PlayStation Plus shows how its done. Again

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We told you that US-based PlayStation Plus subscribers would be getting the pretty damned good shooter BioShock Infinite next month for free as part of their subscriptions. You also know that indie scare-fest Outlast was also the free game for PlayStation 4 owners. Neither of those were explicitly confirmed for EU regions. they have been now…but there’s more.

Sony’s confirmed via the European PlayStation Blog that only do subscribers get those two games, they also get the pretty darned awesome Metro: Last Light as well. On top of that, PlayStation Vita owners get Modnation Racers: Road Trip (which is, frankly, a very poor man’s Mario Kart) and Dynasty Warriors Next, which I could skip as well.

You’ll be getting your new games on January 29th on the older platforms, and February 5th on PS4. Remember though, that leaves you with little time to make sure you’ve downloaded all of January’s games.  If you have a Vita, make sure to get Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed. Yes, it’s a Mario Kart clone too, but it’s actually rather damned good, and better than Mod Nation i just about every way.

BioShock Infinite, as you know, is the third game in the series, and is a mind-bending shooter with a fantastic setting in the sky. I’m one f those people who enjoyed it, but found it a tad overrated; the “smart” gameplay from BioShock and system shock devolved into being a pure shooter, and I saw the ending coming from a mile away, so its impact was lessened.

Metro: Last Light, sequel to Metro 2033 was also great – even though it also took a few steps back from its predecessor. It’s far easier than 2033, though still rich with atmosphere. Make sure to play it in Russian with English sub-titles for the best experience.

Continuing its Indiestation label, the PS4 gets indie survival horror Outlast. I can’t recommend this game enough though; it’s polished, it’s intense, and it’s flipping frightening. It may not have the budget of AAA, so some models and environments won’t blow you away, but it’s been made by a bunch of people with experience making games like Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Uncharted.

In summary:

Leaving PS Plus

29th January: DmC Devil May Cry
29th January: Remember Me
29th January: Sonic and Allstars Racing Transformed
29th January: Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
29th January: GTA Liberty City Stories PSP
5th February: Don’t Starve
5th February: RESOGUN

Entering PS Plus

29th January: Metro Last Light
29th January: BioShock Infinite
29th January: Dynasty Warriors Next
29th January: ModNation Racers: Road Trip
5th February: Outlast

Once again, Sony shows how its done. Yes, Microsoft stepped up recently by actually offering a proper game for the Xbox 360 in the way of the fantastic Sleeping Dogs, but with PlayStation Plus, there’s something great for everyone. Every single month. For the price of one new game per year. It still blows my mind – but it does leave me worrying that people are buying fewer games as a result.

If you have a PlayStation system, internet access and enough bandwidth, there’s really no excuse not to have PlayStation Plus.

Last Updated: January 23, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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