Playstation Plus Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Playstation Plus RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network PS+ Members Get Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces March 2020 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:29:41 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

It's almost March, and that means it's time for another round of free PlayStation Plus games. This month, PS Plus members get Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces for free, along with a surprise trial for the upcoming Predator: Hunting Grounds at the end of the month.

March's free PS Plus games are available starting March 3 and will stay available until April 6. Here's a brief overview of what you can expect.

Shadow of the Colossus

In Team Ico's Shadow of the Colossus, you play as a young man desperately trying to save the life of a loved one, and the only way he can do this is by destroying the colossi that wander the world. We don't really know why, but that isn't the point in this remake of a PlayStation 2 classic.

It's one of the most unique experiences available in gaming, which is why we said in our review, "There still isn't a game out there that can match its dreary atmosphere, simple but effective storytelling, and outstanding boss fights."

Sonic Forces

And then we have Sonic Forces. Billed as a reboot for the modern Sonic series, it ultimately fell short of recapturing the Blue Blur's former glory. It looks good, but the overall level design just doesn't stack up to the likes of Sonic Mania. Or most of the other Sonic games, for that matter, hence our reviewer's concluding thoughts that "it never manages to reach the quality of the franchise's heights."

Still, it's free, and that's a very good price to try it out at if you're interested.

Predator: Hunting Grounds

From Friday March 27 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST until Sunday March 29 at 11:59 p.m. PST, PS Plus subscribers get access to a special trial weekend for Predator: Hunting Grounds. You'll team up with others and complete missions before the Predator tracks you down, or you can be the Predator doing the tracking in this multiplayer survival experience.

Whatever you choose, you can enjoy full cross-play support with PC. It goes without saying, but you'll need an active PS Plus subscription for this.


Since the March PS Plus offerings don't go live until March 3, you've still got time to check out February's awesome offerings too. If none of this catches your interest, don't forget the PlayStation Store Big in Japan sale is still ongoing until March 6 as well.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation Plus news as it develops.

Sony Hosts Big PlayStation Plus Sale — Over 200 Games Discounted Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:24:14 -0400 GS_Staff

Once upon a time, Steam was the only digital games storefront to provide its users with deep discounts on titles old and new. However, over the past several years, that's started to change, with Sony and Microsoft getting in on the action. 

While there was a time when PlayStation's sales and Sony's PlayStation Plus offerings were laughable, that's no longer the case. These days, PS Plus sales are well worth paying attention to. 

From now until April 30 at 11 a.m. EDT, PlayStation Plus members can get up to 80% off a number of high-quality titles, recent releases, and indie gems. That's not including this month's free offerings of Conan Exiles and The Surge

Below, we'll highlight some of the better offerings available, including those for the PS4, PS3, and PSVR. Some highlights include Assassin's Creed Origins, Battlefield V, Shenmue I + II, and the Dead Space trilogy. 

Each game is linked to its PlayStation Store page. Additionally, some games have multiple editions, many of which are also discounted and can be found on the store. 

Game Price Platform
  FIFA 19  $17.99  PS4
  Madden 19  $11.99  PS4
  NBA 2K19  $17.99  PS4
  Assassin's Creed Origins  $14.99  PS4
  Battlefield 1  $9.99  PS4
  Battlefield V  $29.99  PS4
  Burnout Paradise  $4.99  PS4
  Dragon Age: Inquisition GOTY  $9.99  PS4
  Everspace  $7.49  PS4
  Just Cause 3: XXL Edition  $8.99  PS4
  Layers of Fear  $4.99  PS4
  Mass Effect: Andromeda  $7.49  PS4
  Moonlighter  $11.99  PS4
  Need for Speed  $4.99  PS4
  Overcooked 2  $17.49  PS4
  Phantom Doctrine  $11.99  PS4
  Rainbow Six: Siege Deluxe Edition  $11.99  PS4
  Shenmue I + II  $20.99  PS4
  The Crew 2: Gold Edition  $29.99  PS4
  Titanfall 2  $7.49  PS4
  The Division  $9.49  PS4
  Warhammer: Vermintide 2  $20.99  PS4
  WWE: 2K19  $17.99  PS4
  Borderlands 2 VR  $37.49  PSVR
  Alice: Madness Returns  $3.99  PS3
  Dead Space: Ultimate Edition  $4.99  PS3
  Dead Space 2: Ultimate Edition  $5.99  PS3
  Dead Space 3: Ultimate Edition  $5.99  PS3
  Dragon Age II  $3.99  PS3

For a complete list of all 264 discounted games on sale, check out the PlayStation Store.

November’s Seven Free PlayStation Plus Games Are Now Available! Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:28:29 -0500 KatherineZell

It’s that time again. All PlayStation Plus members can download seven titles for free on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. Six of the seven titles will be available from November 7th until December 5th. The seventh, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, will be available through January 2nd. Until Dawn is also a PSVR title.

