And if you just can’t get enough, you can always move on to TrackMania 2 or TrackMania Turbo. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”TrackMania Nations Forever” class=”slider-234475 slide-188651″ />
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Ready to get nerdy? Check out this free-to-play MMORPG based in the Forgotten Realms. Explore this fantasy world with your friends, and soak in the decades of lore built-up around this popular D&D setting. You can pump in real money to improve your character, but you need to be careful of what you buy because it’s easy to blow hundreds of dollars. Still, paying $10 or $20 on occasion seems pretty reasonable if you’re having a good time. (Download it on Steam, or Find out more on IGN)” alt=”Neverwinter” class=”slider-234475 slide-188657″ />
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Pinball Arcade

Classic arcade tables never looked so good! Download the client for the Pinball Arcade on Steam, and you’ll get full access to the Tales of the Arabian Nights table for free. You can also try out any of the other tables at no additional cost, but you won’t be able to play past the first high score. Each additional table can be purchased à la carte, or you can invest $30 at once into an entire pack of classic tables. Whether you’re a casual fan or a pinball fanatic, this freemium product is fantastic. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Pinball Arcade” class=”slider-234475 slide-188658″ />
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Alien Swarm

This top-down shooter developed by Valve is completely free – just download the entire game and the SDK through Steam, and play to your heart’s content. Join up with three of your friends to destroy alien monsters, or crack open the game editor to make your very own environments. With four classes, eight characters, and persistent unlocks, this game will keep you busy for months. Even better, it’s truly free. No micro-transactions in sight. (Download it on Steam, or find out more on IGN)” alt=”Alien Swarm” class=”slider-234475 slide-188660″ />

You’re free to play all day

Regardless of your personal gaming preferences, you won’t have to spend a lot to enjoy yourself these days. The free-to-play and free-to-start concepts get a bad rap from titles like Candy Crush Saga, but there’s still so much worth exploring. As long as you spend your time and money wisely, your entire free-to-play experience can be enjoyable. And since there are so many fish in this particular sea, don’t hesitate to try something else if the monetization pressure gets too intense from any one title.

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