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Everyone loves free games. Steam has a hefty collection of them, but some places offer titles for only a limited amount of time. Epic Games gives away multiple games a week. Amazon’s Prime Gaming subscription service has new titles each month. But if you’re not paying attention, you’ll lose out on a PC game you could have kept forever.
In an effort to help gamers know what’s out there to claim, we’ll be tracking the best free games available in a given month. While some titles are free outright, others are included as part of a subscription service. Here’s everything you can grab this month.
Best Free Bethesda Games
Bethesda doesn’t give away free games regularly, but the company has been known to offer them for special events and promotions. To claim your game from Bethesda, you’ll have to sign up for a Bethesda.net account and download the official Bethesda launcher. It’s not a particularly well-liked application, but if you want the free game, you’ll have to deal with it. Just open the launcher and make sure you’re signed in, then claim your game. Outside of the rare giveaway, Bethesda actually has two free games you can download at any time.
The Elder Scrolls: Arena
Arena, the first installment of the Elder Scrolls series, has been available for free since 2004; get it from the Bethesda website. In Arena, you are a servant of the emperor who becomes imprisoned when the court battlemage betrays the empire and takes the throne for himself. The game combines designed spaces with procedurally generated areas to create a vast, explorable game far bigger than what was usually possible back in the ’90s.
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
Daggerfall is the second game in the series and has been available to play for free since 2009. You are an agent of the emperor who is charged with putting a ghost to rest and ensuring a powerful golem doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Like Arena, Daggerfall features thousands of towns and dungeons to explore, as well as guilds to join, which offer their own questlines.
Best Free Blizzard Battle.net Games
Blizzard Entertainment has a small collection of popular franchises, including Diablo, Overwatch, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft, which can all be played through the Battle.net gaming platform. Since most of these games are free-to-play, they can be downloaded from Blizzard at any time. However, if you scroll down to Classic Games, there are several titles that were previously paid but are now available for free.
Click the title you wish to download, and choose the appropriate operating system. The game will then automatically begin downloading. How complicated the setup is will be determined by the game you choose to play. Some require you to connect with Battle.net and set up an account with Blizzard, while others may simply download to your computer and play locally. Here are the classic Blizzard games you can now play for free:
- The Lost Vikings
- Rock N’ Roll Racing
- StarCraft Anthology (StarCraft + Brood War)
- Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
- Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
Best Free Epic Games Store Games
Epic Games gives away free titles every week; no need for a subscription. Head over to the Epic Games Store website or open the launcher, scroll down to the Free Games section, and hit the blue Free Now banner on the title you want. Then, go through the process as if you were purchasing the game. You won’t be charged, and the game will appear in your games library on the Epic Games launcher.
The Textorcist (Until Nov. 19)
In The Textorcist, a unique bullet hell/typing game hybrid, you must dodge demon attacks while typing the letters of the spells that will stop them.
Elite Dangerous (Nov. 19-26)
Elite Dangerous is an MMO space flight simulation game where players are given a spaceship and tasked with exploring thousands of in-game planets while earning money for upgrades. Players engage in high-speed dogfights and can also mine for resources, trade with other players, join factions, and perform various jobs to make money.
The World Next Door (Nov. 19-26)
Half visual novel, half puzzle battler, The World Next Door follows teenager who becomes lost in a parallel world of magical creatures. You choose dialog options and make other choices to alter the direction of the story, then fight in a rune-matching puzzle dungeon.
Sludge Life (Until May 28, 2021)
This third-person 3D platformer with retro CRT graphics is really just a vandalism simulator in disguise. Sludge Life is short and sweet, allowing you to explore the game’s surreal world, meet a cast of crass characters, and tag areas with graffiti. Devolver Digital has made the game free to keep for the next year.
Best Free GOG Games
GOG doesn’t have regular giveaways like some other websites do, but there is a small collection of free games, which mainly comprises classic computer games. Titles like Shadow Warrior Classic Complete and Postal: Classic and Uncut, which you would have to pay for on Steam, are free on GOG. Other classics, like Ultima 4 (1985) and Akalabeth: World of Doom (1979), are not available anywhere else.