PlayStation 4 owners can download four games, one thanks to Cross-Buy with the Vita. There’s Dungeon Punks for Vita and PlayStation 4, which is an Action RPG that provides entertainment with friends, against friends, and solo. PlayStation 4 also gets Worms Battlegrounds, which is described on the PlayStation Store as bringing “friends and families together in the noble pursuit of self‐improvement, world domination and exploding sheep.”

There is also Bound, a game all about dance. Players have the option to experience the game completely with PSVR, navigating the world via modern-dance-inspired moves. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood finishes off PlayStation 4’s list. This game requires PlayStation VR and Camera and is for those of us who celebrate Halloween all year round with horror games.

PlayStation 3 owners have been gifted with Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic and R-Type Dimensions, while Vita owners can enjoy Dungeon Punks and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episodes 1 & 2).

Here’s the complete list with links to the PlayStation Store:

PlayStation 4:

Worms Battlegrounds 
Dungeon Punks (PS4 and Vita) 
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood 

PlayStation 3:

Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic 
R-Type Dimensions 


Dungeon Punks 
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episodes 1 & 2)

Which games are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

Let It Die Is PS4's Best Free to Play Game Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:01:07 -0400 glados131

Games these days are expensive. Unless you're looking at indie titles, most of the time you're paying up to $60 per game. Free games are also an option, but it's generally pretty difficult to weed through all the games that only claim to be free when they're really waiting to strangle you with microtransactions that are all but required to actually enjoy the game.

But if you're looking for a game on PS4 to have some fun with and not spend a buck, you should take a look at the delightfully bizarre Let It Die.

The Gameplay

Let It Die is a roguelike, meaning it has an element of permadeath to it. As you play, you'll be sending dozens of expendable bodies up a structure known as the Tower of Barbs, in hopes of reaching the top. It's easier said than done, though, as hordes of enemies stand in your way. The combat takes some notes from Dark Souls, in that it places emphasis on dodging and attacking enemies when you have an opening, rather than simply button-mashing. Granted, it's not quite as polished as Dark Souls, but that is a rather high standard to set.

One interesting feature that sets it apart from its roguelike peers is directly related to its title. As you progress further, you unlock stronger characters you can play as, and the game actively encourages you to kill off your current one so you can switch other words, to let it die. You can get continues (purchased with real money) in order to stave off death, but it becomes increasingly less worth it.

The Style

The gameplay is executed well (for the most part), but what really makes this game enjoyable is its sense of style. The Tower of Barbs is set in a futuristic, dystopian Japan. And the game's mascot is a guy called "Uncle Death", who looks like the Grim Reaper wearing novelty spiral glasses and riding a skateboard. He also refers to you as "senpai." Yes, really.

Meet your new best friend.

The absurdity of this game goes further than that, when you take a look at its weapon variety (ranging from chainsaws to irons to the "murderous rake") and even consumables (you can eat frogs to regain health). If nothing else, finding all the oddities the game has to offer should keep you entertained for quite some time.

If it cost money, I'm not sure whether I would recommend Let It Die. But as a free game, it's absolutely worth a look. There are microtransactions, but they aren't required for your enjoyment (and if you're a PS+ member, the game will give you a bunch of premium items for free). If you're looking for a way to kill some time on PS4 without killing your wallet, this game is a great choice.

What are your thoughts on Let It Die? Let us know in the comments! 

Is Mass Effect Andromeda's Companion App Worth the Download? Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:02 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Alongside the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, EA released a companion app for the multiplayer mode called Mass Effect: Andromeda Apex HQ. This app allows you to customize your multiplayer characters by changing their loadout and applying skill points. It also allows you to view leaderboards and other various, non-gameplay related features.

If you do not have PS+ or Xbox Live Gold, then this app will be of no use to you as you will not be able to access the multiplayer and thus utilize the app. However, even if you don't plan on playing the multiplayer this app will still potentially be of interest thanks to the Apex Missions.

Apex Missions & Strike Teams

Apex Missions are generic missions that you send teams on to earn rewards. These work very similar to the assassin missions that started in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and continued into future entries. There are specific Apex Missions which you can either send a team to complete in the background or that you can participate in using your multiplayer characters. However, the app obviously does not allow you to play the game.

Mass Effect: Andromeda, strike teamsIt's actually pretty cool that you can play some of the Apex missions.

Other than that, the only noteworthy part of Apex missions is its rewards. If your Strike Team successfully completes their missions, then your single player character will be rewarded with credits, crafting materials, or even potentially weapons/gear (presuming you have the necessary perk). This makes Apex missions useful; thus, making the Apex HQ app useful.

Moreover, you can use "Team Funds", which are also earned from the Apex missions, to either buy loot packs for your multiplayer campaign or to buy modifiers that increase Apex mission success rates.

Of particular note is that you can send strike teams on missions while you are away from the game. Are you busy at the dinner table? Watching your kid's soccer game? Writing an article about the Mass Effect Andromeda Apex HQ app? Well, you can send strike teams out during any of those times with a few screen taps!

