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Want great games, but don’t want to pay? If you’re looking for the latest, you’re out of luck – assuming you’re not a pirate. But if you’re willing to play something a little older, you just might find something perfect for you.

At release, games can cost $60. Wait a few months and that price will go down. Wait long enough and, if you’re lucky, the game might become free altogether. Maybe this will be part of a giveaway, meant to promote a sequel or a service. Maybe this will be the developer wanting to give something back to the fans. Or maybe the game’s become free-to-play, hoping to monetize in-game purchases.

Whatever the reason, you don’t necessarily need to break out your credit card to play a great game. Here are some places to check.

EA Origin: On The House

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Head to Origin’s “On The House” section and you can get a free game, right now.

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There’s only one giveaway at a time – as of this writing, it’s the 2008 horror game “Dead Space”. Choice switch, and you’ll need an Origin account to download anything. The point is clearly, in part, to get you to sign up for Origin, but free is hard to complain about.

Check out Origin’s On The House.

Steam’s “Free to Play” section

Free to play gameplay isn’t exactly the same as freeware – there’s usually something you’ll be encouraged to pay for in-game. Still, the free to play section on Steam is well worth a look if you want a free, premium game to play.

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Games like Dota 2 (what is Dota 2? What Is Dota 2 & Why Should You Care? What Is Dota 2 & Why Should You Care? In the world of games, Valve Corporation has recently grown into one of the largest and most consistent game publishers (with the skyrocketing success of their Steam distribution network) and game developers (with the international... Read More ) and Team Fortress 2 (the must-play free to play game Team Fortress 2: The Free-to-Play Steam Game You Must Play Team Fortress 2: The Free-to-Play Steam Game You Must Play Is Team Fortress 2 just a quick game to test graphics and performance, or is it a game worth playing repeatedly? Read More ) are a great place to start, but they’re far from all you’ll find: there are nearly 100 titles here, covering everything from strategy to shooter to MMO. You’ll find something you like, so take some time to explore.

Wikipedia’s Surprisingly Great List Of Now-Free Games

Sometimes – not often, but sometimes – commercial games are later released as freely distributable freeware. Wikipedia offers an amazing list of such games, and you should check it out.

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You won’t find brand new games here: the most recent date back to 2008. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find anything worthwhile: highlights include a couple of Command & Conquer games and a few of the early Elder Scrolls series (precursors to Skyrim).

Finding the downloads can be a little tricky – links may be broken. But following links, along with a little bit of Google searching skill, and you should be able to download anything on this list.

Using Reddit

If it exists, Reddit can make a community devoted to it – and free games are no exception. If you want to find out when a commercial game becomes free, and generally keep up with free games, you should subscribe to r/freegames on Reddit.

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It’s also worth checking out r/efreebies, which includes a wide variety of free virtual goods. Not everything there is video-game related, but it’s a larger and more active community. Subscribe to both and you won’t miss any major gaming giveaways.

Even More Free Games

Want more? Here are a few other places worth checking for free, downloadable games.

  • There are a few free games on GOG.com. They also occasionally do high profile giveaways – I got Fallout 2 and Torchlight this way.
  • FreeAndLegalPCGames is a blog compiling tons of free games, and is well worth exploring. It’s from Megazell, who for a long time maintained a huge thread of free games over on the CheapAssGamer forum.
  • There’s a list of free indie games over at The Independent Gaming Source; classics like Cave Story and Spelunky await.

Do you know of any other places to find free games, legally? Fill your fellow readers in below.

  1. JohnDar
    September 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    You forgot to mention Uplay, Ubisoft is offering 7 free games through the UBI30 event, 3 already expired. Currently, you can get The Crew from Uplay, and they will release 3 more free games.

  2. Inder Aujla
    August 21, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Ocean of Games is ammazing site for downloading big and every games you should iclude it in top websites

  3. wajahat
    December 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    ocean of games is the best website for downloading any kind of pc games for realy free

  4. Phakey
    December 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I've already brought the games I just want to play the on a laptop without the disks. So for me it's emulators.

    epsxe - excellent. massive improvement to old psx games graphics.
    ppsspp - amazing, psp games in full screen. And they look like hd.
    nuldc - only use it for vigilante 8 second offense plus you can play v8 levels.
    project 64 - works fine.

    pcsx2 - it works but i cannot get it to run smootly because it uses a lot of power.
    wonderswan - same as above.
    mame - currently trying this out. no luck so far.

    ironically i have had the most trouble with pc games. one virus filled the hard drive to 100 and attacked avg.

    don't forget rockstars classics have put up all of the ps1 games for free.

  5. Omar Ali
    July 28, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Ocean Of Games is also good, have all 2015 games :)

    • Roman ?urica
      September 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      games are ok played whole COD series thanks to this site but there were also issues like fking 7 background intalations of some shit like ,,h4sdawd654fa6w5xg4,, only visible via process list that started again 5 mins after cosing them. So i highly recomment not using this website.

