PlayStation Plus Free Games December 2014 Preview And Black Friday Specialsby Brett Howse on November 28, 2014 12:40 AM EST
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Sony has announced the free games for Playstation Plus members for December, and as is the norm for Sony they have two games available on each of their platforms, with one of the Vita games also available on all three platforms for this month. In addition, they have also announced a swath of Black Friday sales for the Playstation store. Let’s check it out.
Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition
First up for the PS4 is the fighting game Injustice: Gods among us developed by NetherRealm Studios and set in the DC Comics universe. This game based on the Unreal 3 engine was released in April 2013 and then released as the Ultimate Edition for the PS4 in November of last year. The Ultimate edition got an 80 Metascore and 7.6 User score, so clearly people enjoy getting to kick some butt as Batman. Injustice: Gods Among Us normally retails for $29.99.
“Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition enhances the bold new franchise to the fighting game genre from NetherRealm Studios. Featuring six new playable characters, over 30 new skins, and 60 new S.T.A.R. Labs missions, this edition packs a punch. In addition to DC Comics icons such as Batman, The Joker, Green Lantern, The Flash, Superman and Wonder Woman, the latest title from the award-winning studio presents a deep original story. Heroes and villains will engage in epic battles on a massive scale in a world where the line between good and evil has been blurred.”
The second game for the PS4 is a brand new game to the store. Secret Ponchos is a Wild West online game with “quick twitch action gaming” and is from Switchblade Monkeys. It is always great to see new games offered with these programs, and if you love the wild west, and you love online games where you can shoot your friends, this might be the perfect game for you! Though it is not yet priced on the PlayStation Store, it is selling on Steam for $14.99 so it should be around that price when it debuts next week.
“Set in a stylized and iconic Wild West, Secret Ponchos pits players against one another in this fast paced and innovative new form of online combat. Experience a completely unique combat style that thrives in a wide range of modes from intense 1vs1 stand-offs to chaotic 4vs4 all-out team battles. Master dynamic outlaw archetypes, each possessing a variety of deadly attacks and unique weapons. Compete against others using skill and precision timing: dive in and out of range, string together devastating combos and take cover to break line-of-site in order to regroup or plan an ambush.”
Hitman HD Trilogy
Hitman is a well-known series from IO Interactive, with the first game in the series launched in 2000. Hitman HD Trilogy is a compilation of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts, and Hitman: Blood Money remastered for the PlayStation 3 and released in January 2013. As you can guess from the name, players play as a Hitman named “Agent 47” and the game is somewhat of a stealth based action game rather than a full on fps like Call of Duty. The Trilogy scored a 71 Metascore and 7.6 User Score on metacritic, and normally retails for $39.99.
“Experience Agent 47’s classic hits, now in HD. Enter the mind of Agent 47, the world’s most deadly assassin. Staying anonymous, being smart and totally ruthless is the key to a perfect execution. Includes Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money.”
Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut
The second game for the PS3 is a psychological horror video game from Access Games called Deadly Premonition. The PlayStation Plus free version for December is the director’s cut, which normally sells for $19.99. Originally released in February 2010, players lead FBI agent Francis York Morgan through the game as he investigates the “Raincoat Killer”. Although it only got a 70 Metascore, it received a fairly high 7.9 User Score on metacritic, so if you are into scary games, you may want to check this out.
“Revisit the mysterious town of Greenvale with Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut and discover more secrets, bask in the beauty with redefined graphics and move with greater freedom with a complete control overhaul.”
From Indie developer Eiconic Games comes Final Horizon – a tower defense game with strategic and puzzle undertones. The game is also coming to the PS4, but that version is not going to be available as part of this deal. Once again, it’s great to see new games available through this subscription and it makes it a real value-add.
“Final Horizon takes you on an epic story across far reaching planets and solar systems as you fight the mysterious and deadly Swarm. Described as “2 minute tower defense”, Final Horizon is a new take on the popular strategy genre. Combining fast paced action and deep strategy, you’ll need to keep your wits about you if you want to survive.”
From Puppy Games comes Titan Attacks! Fans of video games will likely remember the classic “Space Invaders” and Titan Attacks has been dubbed “The best space invaders tribute ever”. Players get to be the last surviving tank commander on Earth, and the goal is to turn back the invading alien army. The Vita version was launched May 6th of this year. There is no official Metascore yet, but the average Critic review is 73, and it got a 6.7 User Score. Titan Attacks! normally sells for $11.99. It is also available on the PS4 and PS3.
