Destiny 2 isn't an entirely free-to-play game, but it's hard to ignore the fact that it now gives away a huge amount of lootin' shootin' action for the sweet price of nothing. Destiny 2: New Light includes the base game and all of its Year 1 content, which, when you break it all down, is pretty crazy. If you really love it, then there'll come a point where you'll need to spend money in order to catch up on the title's expansions, but you're still looking at several full campaigns, a suite of co-op activities, and even PvP. Given that Destiny 2 remains one of this generation's best shooters — now bolstered with better RPG elements — you can't go wrong in giving Bungie's big one a try.
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Respawn Entertainment’s attempt at cashing in on the Battle Royale craze may well be the most polished title on this list. A squad-based first-person shooter, the Titanfall spin-off combines elements of Fortnite and Overwatch to make for an addictive arena-based experience. Playing in teams of three you must work together to gather supplies and see off enemy factions. A unique ping system makes communication a breeze, while tight gunplay elevates it above its peers. The only question mark hanging over this Hunger Games-esque experience is whether its developer can iterate quick enough to keep its player base engaged.
Originally released during the very early days of the PS4, Warframe has only gotten better and better with time. Developer Digital Extremes has watched its free-to-play project expand beyond its wildest dreams, and the result is a title that often feels like it should be a premium experience. In a lot of ways, Warframe does the whole looter shooter thing better than many big budget AAA retail releases, and it now stands tall as a prime example of what can be achieved when a free to play game gets the model absolutely right.
Not just a game but a cultural touchstone, even those who don’t play Epic Games’ world-beating Fortnite will be aware of its existence. Beginning life as a cartoony co-op game, its developer saw an opportunity as PUBG took the world by storm, and it hasn’t looked back since. Fast-paced arcade gameplay with a unique construction hook means that there’s depth beyond this release’s child-friendly aesthetic. But it’s the way in which the title’s evolved, playing host to live concerts and map-changing events that have made it more of a social experience than a mere online shooter.
What do you think are the best free PS4 games? Are we on the money, or are there other free to play titles you think are worth a go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to check out our best PS4 games guide.