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BEFORE YOU START COMPLAINING, READ THIS:
This thread is a continuation of the original free games thread. Since the OP of that thread doesn't seem to be active anymore, I've tried merging the original list with all the additions that people have suggested since then.

All credit goes to doomer and people from the original thread. I'm not trying to rip off anyone.

Games with a star (*) in front of them are games that are new to this thread (I've probably forgotten the star a couple of places). I just add them, I don't test them so the stuff listed in the Notes section may or may not apply to them. If it does, feel free to drop a note, and I'll write it.

Also, I categorize very loosely (when's a game Action, when is it Shooter?) so if you're looking for a specific game, you're better off using search. I know some of the categories from the old thread are way too vague. I'd be happy to re-organize, so if you think any of these games should have another category (maybe an entire new one?), if you spot dead links or something else then please drop me a PM or something. I'll try working on shining the list up a bit and make it easier to read.

If you suggest a new game, PLEASE describe which category I should put it in. That'd make the whole thing way easier for me :)

So without further ado...

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From the original thread

Everyone knows that exists tons of free games on the web, I'm not interested to list any crap that exists, please, suggest only good free games and mods, I will check out and update this thread as fast as possible.

For pratical reasons, I will not list limited games, with any region restriction, in beta phase or unallowed games modifications. Enjoy! Lhademmor-EDIT: I didn't check very thoroughly so if any such games have snuck in, PM me and I'll remove them. I also don't add tools, engines or anything like that - only actual games

Adventures (including Point & Click, Interactive Fiction ...)
* Babel
* Ben304 collection (several games): website
* Ben Jordan, Paranormal Investigator
*Ben There, Dan That: website
Beneath a Steel Sky: download
*Chzo Mythos (several games): website
*Digital: A Love Story: website
*Dirty Split
*Drascula: download
*Eye of the Kraken: website
*Flight of the Amazon Queen: download
*King's Quest 1 + 2 + 3 + Quest for Glory 2 Remakes website
*Another King's Quest 3 Remake: website
*Les Miserables: http://enterthestory.com/Les_Miserables.html
Lure of the Temptress: website
*Out of Order: website
Sam & Max: Episode 4 (Abe Lincoln Must Die): download
Samorost 1 [2]: website
*Snakes of Avalon
*Technobabylon: part 1, part 2, part 3
Teenagent [1]: website
*The Adventures of Fatman: download
* The Marionette
*The Silver Lining [1] (King's Quest continuation): http://www.tsl-game.com/index.php
*the white chamber: website

