What are the best free to play 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 what we think are the best of the bunch.
15. GUNS UP! (PS4)
This free to play strategy game is surprisingly approachable. Aside from some overly complex UI, Guns Up keeps things simple with straightforward controls and progression that's relatively easy to wrap your head around. Building up your army and base, and then taking on other players in side-scrolling battles, is a lot of fun, and it can quickly become addictive as your force grows stronger.
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.
Half-court b-ball is the order of the day in 3on3 Freestyle, a slow but slick free-to-play arcade game with a great sense of style. Developed by Korean outfit JoyCity Corporation, the community for this online-based sports title is surprisingly large, and while the gameplay is simplistic, it can be fun hitting threes and throwing alley-oops to your absurdly urban-looking teammates. Not even a convoluted upgrade system which is riddled with microtransactions can undo the studio’s hard work here, though the novelty does wear off eventually.
12. Let It Die (PS4)
Starting life as the elusive 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.