7 Places Where You Can Download Premium PC Games Free & Legally

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

EA’s answer to Steam, Origin, isn’t exactly beloved – many blame it for the botched rollout of SimCity. But there is at least one perk: free games.

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?) and Team Fortress 2 (the must-play free to play game) 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.

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Josh W

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

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

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

@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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Dave

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!

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Zubair I

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Steve

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Justin P

Content there is free, but not exactly legal.

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John Games

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

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

Justin P

Glad to be helpful! :)

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