Video games. They have been around for at least 40 years, and then some, if you count the ones which were not actually available to the public, but rather to scientists. Today, games are everywhere and everyone is playing something, whether on the PC, consoles, or handheld devices. With that in mind, some of the most popular games, played to this day, are actually free. If you want to know which game you can start playing today, and will have lots of people to play with, here are our top choices.
Dota2 or rather, Defense of the Ancients 2 is a free to play MOBA. It is actually a sequel to the eponymous map mod of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The map mod got so much attention that Valve hired the actual developer, a recluse known as Icefrog, to help them in making the sequel the best that it could ever be. With that in mind, the game was released in 2013 on Windows, Linux and macOS. To this day, it remains one of the most popular MOBAs, with a huge prize pool in its many tournaments, including The International, a very popular worldwide tournament.
League of Legends
These two usually go hand in hand, given that DotA inspired the creation of League of Legends. It is also a free to play MOBA, but with a slightly different take compared to DotA. Both games are competitive and have a huge player base, so whichever you choose, you should do well. Whether you want cross platform compatibility in DotA or smooth animations, visuals and brushes which you get with League, the choice is yours.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
CS GO was a game which you had to pay money for once. Since 2018, that is no longer the case. Valve transitioned to the free to play system, focusing their revenue on microtransactions such as cosmetics, from which all of these free games actually earn money. That and battle passes.
Regardless, CS GO is one of the best first-person multiplayer shooters which you can play, and one which has quite a tradition. Players of all ages from all over the world play this game, so finding players to fight with or against shouldn’t be a problem.
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
CD Projekt Red was so cool that they made GWENT, a mini game from their hit, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a standalone online card game, a free one. Just like with other free games, you can download and play it, with only having to purchase cosmetics or loot boxes, if you should wish so. Take note, none of these games hinder gameplay with their transactions.
In GWENT, you fight against an opponent, with a very simple goal, to have more points than them in a best of 3 match. Each card except special ones have a value and the larger of the two sums of the value at the end of each round determines the winner of the round. There are modifiers which boost your score or diminish the enemy’s. Pick your cards wisely.
Fortnite Battle Royale
What was once an add-on for Fortnite quickly became the most popular battle royale game online. Epic Games turned Fortnite into something special. The goal is simple, be the last one standing in a brutal battle royale of 100 players. The game is available on consoles, the PC and even mobile devices, and you can match up with players from a different device, there are no restrictions.
These are the most popular free games you can play today. Whether they are the best ones for you, is up to you to decide after you download and try them.