The best free PC games: Page 2

Trove

Trove is the MMO equivalent of Minecraft and is exactly as good as that sounds. It's fast-paced and fluid, with you exploring and dominating voxel worlds. What's neat is just how much you can customise the look of your character: every item dropped can be used to change your style.

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Want more? Read our Trove review.

Dreadnought

Best free PC games Dreadnought

Normally, if you want to take charge of massive airships, you’ll need a fair amount of cash and hours of training. With Dreadnought, a team-based dogfighter from Yager Development, you can pilot massive spaceships across the skies of many different planets, for absolutely zero cost.

Dreadnought gives you access to a variety of ships equipped with massive, earth-shattering weapons that you can customise down to the last thermal exhaust port. The combat is a tactical affair, with a combination of slow methodical broadside assaults and rapid, piercing strikes. There are several game modes to choose from, and doing well in the tactical team-based warfare will reward you with an ever-growing fleet of ships.

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Skyforge

Play Skyforge free

Skyforge blends sci-fi and fantasy together for an action-heavy MMO that’s happy to ditch many of the rules so many other games adhere to. There’s no levelling or strict classes: instead you develop your character however you like and can swap between different combat roles whenever you wish. As you gain more power you’ll eventually become a god incarnate, complete with your own followers.

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Marvel Heroes Omega

Best Free PC Games Marvel Heroes Omega

Gazillion’s superhero MMO has improved massively since it launched in 2013. The revised game, from Diablo creator David Brevik, is a lot of fun and is constantly updated with new story chapters and characters. You can dress as all your Marvel favourites and the game does a neat job of keeping up with updates in the Marvel universe – with new content around stuff like the new MCU movie releases and the Netflix shows.

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Armored Warfare

In Armored Warfare, the tanks of today and tomorrow are at war. The idea is that you're fighting as part of a modern-day private military company. Big player-versus-player rucks are exciting, but if you're not into that, there's a co-op campaign you can play with your mates.

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Winning Putt

Best free PC games Winning Putt

Lots of people like to play golf, and many of them like to play golf videogames, too. MMOs are designed for lots of people. Therefore the two should combine – they do in Winning Putt. The good news is that his game has all the trappings you’d expect from that genre, wrapped around a perfectly serviceable set of thwack-the-ball-into-the-hole mechanics. There are plenty of upgrades and wardrobe items to be had, plus all kinds of friendly and competitive play options. And a man with a really nice voice gently encourages you throughout – something which, frankly, more games should have.

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Atlas Reactor

Best free PC Games Atlas Reactor

Combining the turn-based tactics of XCOM and the Pixar-like characters of Overwatch, Atlas Reactor is a PvP game unlike any you’ve played before. Across a series of discrete phases, players must make simultaneous turns involving movement, dodges and attacks – there’s no point firing at an enemy's current position because the moment the action starts they’ll have dived out the way. Mix this novel method of strategy with the kind of glitzy abilities you’d expect of a MOBA, and you’ve got one of the most compelling and intriguing free games on PC.

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Blade & Soul

Free PC games Blade & Soul

Blade & Soul's story is of a journey to the West: well-regarded enough in Asia to prompt a 10,000 signature petition for wider release, this martial arts MMO has since blown up under NCSoft West's stewardship. The keys to its success? High-wire swordplay from Crounching Tiger and a propulsive revenge plot from Kill Bill.

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Want more? Here's our Blade & Soul review.

Gigantic

Best free PC games Gigantic

Hero shooters are a big deal now, so it’s quite suitable that this lovely game is called Gigantic. But, rather than referring to the scale of the genre, the title is all about the massive creatures that accompany your team into battle. Colossal Guardians, in the guise of the serpentine Naga and the adorable Griffin, must be powered up by your five-player team and then used to defeat the enemy’s beast. 

Guardians function as an analogue to a MOBA’s base, and there’s a varied roster of characters with cool abilities, but Gigantic feels closer to a fluid action game than the muddier pace of games like LoL and Dota 2. If you fancy the tactical edge of those games without the baggage that weigh them down, Gigantic could well be for you. 

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Path of Exile

An action-RPG in the mould of Diablo, Path of Exile is one of the most polished, well-executed games on this list. Adventure with a friend or two through hundreds of areas in a dark fantasy world that provides a dizzying collection of monsters to repeatedly click on until they squish. Path of Exile does feature a microtransaction system but it’s admirably unobtrusive.

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Want more? Read our Path of Exile review.

Lord of the Rings Online

Turbine’s free-to-play MMO is the third most popular in the world, depending on who you ask, and it’s all because they ditched the subscription model and went full throttle towards a cash-free future. The LOTRO Store is where premium players can drop pennies, but frugal adventurers can lose themselves in Middle-earth just as easily.

