Free-to-play games are some of the most-played games on PlayStation 5. This category of games has drastically shifted in recent years. With the explosive popularity of games like Fortnite and Genshin Impact, new games are adopting a free-to-play formula.
The best free-to-play games are arguably the ones without microtransactions. Veiled in a cloak of misleading features, pay-to-win games can also be free-to-play. Simultaneously, the benefits of buying into microtransactions might outweigh the cost of a retail game. A regular PlayStation 5 game retails anywhere from $49.99 to $69.99 at launch. Here are some of the best free-to-play games to hit next-gen consoles.
Epic Games’ Fortnite has never looked better now that it has come to the PlayStation 5. The game offers DualSense controller support, which creates immersion like no other controller. Loading times are faster, and the game plays in a targeted 4K at 60 frames per second. Moreover, the split-screen multiplayer offers 60 frames per second support, providing an unprecedented experience for Fortnite. Fortnite continues to dominate the free-to-play scene, despite having released way back in 2017.
9 Apex Legends
After the proliferation of Fortnite on the online forefront, developer Respawn Entertainment answered back with Apex Legends. Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale game differs from Fortnite because it’s more focused on combat and doesn’t have a building component. Games have a 60 player count, which is less than Fornite’s 100 player matches. Apex Legends is a first-person game, which is a considerable shift in gameplay. Lastly, it can’t be ignored that Apex Legends has different characters to cater to play styles.
From day one, Smite was available for download on PlayStation 5. From developers Hi-Rez Studios and Titan Forge Games came one of the most addicting free to play multiplayer online battle arena game.
In Smite, players control gods or goddesses in the third-person. With unique abilities and team-based combat, players must work together to win multiple PVP modes. It’s no wonder why Smite has dominated esports and is one of the best free-to-play games on PlayStation 5.
Become a battlemage in this battle royale game. Spellbreak is an online game that places players in a large-scale multiplayer arena. Players must unleash their inner-mage by coordinating with teammates. This game has role-playing game elements but is more considered a battle royale game. The game plays homage to retro games like Unreal Tournament and Quake but brings enough to the table to distinguish itself.
6 Genshin Impact
There are only a handful of role-playing games that are free-to-play. Genshin Impact is rapidly becoming one of the most popular free-to-play games. The game is story-based, but it includes a multiplayer and single-player mode. To make Genshin Impact stand out even more, it is an open-world game. The endgame has been criticized, but the gameplay and freedom of exploration are phenomenal. Genshin Impact was released for PlayStation 5 on November 11, 2020.
It’s like the Overwatch of the free-to-play game world. Paladins is an online hero shooter that is playable on PlayStation 5. It is set in a world called “Realm,” a science-fiction fantasy place with medieval and futuristic themes. There are two factions, meaning two teams that players can play as. Various game modes like Siege, Onslaught, Team Deathmatch, and Ranked give the game tremendous replay value.
Warframe continues to be one of the most-played free-to-play games because of its abundance of content. The PlayStation 5 version was ported in November 2020. Developer Digital Extremes has pumped more content into the game post-launch than possibly any other of its type.
The game revolves around completing quests and upgrading your Warframe armor set. With an in-game currency called Platinum, players can upgrade and customize their spaceship and trade with other players. The clan features of Warframe are exceptional.
3 Destiny 2
Developer Bungie’s online-only multiplayer first-person shooter made its way to PlayStation 5 with free next-gen upgrades. The free-to-play version of Destiny 2, referred to as Destiny 2 New Light, contains most of the game’s content before Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, one of the game’s major expansions. The game has been free-to-play since the last video game console generation, and it continues to be a phenomenal game on PlayStation 5 at no cost.
2 Rocket League
Now that Rocket League has joined the free-to-play club, it is one of the industry’s most-played games. It’s a vehicular soccer game that has been called a blend of racing, soccer, basketball, and hockey.
With steadier framerates, playing Rocket League on PlayStation 5 might give you a competitive edge. A PlayStation 5 version has yet to be released. However, that will deter only a few from hopping into this sports phenomenon via backward compatibility.
1 Call Of Duty: Warzone
The free-to-play battle royal game Call of Duty: Warzone is one of Twitch’s most streamed games. A new Call of Duty game released after Call of Duty: Warzone, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, yet Warzone continues to gain traction as the most played Call of Duty.
There’s an in-game currency called “Cash” that allows you to buy in-game perks and items. Call of Duty: Warzone is criticized for its pay-to-win aspects, yet it’s praised for its map designs and various game modes. One can play as a solo, duo, or quad team.