PlayStation Plus subscribers get Ratchet & Clank and Bloodborne for free this month, but is it really a cause for celebration?
unfortunately, if you give away smaller, less known games, people cry foul and say they want AAA games on PS+. If they give away AAA games, then people complain that most people have probably played them. It's a hard line to toe.. maybe Sony should aim for one AAA title and one indie title and package them in. Try to cover both sides of the fence.
The problem is us. The problem is how whiny and entitled we are. No matter what Sony does we are pissed. Not everyone has played these games and for those who haven't, BB is one of the best this gen. For those who have, it's a great game to replay. The only recourse would be a possible point system in which if you already own the game you get a 5% discount on a new game possibly. I dunno. I'm fine with it.
I second this. Games have never been cheaper and yet you get a bunch of crying #%?!. These are the same kind people who sue for not getting a job right out of university. And it’s not just PS fans. These people reside in all corners of gaming.
exactly. the only problem is the one the hardcore gamer makes up in their mind bc they aren selfish and entitled. these games usually arent for the hardcore gamer all of the time. they are to garner more interest in said game from gamers that probably havent tried them yet.
Is it really entitlement to have to pay a subscription fee in order to utilize part of the game you bought, the online component? If everything was black and white gamers like me would have a greater respect. Hidden fees in the form of lootcrates, microtransactions and multiplayer fees is cowardly. If they need to charge $80 for a game that costs 100 million plus to create then charge $80. If servers costs money to run then have a monthly fee for that particular game. Don't sit there and charge $60 for GT Sport, then charge Plus fees, then 3 or 4 years later shut down the servers. Is that entitlement to question this? Is it entitelment to question why they use older titles or small indie games as bait to get Plus memberships when in reality it's all about removing options like multiplayer being included?
@Brian "If servers costs money to run then have a monthly fee for that particular game." That sounds so much better than $5 a month with all multiplayer and games included.
When it comes to the hardcore, chances are we will have already played the bigger games, because that's what we do. But when you look at it in the bigger picture, something like bloodborne sold around 3 million I assume....Can't look it up now. Let's say ps+subs are around half of ps4 install base so that's about 37 million. That means that no more than around 8% of ps+ owners have played it. That means that 92% of the people are getting a big game they haven't played before. It's about numbers, and in cases like these, providing for as Many people as possible.
@ Prubar. Games have never been cheaper??maybe bcoz due to the introduction of loot boxes,dlc and microtransactions to the industry to make up the surplus.How old are you? I remember when games were way cheaper and I'm sure Switch owners would disagree with your bs
I like how he said Outlast was the best game ever given away for PS Plus XD. I do love PS+ as a game launch platform, Rocket League being one of my favorites. I own all these games, have plated R&C and 3 trophies missing for the BB plat. Own M#9 but haven't gotten around to playing it. It's great that they have a something to please multiple crowds. I think the people that shout GREAT MONTH as he says, a lot are people rooting for PS+ over Games with Gold as a competition, not necessarily that they have no played any of those games. This is probably the worst month for me as I own/played the crap out of the 2 major ones, and own the others, this has never actually happened.
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I've always thought they should use a selection system. They did it like one time, but it didn't become a thing. Offer like 2 different "AAA" titles and you can pick one and only one. Offer 2 midrange type games and you can pick 1. Offer 2 cheapo games and you can pick 1. Something like that.
remember when they had a voting system in place for a few months? It was always for an indie game, but it was a great idea..
Oh ya that's what I was thinking, it was an invidual choice but everyone voted.
“As brilliant as both of those games are, however, there's one problem: most gamers really interested in playing them will already own them.” That’s bound to happen, but not every gamer buys every game. There’s not a single game on either platform that has sold to over 50% of the install base, so each game has a chance to achieve a new audience it otherwise wouldn’t have. When a $60 subscription cost can get you more than $1000 in value, can you really complain if there’s an overlap from time to time? What I’ll complain about is that from March 2019 forward PS+’s IGC will only offer 2 games a month rather than the 6 games its always had since its inception.
