The Valve-owned Steam is the go-to source of PC games for many people. Its encyclopedic library and constant influx of new titles make it a fantastic store for entertainment-hungry folks in search of video game diversions. Steam also boasts many excellent free-to-play games that you can enjoy without spending a single cent.
Our list covers a wide gamut of genres, including action, multiplayer shooting, card battling, military simulation, and even party-style fighting. There are plenty of titles to go around, and we're sure there's at least one PC game that is bound to catch your eye. So, why not venture out of your comfort zone and try something new? It won't cost you anything.
1. Path of Exile
If you love Diablo, particularly Diablo II, then you may want to give Path of Exile a spin. You control a single character from a top-down perspective, and raid dungeons and explore caves while wrecking the monsters that impede your mission.
Encampments let you interact with other players, but venturing out into the wild tosses you and your buddies into randomly generated maps filled with loot to collect and beasts to slay.
2. Planetside 2
This MMO shooter drops you in the middle of a planet-wide war that features futuristic vehicles, explosive weaponry, and battle-scarred environments. There are many offensive options available to you right from the offset, including various class and vehicle types, giving you lots of play styles to choose from.
You can tackle the war alone if you've got the courage, but Planetside 2 boasts a beefy player base, so it certainly doesn't hurt to cozy up with veterans to learn the ropes.
3. Shadowverse CCG
A digital, collectible card game boasting eye-catching anime-style artwork, Shadowverse CCG may scratch your game-of-chance itch. It enjoys new updates every few months, which adds new cards and tweaks the game balance.
The core gameplay sees you attempting to strategically whittle down a foe's defense to zero, or force the enemy to draw from an empty deck. If you're into card games, or have never tried your hand in one, Shadowverse CCG might just be the game for you.
Smite is a third-person MOBA that pits deities from a dozen pantheons against one another in tight 5 vs. 5, team-based combat. Every playable character has a basic attack, a passive trait, and four special abilities that can be used strategically during a fight.
Like other MOBAs, Smite tasks you with destroying your opponent's base and towers. Still, its unique third-person perspective makes combat surprisingly dynamic.
5. War Thunder
War Thunder is a vehicular combat action game similar in some respects to Wargaming's World of Tanks series. War Thunder offers arcade-style simplified matches, in which two teams of up to 16 players each can pick their favorite war vehicle and mix it up with others.
It also offers highly detailed simulation style battles, incorporating realistic physics, ammo usage, and repair mechanics, which is sure to satisfy your war-gaming hunger.