In 2020, these are the 11 best free PC games to play

There has never been a better time for PC gamers. There isn’t a day that passes by without a new game being released. Isn’t it going to be costly? But don’t worry, there are plenty of fantastic free PC games to choose from.

In fact, there are so many free games to choose from that it might be tough to decide how to spend your time. In 2020, here are the top free PC games. All of the “Genre Alternatives” are also available for free.

1. Fortnite

In 2017, Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale game swept the world by storm. It hasn’t slowed down since then, gaining more players, watchers, and releasing on additional video game platforms.

The free-to-play battle royale market is crowded. Regardless of what other development teams bring to the table, Fortnite’s blend of frantic cartoon-style action and accessibility outstrips the competition.

Epic Games also keeps Fortnite interesting. New material is constantly being added to the game, attracting users in search of better skins for their in-game character, weaponry, and, of course, Fortnite’s signature winning dances.

Not only that, but Epic Games is continuously changing the Fortnite environment, moving the game’s narrative ahead through map changes.

One season, for example, a massive meteor emerged in the sky over the game map about halfway through. The meteor approached slowly before smashing into Dusty Depot, transforming the region into Dusty Divot and scattering smaller craters throughout the rest of the landscape.

Since then, Epic Games has received a steady stream of accolades for its inventive storytelling approaches, and the Fortnite storyline has continued to expand.

Check out our Fortnite fundamentals cheat sheet if you’re interested in learning more about the game. In no time, you may be a pro-streamer! .

2. Dwarf Fortress 

Dwarf Fortress is without a doubt the most intriguing, captivating, and frustrating game ever created. Dwarf Fortress is still being updated for free by its creators, Bay 12 Games. So, what exactly is it? 

Dwarf Fortress can be played as a roguelike, a management sim, an exploration storey, and more. That’s because the options are unlimited as you try to keep your dwarven colony alive, happy, fed, and productive.

The original graphics are unappealing. There’s no need to equivocate. It’s difficult to get used to the comprehensive (and occasionally finicky) controls. Several fantastic community tilesets, on the other hand, transform the original Dwarf Fortress into a brighter, more approachable experience.

3. Exile’s Path

Fans of Diablo and other dungeon-crawling RPGs will like Path of Exile. Path of Exile, which was first released in 2013, continues to receive frequent updates and is now a top-ranked free-to-play game.

The plot isn’t really interesting, revolving around classic RPG cliches like as being washed ashore, lost, and dressed in rags, and fighting to become the ultimate beast slayer. Path of Exile, on the other hand, establishes a distinct identity because to its enormous skill trees, great loot, and regular additions of new bosses, game systems, and play styles.

4. Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic: The Gathering Arena is a free digital collectible card game that takes the popular Magic: The Gathering (MTG) game to your PC.

MTG Arena isn’t the first digital adaptation of the wildly popular tabletop battle card game. It is, however, the first digital version of MTG to follow the tabletop meta, allowing players to build decks that correspond to the actual game’s expansions.

MTG Arena also closely resembles a physical MTG game in this regard. You may still play land cards to generate mana, customise your deck, and open packs to discover new and rare booster cards.

MTG Arena is a free-to-play game with microtransactions and booster pack payments. While you could come across someone with a premium deck now and then, the vast majority of MTA Arena players stick to free decks, booster packs, and the like.

Furthermore, despite the fact that the game closely matches the physical game, no prior knowledge is required to begin playing. There are numerous tutorials in the game that explain how the various game mechanics function, as well as some fundamental techniques.

The animations are another MTG Arena feature that we enjoy. MTG was a static tabletop game for a long time. With stunning explosions and twirling summoning, MTG Arena now puts your cards to life. 

5. Destiny 2

Destiny 2 became free-to-play in 2019, allowing anybody to play Bungie’s online-only first-person shooter. Bungie updated weapons, armour classes, content drops, and the power level cap at the same time to entice existing and new players to go into the new content. New Destiny 2 game modes, as well as new interplanetary destinations to explore, were also released.

The result is a large-scale space shooter that pits three opposing factions against one other in a battle for control of the Destiny 2 world. Check out our Destiny 2 beginner’s guide if you’re new to the game.

Even if you don’t intend to go deep into Destiny 2, the often mind-boggling vistas and spectacular dungeons are worth investigating. Oh, and whizzing around on the Sparrows is also a blast. 

6. StarCraft II

Blizzard gave away StarCraft II for free in 2017. As a result, one of the best real-time strategy (RTS) games ever is now available for free. The free-to-play version includes the single-player campaign from StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, but not the sequels Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, or Nova Covert Ops.

The ranked multiplayer league tables are also available in the free edition of StarCraft II. We’re not sure why you’d put yourself through such an experience, but to each their own.

7. Heroes of the Storm

From Blizzard’s all-conquering RTS to the game Blizzard doesn’t consider a MOBA, the company has a lot to offer. If Heroes of the Storm isn’t a MOBA, it certainly has all of the hallmarks of one: five-on-five combat, lanes, a large roster of heroes (drawn from other Blizzard games), and a concentration on four distinct roles.

Heroes of the Storm is far more accessible than its more well-known (or infamous) rivals, League of Legends and Dota 2. The audience appears to be more open, the roles are easier to understand, and the game modes add variety to each battle to keep it interesting. 

8. Planetside 2 

Planetside 2 is a multiplayer online first-person shooter in which you fight to secure various places across continental maps. Planetside 2 knows a thing or two about epic scale, with up to 2,000 concurrent players taking part in the combat. You can participate in a single fight for hours, then log off for a few hours, only to return to the same combat.

The time it takes to master and level up weapons and skills is the largest difference for gamers coming from Battlefield or Call of Duty. It takes a long time to improve such precise talents. The battles ebb and flow, and you aren’t constrained to approaching the combat from a single direction, so it’s not a grind (or vehicle, for that matter). 

9 .Forza Motorsport 6: Apex

Microsoft delivered the magnificent cars, courses, and surroundings of Forza Motorsport 6: Apex to Windows 10 in 2016 to coincide with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Forza Motorsport 6 was the first Forza game to be released on a desktop computer. Previously, Forza was only available on Xbox.

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex lives up to the series’ reputation for wide circuit designs and outstanding automobile models. There are a total of 63 cars to race in 12 different events. 

10. Warframe

Warframe has a lot of content, especially for a free game. Last but not least, there’s the hoverboard skating mode. However, there is a lot to take in in terms of running and gunning (as opposed to Path of Exile’s hacking and slashing), the enormous choice of weaponry, loadouts, and play styles.

There are vast open world locations to explore, as well as an extensive storyline and frequent material updates. The sheer amount of information available can be daunting, at least at first. It takes time to learn the various game features, and figuring out crafting and blueprinting can be hard as well.

Fortunately, the Warframe community is one of the nicest on the internet, so don’t be scared to ask a question. It’s a question that’s almost certain to have been asked before.

11. EverQuest

Return to one of the first MMOs to develop your characters through 110 levels, 500 zones, and a plethora of questlines. Yes, EverQuest is still running strong after more than two decades.

The Burning Lands expansion, which introduced new zones, raids, quests, and spells, was the game’s 25th content expansion. It was released in 2018, 19 years after the first game.

Even if the aesthetics are a tad archaic, EverQuest keeps up in so many other ways. Thousands of hours of questing around Norrath await you and a group of buddies.