Best Free-to-Play Steam Games 2019
Itching to play something new but don’t want to stump up the cash? Don’t panic. You can save yourself the stress of rummaging through the back of your sofa with these fabulous free-to-play games on Steam.
Hit that download button and get playing. Your wallet will thank you.
A shining example of how to get the free-to-play model right, Warframe has amassed a dedicated player base thanks to its incredible content updates and support. Slice up enemies with a katana, then rearrange their face with a shotgun – Warframe’s interchangeable combat system is a joy to behold.
With its gorgeous visuals, slick and stylish mechanics, and wealth of customisation options on offer, you owe it to yourself to give Warframe a try.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) was already one of the most-played games on Steam despite being six-years-old, but developer Valve has now made the award-winning shooter free-to-play. Such generosity is often reserved for Christmas time (or the Steam Winter Sale), so count yourselves lucky, ya hear?
This isn’t a stripped down version of the game, either. Apart from missing some advanced matchmaking features and premium items for sale, you’re getting the full CS: GO package. Just don’t come crying to us when you’re left feeling shortchanged in a gunfight.
DOTA 2 is widely regarded as the gold standard of free-to-play games, and rightly so. A global smash-hit for Valve, DOTA 2 draws in millions of players every month thanks to its uncompromising business model and addictive gameplay.
With regular updates adding new content, experiences and features, DOTA 2 continues to grow and evolve at a staggering rate. With no barrier to entry other than a rather steep learning curve, you’ve got no excuse not to try out one of PC gaming’s modern-day phenomenons.
Boasting over 25 million players and counting, Paladins lets you wield guns and unleash explosive magic as a legendary champion of the Realm. Customise your character and build your own unique playstyle using Paladins’ deck-building system. Choose from dozens of cards to make your hero your own and pick the abilities that suit you best.
With cross-play support and variety of enticing game modes, Paladins promises to deliver one heck of a good time without costing you a dime. Sign us up.
Path of Exile
Credit: pathofexile.comCan an online action RPG succeed using the free-to-play model? Path of Exile confidently says, “yes, they can”. With a deep level of character customisation, a thriving online item economy, and competitive PvP for good measure, Path of Exile brings all the features you’d expect from a fully-priced RPG.
If you’ve ever been put off by the monthly subscriptions of other online RPGs, Path of Exile’s dark fantasy world has never looked so inviting.
With regular content updates and improvements down the line, these five free-to-play Steam games will only get better over time. But most importantly, they remain completely free of charge. Lovely stuff.