TOP 10: Best FREE Co-op & Competitive Games


TOP 10: Best FREE Co-op & Competitive Games

What are the best free co-op and multiplayer games? If you are bored and penniless, there is no need to fear a gaming drought. Steam is full of games that can be played, without spending a dime (well, almost). Moreover, many of them are really good. 

Free-to-play has become the norm in recent years , with some even overtaking the paid Triple-A as the leader in PC gaming. Take a look at the list of the most popular games on Steam and you will see that a significant portion of the largest games in the world are completely free.

We care desperately about the health of your bank account - and sincerely worry about how much money you spend on your hobby (or addiction), so we have prepared a list of the best free co-op and multiplayer games for you.

“Top 10” or its analogue is a heading that is exclusively subjective, and the opinion of the author does not always coincide with the opinion of the editorial board. The format has a numerical limit indicated in the title, so many things are left out. If you think that some game is missing, be sure to write about it in the comments!


10. Realm of the Mad God 

Realm of the Mad God

Release date: June 20, 2011

Platforms: PC

Co-op: for a large number of players

The release of Realm of the Mad God on Steam heralded a new direction for free co-op MMOs. In this isometric fantasy shooter, quests are given out on the fly. You will relentlessly have to scamper across the map, shoot and farm - well, until you die and your character is deleted forever.

The main task is to survive as long as possible and climb the board of fame, pumping your hero. To advance, you need to kill simple monsters or bosses, collect loot, brew potions and actively craft. Moreover, it is much more effective to play in a cooperative, because all the experience gained is shared between the team members.

9. Spiral Knights

Spiral Knights

Release date: April 4, 2011

Platforms: PC, PS4, X-One, Switch

Co-op: 4

While Spiral Knights remains an MMO by definition, it has a lot in common with the iconic The Legend of Zelda series. If The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures had online multiplayer, it would have turned out to be something like what the developers at Three Rings Design came up with.

While access to a number of areas is a bit limited, you can get a group to play and enjoy the game regularly without losing your salary. Everything else that you would expect from an MMO (chat, guilds, shops) is also available without restrictions.

Weapons, armor, equipment slots, and consumables such as potions can be purchased for real money. But the most interesting thing is how Spiral Knights forces you to buy energy, the game currency to explore. You are given 100 energy, which is restored over a long period of time, and the entrance to each floor of the dungeon (which takes from 10 minutes to half an hour) costs ten energy. In addition, you must buy your revivals if you lose a battle - starting with two energy units and doubling after each use.

If you choose not to spend money, each of your Spiral Knights session will be limited by the amount of energy you have. But even without marathon races, the game is still worth a try for anyone who loves to chat but hates the current RPG template used by most MMOs.

8. Brawlhalla


Release date: April 30, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS4, X-One, Switch
Co-op: 4

Brawlhalla is a fighting platformer with everything you need: over 40 different characters, many colorful arenas, casual and competitive modes, and regular balance updates.

Since the game is free, it has built a large and active community. This is one of its most important advantages over many other fighting games. The bad side of this, however, is that most of the community is toxic. Since Brawlhalla has been around for a few years now, you'll also face some frustration versus dominant strategies in intense one-on-one fights - you have to train hard to get over that hurdle. If you're having trouble with this, stay away from competitive mode.

However, with stable ping and a few friends, Brawlhalla offers hundreds of hours of fun. That being said, you don't need to spend a dime.

7. Path of Exile

Path of Exile

Release date: October 23, 2013
Platforms: PC
Co-op: 6

Path of Exile is arguably one of the most famous games on this list. It took several years to gain such popularity, but now PoE is a complete alternative to Diablo and an extremely deep experience in itself. What's more, he manages to take the formula laid out in games like Diablo and turn it into one of the best MMOs on PC.

There are countless Path of Exile builds and playstyles to experiment with, and the developers at Grinding Gear Games are constantly updating the game with huge expansions every few months, not to mention the upcoming Path of Exile 2.

It's a pleasure to enjoy it in co-op: you can go through story acts together, fight in PvP, open hardcore maps and, of course, exchange resources.

6. Paladins


Release date: May 8, 2018
Platforms: PC, PS4, X-One, Switch
Multiplayer: 10

Paladins is pretty much everything you can get in Overwatch without playing Overwatch itself. Both are cartoonish first-person shooters, both contain a huge roster of intriguing characters, and both combine traditional FPS gameplay with MOBA elements.

