Best Free PS4 Games You Can Play

From console exclusives to incredible indie titles, there is truly something for everyone who has a PlayStation 4. Among these are 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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Battle Royales, looter-shooters, and even full MMOs, there are loads of free content out there. However, to avoid having to sift through some less-than-stellar games, we’ve done the sorting for you. You’re welcome. So, put that wallet away and prepare to be amazed by how much zero dollars can buy you.

Updated on December 24, 2023, by Jouanna Bondakji: Now that the PS5 is here, the PS4 is getting more sales and deals. If your wallet is currently too empty to afford any games to play, you can try these free ones out! Some give you a taste of the full game at no cost, while others are simply free.

31 Honkai: Star Rail

You Can’t Go Wrong With Anime In Space

Trailblazer pulls out her bat in her ultimate move.

When you mix an anime style, a sci-fi setting, and gacha, you get Honkai: Star Rail. The younger sibling of popular game Genshin Impact, Star Rail is quite similar in some ways. However, it’s also pretty different. Its battle system is turn-based, and it’s more linear. Star Rail also has some QoL features already built into it that Genshin still doesn’t have yet.

You play as either a male or female Trailblazer suffering from amnesia who finds themselves on the Astral Express, a giant space train running along the galaxy. Your ultimate goal is to regain your memory, but you meet a variety of interesting characters along the way—both friend and foe.

The game is constantly being updated with events, new characters, and character stories. If you like turn-based gameplay and delving into characters’ stories, you’ll most likely enjoy Honkai: Star Rail.

30 Ghostwire: Tokyo – Prelude

The Prologue That Will Pique Your Curiosity

A red and blue picture of the four main characters of Ghostwire: Tokyo - Prelude

Ghostwire Tokyo

Released
March 25, 2022

Developer(s)
Tango Gameworks

Ghostwire: Tokyo is an excellent first-person, open-world adventure that features a version of Tokyo that has been overrun by spirits. But something that seemingly went completely under the radar is that, alongside this spooky FPS, Tango Gameworks also released a visual novel that serves as an introduction to Ghostwire.

Ghostwire: Tokyo – Prelude centers around KK, one of Ghostwire’s protagonists. You follow him as he investigates a mysterious disappearance. It is a tidy, low-stakes narrative that will likely take you just around an hour to complete. Prelude acts as a tantalizing introduction to the world.

Unlike the majority of the other entrants on this list, Ghostwire: Tokyo – Prelude is a one-and-done deal. However, if you enjoy visual novels, then it is absolutely worth checking out. And hey, you certainly can’t argue with the price of admission!

29 Roller Champions

Fun For You And Friends

Roller Champions characters smiling and posing while looking at the viewer
via Ubisoft

Roller Champions

Released
May 25, 2022

Developer(s)
Ubisoft Montreal

We are relatively certain that Roller Champions hasn’t been the smash success that Ubisoft was hoping it would be. However, while it may not have lit the world on fire, it has established its own community. A big part of the game’s health is probably due to the developers having maintained support. But what is Roller Champions? Well, it is an arcadey sports title that has you rolling around an arena, tackling opponents, and scoring goals.

The big hook here is that the more laps you perform while in control of the ball, the more points the goal will be worth. This adds a push-your-luck element to the game. Roller Champions is played with teams of three. Teamwork is a huge part of Roller Champions. You can gain speed from your partners and tackle your opponents as they pursue your team members. And, of course, effective teams will pass the ball frequently.

You will be able to jump into the game and understand how to play in minutes. It is all wonderfully accessible, and endlessly engaging. Especially when playing with friends.

28 Fantasy Strike

Less Complicated But Just As Engaging

Fantasy Strike Valerie in the middle of a special fighting animation

If you have ever wanted to start learning fighting games but feel intimidated by the barrier of entry created by the motion inputs, Fantasy Strike is the game for you. It has all the good stuff that makes fighting games so enthralling. Footsies, spacing, zoning… it is all here! This is a real fighting game. However, it also removes that notorious barrier of entry. No more Hadouken motions. All the special moves are single button presses now.

