PlayStation Plus Free Games for January 2018Jan 1, 2018 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate PlayStation is starting the year with a bang, and its PlayStation Plus lineup in the first month of 2018 promises to be an explosive one.
Last December PlayStation Plus lineup was a forgetful one. Although Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition and Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends are decent games in their own right, they are not something gamers would go nuts about. Anyway, January 2018’s lineup is a promising one, including humans with mechanical augmentations and the famous Dark Knight of Gotham. So, let’s take a look at what the month holds in store:
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Another installment of the Deus Ex franchise, Mankind Divided is a direct sequel to the previous title, Human Revolution where augmented humans lost control of their minds and bodies. Don’t worry though, you can jump in straight into the action and story as it features an all new setting and world to immerse yourself in. Once again, players will take the role of Adam Jensen, an expert covert agent, who will endeavour to unravel a worldwide conspiracy.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a first-person shooter with role-playing and stealth elements. You will have access to the game’s plethora of mechanical augmentations which are basically cyborg-like upgrades which enhance the protagonist’s capabilities. It’s a futuristic adventure you have to undertake: it is fast-paced with a compelling story and a twisted, yet immersive world.
Batman: The Telltale Series
Telltale has always been known to create story-based adventure games where your choices determine the outcome. This formula hasn’t changed in Batman: The Telltale Series where you will play as, you guessed it, the Dark Knight himself. Strap yourself into the shoes of half billionaire, half vigilante crime fighter Bruce Wayne as he puts on his cape and stalks criminals in the dangerous streets of Gotham City. This isn’t the first time a Telltale game has been named into a free PlayStation Plus lineup. The Game of Thrones and Tales of the Borderlands were added into separate monthly lineups this 2017.
As Batman, you will get to interact with the likes of Selina Kyle (AKA Catwoman), James Gordon, and Harvey Dent. Like all Telltale games, every choice you make will have consequences, so be sure to take a path whose outcomes you can live with The game also features real-time action events, so be sure to move fast and use your Batman-like reflexes! The game features outstanding voice-acting performances of Laura Bailey as Catwoman and Troy Baker as Batman himself.
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
Available on both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita as a cross-buy title, Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness is essentially a visual novel. The game is based on the 2012 anime series, Psycho-Pass, and it has a pretty immersive and interesting setting. In a distant future in Tokyo, citizens can be imprisoned/killed based on their mental and psychological capability to commit crimes. Police officers use a technological scan called Psycho-Pass to determine this.
You can either play as two characters in this compelling adventure: Nadeshiko Kutaguchi or Takuma Tsurugi, each with different backgrounds. If you’ve watched the anime, don’t worry, the game runs parallel to its story. Though there are references and anime characters that will make an appearance, it is an all new adventure considering that the protagonists are pursuing a different enemy called Alpha.
Another PlayStation 4 and PS Vita cross-buy title, Uncanny Valley is an indie title developed by Cowardly Creations and publisher Digerati. This 2D pixel art adventure is a grim and dark one: it’s a survival horror game at its core, with puzzle, shooting, and platforming elements. You will get to play as Tom, a humble security guard who works in an abandoned facility. Apparently, he keeps having disturbing nightmares, and for some reason, he decides to explore and unravel the mysteries it holds.
Don’t let the 2D and pixel art limitations fool you: the game’s atmosphere is tense, heavy, and oppressive, like most of the horror games created back in the day. The game features an innovative “consequence system” wherein instead of death greeting you upon failure, a negative, yet lasting effect will be imposed upon you. For example, you may end up breaking an arm, which hinders your shooting, or an injury to your leg which in turn slows down movement. In addition, the game has several endings, giving the opportunity for multiple playthroughs.
The PlayStation 3 lineup includes Sacred 3, a hack ‘n’ slash brawler, and The Book of Unwritten Tales, a point-and-click adventure. Meanwhile, PlayStation VR users are treated to Starblood Arena, which will be free-to-play from January 2 to March 6. You will basically play the role of a space pilot and compete with others in a fast-paced and destruction-oriented competition.
Overall, this month’s PlayStation Plus lineup will definitely keep you preoccupied. Although they are essentially different, they have one thing in common: they are all adventures you would not want to miss out on. The games will be available next week, so be sure to watch out for them if you’re a subscriber.