Using a deck of cards endowed with special passive abilities, you help your team capture control points and escort (or defend) the siege machine to the front door of the enemy fortress.

In addition to being free, Paladins is also frequently updated with new champions. This means the gameplay never gets old.

5. Alien Swarm

Alien Swarm

Release date: July 19, 2010
Platforms: PC
Co-op: 4

Alien Swarm is an isometric four-player co-op shooter. As the name suggests, the main focus of the game is to destroy the ruthless armies of alien demons that are destroying planetary colonies. As one of several brutal infantrymen, you need to arm yourself with a rifle or shotgun and go to battle with a mass of beetle-like monsters.

Essentially, Alien Swarm is a classic shooter where running and shooting is the key to victory. Each map has a set of simple tasks that must be completed before the exit path is open. The game is more or less the same from start to finish, except for new enemies with obvious weaknesses. Alien Swarm may seem repetitive to some players , but those who love simple shooters will not be disappointed.

4. Valorant


Release date: June 2, 2020
Platforms: PC
Multiplayer: 10

Since 2012, CS: GO has been the undisputed pinnacle of competitive FPS, with shooting mechanics that reward skill above all else; a weapon economy that provokes constant strategic shuffling on perfectly balanced maps.

Valorant repeats all of this, adding heroes with superpowers, each with passive, active and ultimate skills. Some of these abilities have counterparts in CS: GO , such as smoke screens, flares, and grenades.

Learning to combine Agent abilities and apply them to every map in the game is a limitless learning curve that always encourages experimentation and intense training. Of course, some basic tricks can be found on YouTube, but if you invent your own tricks, you'll always have a better chance of catching your opponent off guard.

3. Apex Legends

Apex Legends

Release date: February 4, 2019
Platforms: PC, PS4, X-One
Multiplayer: 60

With the dystopian charm of the shattered world of Titanfall and the intense gunfights that make PUBG so addictive, it's no surprise that Apex Legends has surpassed 25 million players in its first week. Respawn's Battle Royale came out of nowhere and outnumbered Fortnite on Twitch in the first seven days of its existence .

Apex legendsmoving forward rapidly. Of course, this isn't the parkour and wall running we come to expect from the famous robot game, but this battle royale has its own unique charm. Sprinting is faster than you expect, and sliding takes you farther, especially in mountainous terrain. Movement also sets the tone for the firefight: if your team successfully attacks another in a timely offensive, you get their loot.

Moreover, there are many opportunities for casual players here. Apex Legends uses a convenient communication system to ease the burden of microphone-free communication. Clicking on the scroll wheel indicates important objects, valuable loot and attacking enemies.

From a fast-paced assassin to a hilarious zipline robot, Apex Legends ' characters are surprisingly varied, quirky, and fun to play.

Looking for a more realistic setting? For you, Activision has released the free Call of Duty: Warzone . This is also a superb Battle Royale that rivals Apex Legends in quality.

2. League of Legends

League of Legends

Release date: October 27, 2009
Platforms: PC
Multiplayer: 10

Trying to decide which MOBA is the best is an argument that can go on for hours, but League of Legends is a pretty good place to start. Since its release in 2009, it has become a global phenomenon, invariably one of the most played games in the world, and at one point it surpassed the 100 million player mark online.

Easier to understand than Dota 2 , but mechanically deeper than Heroes of the Storm , LoL falls into the middle ground. New and updated champions arrive multiple times a year, keeping the game fresh despite its age. Each of the LoL champions is unique; from ancient gods to pirates and monsters from another world. You will definitely be able to choose a hero that will suit your style. Lacking in the life of a cooperative?

Take a friend on one line and become one!

1. Warframe


Release date: March 25, 2013
Platforms: PC, PS4, X-One, Switch
Co-op: 4

Warframe lets you play a space ninja, and that's probably all you need to know to get interested.

It's also a third-person co-opgamein which you fight thugs and other space ninjas dressed in quirky warframes that grant you special abilities.

Warframe is a quality action game with a hint of Destiny , with similar mission designs and shared social environments. The best part here is to improve the Warframe to grind the levels faster. You might have to work a little bit if you want to craft the coolest gear, but most of the time you'll be cutting people in half and sliding on your knees, so don't worry about the little things.

Warframe is one of the most popular free-to-play games on Steam , which means you'll always have someone to play with.
Hope we managed to save some of your coins. Co-op and multiplayer games are great! It's even better if they're free!

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