Free games with subscriptions was a masterstroke

Something that seems to be overlooked in this generation, which can usually be the case in this “what have you done for me lately?” kind of world, is the fact that we get free games each month with our online subscriptions to either Xbox Live or Playstation Plus.

In the land before time, Sony gave their previously inferior online experience for free before jumping on the money bus with a better service. For a time, both were just content with that, slipping around £40 per year from your wallet and giving you a little tap on your backside as you went to torment others on Call of Duty.

Then, without much prodding from anywhere it seems, they decided to give us a little more bang for our buck. That came in the form of free games, usually at least two every month

As always with this kind of thing, people have found ways to complain. “That game is super old!” and “What’s with this indie rubbish? Where’s the triple A stuff?!?” cried the ungrateful who forgot that games companies did not have to do this and aren’t forcing them down your throats either.

Take a look at a quick list of just some of games that have been on the service for the PS4 and Xbox One since the consoles launched in late 2013. I’ve cherry-picked a few games that I’ve enjoyed, whether I paid for them beforehand or not, that prove that this is such a good service.

Resogun, Outlast, Tomb Raider, Massive Chalice, Transistor, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, Worms: Battlegrounds, Rayman Legends, Child of Light, Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, Don’t Starve, TowerFall: Ascension, The Binding of Isaac, Guacamelee, The Walking Dead: Season One and Two, The Wolf Among Us, Rogue Legacy, NBA 2k16.

That, even if some are free almost two years after release, is a lot of very good free games for the public to enjoy to their heart’s content.

The idea to get NBA 2k16, which will go out of fashion in two months’ time when the new game comes out and this one is consigned to dust, was a masterstroke. Not only did it help advertise the Finals for the sport, it could help boost sales by those who enjoyed it for next year and Sony get huge plaudits for bringing a current, big game for free.

Like the man who works those extra hours, grinds his hands to the bone so that he can get his kids a little toy when he comes home, this is such an under-appreciated move.  More of the same in the future please and thank you, it’s given me at least plenty of reason to keep up my subscriptions.

That and to shout at others for being bad when it’s clearly me that’s the problem.


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