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 July 2020

Due to the first Tuesday of the month falling late into July, we didn’t hear about the next line-up of free games until today. The good news is, July 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of PlayStation Plus, first launching on the PlayStation 3. To celebrate, Sony is giving away three freebies this month, as well as a free theme, and will host a free online multiplayer weekend starting this Saturday. So, without further ado, here is the line-up for PlayStation Plus Free Games July 2020 available for download on Tuesday, July 7.

First, there’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, the third-person action adventure and sequel to the 2013 reboot Tomb Raider. Laura Croft traverses the freezing environment of Siberia as she searches for the legendary city of Kitezh.

Next, there’s NBA 2K20, the latest title in the popular basketball simulation series. Players can enjoy the return of the MyCareer mode and customize their own players, as well as the return of MyGM and MyLeague modes.

Finally, there’s Erica, a unique FMV (full motion video) game, in which players make choices that impact the results of the story. Follow the main character Erica as she takes you down a shadowy world full of danger, murder, and cultists in this interactive thriller.

All three games in the line-up of PlayStation Plus free games July 2020 have Platinum trophies to unlock.

Erica is the quickest and easiest of the three. If you chose to follow a walkthrough, the Platinum can be earned in around 10 hours.

The Platinum for Rise of the Tomb Raider is of average difficulty, and has no missable trophies since a free roam and chapter select is available. Completionists should take note however, that the game has a whopping 59 DLC trophies for online play.

NBA 2K20 can be challenging at times, particularly for anyone new to the basketball series. More importantly however, you will be looking at hundreds and hundreds of hours for the Platinum, as you spend an incredible amount of time collecting 2,900 cards for the Ultimate Collector trophy.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Trophy Guide

Rise of the Tomb Raider Trophy Guide. Difficulty: **  A third-person action-adventure and sequel to the 2013 reboot Tomb Raider. The Platinum is fairly average in difficulty, though will require some time.

Game Name Difficulty Trophies Developer Country Bronze Silver Gold Online DLC
Rise of the Tomb Raider ** 66 Crystal Dynamics U.S. 64 0 1 2 59

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is a third-person action adventure, the eleventh title in the Tomb Raider series, and a sequel to the 2013 reboot Tomb Raider. Players use a wide variety of weapons to take out enemies, use the environment such as explosive barrels or cutting rope-wrapped structures, or utilize stealth techniques. Gained experience points can be used to improve skills.

Taking place one year following the events of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is experiencing PTSD due to her experiences on Yamatai. In a search for answers, she decides to revisit her late father's research on a quest for the lost city of Kitezh, which is told to hold the secrets of immortality.

Rise of the Tomb Raider received positive reviews with an average score of 88%, praised for its graphics, environments, and stealth sections, though criticized by some for underdeveloped characters, simple story, and some technical issues such as the game's frame rate.

The game is fairly average in terms of difficulty, though will require a bit of time. At least one full playthrough on Survivor difficulty is required, and plenty of collectibles to find, as well as getting gold medals in all levels. However, the game includes both a free roam, as well as a chapter select, so nothing is missable. There are two online trophies, though these simply require an internet connection.

Expect around 45-55 hours for the Platinum, depending on skills.

Survivor difficulty is available from the beginning, and you'll need to complete the story on this level for the Ultimate Survivor trophy. Aside from taking more damage, your health won't regenerate unless you use med kits. However, Survivor difficulty is not that hard for any average player, so if you wish to avoid a second playthrough, we recommend beginning on that.

Since there will be a free roam and chapter select after completing your playthrough, almost none of the trophies are missable. Yet, we recommend finding as many collectibles as you can, which will not only make the mopping-up after easier, but add to your XP during your Survivor playthrough.

The only trophy to watch out for is the Avid Shopper trophy, which requires you to purchase all items from the supply shack. It's possible to not have enough gold in the free roam stage to get this trophy. To be on the safe side, avoid purchasing the Crafting Tool and Enhancement Tool during your playthrough, and instead get them in the free roam.

Once you've completed your Survival difficulty plathrough, it's time to achieve 100% completion for the No Stone Unturned trophy. This includes, following clearing the main game, beating all the Challenge Tombs, raided all the Crypts, finished all the Challenges and Side Missions, and found all the collectibles. You'll unlock a number of trophies on your route to getting the No Stone Unturned trophy. Check out the collectibles location guides under our Links tab for help on this, if necessary.

After that, it's time to mop-up all the miscellaneous trophies you're still missing, with the exception of those related to the Score Attack and collecting cards. Be sure to check out the Rise of the Tomb Raider trophy guide links under our Links tab to see which of these miscellaneous trophies you still need, and their requirements. This may include a few trophies that are easier to collect on a lower-level of difficulty, such as killing five enemies in ten seconds with a rifle for the A Trusty Old Friend trophy, or three enemies with a single shotgun blast for the Triple Threat trophy.

Also, by now you should have enough credits to buy the 300 cards needed for both the Quite The Collector and These Belong In A Museum trophies. These two trophies are the only ones which are technically online, as they require an internet connection.

Lastly, are the Score Attack related trophies. These include basically replaying each chapter and completing them with a Gold Rating. There are eight trophies to unlock here on your way to getting the Gold Child trophy.

First, here's a Walkthrough on IGN:

And Krystal109 has a text-based Walkthrough here:

Here's a great Trophy Guide by PowerPyx and PsychoDelusion et al, which includes the DLC:

And QuentinCle95 has a great Trophy Guide here:

A useful Trophy Guide on GamerGuides:

And an Achievement Guide (same as the trophies on PS4) by Illusionary and Fullmetalx07:

Here's a video for the Challenge Tombs Locations by PowerPyx:

If you're looking for Co-op Partners for the DLC, here's a Boosting Forum on PlaystationTrophies:

Finally, here's a basic Trophy List: