Best free games right now for Xbox, Stadia, PlayStation, PCs and Nintendo Switch – CNET

Who doesn't love free video games? Each month, multiple subscription services and platforms offer free games. It can be tough to keep track of everything, so here's a rundown of what's available and how you can get your hands on free stuff. 

PS Plus free games 

PS Plus is Sony's subscription service for PlayStation owners. It costs $4.99 a month, or $59.99 a year, and includes two free PS4 games that change monthly. April's PS Plus game will be available to download starting April 7.

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Sony Interactive Entertainment

The Uncharted series came to an end if Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Nathan Drake is back for one last adventure to save his family.  Read GameSpot's review.

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EA Maxis

Dirt Rally 2.0 gives players some speed combined with off-road action. The racing game contains eight official circuits from the FIA World Rallycross championship across New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the USA.

Xbox Live Games With Gold

Xbox owners with an Xbox Live subscription ($9.99 a month) can receive four free games each month, of which two are Xbox One titles and the other two are Xbox 360 or original Xbox games playable via backward compatibility. Games will be available for various times throughout the month. 

TellTale Games

For those who want more detective work in their Batman games, Batman: The Enemy Within from TellTale Games is a five episode adventure featuring the Caped Crusader tracking down The Riddler. It's available from March 1 to March 31. Read GameSpot's review of Batman: The Enemy Within.

Sega

It's double Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Generations. Play as the new and older Sonic, as his universe collides with another. Sonic Generations will be available from March 16 to March 31.  Read GameSpot's review of Sonic Generations.

Lionhead Studios

Developed by WayForward, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero follows the latest adventure of the Shantae as she stops the crime wave happening on Sequin Land. The game will be available for free from March 16 to April 15.  Read GameSpot's review of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

Stadia Pro free games

Stadia is Google's cloud-gaming streaming service, and it requires a $9.99 monthly pro subscription, which includes two free games each month. April games will be available until April 30. 

Croteam

Serious Sam is all about shooting waves of aliens with big gun. The collection includes remastered versions of Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, and Serious Sam 3: BFE.

Massive Miniteam

Spitlings is a four-player multiplayer game with hundreds of levels with random action featuring small, rectangular creatures with teeth. 

Herringbone Games

Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks) is a 3D tower builder game. Players control Master Stacker, Rockit, who uses her psychic helmet to gather all the color boxes in the world. 

Epic Games Store free games

Publisher Epic Games made a big splash in 2019 with the opening of its digital storefront. As a new store for PC games, the company gives away games each week. All that's needed is to have an Epic account and to click on the game. This week's games will be available until April 2.

Saber Interactive

Take on the zombie horde in World War Z. Based on the big-budget movie, players can group up to wipe out the zombies or take on other players in multiplayer matches.  Read GameSpot's review.

Figment

Figment music action-adventure game set in the human mind. Nightmarish thoughts have invaded the mind, and players will have to stop them from spreading fear. 

E-Studio

Tormentor X Punisher is a game where everything, including you, can be killed in one hit. Kill demons in the fast-paced action game and try to survive. 

Twitch Prime free games

Amazon's streaming platform Twitch has a special deal for Amazon Prime members. By linking their Amazon account to their Twitch account, members can receive Twitch Prime loot that includes in-game content and free games. March's Games With Prime are available to download until April 1. 

Curve Digital

Bomber Crew puts players in charge of a jet bomber team. The crew needs to fly, defend itself and most importantly, keep its aircraft flying. 

Akupara Games

Whispers of a Machine is a sci-fi Nordic Noir adventure game with players investigating a series of murders. Behind these killings is a fanatical group obsessed with creating a superintelligent AI.

Curve Digital

Aliens have taken over the planet and they need to be stopped. Mugsters is a physics-based puzzle game with players trying to save humanity. 

Pixelnest Studio

Furi focuses on what's usually the most action-packed part of any action game: boss battles. This stylish arcade-style game has players fight one boss after another, with a killer soundtrack playing in the background.   Read GameSpot's review.

OSome Studio

Most games have players pressing buttons on a controller or clicking a mouse to defeat enemies. Epistory uses typing as both a weapon and a way to explore a fantasy world. 

Like Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo offers a subscription service for the Switch console called Switch Online at a cost of $3.99 a month or $19.99 a year. Unlike the other two companies, Nintendo only offers free NES and SNES games as part of a Switch Online subscription

The latest games are: 

  • Pop'n TwinBee (SNES)
  • Smash Tennis (SNES)
  • Shadow of the Ninja (NES)
  • Eliminator Boat Duel (NES)

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