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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.

Surprise! PlayStation Exclusive Megaton Rainfall is out this week

Surprise! PlayStation Exclusive Megaton Rainfall is out this week

Has it really been two years since I last saw Megaton Rainfall!? The “Superman simulator” was one of my Top 20 games from IGF 2015 and then showed up in a PlayStation VR sizzle reel at Paris Games Week later in the year. It went radio-silent after that and just yesterday made its easily-overlooked debut on the PlayStation Store. With everything from South Park and Gran Turismo Sport to WWE 2K18 and The Evil Within 2 launching at the same time, Megaton is likely to be missed but I’m here to champion it one more time.

Basically, you’re Superman. You’re Superman fighting an invasion of gigantic alien robots who are bent on destroying the world’s populace, and apparently bending reality. Judging by the debut trailer it’s more of a game than a tech demo now and incorporates a ‘casualties’ meter to reign in your omnipotent power. Blasting around the world and firing endless laser beams, you’re just as much a threat to humanity as the aliens are. The destruction looks satisfying but so does the challenge of avoiding casualties while still wiping out the colossal bad guys.

 

It’s out now for $15.99 and hallelujah it isn’t a VR exclusive as I feared. I’d try it out in VR to see what those sonic speeds do to my constitution but I’m really just happy that I can finally play it! Hopefully some video will follow so keep an eye on my YouTube and Twitch channels if you’re also intrigued by this game.

Sony’s Unties label brings Indie games to Mobile, Consoles, PC

Sony's Unties label brings Indie games to Mobile, Consoles, PC

Here’s a little morning irony for you: while one arm of Sony refuses to budge on cross-platform online play in games like Rocket League, another arm is helping bring indie titles to mobile devices, PC, and even the “rival” Nintendo Switch. How’d this all happen? USgamer’s Mike Williams summed it up pretty well this morning:

“Sony Music reached into its animation subsidiary Aniplex to create and publish to [sic] mobile games in Japan: Fate/Grand Order and Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story. The former is a smash hit in Japan and just launched in North America a few months ago. The latter title is also doing really well for Sony Music.”

That surprise success has spawned a new publishing label for Sony Music Entertainment Japan, Unties. The group’s goal is to find and release unique independently-developed games on an array of platforms and not just PlayStation.

“The name ‘Unties’ comes from the thought ‘to unleash the excellent talents of unique game creators all over the world’,” reads the press release translated by Gematsu. “And setting creators free from the various shackles of game publishing, named from the intention of realizing publishing that is freedom of production without restraints.”

It all looks and sounds very fallopian to me and I’m going to have to delve into that through therapy some day but despite my personal hangups, the lineup makes for a diverse start. There’s Tiny Metal, a colorful RTS game reminiscent of Advance Wars which is fitting as it’s the one title announced for the Nintendo Switch as well as PlayStation 4 and PC.

Sony's Unties label brings Indie games to Mobile, Consoles, PC

There’s Deemo Reborn for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR, an expansion of the recent Nintendo Switch version which itself is based on the 2013 mobile rhythm game. Last Standard looks to be a one-on-one fighting game played from the third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective with an emphasis on learning how each weapon functions and how best to dodge, parry, and counter it. No platforms have been named yet but given the action in this brief trailer it could work just as well as a touch-based phone game as a console fighter. Finally, there’s Merkava Avalanche which has been on Steam Greenlight since last November. It’s a peculiar one, looking like a 3D brawler where teams of gold plated, two-wheeled, robotic centaurs grapple and joust against one another in vast environments.

All of this is happening in Japan to start so the details are a little hard to discern at the moment. But the news of Sony publishing games on non-PlayStation platforms couldn’t go unreported, even by this dormant blog.