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Want more? Read our Lord of the Rings Online review.

Master X Master

master x master

Looking for a MOBA that boasts more than a few meagre tweaks to the genre’s lanes and minions formula? NCSoft’s Master X Master not only lets you march into battle with two characters that you can switch between with your mouse wheel, but it also features full WASD controls, which introduces an extra layer of skill to the core tactical gameplay. There’s also a fully-fledged PvE mode where up to four players can fight through stages against AI enemies and bosses in order to earn loot and develop each of their characters. Each PvE stage plays out like a dungeon from an action-RPG like Diablo, offering hours of action without having to jump into tense multiplayer matches.

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Chronicle: Runescape Legends

Play Runescape: Chronicle

If you want to have a crack at conquering the ever-growing collectable card game genre, you'd best do something different and special in order to make your mark. Chronicle: Runescape Legends' USP is that it features a book. A big, open, colourful, animated book, laid out on the table in front of you, acting as the playground where you and your opponent do battle. It’s an approach that leads to a seriously beautiful card battler, and one that also benefits from featuring characters lifted from Jagex’s MMO Runescape, instantly opening the game up to an established fanbase.

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Want more? Here's our Chronicle: Runescape Legends review.

Hex: Shards of Fate

At its heart, Hex is a two-player card game. Hex’s rules are a little more complex than Hearthstone’s but we found it to be a more rewarding game. Both players have 20 health and draw cards from their decks to summon creatures and cast spells against each other. The spells and creatures can weave their abilities together to make powerful combinations. Hex is free on Steam right now, and with hundreds of different cards available, players are still finding new ways to combine them.

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Want more? Read our Hex: Shards of Fate review.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Try SWTOR for free

After a long, slow start, SWTOR is now pretty great – particularly thanks to the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion, which is basically 'BioWare does a proper KOTOR sequel'. It’s a fast-paced action-RPG with lightsabers and space combat and Jedi houses and bounty hunters and, if you go full dark side, you can fire lightning from your fingertips. Really.

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Want more? Read our Star Wars: The Old Republic review.

Supernova

best free pc games supernova

Supernova takes the immensely popular MOBA format and gives it a sci-fi reskin and an injection of new ideas to help it stand out among its peers. It’s got all the boxes ticked: heaps of character, a bounty of heroes, balanced gameplay, and unique features like being able to choose the types of minions you field – or upgrade your hero’s stats to an extent only usually allowed in RPGs.

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Want more? Here's our Warface review.

Wildstar

Free PC games Wildstar

Wildstar is built for lapsed World of Warcraft players. It's a sci-fi MMO that looks and feels like a Blizzard game, but with one important difference: it's for the hardcore. Ignore the cutesy looks as, at the top end of the game, you'll find raids that make Warcraft's easy-mode dungeons look like something for kids.

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Want more? Here's our Wildstar review.

PlanetSide 2

Battle has never been so big. Imagine entire continents at war, with tanks, trucks, and fighter craft alongside hordes of infantry. Throw that into the far future and you’ve got PlanetSide 2, a never-ending conflict on an incredible scale that’s pretty damn good-looking to boot. There is nothing else quite like this out there.

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Want more? Here's our PlanetSide 2 review

Mechwarrior Online

Pledge your loyalty to a great house or sign up for a mercenary company in this mech simulation. Whether you’re piloting a light or heavy mech, you’ll have to manage your weaponry and keep an eye on your system temperature. In the Mechwarrior universe, piloting a giant robot can be a technical and rather nuanced occupation. There is also stomping.

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Want more? Here's our Mechwarrior Online review.

D&D Online

Free PC games D&D Online

Do you want a chance to adventure in some of the most famous fantasy worlds there ever were? With D&D Online you can set foot in the Forgotten Realms and the land of Eberron, stepping into the well-worn boots of a thief or a spellcaster as you fight dragons and demons. It’s not often you get high fantasy for free.

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Want more? Here's our D&D Online review.

Tribes: Ascend

Tribes Ascend

Tribes is probably the fastest FPS in the world. It’s set across huge levels of open valleys and leafy forests: you zip through them by skiing down mountains and jetting up hillsides. Just be aware that success comes from both ultra-fast reactions and clever teamwork.

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Want more? Here's our Tribes: Ascend review.

World of Warplanes

Seize the free-to-play concepts behind World of Tanks, take them to the skies, and you have World of Warplanes, a game of whirling dogfights and nail-biting bombing runs for teams of jet bombers and biplanes alike. It’s getting sleeker and shinier with every release.

