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The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

Updated September 16, 2020 884 votes 71 voters 4.8k views39 items

List RulesVote up the best free Steam games that are a blast to play.

Don't feel like paying top dollar for new games? The best free Steam games offer enough variety for any and every gamer. Sure, playing video games can be a lot of fun, but when you're blazing through them faster than Sonic runs through rings, it can get expensive pretty quickly. Luckily, Steam has us covered with plenty of games that are completely free to play right now.

From first-person shooters to strategy games to MMORPGs, there's something for anyone and everyone who wants to game on a budget. Remember, just because it's expensive doesn't always mean it's better, right? There are plenty of good steam games you can play for free right now, without having to worry about paying full price later. What do you think are the best free games on Steam?

If you're looking for some awesome games to play that won't break the bank, then take a look at all the best free-to-play games on Steam. And if you have a few bucks to spare, also be sure to also check out the best Steam games under $10 and under 20.

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    Warframe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    DeveloperDigital Extremes

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Third-person Shooter

    Warframe is a free-to-play cooperative third-person shooter video game, under development by... more on Wikipedia
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    Counter-Strike: Global Offensi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperValve Corporation, Hidden Path Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, First-person Shooter

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is an online tactical first-person shooter developed by Valve... more on Wikipedia

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    Destiny 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    DeveloperBungie

    Genres (Video game)First-person shooter

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    Paladins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    DeveloperEvil Mojo Games

    Genres (Video game)First-person shooter

    Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a third-person shooter, first person shooter video game... more on Wikipedia
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    Team Fortress 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperValve Corporation

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action game, First-person Shooter

    Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Valve... more on Wikipedia

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    Path of Exile is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperGrinding Gear Games

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing game

    Path of Exile is an online action RPG developed by New Zealand based independent developer... more on Wikipedia

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    Smite is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    Smite

    2014

    DeveloperTitan Forge Games

    Genres (Video game)Multiplayer online battle arena

    Smite is a third person multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by... more on Wikipedia
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    Dota 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    Dota 2

    2013

    DeveloperValve Corporation

    Genres (Video game)Multiplayer online battle arena, Action game, Real-time strategy

    Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena video game, the stand-alone sequel to the Defense... more on Wikipedia

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    Fallout Shelter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperBethesda Game Studios, Behaviour Interactive

    Genres (Video game)Simulation

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    Alien Swarm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperBlack Cat Games

    Genres (Video game)Third-person Shooter

    Alien Swarm is a total conversion mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 created by Black Cat Games... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Rift is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    Rift

    2011

    DeveloperTrion Worlds

    Genres (Video game)Fantasy, Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

    Rift is a fantasy free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by... more on Wikipedia
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    PlanetSide 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    DeveloperSony Online Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Massively multiplayer online first-person shooter

    PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter published by... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Doki Doki Literature Club! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperTeam Salvato

    Genres (Video game)Visual novel

    Doki Doki Literature Club! is a visual novel developed by Team Salvato. It was released on... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Ring of Elysium is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperAurora Studio

    Genres (Video game)Battle royale

    Ring of Elysiumis a free-to-play, multiplayer online battle royale game developed by Tencent... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    DC Universe Online is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperDimensional Ink Games

    Genres (Video game)Massively multiplayer online, action

    DC Universe Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based upon the... more on Wikipedia
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    Realm of the Mad God is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperSpry Fox, Wild Shadow Studios

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game, Role-playing video game, Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

    Realm of the Mad God is a massively multiplayer game originally created by Wild Shadow Studios... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Lord of the Rings Online is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam

    DeveloperStanding Stone Games

    Genres (Video game)Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

    The Lord of the Rings Online (previously titled The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    MapleStory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    DeveloperWizet

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game, Adventure, Massively multiplayer online game, Fantasy

    MapleStory is a free-to-play, 2D, side-scrolling massively multiplayer online role-playing... more on Wikipedia

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    Crossout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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  • 20
    Warface is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    DeveloperCrytek

    Genres (Video game)First-person Shooter

    Warface is a free-to-play online first-person shooter developed by Crytek and co-produced by... more on Wikipedia

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    Brawlhalla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    DeveloperBlue Mammoth Games

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

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    Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    DeveloperCCP Games

    Genres (Video game)Simulation video game, Role-playing video game, Space flight simulator game, Science Fiction, Massively multiplayer online game

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    World of Tanks Blitz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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    World of Tanks Blitz

    2010

    DeveloperWargaming Minsk

    Genres (Video game)Vehicular combat, massively multiplayer online

    World of Tanks is a massively multiplayer online game developed by Belarusian-Cypriot company... more on Wikipedia
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    Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
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  • 25
    Shadowverse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Free Games Right Now On Steam
    Shadowverse is a free-to-play digital collectible card video game developed and published by... more on Wikipedia
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