Mass Effect: Andromeda, time, statsI put in 300 hours into ME3 MP, so I am 'glad' it is easily viewable now.  

Sadly, the app does not let you really do much while you are playing the game -- multiplayer or single player -- which felt odd. For instance, in the single player, the only way to send out strike teams is by going to your ship, or the Nexus. Both of these are usually out of your way diversions that take several minutes to reach. Using the app while the game was open would make it exponentially more useful -- it could cut down on one of the more monotonous tasks in the game.

This also extends to the app's other basic functions, however. As you are unable to learn new skills or change loadouts while the game is turned on. At least you can still look at the leaderboards, right? 

Mass Effect: Andromeda, error screenYou'll be seeing this way too often. 


Most of the features in this app are not particularly useful or noteworthy. Changing your loadout or leveling up your characters is not useful unless you are actively playing the game. And I have never understood the point in viewing leaderboards, much more needing to carry it around with you.

That being said, the Apex HQ app makes Apex missions much more palatable. It ensures that you can easily keep missions going around the clock, even when you do not get the chance to boot up the game. Or in my case, know that booting up the game will probably result in wasted hours of my day that should have been writing about companion apps.

As such, I would say the app is as useful to you as you find the rewards from the Apex missions to be. That is to say that if you think the rewards are great, then this app is a must have. If you couldn’t give a crap about the rewards and find it annoying to check in on the app every few hours, then don’t bother. There is nothing to see here.

Value Wars: PlayStation Plus Free Games vs Xbox Live Games with Gold Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:16 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

There was a time when Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network services could almost be thought of as two very different entities. Xbox Live was focused on providing a pure and reliable multilayer experience, whereas PSN offered a free online multiplayer, with PlayStation Plus being an optional subscription that got you access to extra content, demos, betas, and exclusive discounts on digital games purchased on the platform.

Since the PlayStation 4's launch, customers have had to pay for PS Plus to gain access to multiplayer on the platform, hence bringing it more in line with Xbox Live. So it wasn't long before Microsoft followed suit by offering their own Games With Gold incentive, which is as part of the Xbox Live subscription. 

So, let's take a quick look at the services side by side. 

Pricing The Services

Xbox Live

  • $59.99 for 12 months
  • $24.99 for three months
  • $9.99 for one month

PlayStation Network

  • $59.99 for 12 months
  • $24.99 for three months
  • $9.99 for one month
The Games On Offer 

PlayStation Plus offers six free games a month over three platforms: the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. Xbox Live offers four games a month over two platforms: the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The value of the free games on PSN depends a great deal on how many of the PlayStation systems you own. Luckily, many of the indie releases for PlayStation Plus sometimes have the option of crossplay across the Vita, PS3, and PS4. The Xbox 360 titles on offer are added to the growing backwards compatibility list on the Xbox One, and work across both platforms.

Here is a rundown and comparison of the games released for free on both service over the last quarter: 

February 2017
PS Plus Games Retail Price Games with Gold Retail Price
LittleBigPlanet 3  $19.99 Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime $14.99
Not a Hero $12.99 Monkey Island 2 Special Edition  $9.99
Starwhal $11.99 Project Cars Digital Edition  $29.99
Anna: Extended Edition $9.99 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed $19.99
Ninja Senki DX $4.99    
TorqueL $9.99    
Total Value $69.94 Total Value $74.96
January 2017
PS Plus Games Retail Price Games with Gold Retail Price
Day of the Tentacle Remastered $14.99 World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap $19.99
This War of Mine: The Little Ones $29.99 The Cave $14.99
Blazerush $9.99 Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition $34.99
The Swindle $14.99 Rayman Origins $19.99
Azkend 2 $7.99    
Titan Souls $14.99    
Total Value $92.94 Total Value $94.96
December 2017
PS Plus Games Retail Price Games with Gold Retail Price
Stories: The Path of Destinies $14.99 Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition $29.99
Invisible Inc. $19.99 Outland $9.99
Hyper Void $9.99 Outlast $19.99
Tiny Troopers Join Ops $7.99 Burnout Paradise $14.99
Color Guardians $14.99    
VVVVVV $7.99    
Total Retail Value $75.94 Total Retail Value $74.96

Looking at the last three months on both consoles, it's easy to see that there isn't much of a difference in monetary value, although one could argue that the two extra games on PSN are of lesser value than the total of four Xbox One titles. A counterpoint to that could be you're getting more for your money -- it really depends on an individual's taste and perspective.

For some gamers, especially casual audiences, there may be too heavy a dependence on indie titles on the PS4. While I think it's great that Sony is giving a platform to indie developers to showcase their games to a larger audience, it could be more appealing for gamers if there were more mainstream AAA titles thrown into the mix, too.  

A Look at Everything You Get With Each Subscription


The above chart will give you an example of what kind of service you'll get for your money on one or all of the Sony's consoles on through the PS plus service. How much value you get from the service will depend greatly on what machines you have access to, and If you own all three Sony systems, then you will get great value for your money, with some games having cross platform support.

