Sony has finally announced its line-up of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers for February.
It’s not a bad list, either—though that applies mostly to the PS4 offerings. The free games this time around include at least one that I’ve wanted to play since the PS4 launched way back in 2013, as well as a newer game that many gamers may have missed.
(See the free PS Plus games for January here. Today’s the last day to download at least one very worthwhile game.)
As with last month, I’m including each game’s OpenCritic (or MetaCritic) score so that you have a sense of how each title performed with critics. Obviously this is less of a concern when each game is free, but we all have limited time and limited HD space on our PS4’s, so it never hurts to have as much information at your fingertips as possible.
Including review aggregates can also be helpful for one other reason: To show just how low most of these free games score. Come on, Sony, we can do better than this!
Here are all the free PS Plus games for January:
- Knack (58% on OpenCritic)
- Rime (80% on OpenCritic)
- Spelunker HD (56% on MetaCritic)
- Mugen Souls Z (57% on MetaCritic)
- Exiles End (63% on MetaCritic)
- Grand Kingdom, PS Vita (Also available on PS4) (76% on MetaCritic)
PS VR (Jan 2 – March 6)
- Starblood Arena (68% on OpenCritic)
Knack is one of those games that looked really fun but ended up scoring really poorly. And amidst the flood of new PS4 and Xbox One games at the time, I just never got around to playing it. I did play a bit of the sequel at last year’s E3 and I enjoyed that well enough, but now that Knack is free I can give it a spin if only to see why it didn’t live up to its promise.
I have played, and enjoy, Rime quite a bit, especially for its lovely visuals. It’s not a perfect game by any means, but it has some nice puzzling and exploring and for the rock bottom price of free you could do much worse.
On PS3, don’t confuse Spelunker HD with Spelunky. The former is generally a much better received game and was inspired by the original 80s’ game Spelunker, of which this is a remake. Beyond this I haven’t tried any of the rest of these games. I haven’t dusted off my PS Vita in ages and I rarely strap a VR headset to my face these days either.
- Check out what’s coming to Xbox Games With Gold in February here.
- See what new games are releasing in February here.