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PC Gaming FTW

5 best free PC games to play right away


Gaming, in general, has been on a steady incline and has become more accessible than ever. Free-to-play or free games are a norm with PC gamers getting the best of this trend.

Whether it be on Steam, Epic Games Store, or a developer’s direct client, here are the top five best free PC games to play right away!

Also, this one’s for all the gamers hesitant to make the jump to PC. I had that fear yet I made it work and so can you.

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Valorant

It’s been two years since the launch of Riot Games’ “Project A”, and it has no intention of slowing down.

Valorant is the tac-FPS shooter that Riot Games put out to rival CS:GO. Two teams of five players battle it out in a plant and defuse game mode with the characters having unique abilities. It requires a bit of coordination but that’s what mics and Discord are for.

Valorant saw massive growth during the beta, and with Riot having League of Legends under their belt, the growth hasn’t stopped. It’s a pretty darn good title – and a great option as your first PC game

Who knew that combining CS:GO style of play with Overwatch style heroes would work so well?

Valorant was created with an emphasis on competitive play but is plenty accessible for players who are looking for a relaxing time. It is free but, if you get really invested, you can spend all your money on skins.

You know, the norm for games in these times.

A word of advice. Don’t bring up Valorant around the CS:GO vets.

They don’t like that at all.

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Apex Legends

Much like Valorant, Apex Legends has been going strong three years after its release. A surprise drop from Titanfall creators, Respawn Entertainment, Apex Legends took the battle royale genre by storm.

Also, much like Valorant mixed CS:GO and Overwatch, Apex Legends infuses the Overwatch hero shooter into the battle royale genre.

Apex Legends isn’t Titanfall, but that’s okay. It’s a love letter to fans of the series with the countless shared connections from their previous works.

It also helps it’s a very accessible battle royale game with plenty of content to indulge in.

Genshin Impact

Hear me out on this one.

The gaming world needed more Breath of the Wild-like innovations, and while it’s not perfect, Genshin Impact is a solid substitute for fans without a Nintendo Switch.

There’s a lot of content for players to explore and dive into. A fully immersive open world with characters and secrets to discover, Genshin Impact is as massive as it is ambitious.

As a free-to-play title, there is a downside. In this case, you can purchase new characters with your hard-earned cash who have added benefits.

Close your wallets though, and just play the game. There’s a good core here one that’s likely to keep you hooked for some time.

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Fall Guys

Fall Guys took hit tv show Wipeout and slapped the battle royale label on it, and it’s been loads of fun.

When this game was released back in August 2020, it saw some immediate success.

Mini-games that challenge your platforming skills with the added pressure of not being the last jelly bean standing is quite the unique predicament.

Mediatonic

The game launched pretty barebones, but much like the other titles on this list, content has been flowing. Numerous cosmetics from Portal, Godzilla, and Ratchet and Clank have given gamers cool swag while they throw other players off the cliff for the win.

The game launched as a paid title with limited modes, before eventually going free-to-play adding new modes, and enabling cross-play. It’s truly one of the best free PC games to play with your non-gamer buddies.

Get in there and win some matches. If TimTheTatman can do it so can you.

MultiVersus

The newest title to release on this list, MultiVersus is the Super Smash Bros title that nobody expected to be good.

Well, I didn’t expect it to be this good.

As you can imagine with any Smash Bros-like title, MultiVersus puts you in a 2D brawler. However, instead of Mario and Luigi, you’re playing as Shaggy and Batman versus Velma and the Iron Giant.

It’s such a wonky idea, but it’s pretty cool.

What really helps this title stand out is the team behind it. Player First Games has been very open when it comes to updates and timelines for future updates.

It’s a breath of fresh air for a game that’s completely free-to-play. Especially since the monetization system leaves a lot to be desired.

For all the WB fans out there, have faith in this one. WB Games has seemingly proven they can handle video games better than whole cinematic universes.