Who doesn’t love free stuff? Right? like if I offered you a free sandwich would you honestly say no? So why would you do it with a video game? The FTP market may be oversaturated but there are still some gems hidden in all that mess, and that is what we are here for. So today I’m breaking down the best games on the PS4 that not only won’t break the bank, they won’t even tough your wallet.
If you want to play Super Smash Bros’ but don’t have a Switch this is your next best pick. Brawlhalla is a fighting game that works in much the same way as the SSB series, you pick a champion and fight with up to four of your friends in home or online in a 2D platform mayhem brawl. While the gameplay isn’t quite as tight as it’s predecessor the game is still a ton of fun, with new champions being released all the time and the rotation of which heroes are on free weekend it always adds something new to try out.
4. Fallout Shelter
With the recent controversy over Fallout 76, it’s nice to return to the simpler times. Times when Bethesda was highly praised for announcing a game not far out from its release date and with a fun and addictive side game to boot. Enter Fallout Shelter, initially released just before the release of Fallout 4, it is a Sims-style Vault simulator where you act as the Overseer and build and populate your very own Vault-Tech Vault, now with absolutely zero crazy or wild experiments! While it was initially only a mobile game, it has been ported to consoles with all the updates from the mobile version, so if you’re looking for a relaxing pickup and put down game for absolutely free, then you have found the perfect Vault for you.
Mythology fans should already know this one, but SMITE is on consoles and just as good as it is on the PC. SMITE is the mythical MOBA (lame joke I know, but I just had to) where you play as one of many Gods from all mythos that has been quietly steadily keeping up in popularity for over five years and is shockingly not showing any significant signs of slowing down even with huge competitors like League of Legends and Dota 2. While the other big MOBAs out there get more press, SMITE is still staying strong, and the developers Hi-Rez Studios (another Georgia based gaming company) is still supporting the game very well, rolling out regular updates and new Gods reasonably frequently. Not only that but it is probably the biggest MOBA from that era to also be on consoles so that is a huge plus for me and also allows it to be on our list.
2. Apex Legends
Now, of course, I couldn’t make a list without a Battle Royal game on it, but I refuse to let this list push out great games just to have two different BR games on here, so I picked Apex Legends over Fortnite. Now unless you’ve been under a rock for the past four months, or so you’ve probably heard of Apex, but just in case here we go, Apex Legends is the latest Battle Royal game to sweep gamers off of their feet, from developer Respawn Entertainment this game really improves a lot of things in the genre over much of the competition (cough cough Fortnite cough cough). Even apart from the recent hype of BR games in general, this is honestly an excellent game not even taking into account the free price tag, but it still lands at second place.
1. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Now, this may be a controversial pick but I make the list so let’s go. If you played The Witcher 3 then you probably encountered the infamous Gwent card game, and for many fans (myself included) the card game seemed to be a little joke side thing that you barely touch, at first. I can’t speak for anyone else but I know that for me the end of my first playthrough was just me barreling toward every single person trying to figure out if they played Gwent and had any unique cards. Honestly, if Gwent was a real card game then I would be totally screwed. Much of the internet seemed to agree with me as well, with copious amounts of memes and comics being born out of the honestly solid and fun in-game card game, so when the standalone game was announced I was immediately on the website trying to see if I could get a beta code. While the standalone is a little different from the original Witcher 3 version it is still a really fun and solid title, with online matchmaking, tons of new cards, and animated card art it really distinguishes itself as its own title.
So, that is our free-to-play list, let me know what you think in the comments below, did I get something wrong? Feel like I was missing a game? Call me out and lets talk about it!