PS PLUS FREE GAMES OF FEBRUARY
PS Plus vs. Xbox Games with Gold
Another month is upon us, and that means another lineup of free games from PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold. As with every month, we will run down the games offered by each company, how much they typically cost, and which service has the best deal for the month of February 2017.
Here are the games, platforms and store prices for the free games from PlayStation this month:
- LittleBigPlanet 3 – $20
- Not a Hero – $13
- Torquel (also on PS Vita) – $10
- Starwhal (also on PS3) – $12
- Ninja Senki DX (also on PS3) – $5
- Anna: Extended Edition – $13.50
Sony’s offerings for the month of February include one AAA title and a handful of indie games, each with very distinct visual styles and gameplay. The biggest of the lineup is LittleBigPlanet 3. The latest entry in the cute and colorful creative platformer was not developed by Media Molecule, but by Sumo Digital, who took the base laid by the first two games and expanded upon the concept of play, create, share. It isn’t the best entry in the series but it still holds its own, offering up an engaging campaign, tons of player made levels, and an expanded creative suite that is better than ever.
The indie games for the month all bring something special to the table. Not a Hero is a 2D action platformer with plenty of characters to choose from, each with their own set of skills to wield. In it, the charismatic BunnyLord has traveled back in time to save the world from utter destruction. The action is fast-paced and hectic, requiring you to utilize cover and quick reflexes. Ninja Senki DX also offers up 2D platforming, but takes a more retro approach. The beautifully stylized 8-bit art perfectly recreates the action experienced in games of the NES era. Navigating each level and tossing shuriken stars at enemies has never felt better.
Torqeul, on the other hand, is a completely different kind of platformer. You control a thin, top-hatted gentleman encased in a box. Each side is a different color and interacts with the environment in its own way. Each level is a puzzle unto itself, and the challenge lies in navigating the rows of intricate puzzles as quickly as possible.
The other major releases are Starwhal and Anna. The former is a crazy competitive multiplayer game where each player controls a narwhal and attempts to pierce the other player’s hearts with their own horn. Controlling the Narwhals is almost as difficult as scoring points on others, which is half the fun. Anna is a horror game set in an abandoned sawmill. Your character’s past is shrouded in mystery and you’ll have to gather clues and solve puzzles to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
All of these games would usually run you $73.50, but you’ll get it all for free. And if you only have a PS4, you’ll be saving $60. This more than makes up the $49.99 entry price to be a PS Plus member. You get a nice assortment of games to try out while you wait for some of this year’s biggest titles to make their way to store shelves.