You don't have to bust your wallet out just to beef up your PS4's game library. The PlayStation Store is loaded with great titles that you can download and play for free, from epic multiplayer shooters to frenetic fighting games. Whether you want to create your own DC superhero, explore outer space or simply beat up your friends, here are the best free PS4 games available right now.
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You probably won't get to play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PS4 anytime soon, but Fortnite Battle Royale is a great (and free) alternative. As with PUBG, this multiplayer shooter has 100 players parachute onto a battlefield and scavenge for weapons and supplies, then fight until there's one person or team left standing. However, Battle Royale stands out by incorporating the base-building mechanics of the core Fortnite game, which adds an exciting wrinkle to the formula by letting you create traps and strongholds as you fight to survive. The polished, colorful graphics certainly don't hurt either.
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Remember Gwent, the card game from The Witcher 3 that you spent more time playing than you did tackling actual quests? That card game is now its own stand-alone experience. Building on the original Witcher 3 iteration, Gwent is a free-to-play collectible card game that's all about customizing your deck, summoning all kinds of cool attacks and spells, and outsmarting your opponent. Even if you're not a fan of CD Projekt Red's high-fantasy universe, Gwent is still a fast, fun and free game that any fan of collectible card battlers should give a spin.
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Brawlhalla is the closest you'll come to playing Super Smash Bros. on your PS4, though it's more than a mere knockoff. This frenetic platform fighter features beautiful hand-drawn 2D art, a colorful cast of characters and a unique battle system that lets you pick up weapons that totally change your fighting style midmatch. The game supports everything from local, four-player party brawls to intense, one-on-one, competitive online matches, and you can experience it all for free. The only thing you'd have to pay for is permanent access to all of the game's characters; otherwise, you can pick from a limited, rotating pool of fighters.
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DC Universe Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game lets you create the DC hero or villain of your dreams. The game features an original storyline filled with time travel, alien invasions, and iconic characters like Lex Luthor and the Joker, as well as a fluid, real-time combat system that lets you wield (and customize) all kinds of neat powers and weapons. You'll have to pay up if you want to check out DCUO's later story chapters, but you can experience a good chunk of what the game has to offer for free.
The latest over-the-top action game from the twisted mind of famed game creator Goichi "Suda51" Suda, Let It Die is essentially a highly stylized, wacky version of Dark Souls. You'll fight your way up a tower filled with brutal enemies to fight and powerful gear to earn, and when you die, your character will be reanimated in other players' games. You'll do this all while taking advice from Uncle Death, a skateboard-riding Grim Reaper (yes, you read that right). If you like your action games difficult, deep and extremely weird, Let It Die will scratch that itch and then some.
If multiplayer online battle-arena games like League of Legends and Dota 2 are too static for you, give Paragon a try. Epic Games' exciting take on the MOBA genre is all about constant action, featuring a frantic third-person combat system that lets you soar around the battlefield and dish out powerful attacks on the fly. Unlike many free-to-play competitive games, Paragon isn't pay-to-win; all of its heroes are instantly accessible, and you can level them up only through gameplay. This title is also PS4 Pro Enhanced, making it a great technical showpiece for folks who have Sony's 4K console.
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It's easy to pass off Paladins as a cheap Overwatch clone at first glance, but this team-based shooter has its own special quirks — and costs nothing to play. Paladins stands out from the hero-shooter crowd by letting you customize your character via collectible cards, adding an extra level of strategy to the game's tried-and-true objective-based combat. With a rich fantasy aethstetic and an ever-growing roster of champions, Paladins is a great team shooter for folks who don't want to pony up the cash for Overwatch — or for those who need a break from it.
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