Today, developers are increasingly looking towards the ‘free-to-play’ model when it comes to creating profitable PC games. There are dozens of excellent free-to-play games on the market today, but we’ve managed to whittle the list down to just a handful of options.

Here are our top 5 favorite free modern PC games available today:

5) PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide was an innovative concept when it was first released. It was basically the world’s first true ‘MMOFPS’ game, and PlanetSide 2 expands on that concept by making the game free to play. That means more soldiers than ever before are fighting for control of virtual battlefields and planets across the universe. With 3 different races to choose from and massive battlefields to explore with countless vehicles, PlanetSide 2 is an amazing technological achievement that is also a ton of fun to play.

PlanetSide 2 can be downloaded here

4) Battlefield 1942

As a celebration for its 10 year anniversary, EA kindly made the best WWII team combat game of all time free to play. This sparked a resurgence of action for the game, and servers swelled with players looking to recapture some nostalgia.

Battlefield 1942 takes place in tanks, planes, jeeps, submarines, and several other vehicles across all theatres of World War II. The gameplay has held up surprisingly well over the years, and many of today’s team-based shooters wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for the influence of Battlefield 1942.

To play Battlefield 1942 for free today, just download EA’s Origin client.

3) League of Legends

The MOBA gaming scene has exploded with growth over the past few years, and League of Legends is leading the rise. With League of Legends, players pit teams of heroes against other teams of heroes and fight for dominance over certain maps. It’s complicated, fun, and – best of all – completely free.

Download LoL today from here

2) Lord of the Rings Online

Lord of the Rings Online was billed as the first legitimate challenger to the dominance of World of Warcraft. Although LotRO operated as a paid subscription game for many years, it never reached the same levels as WoW. That being said, LotRO is an excellent game with an unbelievable amount of content that Lord of the Rings fans will love.

And ever since the MMORPG went free to play, gamers have been flocking to servers in droves. There’s never been a better time to guide the Fellowship through the dangers of Middle Earth – especially with exciting expansions for Rohan, Moria, and Mirkwood available.

Download LotRO and join the battle for Middle Earth today by clicking here

1) Team Fortress 2

If you’re looking for frantic team-based shooting action, look no further than Team Fortress 2. TF2 has been out since 2007, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the most-played games of all time. It was originally included as part of the Orange Box deal, and it only recently became free-to-play. The free-to-play move hasn’t made the game restrictive at all, and most players will happily be able to play TF2 without spending a dime. That is, unless you feel like dropping a few bucks on some sick-looking hats.

To download Team Fortress 2, you’ll have to install Steam on your PC from here.

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