Because gaming can be pricey, we’ve rounded-up the PC’s best free games
Best free PC games to play today
They say the best things in life aren’t free, but when it comes to gaming, an industry that occasionally gives away full AAA games, that sentiment doesn’t really apply. Just as Xbox and PlayStation have created an ecosystem for handing out free games by way of PlayStation Plus and Games With Gold, many PC games
have taken a different approach: presenting players with the best free experiences money can’t buy and putting them in front of players.
Although Twitch Prime users can pay each month for a guaranteed wave of free games each month, including Superhot, Oxenfree and Tales from the Borderlands, an overwhelming number of titles are permanently on the house. What’s more, many can be played online with friends, so if you have a group of people who also don’t want to spend a fortune on gaming, you can start organizing clans on Discord or TeamSpeak right now.
From massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as Star Wars: The Old Republic to strategic collectible card games along the lines of The Elder Scrolls: Legends, there is a lot to love among our assortment of the best free games that money can’t buy. Plus, given that we’ve invested time into each of these titles, you can – in good faith – trust our opinions.
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Best free game on our radar: Defiance 2050
Remember that science-fiction MMO shooter from a few years back? No, we’re not talking about Destiny. We’re referring to Defiance, a game that its developers would probably argue went underappreciated as well as being indisputably unpopular. It’s not that Defiance wasn’t a good game. Quite the contrary, really. It was fun, but couldn’t quite find its footing amid everything that was happening when it originally released in 2013.
Now the video game-turned-Syfy original series is coming back for seconds, complete with a brand new name, better graphics and an all-new story that wants to suck you in 20 years after the events of the first game. It’s coming to Steam with the nominal price point of free ninety nine and includes upgraded textures in addition to higher resolutions and frame rates. It’s also coming to consoles, but not without paying extra close attention to the PC platform that made it (somewhat) famous.
Defiance 2050 will be available in closed beta come summer 2018, though it’s not entirely clear when it will release in full. If you’re interested, however, we’d advise that you head on over to the closed beta sign-up page to be reminded of its release when it eventually happens.
Expected: Summer 2018 (closed beta)