It’s a new year and after the holidays, lots of us may have received a new game console from a very cool family member or friend. We thought it would be a good opportunity to share the first games of 2018 being offered under the PlayStation Plus and Xbox Gold subscription services. PS+ And Xbox Gold memberships are monthly subscription fees each console charges players in order to access online features. Sony and Microsoft also offer a selection of games free of charge every month as part of the service. In January 2018, here’s what you can expect if own either a PlayStation or Xbox:
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
In an alternate future where cybernetic enhancements have caused international political and social strife, Adam Jensen attempts to foil a terrorist plot.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action game that falls into a genre some call ‘immersive sim’, where stealth, combat and role-playing paths are designed to be equally viable paths to complete any objective. We adore the Deus Ex series and while Mankind Divided has a few quirks, it’s absolutely worth adding to your library.
Batman: The Telltale Series
Gotham’s richest bachelor Bruce Wayne has his name sullied when rumors get out that the Wayne family has ties to Gotham’s criminal underworld. All five episodes of the first season are available on PS+ this month.
DC gave Telltale the license and freedom to tell their own story using the world of The Dark Knight, entirely redesigning and reimagining some of Gotham’s most iconic characters. The biggest sell for us in adapting Batman in Telltale’s engine is that half the game is played as Bruce Wayne, and not always as Batman. In fact, sometimes the player has to choose if Wayne or Bats are better suited for a given situation. Playing both sides of that character is a new, intriguing facet to play with.
- Starblood Arena (PSVR)
- Sacred 3 (PS3)
- The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS3)
- Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (Vita, PS4)
- Uncanny Valley (Vita, PS4)
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III
The legendary beast hunter Van Helsing fights a civil war against monsters in Borgovia.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is a top-down action game, a la Diablo, where the player hacks and slashes through hordes of enemies. As far as monthly subscription rewards go, it’s exactly the type of game that’s worth throwing on one slow day to have some light-hearted fun.
In alternate modern-day reality, an ancient ‘Black Prophecy’ comes to life when a zombie outbreak is unleashed in London.
Zombi was originally developed for the Wii U but eventually was ported to PC and other consoles sans motion controls. On the surface it’s a typical zombie horde type action game, but it’s designed to be played carefully and slowly, featuring a perma-death system that increases the tension of each and every encounter.
- Tomb Raider Underworld (Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- Army of Two (Xbox 360, Xbox One)
All in all, January is offering a strong selection of games for console owners new and old, which is great company to the onslaught of fantastic new games launching throughout 2018.
Images. Square Enix, Telltale Games, Neocore Games, Ubisoft