While games can get pretty pricey, these days there’s almost always something great to add to your library without spending a penny. Totally free games are popping up every week thanks to the Epic Games Store, and with the help of cheap subscription services, there are literally hundreds of games offered as perks with services on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC. We’ve rounded up all the free (or free with subscription) games you can play right now. We will continue to update this list weekly.
Our free games list focuses on full experiences that you can play without the pressure of microtransactions, so you won’t find popular free-to-play games like Fortnite, Warzone, or Apex Legends here. We also don’t include free-to-start games like Destiny 2 or the Hitman 2 Starter Pack. But if you’re looking for free-to-play 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
When it comes to free games, those who play on PC usually have far more choices than console players. There are always new PC freebies up for grabs. It’s pretty common for really great games to be offered for free for a limited time. Alongside games that are temporarily free, PC storefronts are filled with entirely free experiences that you can play from start to finish without the pressure of microtransactions.
Free games on the Epic Games Store
The Epic Games Store is the leader when it comes to popular free games with a big budget. 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. Epic has at least one free game available each week, but it’s often two free games. Here is the latest free game available from Epic.
This week (September 22-29)
- Ark: Survival Evolved
Next week (September 29 – October 6)
- The Drone Racing League simulator
Free Amazon Prime Games
One of the perks of an Amazon Prime membership is free PC games. Subscribers can claim a handful of free games to keep even if your subscription expires through Prime Gaming. Prime members also get free in-game content for popular multiplayer games every month. Here is a list of September’s free games for Amazon Prime members.
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor GOTY Edition
- Football manager 2022
- The ditch
- Defend the tower
- We. The revolution
- castle on the coast
- Word of the Law: Death Mask Collector’s Edition
Free Steam Games
Well-known games aren’t regularly discounted to zero dollars on Steam, but there are still hundreds of freebies you can try out without spending a penny. It would be practically impossible to list all free Steam games here, so we decided to mainly highlight the latest releases, as well as games from popular and classic franchises. If you’re looking for even more free games on Steam, take a look at this page and focus on the titles marked as Free instead of Free to Play.
Free games on GOG
CD Projekt Red’s PC storefront, GOG, offers a collection of free games, many of which are classic PC shooters and RPGs. Here are some of the highlights:
- Under a steely sky
- Daggerfall unit
- Dirk Smallwood HD
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- Hellpoint: The Thespian Forest
- Janosik – Highlander Precision Platformer
- The Lords of Midnight
- Quake II RTX
- Completed Shadow Warrior Classic
- Samorost 1
- star archer
- Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar
- Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams
- war wind
- World of Ultima: Empire Savage
Free games at Itch.io
Itch.io is a really great storefront for independent developers. There are thousands of free games on Itch.io as well as games with a pay-what-you-can payment model. You’ll also find some really interesting and experimental indies. It’s always fun to browse the storefront for hidden gems.
PC game pass
If you’re looking for a way to play tons of different PC games cheaply, then PC Game Pass is for you. There are hundreds of PC games in Game Pass including Age of Empires IV, Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite and Microsoft Flight Simulator. We have a full list of PC Game Pass games that we update whenever games are added or removed. PC Game Pass costs $10 per month, but new subscribers can get their first month for as little as $1. It’s worth noting that PC Game Pass is included as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($15 per month).
Free PlayStation Games
Free games on PS5 and PS4 not linked to PlayStation Plus are rare, but sometimes a publisher will give away an entire game for free. For now, check out all the free PS Plus games that are currently available. Sony recently launched its new PlayStation Plus service with three subscription tiers. Essential allows users to enjoy the service’s normal benefits, including three free games per month. Meanwhile, Extra and Premium grant access to hundreds of additional games. And there’s also a library of classic PS2, PS1, and PSP games exclusive to Premium members.
Free PS Plus games for September 2022
Available until October 3rd
- Need for Speed Heat (PS4)
- Tom (PS5)
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus (PS4)
Free PS Plus Extra and Premium games
If you subscribed to PlayStation Plus Extra or PlayStation Plus Premium, you now have access to hundreds of games. Check out our full game list for the new PlayStation Plus service for more details. If you want a little more choice, take a look at our roundup of the best games for PS Plus Extra and Premium members.
Additions September 2022 (Extra/Premium):
- Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- Chicory: A colorful story
- death loop
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Video Game Season 5
- Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show
- Rayman Legends
- Scott pilgrim vs the world
- Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition
- guard dogs 2
PS Plus Premium only:
- Bentley’s Hackpack (PS3)
- Kingdom of Paradise (PSP)
- Sly Cooper: Thieves of Time (PS3)
- Siphon filter 2 (PS1)
- The Cunning Collection (PS3)
- Toy Story 3 (PSP)
PS Plus Collection
PlayStation 5 owners can also claim a bunch of PS4 hits for free with a PS Plus subscription. Keep in mind that you can only play PS Plus Collection titles on PS4 after claim them on PS5.
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- battlefield 1
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie’s Chronicles Edition
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Last days
- Detroit: Become Human
- failure 4
- Royal Edition of Final Fantasy XV
- God of War
- Notorious second son
- World of Monster Hunters
- Mortal Kombat X
- ratchet and clamp
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Until dawn
More free PlayStation games
Besides PS Plus freebies, there are some other PS4 and PS5 games that you can get for free. For example, if you purchase a PlayStation 5, you’ll get one of the best PS5 games for free as a pack-in title: Astro’s Playroom.
Free Xbox Games
In terms of console gaming, Xbox users have the most options when it comes to free games with subscriptions, and you can also play a range of brand new games – including all first-party titles – without buying games outright. Arguably the best gaming deal today, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes hundreds of games. Microsoft introduces a fresh selection of new games each month and removes a number of titles. We’re not going to list every Xbox game that’s free to play with Game Pass, but if you’d like to see the entire library, check out our All Xbox Game Pass Games List. Since there’s plenty to choose from, be sure to also check out our roundup of the best Xbox Game Pass games.
Game Pass Ultimate subscribers also have access to the Games with Gold series every month. Users who only have an Xbox Live Gold subscription can also snag four games each month.
Xbox games with gold lineup in September 2022
- Gods Will Fall (September 1-30)
- Double Kick Heroes (September 16th to October 15th)
- Thrillville (September 1-15)
- Portal 2 (September 16-30)
More free Xbox games
Xbox Series X and Xbox One owners can also grab tons of other free games from the Xbox Store. Many of these games are legacy titles that are backward compatible.
Free Nintendo Switch Games
The most notable free Nintendo Switch games require a Nintendo Switch Online membership, which costs $20 per year for an individual membership or $35 per year for a family membership. You can share family membership with up to seven other Switch owners, so it’s a pretty stellar deal. A Switch Online membership grants access to a library of classic SNES and NES games.
When you upgrade to the Switch Online + Expansion Pack, you also get a growing collection of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games. Switch Online + Expansion Pack is $50/year for individuals and $80/year for families. Expansion Pack subscribers will also get major DLCs for three exclusive Switch content items: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pack, Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise, and Splatoon 2’s Octo Campaign.
Switch Online subscribers also get access to Tetris 99 and Pac-Man 99, frantic battle royale spins on two all-time classics.
Editor’s note: Article updated on September 23, 2022
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