How do you know in a year s time PS+ will only offer 2 games? Thats a lot of water to flow under the bridge. There's going to be plenty of psvr games then too. Also next gen will be getting closer and therefore even more games.
Sony sent out mails about it a couple days ago bruv. Now, I don't really mind it per se, but if they just shut down half of the ps plus offers every month, I hope to God that they will re-adjust the subscription plan. Otherwise it they just raised the price a couple of months ago for less content
Because it was made in the announcement. “Sony also confirmed to Polygon that the PS Plus lineup after February 2019 will only consist of two PS4 titles, meaning that rather than filling the gaps left by the PS3 and PS Vita games, Sony will be whittling down the amount of free games offered to players down to two.” There’s no reason for them to diminish to two games, especially when PS4 will be 5 years old by that time. PS3 got IGC with 6 games a month when it was only 4 years old.
Well that's Polygon regarding ps4 games. I don't take what they say for granted but again that's regarding PS4 games while I was mentioning psvr and later ps5 Besides its often been mentioned, even this months, that ps4 gets two games while in reality its more than two. Good for gamers to push for more though.
PSVR games are PS4 games. Even if PS5 gets integrated that still means there will be a period of time where there will be only two games on IGC offer instead of the standard 6 PS4 got more than 2 games per month in the past because of Cross-Buy. That advantage will unfortunately disappear come March 2019
"an overlap from time to time" It's been nearly a year (maybe more) since the last time PS+ delivered a game that I was both interested in and didn't already have. For me, PS+ only becomes worthwhile at the point when the cumulative discounts on purchases surpass the annual subscription price.
If you buy enough digital, it doesn't usually take long for those ps+ discounts to pay for the service itself. Surely with all the good games released on igc, there are at least a couple that are worth playing
There are tons of worthwhile game on the IGC list, but I almost always already have them. That's ok though, the discounts definitely make the subscription worthwhile. I saved a couple of hundred dollars during the 4 week long end of 2017 holiday sale alone.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
No problem with PS+ this month.
As there are many gamers that have already enjoyed these titles, there are still a lot more gamers who have not. There are a lot of people who may not have been interested in buying a particular game but its no surprise that a lot of those same people would give the game a try if it was free with their current PS+ subscription, myself included. I actually had Ratchet and Clank on my Amazon wishlist for the longest but didn't buy it yet cause I already have a huge backlog of games. Now, with this offering, I can cross it off my wishlist and add it to my library for future play. Keep the good selections going Sony.
I think there are more people who are interested in a game that never get around to it, over the number of people who have a significant number of the games offered in these services. Considering the sales of a lot of these games, most don't even breach the 10% mark of subscribers on ps+, much less the entire install base itself.
It's a great month, with R&C and Bloodborne. I already have both, but I have no problem with that. I'm just happy my friend will now get to try and enjoy these games. He's more of a casual gamer, only bought his PS4 last fall, usually only plays FIFA and CoD, so for gamers like him offerings as these might open him up a bit more to trying new things. He never even heard of these games before I told him how great next month's Plus was... Most of my other friends with a PS4 also don't have these games yet.
These premium programs will eventually run out of games to make free. There are only so many games before it starts to become a problem
the problem with first world problems ...
Oh god! Really?
I always thought the point of the free games was in fact to get people to play AAA games that they haven’t tried. People whined for years about getting Knack, which only recently dropped. Now that they have given away R&C which is not even 2 years old people want to complain about what they have. The way I see it you can’t satisfy everyone. There will be some hit or misses for most throughout the year.
I don't understand people. You wanted AAA games and you got them but now you want indies? Then when you get indies you want AAA games? And finally when you get both you complain that you already played them? I guess you can't please anyone in this generation.
Rocket league was an free indie game most people hadn't heard of, and look at it now... article is rubbish
It's an excellent marketing tool. It will bring new comers to the Souls genre. Yes. Souls is it's own genre. Yes. Bloodborne is part of the Souls series.
