PlayStation Plus subscribers will be treated to some early gifts this December, as the free games lineup includes Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Freedom Wars, and more.
Hot on the heels of the Xbox Free Games with Gold December 2015 announcement, Sony revealed their own free roster of AAA games and indie darlings for the month of December. As usual, the biggest title, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, is included for PS3 users, who will also get 2012's SSX, while PS Vita players will get a chance to try Freedom Wars and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken. For PS4 users, Sony is offering both Gauntlet: Slayer Edition and King's Quest - Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember, two titles that deserve a look despite not being immediately recognizable to most fans.
In Game Rant's Gauntlet: Slayer Edition review, we identified the title as a fun multiplayer romp that might not be worth a purchase for those looking to play solo, but the game becoming free makes giving it a try a no-brainer. Meanwhile, King's Quest - Chapter 1 has revamped the classic King's Quest series into an enjoyable adventure game that's been met with critical acclaim.
Although the troubles with the PS Vita are well-documented, Sony's support of the platform has at least extended as far as the PlayStation Plus free games system, and those users still sticking with the mobile device will be rewarded with Freedom Wars. Freedom Wars is an action role-playing game that many reviewers believed to be the biggest 2014 release on the PS Vita, and now gamers will have a chance to see for themselves without having to spend any money to do so.
It was always going to be hard for Sony to follow their PS Plus November 2015 lineup, which featured gigantic titles like Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season 2, Mass Effect 2, and Beyond Good & Evil. Although Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's reviews and reception mark the title as a must-own, the rest of the December line-up are mostly niche titles that will please specific groups of fans rather than most of the subscribers.
Still, it's difficult to criticize companies for putting free bonus games on offer as part of a subscription service incentive that many gamers would pay for without the extra content. In fact, Sony's decision to let gamers vote on which PS Plus games are offered for free every few months makes sure that even if some months aren't as appealing as others, fans will still get the chance to score some games they really want eventually. Well, that was the plan, until Sony stopped actually letting gamers vote...
What do you think of the December games lineup? Are there any titles you wish Sony had made available for the holiday season that would've fit better than the games offered here? As always, let us know in the comments below.
Source: PlayStation Blog