[PS Plus Reviews] January 2016 Quick Round-up

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January 2016’s line-up of free PS Plus games is… interesting. A remastered classic and a surprise sequel to an old almost-forgotten game on the PS4, AAA titles by EA on the PS3 and games that fit right in the PS Vita’s handheld form.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the titles available, free for PS Plus subscribers for January 2016.

PS4

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Hardware: Rivals

A car combat game, a sequel of sorts to one of the earliest online multiplayer game on the PS2, Hardware: Online Arena. Jeeps and tanks duke it out, with weapon pickups, interesting stage gimmicks, and wacky style.

I wrote a full review on this, noting it’s lack of content on launch, but could be better in the future.

[link to review]

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Grim Fandango Remastered (also available on PS Vita)

Grim Fandango used to be criticised for how hard the controls were. Now with this remaster, you can experience it with an easier one. Surprisingly, this classic adventure game aged well, with some negligible issues.

[link to review]

PS3

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Medal of Honor: Warfighter

I did not get the chance to experience this FPS, but this is a full AAA shooter. It didn’t perform well on launch due to heavy competition, but from the looks of it the singleplayer campaign is a decent experience to go by.

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Dragon Age: Origins

Played this game on PC years ago. Loved it. This is Bioware’s take of a grim high-fantasy RPG. A long and engrossing intro depending on your chosen race and origins (hence the title) with a deep tactical combat and branching paths based on dialogue. I cannot say for sure how this game plays with a controller though. A good timesink of an RPG.

PS Vita

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Futuridium EP Deluxe (also available on the PS4)

I strongly believed this game, a space shooter with puzzle-like, short-burst levels, works best on the Vita, hence being catagorised here. Despite that, I gave the PS4 version a go. I don’t like it as much, but a well put together game that someone will genuinely like it.

[link to review]

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HISTORY Legends of War

This is an odd choice, but understandable. All in all, this is a tactical strategy game, think XCOM without grids, based on World War II. Obviously I have never played it and unable to since I don’t have a Vita, I only watch footage from YouTube for info. For what I see, I have mixed feelings on this. But maybe give it a go?

What do you think of the line-up this month? I personally have mixed feelings, but give them a shot? Shoot your opinions in the comments below.

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