Each month, Sony’s PlayStation Plus and Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold services give away a handful of free games to subscribers, adding value to each company’s multi-console online gaming service. January’s games are now available for download, including the following free titles:
For PlayStation Plus, Sony is offering inFAMOUS: First Light, The Swapper, Prototype 2, DuckTales Remastered, Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, and Whoa Dave. All of these titles are available now, spread out across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. By comparison, a digital copy of inFAMOUS: First Light alone sells for $15 on Amazon, only $3 less than the cost of a three-month PlayStation Plus membership with three months of free games.
For Xbox Live Gold, Microsoft is giving away D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (shown above), Worms Battlegrounds, MX vs ATV Alive, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (starting January 16). The first two titles are available for Xbox One, and the latter two are for Xbox 360. For reference, Microsoft sells a digital copy of D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die for $15 alone, which is only $5 under a three-month Xbox Live Gold membership.
Descriptions of each game are inside.
PlayStation Plus January Free Games
inFAMOUS: First Light (PS4 Only, shown above)
Locked up in a prison for super powered humans, Fetch is forced to relive tragedies from her past. Unravel her dark secret in Seattle while battling to escape snowy Curdon Cay and seek vengeance for those who wronged her.
The Swapper (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
What if someone knew your mind better than you did? The Swapper is an award-winning, narrative driven puzzle game set in the furthest reaches of space. The Swapper takes place in an isolated and atmospheric sci-fi world. Players wield an experimental device which allows them to create clones of themselves, swapping their entire consciousness into new bodies to overcome the challenges of the environment.
Prototype 2 (PS3 Only)
WELCOME TO NEW YORK ZERO. The sequel to Radical Entertainment’s best-selling open-world action game of 2009, Prototype 2 takes the unsurpassed carnage of the original Prototype and continues the experience of becoming the ultimate shape-shifting weapon. Players will experience Sgt James Heller build a vast genetic arsenal of deadly new biological weapons to hunt, kill and consume his way toward the ultimate goal – to kill Alex Mercer!
DuckTales Remastered (PS3 Only)
DuckTales Remastered is a hand-crafted, beautiful reimagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, but now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney or retro Capcom fan, alike. Featuring hand-drawn animated sprites, authentic Disney character voices talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the classic cartoon TV series, Scrooge McDuck and family come to life like never before.
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PS3 + PS Vita)
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition is the definitive compilation of the landmark first-person shooter that includes enhanced versions of Duke Nukem 3D and three classic expansion packs, as well as the original version of the classic game.
Whoa Dave (PS Vita Only)
From the folks behind the BIT.TRIP series comes the frantic insanity that is Woah Dave! Help our hero, Dave Lonuts, survive an insane alien invasion and line his pockets with shiny pennies. Hurl alien eggs, skull bombs, and explosive WOAH blocks to stay alive and sky rocket yourself to high score fame and fortune.
Xbox Live Gold January Free Games
D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (Xbox One)
A time traveling detective has to solve his wife’s murder before he can prevent it. Use his supernatural ability to “dive” into the living past by touching artifacts called “mementos” to unravel the truth behind his wife’s death.
Worms Battlegrounds (Xbox One, shown above)
Worms Battlegrounds brings friends and families together in the noble pursuit of self‐improvement, world domination, and exploding sheep. Featuring high definition 3D visuals, the latest in the Worms franchise has exciting additions to improve the single player experience, and more of everything a Worms fan could want.
MX vs ATV Alive (Xbox 360, 1-1/2015 to 1-15/2015)
Own the competition as you wrestle for position with tightly contested racing in the fifth iteration of the MX vs ATV franchise.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Xbox 360, 1-16/2015 to 1-31/2015)
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline that defines a new standard for realistic,non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features a complex combat system that uniquely combines deep tactical elements with dynamic action.
A one-year Xbox Live Gold membership is $50 (Reg. $60); a three-month membership is $20 (Reg. $25), and a two-year membership is $100, New games are typically offered at the beginning of each month, with old games disappearing from the “free” lists above.