Everyone likes free PC games, right? While free-to-play games are always an option when you don’t have two dimes to rub together, they don’t always end up staying free. Many f2p games only make a small portion of the game available for free, locking mid or late-game content behind a paywall. Even games that have all of their content for free will still entice you into spending money on all the items available in their cash shop.
The good news is there are a lot of outlets online where PC gamers can find bargain pricing on top-quality games. Most of the major developers including Microsoft, EA, and Ubisoft have a subscription service that allows you to get access to many of their games for a (relatively) low monthly fee. You don’t actually own those games, though, so once they pull them from their online library it’s game over.
The only way to really ensure you can play a game any time you want is to buy it. We all know how expensive that gets, though. Thankfully, there are still some ways to get your hands on some great games on the cheap, possibly even for free. Legally even. So if your gaming budget is looking a little lean, be sure to check out this list of sites that will keep you playing games on the cheap.
You may have heard all the negative hype surrounding the Epic Games Store when it first launched in December of 2018. There was a lot of grumbling about Epic’s push to have exclusive releases on the storefront. You probably also heard about how EGS didn’t have any of the community tools that other services, mainly Steam, offered.
What you may not have heard is that the Epic Games Store gives away free games every week. Yes, when it launched, EGS gave away one free game every two weeks, and they upped that to one or two games every week in May of 2019. And we aren’t talking all trash titles, either. Mixed in among the full list of EGS free games, you’ll find some big titles like Grand Theft Auto 5, Total War Saga: Troy, and Rage 2, to name a few.
If you haven’t already started your library of free games through the EGS, there’s no better time than the present to join in on the freebies. Surviving Mars, a great base-building game from Haemimont Games, will be available from March 11-16.
You probably don’t need me to tell you about how Steam is a great platform to find games on the cheap. There’s always something on sale on the homepage, with Midweek Madness and seasonal sales promoting games with even bigger discounts. Developer bundles are also a good way to grab a game and its DLC at a good discount. And with discounts as deep as 80-90% off the regular price, even $60 games are affordable.
But what about free? Of course, you can find almost every free-to-play game under the sun on Steam, but we’re trying to find paid titles for free here. Although Valve doesn’t give anything away for free, there are still a couple of ways to get games for free on Steam. First of all, games on Steam can be gifted, so start begging your friends and family.
Did you know that every time someone purchases a game from Humble a portion of the proceeds goes to charity? That’s right, you can play games and give to a good cause while staying within your budget. It’s a win-win.
There are a couple of different ways to get games at a deep discount from Humble. The first is through their bundles, where you can get multiple for as little as $1. Each bundle has multiple tiers, with the higher tiers charging more but giving a lot more games. Even at the top tier you are getting games for pennies on the dollar.
The other way to get games from Humble is through their monthly service, Humble Choice. Choice comes in three tiers – Lite, Basic, and Premium. All tiers give you access to Humble Trove, an ever-growing collection of 90+ DRM-free games to play as long as you are subscribed to Humble Choice.
The real Humble Choice goodness is found in the Basic and Premium tiers. Each month you get to download games and keep them even after you cancel your subscription. Premium members can download all nine available titles, while Basic members can choose any three from the list. At $19.99 and $14.99 respectively, that’s a lot of gaming at a great price.
If you have ever watched anything on Twitch, you’ve probably come across that little crown icon on the top right of the page. For anyone with an Amazon Prime account, clicking on that crown opens up a bag of free goodies in the form of in-game content for some of the hottest games around.
What you might not have know is that your Prime account also gives you access to a bunch of free games. They aren’t the newest games around but with titles like Hotline Miami, Pillars of Eternity, and my favorite of the group Guild of Dungeoneering, you’re sure to find yet another reason to keep your Prime account active.
You’ve probably seen ads for websites that offer software keys and codes well below the regular retail price. You’ve probably also heard how all of those sites are scams. Well, not all of them are, and Green Man Gaming is one of the legit ones. Their keys are primarily for Steam or Epic Games Store version, though they can sometimes be for other sites as well.
Green Man Gaming gives gamers more than just discounted keys. They have an XP program where repeat customers can earn deeper discounts, giving you an incentive to return time and time again. They also special events with giveaways or chances to win free games.
When it comes to finding hot new releases at a discount or picking up a DRM-free copy of your old favorites, GOG.com is the place to go. They also have a small selection of games, mostly indie titles, for free. And although the offerings are slim, if you’re lucky you can even snag a free DLC pack.
What a lot of people don’t know is that GOG is also a great place to hunt down game demos. A throwback to the old days of gaming, demos give you a chance to experience what a game has to offer before you shell out your hard-earned money. Most demos give you a few levels of the full game to try out, and best of all you don’t have to worry about any time constraints like Steam’s 2-hour return window.