Best Free Games to Play When Bored

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Whether you’re stuck at home with the Flu or bored with nothing to do, here are games to play to help pass the time. Fill your time with something fun… Like video games! In this article, we have compiled the best free games to help fill your time with something fun to do with no cost to you. Most of these games are free with upsells; purchasable skins, extra DLC, or a battle pass, something of that nature. We are focusing on online multiplayer games because it is our preference here at MMO Scoop. We hope this helps you pass the time. Happy gaming!

Below is a full list of the best games to play while bored.

Call of Duty: Warzone

The latest trend in the battle royale space made its debut on March 10, 2020. Currently, it’s at the top played game collectively amongst all the popular Streaming Platforms. Call of Duty: Warzone is available on all the major platforms and has two free to play game modes; the Battle Royale and Plunder. This first-person shooter added their own unique spin on the popular Battle Royale genre giving players the opportunity to rejoin the round in various ways. I’m not going to go into too much detail, as we have many games to discuss, but let me just say this; The new Call of Duty: Warzone offers a dynamic experience that offers players more opportunities to get back in the fight. From your teammates buying you a revive to winning 1v1 Gulag, Call of Duty has done a great job elevating the standard for the Battle Royale genre.

Albion Online

  • Available on: PC, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux
  • Medieval Fantasy MMORPG
  • Top-Down (WASD)
  • Visit Albion Online

Albion Online is a free to play MMO with “Premium” features. There is no Class System giving players the chance to fully customize their playstyle with builds that suit your individual needs. No restrictions on armor or weapon choices, enabling players to create their perfect character. The in-game economy is player-driven, players can buy homes, decorate with furniture, craft and explore. If you’re looking for a game to pass the time, and you prefer to play MMOs then definitely give this one a try. There is a lot to do, earn, craft, kill and explore with no obligation to purchase.

Fortnite

  • Available on: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Android, IOS, MAC
  • Battle Royale
  • Third Person, Builder
  • Visit Fortnite Epic Games Store Page

Possibly the most accessible Battle Royale currently on the market. Fortnite by Epic Games is free to play on nearly every platform, including your phone. Fortnite stands out amongst the rest because it offers players a unique building experience. Throughout the match, players must gather resources in order to build fortresses to protect themselves. The building has turned into a phenomenon and a truly competitive art originally made famous by popular Mixer streamer Ninja. Parents are paying trainers to help their children perfect their building skills in the hopes of one day competing in the Fortnite World Cup that awards winners with literally millions of dollars. For more information visit the official Fortnite page via the Epic Games Store.

Apex Legends

  • Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • Battle Royale
  • First Person
  • Visit Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a Battle Royale that has added skills into the mix. Players choose “Legends” to take into the battle area instead of just a standard character model. These legends offer up unique skills and utilities to aid in the battle. Apex Legends is free to play with a seasonal pass upsell. If you want more customizations, skins, and emotes then you will need to buy things. Otherwise, the game is free to play.

Black Desert Online Remastered  

  • Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, iOS
  • Fantasy Sandbox MMORPG
  • 7-day free trial
  • Visit Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online Remastered (BDO) isn’t completely free, but you can try it out for 7 days without purchase. This game is a traditional MMO in the sense of things, it has all the necessary components; a class system, skill combos, crafting, armor, gear, open-world exploration, a storyline, questing, the whole 9 yards. BDO is reliable, the team of developers is constantly running support and patching to make the game enjoyable, even though it’s one of the older games on the list. The downside, if you become addicted within the 7-day trial you will have to purchase. None the less, it’s nice to be able to try out the game before buying.  

Guild Wars 2

  • Available on: PC & Mac
  • Fantasy MMORPG, Tab-Target, Third Person
  • Free Base Game, Purchasable DLC
  • Visit Guild Wars 2

A traditional MMO, Guild Wars 2 offers an open world to explore, a class system, crafting, scavenger hunting, adventure, story, and more. It’s filled with dungeons and open-world activities (METAs) to participate in. This game is something you can play on your own but eventually requires in-game player cooperation to achieve challenges. Luckily the player base is quite organized and will help you along your journey. The core world is PvE focused, but PvP is available via PvP arenas and World vs World activities. Guild Wars 2 has been periodically providing new content to the game, the downside, you will need to purchase the expansions to gain access to all the new activities. If you are just starting out however, there is plenty to do in the free version of GW2. Visit our Guild Wars 2 article to learn more.  

Path of Exile

  • Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Dark Fantasy, Top-down, Online Action RPG
  • Visit Path of Exile

For those who enjoy a top-down, action role-playing games, then Path of Exile will pique your interest. It is a multiplayer online filled with difficulty scaled questing and story progression. This is one that will take up a lot of time, so if you are looking for a good time sink this is one that will not disappoint as there is plenty to do and achieve.

Dauntless

  • Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Android, Nintendo Switch
  • Instance co-op, Online Action RPG
  • Visit Dauntless

Purely dungeons and instance-based content. Join up with friends (or strangers) and battle creatures in instance-based dungeons in order to level your character and earn new gear and rewards. This is a more casual style game, while yes you have to strategize, it’s not something detrimental to fail at. You can always try again. The online aspect comes into play in the player HUB where players craft, buy and store their in-game earnings.

