What are the best free games on PS5? With this evolving list, the Push Square community will be the ones calling the shots, ranking and rating the top free-to-play games on PS5.
The free-to-play model has really come into its own during the last few years, and it continues to grow, offering more diverse and high-quality games as time goes on. Many of the biggest games in the world are completely free, not even requiring a PS Plus subscription to play them. If you want to see what the fuss is all about with games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Warframe, you can do so without spending a single penny.
Almost all free games are competitive online multiplayer games, but that's not always the case. On PS5, there are a handful of great multiplayer offerings that won't cost you anything, but there's more to it than that. There are one or two titles that aren't online at all, but can still be accessed for free — Astro's Playroom being the prime example.
Basically, what we're saying is that you can find lots of interesting and fun games to play on PS5 without opening your wallet. This list is all about showing you the best free games on PS5, and we've enlisted your help to define the order. See something on this page you don't agree with? You can use the search bar below to find your favourite free-to-play PS5 games and then rate them accordingly by clicking the star icon. These ratings are all fed into the running order, meaning this list will shift and change over time, depending on how the community rates each title.
A game will need at least 20 ratings before it will show up on this page. It's down to you if you want to see any changes, so visit a game's page or use the above search bar to make yourself heard.
Now, let's take a look, shall we? Below is a list of the best free games on PS5, defined by you.
15. eFootball (PS5)
In the face of intense pressure from EA Sports’ unstoppable FIFA franchise, Konami made the bold move to transition its historically popular PES property to a free-to-play format. The resulting product, eFootball, is not without its issues: the gameplay is turgid, the content is limited, and the visuals are a step back for the series. This is conceived as an ever-evolving live series, however, and the Japanese publisher has promised big updates for the future – including the return of fan favourite single player mode, Master League. As such, this is relegation fodder that could yet make a great escape. Maybe.
Following on from the wild success of its predecessor, Overwatch 2 refines its hero shooter formula. Its team-based skirmishes and objective-led matches are as fun as ever, thanks to consistently great gameplay across its varied roster of characters. The move to full free-to-play means anyone can get in on the action, and while it's full of microtransactions, you really don't need to spend a penny to have a good time. An excellent multiplayer shooter that's even better with a group of buddies.
13. Dauntless (PS5)
Dauntless takes the formula popularised by Monster Hunter and makes it free-to-play. That means you're getting an action RPG all about slaying powerful beasts either alone or in co-op. The addictive loop has you going out on hunts, then bringing the resources you've collected back to the hub, crafting better gear, and doing it all over again. With several weapons to master and a never-ending source of monsters to defeat, this is an engaging experience with plenty to offer. The PS5 version refreshes the visuals, improves the framerate, and throws in support for DualSense feedback, making it the best way to play on console.
It's a shame the servers were shut down, because Knockout City was fantastic while it lasted. The self-proclaimed dodgebrawler, originally released on the PS4, mixes a retro-future aesthetic with multiplayer deathmatches. Your objective is to lob balls in the direction of your opponents, striking them out with two hits, but you can also catch said projectiles and add spin to your tosses. This all leads to a frantic, classic competitive experience that’s easy to grasp but seriously challenging to master. Lob in different ball types, each with unique properties you need to take the time to learn, and you have the recipe for a dangerously addictive arcade sports experience.
11. Fortnite (PS5)
The most popular game on the planet is also totally free to play. Fortnite needs no introduction — it's a kid-friendly multiplayer shooter that brought battle royale to the forefront. It keeps people playing with its simple but engaging gameplay, and ever-evolving playlists and modes ensure there's almost always something new to try. Beyond the core game, what's even more impressive is Fortnite's usage as a digital venue; movie nights, concerts, and more have been held inside, playing to a virtual audience of millions. A cultural phenomenon, and it's showing no signs of slowing down.