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Want more? Here's our World of Warplanes review.

Heroes & Generals

Best free PC games Heroes & Generals

Do you want to shoot all the guns and make all the decisions? War isn’t all about what happens on the front line, but nor is it about the decisions made back at headquarters, so Heroes & Generals is the perfect game for players who want to try a bit of both.

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Want more? Here's our Heroes & Generals review.

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NachoFoot Avatar
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4 Years ago

You forgot War Thunder....

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elvismiggell Avatar
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elvismiggell(6 days 14 hours played)
3 Years ago

... and included World of Warplanes. Bold.

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Tim Edwards(2 hours played)
3 Years ago

FIXED

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elvismiggell Avatar
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elvismiggell(6 days 14 hours played)
3 Years ago

Thanks! :)

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DuoBlaze Avatar
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3 Years ago

No Marvel Heroes!? How am I supposed to take this list seriously with these unheard of indie side scroller and tower defense games and you don't include Marvel Heroes? For that matter, is Path of Exile even on the list?

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LidFlipper Avatar
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2 Years ago

Marvel Heroes is garbage tho.

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Mr Zeddam Avatar
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1 Year ago

same for DC Online.

PAYWALL, P2W, P2Everything.

Moving requires a payment.

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Dav Avatar
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2 Years ago

Path of Exile is on the first page.

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Htorne Avatar
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4 Years ago

The Everquest 2 picture on page 10 is from Lord of the Rings Online and not EQ2.

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quietly Avatar
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4 Years ago

Should have included Quake Live; should be in the top 10...

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Sayliex Avatar
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1 Year ago

You forgot Robocraft! I mean, you are doing a giveaway for it.

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MrJinxed Avatar
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3 Years ago

Hmm, I wonder if you'd consider including Swtor in the MMO slots available. It's really one of the best MMOs as far as leveling up to max level. Also included should be Path of Exile. It would also be worth exploring the option of adding Heroine's Quest (available for free on steam), and The Silver Lining (King's Quest game by Phoenix Online Studios available for free on the website), and Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead.

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VinsanityV22 Avatar
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4 Years ago

Okay, so mostly shooters and MMOs. That's better than what I was expecting :)

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XxXPlayBoyManXxX Avatar
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4 Years ago

how do you play it ?

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huhwut Avatar
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4 Years ago

* Requiem: Momento Mori *

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Ukilamiback Avatar
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3 Years ago

You missed Uncharted Waters Online, which is now be reinstated on steam as

Uncharted Waters Online: 2nd Age

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LordWell Avatar
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3 Years ago

Path of exiles deserves the list 100%, it's a very good free to play ARPG with absolutely NO PAY TO WIN only cosmectic changes and some house decorations can be bought with real money.

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Borg917 Avatar
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3 Years ago

Age of Empires Online should probably be removed since it was shut down on 1 July 2014.

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Frenzier(28 days 12 hours played)
2 Years ago

No Warframe or Hawken!? Im disapointed.

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Dav Avatar
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2 Years ago

Warframe is on the first page.

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Coolboypai Avatar
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4 Years ago

A lot of great games in this list though the lack of flash games and cookie clicker is a bit disappointing :P

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xprez Avatar
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4 Years ago

Wow didnt know rift had eased up on the f2p restrictions, might give it a go again then.

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Haggis Avatar
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4 Years ago

QWOP rules :)

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3 Years ago

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3 Years ago

I would add http://panzergeneraldownload.com/ a place to get all the old Panzer General Games.

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Pseudonym Avatar
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3 Years ago

Can you distinguish between free games and pay to win freemium games please?

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Tovias Avatar
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3 Years ago

No Renegade X? For shame.

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Snipe Avatar
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3 Years ago

So what is the name of the "free to play pirate fantasy MMORPG"?? It sounds interesting.

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3 Years ago

ArcheAge's title seems to not show, only the picture and discription

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Brian Evol Avatar
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3 Years ago

No Warframe? Marvel Heroes 2015? Marvel Puzzle Quest?

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Moonraker Avatar
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3 Years ago

Why no Defiance?

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Clay F(1 hour played)
3 Years ago

How do u leave Ghost Recon Phantoms off this list

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These are just "free to play" games, not free.

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(Nation)DiazElGrande®(53 minutes played)
2 Years ago

Heroes and Generals have very very good Maps but its too Lagg

#Warface is One of the Best of the Year

#Battlefield 3 its now On Free on Origin.com Too

i think NFS WORd is Lost Is a Great Game

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2 Years ago

the GTA 1 and 2 one can be taken off as for a long time they have been ünafailable"on the rockstar site. and System shock is free ? really now i can play it finaly :D

OHW and DC online but no Marvel heroes 2015?

