5 of the best free-to-play PC games in 2020

5 of the best free-to-play PC games in 2020

This year has been great for gamers. New titles were released, as well as the mandated self-isolation opened up more playing time.

There are a lot of great PC games right now such as The Witcher 3, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord and other AAA titles. However, not everyone has the luxury to spend at least US$30 for a great game.

But experiencing excellent gameplay and mouthwatering graphics does not always come at a price. Epic Games, for instance, provides free games every two weeks. This time Just Cause 4 is up for grabs until April 23.

Besides Epic Games, there are a lot of free games to past time during this self-isolation period. Here is a list of those PC games that can be enjoyed without spending a dollar.

Fortnite Battle Royale

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Fortnite has been the number one free-to-play battle royale right now. Its player base is unrivaled as well as its total sales from skins and in-game items.

This third-person shooter from Epic Games starts with 100 players in the lobby dropping into a massive map until there is only one team left. The difference between Fortnite and other battle royale games is the inclusion of building mechanics. This feature allows players to build fortresses made from wood, stone, and other resources.

Building is not restricted during the first few minutes of the game. A player may even build a cover while shooting an opponent. This mechanic is tricky yet makes the game fun to play.

Another great thing with Fortnite is the number of in-game events. The current event brings Deadpool and other X-Force characters in the game. Players also get the chance to unlock an event-only Deadpool skin.


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Warframe has been around since 2013 and it continues to impress with its intense martial arts-inspired combat.

This third-person shooter starts by the player taking the character of a Tenno, a forgotten ancient race. As the game progresses, the Tenno’s weapon can be upgraded as well as its skins. There is also a wide range of gameplay options such as raids or player-vs-player.

The game’s users have grown so huge that there is a rumor that Warframe might have a mobile version soon. Digital Extremes, the game’s developer, said that a mobile release is considered soon. If ever that happens, it might skyrocket Warframe’s player base more.


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Ever since its transition to a standalone game, DOTA 2 has grown more popular. It holds the record for the largest e-Sports prize pool ever and it has produced legendary pro players in the MOBA genre.

It has changed a lot since its WarCraft 3 days. Mechanics are changed while in-game items were modified. That might be the reason why it is still a top-tier free game until now.

The base mechanics of the game is still to destroy the enemy’s base and ancient. However, with a hero pool of more than a hundred, a clear strategy and multiplayer coordination are needed.

DOTA 2 is considered to be the most complex among the popular MOBAs. It has a steep learning curve and mastering the game will take regular game time. But, once a player indulges in the game, it is a rabbit-hole that is hard to resist.

Path of Exile

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Diablo 4 has been confirmed to arrive soon. In the meantime, the Path of Exile is a great free-to-play option while waiting.

This dungeon exploration game similar to Diablo with lots of exciting content. Its release in 2013 was above average, but the continuous update made it better. The expansion packs released thereafter gave a better storyline, as well as more lands and dungeons to explore.

For Path of Exile, the player has the chance to pick between six different character classes with different skillsets. The main character can either be a Witch, Ranger, Shadow, Marauder, Templar, and Duelist.

The game looks similar to Diablo, and even the interface is the same. But, the main difference is the randomly generated enemies, which takes away the repetitive feeling while playing a game.

Forza Motorsport 6 Apex

This one is for racing game lovers out there. The Forza Motorsport 6 Apex brings the best elements of a racing game to the PC.

Forza features six locations and 120 tracks to choose from. There are a total number of 63 cars to choose from as well. Besides the regular modes, a 12-event career mode is included with the option to compare progress with online friends.

The traditional Drivatar system from previous Forza games is included. This feature makes the AI study how an online multiplayer friend plays and competes with the player with the same driving style.

There are in-game purchases but the cars and locations will be unlocked by playing and not through paid loot boxes.

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