While games can get pretty pricey, there’s almost always something awesome these days that you can add to your library without spending a dime. Completely free games are released every week through the Epic Games Store, and through convenient subscription services, there are literally hundreds of games that offer benefits with the services on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC. We’ve rounded up all the free (or free with a subscription) games you can play right now. We will continue to update this list weekly.
Our list of free games is focused on full featured games that you can play without the pressure of microtransactions, so you won’t find popular free games like Fortnite, Warzone or Apex Legends here. We also don’t include free games like Destiny 2 or the Hitman 2 starter pack. But if you’re looking for free games, we’ve got lists of the best options for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Free PC games
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
When it comes to free to play games, PC gamers tend to have a lot more options than console gamers. There are always new free games for PC. Quite often, really great games are offered for free for a limited time. In addition to temporarily free games, PC storefronts are filled with completely free games that you can play from start to finish without the need for microtransactions.
Free Games Epic Games Store
The Epic Games Store leads the way in terms of popular and big-budget free games. Over the past few years, Epic has given away hundreds of free games, including AAA blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto V, Control, and Civilization VI. There is at least one free game available on Epic every week, but it’s often two free games. Here is the free game currently available on Epic.
This week (September 1-8)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Underwater: Hidden Depths
Next week (September 8-15)
- One Hundred Days – Winemaking Simulator
Amazon Prime Free Games
One of the perks of an Amazon Prime membership is free PC games. Subscribers can get some free games through Prime Gaming and they’ll stay yours even if your subscription expires. Prime members also receive monthly free game content for popular multiplayer games. Here’s the list of September free games for Amazon Prime members.
- Origins of Assassin’s Creed
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition
- Football Coach 2022
- Protect the Tower
- We. Revolution
- Castle on the coast
- The word of the law. Collector’s Edition “Masks of Death”
Free Steam Games
Famous games don’t regularly sell on Steam at zero dollar discounts, but there are still hundreds of free games to find without spending a dime. It would be next to impossible to list every free Steam game here, so we decided to mainly highlight recent releases as well as games from popular and classic franchises. If you’re looking for even more free games on Steam, check out this page and focus on games that are ‘Free’ instead of ‘Free to Play’.
Free games on GOG
CD Projekt Red’s PC store, GOG, offers a collection of free games, many of which are classic PC shooters and RPGs. Here are some important points:
- Under a steel sky
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- Shadow Warrior Classic completed
- Samorost 1
- star shooter
- Ultima 4: Avatar Quest
- wind of war
Free games at Itch.io
Itch.io is a great platform for indie developers. There are thousands of free games on Itch.io, as well as games with a paid payment model. In addition, you will find some really interesting and experimental indies. It’s always fun to dig through the store looking for hidden gems.
subscription to a computer game
If you’re looking for a way to play tons of different PC games on the cheap, PC Game Pass is the way to go. Game Pass has hundreds of PC games including Age of Empires IV, Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite and Microsoft Flight Simulator. We have a complete list of PC Game Pass games that we update whenever games are added or removed. PC Game Pass costs $10 a month, but new subscribers can get their first month for just a dollar. It’s worth noting that PC Game Pass is included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($15/month).
Free games for PlayStation
Tony Hawk professional skater 1+2
Free games for PS5 and PS4 that are not tied to PlayStation Plus are rare, but sometimes the publisher gives away the full game for free. In the meantime, check out all the free PS Plus games available right now. Sony recently launched a new PlayStation Plus service with three subscription tiers. Essential allows users to enjoy the usual perks of the service, including three free games each month. Meanwhile, Extra and Premium give you access to hundreds of additional games. In addition, there is a library of classic PS2, PS1 and PSP games that are only available to Premium members.
Free PS Plus games for August 2022
August free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers are available now:
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Cross-Gen Deluxe Bundle (PS5 & PS4)
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS5 and PS4)
- Little Nightmares (PS4)
Free PS Plus games for September 2022
Available Sep 6th
- Urgently need heat (PS4)
- Tom (PS5)
- Granblue Fantasy: Vs (PS4)
Free PS Plus Extra and Premium games
If you’re a PlayStation Plus Extra or PlayStation Plus Premium subscriber, you now have access to hundreds of games. Check out the full list of games on the new PlayStation Plus service for more details. If you want to know more, take a look at our roundup of the best PS Plus Extra and Premium games.
PS Plus Collection
PlayStation 5 owners can also get a number of PS4 achievements for free with a PS Plus subscription. Remember that you can play PS Plus games on PS4, but only after you claim them on PS5.
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- battlefield 1
- transmitted through the blood
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie’s Chronicles Edition
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- days gone by
- Detroit: Become Human
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
- god of War
- Notorious second son
- monster hunter world
- Mortal Kombat X
- Ratchet and Clank
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s Way
- Until dawn
More Free PlayStation Games
In addition to free PS Plus games, there are other PS4 and PS5 games that you can get for free. For example, when you get a PlayStation 5, you get one of the best PS5 games for free as an add-on: Astro’s Playroom.
Free Xbox Games
In terms of console games, Xbox users have more options when it comes to free subscription games, and you can also play a lot of new games, including all games from third-party developers, without purchasing any games. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is arguably the best gaming deal on the market today and includes hundreds of games. Microsoft offers a fresh selection of new games and releases several games each month. We’re not going to list every Xbox game you can play for free with Game Pass, but if you want to see the entire library, check out our list of all Xbox Game Pass games. Since there are so many to choose from, you should also take a look at our roundup of the best Xbox Game Pass games.
Game Pass Ultimate subscribers also get monthly access to the Games with Gold lineup. Users who only have an Xbox Live Gold subscription can also receive four games each month.
Xbox Games Gold Lineup for September 2022
- The Gods Fall (September 1-30)
- Double Kick Heroes (September 16 – October 15)
- Thrillville (September 1-15)
- Portal 2 (September 16-30)
- ScourgeBringer (August 16 – September 15)
More Free Xbox Games
Xbox Series X and Xbox One owners can also access a variety of other free games from the Xbox Store. Many of these games are older and backward compatible.
Free games for Nintendo Switch
The most famous free-to-play Nintendo Switch games require a Nintendo Switch Online membership, which costs $20/year for an individual membership or $35/year for a family membership. You can share your family membership with up to seven other Switch owners, so it’s a great deal. A Switch Online subscription gives you access to a library of classic SNES and NES games.
If you upgrade to the Switch Online + Expansion Pack, you’ll also get a growing library of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games. The Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs $50/year for individuals and $80/year for families. Expansion pack subscribers also get big DLC for three Switch exclusives: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pack, Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise, and Octo Campaign Splatoon 2.
Switch Online subscribers also get access to Tetris 99 and Pac-Man 99, action-packed battle royales based on two classic games.
Editor’s Note: Article updated September 1, 2022.
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