While PlayStation Plus is usually a requirement to play online multiplayer, there are notable exceptions to this rule. Most free-to-play games actually allow people to enjoy online multiplayer matches without needing to be an active PlayStation Plus subscriber.

We've created a list of some of the best online games you can play without PS Plus for you to check out. Should you want to see the full list of free-to-play games offered on PS4, Sony has an entire section of its store dedicated to just that.

King of the hill

Fortnite Battle Royale

While Fortnite may be one of the most popular games to ever release—and certainly one of the most popular this year—it doesn't require a PS plus membership to play. You can jump into its newest season and get in on the craze for yourself completely free of charge.

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Dungeons & Dragons

Neverwinter

Not a tabletop fan? Live out your dreams by picking up Neverwinter, an MMORPG based on Dungeons & Dragons. Delve into its fantastical world full of mythical creatures and threats.

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Battle of the gods

Smite

Team up in 5v5 matches as you duel it out with powerful gods. This MOBA took the world by storm, and you can hop in and try it for yourself.

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Mech assault mayhem

Hawken

Like Titanfall, you can pilot an imposing Mech to wreak destruction on the battlefield. Who doesn't want to live out their childhood fantasies of helming Voltron or the Megazord. You won't get those exact mechs (darn licensing!) but you get the next best thing.

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Comic book legends

DC Universe Online

DC has trouble with its live action film division, but its video games are going strong. In DC Universe Online, you can play as some of the most iconic heroes and villains in history.

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Sci-fi goodness

Warframe

If sci-fi is more your speed than fantasy, check out Warframe. Take up the role of an ancient warrior as you're caught in the midst of a devastating war between hostile factions.

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Last man standing

H1Z1 Battle Royale

Before there was Fortnite, there was H1Z1. If you're looking for a more grounded, gritty battle royale experience as opposed to what Fortnite offers, H1Z1 has got you covered.

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Not your father's overwatch

Paladins

Not an Overwatch fan? Try out Paladins, another hero-shooter with vibrant graphics and characters. With millions of players you shouldn't have any problem finding a match.

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Now go forth and have some fun without worrying about breaking the bank!

What about The Elder Scrolls Online and Final Fantasy XIV?

You may Google "PlayStation 4 games that can be played online without PlayStation Plus" or something similar and see The Elder Scrolls Online pop up. It's easy to get excited about this, but unfortunately this is no longer the case. When ESO was first announced it was using a monthly subscription-based model in order for people to play it, similar to other MMOs like World of Warcraft. During this time, it did not require a PS Plus membership to play online in addition to its monthly subscription fee. However, Bethesda eventually got rid of its subscription-based model and simply sold the game as a one-time purchase. Once this took effect, PS Plus was required for ESO going forward, and still is today.

While it's true that Final Fantasy XIV does not require a PS Plus membership, there is a huge asterisk that follows which is why I have decided to leave it off of the main list. Final Fantasy XIV is also subscription-based. If you don't have a PS Plus membership, odds are you won't want to shell out the entry fee of $12.99 for 30 days. Though if you do find yourself itching to jump in, the standard subscription fee for 6-months is also $12.99, making it a much better deal than a $60 PS Plus membership for a whole year.

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