The best free games will give you a whole lot of action, strategy, and straight-up fun all without spending a dime. 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.
The best free games are loaded with things to do, whether you want a complete narrative experience, tons of challenges to overcome, or endless loot to collect. The only issue is making sure you've found the right one. That's where we come in.
We've ranked the best free games that give you more to play without ever needing to drop a single cent out. We'll start the list with the great at 10 and roll all the way down to our current pick for the best free game at No. 1, all with info on their supported platforms and overall genres. So come with us and get ready to have some free fun for top 5 for Part 2 of this article now. Part 1 of this article with top 10 to top 6 games can be found here.
5) Call of Duty Warzone
Genre: Battle royale
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Call of Duty Warzone isn't the series' first bite at the battle royale apple, but it is its best. Though intrinsically tied to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Warzone is playable entirely for free on its own across all supported platforms. Two supported modes - Battle Royale and Plunder - let you drop onto a map built from memorable Call of Duty set pieces, searching for loot and fighting alongside your friends. Loadout Drops even let you bring over your favorite gear from Modern Warfare's standard multiplayer mode, and the Gulag gives you a chance to fight your way back into matches even after you're taken out. It's a smart, polished take on both Call of Duty and battle royales, though you don't need to be a fan of either to enjoy it.
4) Apex Legends
Genre: Battle royale
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Apex Legends is a smooth-as-butter battle royale from the team that brought you Titanfall 2. On top of Respawn Entertainment's shooter chops, Apex Legends is also designed to modernize the genre with reduced downtime between matches and a smart respawn system for bringing back fallen squadmates. All that and its lineup of heroes ("Legends" in the game's parlance) are some of the most colorful oddballs we've played in years, each with abilities that do enough to set them apart while keeping the focus on gunplay. You have a lot of options for battle royale games
3) Destiny 2: New Light
Genre: Online loot shooter
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
You can't play all of Destiny 2 for free, but you can play everything that was available during the first year that Destiny 2 came out for free. Yeah, it's a little confusing ferreting out which parts of the game are available for all players in Destiny 2: New Light, and which parts you have to purchase extra parts like the Forsaken expansion to play. But don't let that stop you from trying it, because Destiny 2 is still some of the finest shooting action you can experience today, and New Light gvies you a ton of it. You can play through the entire Red War campaign, you can do all the Crucible PvP activities, you can explore tons of open-world Patrol sectors. You'll need to pay up to stay current with all the current endgame activities and gear, but by then you'll already have put dozens of hours into the game.
Genre: Online action
Platform: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One
Online games lasting five or more years are hardly unheard of these days, but Warframe has one key difference among that venerable cadre: its best days still seem to be ahead of it. The game of weird space ninjas fighting even weirder enemies just keeps growing - first with more kinds of randomly generated corridors, then with all-new open worlds to explore, and soon with full-on ship-to-ship battles featuring every kind of Warframe combat. Warframe remains some of the most fun you can have in any game today, free or not. Just don't let the rough post-tutorial part, where you're still figuring out what the heck to do, turn you off before you get into the real meat.
Genre: Build-and-battle royale
Platform: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS, Android
If you haven't heard of Fortnite at this point, I'm actually kind of impressed. Epic Games' PUBG-esque 100-player PvP game mode is free to play on just about everything - and it's become the start of a true cultural platform. Fortnite has become the unlikely social hub of musical performances, trailer debuts, and virtual hangouts for folks all over the world. There's also the free Creative mode, and a paid co-op, wave defense "Save the World" experience, but the Battle Royale mode is the beating heart of the Fortnite behemoth. If you need some help getting started in the Battle Royale, we have some Fortnite tips with your name on them.
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 :)