Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but it certainly doesn’t have to be nowadays. While new games can cost upwards of $70, there are always ways to check out games you haven’t played for cheap–or for nothing at all. Entirely free games pop up every single week thanks to the Epic Games Store, and with the help of bargain friendly subscription services, there are literally hundreds of games out there that come as perks with services on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC. We’ve rounded up all of the free games (or free with subscriptions) that you can play now. We’ll continue to keep this list updated 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 aren’t including free-to-start games such as Destiny 2 or Hitman 2’s Starter Pack. But if you are looking for free-to-play games, we have lists rounding up the best options on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
Free PC games
When it comes to free games, those who game on PC tend to have far more options than console players. There are always new freebies up for grabs for PC. It’s pretty common for seriously great games to be offered free of charge for a limited time. In addition to 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.
Epic Games Store free games
The Epic Games Store leads the way in terms of popular and big-budget free games. For the past few years, Epic has given away hundreds of free games, including AAA blockbusters such as Grand Theft Auto V, Control, and Civilization VI. At least one free game is available at Epic each week, but often times it’s two free games. Here is the current free game available at Epic.
- Terraforming Mars (May 5-12)
Next week (May 12-19)
- Jotun: Valhalla Edition
Amazon Prime free games
One of the perks of an Amazon Prime membership is free PC games. Subscribers get to claim a handful of free games via Prime Gaming, and they are yours to keep even if your subscription lapses. Prime members also get free in-game content for popular multiplayer games each month. Here’s a list of May’s free games for Amazon Prime members.
- Dead Space 2
- The Curse of Monkey Island
- Out of Line
- Mail Mole + ‘Xpress Deliveries
- Cat Quest
- Shattered – Tale of the Forgotten King
Free Steam games
Well-known games aren’t regularly discounted to zero dollars on Steam, but there are still hundreds of freebies to check out without spending a dime. It’d be virtually impossible to list every free Steam game here, so we’ve chosen 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 the titles marked as “Free” instead of “Free to Play.”
Free games at GOG
CD Projekt Red’s PC storefront GOG has a collection of free games, many of which are classic PC shooters and role-playing games. Here are a handful of the highlights:
- Beneath a Steel Sky
- Shadow Warrior Classic Complete
- Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar
- War Wind
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. Plus, you’ll find some really interesting and experimental indies. It’s always fun to dig around the storefront in search of hidden gems.
PC Game Pass
If you’re looking for a way to play tons of different PC games for cheap, PC Game Pass is the way to go. There are hundreds of PC games on 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 each time games are added and removed. PC Game Pass costs $10 per month, but new subscribers can get their first month for only a buck. 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 that aren’t linked to PlayStation Plus are rare, but sometimes a publisher does give away a complete game at no charge. For now, check out all of the free PS Plus games available right now. It’s worth noting that PS Plus will be expanding in June. Sony is ditching its PlayStation Now service in favor of a three-tier PlayStation Plus plan that will include up to 700 games.
PS Plus free games – May 2022
- FIFA 22
- Tribes of Midgard
- Curse of the Dead Gods
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 play PS Plus Collection titles on PS4 but only after claiming them on PS5.
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie’s Chronicles Edition
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
- God of War
- Infamous Second Son
- Monster Hunter World
- Mortal Kombat X
- Ratchet and Clank
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Until Dawn
More free PlayStation games
In addition to PS Plus freebies, there are some other PS4 and PS5 games you can get for free. For example, when you get a PlayStation 5, you 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 bunch of brand-new games–including every first-party title–without buying games outright. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is arguably the best deal in gaming today, and it includes hundreds of games. Microsoft rotates in a fresh selection of new games and removes a batch of titles each month. We’re not going to list every Xbox game that can be played for free with Game Pass, but if you want to see the entire library, check out our list of every Xbox Game Pass game. Since there’s a lot to choose from, you should also take a look at our roundup of the best Xbox Game Pass games.
Game Pass Ultimate subscribers also have access to the Games with Gold lineup each month. Users who only have an Xbox Live Gold subscription can also snag four games each month.
Xbox Live Gold free games – May 2022
- Yoku’s Island Express (May 1-31)
- The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (May 16-June 15)
- Hydro Thunder Hurricane (May 1-15)
- Viva Pinata: Party Animals (May 16-31)
- Hue (available until May 15)
More free Xbox games
Xbox Series X and Xbox One owners can also snag a myriad of other free games on the Xbox Store. Many of these games are older titles that are backwards 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 the 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.
If you upgrade to Switch Online + Expansion Pack, you also get a growing library of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games. Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs $50/year for individuals and $80/year for families. Expansion Pack subscribers also get big DLCs for three Switch exclusives: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pack, Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise, and Splatoon 2’s Octo campaign.
Editor’s Note: Article updated on May 5, 2022