Games For Gold covers two consoles instead of three, but there are deals and extra features that are added all the time. While Games For Gold has its decent share of indie titles every month, they don't dominate their free games list. What gamers will get is access to many of the Xbox 360's back catalogue which gets updated at a frequent rate and there's always at least one 360 title added to the Games for Gold list every month.

Both PlayStation Plus and Games For Gold offer up identical subscription fees and the value of the games is around the same, give or take a few dollars. So subjectively, the real choice comes down to what kinds of games you enjoy. If you love getting frequent access to indie games with the occasional AAA title across Sony's three lead platforms, then PSN is the way to go.

Xbox Live has the benefit of more recognizable releases on Games For Gold and it still gets quality indie titles, along with a growing back catalog. The only downside is featured games are often older releases.


The primary focus of both Xbox Live and PSN is to get their user bases playing games online. Both business models offer great deals for customers and something to look forward to every month. So either way, the gamer wins in the end. So the real value is in selecting the types of games you want to play, on the systems on which you want to play them. 

PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for August 2016 Sun, 07 Aug 2016 13:37:16 -0400 Patrick Cottingham

It's that time again, Sony has updated their selection of free games available to PlayStation Plus members. This month features six games including a multiplayer physics-based puzzler, a space combat RPG, an open world action-adventure beat 'em up and karaoke simulator, two rhythm games, and a retro action arcade twin-stick shooter. Interestingly, there has been a bit of controversy surrounding the selection of one title in particular.

Retro/Grade, a 2012 music rhythm game by 24 Caret Games, is coming under scrutiny particularly in the European market for having previously been featured on the PlayStation Plus free game list once before. Online Content Producer for SCEE, Rhys Sutheran, commented on the controversy, stating:

"We’re keenly aware that you’ve had a lot to say regarding PS Plus this month – we’ve read all the comments and have passed your feedback directly to the PS Plus team."

No additional information has been given as to what action -- if any -- will be taken regarding this. As for the other titles in this month's offering, the current selection for PlayStation Plus can be seen below.

PlayStation 3 Titles

  • Retro/Grade
  • Ultratron
  • Yakuza 5

PlayStation 4 Titles

  • Rebel Galaxy
  • Tricky Towers
  • Ultratron

PlayStation Vita Titles

  • Patapon 3
  • Ultratron

Are you a member of PlayStation Plus or are you considering becoming a member? You can pick up any of these titles for free, or sign up for a PlayStation Plus membership, by accessing the PlayStation Store either on your favorite Sony console or through your browser here. These titles will remain available until being rotated out for a new selection in early September.

PlayStation Plus July 2016 Free Game Lineup Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:51:04 -0400 Megan M. Campbell

Back in late June, PlayStation announced six games that would be available for PlayStation Plus subscribers in July. The time has come, and PlayStation Plus subscribers can now get July 2016’s free games. The six games span across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita – which are now available for download in the PlayStation Store.

As mentioned back in late June, the lineup begins with Furi and Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell for PS4 and Fat Princess and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood will be free for PS3.

PS Vita players can now get Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines and Prince of Persia: Revelation for free on the PlayStation Store.

As an added bonus, PlayStation Plus subscribers can also get early access to the Paragon Starter Pack.

Once again, here are the games available for the three consoles and how much space they will take up:


  • Furi – 3.4 GB
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell – 6.5 GB


  • Fat Princess – 365 MB
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood – 3.4 GB

PS Vita

  • Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines – 2.8 GB
  • Prince of Persia: Revelation – 1.5 GB

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Resident Evil 7 Demo Breaks Download Records Mon, 04 Jul 2016 14:55:38 -0400 John Robson

Capcom announced today that the Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour demo is the most downloaded single-player demo on PlayStation 4 for the first seven days in North America. The demo is technically only available to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Capcom also claims, worldwide, the demo has amassed over two million downloads.

The Resident Evil 7 teaser: Beginning Hour shows moments leading towards the main plot which connects with the VR demo showed at E3. Within the new demo, the player wakes up inside an old cottage near a spooky mansion. As mentioned in the above paragraph, the demo is available on PlayStation Plus, and members will have access to it before it's available on other platforms.

Resident Evil 7 is the next entry in the popular and successful Resident Evil (Biohazard) franchise, which has changed direction somewhat with this coming offering. Now, it shifts to a first-person view bringing players closer to the horror than ever before, delivering unparalleled immersion. The intriguing aspect of this is the fact the level of immersion is ever increased by the inclusion of the PlayStation virtual reality headset which will be available before the game's release.

The new Resident Evil features modern, rural America, taking place after the events of Resident Evil 6. The game will feature the series' classic exploration, gameplay elements and ominous atmosphere the franchise is known for, with a completely different approach to gameplay systems.

Resident Evil 7 launches January 24th 2017.

