4. Destiny 2 (PS4)

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Publisher: Activision / Developer: Bungie
Release Date: 6th Sep 2017 (USA) / 6th Sep 2017 (UK/EU)

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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3. Apex Legends (PS4)

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Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Release Date: 4th Feb 2019 (USA) / 4th Feb 2019 (UK/EU)

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.

2. Warframe (PS4)

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Publisher: Digital Extremes / Developer: Digital Extremes
Release Date: 15th Nov 2013 (USA) / 29th Nov 2013 (UK/EU)

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.

1. Fortnite (PS4)

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Publisher: Epic Games / Developer: Epic Games
Release Date: 25th Jul 2017 (USA) / 25th Jul 2017 (UK/EU)

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.