ESSENTIAL PLAYER'S GUIDE

The best free-to-play games on PS4 and PS5

Free-to-play games have become a massive part of modern gaming and PlayStation has dozens of hugely popular titles that you can play without opening your wallet. Wondering where to start? Check out our essential guide.

Call of Duty: Warzone

What is it?

Battle royale, Call of Duty style. Warzone invites up to 150 players into a huge arena where they'll compete to be the first to rack up $1m in-game cash in 'Plunder' or fight to be the last team standing in 'Battle Royale'.

Why should I play it?

Drawing on two decades of FPS pedigree, Warzone is a free-to-play experience that builds on Call of Duty's iconic history where gameplay and rewards tie directly into the ongoing shooter series.

Dauntless

What is it?

Dauntless is a slick, co-operative-led experience wherein a group of Slayers must band together to bring down ‘Behemoths’ – the ferocious beasts that roam its massive, shared-world environment.

Why should I play it?

Dauntless focuses on co-op, bringing players together to take down its expanding roster of colossal Behemoth enemies and rewarding them with new loot and gear.

World of Tanks

What is it?

A massively-multiplayer, team-based online shooter where you take command of one of hundreds of tanks in an all-out battle for supremacy.

Why should I play it?

World of Tanks raises combat to a grand scale, boasting regular updates, seasonal events and new content to unlock throughout the year.

Fortnite

What is it?

Played by millions all over the world, Fortnite is a collection of gameplay experiences including the wildly popular Battle Royale mode in which 100 players drop into a huge, open-world arena (alone or in teams) and fight until only one is left standing!

Why should I play it

Developer Epic Games is dedicated to keeping the world of Fortnite fresh, fun and competitive, so every time you log in there's something new to discover. It also allows anyone and everyone to create their own experiences with Creative mode.

Paladins

What is it?

Join nine other players in a range of tightly designed combat arenas for a first-person, team-based showdown. Paladins boasts multiple game modes, over 50 characters and huge variety of weapons and playstyles in a unique fantasy setting.

Why should I play it?

With 50 million active players worldwide and masses of team-based strategy hardwired into its core design, every match in Paladins is a nail-biting showdown.

Apex Legends

What is it?

A fast-paced, first-person take competitive FPS, Apex Legends fuses the multiplayer action of an online shooter with the science fiction lore of the Titanfall universe.

Why should I play it?

Apex Legends takes a narrative-rich approach to its world and characters, painting their heroes and arenas with detailed backstories that drive the in-game action.

Rocket League

What is it?

A high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem, Rocket League is whole new type of motorsport. Customize your car, hit the field and compete in one of the most critically acclaimed sports games of all time.

Why should I play it?

Rocket League's appeal is as infectious as it is addictive. Best played with friends, online or offline, it masterfully melds the tension and spectacle of stadium sports with the reckless energy of a stunt driver.

Genshin Impact

What is it?

A stylish, open-world adventure filled with dozens of unique playable characters, hundreds of story-driven quests, labyrinthine dungeons to conquer, seasonal events to experience and incredible boss battles to overcome. 

Why should I play it?

The world of Teyvat is a breathtaking space in which to lose hours, with new stories, characters and loot waiting over every hill and new content being regularly added. 

Warface

What is it?

Warface is tactical, first-person shooter in the mould of titans like Call of Duty. It features a range of classes, modes and weapons, co-op and competitive play and several larger, story-driven missions.  

Why should I play it?

If you love tight, first-person shoot-outs, tactical team-play, and competitive online skirmishes, Warface is a no-brainer. New weapons, areas and cosmetics are added each season.

Brawlhalla

What is it?

Brawl it out in a stylish range of arenas with a vast roster of characters, each with unique moves and skills to master. Throw down with friends in local multiplayer, duke it out online or go it alone in Single Player mode.

Why should I play it?

Brawlhalla is deceptively deep and competitive, demanding team tactics and smart play to bring home a victory. It also benefits from regular updates and crossovers with big-name franchises.

Path of Exile

What is it?

An online Action RPG, Path of Exile invites you to explore the vast and dark world of Wraeclast, customize your character's abilities, slay dangerous foes and discover valuable treasures.

Why should I play it?

There's almost nothing else like Path of Exile in the free-to-play space. It's a traditional hardcore top-down Action RPG packed with 30 expansions worth of content, hundreds of skills to experiment with, a massive world to explore and unparallelled freedom in how you build your character.

Splitgate

What is it?

A fast-paced first-person shooter, with stylish sci-fi settings and a unique twist: portals. Tackle a range of different modes with a unique strategic approach, using the portals you create to move around the arena in an instant. 

Why should I play it?

If you love fast, fun and sometimes chaotic competitive shooters, this will be a perfect fit: with tight gunplay and an endlessly satisfying spin on the traditional 'running and gunning' it's worth any FPS enthusiast's time.  

Warframe

What is it?

A third-person, sci-fi action shooter where you play as a Tenno: a space ninja awoken from cryosleep to defend the Origin System. Play solo or co-op and work alongside friends to  take on ever-greater challenges.

Why should I play it?

A strong emphasis on movement, sprawling procedurally-generated levels and deep customization make for a truly unique action experience.

Super Bomberman R Online

What is it?

Konami's iconic multiplayer blast 'em up gets a modern online makeover, combining classic combat and characters from the long-running series with the large-scale competitive mayhem of battle royale. 

Why should I play it?

For fans of the battle royale genre, this is a totally unique and addictive spin on the formula, with a distinctive artstyle and masses of personality.

World of Warships: Legends

What is it?

A massively multiplayer online game, World of Warships: Legends allows you to conquer the seas at the helm of history's greatest warships of various navies. Recruit legendary commanders of maritime history, upgrade your vessels and stake your claim to naval supremacy in thrilling and immersive online battles.

Why should I play it?

World of Warships: Legends combines action, strategy, and simulation of naval combat. Challenge yourself in an immersive historically accurate atmosphere.

Destiny 2

What is it?

A narrative-driven, action MMO set in a sci-fi fantasy reimaging of our own solar system. Become a Guardian - one of humanity’s sworn protectors - and fight to defend Earth's last fortified stronghold. A narrative-driven, first-person shooter set in a sci-fi fantasy reimaging of our own solar system. Become a Guardian - one of mankind's sworn protectors - and fight to defend Earth's last fortified stronghold.

Why should I play it?

Filled with a wide variety of action-packed activities and near-endless loot to discover, Destiny 2 combines the satisfying customization of an MMORPG with the responsive gunplay of a modern shooter.

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