The Best Free PC Games 2013 Edition Part Two

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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After yesterday's edition we're back with five more of the best free games available for PC. These represent some of the best propositions in the free-gaming arena, and are sure to while away many an hour without costing you a penny. 

So here we go with The Best Free PC Games 2013 Edition Part Two...

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Now a bygone relic of yesterday, Command & Conquer was the go-to series for gloriously over the top strategy gaming combined with hilariously cheesy FMVs, employing actors that Westwood Studios probably found loitering around the set of a lawnmower commercial (sorry James Earl Jones). Falling on hard times in recent years, including this week’s unfortunate cancellation, Command & Conquer has always been a series that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but comes across as if it really is.

Pitching the philosophically divergent Brotherhood of Nod against the Global Defence Initiative, Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun is a battle for resources across a ravaged planet that was every potential military commander’s dream come true. The two sprawling campaigns give you the chance to see the war from both side’s perspective, delivering phenomenal strategy gameplay with an cliched but exciting narrative that can’t really be balked at considering the non-existent price.

Team Fortress 2 - The world’s greatest fashion parade, Team Fortress 2 is a game that has become as much about hats as it has about weaponry and death-dealing. Bundled in for free for all of those with Steam, Team Fortress 2 is one of the ultimate examples of free-to-play gaming. Packing in dozens of maps, hundreds of updates, nine classes and ridiculous numbers of weapons, Team Fortress 2 is one of the best supported post-release games conceived. Released a whopping six years ago, Team Fortress 2 is still one of the most highly-played games and as of two years ago, completely free to boot.

Team Fortress 2 has been monetised somewhat, but the entire aspect is based around cosmetics and appearance, a glorified lead-spewing fashion show. Weapons, skins and hats are up for grabs, but not having access to any of these doesn’t spoil the balance of a frenetic contest. In the world of arena shooters you can’t go far wrong with Valve’s brilliant team-based shooter, the unique graphics and varied gameplay are standing up to the test of time admirably.

Battlefield Play4Free - Built on the still solid Battlefield 2 engine, Battlefield Play4Free is a stripped down Battlefield shooter that still features all the gameplay you’ve come to know and love. If you haven’t got the funds to stump up for a copy of Battlefield 4, or are waiting on getting the moolah together for a PC upgrade, Battlefield Play4Free offers up classic Battlefield for everyone’s favourite price point.

Offering that always addictive levelling up treadmill, this free edition of Battlefield has the potential to swallow up days worth of your time. The slightly faster paced pick up and play gameplay is great for when you’ve got a spare fifteen minutes to take the invading American/Russian (delete as appropriate) hordes.There are the dreaded micropayments unfortunately, but these can be scooted around, with enough regular play being rewarded with silver tokens that can be spent on skill trees and unlocks to your hearts content.

Cave Story - One of the best completely free single player experiences available, if you haven't heard of this indie smash yet then you likely are a cave story. Playing out like a gloriously old-school homage to Metroid, Cave Story is a shooting platformer that thrusts players into a bamboozling adventure featuring a battle in an enormous cavern between the rabbit-like Mimigas and the evil Doctor.

Created by now legendary Daisuke Amaya, Cave Story marks the lighting point for the recent surge in indie development interest, sparking a revolution in gaming that has led to this moment now where the next-gen consoles pin a significant amount of their hopes on the indie avalanche expected to hit them. Inspired by all of the classic games of yesteryear, this is all your favourite games exactly as you remembered them, rose-tinted spectacles and all. A true classic that is worth anyone’s time and could you save a small fortune from splashing out on this season’s most expensive titles.

DotA 2 - We have no factual evidence to back this up but we imagine DotA 2 is single-handedly responsible for 90% of mice sales, as mouse upon mouse is worn away from hours of blisteringly-fast clicking, so bear that in mind when downloading this freebie. DotA 2 has taken the online world by storm with its addictive combination of strategy and RPG mechanics; this hyper-competitive take on the insanely popular MOBA genre offers some of the deepest and most satisfying online gaming mechanics around.