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Hell, if you decide to move onto the more established titles in the genre, you will still be able to take a lot of what you have learned over to other games like Street Fighter or King of Fighters. If you are concerned about the game’s economy, don’t be. You get every character and the online versus mode. You can pay to play the single-player content or buy skins. That’s it. Very reasonable stuff!

27 Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2

Scratch Your Mecha Itch For Free

Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2, A View Of Some Cool Looking Mechs

The Armored Core rumors have been swirling around for years now. Is it being made? No one can say. However, there is a pretty damn solid mech game out right now that you don’t have to pay a dime for, and it is called Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2 is a team-based PVP title. It does have a gacha element, which is how the title is largely monetized, but you can absolutely play it without having to spend a dime. If you are hankering for a mech game, you could do far worse.

26 MultiVersus

Make Steven Universe Fight Batman

Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, and Arya Stark running at each other on stage in Multiversus

MultiVersus

Released
August 15, 2022

Developer(s)
Player First Games

It is fair to say that most people probably thought the failure of Playstation All-Stars killed our chances of ever seeing a proper challenger to the Smash Bros throne. When the announcement of MultiVersus first dropped, WB’s entry into the genre was certainly not convincing people otherwise. And yet, here we are. The game has been released, and you know what? It is excellent.

MultiVersus is a take on the platform fighter genre that emphasizes teamwork and pushes for a more skirmish-based style of combat. The universal shield? Gone. So, you either dodge, or you get hit. And it is so much fun. The roster of characters all feels super unique, and the online is absolutely incredible (something Smash certainly can’t claim).

Not only is the game great, but unlocking characters is very reasonable. The skins are expensive, but everything you would need to play the game is absolutely easily obtained for free.

25 Splitgate

Win With Wormholes

First person perspective of a gun's shot creating a purple hole in a screen

Developed by 1047 Games, Splitgate is a first-person shooter that was originally released through early access in 2019. But following a substantial revamp of its gameplay, the console versions were released in 2021 for the Xbox One and PS4, with versions for current-gen consoles expected to release sometime in 2022.

The free-to-play title borrows elements from other popular sci-fi-based shooters, most notably the ones in the Portal series, in the form of the titular wormholes that allow you to instantly jump between one point of the map to another. This means gameplay takes a more tactical spin than your typical first-person shooter.

24 Smite

Solid Gameplay With Mythological Themes

A screenshot depicting a scene in Smite of characters attacking near screen

SMITE

Released
March 25, 2014

Developer(s)
Hi-Rez Studios

Publisher(s)
Hi-Rez Studios

While there might be no shortage of free-to-play MOBAs on the PC, the same can’t be said about consoles or the PS4 specifically. This is why a game like Smite immediately stands out to any fans of the genre.

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In the game, you play in a team made up of gods and other mythological characters and must face off against opposing teams and their minions. The game has proven popular in eSports arenas, even receiving a nomination for eSports Game of the Year at the Golden Joysticks in 2017.

23 Destiny 2

Shoot With Or Against Your Friends

Two characters in the battlefield getting ready to shoot

Following the success of the original Destiny, the team at Bungie hadn’t wasted much time before churning out a sequel. Originally released as a pay-to-play game in 2017, Destiny 2 eventually went free-to-play in 2019, opening its doors to even more players. Destiny 2 is a cross between a first-person shooter and an MMORPG. But don’t be worried about the potential of it feeling watered down, it features some of the most satisfying gunplay in an FPS.

Bungie continues to support Destiny’s thriving community through regular updates. These updates are always massive, and they change the game in genuinely meaningful ways. And you can count on them making an appearance every year without fail. Destiny 2 can be a bit grindy for free-to-play players, but there is a ton of content here to work through. There is additional content you can pay for, but there is more than enough free content to see you through dozens of hours of gameplay.

22 PUBG

Easy To Sink Your Teeth Into

PUBG Artwork Plane Crashing And Exploding Behind An Armed Team

The battle royale genre wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (also popularly known as PUBG). This game took the online multiplayer world by storm with its previously unheard-of 100-player matches and unique focus on survival.

And while a free-to-play mobile version has been available since 2018, the main game only recently went that route. No doubt in a bid to better compete with the host of free-to-play titles available today. And while it is an incredibly competitive field, PUBG still offers one of the grittier experiences in the genre. It may have been the first, but that doesn’t mean it is outdated. It is still worth checking out now.

