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Want to play great games without paying a single cent? Then you have two options. You can either take the illegal route and pirate the latest and greatest titles or you can stay within the law and settle for free-to-play games, freebie deals, and giveaways.

This sounds like a massive compromise but it really isn’t. Free games these days can be pretty darn good, and there are enough of them that you won’t run out of games to try any time soon. Not to mention that some AAA games from 5–10 years ago and now available for free as well.

Will you be able to download mainstream games like Civilization VI, Grand Theft Auto V, or Dark Souls III for free? No, probably not. But I guarantee that you’ll find at least one legally-free game using the sites below that you’ll enjoy.

Steam

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Steam is the go-to destination for digital games. Even though the customer support can be somewhat crappy and you’re banking on the hope that Steam will be around for years to come, many users feel that the massive selection and constantly-updated library are worth the risks.

For free games, stick to the Free to Play section. You can filter by genre, by category, by features, and by operating system. You can also view by New Releases, Most Popular, and Coming Soon. Or you can narrow it down with a search term.

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As of this writing, the Free to Play section on Steam has just shy of 1,700 games. Even if you only gave each game one hour of your time, that’d still amount to 70 full days of entertainment! And a lot of these games are fantastic, including Paladins, Brawlhalla, Duelyst, Path of Exile, and Warframe among others.

You can also check out the Demos section of Steam, which currently has over 1,300 demo games that you can try out to see if the full game is worth spending money on.

WebsiteSteam Free to Play and Steam Demos

itch.io

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Up until the renaissance that occured sometime in the late 2000s, indie games had a reputation for being short, buggy, ugly, and not very compelling. They were good as filler games that you’d play to kill time when you couldn’t play “real” games, but that was about it.

Nowadays, indie games are some of the best games around. Think about Undertale, Path of Exile, Braid, Spelunky, and The Binding of Isaac — all games made by single developers or small development teams.

And we’re starting to see more of these kinds of high-quality indie games hit the market, which is why itch.io is such an awesome platform. It specializes in indie games, both paid and free, and has grown quite a bit since its debut in 2013.

The Free section of itch.io has over 47,000 titles. Huge, right? If you’re tired of big game studios killing the industry, these indie games may be perfect for reigniting your love for gaming.

Don’t want to comb through that many games on your own? Check out the Free & Legal PC Games blog, which is basically a curation of the best games on itch.io (with the occasional game from elsewhere).

Websiteitch.io

GOG

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There are many reasons why you might not want to buy games on Steam, but the biggest reason is that Steam games have DRM. If Steam ever decides to shut down or revoke your account for whatever reason, you’ll lose your games.

Which is why a lot of gamers prefer to use GOG over Steam whenever the situation allows for it. GOG is a game distribution platform like Steam, but all of its games are DRM-free — your games aren’t linked to your GOG account, so even if GOG shuts down, you’ll still have the games you downloaded.

Most of the games on GOG are also playable on Linux, which is a nice bonus if you’re into that sort of thing.

The downside is that GOG’s library size doesn’t even come close to what Steam offers: GOG’s total library size is just over 1,800 games. And to make matters worse, its Free section only has 32 games as of this writing. GOG is better if you have a bit of cash to spare because its Under $5 section is a lot bigger.

WebsiteGOG

Origin

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Origin is another digital games distribution platform in the vein of Steam and GOG, except this one is run by EA and only contains games that are published by EA. This means that these are all AAA games, but the selection is a bit modest and most of them aren’t available for free.

That being said, there is one section that you should pay attention to: On the House.

The OTH section of Origin provides complete games and expansion packs for free. Once you claim the offer and add it to your library, it’s there forever even after the offer expires and the game or expansion is no longer offered for free. To be clear, these are NOT just demos or trials!

The catch is that only one game is available at a time, and each offer is only good for a set amount of time. For example, Red Alert 2 was made available for only one day while Nox was up there for 129 days. As of this writing, Dungeon Keeper has been on offer for just shy of three months.

To make the most of it, you’ll want to check in once a day to see when the OTH game cycles out.

WebsiteOrigin (On the House)

Other Free and Legal Options

Maybe you aren’t satisfied with the platforms above, and that’s fine. There are a handful of other ways to find high-quality games that won’t cost you a cent to download and play — they just won’t be as straightforward and on-demand as the above.

I recommend starting with the Wikipedia page on commercial games released as freeware. Sort by year to find the ones that are most likely to work on your computer (older games may not be compatible with newer operating systems, for example).

I also recommend checking out the /r/FreeGames and /r/FreeGamesOnSteam communities on Reddit. Check in once a day and you’ll run into all kinds of freebie offers and deals to take advantage of.

Other noteworthy platforms include Desura (which has a handful of free games like Stalker), IndieDB (database of in-development indie games), and ModDB (database of in-development game mods and indie games).

And lastly, if you’re okay with almost-free-but-not-quite, then you may want to check out the Humble Store, which has a bunch of discounted games. Or you can just opt for the Humble Bundle, which is a pay-what-you-want bundle of games that changes every month.

Hope this helps you find some awesome free games. If you know of any other sites or methods, please share them with us in the comments below!

Originally written by Justin Pot on 24 April 2014.

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  1. Co
    January 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    igg games :)

  2. Cyber mind
    October 23, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Simple just go-to cybergamebot.com and download many paid games for free with crack. Sounds simple right !.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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

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

    Looks piratey...

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

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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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/

  19. 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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.