Not many games expect you to suffer through your first week of playing, but bizarrely DotA 2 does just that, inviting you to get maimed, mauled, and murdered in hundreds of different ways. It might seem demoralising, but every death in this hyper-contested online world is a learning experience that lets you plumb this title’s sprawling depths. DotA 2 is a masterclass in strategy and nuance, inviting you back for just one more go.

As always, we couldn't fit every free game into these articles so there were inevitably some great titles that missed out, but the aim was always to get a varied spread of genres to demonstrate something for all. Feel free to let us know in the comments below what other free games you think are worthy of everyone's time, and happy gaming!

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21:50 Nov-08-2013

Yes indeed my friend. I am completely sure that given a bit of time dota can be really enjoyAble for everyone. There no other game I have played for such a long time and still enjoy. And I have played many games of many different kinds. I would recommend it to any gamer.

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14:13 Nov-12-2013

yeah it is excellent except the facts that its update size is just too large for me. it is always around few hundred (200-300mb) which takes me few hours to download it. 35 kbps.

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14:14 Nov-12-2013

so dota 1 is better with map size 7.xx mb with just less than 10 minutes download :)

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08:47 Nov-13-2013

well if your download speed is 35 kpbs you sure have a point... dota 1 is better for you.

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12:16 Nov-14-2013

i switch to HON later because of this and HON is sometimes actually better when you have you desirable heroes.

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13:42 Nov-14-2013

Could be. I have never played hon. Although I think he would still have a problem with that 35 kbps downloading. Damn. it would drive me crazy to have that connection.

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08:24 Nov-05-2013

Also.. In the dota picture.. Luna is a under farmed and seriously underleveled.. 31 minutes she is level 14, she only has treads, yasha, mithril hammer and some junk. That's pretty bad..

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09:35 Nov-05-2013

in cace u noticed she is dead and losing the game with a 4/12 score or something. what did u expect mate -.-

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11:33 Nov-05-2013

what am I meant to say..?
I wasn't expecting anything.. I was just pointing that out..

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17:15 Nov-05-2013

yeah i mean since she is losing badly its kind of obvious that her items will be bad but ok :p. Peace :D.

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08:18 Nov-05-2013

Nice selection of games Jon.. With the exception of Battlefield Pay to Win.. I would've put alien swarm in there instead of that. (Nice article)

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13:27 Nov-04-2013

I think you mispelled the Battlefield one,it's Battlefield:Pay to win (BF:P2W),really,spend REAL MONEY to buy guns,Upgrades,......?Stock guns are like sh**.

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11:39 Nov-04-2013

Id like to add Battle for Wesnoth in the mix: http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=7176&game=Battle%20for%20Wesnoth
Great turn based rpg/strategy game. Cus we never get enough turn based games in "best of" articals

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10:49 Nov-04-2013

I can concur on the mice sales, I'm in the process of destroying my mouse to the point of replacement now. So far it cuts out about once a minute.

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07:28 Nov-04-2013

nice, some developers have also made a awesome and accurate remake of half life 1 using the source engine and called black mesa and is free to download @ http://www.blackmesasource.com/

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05:24 Nov-04-2013

dota 2 is good i play it quite awhile before i quit because the update is always so huge(300mb) and with my pathetic line (32kbps), every single update always cost me a few hours to download it. in the end RAGE QUIT!

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05:27 Nov-04-2013

so i guess you haven't seen battlefield 3 update lol

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06:09 Nov-04-2013

So I'm guessing it lags like hell when you play online too, huh :c

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11:07 Nov-04-2013

i guess that is some mocking here

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12:39 Nov-07-2013

It wasn't my intention to mock D:

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04:41 Nov-04-2013

Dota is free yes but if you attempt to get it now off steam it will simply tell you that, you are like 10054 in the queue excuse me if i am wrong but my friend and i wanted to to download it but thats what steam told us so we gave LOL a try instead:)

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08:07 Nov-05-2013

It doesn't do that... And to play lol is a literal piece of ****.

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08:08 Nov-05-2013

Oh I messed that up.. I ment to say lol is a literal piece of ...

