The PlayStation 4 is home to many fantastic exclusives and multiplatform games. Here are the best free-to-play titles on Sony”s console.
Despite the fact that we are almost at the end of the PlayStation 4″s lifecycle, there are still a TON of great games to be found on Sony”s popular hardware. From console exclusives to incredible indie titles, there is truly something for everyone. Among these, is a selection of games that are entirely free to play. Some of these freebies are not worth your time but if you dig through the drudgery, there are a few truly spectacular experiences that won”t cost you a dime.
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From Battle Royales to Looter-Shooters and even full MMO”s, there is loads of free content out there. However, to avoid having to sift through some less-than-stellar games, we”ve done it for you! So put that wallet away and prepare to be amazed! Here are the 10 Best Free PS4 Games You Can Play.
Updated by Madison Lennon on February 17, 2020: Not many people are aware of how much free content is available to them on their PS4 consoles, or if they are, they immediately think that “free” means bad and full of microtransactions. To some extent, that is true.
There are a lot of poorly made free games or games that are so riddled with paywalls it”s not even worth trying. But that”s not always the case. We decided to revisit this list and update it with a few more free-to-play games available to you on PS4 that are surprisingly fun and won”t cost you a penny!
If you haven”t played the Hitman games before, you can try out a mission from Hitman 2 for free on PS4. The games are fantastic and very in-depth and detailed. You truly get to experience what it would be like to live as an assassin or superspy.
The free mission for Hitman 2 will let you travel to New Zealand as Agent 47, who is on the hunt for a mysterious shadow client. While there is only one mission unlocked, you can try to master it and accomplish more than 40 different challenges created by improvisation and experimentation.
For those of you who love games like Runescape and World of Warcraft, you should give Neverwinter a chance. It”s one of the simplest MMORPGs to get into, and yet it still delivers tons of content, all for free.
Depending on how much time you put into the game, you might eventually run into a potential paywall, but it”s not mandatory, you”ll just have to be patient with some of the waiting times and leveling up processes. If you”re familiar with Dungeons and Dragons, you probably recognize the name as the game is based on fictional Forgotten Realms city from D&D.
Are you a fan of simulator games? Fishing Planet is an impressive fishing simulator, it”s extremely realistic and has great graphics. Plus, the fishes in the game are supposedly intelligent and meant to mimic the unique behavior of their species. There are over 110 types overall.
Beyond that, there are more than 17 different scenic waterways for you to choose from that all vary with their climate conditions and terrain. You can also choose between a multitude of bait and tackle bombinations and even three different fishing styles.
Z1 Battle Royale is a free battle royale game that lets you compete against players all over the world. It is a reimagining of the original game, redesigned for the PS4. It”s popular enough that when it was first released, more than one million players tried to access it at one time and crashed the servers.
As with most free games, there are microtransactions but they”re very easy to avoid. As for the gameplay itself, it”s somewhat similar to Fortnite. It”s easy to learn how to play it, but it”s hard to become very skilled.
For those of you that can”t get enough Fallout, make sure you don”t miss out on this free simulation game that”s part of the franchise. The point of the game is, as the title suggests, you”ll be in charge of managing your own underground commune and fallout shelter.
There are microtransactions, but they”re really just there to speed up wait times, so if you”re patient, you can easily avoid them. It will be your job as Overseer to make sure your citizens are protected and have all the resources they need.
Love it, or hate it, there is no denying the incredible success of Epic”s Fortnite Battle Royale. What began as a horde-mode-style game, has since added a battle royale experience which quickly became the highest grossing free-to-play-game of all time. Last year alone, the game brought in over 2.4 billion dollars.
In Fornite, 100 players drop into a large open map, filled with guns, vehicles, and buildings to destroy/build. The goal? Be the last player, or squad left alive as the map around you slowly shrinks. Not only is Fornite Battle Royale free, but it also supports cross-play with basically all the latest consoles, phones, and computers.
DC Universe Online is a dream for everyone who is a fan of the comic book source material. In it, players will create their own, original superhero or villain and battle alongside, or against, Batman, Superman, and the like. This MMO-style adventure allows you to partner up with your friends and take on dungeons, raids, and bosses featuring many of DC”s iconic characters.
Even when you hit the max level, there is a ton of post-game content to keep you invested for hours. This is one of the older games on the list, with it first appearing on the PlayStation 3 in 2011, before making the jump to PS4 in 2013. However, since then, it has continued to be updated with new content, items, and characters. This is a must have for any DC fans out there.
