The Best Free PC Games 2013 Edition

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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It might be nearly two full months until Christmas but you don’t need to wait until then to treat yourself to a game-shaped bundle of joy. Here today we present to you some of the best games you can play on PC now, without spending a penny.

The run up to the holiday season is perilously expensive on a gamer’s wallet, as stacks of AAA titles line up, jousting for interest amid their eye-gouging price tags. It’s by no means the cheapest time of year, so leading up to the holidays you can be forgiven for looking out for a gaming bargain, and none come higher recommended than these freebies...

So without further ado, here's part one of our Best Free Pc Games 2013 Edition!

Planetside 2 - When the original Planetside landed it made waves for its absolutely massive worlds and a player count to pitch, pitching thousands of players against each other server wide in incredible continental battles. Planetside 2 took all that made that game so great but expanded it to even larger proportions, and whacked a great big ‘FREE’ sticker on it for good measure.

This is a technically astounding and epic scale multiplayer warfare experience that makes Battlefield 4 look as ambitious as Pong, pitting three warring races against each other in vehicular and foot based combat that will blow your mind. Mixing together the best of FPS gameplay with the best MMOs, this is a hugely addictive title that’ll have you playing for months thanks to its constantly updated gameplay and sheer wealth of mechanics.

Beneath A Steel Sky - Pixel hunting perfection beamed onto PCs straight from the heart of the golden era of adventure gaming. Yes, we’re talking about the mid-90s. It was a glorious time to be an adventure gamer, from Monkey Island to Full Throttle, from Sam & Max to Simon the Sorceror. Beneath a Steel Sky was exactly one such title, a darkly humourous tale set in a dystopian future where Earth has been all but wiped out by pollution and nuclear fallout.

Resolutely old-school and always hilarious, this is a creative and compelling cyberpunk tale that upon revisiting is most definitely like a fine wine. Hint - it doesn’t taste like vinegar. Brought to you by famous adventure game designer Charles Cecil, this is one game not to be missed if you have an interest in the genre. Best of all of course, it went completely freeware in 2003 and is available right now for princely sum of zero pennies over at Good Old Games.

Spelunky - The absolutely scourge of many an office monkey’s lunch break, Spelunky is sheer masochistic heaven, tasking you with doing the seemingly impossible. You’ll die. Lots. But you’ll keep coming back for more. This impossibly addictive rogue-like mining experience is a game that offers more replayability than any big-budget title, every time you have a go something will surprise you or you’ll learn a new way to achieve your goal.

A simple game at heart, this is both madly brilliant and abusively cruel, but you won’t be able to resist crawling back to its embrace and having just one more go. There’s so much to learn contained within Spelunky’s mineshaft that you’ll have to return hundreds of times to see really how far this particular rabbit hole goes. There’s a freeware version downloadable as well as a browser based version, so be sure to drop on in for a game of Spelunky, but you have been warned how maddenly addictive this little blighter can be… 

Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe - Calling Hidden and Dangerous a little rough around the edges is a little like saying Clark Kent mildly enjoys spandex underwear. It’s been some time since anyone here at GD has played Hidden and Dangerous so bear in mind this is one title that may have you question whether you’ve accidentally sandpapered your eyeballs. Nevertheless this is a quality little title that gives a great impression of squad-based combat deep behind enemy lines.

Huge, varied, unique, and immensely challenging, this is as satisfying experience as it comes when everything somehow manages to be pulled off correctly. The closest thing it could be equated to is a 3D version of ultra-hard strategy classic Commandos, dropping you in behind enemy lines against preposterously accurate German soldiers. If you’ve got patience by the bucketload then this can be the ultimate hardcore squad-shooter experience, without spending a penny.

The Lord Of The Rings Online - Originally launching as a fully-fledged monthly subscription service, The Lord of the Rings Online stands out as one of the single most complete MMO experiences you can have for free. Starting from the shires of Hobbiton and taking in Rohan, Mordor and more, this is the ultimate Middle Earth experience. Very much a traditional MMORPG experience, Lord of the Rings Online is an experience polished to within an inch of its life.

