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These are the top no-cost PC games for single, co-op, and versus play.
Free-to-play games have become increasingly popular over the years, and it’s easy to understand why. They’re excellent time sinks, and are now so robust that you never feel handcuffed for not plunking down real cash.
If you have some time to kill, you can’t go wrong with a free title—especially if you’re playing on PC, which has many free-to-play options. But with so many games to sample, it can be daunting to find a game worth downloading. You could stick to free Steam games, but if you don’t mind venturing outside the comfy convenience of Valve’s online video game store, you’ll find a lot of good stuff.
We’ve got some obvious picks in our list, like the massively popular battle royale game Fortnite, which combines third-person shooting, resource gathering, and building to create a highly addicting multiplayer experience. Of course, no free-to-play PC list would be complete without Riot Games’ highly popular MOBA League of Legends. That said, there are numerous other free-to-play games on PC, many of which may have flown under your gaming radar.Recommended by Our Editors
Some of these free titles you can find on Steam, others are on Epic Games Store, and still others can only be downloaded from a game’s official website. All are well worth playing, so grab a keyboard, mouse, or gamepad and let the good times begin.
There are a lot of MMORPGs to play, each with unique aesthetics, combat, and lore. Blade & Soul takes you to a fantasy world inspired by Wuxia fiction and martial arts. It’s packed with dungeons and raids to conquer, as well as strong player-versus-player systems that encourage you to master your skills.
If dungeon crawling isn’t your thing, Blade & Soul’s arena offers excellent PVP action to slake your competitive bloodthirst. Leveling is fairly easy, too, so it doesn’t take very long to get to max level, where the game’s content really opens up.
Blade & Soul is free to play, of course, but you can optionally purchase new warrior outfits, additional character slots, and other items.
Blade & Soul (for PC) Review
Brawlhalla maybe inspired by Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series, but the game features a few, cool twists that give it unique flavor. This fighting game lets you knuckle up in four-player competitive matches, with the object of knocking your opponent off the platform to score points.
Like Samurai Shodown, Brawlhalla is a weapons-based affair, so each of the 40 fighters has a designated set of weapons they can use during a match. These weapons randomly rain onto stages and complement your move set. Brawlhalla has a weekly rotation of playable characters, but you can purchase you favorites using in-game currency. Even better, Brawlhalla has cross-platform play between PC and consoles, so you’ll always find a match.
Brawlhalla (for PC) Review
Monster Hunter World has made a massive critical and commercial impact, so it’s no shock to see games that are inspired by Capcom’s series. Dauntless is one such title. Dauntless pits you against vicious behemoths in a post-apocalyptic fantasy setting. It can be played in single player or multiplayer modes, with up to four people hacking at a beast’s shins. Multiple combat classes keep the fighting interesting.
As a free-to-play game, Dauntless won’t cost you a dime. Unless you want to apply a cool skin to your characters or weapons.
Dauntless (for PC) Review
In Destiny dua, you and your crew play as Guardians, immortal warriors who travel the solar system taking down interplanetary threats. This sci-fi shooter has seen many changes since its 2017 launch, such as moving to a free-to-play contoh, adding the Destiny Content Vault, and increasing the planet count. Destiny 2 is one of the most action-heavy MMOs that you’ll find on PC, so it could be your bag if you dig Call of Duty.
“Easy to learn, hard to master” is a phrase commonly heard in gaming circles, but few titles exemplify the idea more than Defense of the Ancients dua (Dota dua).
This free-to-play MOBA game tasks you with selecting one of more than 100 playable Heroes to take to the battlefield (with am option to buy them), utilizing the character’s unique abilities, play style, and attributes to help your team achieve victory.
The Nidhogg games are incredible fun, but if you don’t want to plunk down the cash to play them, Eggnog+ is a fantastic free-to-play alternative.
Like Nidhogg, Eggnog+ sees you clash with an opponent in sword duels as you race to the opposite side of the map. You can use your weapon as a projectile, as well as a melee tool. In addition, Eggnog+ features retro style visuals that give the game plenty of old school charm as you parry and thrust.
There are legendary games, and there’s Eve Online. The long-running, sandbox MMO gives you a ship and tosses you into cosmic adventures featuring guilds, pirates, and player-created corporations.
Truthfully, Eve Online is more of a social experiment than a game, as it forces you to engage with a vast universe of potentially cutthroat existing users merely to survive. If you decide to give it a go, you’ll discover that Eve Online is one of the most rewarding and unique games ever made.
Fornite, the incredibly popular battle royale game, pits 100 players against one another in an increasingly shrinking map, until a single player or squad is left standing. Fortnite incorporates resource gathering and building, in addition to the gunplay, so you must run around the field with your handy pickax to collect fort-worthy materials.
Matches are easy to find and highly addictive, so give it a try if you want some zany shooting action. Thankfully, experiencing the action won’t cost you a cent, whether you’re playing on PC, console, or mobile. Optional in-app purchases let you buy new outfits, emotes, and pickaxes.
Fortnite (for PC) Review
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then developer Mihoyo’s title is about as flattering as games come. In 2019, Genshin Impact made a splash in the video game world with the unveiling of an expansive open-world action-RPG heavily inspired by Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
That is not to say it’s a cheap knock off, however. Genshin Impact is a gacha game that features numerous unique gameplay systems and charming story beats that set it apart from Zelda and other open-world RPGs. That said, the free-to-play PC game requires some serious grinding (or shell out some serious dough) to unlock high-powered warriors. But you don’t have to spend a dime to have a good time.
Genshin Impact (for PC) Review
There are plenty of excellent card-based games on the market, and Hearthstone is definitely high on that list. Hearthstone draws its cards from Warcraft lore, and features relics and characters from the series.