PlayStation Plus Free Titles for July & Early Access Extra Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:31:43 -0400 a antico

Sony just announced the six free games PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive for July -- and they're throwing in a free early access bonus for Paragon. 

Members of PlayStation Plus will receive a brand new title called Furi, an action game focused on one-on-one boss fights, and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell for the PlayStation 4. 

PlayStation Vita owners will receive Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines and Prince of Persia: Revelation.

And lastly, Fat Princess and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood are the PlayStation 3 games. 

In addition to the free games, PlayStation Plus subscribers will also have early access to Paragon, a free-to-play MOBA by Epic Games, before the open beta on August 16th. In addition to early access, players will also receive a Starter Pack that includes Master Challenges for three of the game's heroes (Gadget, Murdock, and Rampage). Master Challenges unlock a variety of in-game goodies, such as skins, taunts, and exp boosts. 

Currently, Paragon is only open for players who purchased the Founder's, Challenger Founder's, or Master Founder's add-on packs. 

The free games and early access will be available starting July 5th.


6 Things Wrong with the Current PS4 Setup Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:21:27 -0400 John Robson

After much deliberation regarding the PlayStation 4 setup and its networking features, here is a straightforward number of problems with the current setup. This encompasses everything regarding the PlayStation 4 -- so that includes the system, its peripherals, and anything featured on the PlayStation Network. Anything mentioned will feature an explanation as to why I believe these are problems.

OK, let's go:

6. The Controller's Battery Life

(Ah, nuts, it's gonna need charging soon)

The PS4 controller is impressive in many ways. Looking at everything contained within one package it's fairly draining (pun intended) -- almost overwhelming. Delve into it and you'll notice a light with multiple colors available with different brightness settings also available. Another feature is multiple rumble motors, providing the essential vibration your hands need for feedback purposes. There's also a speaker with different volume settings available allowing a different audible source other than your TV/monitor. Finally, there's naturally that square black touchpad, allowing players a different input method.

Naturally, all of this consumes battery life, and it's startling just how quickly the battery's indicator changes from full to flashing (indicating it's about to run out). Sure, there's absolutely no question players have control of several options regarding their controller's battery consumption (vibration toggle, light intensity, speaker volume), but even with all that, the battery life is still rather dismal -- around 8 hours.

Simply, what the PlayStation 4 controller requires is a larger battery -- perhaps twice the size of the current one; that would essentially mean twice the longevity, allowing around 16 hours, which is roughly one charge every few days on average.

5. The Controller's Touchpad


The touchpad could be considered something more useful in hindsight than practicality. It feels too small, easily allowing fingers to run off during gameplay, and it's remarkably easy to accidentally catch it when attempting something entirely different. Typing a message, for example, can be quite troublesome if the touchpad is accidentally caught. Then, you've got no choice but to remember how to select the regular method of typing on the controller.

4. The Cost of the Controllers

(Too expensive?)

As detailed in a different section, the PlayStation 4 controller is impressive, but that naturally comes at a cost. Yes, controllers are simply too expensive, even if prices have fallen slightly recently. Currently, controllers are around £40 in the UK -- the equivalent of $60 in the US. Certain colors are puzzlingly more expensive, which frankly makes absolutely no sense.

Essentially what controllers need, if the retail cost reflects the components available within the controller, is perhaps some to be optional extras. As detailed in the above section, the touchpad could certainly be removed, as it's realistically not very useful. That could save £5 - £10 and even reduce power consumption.

3. Internet Needed to View Own Trophies

(Where did they go when offline?)

This is something I recently noticed due to the internet being cut off where I previously lived, and it was a puzzling experience. If it's possible to run both digital and physical copies of video games offline, why can't players view their own trophies offline? Because, realistically, not everyone wants to be connected to the internet constantly -- sometimes the world desires a break from socializing and big brother. And furthermore, if your owned games are played offline, the trophy information you unlocked will be completely unavailable. This needs to change.

2. PlayStation Plus

(Worth it? As good as Xbox Live Gold?)

PlayStation Plus was Sony's answer to Xbox Live, and it's fairly similar -- clearly Sony was attempting to attain more of the market share and draw even within that aspect. However, like many previous Xbox 360 users, I bought a PS4 on the premise that paying for online subscriptions was not necessary for this console. How wrong I was. While it could be considered paying £40 a year ($60) is reasonable, it still seems utterly bemusing as to why paying for online subscriptions is necessary at all simply to play video games with friends.

Then there's the distinct lack of value for money within the available titles the service offers monthly -- again copying from Xbox Live's service with Games with Gold. Many available games aren't impressive AAA franchises; often they're simply spin-offs or relatively successful indie games. The cherry-on-the-top of this unfortunate biscuit is the fact the games are only available while members are consistent PS Plus members. So, they want players to continue to subscribe indefinitely, which frankly doesn't seem worth it.

1. PlayStation Now

(Who thought PlayStation Now was a good idea? Him probably.)