If hero-based shooters like Overwatch are more your style, Paladins from Hi-Rez Studios may be just the game to scratch that itch for free. With over 35 heroes with different load-outs and abilities to choose from, this shooter offers a lot of variety. Not only can you battle as a giant tree, or use a snakehead as a venom launcher but Paladins offers a crazy amount of customization for each hero.
Before each match, you can use special cards to buff certain abilities. Likewise, during the match, you can purchase items to assist you in battle, similar to many MOBA-type games. This game is chaotic, action-packed, and definitely worth your time.
When The Witcher 3 was released, it was obvious this game was special. There was SO much to see and do, the amount of detail was almost overwhelming at times. Featured in the main game was “side-game” called Gwent, which allowed you to battle cards against various NPC”s. Gwent has now been released as a stand-alone title on the PS4, for free. Those familiar with the Witcher 3 version will know what to expect.
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You choose a faction, build a deck, and battle other players using strategic maneuvers. This is an incredibly well-developed card game that will hook you immediately, with new modes being released regularly. The more you play, the better decks you can build, and the greater the challenges you can face!
With the overwhelming success of the Souls games, it was only natural that there would be imitators. Let It Die borrows heavily from its far more popular predecessors but it sets itself apart with zany characters, settings, and weapons. Your character is tasked with battling to the top of the “Tower of Barbs,” a feat which has never been accomplished.
Along the way, you will meet outlandish NPCs, and discover some truly hilarious weapons like buzzsaw knuckles, a firework launcher, or a flame wand. It”s all as weird as it sounds while the flashy mayhem on display here is truly a joy to watch. Just be prepared to die…a lot.
There are few games that have perfected storytelling like Life is Strange. This graphic-adventure style game is more like an interactive movie, allowing players the chance to make decisions, solve puzzles, and watch their choices play out in a cinematic style. As a precursor to Life is Strange 2, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a bite-sized adventure that bridges the gap between the two games.
You play as Chris Eriksen, a young boy who faces a tragic loss and creates a superhero persona as a coping method. Over the roughly 2 hour campaign, you will follow his story while inputting your choices to alter his path. This game is perfect for those who want to relax with a great story, rather than deep gameplay mechanics.
Brawlhalla is classified as a platformer battle arena, however, most people will just immediately compare it to the popular Super Smash Brothers franchise. You and your friends will battle for control over a 2D map, trying to kick, punch, chop, and shoot each other over the edge.
Each legend has different abilities and plays slightly differently. There are a variety of game modes to check out and over 40 legends to unlock. You can battle with up to 8-players, which makes this a fantastic game to bust out at parties.
Dauntless, though not officially released at the time of writing, is already making some big waves. Currently, in open beta, this free-to-play game is a Monster Hunter style action-adventure. After creating your character, you are thrust into The Shattered Isles with nothing but a sword and your wits! The goal is to take down the many behemoths that roam the world and use their various parts to craft weapons and armor.
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It”s a familiar formula but Dauntless” cartoony style, fast combat, and fluid movement make it feel different than other games in this genre. The best part is it is cross-playable with PC and Xbox One, so you and your pals can tackle beasts together!
When Apex Legends launched from developer Respawn this year, much of the gaming community was initially disappointed that it wasn”t a new Titanfall. However, those disappointments were immediately alleviated when players enter the world of King”s Canyon in this first-person, battle royale.
Apex combines hero-shooter style gameplay with battle royale tropes. 60 players battle for control of a shrinking map in squads of 3 players, in various combos of the available 9 heroes. What truly sets Apex apart is the tight controllers, slick movement, and character abilities. The moment-to-moment gameplay just feels so good it is hard to put it down. It also uses a ping system that allows for fantastic communication between squads without the need for mics.
If looter-shooters in the same vein as Destiny, pique your interest, Warframe is definitely worth checking out. This entry is a 3rd-person, sci-fi action game with a heavy focus on co-op. You play as an alien race known as the Tenno. Each player operates a ninja-like mech suit called a Warframe.
Explore an open world on your hoverboard while scoring loot, upgrading your equipment, and learning new abilities. Warframe also allows you and your friends to party up and tackle some of the games tougher dungeons and bosses. There are hundreds of hours of content here for the low price of FREE!