Want to play great PC games without paying a single penny? You have two options: Either you can take the illegal route and pirate the latest titles, or legally settle for free-to-play games, giveaways, and freebie deals. This may sound like a massive compromise, but it isn’t! Free games these days can be pretty good, and there are enough of them that you won’t run out of games to try anytime soon.
You must be thinking whether you would be able to download mainstream games like Grand Theft Auto V, Dark Souls III, or Civilization VI for free? No, probably not! But you’ll find at least one legally free game using the below given sites:
1. Steam: It is the go-to destination for digital games. The customer support can be somewhat poor but many users feel that the constantly-updated library and massive selection are worth the risks. For playing the free games, adhere to the Free to Play section. You can filter by category, by features, by genre, and by an operating system. You can also view by Most Popular, New Releases, and Coming Soon or you can narrow it down with a search term. The Free to Play section has a collection of about 1,700 games. You can also examine the Demos section of Steam, which currently has around 1,300 demo games which you can play to check if the full game is worth spending money on.
2. itch.io: If you are looking for indie games, then itch.io is an awesome platform for you. It specializes in indie games, both free and paid, and has grown since its debut in 2013. The Free section of itch.io has around 47,000 titles. If you’re tired of big game studios killing the industry, these indie games may be perfect for expressing your love for gaming. Don’t want to search through that many games on your own? You can check out the Free & Legal PC Games blog, which is primarily a collection of the best games on itch.io.
3. GOG: The biggest drawback of using Steam games is they have DRM. If Steam ever decides to revoke or shut down your account for any reason, you’ll lose all your games. That’s why a lot of gamers prefer using GOG over Steam. GOG is a game distribution platform just like Steam, but all of its games are DRM-free. Your games are not linked to your GOG account, so even if your GOG account shuts down, you’ll still have the games that you have downloaded. You can also play most of the GOG games on Linux. One of the shortcomings of GOG is its library size doesn’t even come close to what Steam offers. GOG’s total library has just over 1,800 games. And its Free section only has 32 games. GOG is much more useful if you spare a bit of cash because its Under $5 section has a lot to offer.
Maybe you are not much satisfied with the platforms above, and that’s absolutely fine. There are many other ways of finding high-quality games that won’t cost you to download and play. But they just won’t be as straightforward and on-demand as the above.
Hope this helps you find some impressive and exciting free games. If you know of any other sites, share them with us in the comments section or tweet us @essjay_ent!
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