PlayStation Gamers Aren’t Happy With The PS Plus Free Games For January
(Last Updated On: December 30, 2016)

Sony announced six free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers for January, 2017. The list was rolled out over on the official PlayStation Blog, where it was readily met with anguish, frustration and lots of disappointment.

The six free games in January, 2017 include the following:
Day of The Tentacle Remastered, PS4 (Cross buy on PS Vita)
This War of Mine: The Little Ones, PS4
Blazerush, PS3
The Swindle, PS3 (Cross Buy on PS4 and PS Vita)
Azkend 2, PS Vita
Titan Souls, PS Vita (Cross Buy on PS4)

The PlayStation Blog rating was originally only at 1.5 stars but it’s petered out at 3 out of 5 stars, showing that while originally the hardcore PlayStation gamers weren’t fond of the listings, they eventually worked themselves over into fanboy mode again and had the Sony Defense Force get them straightened out.

The YouTube community was far less forgiving, and the Sony Defense Force had no power over them. You can check out the video below.

And here’s how the community responded.


You’re probably curious what some of the comments look like on the page, right? Well, I would be remiss in only showing the downvotes and not giving you a small sampling of the displeasure laid at the feet of Sony on their YouTube video. So check a few of the gems out below.

Some people were okay with the games, especially This War of Mine. Out of them all it’s probably the most feature-rich and replayable.

Tim Schafer’s games haven’t been quite as appreciated in the gaming community since he made the sock puppet joke. For those of you who don’t remember, you can check it out below, courtesy of Video Game Journalism.

Anyway, none of this really solves Sony’s problem of churning out indie trash most months for paying PlayStation Plus subscribers. It’s not that all the games are trash, it’s just that Sony’s selection of free games for people paying monthly to access their online network are being given content in as lazy a manner as SNL has been churning out stale and unfunny jokes in the last few years.

I’m not ashamed to say that Xbox Live Gold seems to have been worth it for the past two years. Microsoft – under the proper leadership of Phil Spencer – turned everything around and seems to be catering to gamers while Sony fumbles with their toes like some kind of sloth-footed giant. If they’re going to keep charging people to play online, they’re definitely going to need better incentives than free games from a guy who mocked minorities, women and LGBTQ gamers at GDC with piss-poor math.

Regardless of all the drama, you can look for the six games to go live this January for the PS3, PS4 and PlayStation Vita.

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    give me a yearly 30$ sub for online and cloud saves and let me drop the free game garbage, they are NOT free you are subsidizing games with my money….. I dont want Indie trash. Even Titan Souls was garbage.

  • Milan Stefanovic

    I still find it weird that people are complaining…. ITs free games. FREE GAMES… with a catch of needing ps plus to play them. But you usualy play thru them, get platinum and never play. Unless they are really good ones. Which most of the time. They are only good for 1 play thru. I can understand people being pissed cus of the fact that THis is the …. Third game that Tim Schafer has made..put on ps plus. But dont forget. They are giving you the games for the free… with the monthly cost.. Tim is geting Jack Shit from US anyway. So whille you should honestly look at the amount of money you save… your own money, that you can save and spend on tripple a games or games that you really want. To me.. its 65 sek, swedish currency.7 usd.. MEaning 84 usd per year. And usualy, if not always. You get, IF you have all 3 consoles, i got a ps3, ps4 and a ps tv… no vita sadly. But a decent replacement for the handheld. I get around 54 usd worth of games each month. MEaning i save 648 usd. If i havent done my calculations wrong. Probably have. But around that amount. So as i can understand some people being angry at sony for the games… they should also be happy that they are geting them for “Free”…. thru the service. You dont need to pay any extra cash for these games. Unless you want to purchase them and keep them. The Tim Schafer game, is something im gona play thru… beat it, finish it 100%… But im not gona be happy about it… and im gona try to find stuff to nitpick over. But the 3 of the games that i was looking forward to. The Swindle, This war of mine and Titans Soul… decently good games. One is even trying to emulate A Souls game with Shadow of the Colossus. No idea what the ps3 game is like… Will need to test it. Azkend 2…. that… that is a game im not really interested in.. Maybe cheak if the trophies are easy to get. …. My backlog of the ps plus games is really huge atm.. Need to find time to just clear thru them.. So they dont pile on.. month after month. Especialy with new tripple A games coming out soon as well. Lets hope the next month ones are more quality….Not as agravating monthly games as when they gave us GOne Home for the ps4….. FOR THE PS4!!!! THAT game is the thing that isnt even worth the price of 20 fuckign usd. Look at the trophies.. 1 trophy is to beat the game under 1 minute… 1 minute.?…. Thats not a game, thats a fucking tootpick. The wholle game is a fucking toothpick of everything. No story, no emotionaly griping or interesting story. You just get to walk around a priviliged familys home.A fucking mansion. The only thing they did with THIS sorry excuse of a “Game”… was trying to push gender politics, sexuality bullshit, the lgbtq bullshit. ANd the games media called these shitty hipsters “Brave”….. for making this piece of shit? Its fucking garbage and they wanted 20 usd for the game? WHo do these people think they are?

