Free PlayStation Plus games
Sony’s free PlayStation Plus games for December include some very popular titles, like SOMA, Onrush and more. The full lineup includes SOMA, Iconoclasts and Onrush on the PlayStation 4; Steredenn and SteinsGate on the PlayStation 3; and Iconoclasts (a cross-buy with the PS4 release) and Papers, Please on the PlayStation Vita.
Soma is a sci-fi horror game set under the ocean after a catastrophe ends the world. Soma is from the same studio responsible for Amnesia: The Dark Descent. OnRush is a “gravity-defying” racing game with a focus on team racing. Players can destroy other players’ vehicles, crush them and run them off the road.
Steredenn is a side-scrolling space shooter, while SteinsGate is a time travel science fiction interactive. Iconoclasts is an action platformer, while Papers, Please is a solid puzzle game in which players play the role of an immigration inspector who tries to control the flow of people entering the fictional country of Arstotzka.
These new games will be available starting Dec. 4 until Jan. 1, so, you still have a few days to enjoy November’s titles, which include Yakuza Kiwami and Bulletstorm on the PS4; Jackbox Party Pack 2 and Arkedo Series on the PS3; and Burly Men at Sea and Roundabout on the PS Vita.
In addition to these free PlayStation Plus games, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to download the PlayStation Plus Booster Pack III for Warframe. The pack is downloadable content for the free-to-play shooter game and includes 100 platinum, 100,000 credits, a laser rifle, a 7-Day Affinity Booster, the Quanta Obsidian Skin and a 7-Day Credit Booster. This DLC will be available until Jan. 15.
Free games from Xbox
Like Sony, Microsoft also has a subscription service which gives users access to free games every month. To download the free games, players need an subscription to Xbox Live Gold subscription on either the Xbox One or Xbox 360.
Microsoft also recently announced its free downloadable games for December. For the Xbox One, they include Q.U.B.E. 2, which will be available Dec. 1-31, and Never Alone, which will be available Dec. 16 to Jan. 15. For the Xbox 360, the free games are Dragon Age II, which will be available Dec. 1-15, and Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, available Dec. 16-31. The total value of all these games if you purchase them separately is $59.96.
Q.U.B.E. 2 is a puzzle game set in an alien world, while Never Alone is a side-scrolling platformer featuring a puzzle element. Dragon Age II is from BioWare, which is credited with the Mass Effect series. The game debuted on the Xbox 360 in 2011. Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, which was released in 2005 on the original Xbox, is an action-shooter.
Until the December titles are available, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can continue to enjoy November’s free games, which include 2017’s Battlefield 1 and Victor Vran for the Xbox One and Assassin’s Creed and Dante’s Inferno for the Xbox 360.
PlayStation Classic games revealed
In other Sony news, the Japanese company will release the PlayStation Classic console on Dec. 3. The console will launch 24 years after the debut of the original console in Japan. It will be significantly smaller than the original one, but the controller will be full size.
Sony’s newest console will come loaded with 20 original PlayStation games, including:
- Final Fantasy VII
- Jumping Flash
- Ridge Racer Type 4
- Tekken 3
- Wild Arms
- Resident Evil Director’s Cut
- Revelations: Persona
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
- Syphon Filter
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
- Twisted Metal
- Battle Arena Toshinden
- Cool Boarders 2
- Destruction Derby
- Grand Theft Auto
- Intelligent Qube
- Metal Gear Solid
- Mr Driller
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
The PlayStation Classic will cost $100 and ship with two wired controllers, an HDMI cable and a USB cable. It does not have an AC adapter. As of now, it is not known how many units will be available at launch, but considering how difficult the NES and SNES Classic consoles were to find right after their launches, it may be a good idea to pre-order the PS Classic. You can pre-order it from Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart.