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 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 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.
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 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.