We’ve all been there: You’re in the mood to play a game, but nothing in your collection jumps out at you. Yeah, you could buy a new game, but there are times when you don’t have the budget for something new or maybe you’re just not sure what you’re looking for.
Fortunately, we live in a time when not only are there plenty of free games, but some of the most popular games in the world are free to play. There are a ton of free to play games on the PlayStation 4, but we’ve gathered together some of the ones we think are worth playing the most.
1. Apex Legends
Developer Respawn Entertainment made a fantastic game in Titanfall 2, but that game unfortunately didn’t sell as well as Respawn hoped. The company made a major gamble setting a Battle Royale-style game in the Titanfall universe, but given the popularity of Apex Legends, that bet seems to have paid off.
What do you say about Fortnite that hasn’t already been said? It’s one of the most popular games in the world. You’ve probably already played the game by now, but if you haven’t, it’s at least worth a brief try, if for no other reason than to see why it’s so popular.
3. Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2
This one is a relative newcomer to the PS4. This trades out the various gameplay styles used in previous Gundam games in favor of third-person competitive multiplayer. If you’ve always wanted to pilot a mech, this will be right up your alley. Just make sure to play through all the tutorials so you know the ins and outs of controlling your mech.
4. Destiny 2
On a personal note, Destiny was one of the main reasons I bought a PlayStation 4. It wasn’t perfect by a long shot, though it got better with time. The same can be said about Destiny 2, though since you can now play it without spending a dime, it’s worth a try if you’ve ever been even slightly curious about it.
Are you looking for the same marriage between shooter and MMORPG that Destiny 2 promises, but also want to mix in some parkour? Warframe might be your new favorite game. This is a handful to jump into considering all the movement and combat options, but it becomes more and more rewarding as you invest more time.
When Paladins was first released, players and critics alike dismissed it as a free to play Overwatch clone. It’s true that this hero shooter has similarities, but it has distanced itself enough that even if you play Overwatch, you might find yourself dipping into Paladins from time to time.
Nothing can claim to be a Smash Bros. game as much as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but if you don’t have a Nintendo Switch, Brawlhalla might be the next best thing. Instead of characters from Nintendo games you get characters from Adventure Time and the WWE. That might be enough to sell you on this game even if you’re a diehard Smash Bros. fan.
Since the release of the original Monster Hunter in 2004, numerous games including multiple sequels in the main series have attempted to capture that same magic. Dauntless doesn’t hide its inspiration. Instead it builds upon it with cross-platform play and easier to upgrade loot.
If you’re looking for a real-deal MMORPG on the PS4, Final Fantasy XIV is probably your best bet. That said, Tera is still fantastic, and it doesn’t cost you anything to play. Even better, it uses a more action-oriented combat system than the MMOs of old.
10. Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters
No matter how far games have come, there’s something about sitting on a couch next to your friend and playing a fighting game. Even if you do nothing but mash buttons, it’s still a blast. Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters is a very stripped down version of the main game, but if all you’re looking to do is trade a few rounds with a buddy, it’s all you need.
Looking for More Free Games?
This is just the beginning of the free games available on the PlayStation 4. There are plenty of games you can play the beginning of for free like Hitman 2 or Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Others are more free to play in the traditional sense.
If you don’t just play on the PS4, you’ve got even more options. For some more examples, take a look at our list of free Nintendo Switch games worth playing.