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Pseudonym Avatar
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2 Years ago

Pretty pointless list overall.

No distinguishing between mmos and singleplayer games? Or abandonware and freeware? Or browser games and installed games?

No kind of judgement on just how free these games are? DDO, for instance, yes - "free" - but none of its players would consider it that.

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Michaelvaanss Z(3 days 15 hours played)
2 Years ago

Dear Pcgamesn.

How can you put Star Trek Online but not put Star Wars The Old Republic?

I'm sure Star Trek Online is a good game but just play SWTOR and I'm sure you will put it in the Top 10 this is the best MMO/RPG game i have ever played

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Decto(9 hours played)
2 Years ago

NO TEAM FORTRESS 2?!NO WARFRAME?! NO UNTURNED?! THIS IS THE WORST LIST I'VE EVER SEEN

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LidFlipper Avatar
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2 Years ago

TF2 is on here. Warframe is on here.

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Larkspeed Avatar
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2 Years ago

The vast majority of these are not free. I don't know what your definition is but free to me means costing no money. more than 90% of these if you want any real chance of survival or in some cases to even progress in the game you will need to spend money.

That bt definition is not free

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BenMcr Avatar
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2 Years ago

Battlefield 1942 cannot be downloaded from origin or via the download link you provided -given this you might want to remove it from the list.

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Dave The Luxon(2 hours played)
2 Years ago

I don't see how this list can include ArcheAge as one of the best free MMO's. You can barely do anything if you don't have a sub, and even then you're still limited unless you dabble in the cash shop. Replace it with Aion, in my opinion.

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Crazykid33(1 day 11 hours played)
2 Years ago

War Thunder is really awesome AND very realistic.

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Bananasan Avatar
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2 Years ago

List of my memorable free games

Quake Live http://store.steampowered.com/app/282440/

Smite http://www.smitegame.com/

Board Game Arena http://en.boardgamearena.com/

STREET FIGHTER x MEGA MAN http://www.capcom-unity.com/mega_man

Simutrans http://www.simutrans.com/

Vanguard Princess http://vanpri.wikiwiki.jp/

Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup https://crawl.develz.org/

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jman0war Avatar
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2 Years ago

While Battlefield 1942 is listed, there is no way to actually download it.

The webpage has a "download" button, but it just opens the Official Site with no download option.

Then you can search Origin, but it's not listed in the store directory.

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DUCCSOUP808 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Best free games (my all time faves)

-Blacklight Retribution

-Planetside 2

-Path of Exile

-Dirty Bomb

-Loadout

-Brawlhalla

-Team Fortress 2

-DOTA 2

add me on steam: DUCCSOUP808

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1 Year ago

Age of Empires Online was closed on July 1, 2014. -http://www.ageofempires.com/games

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1 Year ago

SWTOR? No. It's a "pester the hell out of you til you subscribe" game. Not enough power trays? Buy them. Money cap? Too bad. The list is practically endless.

Until you subscribe; then it's pretty good. Or until you get fed up and leave forever.

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Bloo Avatar
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1 Year ago

I have a few recommendations for people on here, if people want them: Ib, Misao, Mad Father, Wonderland Online, and Narcissu (1 and 2).

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MrJinxed Avatar
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1 Year ago

Some of these games aren't legally free, like Ground control and System Shock, police quest 3, sensible soccer, and others. Just because they're being offered at an abandonware site, doesn't mean they aren't still published.

Also, still no Heroine's Quest :/ What a shame..

And can I suggest Tales of Maj'Eyal while I'm at it. One of the very best roguelikes in my opinion. And there's of course also still Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead, though it might be too complex for the average gamer, I don't know.

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ネルガル | Trade.tf Avatar
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Where is TF2?, And Replace LoL, please.

I'm Totally dissapointed.*

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My Nan Has Aids Avatar
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1 Year ago

Nevermind i'm just a complete mong

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0V3RKILL Avatar
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1 Year ago

I was posting in another article and it goes in here?

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starfallzone Avatar
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1 Year ago

Always a fan of GTA and Need for Speed, but for a different experience I am always open for more war games...

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Fnaf_Addictz202 Avatar
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6 Months ago

i mean trove is ok but alot of these are just cheap crappy games

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clara.ho4 Avatar
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4 Months ago

Um, and Yandere Simulator is where?

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1 Month ago

Can u add black squad from steam

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Jambutti Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

You call the World of Tanks, Planes and Ships - simulators. they are not, they are ARCADE games. The games would be good if everything you drove, sailed or flew was accurate and not a blue print.

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