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Feature: Eight PS4 Titles That You'll Be Able to Play for Free This Year

Posted by Sammy Barker

Why pay more?

New console transitions are always expensive. Even with the PlayStation 4’s cheaper than expected recommended retail price, there’s still a lot to keep your credit card busy, with additional DualShock 4 controllers, charging docks, hardware stands, and plenty of retail releases to consider. Fortunately, for the first time in console history, the next generation system will be accompanied by a spate of free-to-play titles, which will be fully playable without requiring you to spend a penny. With the platform’s November launch fast approaching, we figured that it was the right time for us to round up all eight complimentary titles currently confirmed for a 2013 release on the hotly anticipated hardware.

Blacklight: Retribution

A fully-featured first-person shooter from Zombie Studios, Blacklight: Retribution promises to bring futuristic firepower to the PS4. Already a success on the PC, the microtransaction-fuelled affair will ship with a whopping ten maps and nine modes, including the usual array of Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch options, as well as Kill Confirmed and a co-operative playlist named Onslaught. The dystopian setting facilitates the inclusion of mechs called Hardsuits, which you’ll be able to summon from the sky. You’ll be able to play the full game for free, with optional purchases allowing you to customise your gear, loadout, and more.

DC Universe Online

One of two Sony Online Entertainment titles set to deploy on the PS4 this year, DC Universe Online proved an enormous success on the PlayStation 3 when it originally released in 2011. Adopting a free-to-play model – with an unrestricted Legendary subscription available – the title will allow you to create your own superhero and blaze a trail around both Gotham and Metropolis completing quests for the stars of the, er, DC Universe. With over two years’ worth of expansions already under its utility belt, this is one that may keep you playing long enough to forget the lack of boxed titles on your shelf.

Doki-Doki Universe

A sly inclusion in order to give our list an even number, Doki-Doki Universe is free-to-play if you squint. The strange adventure game by ToeJam & Earl creator Greg Johnson will be available in a basic form as a complimentary download, and will allow you to fly around the game’s kooky universe and engage in, er, personality tests. The freemium version will also give you the option to send animated messages to various different platforms, including mobile phones and tablets. You’ll need to splash out extra to unlock the full campaign – an atypical adventure of self-discovery, apparently – but at least you’ll have the opportunity to get a taste for the title’s brand of bonkers for free.


Available at launch as part of the PS4’s partially mandatory PlayStation Plus subscription, a cut-down edition of DriveClub will be parked onto the PlayStation Store courtesy of the Instant Game Collection. The freemium release will lack many of the tracks and vehicles from the full retail edition, but you’ll be able to purchase any missing content a la carte if you’re after a particular ride or region. Alternatively, a discounted upgrade will be available, allowing you to sit behind the wheel of the full game for a fraction of the boxed copy’s price.

PlanetSide 2

The second Sony Online Entertainment title set to release within the PS4’s launch window, PlanetSide 2 may just be the most technically ambitious game on this list. Already a hardware hog on the PC, the online-only excursion promises acres of seamless open world space and first-person battles for up to 2,000 players. You’ll be able to commandeer air and ground vehicles, and fight across three enormous continents. Microtransactions will allow you to purchase cosmetic and convenience items, but you’ll be able to download the full experience for free.


Much like DriveClub, Finnish developer Housemarque’s flashy cylindrical shooter ResoGun will be available as part of PlayStation Plus’ ingenious Instant Game Collection at launch. However, this won’t be a stripped back version, allowing you to enjoy every glittery explosion from Super Stardust HD’s spiritual successor without spending a penny. Filled with more particle effects than a fireworks display, the throwback arcade game will feature co-op multiplayer, multiple ships, and a rock-solid framerate. What more could you possibly ask for?

War Thunder

A World War II-themed combat simulation, War Thunder has already proved an enormous success on the PC. Launching alongside a slew of period appropriate vehicles, the title will allow you to engage in cross-platform dogfights against computer players in gigantic sandbox environments. There’ll be hundreds of vehicles to choose from, in addition to console exclusive features such as PlayStation Eye-powered head tracking. Russian developer Gaijin Entertainment is promising to deploy new content day-and-date with the PC release, while PlayStation Plus subscribers will even unlock access to a bonus care package.


Described as a blend of Mass Effect and Ninja Gaiden, Warframe is a free-to-play third-person action game that sees you jumping into the Vanquish-esque armour of a genetically enhanced ninja and embarking upon co-operative missions with up to three other friends. Objectives entail capture quests, raids, and more, with the fast-paced parkour action taking centre stage. You’ll be able to augment your character with new firearms and melee weapons as you progress, which can be purchased using credits earned throughout the campaign or via microtransactions. The release also lets you navigate on your knees – without the risk of carpet burn.