- Akalabeth: World of Doom (1979)
- Ascendant (2014)
- Beneath a Steel Sky (1994)
- Bio Menace (1993)
- Cayne (2017)
- Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure (2020)
- Doomdark’s Revenge (2014)
- Eschalon: Book I (2006)
- Flight of the Amazon Queen (1995)
- Jill of the Jungle: The Complete Trilogy (1991)
- The Lords of Midnight (2013)
- Lure of the Temptress (1992)
- Postal: Classic and Uncut (2003)
- Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves (2013)
- Shadow Warrior Classic Complete (1997)
- Stargunner (1996)
- Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius (2014)
- Teenagent (1994)
- Treasure Adventure Game (2011)
- Tyrian 2000 (1999)
- Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar (1985)
- Ultima World of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams (1991)
- Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire (1990)
- War Wind (1996)
Butcher (Until Nov. 18)
GOG is giving away the fast-paced 2D shooter Butcher for the next few hours. You can grab this high-difficulty game for free at the website’s giveaway page. Click the Get it Free banner to add it to your account. As a cyborg programmed to eliminate, you choose a weapon and go about exterminating anything in your way in full pixelated glory.
Children of Morta (While Supplies Last)
This giveaway is a little different because it requires you to make a purchase, but at least you can get a free game out of it. GOG and Visa are teaming up to give away 53,000 codes for the action RPG Children of Morta. Get the game by signing up at the giveaway page, then making a $25 payment using a Visa card. Save the card to your account for future purchases, and you will get your free copy of this roguelike tale of the Bergson family’s journey to free Mount Morta of the evil Corruption.
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
GOG allows you to score a free copy of the first Witcher game if you download the GOG Galaxy desktop client, then download and install the free-to-play Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Now, if you subscribe to the GOG newsletter, you can get the game for free. Click Subscribe & Claim on the offer page, then add The Witcher: Enhanced Edition to your cart. The game should be reduced to $0.00, and all you have to do is check out. If the website doesn’t allow you to check out, reload the page a few times until the checkout button is clickable.
Best Free Itch.io Games
Tired of big blockbusters? Itch.io is a digital game store dedicated to indie titles you won’t find anywhere else. Check out the sales page for free titles. Other games will set you back a few bucks; pay up or fork over a little more if you’re feeling generous. You can then download the game or claim it to connect it with your Steam account.
Brute (Until Dec. 30)
Typically $6.99 on Steam, Brute is free on Itch.io until the end of the year. This arcade shooter combines a minimalist aesthetic with vibrant colors and design. Plan your attack, discover hidden levels, and enjoy the synthesizer soundtrack.
Hide the Body (Until Dec. 31)
Best Free Microsoft Store Games
Microsoft doesn’t usually give away games on the Microsoft Store, but there are a few titles the company has decided to make free moving forward (find them on the web, not the web app). If you have a game code to redeem, sign into your Microsoft Account, then enter the code at redeem.microsoft.com; from the web app, go to More > Redeem a code. If it’s a game for your Xbox console, you must first make sure remote install is set up on your console.
Initially released in 2007, Crackdown received praise as a sandbox style third-person shooter that lets you cause massive amounts of destruction to the environment as you fight a crime wave in a dystopic future.
Crackdown 2 brings back much of the same gameplay as the first game but with additional superhuman abilities and expanded multiplayer. Set 10 years after the first game, the title has you fight terrorists and save the city from a mutant-creating viral outbreak.
Farming Simulator 14 & 16
Farming Simulator is a popular game for those looking to grow crops, care for animals, and run a farm while operating true-to-life farming equipment. While a new edition is released every year, the editions from 2014 and 2016 are now free in the Microsoft Store, giving you a good chance to try out the games before investing in the newest version.
The action RPG Too Human is a science-fiction retelling of Norse mythology, where all the gods are cybernetically enhanced humans who must stop Loki’s machine army.
Halo 5: Guardians (While Supplies Last)
The first-person shooter Halo 5: Guardian centers around Master Chief’s search for Cortana, and the elite team of Spartan soldiers tasked with locating him. While the game adds enhanced Spartan Abilities and a fire team the player can order around in combat, it’s an online-only title so it needs an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play. Microsoft and Monster Energy have teamed up for a Halo Infinite sweepstakes, but hidden at the bottom is a free copy of Halo 5: Guardians for PC. Claim your copy by signing up for an account with Fandango Rewards, then redeeming the game code in the Microsoft Store.
Best Free Nintendo Games
Nintendo doesn’t normally give away free games, but it does have a host of offerings with a subscription to the $19.99-a-year Nintendo Switch Online service. A subscription offers access to a collection of NES and Super NES titles, as well as free-to-play games like Tetris 99. On top of these titles, Nintendo also has a few games you can grab for free for a limited time.
Super Mario Bros. 35 (Until March 31, 2021)
To celebrate 35 years of Mario, Nintendo is offering a free game called Super Mario Bros. 35 until next March. The game requires a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online to play, and combines the 2D platforming of the original game with battle royale elements seen in Tetris 99. A total of 35 players simultaneously play through platforming levels on the same screen. As you defeat enemies, you can send them to other players in order to hinder them. The last Mario standing wins, but you can also score points by collecting the most coins, having the lowest time, and attacking the most.
