Maybe you’re one of the people who got into PC gaming and managed to totally blow your budget on hardware.
Maybe you’re a budget PC gamer already.
Or maybe you’re just looking for fun games to play regardless of whether they’re free or $50, or maybe you’re just looking for a free-to-play that isn’t named Fortnite.
Whatever the case, there are a lot of free-to-play games on PCs now.
Here’s are a select few.
Team Fortress 2
Although it’s far from the first, this is the game that almost defines the battle royale genre.
Well over a decade old, the game is still popular among gamers and one of the most popular on Valve’s Steam platform.
The emphasis is on team combat.
There are several different modes, including Capture The Flag, Payload, Control Point, and Territorial Control.
There are two teams, Red versus Blu, and it’s up to the player to choose a character class.
The game offers both casual and competitive experiences, and the player can upgrade their playing experiences in the store with premium weapons and cosmetics.
Another Valve game, this is a freeware top-down pull player shooter where
Marines are sent to a colonized planet, are tasked with finding survivors, and, if necessary, destroy the colony with a thermonuclear device and return to the drop point before the bomb detonates.
This originally started out as a mod and has since been rewritten to run on Valve’s Source engine.
Free-to-play on the Valve store.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Another one that’s more than a decade old, this is an MMORPG set in the old
EU Star Wars Universe 1,000 years before the events of the movies.
The game has offered multiple seasons and is still releasing seasons, meaning that you will not run out of content anytime soon.
Be sure to watch the cinematics, as they often rival the quality of scenes in the actual movies.
A strategy game from Bethesda, this puts you in control of building and maintaining a Vault from Vault-Tec.
You’re tasked with keeping your Dwellers happy and safe from the Wasteland, as well as building the perfect vault.
This one tends to feel a bit like a mobile game but still fun on the desktop.
A turn-based, card-based, role-playing game inspired by Magic: The Gathering.
You play as a hero in a fast-paced fun card game requiring cunning strategy. Use your cards to cast spells, summon minions, and seize control of the battlefield.
There’s plenty here for everyone from the beginner to an experienced player. Learn more by reading our 7 tips to becoming a better hearthstone player.
While this isn’t a comprehensive list, it’s a good start down the road of free-to-play PC games.
Several free-to-play games are on the “freemium” model, i.e., you can play for free, but have an easier time through in-app purchases.
But many are completely free-to-play.
Don’t write off open-source games entirely; they have a reputation of not being nearly as polished as commercial offerings, but many of them are fun.