Up For Debate - What are the best free-to-play games on PC in 2021?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Jan 17, 2021 5:00 PM
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Christmas is over - at least to most people - which means most of us have spent some cash around the holidays and our wallets are starting to look a bit thin. So before payday lands for everyone, and with the amount of free game titles that have been launching in the past years, what are the best free-to-play games on PC in 2021?

Free-to-play usually meant pay-to-win back in the day as developers couldn’t figure out ways to entice players to actually spend money other than getting a competitive edge. That was, rightly so, quite unfair in the F2P market. However, with the rise of Battle Passes and various cosmetics, the age of P2W is at an end, and now everyone can enjoy these free games just as much as the other. Love 'em or hate 'em, but Battle Passes saved the free-to-play games industry in that way.

Games like Apex Legends offer their entire gaming experience for free, and you can enjoy all the title has to offer without paying a single penny. But if you feel like it, you can get rare cosmetics and unique skins by handing over some of your money, which to some is more than worth it when the entire game costs 0$.

Even the world’s biggest FPS franchise, Call of Duty, offers one of the most popular free to play titles around with Call of Duty Warzone and sees continual success alongside it's annual major releases. And games like Valorant and League of Legends continue to dominate the free to play competitive scene.

Then there's also games like Destiny 2, Warframe, or even Genshin Impact which offer completely free narrative-focused adventures that feels much more like a traditional single player but with multiplayer elements - all for completely free.

So what do you think? What are the best free to play games on PC in 2021? Is it one of the obvious/most popular ones? Or is it an obscure title that deserves more recognition? Let us know!

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18:52 Jan-18-2021

Warframe's still one of the best F2P games, imo. Even though I don't play it as much now.


To comment on battlepasses, I think they're fine, but ones that stifle your progression (like smite), to coerce you to spending more money on an already rather expensive pass, I don't like.


I like the crew 2's (Pay to play, but has one), and star conflict's (F2P) where you can progress at a flat rate if you do your daily/weekly stuff. I'm more inclined to buy and complete a pass that way.

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14:00 Jan-18-2021

I like f2p, but in the long run, I'd prefer a game to be completely paid like it used to be. The fact that there are no shortcuts by paying real money makes the game a game. In such games, you cannot make grinds endless and let users pay to avoid it, which is a lot better.
Only downside is or may be that online servers won't be open for long, or playerbase moves to other games, or the next iteration of the game (as seen with CoD). F2P games are often updated with free content, which paid games aren't.

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13:55 Jan-18-2021

I mostly play Heroes & Generals and like it because it does not include premium only things like 90% of all other f2p games have.
No battlepass bs, no microtransactions. Everything is grindable with ingame currency, or you can buy gold (the paid currency) to buy stuff (although it's expensive).
The only premium thing is a membership, which grants you extra xp, credits and an additional slot for a weapon and badge, which as I said, you can buy with either credits or gold.

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12:04 Jan-18-2021

Free to play is more expensive than pay to play.
That being said, War Thunder is a blast.

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13:56 Jan-18-2021

EA: Let me top it off by combining the two.

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04:53 Jan-18-2021

My game that I'm addicted to right now is Phantasy Star Online 2. Been waiting forever for it to come out in English and I'm finally able to play it!

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20:27 Jan-17-2021

Free game they say. Dota 2:
-"You have spent approximately $74.91 USD in the game after this card set was released".

From 2011 to today. If i purchased compendium levels it would be higher, but i didnt.

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18:33 Jan-17-2021

Been playing a lot of World of Warships lately, actually quite fun with some friends and can do some clan battles/brawls.

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18:31 Jan-17-2021

I forgot CSGO is free-to-play now. I would've rather voted for that, but I voted Warframe which I play at times. I also play Destiny 2, but you need the DLC for that.

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17:58 Jan-17-2021

Warframe, Apex Legends, and also Path of Exile, still lots of fun in that one too.

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