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- #20 Shrine 2
- #19 Team Fortress 2
- #18 Aim Lab
- #17 PUBG Battlegrounds
- #16 Valorant
- #15 No More Room in Hell
- #14 Ironsight
- #13 The Cycle: Frontier
- #12 Black Squad
- #11 Ring of Elysium
- #10 Splitgate
- #9 Warface
- #8 Paladins
- #7 Quake Champions
- #6 Planetside 2
- #5 Halo Infinite Multiplayer
- #4 Destiny 2
- #3 Apex Legends
- #2 Call of Duty: Warzone
- #1 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The first-person shooter genre is one that most people agree is best released on PC because of the control schemes, and as a result, there are a lot of them on the platform. Sure, you have to pay for most of them, but we’re here to help get you your fix without breaking the bank. Here are our picks for the best free FPS PC games ready to be played today.
#20 Shrine 2
If you’re familiar with the original Doom titles, and the original Doom engine, and you liked playing games of those nature, then you’ll fit right in with Shrine 2. Why is that? Well, not only is this FPS set in the Doom engine, it plays very much like it in regards to just going and slaughtering a horde of monsters that will truly be better off dead.
But wait, there’s more, you’re going to play the game as Tusk the “skinless monstrosity”, because you probably thought this couldn’t get anymore Doom-like.
Wield a variety of weapons and go to down on the nightmarish horde in front of you.
#19 Team Fortress 2
Team Fortress 2 is Valve’s biggest free-to-play game and one that offers AAA-quality first-person shooter action through a variety of game modes ranging from simple Capture the Flag and Team Deathmatch to unique additions like Push the Cart. The game also plays host to a variety of objective control modes and a bomb delivery mode. Players can also indulge in a cooperative mode called Mann vs Mann, which pits players against throngs of robotic enemies across a variety of maps.
#18 Aim Lab
One of the key problems with FPS games as a whole is that if you’re not “at a certain level”, you’re going to get picked off by those who have been playing such games for years. And it’s not like there’s a game where you can train extensively to get better…right…?
Well, there is, it’s called Aim Lab. And these are people who have worked with AAA developers to make titles like the Rainbow Siege series, and thus know a thing or two about FPS mechanics.
They’ll put you in simple scenarios and tests to help you understand how to get better in aiming, shooting, reaction time, and more.
Play this game, and you might just be the ones owning someone down the road.
#17 PUBG Battlegrounds
When it comes to battle royale titles, it was PUBG that started the revolution. For better and for worse.
The famous/infamous “Early Access” battle royale title has helped setup the industry for various things, and as a result, you might be fine with just playing those that came after it, like Fortnite. And that absolutely is your right.
But being that this title is also free, and you’ve likely not played it in a while, you have more motivation to go and check it out in order to try and see what has evolved since you last played. And you might just be surprised by the answer to that question.
Valorant launched in 2020 for PC. Developed by Riot Games, also responsible for the hit MOBA title League of Legends, this team-based tactical FPS is often called a blend of CSGO and Overwatch. The game focuses on team objectives and fast-paced movement along with high-precision gunplay. There’s a lot of working with your team and quickly taking shots at the enemy. The game has a large roster of heroes available, and each hero has their own unique ability and attributes. You’ve likely seen streamers getting addicted to this one. It’s a blast.
#15 No More Room in Hell
One of the best things about No More Room in Hell is that it wasn’t a full-on AAA title, it was a mod that became a hit video game. Showing you the creativity of gamers as a whole.
In the title, you are in a world where a mysterious disease is infecting people, and those that die while they have it are turned into ravenous zombies. As a result, the world is seemingly doomed. But hope is not lost as of yet. You are part of a group of people who are still uninfected, and you’re fighting to survive no matter the cost.
Test yourself in multiple modes, and see if you can make it through…or become one of the horde…
What happens when a war breaks out between the military and the private corporations who can afford to make their own armed forces? In Ironsight, you’re about to find out. Because these two clash in a world where resources are becoming limited, and only through the art of the bullet can someone come out on top.
Use realistic weapons and tactics to go and overcome the enemy. Affect the environment in various ways in order to get things done, and muck up the enemies plans.
Customize your character from top to bottom to fit your playstyle and make sure they’re ready for the many missions ahead.
#13 The Cycle: Frontier
The Cycle: Frontier is one of many FPS games out there that try to put a unique spin on the genre. In this case, it’s one of many PVPVE titles. In The Cycle: Frontier, you’ll be one of many fortune seekers who dare to brave the planet of Fortuna III. The planet is full of treasure, and if you get to it in time, you may hit it big. Between the monsters that’ll come after you and the other players that’ll be trying to steal your stuff, you’ll need to be quick to get in, get the loot, and get back to the ship.
