Update: With Marvel Heroes 2016 having been revamped for consoles, it’s undergone an overhaul on PC as well. Find out why Marvel Heroes Omega – in spite of the name change – is still one of the best free games you can play at number 25!
There are few things in life more satisfying than fully enjoying a game you didn’t have to pay for. Especially in titles that revolve around an established community such as Hearthstone or pretty much any MMO, a game being free makes it competitive and all the more enthralling as a result.
It’s our contention that you don’t have to pay for a game in order for it to be compelling or noteworthy. Instead, everything from Killer Instinct to Evolve to the cult-classic Phantom Dust sit among the top free games on the market.
Admittedly, a lot of these games considered “free-to-play” also tend to require that you “pay-to-win.” Others are lacking for different reasons, but the best free games you’ll find here. From MOBAs to racers, we’ve covered all bases. These are the best of the best free games.
Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article
Though it may have gotten lost in the fog of Overwatch, Lawbreakers and the like, Gigantic is yet another hero shooter in a jumbled sea of hero shooter fanaticism. The difference is that Gigantic, much like the unfortunately fated Battleborn, is a lot more MOBA-esque than Blizzard and Boss Key Studios’ similarly styled titles.
The gameplay largely revolves around two teams of five players who are both trying to defeat both each other and a mystical leviathan known as a guardian. Likewise, Gigantic gives players the choice between a wide variety of characters each with their own abilities and upgrades. Plus, it’s on Xbox One, too, in case you want to continue the fun in the living room.
Expected: July 20, 2017
Two years before Destiny, back in 2012, we had Planetside 2. It’s an epic, all-out first-person battle so impressive, you’ll give yourself a quick pinch every time you remember it’s completely free. There are in-game purchases of course, but you can still dive into gaming’s biggest ever battlefield and be useful with just default gear.
There’s simply nothing like taking part in a massed assault on an enemy base and coming out on top, or living in a world where an enemy convoy could appear on the horizon at any second. If you need any proof that ‘free’ doesn’t mean uninspired, Planetside 2 will provide it.