We have long left the days when all the best games cost money. While you still need to pay for premium AAA titles, there are many free-to-play online games that you can play right now, whether on console, PC, or mobile.
There are action, strategy, battle royale, and all kinds of other games that you can download and play for free with your friends.
In fact, you might struggle to decide on a game to play, considering there is now so much choice! Here are some options to get you started.
Valorant has emerged as the first-person strategy shooter looking to take over the reins from Counter-Strike and Overwatch. Teams of five compete on a variety of maps to either plant or disarm a bomb or kill their opponents and be the last team standing.
Players have access to numerous characters; each has its own abilities to help you win. This unique twist is what sets Valorant apart from the competition.
The OG Battle Royale game, Fortnite, is still going strong. While Warzone may have the bigger market share right now, Fortnite is in no way dead. Battle and build your way across the expansive map to beat your opponents and come out as the winner.
Fortnite is famous for constantly updating and adding new content; even now, a few years after its release, it stays fresh and keeps players coming back for more.
Dawn of the Ancients (Dota) is a team strategy game based in the same universe as Warcraft. Similar to League of Legends, teams battle across maps to gain control of critical points, build power, and eventually destroy the enemy’s base to win.
Dota has been one of the most popular strategy games ever for a few years now and is still enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of players every day.
The new king of battle royale games, Warzone, takes place in the world of Call of Duty, with players dropping into a vast map to loot up, find weapons, and kill opponents to be the last player standing.
It is still mind-blowing that this game is free for the amount of play offered. Millions of players log on every day to test their skills in Caldera.
CS: GO‘s ultimate team-based first-person shooter has been a firm favorite amongst elite FPS players for years. No game that tests your teamwork and shooting skills quite like CS: GO does.
If you look at any professional game, you will see the precision and teamwork needed not to die off spawn. If you want a real challenge, Counter-Strike offers that in spades.
While not as popular as Fortnite and Warzone, Apex Legends is widely regarded as the best battle royale game on the market. You play in teams of three, with each character having unique abilities to use in battle.
There are unique weapons, multiple ways to travel across the map, and a ton of features that you can only find in Apex; this is another game that is so good it is hard to believe it’s free.
World of Tanks
A lesser-known game, World of Tanks, is a battle royale-style game, but instead of controlling a person, you control a tank. You can choose between tanks from the 1910s to the 1970s, each with its own capabilities and limitations.
You can be a slow but heavy-hitting support tank or a nimble but weak tank that causes havoc through its speed. World of Tanks is a great twist on the battle royale genre.
Another game based in the World of Warcraft universe, Hearthstone is a collectible card game where players can build a deck and battle against an opponent. Similar to Magic the Gathering, Hearthstone is more popular simply due to its more straightforward ruleset.
Players can collect card packs through winning games and events, but you can also buy packs if you are trying hard to find a particular card.
Pokemon has moved away from its typical games, with Unite being a Pokemon version of League of Legends and Dota. You can choose between 32 Pokemon, including fan-favorites Dragonite, Pikachu, and Charizard.
Each Pokemon has its own powers that we all know and love from the game, and the winner is the team that can destroy their opponent’s base first; simple, fun, and highly addictive.
League of Legends
League of Legends is one of the most played games ever, and LoL tournaments offer some of the biggest prize pools gaming has ever seen. As you battle across a map, you control your character, looking to destroy the enemy Nexus.
League of Legends relies on teamwork and communication, and a single-player can’t win the game for the team. If you want a true test of skill and mechanical ability, League of Legends is for you.