#12 Black Squad
Black Squad looks like your standard military shooter, and it that in many ways. But there are some things to make it stand out from other titles aside from its free-to-play status. For example, there are ten different game modes that you can join, giving you plenty of variety. If you want to, there’s a custom game creator mode where you can make your own games to play with your friends! Add to that dozens of weapons to mix and match to find your best loadout and you’ll have a lot to do.
#11 Ring of Elysium
Battle royale games may seem like they don’t have a lot of variety, but you just need to know where to look. For example, there’s Ring of Elysium, a title in which you’re not just trying to escape from other players, you’re trying to escape from a place that has a natural disaster going on–along with nuclear fallout. You’ll need to use your character’s epic abilities to not just take out the others trying to stop your escape but to help make your escape on the land or in the air.
Splitgate is a title that takes many of the classic and fresh takes on the FPS genre and mixes them into one fun title. In Splitgate, you’ll not just be able to shoot various guns at your opponents, but you’ll be able to open various portals in order to truly get the drop on your opponents. If Portal was a competitive shooter title instead of an epic puzzle game, Splitgate would be what you get.
Warface is an MMO FPS that millions around the world have played and enjoyed for a while now, and for good reason. The title not only offers intense and thrilling gameplay against other players, but you can also participate in PVE events and raids to switch things up and add new levels of challenge to the title. Not to be outdone by other games in its ilk, there are plenty of classes for you to choose from and hundreds of weapons.
The free-to-play title Paladins: Champions of the Realm is easy to pick up and play. Similar in feel to Overwatch, this title from Hi-Rez Studios brings the cross-platform hero shooter to the handheld platform without any graphical sacrifices. While there is a learning curve for more serious gamers, those with a casual interest in a fun fantasy FPS won’t regret grabbing this one.
#7 Quake Champions
Quake Champions is the latest Quake main entry title since Quake 4 was released in 2005. This is another fast-paced arena FPS where players will face each other with a roster full of characters that each have their own unique abilities and traits. You’ll also find some new faces on the roster such as B.J. Blazkoicz from the Wolfenstein series along with the infamous Doomguy.
Currently, the game is in Early Access on Steam. It was announced during QuakeCon 2018 that the game has gone completely free-to-play.
#6 Planetside 2
Planetside 2 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer first-person shooter which offers full-scale battles across the face of the planet Auraxis, where three distinct groups are locked in a battle for territorial dominance. They have at their disposal numerous vehicles and weapons to allow for a futuristic experience of war.
This isn’t a game that’s easy to pick up and play, but it’s one you’ll want to master. You’ll need to invest some time finding a dedicated group of players and staging assaults, or you may find yourself lost and alone without a clue as to your objectives.
#5 Halo Infinite Multiplayer
Halo Infinite‘s Multiplayer is free-to-play, and this didn’t come as a surprise. Most diehard Halo fans are all about the multiplayer nowadays, and to its credit, it’s easily the best part about the game. As players wait for dedicated co-op, this is the next best thing.
#4 Destiny 2
Destiny 2 is a multiplayer experience and is perfect for teaming up with a few friends to grind through for loot. If you enjoy futuristic FPS and have yet to at least try Destiny or its sequel, then you might be missing out.
Launched in 2017 to mixed reception from the community, the abandoned a lot of ideas from its predecessor and failed to encourage its player base to continue playing. However, since going free-to-play (in some respects), Destiny 2 has become a much better game, offering an addictive online looter shooter that is still worth playing in 2022. It may seem intimidating at first, but Destiny 2 is great fun, especially with a full-fire team.
#3 Apex Legends
Much like Fortnite, Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale. Respawn Entertainment kept this game a secret, but upon release, it gathered millions of players within the first week.
The game focuses on teams of three, and players can choose from a number of heroes, each with unique skills. If you enjoy the Titanfall series, you’ll enjoy the fact that this game is set in the same universe. Apex Legends takes place approximately thirty years after the events of Titanfall 2. The game is currently a huge hit, and you’ll find a massive community actively playing at any time of day. Best of all, if you have a few friends, you can easily start a squad together for online matches.
#2 Call of Duty: Warzone
The battle royale genre has taken the video game industry by storm. One of the most popular in recent memory is Call of Duty: Warzone released in March of 2020. This is your typical battle royale set within the Call of Duty universe. Players have the ability to customize their character and loadouts a bit before dropping into a massive map and trying to demolish the competition.
Like other games in the genre, players will be exploring the map, gathering resources, and fighting off other players. There are a few different game mode options allowing you to play solo or in duos, trios, or quads. The development studio has been updating the game regularly to ensure that bugs are fixed as soon as possible.
#1 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive comes in at the top of the list for its longevity. After all this time, the tight gameplay, controls, and multiplayer levels are still on par or above much of what has come out over the past few years. Even if you don’t play it yourself, you likely know someone who does, and they might know someone who still plays this game religiously. CS:GO set the tone for many things in the FPS market, so give it a go for yourself and see why it’s so great.