Action / Adventure / Battle / Platform
*1916 - Der Unbekannte Krieg: website
Abuse: website
ACE Online [1]: website
Armagetron Advanced: website
Audition [1][5]: ws (eu) - ws (ph) - ws (sg) - ws (uk) - ws (us)
Between [9][10]: website
*Bitworld: download
*Bloody Zombies website
*Bloom (tech demo): website
BZFlag: website
Canabalt [2]: website
Codename Gordon [12]: steam://install/92
*Commander Genius: website
Dance Online [1]: website
*Dawnspire: website
Death Rally: website
*Deity
Facewound: website
Frets on Fire: website
*Frogatto: website
Grand Theft Auto [1]: website
Grand Theft Auto 2 [1]: website
*Gravity Bone + Grotto King: website (scroll down)
GunBound [1]: website
Head Over Heels: website
*Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe: download
*Hurrican: website
*Iji: website
Little Fighter [4]: website - download
Little Fighter 2: website - download
MDDClone: website
*MechWarrior 4: website (step 1 broken, though. Not sure where this moved to...)
Mightier [9]: website
*Mirage (tech demo): website
*Modern Warfare 2D: download
Narbacular Drop: website
*Octodad: http://octodadgame.com/
Pirate Galaxy [1][2]: ws (de) - ws (fr) - ws (uk)
*Prelude of the Chambered
*Robot Unicorn Attack: website
Rumble Fighter [1]: ws (eu) - ws (us)
*Sango Fighter: website
Scarygirl [2]: website
Soldat: website
StepMania: website
*Super Crate Box: http://gamejolt.com/freeware/games/action/super-crate-box/3771/
*Super Fighter: website
*TAGAP 1 & 2: website
*The Black Heart website
Toribash: website
Wild Metal [1]: website
*Zelda Classic: http://www.zeldaclassic.com/what.php
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MMORPG / Roleplaying
4story [1]
9Dragons [1]
Allods Online
Anarchy Online [1][6]
Archlord [1]
Atlantica Online [1]
BattleForge [9][10][11]
Cabal Online [1][5]: ws (global) - ws (br) - ws (eu) - ws (us)
*Drakensang Online
Dungeons & Dragons Online [1]
Ether Saga [1]
Eudemons [1][5]: ws (br) - ws (us)
Flyff [1][5]: ws (br) - ws (us)
Free Realms [1][6]
Furcadia [1]
Jade Dynasty [1]
*Juggernaut
*Kingdom of Loathing [1]
*Lord of the Rings Online
*Lord of Ultima [1]
MapleStory [1][5]: ws (global) - ws (br) - ws (eu) - ws (us)
* Meridian 59
Metin 2 [1][5]: ws (br) - ws (ca) - ws (pt) - ws (us)
Mu Online [1][5]: ws (global) - ws (ch) - ws (jp) - ws (kr) - ws (ph) - ws (tw) - ws (us) - ws (vn)
*Myst Online: URU [1]: website
Pardus [1][2]: website
Perfect World [1]: website
Puzzle Pirates [1]: website
*Savage - The Battle for Newerth: website
Savage 2 - A Tortured Soul [1][6]: website
Second Life [1]: website
Shaiya [1]: website
*Shakes and Fidgets: website
Silkroad Online [1]: website
RuneScape [1][2]: website
Tibia [1]: website
Twelve Sky [1]: website
Twelve Sky 2 [1]: website
Urban Dead [1][2]: website
*WonderKing [1]: website
Wonderland Online [1]: website (th) - website (us)
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Mods
ModDB - huge database
Counter-Strike 1.3 (requires Half-Life): download
*Devil May Cry mods: http://s1.zetaboards.com/InfernalWorks/index
*Dino D-Day (mod for Half-Life 2): website
*Dystopia (mod for Half-Life 2): website
*Flesh (mod for Half-Life 2): website
*FreeSpace 2 Enhancement Pack: http://www.beamdog.com/products/freespace-2-enhancement-pack
*IEMI (mods for Infinity Engine games lige BG): website
*Movie Battles II (Star Wars): website
Neotokyo (requires Source SDK): website - download
*Orb of Dilaaria
*Pirates, Vikings and Knights II (requires Source SDK): Steam
Portal - Prelude (requires Portal): website
*Ravenhood 3 (requires Dungeon Master): website
*Resident Evil 4 mods: http://z6.invisionfree.com/Resident_Evil_4_PC
*Ruiner (mod for Doom 3): http://www.moddb.com/mods/ruiner
*SHS (mods for BG, BGII, NWN and others): website
*The Dark Mod (mod for Doom 3): http://www.thedarkmod.com/
The Haunted (requires Unreal Tournament 3): website
*The Nameless Mod (requires Deus Ex): website
*Ultima V: Lazarus (mod for Dungeon Siege): website
Wing Commander: Standoff (requires Wing Commander - Secret Ops): website
Wing Commander: Unknown Enemy (requires Wing Commander - Secret Ops): website
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Platformers
* Approaching Dawn
* Cave Story
* Eternal Daughter
*Frozzd
*Ikachan
*Knytt
Secret Maryo Chronicles
*Sonic Fan Remix
Spelunky: website - download
The Goonies
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Puzzles
*Devil's Tuning Fork
*Enigma
*Fetus
*Mari0
*Pingus
*Pragmatica
*Pushover
*suteF
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Racing / Simulators / Sports
Fantasy Tennis [1][5]: ws (eu) - ws (jp)
FlyGear: website
GeneRally: website
* NFS: World
* Nitronic Rush
*OpenTTD: website
Out of the Park Baseball 8: website
PangYa [1][5]: ws (jp) - ws (kr) - ws (th) - ws (tw) - ws (us)
Project Torque [1]: website
Racer - The Real Deal: website
*Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon: website
The Hunter [1][6]: website
TrackMania Nations Forever: storefront]website
Upshift StrikeRacer [1]: website
*Virtual U: website
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RPGs (not MMO)
