PlayStation Plus Once Again Shafts PS4 Gamers

Another month of free Indie games while others enjoy a AAA title.

PlayStation 4 gamers who subscribe to PlayStation Plus are gonna get shafted once again as all the free games being offered in April will be Indie titles.

While PlayStation 3 gamers have enjoyed titles like Yakuza 4 and Prototype 2 while PS4 gamers have been offered Transistor and Apotheon.

Sure some Indie games are fun to play but they appeal more to a nitch audince depending on the genre. However its becoming annoying that PlayStation 4 gamers are consistently being offered Indie titles while PS3 gamers have been offered a more diverse selection. 

How about some AAA titles like Killzone: Shadow Fall or Watch Dogs (someone should play it) because it feels like PS4 gamers have been getting the bottom end of the barrel. Meanwhile the last few AAA titles that were offered were either a Next-Gen port or a stand-alone expansion.

As a gamer all I ask is, enough with the free Indie games for the PS4. It's already bad enough the console is not backwards compatible and that we have to pay extra for PlayStation Now. Must they consistently be force feeding us a bunch of indie games.

Indie games are only appealing if the audience enjoys the subject or genre, hence maybe one of them could be fun to play or it could feel like a waste. In fact the only time I play an Indie game is on my iPhone during the morning commute or while on the toilet.

I'm beginning to suspect that Sony is either trying to screw with their fans or whoever is responsible for the line up has an indie game bias and is forcing it onto the consumer.

The only gamers who actually enjoy the selections have been Indie gamers, who (like hipsters) seem to always have this false sense of superiority because they play games nobody knows about. It's always cute to see a hardcore Indie gamer pretend to be better than the Glorious PC Master Race.

Sony should work to correct this problem by properly distributing the free games each month. The package should be one AAA title and two Indie game, not all Indie games and a middle finger to the gamers.

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Stan Rezaee is a gamer from the Bay Area who has been writing about the medium for over five years. He is an old school gamer who still plays with his N64, PlayStation 2 and GameCube. When on his PC, he could still be found playing classic Counter-Strike with friends.

Published Apr. 3rd 2015
  • Bree Jordan
    Yo, do you have an editor? This article is a mess. Your cadence and diction are all over the place, you repeat yourself a lot and your grammar needs some help. I'm not trying to be a tool, just letting you know that if you have a copy editor, they need to be paying closer attention.

    That being said.. PS4 owners get shafted in a lot of respects, but I don't think this is one of them. The indie games we've been offered have all been pretty top tier? It's been said, but Transistor was GOTY for a lot of people, myself included, and I'd sooner play Valiant Hearts or Apotheon than Yakuza 4, hands down. And I don't think you can say Sony's "forcing indies on the consumer" when the games offered on PS+ are a fringe benefit designed to make the service more enticing? If you don't want to pay for it, you can stop. If you want to play AAA games, you can do that, but as the current industry model stands, most AAA devs can't afford to release next gen titles without that $60 price tag. That's a problem endemic in AAA development models, not necessarily in Sony's decision making or "indie bias." Unpack the industry conventions of a new graphics engine for every title, star-studded VA casts and generally throwing more money at the dev process of a title than it can realistically recoup, and then we can have a discussion on why a PS+ model works for smaller titles but not for larger ones.

    I'm really pleased to get the chance to play some really well-made little titles, but that's personal preference right there. If you wanna talk about PS4 owners getting shafted, I mean, yeah, let's talk about the ridiculous pricing options on PSNow, or security and outage issues, or friggin' KH 2.5 (because THAT made a lot of sense,) but I honestly think offering well-made, recent indie titles is preferable to mediocre AAA shit from five years ago.
  • Victor Ren
    Even without owning a PS4 yet, I do see the difference in games between what PS3 and PS4 owners get for free. I think if you release it for one, it should also be released for the other.

    With that said I think we have to keep in mind of how the PS4 is still relatively new, so game companies probably won't want to be giving out their games for free.

    For example, Watch Dogs, has not even been out for a year on the PS4, compared to Prototype 2 which has already been out for about 3 years on an much older console.

    With time the AAA titles will come, but there is no way companies like Ubisoft will be willing to give up their games for free yet. And also Sony is a company that likes to promote their indie titles because they have found enormous success with them. Journey, and Limbo are proven examples of it.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    So a title being indie is automatically a detriment to quality? You must not have noticed how some of the best titles in recent years have come from the indie market, unconstrained by AAA thinking.

    Transistor was one of the, if not the best, games of 2014.

    You also seem to have confused indie titles on console and PC with mobile titles you play during a commute. There is a vast difference between the two.

    Last, you should really check your spelling.
  • The Slow Gamer
    Looking at Metacritic, the free games for PS4 are rated almost the same, of not slightly higher, than the free games for PS3. While they might not be to your taste, they're certainly not bad games.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    You realize Transistor is an actually fairly well-known title. It was getting print coverage by Game Informer in their magazine for goodness sake.

    And also, I'm sorry but "woe is you" can only be sarcastically about this subject. Oh dear, Apotheon? Don't Starve? Transistor? Tower of Guns? How hard it must be for you, getting the handpicked best indies on the PS4 without having to spend an extra dime.

    I agree Shadow Fall should have been PS Plus at this point, and maybe one of the recent remasters, but my gosh the belly aching from the PS4 gamer crowd is getting far worse than this supposed mass of indie "fans" you cannot stand.

    I'm excited with the games available to me via PS Plus whenever I get a PS4. In fact, I often am more likely to try the indies over the AAA games -on PS3- because I know they'll be something different, take up less HDD space, and not require weeks of investment like some AAA games do. If anything, Indie games seem optimal for PS Plus because they fit the whole "flavor of the month club" idea.
  • John Nemesh_4619
    Garbage article filled with personal bias. Remind me to avoid your site in the future if this is a representation of your idea of "journalism"!
  • Stan Rezaee
    Featured Contributor
    I always find it adorable when people who can't tell the difference between a news story and an Op-Ed try to give me journalism advice.
  • Farrel Nobel
    This article isn't "Journalism" it's simply an editorial/opinion article... If you didn't find it to suit your opinions, then feel free to click away. Noone is forcing you to read it.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    ,,,editorials and opinion pieces on a game journalism website. You are expected to put thought and effort into your opinions and views. If you present an argument with holes in it, someone is going to point them out. This isn't your personal blog, this is a legit website.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Hostile reactions to criticism is no way to bring in readers.

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