The Best Free PC Games

The Best Free PC Games

Welcome out our run-down of the best free to play PC games. Not everyone has cash to spare but there’s plenty of fantastic free to play PC games that deserve your attention. The words “free to play” are often frowned upon by PC gamers but the free to play market is now bigger than ever and there are some games you won’t believe are actually free.

We’ve picked the cream of the crop and these are the games we often go back and play from time to time. They’re all well worth your attention and they can all be played without spending a penny.

This list is in no particular order of greatness because they’re all quite different and ranking these would be ludicrous. We’ll update this list as more quality F2P games appear throughout the year.  Note that unlike other similar lists around the Internet, we don’t make a penny from any of these links. These really are our best picks.

Updated: 27 March 2018

The Best Free to Play PC Games You Need to Play


Dirty Bomb

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Splash Damage has a solid history of creating popular FPS games (we’ll forget about Brink) and Dirty Bomb takes some of the best elements of their previous games like Enemy Territory, features unique characters and is based around team play objectives. Now that Splash Da,age has taken full control of the  game following an initial publisher agreement with Nexon, players will see more updates from the team


War Thunder

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War Thunder

Gaijin’s War Thunder is by far the best war simulator around. Starting with aircraft the game achieved a solid following and then tanks were added to the game making if a great all-rounder for fans of aerial and ground combat.

Fortnite Battle Royale

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It’s become quite a phenomenon Epic’s battle royale version of Fornite. 100 players drop onto an island and have to shoot and build their way to victory. Battle royale may not be everyone’s cup of tea but this does offer quick games and the PC gaming world has embraced it so there’s always thousands of players to go up against. Steamers love this game and you’ll see sites such as Twitch and Mixer packed with Fortnite players and viewers.


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DOTS 2 is the daddy of the MOBA, it built on the popular original Warcraft III DOTA mod and took the MOBA to the next level. If you were ever thinking about taking up eSports then DOTA 2 is one game you should try. Even Tim here at PC Invasion loves this so it has to be good.

EVE Online

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EVE Online

CCP’s space epic has been around for 13 years and in November they finally launched their free to play model as part of the Ascension update. Join hundreds of thousands of players compete for riches, power, glory and adventure in a single universe. EVE players build and command a wide variety of starships and traverse vast solar systems interconnected by a sophisticated player-driven economy, forging their own destinies in the meaningful context of other players vying to do the same.


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If MOBAs are not your thing but still want some arena brawler action then Stunlock Studios’ Battlerite is one game to check out. This is a follow-up to their popular Bloodlines Champions which was put to bed a while ago but it’s similar. Pick a champion, fight as a team and try and come out on top. It’s free to play and there are purchasable Champions Packs should you enjoy it enough.

Heroes of the Storm

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Blizzard didn’t want to sit back and miss out on the MOBA scene and so they created Heroes of the Storm which features characters from the Blizzard game universe. This is a lot easier to get into compared to DOTA 2 and LoL.


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After ditching their trading card decks, Blizzard took the concept of cards online and created hearthstone. Think of it like playing poker but with magical cards. It’s incredibly addictive and fun and a good game to jump into from time to time.

Team Fortress 2

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Valve’s Team Fortress 2 is another class based shooter and has a massive following so it’s always easy to jump into for a blast. It’s also got hats, lots of them.

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  • Paul Younger

    Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

    • MorningLM

      I’d suggest:

      Planetside 2: it’s open world combat on an epic scale. I’ve played it for an absurd number of hours and will probably go back for more once i upgrade my CPU. You could play this for free indefinitely as only cosmetic items are restricted to real world money purchases.

      Guild Wars 2 is well worth a look. You can easily play for 100+ hours without spending a penny. The first time I played it I wasn’t keen. The controls just felt wrong. I tried it again a week later, discovered the right mouse button, and have played it every day since. That was over two months ago. I would recommend that once you start telling yourself how much you like the game that you then buy the expansion.

      • rochyroch

        Planetside 2 is definitely worth a mention also Heroes & Generals i’ve put quite a few hours into that.
        When you see the free to play games in a list like that it makes you realise what high quality games you can play for free !

    • The Caveman

      Path of exile is a good game but the “no pay to win” title is not right, you can only get 4 stash tabs and if you want more you have to pay for them; being this one a trade based game stash space to trade means everything so if you don’t pay you can still play, but you can never be as rich as other ppl and thats means you can’t try some expensive builds

    • Master Turkey

      Paragon! FTW!

    • Ossi Hurme

      Though Old Republic isn’t really worth playing without a subscription.

      • laughterjones

        One can buy action bars which really, the game is unplayable with a full compliment of these.

    • laughterjones

      Dirty Bomb has devs which were part of Quake 3 mod called Q3F. To me, it was the best content I never paid for.

    • ak

      Nice article sir.