The Valve-owned Steam is the go-to source of PC games for many people. Steam boasts many excellent free-to-play games that you can enjoy without spending a single cent. It used to be that "free games" typically meant demos - playing the same levels over and over again while you wondered what the full thing was like. That's not the case any more.
It's hard to beat free, but finding no-cost games worth playing can be tedious work. We've selected the best free Steam games so that you can get right to gaming. We'll start the list with top 5 and roll all the way down to our best pick for the No.1 best free game. Oh, if you have not read Part 1, do catch 5 more free games that may catch your interest too.
Paladins is a character-based shooter similar to Overwatch and Team Fortress 2. Each playable Champion falls into one of four categories, be it front line fighter, damage dealer, support hero, or flanking character.
Paladins features more than three dozen playable characters, and a unique card system that lets you tweak your Champions' load-outs at the start of a match. Load-outs let you modify your characters' health, ability cool downs, or movement speeds, adding an engaging and strategic gameplay twist.
4. Dota 2
Dota 2 is an excellent MOBA, and one that's exclusive to the Steam platform. The game pits two teams of five players against one another, with the goal of destroying the rival squad's base.
Dota 2's play systems have a steep learning curve, so you'll have plenty of content to explore. All Heroes are available from the jump, so you can keep your cash in your wallet unless you really want to deck out your characters with new skins.
3. DCS World: Steam Edition
This hyper-realistic combat simulator delivers one of the most detailed battlefields you'll experience in video games. DCS World: Steam Edition boasts a shockingly deep learning curve, so don’t expect to simply take control of an airplane (or other military vehicle) and start shooting nerds out of the sky.
Even the most basic tanks, fighter jets, and ships require mastery, to say nothing of the advanced war machines you can pilot. If you're in the mood for realistic military combat, Digital Combat Simulator World is the game to download.
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) debuted in 2012, backed by a strong heritage of multiplayer FPS titles, including the original Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Source. Years later, the fast-paced PC game still mostly holds its own against more modern titles, partly because of its established core gameplay and active community.
Visually, however, CS: GO is starting to show its age, and it's not as thematically rich as popular titles like Overwatch. Still, many players will enjoy CS: GO's no-frills experience and highly competitive esports scene.
If you're a PC gamer who's thirsty for some Super Smash Bros.-style action, direct your parched eyes at Brawlhalla. The platform-based fighting game tasks you with fighting up to three opponents on floating stages, and attempting to knock them off the platform to score points. Directional inputs change your fighter's attacks, but, much like Smash, the character movesets are relatively easy to learn.
Brawlhalla has a strong focus on weapon-based attacks, so weapons randomly rain down from above. Brawlhalla rotates playable characters every week, though you can purchase your favorite characters using the in-game currency.
Looking for more free games? Hop over to Part 1 of this article with Top 6 to 10 games. In the meanwhile, enjoy gaming at home for now :)