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It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for December 13th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for December 13th

It was slim pickings last week but for December 13th there’s quite a bit of free stuff to be had on the PlayStation Store! Let’s go:

Demos
If you recently picked up a newer, cheaper PlayStation VR headset and are looking for something free, grab The Last Guardian VR Demo. Hopefully Trico isn’t as spastic as in the full game or you’re likely to be virtually squished. ARIKA’s back with a new entry in the EX series, Fighting EX Layer, and there’s a free beta demo that you can play now through Christmas Day, the 25th. If you missed picking up The Evil Within 2 on a Black Friday sale you can at least check out a chunk of it now for free with this demo. Likewise, if Square Enix’s Lost Sphear has you intrigued you can grab a demo of it now too.

Add-ons
The cream of the crop for add-on content this week has to be Resident Evil 7’s free “Not a Hero” DLC. Mainstay hunk, Chris Redfield, appears in the expansion fighting “new enemies and cruel traps” and probably spending way less time hiding under things than in the main game. Also high on the list of freebies is the Carnivals and Legends add-on for Pinball FX3 bringing two unique tables to the game.

For PlayStation Plus subscribers there are a pair of bonus packs for both SMITE and Star Trek Online while everyone gets a bundle of free elixirs in Tokyo Xanadu eX+.Lastly, Capcom’s released a SHAREfactory theme for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite that adds a handy visual package for your on-console video editing needs.

Avatars & Themes
If you like the looks of Ubisoft’s mysterious VR experience, Transference, you can grab a free cyberpunk-esque Avatar image this week. And continuing the peace offering from EA, there are two free Star Wars Battlefront II themes to decorate your PlayStation 4 Home Screen with, if you need a reminder of your seething rage.

Odds & Ends
If the cold weather has you huddled around your PlayStation 4 for warmth, here are a couple of not-free things that might help lift your spirits. Aqua TV is a tried-and-true aquarium screensaver with a bunch of goofy customization options. It’s not free but on sale for PlayStation Plus members at $6.99. Best of all is this sunny, pixely Windjammers theme for $2. I don’t even like the game but that art is undeniably cheery!

*All titles are for North America unless specifically noted.
Availability probably varies wildly depending on your region.

It’s Free (or cheap)! on PlayStation Store for December 6th

It's Free (or cheap)! on PlayStation Store for December 6th

If you’re broke I’ve got some bad news.
f you’re broke but have a PlayStation Plus subscription I’ve got some slightly better news.

Free-to-Play games 3on3 FreeStyle, Dreadnought, and Happy Dungeons all have free add-ons for PlayStation Plus members this week. For 3on3 you’ll get a handful of coins and upgrade items. In Dreadnought you’ll get a pair of emblems that seem to have some kind of perk effect on your ships. And in Happy Dungeons it’s time for your regularly scheduled monthly bonus of Happy Jewels.

Since the freebies were a bust let’s take a look at a couple of nearly-free, super cheap things to fill up this post a bit more. Mitch: Berry Challenge is making its debut on PlayStation 4 this week (for $3.99 or $2.79 for PS+) and it stars everyone’s favorite green iguana…….. MITCH! It’s a quaint if plain looking platformer that got its start back in the OUYA days.

Idea Factory is also having a massive sale on add-on DLC for a variety of games including the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Fairy Fencer F, Dark Rose Valkyrie, and Monster Monpiece. Most of them are half-off and priced at $0.99 or below. Beyond that, well… Q*bert: Rebooted avatars are once again on sale in case you personally identify with a Q*bert that looks like Frankenstein. Hey, that’s fine, no judgement.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for November 27th

It's Free! on PlayStation Store for November 27th

I look at the PlayStation Store every week out of my own curiosity so why wouldn’t I pass on the word about some free junk?! Let’s sort that page by “price: lowest to highest” and see what’s bubbled up for the week of November 27th.

Avatars & Themes
As expected, there’s a bunch of free avatar icons and themes in the mix. Cat Quest recently launched on PlayStation 4 and the team at PQUBE have released five cute avatar icons and one ruggedly handsome mustachioed cat sailor to celebrate. If you feel the need to redecorate your dashboard on the cheap this week there’s a free static theme from PAYDAY 2 and even a free flashy dynamic theme to celebrate Rez Infinite’s one-year anniversary. Hey, happy birthday Rez Infinite!