21 Genshin Impact

Not All Is As It Seems…

Abyss Aether from Genshin Impact in front of an injured Abyss member

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play action RPG that’s taken the world by storm. Its distinct cel-shaded visuals and vast open world should immediately call to mind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But what many initially dismissed as a knockoff of Breath Of The Wild has quickly grown to become one of the biggest live service games currently available.

And it isn’t hard to see why. This is an ever-expanding world with a giant cast of characters. And while it has gacha mechanics, it doesn’t feel hard at all to obtain everything you need without ever paying a penny. And that isn’t even mentioning that combat system which is fun, fluid, and has you frequently swapping between your party of four to take advantage of elemental synergies. It is a ton of fun and absolutely worth checking out.

20 Rogue Company

Free And Crossplay-Friendly!

Rogue Company in mid air above an entire town

Rogue Company

Released
October 1, 2020

Developer(s)
First Watch Games

Publisher(s)
Hi-Rez Studios

The already crowded hero shooter genre got even rowdier with the release of Rogue Company. The game has teams of four players duking it out across various maps and game modes.

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Rogue Company supports cross-platform play, meaning that you can play with your friends on other consoles or PCs. With a fun cast of characters, and engaging, twitchy combat, Rogue Company is a great addition to any free-to-play gamer’s roster of titles.

A screenshot showing gameplay in eFootball 2022

Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer has formerly made the transition to the free-to-play model under the new title, eFootball 2023. The new game promises the same quality football simulation the older series was known for, with a very low barrier to entry.

And despite a rocky launch that saw many people poking fun at its various player likenesses and gameplay inefficiencies, the game itself appears to be here for the long haul. While there are still a large number of players who seemingly prefer the Fifa series, the truth is that eFootball is getting better and better with every update. And when it comes to the price of admission, it can’t be beaten.

18 Hitman 2

Free Sample With A Lot To Do

Ken Morgan And Jordan Cross talking as a disguised Agent 47 watches In Hitman 2

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.

17 Neverwinter

A Must-try For Fantasy Enjoyers

Neverwinter. Two glowing dogs standing on the left and right of the playable character.

Neverwinter

Released
June 20, 2013

Developer(s)
Cryptic Studios

Publisher(s)
Perfect World Entertainment , Gearbox Publishing

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 the fictional Forgotten Realms city from D&D.

16 Fishing Planet

Relax And Fish For Free

Fishing Planet Holding A Fish in First Person Perspective

Fishing Planet Holding A Fish

Are you a fan of simulator games? Fishing Planet is an impressive fishing simulator, it’s extremely realistic and has great graphics. Plus, the fish in the game are supposedly intelligent and meant to mimic the unique behavior of their species. There are over 110 types overall!

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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. Not bad for a free title, eh?

15 Z1 Battle Royale

Fast-paced And Ruthless

A person shooting at a car in a grassy field in Z1 Battle Royale

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.

14 Fallout Shelter

Management Simulator, But Make It Fallout

fallout shelter multiple room setup with vault dwellers screenshot

Fallout Shelter

Released
June 14, 2015

Publisher(s)
Bethesda Softworks

For those of you who can’t get enough Fallout, make sure you don’t miss out on this free simulation game that’s officially a part of the franchise. The point of the game is, as the title suggests, to manage your own underground commune and fallout shelter. While that may sound a touch dry, Fallout Shelter does a great job infusing the title with its famously cynical humor.

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.

13 Fortnite

Always Updating With The Most Unexpected Characters

Eninem in Fortnite as Slim Shady, Robin Hood, and wearing a suit

Love it, or hate it, there is no denying the incredible success of Epic’s Fortnite. 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 Fortnite, 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 Fortnite Battle Royale free, but it also supports cross-play with basically all the latest consoles, phones, and computers.

12 DC Universe Online

Be Your Favorite Hero or Villain

DC Universe Online Players Fighting Cerberus Raid boss With Wonder Woman

DC Universe Online

Released
January 11, 2011

Publisher(s)
Daybreak Game Company

DC Universe Online is a dream for everyone who is a fan of the comic book source material. In it, you will create your 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.

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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.

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