“Single-handedly turn back the evil invading Titan army! Drive back the aliens across the Solar System, and finally defeat them on their homeworld in this modern remix of classic arcade shoot ‘em ups. Titan Attacks! has the same easy-to-learn but hard-to-master gameplay of classic arcade shooters, but is packed full of new features, new strategies, and stylish neo-retro visuals.”
In addition, as part of the Black Friday deals from Sony, a large selection of new and older games are available on sale.
|PlayStation Store Black Friday Deals||Platform||Sale Price||Regular Price|
|Borderlands Pre-Sequel (PS3)||PS3||$39.99||59.99|
|Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Digital Pro Ed…||PS3||$89.99||99.99|
|Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Digital Pro Ed…||PS4||$89.99||99.99|
|Destiny Digital Guardian Edition (PS3)||PS3||$79.99||89.99|
|Destiny Digital Guardian Edition (PS4)||PS4||$79.99||89.99|
|Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition||PS3||$19.99||39.99|
|Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition||PS4||$34.99||59.99|
|FIFA 15 (PS3)||PS3||$23.99||59.99|
|FIFA 15 (PS4)||PS4||$34.99||59.99|
|inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4)||PS4||$19.99||39.99|
|Madden 15 (PS3)||PS3||$23.99||59.99|
|Madden 15 (PS4)||PS4||$35.99||59.99|
|Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS3)||PS3||$29.99||59.99|
|Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4)||PS4||$29.99||59.99|
|MLB 14 The Show||PS3||$19.99||59.99|
|MLB 14 The Show||PS4||$19.99||59.99|
|NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution||PS3||$24.99||49.99|
|Sniper Elite 3||PS3||$19.99||39.99|
|Sniper Elite 3||PS4||$24.99||49.99|
|The Evil Within (PS3)||PS3||$29.99||59.99|
|The Evil Within (PS4)||PS4||$29.99||59.99|
|WWE 2K15 (PS3)||PS3||$39.99||59.99|
There are some heavy hitters there from Sony, including infamous Second Son for the PS4 for 50% off.
If you are looking for some free games to get you through the holidays, there is a decent lineup from Sony for this month. If you want to spend a bit of your hard earned money, some fantastic games are on sale as well.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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anandreader106 - Friday, November 28, 2014 - linkThis is definitely the best offering for PS4 in the last 12 months of PS+.
Also, Transistor for $8 = Sale
deontologist - Friday, November 28, 2014 - linkSo how much was AT fellated by Sony for this piece?
abrowne1993 - Sunday, November 30, 2014 - linkYou realize that these types of pipeline stories have been running here for a while now, and that Microsoft has been given an equivalent article?
barleyguy - Monday, December 1, 2014 - linkThis made me laugh, because people make the same type of comments about AMD, Intel, Microsoft, and whoever else Anandtech writes a positive article on.
If all of the conspiracies are true, Anandtech employees must get a lot of fellatio.
D. Lister - Friday, November 28, 2014 - link"the game is somewhat of a stealth based action game rather than a full on fps like Call of Duty."
Call of Duty? Hitman games are a 3rd-person stealth affair, like a mix of Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed.
barleyguy - Monday, December 1, 2014 - linkPretty good month for PS4. I don't have one yet, but can store the games for later. PS3 and Vita are kinda meh this month though.
I bought Shadow of Mordor, Diablo III, South Park Stick of Truth, and Geometry Wars 3 over the weekend. They had the weekend sale, plus a $15 credit for a $100 purchase. So I got all 4 games for $90 net.
Word is that the PS3 version of Shadow of Mordor isn't as good as the PS4 version unfortunately. They evidently didn't optimize the graphics, and even nerfed the non-graphical elements such as the nemesis system. It seems that the PS3 is now getting worse games as a result of being a "last gen" system. IMO if the PS4 wasn't out, the PS3 version would have gotten properly optimized and would have gotten the full game AI.
jdw22 - Monday, December 1, 2014 - linkI just got a free PSN code from freepsncodes .cc
barleyguy - Monday, December 1, 2014 - linkWe really need a "report spam" button....
DeadZedWalking - Monday, December 1, 2014 - linkCool I just got a free PSN card code at freepsncodes .cc
JesseSkelton - Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - linkWhat time are the Playstation Plus Free Games come on the Playstation systems today. Because I live in middle TN and I haven't seen them yet.