Best Free PlayStation Plus Games
PlayStation Plus is Sony’s online multiplayer and games subscription service that costs $9.99 for one month, $24.99 for three months, or $59.99 for a full year. As part of the service, you can claim two new games to keep every month. They’ll be accessible as long as you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription. Subscribers who own a PS5 will also be able to keep games from a curated selection of titles.
There are two ways to claim these games from your console. Choose the PlayStation Plus icon from the PlayStation home screen to see the currently available games, plus previously claimed titles. Claimed games can be re-downloaded from this page. You can also go through the PlayStation Network Store and select PS Plus in the left-hand menu.
The other way allows you to add games to your console directly from the PlayStation Store as long as you have Automatic Downloads enabled. Once this is set up, you can choose the games you want from the web page and they will be remotely downloaded to your console.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (Until Nov. 30)
Shadow of War is the follow-up to Shadow of Mordor and is based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. In this action RPG, you play as the ranger Talion who is possessed by the spirit of an elf lord as the two forge a new Ring of Power and create an army that can defeat Sauron. The game allows you to recruit warriors from many races of Middle-Earth and guide them into combat while using your augmented abilities to fight the armies of Mordor.
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition (Until Nov. 30)
In Hollow Knight, you play as a bug venturing through the ruins of an insect kingdom, encountering denizens both friend and foe. The game is a metroidvania platformer that focuses on boss fights, unforgivable combat, and unlocking new abilities. Fans of the Dark Souls games might find the same kind of challenge here.
Bugsnax – PS5 Only (Until Jan. 4)
In this PS5 launch title, you play as a newspaper reporter who visits Snaktooth Island to investigate local creatures described as “half-bug, half-snack.” Bugsnax is a first-person adventure game that has you collect these insects and feed them to the locals.
PlayStation Plus Collection – PS5 Only (Starting Nov. 12)
Players who own a PlayStation 5 and subscribe to PlayStation Plus will now have access to a curated collection of PS4 games. Games can be claimed at any time and will remain playable as long as there is an active subscription. At launch, the PlayStation Plus Collection will include 20 games from Sony and partner studios:
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
- God of War
- Infamous Second Son
- Monster Hunter: World
- Mortal Kombat X
- Persona 5
- Ratchet and Clank
- Resident Evil 7 biohazard
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Until Dawn
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Best Free Prime Gaming (Twitch Prime) Games
Prime Gaming (formerly known as Twitch Prime) is a subscription service that provides in-game loot, free games, and many other perks each month. The service costs $12.99 a month with a free 30-day trial, or comes included with your $119 Amazon Prime subscription. Find free games on the Prime Gaming page. Scroll down to the Games with Prime section and select the Claim button next to the titles you want.
To play games offered by Prime Gaming, you must download the Amazon Games launcher. Click the Download and Play link that appears next to the Claim button. In the pop-up window, click the link that says Download the Amazon Games Apps (Windows) to install the launcher. Once installed, Prime Gaming games can be claimed from the launcher itself.
The Occupation (Until Nov. 20)
Set in 1987 England as questionable legislation is about to be signed into law, the player is an investigative journalist who must discover vital information before it’s too late. The game takes place over four hours in real time, and in-game actions affect the game’s story. You can either become a whistleblower or do nothing and allow events to unfold.
Extreme Exorcism (Until Nov. 27)
Extreme Exorcism is a paranormal platformer that has you fight ghosts with the full extent of your armory. Make it through each room of the haunted house, and at the end of each round you must defeat a supernatural being that mimics your every move from that round. The game also supports co-op and deathmatch local multiplayer modes for up to four players.
Bridge Constructor: Medieval (Until Dec. 4)
Following up on the original game, the Bridge Constructor series goes to the Middle Ages and adds combat to the equation. Build bridges that can support valuable supply chains, make ones that will collapse under the feet of invading soldiers, and create covered structures to protect your own troops.
A Knight’s Quest (Until Dec. 11)
After accidentally dooming the world, you must harness the powers of fire, ice, and time to solve puzzles, fight enemies, defeat colossal bosses, and save the day in this action-adventure 3D platformer.
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan (Until Dec. 11)
Based on African mythology, this action RPG has you control Enzo Kori-Odan as he works to form alliances with other nations in order to defeat the person who betrayed him and his kingdom. Combat takes place on a 2D sidescrolling game world, where you must use an ancient energy to unlock powerful new abilities.
