Sony are looking to kick off 2021 with a bang by throwing in a bonus freebie for PlayStation 5 owning PlayStation Plus subscribers in January’s update.
From Tuesday 5th January, all PS+ members can grab a pair of PlayStation 4 games in the form of Shadow of the Tomb Raider and the action RPG Greedfall, but if you have a PlayStation 5, you will also be able to snap up the underwater open world RPG Maneater, which has been freshly updated to take advantage of the new console hardware.
Note: This does not include the PS4 version of Maneater.
It’s seemingly becoming the norm that there are now three games being given away each month with PlayStation Plus, after Sony stepped the service back to just two games later on in the PS4 generation. Alongside the PS5 launch they gave away Bugsnax, in December there was the newly released Worms Rumble, and we know that February will have the PS5 exclusive Destruction AllStars bundled in as well.
For January it’s a pretty good haul. I awarded Shadow of the Tomb Raider a strong 8/10, saying:
Building on the foundations of Rise of the Tomb Raider, there’s more depth to the actual tomb raiding, more flexibility in the combat, and the city of Paititi is a hub that you can easily get lost in as you explore it and the surrounding jungle. So, while Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s story lacks some of the meaning and impact that it sets out to, this is another action packed romp for fans of the series.
In our Greedfall review, Gareth awarded it a solid 7/10:
Greedfall has an ambitious story, but it’s not backed up by the clearly repeated environments, simple combat and dull abilities that take ages to unlock. However, seasoned RPG players might well be able able to look past those flaws in favour of the interesting, well written stories about political manoeuvres and oppression that make up the bulk of the quests in this pretty dark, deep world.
As for Maneater, Jim wasn’t quite as enthralled with the premise of the ShaRkPG, but did enjoy its silliness:
Maneater is a crazy concept come to life, Tripwire somehow managing to cobble together a silly ShaRkPG that is more than just a ten-minute novelty. There’s no denying it’s an exotic catch, but when it comes to quality open world action games, there’s plenty more fish in the sea.
A good selection then, and plenty of gaming to be had.
Don’t forget, there’s still time to pick up December’s PlayStation Plus games, which includes:
Source: PS Blog