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09:38 Nov-05-2013

such a shame... i dont think there is a queue anymore... at any case stay out of LoL. inferior game to dota. (sorry LoL players it just is)

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23:05 Nov-05-2013

I don play either games, but could you tell me why that is?

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09:22 Nov-06-2013

LoL mostly is a simplified version of dota. for expample in dota you can deny you own creeps/minions to deny the enemy the xp, jungling is a lot more advanced and flexible and the heroes (due to items or their skills) have a lot more mobility (allows a lot more strategies to be deployed and a more fast paced and interesting game).Furthermore dota punishes mistakes a lot more than LoL and the hero picking requires a lot more thought too.char limit

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14:53 Nov-06-2013

Thats actually a bit overwhelming to be honest :/, maybe more hardcore players play DOTA for the extra challange?

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17:01 Nov-06-2013

probably.

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08:40 Nov-07-2013

dota is a hard game i wont deny this. but u dont need to be a hardcore player to enjoy it. as an experienced dota player i know the amount of information one can know about dota is absolutely overwhelming. but the good thing is you dont need to know everything to play. you play with players that have the same level of experience and knowledge of the game as you and as time goes by you progress and learn more stuff and improve. its part of the fun

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18:31 Nov-07-2013

so it's more balanced as well? neat.

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03:50 Nov-08-2013

You will love it. You might lose just a couple of games since you just began, but once you get the hang of it, choose which character that suits you most. Then you'll be having win streaks in no time
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01:41 Nov-04-2013

Warzone 2100 ??
Beautiful free RTS

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17:30 Nov-04-2013

I Play it on my Ubuntu OS all the time! I thought I was the only one!

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21:45 Nov-03-2013

Where is path of exile?

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08:10 Nov-05-2013

Path of exile is not that good of a game.. The games listed here are MUCH better

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17:48 Nov-05-2013

So you are telling me battlefield pay 2 win is better than path of exile? Well maybe in your opinion my friend....

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21:36 Nov-03-2013

No offense or fanboy but LoL Had AND Has the largest number of active players and a variety of cosplays , fanart and more , more than DoTA ..

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22:06 Nov-03-2013

it still doesnt have the depth of dota though. its more about what game has the most pretty skins and cosmetics... dont misunderstand me LoL has a lot of depth too just not as match as dota imo. that makes dota harder though but a lot more fun too if u ask me. (i have played both games. played wc3 dota for 2 years then LoL for half a yeah and then got access to dota 2 beta and never touched it again xD)

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02:07 Nov-04-2013

Hi! I like a different game than you! So I'm going to tell you how your game is only popular because of skins, and be generally condescending! You said below you didn't want this conversation to happen. And you were right. So let's not have it happen, shall we?

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09:43 Nov-05-2013

the community of dota isnt worse than LoL's as far as i know. its just that these kind of games are quite rage inducing sometimes xD. when you are doing your best and destroying everyone and your team feeds and you end up losing you get mad. thats all. there are understanding players out there too especially in higher skill brackets. and you can always report mute and report annoying players. in dota2 text abusing DOES get punished by the game.

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10:48 Nov-04-2013

It doesn't matter why its more popular, in the end LoL is just a remake of DotA (WC3 mod). Like legit it had some of the original DotA guys at the head of the dev team. But yeah DotA is so much better and more challenging.

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15:17 Nov-04-2013

I've played it, it's not. Plus the community is more abrasive than Xbox Live. By the way, have you ever seen a DoTA versus LoL flame war? It really isn't pleasant, so let's not have one.

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20:04 Nov-03-2013

LoL>DOTA. Someone had to say it.

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20:56 Nov-03-2013

just dont even start this conversation...

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21:32 Nov-03-2013

yeah, really, there will be a flame war, I haven't played either, but I do have Dota 2 on Steam, due to hype.

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21:44 Nov-03-2013

yeah like huge flamewar. if u have some free time for a week lets say i recommend that you try dota ;).

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22:45 Nov-03-2013

I do have some free time, but I'm more occupied with Salvation Prophecy, Lego Marvel Superheroes, GTA V, and Terraria :D

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22:47 Nov-03-2013

ok i think you got it covered :D. (still try it sometime :P). HF!

