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Best Free Games on PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 was the successor to the PlayStation 3 and launched 2013. It offered enhanced visuals and sound as well as playing 4K films from its Blueray player. Although some older PlayStation games are ported or emulated on the new hardware, you can't play any previous PlayStation disc games on it.

You can't use previous PlayStation DualShock controllers on this system. Its DualShock 4 added a touchpad and Options and Share buttons. However, the Move motion controllers that launched during PlayStation 3 era can be used on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR. The DualShock 4 was updated when the Slim and Pro models released, which could be used plugged in with a cable as well as wirelessly.

  • PlayStation 4 Slim is a smaller version.
  • PlayStation 4 Pro is an upgraded version with enhanced performance and 4K gaming.

DetailsPlatform Details

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Race, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth and Strategy
Era: 2010 - 2022
Total Games: 82
Total Likes: 914
 

 

Rocket League

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Destiny 2 (Series)

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2014

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Destiny is a shooting game set in space. You have to play online as it focuses on grand sci-fi adventures with other players. From the same developer, it takes Halo towards a bigger online role play experience.

Apex Legends

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.

Fortnite

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Fortnite (sometimes misspelled Fortnight) rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is...

Genshin Impact

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/09/2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4 and iOS

Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...

Cars 3: Driven to Win

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Cars 3: Driven to Win is a racing adventure game based on the 2017 film. You explore the world of Radiator Springs and other locations from the film. As you do, you meet the other cars, collect items and unlock new areas.

War Thunder

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/12/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

War Thunder is a shooting game where you drive a range of vehicles in warfare combat. Similar to Wargaming's World of Warplanes it creates realistic battles on air, land, and sea. The attraction of the combat is that each vehicle or craft’s...

Island Saver

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Island Saver is action-adventure about cleaning up litter and goop to make money. It's created by Natwest with the aim of teaching children how to manage money. Unusually for a game with ideological ambitions, it's also a lot of fun.

Splatty's Adventure (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/04/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Splatty’s Adventure is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a small (4-year-old) hero who must escape an oversized bedroom and get on your way to save the world from destruction. Like stepping into a Toy Story film, but here you wield a...

Enlisted

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Enlisted is an online shooting game set in historically accurate World War II battle. You play a squad of soldiers and can switch between them as you take on other players doing the same in large online battles. It's unusual not only for its historical...

Call of Duty: Warzone (Series)

Release Date: 10/03/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Call of Duty: Warzone is a large online shooting game. It's played with 150 other players with teams in squads of 1 to 4 players. As with other battle royale games, the map on which you play shrinks to great intense finale shot downs. This, combined...

Hyper Scape

Release Date: 11/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.

Crossout

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/05/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Crossout is an online vehicle combat game set in a Mad Max, post-apocalyptic world. Players design modular vehicles combine weapons, armour and engines. As you progress in the game you earn currency to upgrade components and access more powerful parts....

Scavengers

Release Date: 01/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Scavengers is a strategy survival game with an emphasis on team work and shooting. Squads of three compete to survive in open worlds with harsh environments, computer enemies and periodic missions. Different characters must use their unique abilities...

Dauntless

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Dauntless is an action fighting video game where you play a monster hunter in a fantasy world. Cataclysmic events have released Behemoth creatures that prey on the surviving humans. You play a monster hunter who hunts and kills large fantasy creatures,...

Spellbreak

Release Date: 03/09/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Spellbreak is an online magic battle like Fortnite, but this Battle Royale is fought with spells rather than guns. This means more varied gameplay and tactics as you master different elemental magic and cast powerful spell combinations.

Splitgate Arena Warfare

Release Date: 24/05/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Splitgate: Arena Warfare is a movement-focused shooting game. Building on classic quick-motion gun battles, Splitgate adds a gun that can create portals between any two locations. This combines the frantic close-quarters arena combat that was popular in...

Ensamey (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/10/2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Ensamey is a narrative game where you run and jump to explore a story told by a 4 year-old and their father. As the child tells the story, what they say and draw appears in the game for you to interact and play with.

Knockout City

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Knockout City is a futuristic sports game where rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on...

