PlayStation Plus Free Games January 2021

Happy New Year!

Or at least, here in Japan, it will be in about thirty hours. And what better way to enjoy the cold winter holiday than staying indoors and playing some new games? Sony has just unveiled their next batch of freebies, continuing with their latest trend of giving away two PS4 games and one PS5 games. And so, here are the PlayStation Plus Free Games January 2021, available for download on Tuesday, January 5.

First, for PS4 owners, there’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the 2018 action adventure by Edios Monreal and sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider. Taking place shortly after the events of the previous installment, Lara Croft heads to the legendary city of Paititi in the Americas, battling against the paramilitary organization known as Trinity while attempting to stop a Mayan apocalypse from happening.

Next, there’s Greedfall, an action RPG by French developer Spiders. Taking place on a fantastical island in the 17th century, players are free to side with any of the foreign colonizers, or with the native inhabitants who are protected by supernatural beings, all while participating in combat, stealth, and diplomacy.

Lastly, for the PlayStation 5, there’s Maneater, an action title with RPG elements, where players take on the role of a female bull shark seeking revenge on a fisherman for killing her mother. Feed on aquatic wildlife for nutrients, wreck terrify and kill humans along the coast, and search out new abilities to prepare for the hunt.

All three titles have a Platinum trophy to unlock.

For those PlayStation Plus members with a PS5, the Platinum for Maneater is by far the easiest, and needing only 12-15 hours of gameplay to unlock.

Players familiar with the Tomb Raider series should know what to expect for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The game itself is of average difficulty, and requires around 35 hours of gameplay for the Platinum.

Unlocking all the trophies for Greedfall is not much more difficult, though expect between 50-60 hours for the Platinum.

PlayStation Plus Free Games December 2020

Season’s greetings!

It’s that time of the year when some of us may still be in the holiday spirit and perhaps exchange a gift or two. Sony is certainly still in a festive mood, as they are giving away another set of freebies to PlayStation Plus members. Also, like last month, we’re getting another three freebies, two for the PS4 and one to celebrate the launch of the PS5, so looks like this will become a common trend with Sony. So without further ado, here are the PlayStation Plus Free Games December 2020, available for download on the first of December.

First, there’s Just Cause 4, the next title in the action adventure series by Avalanche Studios. A sequel to Just Cause 3, the game takes place in an open-world set in the fictional nation of Solis, where Rico Rodriguez is seeking to take down a private military known as The Black Hand.

Next, there’s Rocket Arena, a third-person online shooter from Final Strike Games. Players select from a range of colorful characters with unique abilities, and jump into an arena where they assist teammates while battling against the opponent.

Finally, there’s Worms Rumble, newly launched for the PS5 but also available for the PS4. Players take control of their worm in this 2.5D action game and battle other players, while customizing their worm through unlocked cosmetic items.

All three games have Platinum trophies to unlock.

Players familiar with the Just Cause series will know what to expect in unlocking all the trophies for Just Cause 4. The game is not particularly difficult for average gamers, there are no missable trophies, and will require around 40 hours of gameplay.

The Platinum for Rocket Arena has some straightforward trophies, though the difficulty in unlocking the Platinum entirely depends on your online shooting skills. Expect anywhere between 50-80 hours, depending on your skills and luck.

The same can be said for Worms Rumble, which also requires online skills and luck for the Platinum, and could take anywhere between 50-80 hours. [EDIT]: Players be warned that a few trophies on the PS5 version have reported to be buggy, and not unlocking.

PlayStation Plus Free Games November 2020

The month is finally arriving, when some lucky gamers will get their hands on a brand-new PlayStation 5. To celebrate the launch of their latest console, Sony is giving away not two, but three freebies this month. Whether or not this will become a common practice remains to be seen.

First, there’s the action RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a sequel to the popular 2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The story takes place between the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, players continue the adventures of the ranger Talion whose body is shared with the spirit of the elf lord Celebrimbor, who are creating an army to fight against Sauron by creating a new Ring of Power.

Next, there’s Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition, an upgrade of the original 2017 Hollow Knight which includes patches and slight graphical improvements. In this action adventure, players control a nameless knight journeying and learning the secrets of an ancient kingdom inhabited by insect-like creatures known as Hallownest.

And as a bonus, Sony is also releasing Bugsnax as a freebie for the PS5, available for download on the day of the new console’s launch, November 12. This first-person adventure game has players exploring a mysterious island and using various contraptions to capture the half-bug, half-snack creatures known as bugsnaks.

All three titles have Platinum trophies to unlock.

Obtaining all the trophies for Middle-earth: Shadow of War is not particularly difficult, though you will need to put in a good 45-50 hours for the Platinum.

The Platinum for Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition however, is no easy task. Not only are some boss battles quite challenging, but you’ll need roughly 100 hours of gameplay to unlock all the trophies.

Since Bugnax is a launch title for the PS5, we do not have any personal experience with the game or its Platinum difficulty. However, from an inside source, we have been informed that the game is overall rather easy, and the Platinum should only take around 10 hours or so.

PlayStation Plus Free Games October 2020

With all the excitement and hustle over reserving a PS5, some of us may have forgotten there are free games to be had. And so, here is the next line-up of PlayStation Plus Free Games October 2020 available for download on Tuesday, October 6.

First, there’s Need For Speed: Payback, the twenty-third installment in the Need for Speed racing series, set in the fictional open-world of Fortune Valley. Three characters are betrayed after a job of stealing limited edition cars go sour, and they’re out for some payback.

And, there’s Vampyr, a third-person action RPG set in a semi-open world London which blends factual and fictional locations. After returning from the Great War in 1918, Doctor Jonathan Reid finds himself turned into a vampire. While searching for clues to this deadly virus, he must battle vampire hunters, and decide whether or not to give in to his blood-hungry tendencies.

Both Need for Speed: Payback and Vampyr have Platinum trophies to unlock.

The Platinum for Need for Speed: Payback is of average difficulty, though a little time consuming with around 40 hours of gameplay required. There are collectibles to find, and some grinding needed to reach a REP of level 50. The game includes 4 online trophies which are easy to unlock and do not require any boosting.

The Platinum for Vampyr is a little easier and far less time consuming, which about 25 hours required. Two playthroughs are needed to unlock each of the two major endings, and a few missable trophies to watch out for.

PlayStation Plus Free Games September 2020

Another month, and another round of freebies from Sony. Here is the next line-up of PlayStation Plus free games September 2020 that are available to download on September 1.

First, there’s Street Fighter V, the 2D fighting game first released in 2016 which features four new characters, and introduces the V-Gauge which builds through the player receiving attacks and allows performing new techniques. Also, in celebration of this PS+ freebie, Sony will be holding tournaments beginning September 4, with prizes for the best of the best.

And, there’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, also known as PUBG, the online multiplayer battle royale where up to 100 players scavenge for weapons on an island and defeat one another in an attempt to be the last man standing.

Both Street Fighter V and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have Platinum trophies to unlock.

The Platinum for Street Fighter V is perhaps the most difficult in the series. Not only will you need to sink a fair amount of time into grinding for XP, but you’ll need to complete Survival Mode on Hell difficulty, win at least 300 ranked online games, and reach the top 10% in online League Ranking.

The Platinum for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is certainly more reasonable, but will still require quite a lot of time as you reach 1000 kills. Most of the other trophies are kill-related and will come naturally as you continue to play.