9 of the best free games to play online
You know what’s awesome? Games. You know what’s even awesomer? Free games. We’ve rounded up a list of 9 of the very best ones to check out.
By Rachel Samples
It’s no secret that everyone loves free stuff, and gamers are no different. Luckily for those looking to pick up their next favorite video game, there are plenty of different options to choose from, some of which are free and available across multiple platforms.
While many games online require their players to pay an entry fee prior to playing, there are several games that are completely free to play on both PC and console that are well-worth checking out. Between MOBAs and battle royales, there’s something to be found for everyone.
Here are nine of the best free games to play online with friends.
If you’ve ever wanted to fight epic monsters, now’s your chance. Players can team up in squads to take down creatures of grandiose proportions with one of the latest free to play action RPG games, “Dauntless.” Different types of monsters spawn on unique planets and require a team effort to be taken down, so players can explore the game’s universe with their friends to complete quests and hunt rare loot items.
“Paladins” is an online objective-based game that features 40 different playable characters, each of which comes with their own unique personalities and abilities. Consisting of five players each, teams face off against one another to complete objectives such as Team Deathmatch and Siege. The game is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, and as one of the first games to implement cross-play, Paladins allows players to connect with their friends regardless of platform.
In case you’re a fan of the classic tabletop card game genre, Blizzard Entertainment has you covered. Set in the “World of Warcraft” universe, “Hearthstone” is an entertaining card game with simple rules. Players can hone their skills with the single-player mode, climb up the ranked ladder, or challenge their friends in one-on-one matches. Like other franchises from Blizzard, “Hearthstone” receives regular updates and frequent events, introducing new cards that keep the game’s meta refreshing.
As one of the best open-world RPGs, “Warframe” is completely free to play and offers an expansive universe for players to explore. Players can choose from 57 different characters called Warframes, each coming with their own unique set of skills and abilities. Together with friends online, players can team up to complete a variety of missions and explore new planets and hunt for rare loot items.
“Path of Exile”
Released in 2013, “Path of Exile” is an action-packed role-playing game that has risen to popularity over the years. There are seven character classes, each bringing unique ways to play the dungeon-delving game. “Path of Exile” is currently available to play on PC and Xbox One and is set to become available on PlayStation 4 in March.
Valve’s multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) “Dota 2” is revered as one of the most popular games of its genre. Not only is the game free to play, but players have access to all of the game’s 115 playable characters for no cost. The rules in “Dota 2” may seem simple, but players need to carefully plan out their actions and work together with their team to win each match. For those who enjoy esports, “Dota 2” features one of the best competitive leagues to watch in between ranked games.
“Fortnite” saw a boom in popularity following its release, sweeping many off their feet in what seemed to be a complete cultural takeover. The game’s battle royale mode is free to play and boasts an expansive cross-platform feature, allowing mobile device users, console players, and PC gamers to team up on different devices. The game comes equipped with beautiful graphics, and its nonexistent entry fee seals the deal for many fans.
The newest battle royale out of Respawn Entertainment, “Apex Legends,” is completely free to play. Set in the “Titanfall” universe, “Apex Legends” introduces several new mechanics to the classic battle royale formula, bringing respawns, eight unique class-based characters, and drop masters to the battlefield. As a surprise release, “Apex Legends” broke records shortly after it went live, amassing over 10 million players in just three days.
“League of Legends”
As one of the most successful and popular MOBAs on the market, “League of Legends” has accrued over 100 million monthly players globally. The game receives updates every two weeks, resulting in a constantly evolving meta that keeps the game refreshing. What’s best about “League of Legends,” however, is its accessibility. The game is completely free to play, and as a game that requires low resources, players can play “League of Legends” on laptops and other cheaper builds.