*Dark Disciples I & II
*Dead Meets Lead
*Dink Smallwood: http://www.rtsoft.com/pages/dink.php
*Dungeon Master - Return to Chaos: http://www.ragingmole.com/RTC
*A bunch of Dungeon Master games: website
*ShadowFlare Episode One
The Elder Scrolls: Arena [4]: website - installation guide
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall [4]: website - installation guide
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RPGs (J-RPG)
*A Closed World
*Barkley, Shut-Up & Jam: Gaiden
*Space Funeral
*Star Wars: Bloodlines
*Super Columbine Massacre RPG: website
*The Spirit Engine 1 & 2: website
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RPGs (Rogue-like)
ADOM: download
*Castle of the Winds (roguelike): download
*Desktop Dungeons: website
*Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup (DCSS): website
*Dungeon Dash
*Gearhead: website
*Incursion: website
*Powder
*Rogue's Quest: website
*Vulture
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Shooter
Alien Arena: website - download
*Alien Swarm: website
America's Army 3: website
*ARMA II: website
AssaultCube: website
Battlefield Heroes [1]: website
Combat Arms [1][5]: ws (eu) - ws (us)
Cross Fire [1]: website
Cube: website - download
Cube 2: Sauerbraten: website
*DarkXL: website
Exteel [1]: website
F.E.A.R. Combat [1]:website
*FPS Trainer: http://www.fpstrainer.com/login.php
Full Spectrum Warrior [3]: download
Gang Garrison 2: website
GunZ The Duel [1][5]: ws (br) - ws (us)
*Harmony: website
Landmass [1][5]: ws (br) - ws (ch)
*Aleph One (Marathon 1 + 2: Durandal + Infinity): website
*Meteor 1 + 2 (+ 3): website for 1
Nexuiz: website
*Pit
Quake Live [1][2]: website
*Realm of the Mad God: http://www.realmofthemadgod.com/
Return to Castle Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory: download - mirror
S4 League [1][5]: ws (eu) - ws (kr)
Soldier Front [1]: website
*Stargunner: http://www.shacknews.com/file/7155/stargunner-freeware-release
Starsiege: Tribes: download - mirror
Starsiege: Tribes 2: download - multiplayer patch
*Subvein: http://www.subvein.net/
Tremulous: website
Urban Terror: website
Voxelstein 3D: website
*Walkover: http://www.walkover.org/
War Rock [1][5]: ws (kr) - ws (us)
*Warlock's Gauntlet: http://www.moddb.com/games/warlocks-gauntlet
Warmonger: website
Warsow: website
Wolf Team [1]: website
*Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Barracks: http://www.splashdamage.com/content/wolfenstein-enemy-territory-barracks
Post edited March 06, 2012 by Lhademmor
Space simulators
*Babylon 5: I've Found Her: website
The Babylon Project: website
Flight Commander: website
*Noctis IV
Oolite: website
Vega Strike: website
*Wing Commander 1: website
Wing Commander Saga Prologue: website - download
Wing Commander: Secret Ops [8]: website
Wing Commander Privateer: Gemini Gold (Vega Strike [7]): website
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Strategy / Environment simulators
*Advanced Strategic Command: website
*Alien Assault (Space Hulk clone): http://teardown.se/
Battle for Wesnoth: website
*Battlezone
Bos Wars: website
*C-Evo (Civilization clone): website
*Clonk Classics + Endeavour: http://www.clonk.de/classics.php?lng=en + http://www.clonk.de/ce.php?lng=en (and OpenClonk: http://www.openclonk.org/ )
Command & Conquer - Gold: website - download
Command & Conquer - Red Alert: download disc 1 - download disc 2
*Curator Defense: website
*Dr. Blob's Organism
*Dwarf Fortress
Freeciv [4]
FreeOrion: FreeOrion
* Glitch
Glest
Ground Control [1]: download - game key
* Hedgewars (free Worms clone)
*JCOVE Lite: website
*Kernel Panic: website
*League of Legends: website
*MechCommander]http://gamestand.net/Downloads/details/id=8.html]MechCommander Gold[url]
*MechCommander 2
Navy Field [1]: website
OpenCity: website
* Pacific War: Matrix Edition (download link) (needs DOSBOX)
PiArmada (Vega Strike [7]): website
Powder Toy: http://powdertoy.co.uk/
*QSpacehulk (Space Hulk clone): http://r.vinot.free.fr/spacehulk/index.html
Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War [3]: download - mirror
Savage - The Battle For Newerth: website
Scorched 3D: website
*Seven Kingdoms: http://7kfans.com/
*Spring 1944: website
*Steel Panthers: Main Battle Tank: http://www.shrapnelgames.com/Camo_Workshop/MBT/MBT_page.html
*Steel Panthers: World War Two: http://www.shrapnelgames.com/Camo_Workshop/WW2/WW2_page.html
*Strange Adventures: http://www.digital-eel.com/sais/buy.htm
*Stronghold Kingdoms: website
*Sudden Strike 2: website
S.W.I.N.E.: download - mirror
* Titans of Steel: Warring Suns (download)
*TripleA: http://triplea.sourceforge.net/mywiki
UFO: Alien Invasion: website
* The War Engine (download)
*War Evolution: website
* War in Russia: Matrix Edition download (needs DOSBOX)
Warzone 2100: website
*WW2 - The Big One: website
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Developers
*Aliensoft
*Auntine Pixelante (developer): website
*Cactus Software (developer): [url]http://www.cactus-soft.co.nr/[/url]
*Jesse Venbrux (developer): website
* Motelsoft (download)
*Properundead.com (developer): website

