What are the best free PS4 games? There are hundreds of excellent games on Sony's console, but almost all of them require you to cough up some dough. If you're feeling the pinch, there are a number of great free titles on PlayStation 4 that you can play without spending a penny. These free games can be just as much fun as many premium experiences found on the console. If you're after free to play games on PS4, this list features the best of the bunch.
10. Paladins (PS4)
The easiest way to describe Paladins is that it's essentially a free to play Overwatch. This first-person hero shooter bares a lot of similarities to Blizzard's ever-popular title, but it's fun enough in its own right. Matches place you and your teammates in objective based rounds, playing as one of several unique characters with their own abilities and strengths. It isn't going to replace your favourite shooter any time soon, but it's worth checking out if you're after a fun, team-based shooter with plenty of replayability.
Free-to-play games tend to lean towards the largest trends, and Switchblade could be considered a mash-up of multiple established brands. The core gameplay loop is very much inspired by MOBAs like SMITE and DOTA, as you guide robotic troops towards the base of your opponent. The twist is that you compete in vehicles, so there’s a hint of Twisted Metal to the way war is waged. Factor in an American sports-style aesthetic and there’s clear potential here, but it’s still early in its lifecycle and thus it remains to be seen if this title can stand the test of time.
Starting life as the illusive PS4 exclusive Lily Bergamo, the curious Let It Die stands out on this list by virtue of being unlike anything else. Billed as an extreme action game with a soundtrack composed by over 100 artists, the title sees you fighting through a treacherous tower under the watchful eye of a skateboarding grim reaper named Uncle Death. The twist here is that each time you die, your character will live on in another player’s game, making for an original asynchronous multiplayer component that keeps the experience feeling fresh.
Of all the free games in this list, H1Z1: Battle Royale comes the closest to replicating the feel of PUBG. The popular shooter sub-genre may be dominated by Fortnite, but this grittier alternative ditches the building mechanics in favour of a more realistic battleground. The gameplay is as you'd expect: 100 players duke it out in an ever-shrinking arena, picking up better equipment and weapons along the way. If you want the battle royale experience but are put off by Fortnite's cartoony looks, this is well worth a try.
In this free to play fighting game, you play as one of many legendary characters battling for their chance to enter Valhalla. It plays out similarly to a certain other popular 2D brawler -- you defeat your opponents by knocking them out of the arena or off screen with a simple set of moves. There are lots of characters to choose from, each with their own movesets to master, and you can enjoy the game either locally or online. It even features a few alternate modes if you ever tire of the traditional method of beating each other up. Slickly presented and lots of fun to play, Brawlhalla is PS4's best free fighter.