Let’s face it, playing games has become such an expensive hobby. Does anyone remember when you could buy a good game for a few bucks, put it in the home PC’s disc drive and play for straight hours? Or at least until someone else needs to use the only way to access the internet in the house.
We can’t give you a time machine and make franchises like The Sims and Grand Theft Auto more affordable to play again, but we can get you back there. simpler time with our list of 10 Best PC Games You Can Play For Free right now for the holidays!
Raid: Shadow Legends is one of the best mobile RPGs in the history of the genre, and now you can play it for free on PC. You will need to demonstrate some Strategic thinking to claim mastery of turn-based squad management and Raid combat mechanics, but once you’ve done that, you can take your fight online and team up with other players.
Here you can participate in co-op style raids and defeat rival squads to claim amazing rewards. Raid features over 300 unique heroes for you to collect, and each has their own unique abilities and stats that you can tweak and modify to make the most of your team and individual character’s strengths.
World of Tanks is a free multiplayer game for Windows where players are thrown headfirst into massive tank battles. Choose your tank and compete against players and tank enthusiasts from all over the internet. This game, developed by Wargames.net, features high end graphicss and simplified controls that will keep you entertained for hours.
Choose from a plethora of realistic and historically accurate tanks for use when locating and destroying enemy forces. You can even customize your tanks to your liking to distinguish them from those of your enemies. Even though the game is free, it contains some premium features that you can purchase using in-game currency.
Smilegate Entertainment brings you Lost Ark, a free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game – MMORPG – set in a stunning fantasy-themed world. Travel across the 7 vast continents of this fantasy world and discover various cultures, themes and adversaries to fight along the way.
Even though this game may look a bit like a full-fledged grinder sometimes it has so much content to dive into as you take on the multitude of missions that Lost Ark has to offer. Choose between different classes and characters with which to explore the world around you. Unlike many other MMORPGs, each class in Lost Ark features distinct gameplay mechanics that set it apart from other classes.
Magic: The Gathering Arena is a free PC and mobile game that brings the excitement of the card game of the same name to your digital devices. For those unfamiliar with the popular card game, this game requires you to battle your opponents from a choice of 15 unique card decks. The game has an easy to follow tutorial mode that will teach you everything you need to win your first game against AI players.
Afterwards, you can head online and compete against players from all over the world. The game has a lot of customization options and you can customize everything from your avatar to your card sleeves, and even your in-game pet. Even though the game is free to download, it contains premium content that you can access with in-game rewards or real currency.
If you’re looking for an MMO that looks suspiciously like Minecraft, look no further than Trove. Trove is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game that features many character classes inspired by classic swords and sorcery. Similar to the great classic MMOs it draws inspiration from, Trove focuses on grinding for more and best gear and compete against other players in various PvP modes.
The game receives regular updates which add new game modes and dungeons, and everything else. Due to the increased focus on gear and resource grinding, Trove is excellent for casual gamers and the perfect game to play on those holidays.
Apex Legends has risen through the ranks to become one of the best battle royale games out there. This free game from the developers of Titanfall is a classic take on the Battle Royale format injected with an exciting cast of diverse characters and gameplay options. Choose from different caption classes to create the perfect team composition.
Then, zip lines, race down slopes, and scale buildings as you compete against rival teams in a race to become the last team standing. Apex Legends feels intuitive and well-formulated and the fact that this amazing game is free should be all the encouragement you need to try it out for yourself.
Path of Exile is a Diablo-esque role-playing game and dungeon crawler. There are so many RPGs that are like Diablo at this point, but it’s definitely one of the strongest and best-executed games in this niche category. Path of Exile is the perfect way to spend a leisurely vacation, venturing through the dark fantasy world with a friend or two.
You will be faced with a dizzying amount of areas to explore, each with a wide variety of monsters to defeat. Even though Path of Exile has a microtransaction system, it’s not too inconvenient and you’ll get more than enough free content in the form of free expansions that drop every month.
League of Legends is a Dota-inspired 5v5 base attack staple. Although this game draws its main mechanics and wording from Dota, it introduces a very unique lineup of playable characters. Additionally, this lineup is often expanded, which makes League of Legends feel fresh. Note, however, that this game has one of the hardest skill caps to hit in any game of its kind, with many players calling the game easier than Dota, but much more shade.
Simply put, if you become one of the best players in League of Legends, you will be considered a tactical genius. Since the game has over 100 million players every month, you easily find competitors and so it’s one of the best games if you’re looking for camaraderie and a healthy dose of friendly competition.
High fantasy of this caliber is not often found for free. D&D Beyond is a free digital format of the classic Dungeons and Dragons live. If you’re jumping at the chance to check out some of the most famous or infamous fantasy realms to ever exist, you might want to check out D&D Beyond.
In this game you can check the land of Eberron or the Forgotten Realms and don the finery of a legendary spellcaster or the well-worn boots of an evil thief. Battle dragons and demons and explore incredible dungeons while reliving one of the greatest board games ever made.
We end our list of the 10 best free games to enjoy this holiday with one that we can hardly believe is still free. Spelunky Classic is one of the best platformers we’ve ever seen and it takes 8-bit adventure to a whole new level. Enjoy gameplay inspired by classics like Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros.
In this slice of 8 bit paradise. Avoid obstacles like snakes, ice caves, rocks, and bats as you fight your way through this visually appealing world in search of various treasures.