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How to Get a Ton of Free Games During Amazon Prime Day

From the Mass Effect trilogy to classic Star Wars games, these are all free for Prime Members.

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Mass Effect's Commander Shepard

There are endless places to get PC games -- Steam, the Epic Game Store, GOG, even the PC versions of Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus. But Amazon also has a dedicated gaming site for Amazon Prime members (separate from the fact that Amazon owns game streaming service Twitch). 

There's usually a rotating selection of free games, plus free in-game items for games like Destiny 2 and League of Legends. But the Prime Day selection is especially good. Most of these games are accessed through Amazon's own gaming hub software (which is Windows-only for now), but some are redeemed on sites like EA's Origin gaming service. Here are the highlights. 

Mass Effect Legendary Edition
The recent upgraded version of BioWare's classic sci-fi RPG trilogy, definitely worth playing if you've never taken your personalized Commander Shepard across the cosmos. 

Classic Star Wars games
Including Jedi Knight 2, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and Republic Commando.

Need for Speed: Heat
A recent (2019) racer from EA.

Grid: Legends
Another EA racing game, but a new-for-2022 one, and it's literally $60 on Steam, Xbox and PlayStation right now. 

Those are the big games available only during Prime Day, but you can find more than 40 other free games, some expiring in a day or two, others that will be available for the rest of the month. These are all on the Prime Gaming main page. Some highlights include:

  • Death Squared
  • The Darkside Detective 
  • Maniac Mansion
  • Fellseal: Arbiter's Mark
  • The King of Fighters 2002
  • Metal Slug 2