 

It's Free! on PlayStation Store for November 27th

Demos & Add-Ons
If you’re one of the people who still uses SHAREfactory to edit clips on PlayStation 4 and you aren’t totally disgusted with Star Wars Battlefront II then there’s a free video package to play around with in the app. I don’t know, add some Star Wars themed stickers and transitions to your rant videos about lootboxes or whatever.

If you’d rather play some games there are two new demos to grab: one for Destiny 2 and one for Steep: Road to the Olympics which is actually a “beta” version of the full game coming December 5th. You can also get a serious boost in Titanfall 2 with a free Jump Start Add-On that basically unlocks everything and gives you some Experience boosts. I haven’t kept up with the game at all but this sounds a little desperate to me. Meanwhile, I’m not sure if it’s desperation or if Sega finally understands Sonic fans but they’ve got free “Sanic” t-shirts for Sonic Forces this week. Given the way those custom characters look this is literally a memes-on-memes situation.

 

It's Free! on PlayStation Store for November 27th

Free Games!
“Arcade Never Dies!” proclaims the description of Knights of Valour, the extremely peculiar free-to-play adaptation of the 1999 arcade brawler. No, it’s not my long-prophesied virtual token, instead the designers at the dubiously named studio, Games in Flames, are counting on you to buy $5 and $10 packs of reforging stones to buff up your gear or $15 to straight unlock characters. Alongside the game there’s a free pack of junk for PlayStation Plus members to dull the microtransaction sting if you do decide to jump in.

It’s pretty wild: taking an old arcade game and retooling it with modern free-to-play hooks. I’m not expecting to fall into its trap but I’m interested to see how they turn an hour-long arcade game into a grueling grindfest. The whole Dynasty Warriors/Three Kingdoms style also has me on board. Isn’t Dynasty Warriors 9 here yeeeeet?!

*All titles are for North America unless specifically noted.
Availability probably varies wildly depending on your region.

Happy Thanksgaming from GameLuv!

Happy Thanksgaming from GameLuv!

~ May your autosaves be fresh and your load times be fast ~

Dana asked me to whip up a “video game Thanksgiving” wallpaper for her this weekend and the image that came to mind was simple: a traditional illustration of a pilgrim gathering with a big ol’ Castlevania wall meat centerpiece. I’m happy to say that it turned out just as I pictured but I forgot to save the image and only pasted it into our Facebook chat.

I wasn’t happy with Facebook’s compression when I copied it back out so I spent a bit more time on the version here to make it our official (and inaugural) GameLuv Thanksgivinggaming wallpaper. To all those partaking in the holiday, Happy Thanksgiving from the GameLuv crew. And to everyone else, Happy [DAY OF THE WEEK]!

P.S. Click the image or this link for the full-sized 1920×1080 wallpaper.

These Kinect-free re-releases are a little sad

 

These Kinect-free re-releases are a little sad

I don’t know if it’s liberating or disappointing for Frontier Developments to see their premiere Kinect titles retooled for controllers and re-released to puff up the Xbox lineup. For me it’s totally liberating as I was eager to start both games but quickly tired of recalibrating the Kinect and feeling my arms go limp after pretend petting elephants.

But Frontier was on par with Rare when it came to their dedication to Kinect. They weren’t just shoveling out titles to cash in on the fizzling motion control fad. Frontier put some real heart into the darling little Kinect launch title Kinectimals and expanded on it With Bears!. It was the wholesomeness of Kinectimals that I feel landed them the chance to combine their love of amusement park sims with the most beloved amusement park of all: Disneyland.

Again, they could’ve done the cashgrab and slapped a fresh coat of paint (and Mickey bars) on their Thrillville engine. But from what I remember they put as much love into Cinderella’s dress as they had the doe-eyed Kinectimals. Then they became one of the few studios going all-in on Kinect for Xbox One where they combined all their past experience and expertise for Zoo Tycoon.

Four years later, Microsoft has finally given up on Kinect and set their internal teams on Frontier’s founding titles to make them 100% less demanding to play. Now Kinect Disneyland Adventures and Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection (alongside Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure, not from Frontier) are available for $30 and are Play Anywhere compatible on PC and Xbox One. Like I said, it’s great news for gamers — those who skipped the titles because of Kinect or are just now coming to Xbox looking for family-friendly fun — but I can’t help feeling a little remorse for all of Frontier’s efforts as well.