While the majority of the game is available to you there are additional packs you can buy to breathe a bit more life into the content, such as huge quest packs and additional dungeons, as well as fully-fledged expansion packs. Despite this it’s one of the best implementations of the free to play ideas that we’ve seen yet, giving away a huge amount of content for very little in return, with the option always there if you want to get a bit more stuck into Middle Earth.

We'll be back tomorrow for five more, so be sure to check back on GD!

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03:48 Nov-03-2013

What about tribes ascend ??

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07:24 Nov-04-2013

I downloaded tribes ascend free from stream, you have to pay to pay to get ALL the guns, or spend countless hours unlocking them

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12:10 Nov-04-2013

No thats not true :|

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13:11 Nov-04-2013

Yes it is. Planetside 2 is much more balanced in that regard.

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16:45 Nov-04-2013

Idk?? why u guys dont like it....i think its because its a challenging game

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21:26 Nov-02-2013

well it sux that DC Universe Online didn't make the list i consider it a pretty great MMORPG.

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19:39 Nov-02-2013

Hey guys I'm a planetside 2 player on the cobalt server, terran republic, wttf (don't know that the w stands for haha) terran tank force, player name is scone5 but I also have a new conglam player:) let me know on my wall if you wanna play:)

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22:38 Nov-02-2013

Oh ****, i play Vanu on Cobalt, Terran republic is dominating every map!

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17:42 Nov-02-2013

Planetside 2! Server Connery- Join SVC-Supreme Vanu Crew!
Really is a great game though aside from the shameless advertisement :o. To any new players Connery(Server) is the better mix of all three factions in terms of balance/gameplay/outfits.

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17:29 Nov-02-2013

what about war thunder it's like the best game i played :)

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19:00 Nov-02-2013

It'll be better after the Ground Forces update :D

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17:00 Nov-02-2013

PLANETSIDE 2! I play it everyday. There is no other like this :D

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16:51 Nov-02-2013

Path of Exile is not bad...

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16:18 Nov-02-2013

there are so many games that are so much better than these

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15:46 Nov-02-2013

People there are hundrends of f2p games....this is just the first edition :3

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15:44 Nov-02-2013

No LoL, DOTA, or Blacklight?

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15:42 Nov-02-2013

what about team fortress 2??

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16:02 Nov-02-2013

it says best free games of 2013 smartaleck

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16:12 Nov-02-2013

Planetside 2 was released in 2012, LoTR Online is from 2007, Hidden and Dangerous is from 1999, and Beneath a Steel Sky is from 1994. I'm pretty sure this list is not exclusive to 2013 releases :P

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07:54 Nov-03-2013

i can't agree more

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15:28 Nov-02-2013

LOTRO is awesome I am playing it for 3 years now still playing it weekly

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19:20 Nov-02-2013

Do you need to spend money to play the main game itself? I'm just wondering, because my friend asked me to play it with him.

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09:44 Nov-03-2013

No you dont have too, I paid 23,49 for the Riders of ROhan expansion, some well spend money but you can play it for free till you are level 75

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15:12 Nov-02-2013

APB: Reloaded, BattleForge, NFS: World, Thief Dark Mod are quite good free games :)

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14:52 Nov-02-2013

Guys, don't forget about Warframe:).Nice graphics, good gameplay and totally f2p, not p2w.And very good feedback from the developers.

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14:22 Nov-02-2013

Blacklight Retribution should be on this list in my opinion :)

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14:19 Nov-02-2013

Why don't I see DOTA 2 or Battlefield Play4free

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14:33 Nov-02-2013

because bfp4f is essencially bf2 and pay 2 win

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14:18 Nov-02-2013

Team Fortress 2 is a lot of bang for NO BUCK. Plus, after six years still recieves common updates.

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14:08 Nov-02-2013

yeah i mean dota 2 is by far the biggest game on steam.. LoL is the biggest game of all i dislike it so **** it xD

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14:02 Nov-02-2013

What?
Dota 2, TF2, Alien Swarm ???

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