Genesis Alpha One Deluxe Edition (Until Dec. 11)
This roguelike first-person shooter puts you in control of a spaceship, where you must command your crew, gather resources, and explore randomly generated worlds and vessels. Along the way, you will upgrade your ship, fight aliens, gain new abilities, and die over and over again.
Lethis – Path of Progress (Until Dec. 11)
As an 2D city builder, Lethis – Path of Progress asks you to build and manage a Victorian steampunk city where you will gather resources, build infrastructure, trade with other cities, and please your citizens across multiple game modes.
Smoke and Sacrifice (Until Dec. 11)
After sacrificing her child to protect her community, Sachi goes on an epic journey down the rabbit hole to learn the truth about her dystopic world. Along the way she must fight, craft, and survive within the fully hand-painted open world.
Victor Vran Overkill Edition (Until Dec. 11)
In Victor Vran, you play as the eponymous demon hunter who must fight off an infestation of demons in a land where magic and science coexist. This isometric action RPG allows you to tweak your character build however you wish by changing weapon classes, consumable items, spells, power-ups, outfits, and more.
SNK Classics (Until March 31, 2021)
Separate from Prime Gaming’s monthly collection of games, Japanese developer SNK has released over two dozen classic titles for subscribers to claim until March 31. Old-school arcade enthusiasts will have an opportunity to claim several titles from the King of Fighters franchise. These games include:
- Art of Fighting 2
- Baseball Stars 2
- Blazing Star
- Fatal Fury Special
- Garou: Mark of the Wolves
- The King of Fighters 97 Global Match
- The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition
- The King of Fighters 2000
- The King of Fighters 2002
- The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
- King of the Monsters
- The Last Blade 2
- Metal Slug 2
- Metal Slug 3
- Samurai Shodown II
- Samurai Shodown V Special
- Sengoku 3
- Shock Troopers
- Shock Troopers 2nd Squad
- SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (includes 24 titles)
Best Free Steam Games
Steam has many free games you can download at any time, but titles free to claim for a limited period of time is a rare occurrence. In the event that you do find a free game, you can “buy” it on Steam like you normally would, but it will be automatically added to your library instead of having to check out.
If you have a Steam Key code, you can claim the game by launching the Steam client and clicking Games Menu > Activate a Product on Steam. Follow the instructions to complete the process and get your game. You may also need to connect your Steam account with another online retailer (e.g. Humble Bundle) before you can enter the code.
Nights Into Dreams (Until Dec. 13)
You can claim the cult favorite Sega Saturn game Nights Into Dreams by linking your Steam account at Sega’s anniversary website. Just enter your email and link your account to get the game added to your library. Sega says it will be giving away the game for the next 60 days, but the fine print says while supplies last, so don’t wait.
Company of Heroes 2: Southern Front DLC
If you have the Company of Heroes 2 base game, you can grab the Southern Front DLC for a limited time by linking your Steam account on the game’s website. The second game of the real-time strategy series focuses on the Eastern Front of World War II with the player primarily controlling the Soviet Red Army. The Southern Front DLC focuses around the bleak weather conditions in the spring of 1943.
Total War: Shogun 2 – Battle of Kawagoe
If you already have Total War: Shogun 2 in your Steam library, you can grab the Battle of Kawagoe map for free. Originally only released as a pre-order bonus back in 2011, anyone can now play the legendary battle that saw the Hojo clan launch an attack against the Uesugi, Ogigayatsu, and Ashikaga clans under the cover of night.
Best Free Xbox Live Gold Games
Xbox Live Gold is the premium subscription tier of the Xbox Live online gaming service that costs $9.99 a month or $24.99 a quarter. Among the many perks you get with the service is free Xbox games every month. While Xbox 360 titles are yours to keep forever, Xbox One games can only be played as long as you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.
To claim your free games with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, go to the Gold section on your Xbox One console or visit this page on a computer to queue up the game for download on your console. Games are added on the 1st and 16th of every month.
Aragami: Shadow Edition (Until Nov. 30)
In this action-adventure stealth game, you play as the ninja assassin Aragami, who has the power to teleport between shadows. You must use your shadow powers to stealthily defeat an opposing army that can harness the power of light.
Lego Indiana Jones (Until Nov. 30)
Like other Lego video games, Lego Indiana Jones is an action-adventure game that depicts events from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade films.
Swimsanity! (Until Dec. 15)
Swimsanity! is a multiplayer underwater shooter with eight different game modes for co-op and versus gameplay. The game features multiple powerups and weapons that will help you get an edge, no matter which game mode you choose.
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