Apparently, because the PS4's system is completely different than the PS3's, backward compatibility isn't feasible -- even digital games are apparently unable to function. This has allowed the creation of something completely different in the realm of videos games; a streaming service where games can be rented. There's a membership required, which is eerily similar to PlayStation Plus, yet significantly more expensive -- 3 months will cost around the amount of a year's subscription to PS Plus.

It's not particularly difficult to notice the similarities with Netflix with this service, and frankly, it feels like a replica. While it could be seen Sony were smart with this approach because of Netflix's obvious popularity, this is rather exorbitant. It's exorbitant precisely because many of the previous generation didn't own PS3s and therefore cannot lend games from their friends (who did) for this platform -- a platform which absolutely should have proper backward compatibility.

With the Xbox One's recent inclusion of backward compatibility, it's somewhat surprising Sony hasn't attempted to rectify the situation with real backward compatibility and inevitably it will hurt them in the future. While that could be considered a tactical move by Microsoft, it's nonetheless wonderful for Xbox One owners to be able to play all the classics without having to buy them again. That really should be possible for the PS4, but unfortunately all there is an expensive Netflix for PS4.

There we have it. They were six things wrong with the PS4's current setup.

Can you think of any others, or add anything to the issues I've mentioned? You're very welcome to in the comments!

PlayStation Original Series: POWERS Season 2 is here! Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:31:39 -0400 ericafeldfeber

PlayStation releases season 2 of their original series POWERS, and you can watch the first episode for free. Episode one is available to everyone on the PlayStation Store, or you can also watch it in full on PlayStation’s YouTube channel. Check out the first episode, here! 

And, for those hardcore Powers fans, as was announced last week, After Powers premieres today on Machinima’s YouTube Channel at 8:00pm PT — a weekly talk show discussing the week’s episode with creators and stars of the show. Hosted by Chloe Dykstra, this week’s After Powers will feature executive producer Remí Aubuchon and Olesya Rulin.

Powers, is a series based on the graphic novel series of the same name, following the lives of two homicide detectives- Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim. The detectives are assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as “Powers.”

Set amidst today’s paparazzi culture, Powers asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?

Starting with episode two, only PlayStation Plus members are able to continue to watch the series for free. New episodes will be released every week until the season finale on July 19. 

Season 2 delves into the storyline made famous by the first comic “Who Killed Retro Girl?” as the Powers Division investigates the murder of world-famous superhero Retro Girl and the mysteries that her death uncovers.

In addition to the return of Sharlto Copley (Det. Christian Walker), Susan Heyward (Det. Deena Pilgrim), Logan Browning (Zora) and Olesya Rulin (Calista), season 2 welcomes Michael Madsen (Supershock), Tricia Helfer (Agent Lange) and Wil Wheaton (Conrad Moody). 

Image courtesy of PlayStation 


Battleborn Beta live on PS4, Xbox One & PC opens April 13th Sun, 10 Apr 2016 06:16:48 -0400 Taranis8

The Battleborn beta is live on PlayStation 4 and open for everyone to play. Preloading of the beta on all platforms started earlier this week. The PC and Xbox One betas will open on April 13th while PS4 players get a head start. The testing period for all three platforms will end on April 18th.

Beta testers on the PS4 will receive the first DLC pack for free as well as instant access to Alani -- the first of five free DLC characters -- when she is released in the full version of the game. Those that choose to buy the season pass while playing in the beta will also receive a key that allows them to unlock any character immediately. Players do not need to have a subscription to PlayStation Plus in order to play in the beta. Alani will only be available for beta players on PS4 while PC and Xbox One players will have to wait for full release.

In the beta, you will have access to two story missions, two competitive multiplayer modes, and all 25 launch characters. Some of them will need to be unlocked through various tasks in the game. 

The PS4 beta will also include the character Toby, the mech suit wearing penguin. He will not be available on the other platforms until the full release of the game. 

PlayStation Plus Free Games For April 2016 Announced Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:37:55 -0400 Eric Levy

The PlayStation Plus games for April have officially been announced, and PS4 owners are in for a treat.  

First up is Dead Star, an arcade-space-shooter-RPG from Armature Studios -- a studio founded by key members of the Metroid Prime team. This 20-player online experience, while easy to pick up and play, also offers a great deal of depth with skill trees, ship upgrades, loot to collect, and many other details and mechanics.  Get your warships ready and prepare for 10v10 space madness.

Finally, PS4 owners are also getting Ubisoft's first-person survival-horror game Zombi.  Zombi was originally released as a Wii U launch title and was later brought over to PS4 and Xbox One.  Taking place in London after a zombie outbreak, you need to do whatever it takes to survive as long as you can.  Challenging and creative gameplay mechanics, along with the permadeath system make this cult hit worth checking out.

