Tom's Guide: 15 Best Classic PC Games Gone Free

If you're a big gamer, chances are the games that you grew up on hold a special place in your heart. But did you know that a ton of them are available for free these days? It's true! The Tom's Guide team has put together a list of the best free classic games. Check out '15 Best Classic PC Games Gone Free' and see if your favorite is on the list.

While there are numerous big-budget AAA gaming titles out there vying for the discerning gamer's time and money, there are also numerous classic games that can be played for free. Whether it's older titles that have been cut loose by their owners (or released as freeware for the promotion of newer games), landmark games that have been released to the wild by benevolent publishers, or video games transitioned to a new monetization model,  these are the best classics that have gone free.

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  • Pherule
    Team Fortress 2
    Battlefield 1942
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert
    Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
    Quake Live
    Quest for Glory 2
    Ultima 4: Quest for the Avatar
    Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
    World of Warcraft
    The Ur-Quan Masters
    Ground Control
    The Marathon Trilogy

    Crap, crap, crap, and more crap. There, I just saved 3 minutes of your time.

    If you want a REALLY good free to play game, look at some more recent indie games, such as Path of Exile.
  • LordHaHa
    Marathon and Star Control 2 (aka: Ur-Quan Masters) crap? I think not!

    Most of these titles are worth a playthrough. QfG2, Daggerfall, UQM in particular.

    Surprised to see Everquest is still kicking. Nothing against it but I hadn't seen it mentioned much for the last decade until recently. Impressive lifespan though, sort of reminds me of the OLD Neverwinter Nights (the Gold Box MMORPG) in that way.

    Also Hidden and Dangerous (the first one) went free ages ago and was pretty fun after you got past the learning curve.
  • Pherule
    The graphics are just too poor now. Sure, you could say gameplay > graphics, but you can easily find games that are more fun with far better graphics now.