TechSpot: A List of PC Game Classics Available Free of Charge

Major game companies don't hesitate to charge an arm and a leg for new releases, with most launching around $60 these days. As much as you enjoy lining up outside the local GameStop at 3AM to embrace the latest shooter, parting with 60 big ones hurts a little inside. It doesn't help that many developers rub salt in the wound by lacing titles with DRM mechanisms -- but let's not go there.

Alternatively, there are tons of free games online, but very few are worth playing (yeah, we're looking at you Obama Alien Defense). What you may not be aware of however, is the wealth of older commercial titles freely available, just waiting to be discovered.

Dozens of old school favorites like Doom and GTA can be had at no cost. We've compiled a brief list of popular titles from yesteryear that you can download absolutely free of charge -- and that's something to appreciate in an age of hidden fees and fine print.

Read: A List of PC Game Classics Available Free of Charge

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*YAWN* Nothing exciting here. Go to Good Old Games, spend the 5 or 6 bucks, and get Old Games that really are GOOD. Sheesh.

It's important to note that the Doom executables, etc. are free, but not the .wad files (e.g. the maps). Of course, you can get free maps all over the place, so it's not that big a deal, but if you want to play id's campaign, you still have to pay.

metal_dragen said,
It's important to note that the Doom executables, etc. are free, but not the .wad files (e.g. the maps). Of course, you can get free maps all over the place, so it's not that big a deal, but if you want to play id's campaign, you still have to pay.

I paid already in 1994, this is so unfair. If I had known that it would be free in 16 years, I would've never dished out that money.

Edited by spy beef, Mar 12 2010, 3:39pm :

i still dont care for graphix, aslong as the gameplay gets me going, **** im still playin old snes games from back in the early 90's and they are far more interesting thatn todays games.

i havnt touched a pc game since dx9 was released and that was a while ago

DKAngel said,
i still dont care for graphix, aslong as the gameplay gets me going, **** im still playin old snes games from back in the early 90's and they are far more interesting thatn todays games.

i havnt touched a pc game since dx9 was released and that was a while ago

Can't blame you. PC games have largely been reduced to MMOs, shooters, and countless Thief derivatives. Simulation games don't entertain for long, and find-the-items puzzle games are a huge slap in the face to PC gaming's rich point-and-click adventure history.

Most recent games I've played are Tales of Monkey Island and a quick peek at Aion. War sims just bore me to tears, but they seem to be the whole industry at this point.

I would never play these. Next-Gen games/graphics are too good. I could never take a step backwards. But this is just me.

david said,
I would never play these. Next-Gen games/graphics are too good. I could never take a step backwards. But this is just me.

for some its nostalga

david said,
I would never play these. Next-Gen games/graphics are too good. I could never take a step backwards. But this is just me.

Don't be so lame. :(

david said,
I would never play these. Next-Gen games/graphics are too good. I could never take a step backwards. But this is just me.
Playing board games or doing jigsaw puzzles must be a strain then? :)

Awesome, I had no idea Tiberian Sun was there http://www.neowin.net/forum/st...oticons/default/biggrin.gif" alt="" /> I have the game but not the patches etc. so it's awkward to get it to run on new machines. Gonna whack this baby into a VM and enjoy my 'New Construction Options... Building...'!

bjoswald said,
Even though they're not free, GOG.com has an excellent library of classics too.

Agreed, great service. Just wish their catalogue updated a bit quicker. There are loads of classics that need to be made compatible with Windows 7 etc.

Osiris said,
For the brotherhood! C&C Tiberuian Sun+Firestorm has to be the best freebie, but fallout brings back memories!

+1. I actually installed these from the original discs about a year ago and spent a good couple of weeks playing through them =)