The Best Free PC Games of 2017

Good games are hard to come by and good games that are free are rarer still. To save you some trouble, here’s a list of what we think are some of the best free PC games you don’t want to miss.

 

Cave Story

Dive into the 8-bit world of Cave Story and unravel its rich and brilliant storyline. This sidescrolling platformer balances humor, action, suspense, and emotion in equal parts, forming an unforgettable rollercoaster ride that lingers long after the credits roll.

Check out Cave Story here!

 

DOTA 2

Every Hero in DOTA 2 has a unique lore and skills that reflect their training, experiences, and philosophy. Despite having no official storyline, the characters express themselves through in-game dialogue.

The objective of the game is simple: destroy the enemy team’s sacred statue known as the Ancient. Though the goal is easy to understand, the gameplay is anything but. The huge cast of heroes all have their own set of abilities. This makes team composition, engagement order, and leveling speed extremely crucial. To further complicated matters, each hero must collect funds to purchase trinkets in-game that help to enhance their attributes.

Any experienced DOTA 2 player will tell you about its terrors and rewards. At the worst times, arguments over in-game chat can sound like Hurricane Katrina in your headset. When things are well, however, few things can compare to the adrenaline rush when demolishing an enemy team.

Check out DOTA 2 here!

 

League of Legends

League of Legends is the grandaddy of all MOBAs. Its mechanic is much simpler than DOTA 2, making it friendlier to new players. The skills are less damaging relative to the hero’s (or champions) health which slows down the pace of the game.

If this is your first time getting into the world of MOBA, there’s no better title to pick up than League of Legends despite its archaic graphics. And with 100 million monthly players, you’re bound to make a friend or two as well. While you start off with 10 heroes, you have to shell out money to buy others if you want more.

Check out League of Legends here!

 

Hearthstone

Hearthstone merges the might of Warcraft’s legendary heroes into an insanely addictive card game. The game is easy to pick up but incredibly hard to master. What’s fun is that no one deck has the absolute advantage, forcing players to use cunning tactics to overcome great adversaries.

Check out Hearthstone here!

 

Starcraft II

Want challenge yourself to one of the most competitive, difficult to learn, and intense real-time strategy game available? Then give Starcraft II a try. At this point, it’s almost impossible not to have heard of Starcraft as it’s been featured in numerous competitive gaming events. What you may not know is that its first arc, Wings of Liberty, is free to play! What’s more, if you party up with a friend that owns the Heart of the Swarm or Legacy of the Void expansion, you’ll automatically have access to the expansion units whilst in the party. Though the player base has shrunken since the game’s initial release, it still features a vibrant and supportive community.

In Starcraft II, you’ll command one of the three fractions: the proud and unyielding Protoss, the grotesque and efficient Zerg, and the adaptable and hardy Terran. Once you delve into the competitive multiplayer, you’ll be exposed to an innumerable number of strategies. Players have to juggle between managing their resources and commanding their army. Victory is often hard-earned yet feels incredibly rewarding.

If that’s too much for you, fear not. Starcraft II also has tons of user-created game types ranging from tower defense to capture the flag.

Check out Starcraft II here!

 

World of Tanks

Set in World War II, World of Tanks throws two teams of players into fierce battles equipped with some of the most renowned tanks at the time. Immersed in gorgeous graphics and physics, players must band together and cover each other’s shortcomings in order to achieve victory.

Each player has their own garage. Within, there are plenty of tank models to choose from. As expected, more powerful tanks are going to take a long grind to obtain. Each tank can be outfitted with different skins, weapons, and other gears to better fit a certain play style.

Gameplay is very fast-paced and action-packed. Far from being a run-and-gun game, World of Tanks focuses on coordination, communication, and positioning to gain the upper hand. The game is constantly being updated with new content and events to keep things interesting.

Check out World of Tanks here! If you prefer planes, check out World of Warplanes here and if you prefer warships, check out World of Warships here!

 

Cookie Clicker

Cookie Clicker needs so little brains that your cat can probably play it. Yet, its sheer simplicity is exactly its defining feature. There’s just something oddly satisfying with amassing a cookie empire from scratch. Aiding your entrepreneurship is an array of ridiculous upgrades, (not-so) subtle comedy, and lots and lots of cookies. Our factory is currently churning at a diabetic rate of 255,167 cookies per second.

Check out Cooke Clicker here!