5 Free-To-Play Games Coming To PlayStation 4

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The PlayStation 4 has some fantastic games heading its way, which is one of the multitude of reasons why you should buy the Sony console over the Xbox One. Having already looked at five games exclusive to the PS4, it’s now time to look at five PS4 games that will be free-to-play (F2P).

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, unless you utilize some of the many ways you can game on the cheap. It’s especially expensive at the start of a new generation of hardware, with the consoles sold at a premium until the costs come down enough for the manufacturers to cut prices. This won’t leave the average gamer with much money left to buy the actual games they want to play.


Free-to-play games offer a viable alternative for those who cannot afford to pay out a small fortune every time they want a new experience. It’s not a new concept on PC, but it has never really been used effectively on consoles. Sony is hoping to change all of that with the PlayStation 4, and there are already five free-to-play games confirmed for release on the system.

It should be noted that F2P doesn’t mean there isn’t the option to pay for gameplay elements, but they’re all optional extras and not required. In other words, you can play the basic game for free, and only spend money if you want to buy additional content. This makes these titles a strong choice for those who want to get into a game properly before investing any money in it.

Blacklight: Retribution

Blacklight: Retribution is a first-person shooter from Zombie Studios. It’s been available to play on PC since 2012, but is currently being ported to PS4.

The game offers futuristic, sci-fi multiplayer action with lots of customization options, ensuring you can differentiate your character from everyone else’s characters. The video embedded above shows the reveal trailer for the PS4 version of Blacklight: Retribution.

War Thunder

War Thunder is an MMO combat simulator featuring aircraft, ships, and armored vehicles from the World War II era. It’s currently enjoying an open beta on PC, but is also due to be released on PS4.

The game offers huge multiplayer fights based on real-life battles such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway, and the Battle of the Bulge. The video embedded above shows the PS4 announcement trailer, so it is, unfortunately, rather short on gameplay action.

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Warframe is a third-person co-op shooter from Digital Extremes. It was released on PC in early-2013, with a PS4 port due to arrive in the first few months of the Sony console’s life.

The game offers hardcore sci-fi action where players team up to complete missions. Teamwork is essential as you don the advanced armor the title is drawn from. The video embedded above shows lots of gameplay footage with an audio commentary explaining what’s happening.

DC Universe Online

DC Universe Online is an MMORPG based on the characters and locations from DC Comics. You don’t get to play as the iconic characters, with the likes of Superman and Batman instead acting as mentors.

The game offers mission-based gameplay for your unique character. The world is shared with other players, and there is a mix of solo and multiplayer gameplay elements. The video embedded above shows how the game will look on PlayStation 4, with some gameplay elements revealed.

PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 is an MMO first-person shooter which sees hundreds of people face off against each other in epic sci-fi battles. It has been available to play on PC since 2012, and is due to arrive on PS4 soon after the launch of the hardware.

The game offers huge fights over territory between different factions on the planet Auraxis. There are different classes of soldier and a variety of different vehicles available to help you win the ongoing war. The video embedded above shows the trailer for the PS4 version of the game.


While these games may never compete with the AAA games such as the Call Of Duty series and Grand Theft Auto series, they’re still more than worthy of your time and attention, especially when you don’t have to pay a penny to play the core elements of these titles. Still, it remains to be seen how well they’re implemented on the PlayStation 4.

Are you a fan of the free-to-play model for video games? Have you played any of the games on this list? If so, do you think they will work well on the PlayStation 4? Is the F2P model a viable one for gaming as a whole, or will it only ever work on selected titles in certain genres? If you’re planning on buying a PS4 at launch are you excited at the prospect of playing any of these games? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Comments (19)
  • sampson3121

    what are you all talking about? you act like ..yawn, if you have time to spare you will play a game like Planet side 2. Planet side 2 is in some way better then boring Call of duty, and Warthunder is epic.. so please, if you’ve never tried these games , try it and you will be blown away.

  • Dan

    I actually find I get more hooked on F2P games then the AAA titles. The underlying game elements are often more original then the re-hashing of a franchise over and over again (COD 2013). Usually developers really support these games to help build the audience – as opposed to dropping a huge title then in a few months releasing some overpriced dlc before moving on to the next venture. I’m more excited to play the console f2p’s than anything else.

    Also for anyone that hasn’t played Warthunder it’s really good.

  • DoubleZz

    I could never tollerate playing so many PFS’s but the fact that there on PS4 and the are free has maid me reconsider!!! Wareframe and Planetside look pretty cool!

  • JP

    I wish everyone could see F2P for what it is, a money trap. I’ve tried these games, and the free elements are really shallow, and you can’t make any progress without purchasing additional content. Its designed to suck you in and make you spend more than you would have purchasing a full game.

    if you had to pay for all the content to get a full game, it would cost multitudes more money than a full priced AAA game, and the game quality is not up there with AAA.

    I won’t play these games. They have a place in the market, I just hope that it remains a small piece of the market and doesn’t take over as a leading format.

    • sampson3121

      war thunder hit 5 million users.

    • sampson3121

      sorry, not true!

    • Mack A.

      I agree that some F2P games are money traps but not all. And as the warframe video said, everything is free. Most F2P games offer in game content for sale because some people don’t want to put in the effort to actually play and earn exp/items.

    • Dave P

      The important thing is that you don’t have to buy additional content/upgrades though. The choice is yours and yours alone. The model works because a lot of people do get into a game enough to want to buy more features for it, but if you have little money to spend on gaming then you have to resist the urge.

  • Jordan

    Can’t wait for Planetside 2! War Thunder sounds interesting. I’ve been waiting for a game that has a WWII setting again. I was hoping battlefield would go back to it for one or two games. Maybe some day…

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