10 best free-to-play games on PS4

The most fun you can have on PS4 without buying anything or signing for subscriptions.

Warframe PS4 free to play

It’s a well-known fact that Sony makes up for the general annoyance of requiring a paid online subscription to play games online by offering free games monthly as part of its PlayStation Plus service. However, did you know that there are great online multiplayer games available on PS4 which do not require a PlayStation Plus subscription at all? Yep! Here are our top picks for PlayStation 4 games which you can enjoy without spending a dime.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends PS4
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Apex Legends is in its sixth season at the moment and still picking up speed. This is already one of your best options for battle royale games on PS4, and it is only growing, with new content, characters, game modes, and features added every month. A brand new map is supposedly also on the horizon for the upcoming Season 7.

Apex Legends now features cross-play, so you can drop in the arena with your friends on other platforms.

Dauntless

Dauntless
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Dauntless is a fresh and somewhat less-hardcore take on the Monster Hunter genre. The game has a big roster of otherworldly creatures to track and hunt, and a plethora of unique equipment options to help you in the task.

Dauntless can be played solo or with friends, and has full cross-play and cross-progression across platforms.

Destiny 2

Destiny 2
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Destiny 2 is currently the premier looter-shooter you can play on any platform. With a massive community and an active update schedule, the game is perfect for players who like to sink their teeth into a world and grind through its secrets every day. The game has solid PvE content and a sprawling world and lore to explore. If PvP is more your speed, Destiny 2 delivers on that front as well, with robust competitive experience in the Crucible mode.

Fortnite

Fortnite
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Fortnite has been the alpha game for the past couple of years, and while lately it has to share its limelight with other titles more and more frequently, it is still one of the biggest games around.

It’s as good a time as ever to dip your toes into this towering behemoth of a game in 2020. Fortnite gets new updates and content drops constantly, most of them for its free-to-play battle royale half.

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact
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If you were turned away by early detractors calling Genshin Impact a Breath of the Wild rip-off, you should come back. The game is so much more than that. Genshin Impact has a massive open world to explore, a hero party system to complement its hack-and-slash RPG gameplay and many fun mechanics to learn, like cooking and Expeditions.

Genshin Impact also offers a great co-op experience for players who don’t want to roam around its beautiful world on their own. The system unlocks after you reach Adventure rank 16, and lets you explore other players’ worlds.

Let It Die

Let it Die
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Let It Die is… something. It has been compared to Dark Souls, perhaps because it is a challenging and, at times, grindy action game, but it has a lot more going on beyond that. Some highlights include a nonsensical over-the-top setting, complicated and supremely gory combat, and an after-death mechanic that turns your deceased adventurer into an enemy in another player’s world.

At least with this one, you will know right away if you want to keep playing, or uninstall and possibly take a long, introspective walk.

Paladins

Paladins PS4
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Hi-Rez Studios’ Paladins: Champions of the Realm has long since been called an “Overwatch clone,” arguing that the game borrows strongly from Blizzard Entertainment’s team-based shooter. While not an unfair comparison, it’s worth noting that both games are heavily inspired by Team Fortress 2. All that should give you a good idea of what Paladins is: a fun team-based, free-to-play hero shooter.

Paladins has everything you would expect from the genre: a large roster of characters, a variety of game modes, tight objective-based gameplay, and tons and tons of cosmetics. If you are a competitive player, the one area in which Paladins certainly has the edge over Overwatch is hero balance: almost every champion is viable in high-level play, and the competitive meta is very flexible.

Smite

Smite
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Arguably the only successful third-person MOBA still around, Smite puts the player in the shoes (or more often, sandals) of a deity from human myth and folklore. Setting aside, Smite is a straightforward MOBA, with heroes pushing down against the current of enemy minions down three-lane maps.

Smite is at its biggest and best at the moment, with a large community and an active esports scene.

Spellbreak

Spellbreak
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A new and rather unusual battle royale, Spellbreak pits players in a fast-paced battle of magical superiority across a beautiful fantasy landscape. Instead of guns and grenades, players use an array of deadly spells to break each-other. Although Spellbreak is very different from Genshin Impact, it has a similar elemental interaction system: hurling one element into another could create a unique effect. For example, launching a wind spell into a cloud of venom could turn it into a poisonous tornado, and so on.

Warframe

Warframe PS4 Deimos
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In Warframe, you play as an ancient warrior of the Tenno, just awakened and ready to looter-shoot their way across the galaxy. The core gameplay focuses on crafting and improving your Warframe, a super sweet, highly customizable biomechanical suit that grants your character unique abilities. You’ll travel across the stars, shooting baddies, completing missions, and picking up loot, blueprints, and other necessary items to further empower your Warframe. Or you can build an entirely new suit and get to customizing that one, too.

Warframe features an absolutely excellent cooperative experience. If you’re looking for people to play with, the Warframe subreddit and its massive list of Warframe communities are great places to start. It’s good that the game has a reasonably welcoming community, as it can appear ridiculously complex at the start with its splashy UI and open-ended gameplay.