10 best free games to play on PS5 right now


Don’t Pay to Play

Gaming can quite quickly become an expensive hobby. The non-stop conga line of fantastic games this year has made it harder than ever to play without hurting your wallet. Not every worthwhile experience has a price tag on it, however. With the following PS5 titles, you’ll have a blast without spending a cent.

Apex Legends map.
Image by Respawn Entertainment.

10. Apex Legends

When it comes to free-to-play games, fans of first-person shooters have more than enough to pick from. Apex Legends is a battle-royale style game featuring a cast of characters serving as either Recon, Support, Skirmisher, Assault, or Controller. With a good variety of guns and maps, it is a title that easily hooks players for hours at a time.

Shooting in Destiny 2: Ghost of the Deep.
Image by Bungie.

9. Destiny 2

Yet another first-person shooter appears on the list in the form of Destiny 2. It has managed to remain relevant thanks to constant expansions, including Lightfall in 2023. With Sony’s acquisition of Bungie, it appears the franchise will be supported for a long time to come.

Combat in Warframe.
Image by Digital Extremes.

8. Warframe

The third-person shooter Warframe was first released in 2013, and it has maintained popularity since. It uses a mix of both procedurally generated and fixed levels that have players using guns and stealth. With new expansions regularly released, it’s always a good time to start playing Warframe.

Character in Sky: Children of the Light.
Screenshot by Destructoid.

7. Sky: Children of Light

Sky is a game that is best experienced instead of described. Players who enjoyed titles like Journey and Flower will instantly fall in love with Sky. Much like the aforementioned titles, Sky features a minimalistic style of storytelling along with multiplayer elements implemented in unexpected ways. Play Sky, it may be the best thing you do all week.

Sims painting in The Sims 4.
Image by Maxis Studios.

6. The Sims 4

The popular life simulation game The Sims 4 went free-to-play in 2022, breathing new life into a somewhat dated game. Although the controls on consoles are occasionally awkward, The Sims 4 is definitely worth playing. It has earned its longevity through its expansive gameplay, detailed character creator system, and quirky humor that has characterized the franchise for years.

Characters on the street in Fortnite.
Image by Epic Games.

5. Fortnite

It’s hard to make any free-to-play list without including Fortnite. Over five years after its initial release, it has since grown into a phenomenon encompassing celebrities, music concerts, and various other gaming franchises. Nevertheless, it remains ol’ reliable when it comes to exciting battle royale gameplay.

Lifeweaver in Overwatch 2.
Image by Blizzard.

4. Overwatch 2

The first-person shooter Overwatch 2 is one of the most popular games of its type around. Gameplay is fast-paced and fun, with a learning curve that’s not too steep. The player base is very active, ensuring you can jump into the action at any time.

Car hitting ball in Rocket League.
Screenshot by Destructoid.

3. Rocket League

When it comes to addictive gameplay, it’s hard to do better than Rocket League. Released in 2015, it has players playing soccer with rocket-powered vehicles. It has since developed a competitive scene, though casual players can still easily join at any time. In 2020, it went free-to-play, opening the game to an even wider audience.

Bean falling during loading screen in Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
Screenshot by Destructoid.

2. Fall Guys

Fall Guys launched in August 2020, and it was an immediate record-breaking hit. Though it may not make as many headlines in 2023, Fall Guys is still a silly battle royale game with an active user base. Much like the show Takeshi’s Castle, players are tasked with completing an assortment of games and obstacle courses. Little beans are the competitors, which makes things all the more sillier.

Astro in Astro's Playroom.
Screenshot by Destructoid

1. Astro’s Playroom

Astro’s Playroom is bundled with the PS5, and it familiarizes players with the features of the DualSense, as well as the blinding speed of the console’s SSD. It is, without a doubt, a must-play for every PS5 owner, and years later it remains one of the best showcases of the PS5’s abilities.

The game features gorgeous visuals that reference many classic PlayStation franchises, and the platforming gameplay is both fun and varied. The only wish now is that the PSVR 2 receives a similar title.

There is a good variety of free-to-play games available on PS5, and they’ll satisfy fans of sports games, shooters, and platformers. Upcoming free-to-play games to look out for include the soccer game UFC, as well as the MMORPG Throne and Liberty.

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