Smite

  • Available on: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Third-Person, Multi-player Online Battle Arena (MOBA)
  • Visit Smite

Smite, although it is similar to games like League of Legends and DOTA 2 it feels different because it’s in third-person. Personally, it doesn’t feel quite as intense, something you can play casually (IMO don’t rip my head off plzzz). Players battle it out and achieve victory by destroying the enemy base. This game features mythological beings as their champion pool, and their skills reflect as much. For those who play the free route, champions are randomly selected to be the free options. If you want a specific champion, you will have to purchase it or wait until it rotates.

Final Fantasy XIV

  • Available on: PS4, PC, Mac
  • Sandbox MMORPG
  • Free to play until your character reaches level 35
  • Visit Final Fantasy XIV

A traditional MMO, Final Fantasy XIV is an instance open world with all the traditional MMO trimmings. Craft, explore, quest, build and level up. Final Fantasy XIV is free up until your player reaches level 35, giving you plenty of time to play for free to decide whether you want to purchase it or not. Making it a good choice while being bored with nothing to do.

Paladins  

  • Available on: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Multiplayer Online Third-Person Hero Shooter Arena (comparable to Overwatch)
  • Visit Paladins

Paladins is what I consider to be closest to Overwatch. It is a first-person, class-based shooter set in a fantasy world. Teams of five battle it out to collect objectives, claim points of interest and dominate the enemy team. Paladins is cross-play, so you and your friends can play together on different platforms.

Cuisine Royale  

  • Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • Battle Royale (Goofy Battle Royale)
  • Visit Cuisine Royale

Cuisine Royale was created by a developer team of jokesters. It is straight-up goofy. Armor is crap you find around while scavenging. For example, a pan for a helmet. Stuff like that. It’s similar to PUBG without the cloud of intense doom hanging over it. This game is a light-hearted, fun, and well developed Battle Royale that is worth giving a try. Especially if your bored and are looking for a new game to play.

Destiny 2

  • Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • First Person Shooter Online Multiplayer
  • Visit Destiny 2

Space bound, online multiplayer, first-person shooter. Destiny 2 focuses on loot and campaigns to fill your time. Questing, killing, and hundreds of hours’ worth of content to play for free! And if you really fall in love, they have expansions to download (and some of those are free too).

Realm Royale

  • Available on: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Battle Royale with Character Classes and Abilities
  • Visit Realm Royale

Realm Royale is a lighthearted battle royale with a unique twist. Players choose a character class upon loading into the match. Each class has unique abilities to help you win. Throughout the game, players scavenge for loot and are able to upgrade said loot at forge locations. Funneling players together for high-intensity PvP situations. This game was created as a spin-off to Paladins. A hero shooter we discussed previously in this article.

League of Legends

  • Available on: PC
  • Online Multiplayer, Top-down, Battle Arena (MOBA)
  • Visit League of Legends

The video above does not define the actual gameplay, rather a cinematic to get you hyped about the heroes! League of Legends is a top-down, click to move, strategy game. LOL is a game of two teams strategizing and battling it out to defeat objectives and destroy the enemy base to become victors of the match. Over the years, League of Legends has become a highly competitive strategy game and possibly one of the most popular E-Sports tournaments worldwide. It’s fun, yet challenging, and a complete time-suck, so if you need a game to pass the time League of Legends is free to play. When playing free, you will be forced to play the champions in free rotation. If you want to play a specific champ you will need to purchase it.

Team Fight Tactics

  • Available on: iOS, PC, Mac, Android
  • Online Auto Battler Strategy Game
  • Visit Team Fight Tactics

The newest game mode in the Riot (League of Legends) HUD is coming to phones on March 19th! Finally!! Team Fight Tactics takes the League of Legends Champions you have grown to love and thrown them all together in this new Online Strategy Auto Battler. Pick your heroes, set your board and watch as your strategy compares to other online players. Team Fight Tactics is the type of game can be played while multitasking, it’s best if you give it 100% attention but it’s not necessary. It’s a ton of fun and definitely worth trying out.

DOTA 2

  • Available on: PC
  • Online Multiplayer, Top-down, Battle Arena (MOBA)
  • Visit DOTA 2

A game with an interesting backstory. DOTA 2 was created because of its predecessor Defense of the Ancients; a community-created mod for Warcraft III. It is in direct competition with League of Legends, as they are basically the same game, except for the champions and style of the game (and of course they are not created by the same company). DOTA 2 has its own nuances and objectives, but the concept is the same. Kill the enemy base by destroying objectives and conquering the enemy team. If you like League of Legends, you will most likely enjoy playing DOTA 2 (and visa versa).

Epic Game Store

The Epic Games Store features new free games weekly. For those who have a PC and want to only play free games, and aren’t picky with game selection, keep an eye out. The Epic Games Store, home to Fortnite, Dauntless, and Borderlands is steadily growing its game list, and every week features free games available for anyone to download. The photo above features the free games this week (week of March 18th, 2020).

Steam Store

Steam is less frequent about free games, although there are free games available to play. Most deals are featured during holidays or special events, so be sure to frequently check the Steam Store if you are interested in deals. Most of the time, games that are purchase to play are a percentage off, however, sometimes there are “free for a limited time” or “free to play weekend” for games that would normally require purchasing to play.

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