    • Thias Hansen
      October 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Ocean Of Games isnt legal though...

    • Revoknight
      November 25, 2015 at 7:38 am

      ocean of games is the best of all i would rate it the number 1 free working game providers website

    • Evan Nelson
      December 13, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      You think ANY website for downloading free full games is gonna be legal?

    • Justin Pot
      December 14, 2015 at 2:36 am

      I mean, I tried to list a few in the article above.

    • Jones BBQ Foot Massage
      May 1, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      I know many websites that are only free games, and ARE legal you twat. It depends if the creator wants to make it free. T-T

  6. jhon kay
    July 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    i usually use this site hellofgames.com the link there is single link download

    • Justin Pot
      July 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      That's kinda piratey...

    • Everett Jordan
      July 24, 2015 at 6:56 am

      it does seem piratey... but im wondering if its just a virus. thats what im scared of

  7. Matt
    May 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    You guys have probably heard of this, but since I haven't seen it here I think I will help out.
    humblebundle.com
    They have a giveaway every week, a bundle that is pay what you can, and the money goes to charity. They often have new games as well. Best part is that you don't really need to pay anything for part of the bundle. You should check it out.

    • Justin Pot
      May 19, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      That's a great addition that everyone should know about, thanks!

  8. jojo
    April 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Boo!! Sorry but this aint good

    • Justin Pot
      April 22, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      YOU'RE NOT GOOD. I'd offer a mature response, but you didn't leave an email address and as such will never see this comment anyway. :p

  9. Justin Pot
    April 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Looks piratey...

  10. Vicky
    April 13, 2015 at 3:50 am

    this site also got some good free games you can download-
    alltypehacks.net

  11. Staples
    March 2, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    G2A is a fantastic web-store where you can buy games cheap (40%+ Discounts!) and save some cash that you then can use for other useful stuff such as food/drinks and whatever you desire to do with it!

    https://www.g2a.com/r/cheap_pcgames

  12. PC Gamer
    December 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks friend I have used pcgamesking.com to download free game sand also your place is best.

  13. Megazell
    September 22, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Thanks for the coverage! I am ever updating my list with freeware games as I play them.

    • Justin P
      September 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Glad to be helpful! :)

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Can i join

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2014 at 8:07 am
    • Megazell
      October 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      @Anonymous - Head to my site and use the about page to reach me.

  14. John Games
    September 16, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Thanks man these were the exact best places from where I downloaded games. Working awesome :)
    pcgamesking.com

  15. Steve
    September 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I use to download free PC games from Mydownloadtube.com. It has a diverse line-up of amazing PC games. If you are a game lover and looking for place where you can find free PC games, this website is a best choice accessible.

    • Justin P
      September 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Content there is free, but not exactly legal.

  16. vicky john
    August 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Nice post....but i prefer anime games now,as i am a anime fan. looking similar to this type of free games - http://www.elsword.in/

  17. Zubair I
    May 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    All the sites shared are good ones.. but i personally prefer small scale sites like wordpress sites because they also give tutorials, keygens and full version of games..
    An example that i use myself and found worth sharing is http://www.pcgamespro.com

  18. Dave
    April 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Although it's called Game Giveaway of The Day it is in fact only offered on Sat. and Sun.(but not every weekend). Still, they do offer a completely free and safe full game download! They also offer a free (daily) download of software to make your computing experience more enjoyable. Your welcome!

  19. Josh W
    April 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I'd also recommend Desura. They're sort of "Steam for Indies" but they do get some bigger games on there (including some Valve games, for some reason!). They have got quite a few games available for free that are quite good. (Battle for Wesnoth, Soldat, 10 Min Space Strategy)

    There's also this list, which includes links: http://vsrecommendedgames.wikia.com/wiki/Freeware_Games

    • Justin P
      April 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I wanted to recommend Desura, but I couldn't find a way to list the free games on the service! I also noticed some free games it used to offer, such as Cave Story, are no longer listed. Do they still have free games?

      That list seems like a great place to check.

    • Jc E
      April 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Another reason to add Desura would be that they now have what they call Freedom Fridays, where they release four games for free. The first time they even picked a game with a cost, so I got one game for free without paying :D

      But yes, Desura has tons of free indies.

      While this site isn't that large, http://www.thefreebundle.com/ also has free games.

    • Josh W
      April 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      @Justin P

      I can understand your concern. Desura really doesn't make it easy to see ALL of their free games. However, they are always adding new ones. In fact, they have a weekly feature called "Freedom Friday" that talks about at least 4 new or unique and free games that are available on Desura. (Here's today's link, adding the classic DOS gem God of Thunder: http://www.desura.com/news/freedom-friday-apr-25 )

      You can also search through Desura's news archives for Freedom Friday articles (link: http://www.desura.com/news/?filter=t&kw=freedom&month=&year=&game=&sort=date-desc ). It's not a clean list, but it should help anyone find plenty of free games. I'd wager there's easily over 100 titles of varying genres (and quality; let's be honest here) that won't cost users a dime.

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