PlayStation Plus Free Games April 2021

Just three days after the huge news regarding the closure of the PlayStation Store on the PS3, PSP, and Vita, Sony made another announcement: the next line-up for PlayStation Plus free games April 2021 which will be available for download on Tuesday, April 6.

First, there’s Days Gone, the post-apocalyptic survival horror by Bend Studio, released in 2019. Set in Oregon just a few years after a global pandemic turned humanity into zombie-like creatures known as Freaks, former US Army veteran Deacon St. John is doing his best to survive this nightmare while searching for his wife whom he believes may still be alive.

Next, there’s Zombie Army 4: Dead War, a sequel to the 2015 Zombie Army Trilogy, which in turn is a spin-off of the Sniper Elite series. As evident by the title, this is another zombie-related title, which takes places in an alternate 1946 following Adolf Hitler’s banishment to hell. Players can join their friends in co-op and take down wave after wave of Nazi zombies in this over-the-top B-movie like title.

And for the PS5, there’s Oddworld: Soulstorm, the next installment in the Oddworld series. In this 2.5D side-scrolling platformer, players control Abe who must save his mudokon friends from slave labor. Oddworld: Soulstorm will be launching on the same day it is available as part of the line-up for the PlayStation Plus free game April 2021 on April 6.

All three titles for this line-up of PlayStation Plus free games April 2021 have Platinum trophies to unlock.

The Platinum trophies for both Days Gone and Zombie Army 4: Dead War are not particularly difficult, though both will take around 50 hours of gameplay.

Since Oddworld: Soulstorm will be first released on April 6, we unfortunately do not yet have any information on the difficulty of this Platinum.

Sony Closing PlayStation Store on PS3, Vita, and PSP

The end of an era is coming this summer. On their official Important Notices site, Sony announced the closing PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable this year on July 2nd, and for the PlayStation Vita on August 27th.

This means players will no longer be able to purchase games, downloadable content for games, or any video or media content for their PS3, Vita, or PSP. Nor will players be able to use PSN wallet fund vouchers on these devices.

However, the good news is that players will still be able to access any previously purchased game titles, video and media content, and redeem game vouchers. This also includes all claimed game titles for PlayStation Plus members, provided that the player’s membership remains active. Previously purchased games can be downloaded by accessing the Download List on the device.

Trophy hunters and Completionists may want to consider what this means for your trophy percentages. If there is any DLC for your PS3 and Vita games that you’ve been putting off, now would be the time to make those purchases. Otherwise, you will risk having less than 100% trophy completion on those titles, forever.

The PlayStation Store first launched on the PS3 on November 11, 2006. It was a groundbreaking way for players to make digital purchases of games, rather than having to visit stores and buy physical copies. It also enabled the ability to acquire downloadable content, play game demos before deciding on a purchase, and download different themes to dress up their interface. It also brought the Indie game market to PlayStation Players, particularly on the Vita.

While many of us have since moved on from the PS3 and PSP, and the Vita never really became a popular gaming device, it is still sad to see the closing PlayStation Store – especially on the PS3 where it first premiered.

PlayStation Plus Free Games March 2021

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. And while many of us may not even be Irish, we still like to dress up in green and celebrate. But instead of needing a leprechaun, we’ve got Sony guiding us to the free games at the end of the rainbow, with a total of four freebies this month. And so, here are the PlayStation Plus free games March 2021 which are available for download on Tuesday, March 2.

First, there’s Final Fantasy VII Remake, the 2020 complete revamp of the original Final Fantasy VII first released in 1997 on the PlayStation One. Follow Cloud on his adventures as he teams up with the eco-terrorist group Avalanche to stop the evil corporation Shinra from sucking up the planet’s life essence.

Next, there’s Remnant: From the Ashes, a third-person action RPG featuring game mechanics similar to the Souls series. Wander a post-apocalyptic earth as you set out to put an end to the inter-dimensional evil known as Root that has destroyed the world.

Specifically for the PS5, there’s Maquette, a brand-new puzzle adventure. Recreate memories by performing actions on a table, which causes the outside larger world to follow suit.

Lastly, Sony is also giving away the PSVR action shooter title, Farpoint. Set on a hostile planet, use the PSVR Aim Controller to destroy dangerous aliens and stay alive.

All four PlayStation Plus Free Games March 2021 have Platinum trophies to unlock.

The easiest one, by far, is Maquette. If you follow a video walkthrough, the Platinum can be unlocked in under 5 hours.

The Platinum for Remnant: From the Ashes will take around 60-70 hours of gameplay, but is of average difficulty despite borrowing mechanics from the Souls series.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will require two full playthroughs, one on Hard mode, which in turn will need a lot of grinding to prepare for. Expect around 70-80 hours for the Platinum, and to be challenged during your Hard mode run.

The most difficult of the four Platinums is Farpoint which, though can be done in 30-40 hours, will require some serious shooting skills as well as some strategies.

PlayStation Plus Free Games February 2021

Valentine’s Day is coming up! And what could be more romantic than playing some free games? So, here is Sony’s next line-up of PlayStation Plus Free Games February 2021 available for download on Tuesday, February 2.

First, there’s Control Ultimate Edition, a third-person action adventure originally released on the PS4 in August 2019, and now rereleased for the PS5. Jesse Faden is the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Control, an agency that studies any phenomena that violates the laws of reality, a job which certainly comes with its challenges.

Next, there’s Concrete Genie, an adventure title where players use the DualShock 4’s motion controls to create landscapes that come to life. Ash, a teenager, is handed a magic paintbrush used in vanquishing the darkness of a small town. Aspects of the game can be played using the PSVR.

Finally, there’s Destruction AllStars, a brand-new vehicular combat game for the PS5. Players select from a range of vehicles each with unique abilities, and smash up their enemies. The game includes both single-player and online vehicular battles.

All three games have Platinum trophies to unlock.

The Platinum for Concrete Genie is by far the easiest to obtain, as the game itself is not particularly difficult. All trophies can be unlocked in only 7-8 hours.

Control Ultimate Edition is of average difficulty, with a Platinum that can be obtained in under 20 hours.

The trophies for Destruction Allstars require a fair bit of grinding as well as luck, needing anywhere between 35-45 hours. Also, take note that there are a number of online trophies which can be challenging and time consuming on your own, but much easier if boosted.

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.