Sony have revealed the free games coming to PlayStation Plus subscribers this month, and when compared to previous months, it just looks bad.
The trailer, which is available to view above (if you can bare it), currently sits at 12K dislikes to 2K likes. This is horrendous when compared to last month’s line-up, with some players saying that Sony had finally “stepped up” and that they were considering purchasing PS Plus again due to the selection of ‘free games’. This is probably now not the case seeing some of the YouTube and PlayStation Blog comments.
The PS4 games included are; Worms Battlegrounds, a 3D version of the turn-based couch co-op classic. Bound, a platformer with a “unique visual style with a powerful story and gameplay mechanics infused with modern dance.” R-Type Dimensions (PS3), Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic (PS3 – this one is entertaining to play with friends), Dungeon Punks (PS Vita), and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episodes 1 & 2 – PS Vita). These games on their own aren’t necessarily bad, but when compared to previous months, and players’ expectations to see ‘AAA’ games, it certainly is a letdown.
To make matters worse; “From November 7 through January 2, PlayStation Plus members in the U.S., Canada, and most of Latin America can download Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PS VR) as a bonus game.” This makes the list of games included this month look slightly better, but I guess they forgot about the rest of the World.
Many could use the argument that we have been getting consistently good titles recently, such as Metal Gear Solid V, Until Dawn, and Just Cause 3, or at the very least, some ‘AAA’ action to enjoy, so we should be grateful. I would agree to that, however, Sony have just increased their PS Plus membership prices from £39.99 a year to £49.99 (€49.99 to €59.99).
This service allows players to play online, use extra features, and be able to download free monthly games. The only justification for an increase then is that players will get a better experience, and will have access to great past releases, such as the above mentioned games. So this month’s line-up really does feel like either a slap in the face, a relapse back to last year, or Sony were too preoccupied with Paris Games Week that they cobbled together a list as quickly as possible.
Speaking of PGW, the showing that Sony delivered also has a direct negative impact on the free games this month. We have just witnessed the likes of The Last of Us 2, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Detroit: Become Human, God of War, and Shadow of the Colossus, to name a few. Therefore, the games listed in this month’s line-up had to be something great in order to get players hyped, and they aren’t. Sony could have used the excitement generated from PGW to give players something like; The Evil Within, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Evil Within 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Origins have just released), Beyond: Two Souls (to build up to the release of Detroit), or even The Order: 1886.
At least the coming months are jam-packed with games coming out so we can all forget that this ever happened. Here’s to a better December when it comes to free PS Plus games.