Which of these free-to-play titles are you most looking forward to trying? Has the abundance of complimentary content forced you to reconsider the number of boxed titles that you’re buying at launch? Let us know in the comments section below.

Which free-to-play PS4 title are you most looking forward to? (75 votes)

Blacklight: Retribution


DC Universe Online


Doki-Doki Universe




PlanetSide 2




War Thunder




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User Comments (32)



get2sammyb said:

Such an impressive selection - you really don't have to buy any retail games. I'm most looking forward to Warframe. I really enjoyed Vanquish, and this looks like more of that.

I'm also stoked for the free copy of ResoGun, as I adore Super Stardust and anything that HouseMarque makes. Looking forward to DriveClub, too, but I know I'm going to upgrade that to the full version.



daveyboy90 said:

Awesome article, I was wondering what games I'd be able to get for free. Really excited for all of these, but Driveclub and Planetside 2 are topping my list.



InsertNameHere said:

Planetside 2 and Drive Club are at the top of my list, with Warframe, Blacklight and DC Universe Online all following in that order.

ResoGun looks great too, so I'm sure I'll be downloading it along with all the others.



ferrers405 said:

With the Plus can i "buy" PS4 games available from sony web store for play later when i get a PS4?



PMasterTy9 said:

@get2sammyb I think you will like Warframe. I've just started playing it on PC and it is interesting so far. I think it will transition to the PS4 nicely.

Other titles I can't want to play are Driveclub, Blacklight, and Planetside 2. I haven't touched DCUO since 2011 so it will be interesting to see the changes they've made.



ztpayne7 said:

Definitely warframe.

@sammy I think I read somewhere that resogun was only announced free as part of + for eu and not for other regions. Do you know if this is true? Honestly, I don't have a credible source...I want to say it was wikipedia when I was seeing what free + games I've missed for vita.



The_Chenger_123 said:

Blacklight is on the top for me, ive always wanted to play that on PC but never had good enough hardware, and the fact that the guys behind that game are really excited for developing on the PS4



get2sammyb said:

@ztpayne7 I'm honestly not sure, I'm afraid. I hadn't heard that, but I guess it's possible with EU and US regularly getting different PS Plus games. Hopefully that's not the case, as it seems like a good freebie to get.



Cowboysfan-22 said:

I say war thunder too. Too many games are trying to go Sci Fi crazy. This seems like a life-like battle simulator. Can't wait



mibtar said:

@ShogunRok warframe definitely!

I'm actually more excited about the free to play than the launch line up. Savings for me. Now if only TGS would come sooner...



divinelite said:

Can't wait for resogun

On other hand, Warframe in full power will be a great game. I only can use lowest configuration on my pc



Subie98 said:

Are these free permanently or just for the launch window? Hope well after the launch window! 10 months after launch cant come fast enough.



Cloud7794 said:

@Subie98 All except Driveclub and Resogun seem to be free permanently. Those two will also be permanent, but only if you get them before March (I think that was the month they said) at which point they will be replaced by other titles for IGC.
@get2sammyb thanks for making this, I was wondering when someone would put up an official list like this for PS4! All the Xbox One fans keep toting Fifa around saying "Look at us, getting a free game from MS! Sony sucks!" but they seem to forget Sony is the F2P king at the moment. Going to be a great page to link people to~



NathanUC said:

It's really an interesting age of console gaming we're hitting. We're at the point that I only really care about getting a PS4 even though I have little plan to buy most launch games. With PS+ and all these fremium games, I'll pretty much be set without spending a bunch of money.



Tasuki said:

Wow those games look great I simply can't choose which one I would want. I am so stoked that I am going with PS this gen.



Snkfiend said:

Well the I'm going to be playing will be DriveClub, WarFrame, DC Universe(again), War Thunder, and Planetside 2 all will be played and enjoyed and since another reason you don't have to pay for PS+ to play these games online because they free.



Gamer83 said:

Drive Club should be fantastic. The rest of the stuff who knws, it's really hit or miss with these kind of games and usually it's the latter.



OrbitScant said:

Already getting a special edition of Driveclub with the bundle deal I got from Game. So I'll go for Planetside 2, Resogun then warframe. I've never had as many games day one in any console generation and a lot of them will be free.



ZeD said:

I am going to have too many games to play at launch! Hopefully buying about 6 at launch plus these freebies! Nice



Jaz007 said:

Warframe is on top of my list followed by War Thunder. I'm looking forward to my free DriveClub too. If NA gets Resogun I'll be sure to give that a shot too.



charlesnarles said:

Didn't know it was so many! I feel like $400 is such a steal. 0% buyer's remorse whatsoever. I have hundreds of gigs worth of content for the $50 a year I pay and thats just regular ole PS3. My friend is selling her 360 to buy more PS2 games rofl

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