Titanfall 2 is free for the weekend on Steam

Titanfall 2
(Image credit: Titanfall 2)

Titanfall 2 is a really great FPS that, for a variety of reasons (but really, just one) tanked badly when it came out in 2016. Its release on Steam last year kicked off a remarkable resurgence in interest, however, which recently got another big boost thanks to the presence of Titanfall 2 content in Apex Legends.

If you haven't already sampled its many pleasures for yourself, you can now do so for free: Titanfall 2 is fully free to play on Steam until 10 am PT/1 pm ET on May 3. Just mash the "Play Game" button and wait for a 30GB download to grind through, and you'll be ready to jump in and start shooting. Multiplayer is on tap too, but personally I'd recommend sticking with the campaign—it's really good.

As an eternal optimist, I feel a spark of hope that maybe—maybe—all of this activity and interest will eventually lead us toward a new and long overdue Titanfall game. In the meantime, we have Apex, which is set in the same universe, and the new competitor Valkyrie, a hotshot Titan pilot who will join the action in season 9, which begins on May 4. It's not the same as wall-running and getting fastballed by BT-7274, but it's pretty good stuff in its own right.

If Titanfall 2 isn't your thing but free games are, you can find other ideas in our lists of best free PC games, best free games on Steam, best browser games, and all the free games you can grab right now.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.