If you see a problem with having half a dozen-or-so quality games offered practically every single month then the only issue is your nihilistic, aggressive sociopathic tendencies. PlayStation 4: Two games PlayStation VR: One game PS Vita:Two games PlayStation 3: Two games Gamespew.com ? More like Gamevomit.com....though, I guess that's basically the same thing. Either way, instigative journalism should never replace investigative journalism.
I own both games already, but yay for everyone who doesn't. These are some solid titles. I personally won't miss the PS3/Vita games. At this point I own neither system, so they've been irrelevant to me for a while now. I'm sure many others can relate as well.
I refuse to give this complaining c*nt clicks. There's nothing wrong with PS+. Period.
Wow. I didn't think it could be spun, but someone found way to spin a good thing. Why don't you guys make articles like this every month, instead of just when PS plus has a good month?
Is it cause for celebration? Yes, I have not played bloodborne and though it's really cheap I didn't want to spend money on a game that I might not like( souls games are not my type) this gives me a chance to try it out like I did with Rime and many others.
If you have not played a Souls game before then be prepared to die a lot that is part of the learning process however some people don't like citing "reasons". 😎
Hopefully the combat is not like Damon souls.
Damned if they do and damned if they dont when it comes to PS Plus offerings, they offer lesser known Indie games and people scream and cry and moan about no AAA. They give out amazing AAA games and the first thing out of peoples mouth is "well people probably own these already". Yes there is cause for celebration, they are giving people fantastic games and for everyone who doesn't need to take advantage of that theres plenty more who will. I already own both of them personally but I still think its a excellent month and I'm happy for those people who will get to finally check out these games.
Outlast made me poo the couch, for free!
I miss the good old days when PS Plus on PS3 and Vita gave me 2-4 good games a month. I had limited space on my drive and had to decide what games to delete in order to download that months games. On PS4, the only games from Plus that I played were Life is Strange, Outlast, and Resogun. The other 99% of games have been lame indies or games I already owned. I know Sony fanboys will vote me down for not saying PS Plus is the most amazing thing since pizza was invented, but compared to Plus from 2011-2013, Plus on PS4 is like Little Caesars.
I’d be open to Sony offering more free season passes of popular games
Sorry whiners but Sony doesnt owe you anything. You get what you get. I see my subscription fee as a payment to maintain their network. The games are a plus. Most games they give away, I already have or don't care for. I have more interest in the indies than the AAA. Its Playstation+ a couple free games as long as you maintain your subscription. Its a good value especially when they've been throwing in games for ps vita, ps3, ps4 and PSVR. Get over it son! Only brats need to disagree.
Yeah, to me they were always a gimmick. People already own the good games in most cases. It is purely for PR. Would be better if we got discounts on games at launch etc.
Point being no game has been owned by even half of the Playstation base because no single game has sold that much. GTA V with 17+ Million sold on PS4 is still only like 20+% of the PS4 playerbase. Next biggest playerbase game would be Black Ops 3 with around 15+ Million. Then you start getting FIFA and COD games around 10+ million and finally to Uncharted 4 with around 10 million. Too much of the player base has not played even the top tier games for really any of the other titles to be considered a fail simply because of the thought a much smaller percentage has played it already. Bloodborne is an excellent offer in March and with around 3 million players having played it... that leaves 96+% of the player base that has not played it.
Bought Ratchet and Clank for my little ones, turns out we all play it becuase it's great but it was 10 bucks on a deal. Never played Bloodborne though, too bad and surprised they didn't patch it for PS4 Pro. Still, free is free and now I get to check out what all my buds have been saying about this game.
There is no problem. Well except Sony online service is weak sauce. Other than that, it's all good.
One problem with that is if you have a cost at all that's sometimes a barrier to entry too big for some people who really want to play it but never did or could. Also, it can be a way to create hype or demo. Example, games with gold one month were a bunch of star wars games before rogue one came out. For me that was force unleashed 2. I had never played it but always wanted it. When it came out I beat it over the weekend and was more excited than ever for the new movie.
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