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22:54 Nov-03-2013

I will, eventually :p

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17:26 Nov-03-2013

I personally play TERA:Rising and can say that it is one of the best MMORPG's evah,better than SWTOR and WOW in most cases,from these games I've played BF P4F and it was ok but the amount of OP was too large :( .Also Need For Speed World is pretty good even though they have problems with some bugs and hackers/cheaters it's not that bad,they just got a new team to take care of the game and maybe we'll see some improvement :) .But anyway very nice article,I'm waiting for the next part.

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15:48 Nov-03-2013

つ ◕_◕ ༽つGive DIRETIDE

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16:15 Nov-03-2013

+1

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16:40 Nov-03-2013

For those who don't know, Diretide is an "annual" event Valve was supposed to make for Haloween. Instead they made an update with sume cosmetics (hats) and the fan base was very VERY upset.
DotA2 score on metacritic has revieved more than 2k negative reviews. Volvo's(not Valve) facebook page as well as Obama's and China(I think) prime minister are spammed with つ ◕_◕ ༽つGive DIRETIDE. They even put a video on YouTube where calling Volvo to ask about DIRETIDE. Afterwards, Volvo posted on their Facebook page "Valve, hats are great, but people want DIRETIDE".

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18:53 Nov-03-2013

Volvo, the car company?

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18:56 Nov-03-2013

yeah since the angry dota fans spammed their facebook page and valve gave no answer the real volvo answered :P

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15:17 Nov-03-2013

DOTA 2 is awesome! I am just new and exploring heroes at the moment :D

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16:20 Nov-03-2013

nice! i recommend that you try every hero once or twice against AI and before playing him in matchmaking just to get a bit familiar with the skills etc. after that there is no point in playing with AIs. its against real players you will really improve. and if someone is flaming you because you are new or messed it up a bit just mute him, report him and do your best to win and enjoy the game :D. dont let them spoil your fun.

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18:59 Nov-03-2013

Thanks for some nice advice but can we really LITERALLY mute them?

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19:03 Nov-03-2013

yeah you can. if you open the list of players at the top left when in game there is a button under each players name. if u press it you wont see any of the chat messages from this player or his voice chat. you wont even see his messages in channel chats. works both for allied and enemy players. :)

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11:53 Nov-04-2013

Thanks a lot :D Already +1 for you :)
Sometimes, it becomes impossible to bear with some people ;)

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15:00 Nov-03-2013

Well , i havta disagree with u on the TF2 Part.
Team Fortress 2 is THE BEST multiplayer game i have ever played.
Its never ending weapons and items , with PERFECT BALANCE and no OP has not yet been achieved by any other multiplayer game! Your opinion that TF2 s just a "fashion Parade" is completely in-accurate, and I fear u have not more than 50 hours playing TF2. Go ahead , -Rep me . i already have been for no apparent reason.

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15:18 Nov-03-2013

I think the author was referring to the fashion parade bit due to everyone buying up hats, and more hats :)

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15:29 Nov-03-2013

Yeah, the guys at Valve themselves make fun of it. "Hat simulator" ;). Great game though and I really think it wouldn't be the same without the hats.

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18:39 Nov-03-2013

exactly :D although I wish that you didn't have to buy something to get extra inventory space, AND the ability to trade with other players :/ that wasn't mentioned in the article, unfortunately.

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14:55 Nov-03-2013

Battlefield Play4Free is Pay2Win, fun at first try.
2 slots of classes by default in one email account
Can't change classes while in a match
A lot of players with OP weapons
Well this is just my opinion....

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14:42 Nov-03-2013

DOTA :D!! there just isnt another game out there that offers this kind of depth IMO. you may have played 1000 hours (yes 1000 not 100) and still be considered a player of medium skill. it is satisfying all the way though. from normal to very high skill bracket since you play with people of equal experience to yours.

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14:45 Nov-03-2013

Vi sitter här i venten och spelar lite dota ;)

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14:47 Nov-03-2013

haha if only i knew what that song is saying. only word i can understand is "dota" :P

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14:28 Nov-03-2013

One question.You will make and third part?Nice job by the way :D

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