Here's the full line-up for April:
  • Dead Star (PS4)
  • Zombi (PS4)
  • I Am Alive (PS3)
  • Savage Moon (PS3)
  • A Virus Named Tom (PS Vita)
  • Shutshimi (PS Vita)

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the Xbox Live Games for Gold for April, and their line-up is pretty strong as well.  Which free games will you be downloading in April?  Let us know in the comments below!  

10 days left to vote for next free PlayStation Plus game Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:30:30 -0500 Zanne Nilsson

PlayStation Plus' Vote to Play is underway once again. This month's round of voting, which began on February 9, will determine what game is added to March's monthly game lineup for PlayStation Plus members.

The games which have been selected for this month's Vote to Play are Action Henk!, Assault Android Cactus, and Broforce. Brief descriptions of these games, as given in this PlayStation Blog post about the vote, are quoted below:

Action Henk!

Publisher Curve Digital and developer RageSquid have put together a light-hearted racer where you run, jump, and — yes — butt-slide your way through a host of toy room environments with past-their-prime action figures.

It’s a game where timing and momentum are key as you attempt to outdo your opponents as well as your own past performance. How can you not love a game with the tagline “Butt-slide to victory?”

Assault Android Cactus

While the mechanics of this twin stick shooter will be familiar to many, developer Witch Beam has created a unique battery mechanic (in lieu of lives), providing a fresh experience that helps Assault Android Cactus stand out from the crowd.

This one also supports Shareplay, a “virtual couch” that lets a friend join your game for up to an hour at a time, creating an online local co-op experience. According to designer Sanatana Mishra, the goal with Assault Android Cactus was to make a game that he and the rest of the team wanted to play.


While we didn’t know it at the time, Broforce is the game that we always wanted as we cheered beloved 80’s-era action heroes on to victory. Publisher Devolver and developer Free Lives have teamed up to deliver part irreverent spoof and part loving homage to what are now classic movies and classic games.

With its online co-op experience and over-the-top presentation, there’s a really great game here that deserves the heaps of praise it’s already received.

What the three games have in common, according to the blog post, is that they are all "fun titles that can connect the Plus community to play together with friends."

All that PlayStation Plus members who want to vote have to do is log into their PS4 with their PSN account, go to the PlayStation Plus section in the top left corner of the PS4 home screen, and select Vote to Play; it can also be accessed through What's New or the PlayStation plus section of the PlayStation Store.

Sony offered the wrong game for January's PS Plus subscribers Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:48:27 -0500 Damian A. Hinton

Sony mistakenly offered the wrong game along with this month's free PlayStation Plus titles.

The titles that were to be included in this's month bundle were as follows:

  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Hardware: Rivals
  • Legends of War: Patton's Campaign
  • Medal of Honor Warfighter
  • Nihilumbra

However, the PSP game Legends of War: Patton's Campaign was actually not meant to be listed. Instead got confused with another similarly-named title that was meant to be included with this month's offerings. The intended title was meant to be History: Legends of War for the PS Vita.

It's understandable for a mistake like this to happen, especially when the titles are this close in name. The two titles also share game-play mechanics, as both play from a top down perspective. From a distance, they could easily be confused for one another.

This snafu is further complicated by the fact that the two games involved also have slightly different titles in North American and European regions.

As of today, the mistake has been remedied, so if History: Legends of War, or any of PS Plus' other free offerings look enticing you should take a look.

Sony announces free PlayStation Plus games for December Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:08:48 -0500 Michael Falero

PlayStation Plus members are getting an early, month-long Christmas this year.

Sony has announced its free PlayStation Plus titles for the month of December. In a video teaser (see above) and accompanying post on its blog, the console maker highlights the dungeon crawl button-masher Gauntlet: Slayer Edition and the 2015 remake of King's Quest. Both titles will be free to those with an active PlayStation Plus membership.

The lineup also includes games for other PlayStation consoles: the PS3 will see two freebies, including Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, the tongue-in-cheek shooter and expansion to Far Cry 3. The 2012 snowboarding game SSX will also be a free PS3 title for the month. Sony has also announced Freedom Wars and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken will be free on the PlayStation Vita.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the PlayStation Store's Black Friday Weekend sale before it's over! When you check out, be sure to use this 10% off code (expires on December 1st):

PlayStation Plus vs. PlayStation Now: What is the Difference? Sun, 08 Nov 2015 14:05:55 -0500 Douglas A. Skinner

With Sony now having two different subscription services in PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus, a lot of people have been asking if they should be a PS Now member or a PS Plus member. They've also been wondering: "Do I have to pay for both to get all that PlayStation has to offer?". 

The question is even more important that the subscription price for PlayStation Now has been cut in half

Are PS Now and PS Plus Worth It? 

We at GameSkinny decided to find out what the difference is between these two similar services. Here's the quick rundown: 

PlayStation Now is a subscription-based game streaming service that can be best described as the video-game version of Netflix.

PlayStation Plus is Sony's response to Microsoft's Xbox Live; it has discounts and a number of free games each month for PS Plus users.

A lot of players get the two subscription services confused because both essentially do the same thing: let you play popular games you love for free. However, they both do it in slightly different ways.

