Ready to fill your hard drive to the brim? This weekend we've got several commercially produced games released as freeware. That means you get all the polish and production value of a big studio title without shelling out the cash. You'll have to be patient while they download, and the games aren't as friendly to casual gamers as we'd like, but you can't beat paying nothing for a game that used to carry a retail price tag.
TrackMania Nations Forever (Windows, >500MB, free) - Ooh, big commercial-type racing game... for free! The successful arcade racing series includes track-building, stunts, and a few puzzle-type elements thrown in for good measure. Play in solo mode on 65 new tracks, or join the legions of TrackMania fans in online multiplayer races.
Savage: The Battle for Newerth (Windows/Linux, 151MB, free) - What what what?! Another commercial game that's now free?! Savage is an online-only multiplayer real-time strategy/first person shooter hybrid. Take on resource management and building your technology tree, or lead other players into fierce battle. Combat is fast-paced and action oriented, and the sci-fi fantasy setting is epic. (Note: Torrent download only.)
Psychonauts (Windows, 1.5G, limited free play) - Another gargantuan download, but this one is well worth the wait (and the price). Psychonauts is a cult favorite 3D platformer available for free via the GameTap client. Follow the exploits of Raz, a young boy who escapes the circus and sneaks into a summer camp for kids with psychic abilities. As you enter the strange minds of various characters to help them overcome their trauma, you'll realize just how odd this game is. Once you jump through a few hoops to download it, Psychonauts is pure gold.
Mubbly Tower (Windows, 11MB, free) - The Mubbly Kingdom has been formed! To celebrate, King Mubbly wants to build a tower. Unfortunately the neighboring Wobblies have the nasty habit of bringing down towers (oh the bad luck!). Drop blocks and try to build the pile above "Teh Line". Spend "Moneh" to defend your tower with special Mubblies that have arrows, spears, and other abilities.