Misc. lists
*30 commercial games relesed for FREE: [url]http://www.gamesradar.com/f/30-commercial-games-released-for-free/a-20100202122153157099[/url]
*365 free games: website
*101 Best Free Games of 2003: website
*102 Best Free Games of 2004: [url]http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3137482[/url]
*101 Best Free Games of 2006: [url]http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3148013[/url]
*101 Best Free Games of 2007: [url]http://www.1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=0&cId=3156339[/url]
*101 Best Free Games of 2008: [url]http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3165201[/url]
*101 Best Free Games of 2009: [url]http://www.1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=8&cId=3174065[/url]
*101 Best Free Games of 2010: [url]http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3177782[/url]
*Beamdog List: http://www.beamdog.com/t/publishers/free-games
* Cheapass Gamer list
*http://www.ifiction.org (interactive fiction games)
*http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FreewareGames

Uncategorized stuff (if you know a category for this, let me know)
*Action Doom 2: download
*Biprolex: download
*Captain Forever (browser game): website
*http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/
*http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/
*Handball Challenge Training Camp, vol. 1 + vol. 2: http://www.handball-challenge.com/
*[url]http://www.kumagames.com/[/url]
*Ludum Dare (competition): website
*Mine Mombers: download
*OpenGL renderers for Unreal Tournament, Deus Ex and Rune: website
*http://portableapps.com/apps/games
*Quadrax: download
*SpringRTS engine (apparently responsible for a shitload of RTS games, some of them on this list )
*Stepmania (Dance Dance Revolution clone): http://www.stepmania.com/
*Ultrastar Deluxe (SingStar clone): website
*http://www.whatisnous.com/
* http://greenergames.net/
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== notes ==
[1] account creation or registration required
[2] in-game web browser
[3] ad supported version
[4] can require Cygwin or DOSBox to run properly
[5] localized distribution, some publishers can apply restriction
[6] in-game limitations contested
[7] conversion built from another free game
[8] abandonware, can not run on recent operational systems
[9] mistakenly listed as a demo on storefront
[10] mistakenly named as a demo on "My games" list
[11] offered by Play4Free license / micropayment
[12] requires Steam client installed[/I]
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updates ==
2011.08.13 Done until here
2011.06.10 Update
2011.06.09 More categorizing and linkfixing from Leroux
2011.06.08 Fixed two dead links. A bit o' categorizing thanks to Leroux
2011.06.08 New OP, added a shitload of games. Marked with *
2009.09.06 Added Shaiya, BZFlag, Racer - The Real Deal, Canabalt, and converted many of Steam free games on standalone links
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== Author notes ==
I will only list really free or Play4Free (micropayment) games or mods
I will not list games announced like free but with limitation ingame
I will not list games with region restriction
I will not list games in beta phase
(if you find that any game on the list violates one of these 'rules' please PM me and I'll remove it)
...and I will actively update this thread XD
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== Note to self ==
Done until here
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== Not listed games ==
Refused by region restriction: MLB Dugout Heroes [1], Area 51 [3], Psi-Ops - The Mindgate Conspiracy [3], Prince of Persia - Sands of Time [3]
Coming soon: Dragonica, Blitz1941, Black Mesa Source, Danger from the Deep
Queued: Ferrari Virtual Race, Megaten, Ocular Ink, Volvo the Game, Syrth, Liero, Liero Xtreme, Gusanos, Wurmz!, OpenLieroX