MultiVersus

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/07/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

MultiVersus is a fighting game like Smash Brothers where you team up with or against other players. The novelty is this teamwork and the deep catalogue of characters you can fight with. Batman, Shaggy from Scooby Do, Superman, Bugs Bunny and so on.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Release Date: 31/03/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...

Tren (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Tren is a puzzle platform game where you explore a hand-crafted world as a wooden train, sailing boats and helicopters. You control points, shunt trucks around, operate cranes and generally move cargo from one location to the next. Like an escape room...

Dreams Party! (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/03/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Pieces: Dice

Dreams Party is a turn based family board game for up to 4 players. There are two boards to choose from, Welcome Garden and Halloween. Like Mario Party, it creates the fun of a real board game but combines it with mini-games when players land on the...

Brawlhalla

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Brawlhalla is an online fighting game where, like Smash Bros, the goal is to knock opponents off the stage. You do this by using your characters specific attacks to damage them until they can't get back to the platform.

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/02/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream is a running and jumping puzzle game. You play as a boy ninja called Kuro who is chasing a mysterious caped figure through a colourful painted landscape. It's unusual because although you collect special abilities (higher jumps or...

LOCK (Dreams)

Release Date: 17/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

LOCK is a puzzle game about escaping rooms. LOCK stands for Logic Operated Combination Keep, referring to a digital password protected door lock. You must discover secret four letter word clues by exploring each space, in order to unlock panels, collect...

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Release Date: 20/12/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One and iOS

Playunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a battle-royale shooting game where you take on 100 players. Like a more realistic version of Fortnite, you collect supplies and out strategize your opponents to become the last person standing.

Trove

Release Date: 09/07/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Trove is an online adventure game that looks like Minecraft but with more role-play elements. This means you choose a class of character with specific attacks and abilities. You work through different worlds to progress different aspects of your...

Disney Speedstorm

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/09/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Disney Speedstorm is a kart racing game like Mario Kart but with high-speed Disney and Pixar-inspired characters and racetracks. It's also different as it's a free-to-play with in-game purchases provided in seasons that offer new characters, circuits...

Gravity Rush

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS Vita and PS4

Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.

Temple of Sun and Moon (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/08/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Temple of Sun and Moon is a running and jumping game with a puzzle element. This is set in an ancient temple dedicated to the gods of the sun and the moon. Collect 25 coins to complete the game, however some coins are easier to get to than others, and...

Colour With Crayons (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/07/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Colour with Crayons is a running and jumping game. You are a crayon in a world made from art supplies. Find the required number of transparent boxes and colour them in to progress. It's an unusual premise extended by the optional hunt for cones to...

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

Release Date: 26/06/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is an adventure game set between Life Is Strange and Life is Strange 2. You play Chris Eriksen, a young boy who creates the superhero alter ego Captain Spirit to deal with the loss of his mother.

The Snowgardens (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

The Snowgardens is a running, jumping and exploration game where you are a child stranded on a beautiful archipelago. Once the home to an ancient time-altering civilisation but now abandoned, leaving strange technology for you to operate to progress.

Dog's Run (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/01/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Dog's Run and the sequel Dog's Run Generations are simple running, jump and digging games where you play a dog searching for their lost bones. It's novel because of the focus on simple exploration, jumping and collecting gems. This do get a little more...

Planetside 2

Release Date: 20/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PS4

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with thousands of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe, players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...

Red and the Phantom Castle (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Red and the Phantom Castle is a fantasy adventure game. This is the first part in a series of games featuring the character Red. It combines running and jumping, combat and collecting to make an exciting adventure set in a world that has lost all its...

Brawlout

Release Date: 19/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Brawlout is a fighting game with 4-player battles in levels with lots of platforms. You try to knock the other players off and win the round. As you inflict damage you can hit them further. Like, Super Smash Bros you also have dash, melee and ranged...

Claustrofactory (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/11/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Claustrofactory is a time management factory simulation. You build factories on a grid to connect their processes and make products using conveyors and assemblers and pickers. It's an unusual efficiency challenge where the best system will score the...

Roller Champions

Release Date: 25/05/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Roller Champions is a roller-skating sports game. It's a full-contact battle where you complete laps to score points while keeping opponents at bay. While it may sound a little goofy, considerable skill is required to manoeuvre your player and gain...

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