PlayStation Now 

Much like Netflix, PS Now lets you: 

  • Stream popular titles from PS Now's massive library of more than 800 games
    • The service now includes PS2, PS3, and PS4 games
  • Stream games to your PS4, Windows PC, PS3, PS Vita, Sony Television, and tablet
  • Play the most updated versions of the games in the PS Now library, as well as the games you own

PlayStation Now currently has three subscription plans:

  • $9.99 a month
  • $24.99 for three months
  • $59.99 for 12 months

There is no longer a rental option.

A graphic showing the devices on which you can stream PS Now games, including PS4 PS3 PS Vita

PlayStation Plus 

PS Plus is a bit different as it is a required component of online play for all PS4 games. Besides that, it gives you: 

  • Access to free PS4 games each month
    • The service no longer gives out free PS3 or PS Vita games
  • Exclusive discounts (up to 75% off) in the PlayStation store
  • Early access to demos and betas
  • 100GB of cloud storage

A PlayStation Plus membership currently still works across your PS3 and PS Vita. Automatic game patches and exclusive access to early game content is also a perk of PS Plus.

There is a 14-day trial for people who have never tried PlayStation Plus before, but for others, there are a few options when it comes to membership plans:

  • 1-Month Membership: $9.99
  • 3-Month Membership: $24.99
  • 12-Month Membership: $59.99 


While both of Sony's subscription services appeal to the casual gamer, they are ultimately geared toward two types of players.

If you a gamer that likes to play a lot of games and enjoy the games Sony has amassed over the years, PS Now gives you that option with instant access to a vast collection of games that can be streamed across a variety of devices. 

If you are the type of gamer that needs early access to the latest betas, demos, and games, then PS Plus gives you that  and discounts on some of the more popular titles in PlayStation's library. 

Ultimately, the answer to, "Is PlayStation Now better than PlayStation Plus?" is up to you. In fact, there's nothing holding you back from subscribing to them both

Leave a comment below to let us know which would you choose and why. And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on both PS Plus and PS Now as it develops. 

PS Plus Games for November Leaked and Confirmed Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:06:26 -0400 Joe DeClara

Sony has announced the lineup of free games coming to PS Plus members in November.

Every month, PlayStation offers PS Plus subscribers multiple games for PS4, PS3, and the Vita for no additional cost. Following a tweet leaking the advertisement from a Dutch retailer, Sony has finally unveiled the official list of games coming to their three platforms next week.

The Walking Dead: Season 2 (PS4)

The second installment in Telltale's episodic choose-your-own-adventure series released back in late 2013. It was well received by both critics and fans of the series, praised for its well-written characters and emotional story. Telltale's comic book-like game engine occasionally stutters and glitches, but that's no reason to miss out on this compelling, heart-wrenching adventure. Going in without playing Season 1 first, however, is not recommended.

Magicka 2 (PS4)

Pieces Interactive's cooperative hack and slash sequel released earlier this year with mostly positive reviews. Though the game was criticized for its unbalanced difficulty as a solo experience, critics praised its coop mode as well as its elegant combat mechanics and RPG systems. For a humorous and charming story that can be enjoyed with friends, check out Magicka 2.

Dragon Fin Soup (PS4 and PS Vita)

Defined by indie developer Grimm Bros as tactical action RPG with roguelike elements, Dragon Fin Soup is a fantastical experience coming to PlayStation platforms and PC. This Kickstarted game stars a Little Red Ridinghood-esque hero in a 2D land of draugar, werewolves, and yes, dragons. Boasting a complex system with simple interface, Dragon Fin Soup will be playable with a keyboard, joystick, gamepad, and/or touchscreen, making it an easy fit for both PS4 and Vita.

Invizimals (PS Vita)

This late PSP title is a fighting game featuring an augmented reality presentation. Players use the Vita's (or the PSP's) camera to view little virtual creatures projected onto real surfaces and command them in battle. Though critics were initially wowed by the game's AR pow factor, the spectacle was not to deter them from what was mostly considered an underwhelming fighting experience. Feel free to show this one off to your friends, but don't expect Invizimals to be the next big thing on Vita.

What do you think of PlayStation's November lineup? Will you be playing any of these games next week? Still playing Super Meat Boy or other games from October's lineup? Post in the comments below!


PlayStation's 20th Anniversary sale Wed, 09 Sep 2015 06:30:10 -0400 Andrea Koenig

The original PlayStation launched in North America on September 9, 1995. To celebrate, Sony plans to party like it's the nineties with a sale across nearly all PlayStation platforms. 

Today, there will be over 100 titles on discount from their 20 years of platforms, all up to 70% off for everyone while PlayStation Plus members get titles up to 80% off.

This sale ends on Monday, September 14. PlayStation has offered a full lineup of sales on their store website. These are some sale highlights:

To check out what else is on the list, you can check out the list on their blog, here. Or you can check out their full lineup here.