If you’re a PlayStation fan and you’re a “free” games enjoyer, you’ve probably been in the loop with the PS Plus situation, namely containing disappointing and underwhelming games every month, on top of the price being increased by $20 back in September of this year.
Unfortunately, this month is no different, with a pretty lacking lineup.
This is coming after a lineup of three even less recognizable games in November and has left most PlayStation fans feeling extremely undercut, and many of them dropped the service entirely.
While December’s games aren’t unrecognizable, they’re all smaller titles that haven’t exactly restored everyone’s faith in Sony’s treatment of PS Plus.
December’s PS Plus Games
LEGO 2K Drive
Metacritic Rating: 73
First up on the block is a game that certainly isn’t indie but is worth discussing to help understand why people are upset with this selection.
It’s one of those games launching with different editions to try and nickel-and-dime its players, and it has a ton of microtransactions and a season pass on top of that, all for a game that costs at least $60.
This is annoying, as it shows everything wrong with the modern video game industry, and including it in this PS Plus bundle just shows that it’s not even a free bonus, as you’ll probably still have to pay extra to get anywhere. The other two games are a little nicer, but this is undoubtedly a strong point against PS Plus this month.
Metacritic Rating: 75
Now, for a much better time, Powerwash Simulator is a game made by a smaller team but published by Square Enix somehow. It’s focused on power washing many different objects and areas and letting the satisfaction of doing a rather monotonous task take over.
It’s a niche game, definitely not for everyone, which makes it all the stranger to include it here.
It’s a game for the people who enjoy doing a repetitive task for the satisfaction of it all, which means many of your more typical gamers won’t want it.
On top of this, it’s been included with Xbox Game Pass for quite a while now, giving people further reason to believe that Game Pass is superior to PS Plus, but maybe the next game can turn that around?
Metacritic Rating: 75
Lastly, we have Sable, a beautifully stylized indie game where you travel massive landscapes on a journey of self-discovery, sliding across dunes and climbing up walls; it also has fishing, which is how you know it’s a good game.
This one actually manages to be slightly controversial, but most people see it as a great game; it just has its detractors.
Nonetheless, it is generally a good game, rounding out the package of games you might love or hate. I would say there’s a little something for everyone, but it’s more like everyone getting something they don’t want, I guess.
Either way, it’s a lineup of undoubtedly controversial games, and it’s pretty easy to understand why many people are upset.
If you want to hear more about the indies that come to PlayStation or just some of your favorite indies, stick around for more!