Playing games for the PC does not necessarily mean that fans need to shell out huge amounts of cash. There are now more free PC games than ever spread across all genres ranging from action and adventure to MMORPGs and puzzles. For gaming enthusiasts, here is a look at ten of the top free games for PC and how they stack up against the competition.
1. Dota 2
Not only is Defense of the Ancients 2 completely free, but it has also set the record for the largest e-sports tournament in history. Dota 2 was one of the original multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) titles and remains one of the most popular games in the world. The premise is simple as players join a team, pick a hero, and compete against others to kill enemies and destroy bases.
2. PlanetSide 2
The single best word to describe PlanetSide 2 is enormous. This first-person shooter involves teams of hundreds of players battling it out across vast landscapes. Instead of relying on strategy between a handful of players, every single squad must work together in order to capture bases, acquire vehicles, and dominate a map.
3. Lord of the Rings Online
Any time that the Lord of the Rings franchise releases a game it is going to be an instant hit. Luckily, those that install Lord of the Rings Online will find that this title is a well-maintained MMO with a great amount of content. The only drawback is that a select few items do require in-game purchases.
4. Ghost Recon Phantoms
Ghost Recon Phantoms (also referred to as Ghost Recon Online) sets itself apart from the competition with an interesting cover system and a well-balanced class system. Due to the complexity of Phantoms, advanced gamers may find that they cannot simply enter into a match and muscle their way to a win without a solid team working alongside them.
5. War of the Roses
This is one of the few games that has ever seemed to get the intensity of brutal hand-to-hand combat right. War of the Roses allows teams of 32 to battle against one another across famous English landscapes with an interesting sparring system and gory cut scenes for each death.
It would be nearly impossible to discuss great free PC games without adding MinecraftForFreeX.com to the list. This independent sandbox release has become one of the most popular games in history with an open-world design that allows players to create or do practically anything they would like. Gameplay includes actions as grueling as collecting wood and as exciting as recreating real-world cities.
7. Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online was another game that was destined to be popular simply because of the fanatic group of follows for this franchise. While the primary gameplay of Star Trek Online is not all that exciting, the player-made missions created in The Foundry can be exceptionally well done and add countless hours of fun.
8. Heroes & Generals
Heroes & Generals has become one of the only titles that was ever able to seamlessly combine elements of a first-person shooter and real-time strategy. The main action as a foot soldier is similar to countless other titles, but these tactics must be combined with the comprehensive strategy of generals in order for players to win matches.
9. Star Wars: The Old Republic
Before Star Wars: The Old Republic became free to play, it found itself in the list of highest-grossing video games with $165 million in sales in a single year. There are a few restrictions on the free-to-play component of the game, but the storyline, graphics, and action are superb.
10. Tribes: Ascend
This title is a first-person shooter that is completely reliant on unparalleled eye-hand coordination. Instead of a heavy focus on shooting skills, players must focus on maneuvering throughout the map and working with their team in order to be victorious. Anyone that downloads this title should be ready to die quickly and die often before getting the hang of it.
These ten games are some of the best releases available for those that want an exciting game without the overwhelming price tag.
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