    • these games are NOT free. Think about what you are paying for, really think about it. Most of the games are run off servers maintained by the DEV, NOT SONY. SO right there Sony overhead is out the window. You are basically paying for email messaging, you know that thing thats been FREE EVERYWHERE since like 1994, you are paying for party chat, which is useless 90% of the time, and cloud saves. What else do you get? Oh yes “free games” which are NOT free. These are garbage games that for the most part did not really sell well so they get offered in the free downloads and subsidized through our subscriptions. Its the ACA ObamaCare of gaming.
      I would rather just drop the free games and pay 20-30$ a year for the nonsense social aspect and be done with it.
      Needing to pay for online with SONY is rediculous especially since it seems down for maint every time I get on.

  • Phantom

    They should make playstation online free and people who like extra features and their lineup of games buy PS Plus, stupid to think that you need a membership just for basic server multiplayer connection it seems like fascism quite frankly with playstation network causing errors and prone to hacks.

  • Sevuz

    If SONY was smart, they would offer PS Now as well. The free game BS ain’t gonna last for many years. For the most part it’s games nobody cares about

    • Plus the games are not really free.

      • Sevuz

        Indeed. That’s why they are BS

  • Alistair

    The only good thing about plus got to be cloud saves it saves me from grief.

    You have a broken down PS3 so you saves are gone, now get a new PS3 download your saves back from the cloud you continue where you left off.

    Xbots had cloud after Sony announced it and delivered but steam had cloud 1st right.

    • Steam had cloud saving first and unlike PlayStation it is free.

  • Alistair

    Ahh yes happy days I remember the term Sony defence force SDF for short.

    They hit on you very hard if you dare to criticise Sony of SCEE lacklustre content on our shores.

    While SCEA delivered content on time and have ps one classic import.

    Question when was the last time SCEE give us a import from monkey paws?the answer years ago.

    Ross McGrath told us we were gonna get imports but that was very short lived wasn’t it.

    When Sony had that big hack a few years back most of my friends went over to Xbox that should have told Sony you keep pissing off your fan base you will lose them.

  • Grey

    I have a PS Plus account, which I got exclusively because I had to in order to play Earth Defense Force 4.1 with my friend. Once my subscription expires though, I don’t play on renewing. I’ve to date downloaded and actually played maybe three of the “free” games offered, downloaded a few others that I later examined my feelings about and opted not to play, and otherwise largely rolled my eyes at the garbage being offered.

    Sony might be over their “pretend to be pro-consumer, friends of gamers” marketing phase, but they need to take at least a few ACTUAL steps towards being friendly towards gamers if they want to keep my business. Offering something other than a goulash of indie toilet scrapings on their service would at least be a tiny step in the right direction.

    Not that they’re going to. Still too many bamboozled into believing Sony see’s them as anything other than barely sentient money dispensers.

    • Alistair

      The thing with plus if you into multiplayer you got no say of not to pay for plus sub.

      As PS4 needs it to play multiplayer, what they should have done is make the cloud gaming as part of the plus service that will draw more people in.

      I did use gak cloud gaming I didn’t see much lag maybe I wasn’t on it for that lag but it a good way if you miss out on a title or lost your disc.

      Of course they have to pump up the price a bit for it. But wait they did pump up the price didn’t they 15 quid for 3 months for shitty games from a SJW cuck.

      The Jan sales is upon us Sony could easily win people over with uncharted 4 the plus IGC is from a subsisy from gamers makes total sense for Sony to use the Jan sales themselves if they worry about money.

      “Oh no do we have to give the gamers 50 quid of a Triple A title, can we just give them a cheap game from SJW Tim instead.”

  • Dreiko

    Back in the day games like Bioshock Infinite, DMC, Dragon’s Dogma, Kingdoms of Amalur and Xcom were the king of stuff ps+ gave out, ever since ps4 made it mandatory for netplay though it has gone to hell with barely known indie flash game wannabies takin the lions share of the discounts. This is why I never cared about indie games as a rule, the good ones are once in a while standouts just like other games. And I bet darkest dungeon will never be given out for free either.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Not surprising, the IGC hasn’t been good for a long time now. Yeah, you might get 1 or 2 good games every now and then, but Xbox does it infinitely better now. Sony is retarded for not making the PS4 backwards compatible. I first thought Sony was going to dominate this cycle, but they keep making bad decision after bad decision.

    • Yeah backwards compatibility was a huge selling point for the XB1. It sucks as a current gen system, but getting free Xbox 360 games you missed out on helps make up for it a little bit.

      • TheGreatGamerGod

        There’s also another thing for MS in that I wasn’t going to get another console after the 360 but I have an xbox live sub that’s building up a ton of quality Xbox One games as I also increase my 360 collection each month.

        It’s an extremely good long term strategy for Microsoft to give these out as I and others will now get a Scorpio when it launches and have a great starter collection. I wouldn’t have bothered with them again if it wasn’t for the free games.

  • giygas

    These subscription services are a stupidity tax. Fanboys try to justify their purchases with the “free” monthly games and I laugh at them with hearty condescension every time.

  • ScarredBushido

    we still haven’t even had Last of us Remastered on the ps plus yet.