Sorry for all the double posting, but GOG has a 10.000 character limit on a post, and this was the only way I could think of to get around it. I'd welcome any better ideas
Post edited March 06, 2012 by Lhademmor
Good idea OP...but Abuse link is dead....I could look up new one for you & check links for downed ones.

+Ben there, Dan that link also dead.

Also if you wait 15 minutes or so the posts won't merge...allowing you to post right after another post just fine.
Post edited June 08, 2011 by GameRager
Awesome, thanks a lot for all the time you invested to update the list, much appreciated! :)

If the forum restrictions become too much of a nuisance, maybe you could put the list in a doc or html file or whatever and upload that instead?

As for the categories, I suggest everyone familiar with some of the games help Lhademmor sort them under the right heading. IMO, "Adventure" as in "Point-and-Click Adventure" or "Text Adventure" (Interactive Fiction) should definitely be separated from Action, Battle and Platform, and MMORPG preferably distinguished from stand-alone SP RPGs.

The following games I'm more or less familiar with could be filed under

Adventures (including Point & Click, Interactive Fiction ...)

BenThere, Dan That! (for the new link see below)
Beneath A Steel Sky
Digital: A Love Story
Drascula
Eye of the Kraken (link is not working, btw, should read "html" instead of "htm]")
Flight of the Amazon Queen
King's Quest 1 + 2 + 3 + Quest for Glory 2 Remakes
Another King's Quest 3 Remake
Les Miserables
Lure of the Temptress
Out of Order
Sam & Max Episode 4 (Abe Lincoln Must Die)
Samorost
Teen Agent
The Adventures of Fatman
The Silver Lining (King's Quest continuation)


Stand-alone RPGs
(or similar):

Desktop Dungeons
Dungeon Master - Return To Chaos
The Elder Scrolls: Arena
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
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GameRager: +Ben there, Dan that link also dead.
Apparantly Zombie Cow Studios was renamed to Size Five Games. "Ben There, Dan That!" can now be found here:

http://www.sizefivegames.com/games/ben-there-dan-that/
Post edited June 08, 2011 by Leroux
Thanks...I don't want the game though. I'm just trying to locate dead links for OP.
I haven't played it, but The Nameless Mod is supposed to be a really good total conversion of Deus Ex.

http://thenamelessmod.com/
Post edited June 08, 2011 by eyeball226
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GameRager: Thanks...I don't want the game though. I'm just trying to locate dead links for OP.
I know, and I'm just pointing out the new link in order for the OP to fix it. ;)
Warzone 2100

http://wz2100.net/
Isn't Ben There, Dan That commercial?

It's sold with the sequel on Steam.
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Foxhack: Isn't Ben There, Dan That commercial?

It's sold with the sequel on Steam.
It's the same story with the free GTA games being included in the Steam GTA pack. It's just provided for completeness I suppose.