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PlayStation Continues Excellent 2019 Run of Monthly PS Plus Freebies

Amid the excitement of finally getting a firm release date for Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II during yesterday’s State of Play, Sony unveiled October’s bundle of free PlayStation Plus games.

Next month, players can dive back into the original The Last of Us, the game that propelled the franchise and the PlayStation itself to stratospheric heights and try their hand at a spot of baseball in MLB The Show 19. An odd mix, but one that continues PlayStation’s excellent run of free games.

PlayStation Is Nailing PS Plus Games

To stress just how well Sony’s is doing on the free game front, we’re taking a look back at all the PlayStation Plus games released this year to date and assigning each a hit or miss rating.


Source: Steep/Ubisoft

January kicked things off nicely with Ubisoft’s stunning snow sports sim, Steep, alongside Minecraft-inspired action-RPG Portal Knights.

Steep – Hit
Portal Knights – Hit


February stepped things up a notch and featured AAA brawler For Honor, and IO Interactive’s stealth assassin sim Hitman: The Complete First Season.

For Honor – Hit
Hitman: The Complete First Season – Hit


Source: The Witness/Thekla

Jumping to March, Sony offered FPS royalty Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and contemplative puzzle explorer The Witness.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – Hit
The Witness – Hit


In April, PlayStation Plus featured Souls-Like futuristic action-adventure The Surge allied to bug-ridden and generally underwhelming survival game Conan Exiles.

The Surge – Hit
Conan Exiles – Miss


Source: What Remains of Edith Finch/Giant Sparrow

May made up for April’s sub-par offering with atmospheric point and click adventure What Remains of Edith Finch and multiplayer cooking bonanza Overcooked.

What Remains of Edith Finch – Hit
Overcooked – Hit


In June, PlayStation Plus subscribers received the shoot-and-loot mayhem of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Sonic Mania, which felt like filler in comparison.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Hit
Sonic Mania – Miss


Source: Detroit: Become Human/Quantic Dream

As for July’s offering, Sony bought in a trifecta of titles, which were nerve-racking decision-based gem Detroit: Become Human, Quantic Dream’s previous just-about-palatable effort Heavy Rain, and the misplaced arcade-inspired racer Horizon Chase Turbo.

Detroit: Become Human – Hit
Heavy Rain – Miss
Horizon Chase Turbo – Miss


Last month, Sony brought out PlayStation 4 exclusive WipEout Omega Collection, and Sniper Elite 4.

WipEout Omega Collection – Hit
Sniper Elite 4 – Hit


Source: Batman: Arkham Knight/Rocksteady Studios

Finally, for September, we received an entry from arguably the best video game interpretation of everyone’s favorite broody superhero, Batman: Arkham Knight, and the more than serviceable Darksiders III.

Batman: Arkham Knight – Hit
Darksiders III – Hit

PlayStation Plus Boasts Nearly 80% Success Rate in 2019

Tallying up all of the above, that’s a nearly 80% hit rate for Sony’s free PlayStation Plus games for this year alone. There’s bound to be a few duds, but even those aren’t all that terrible. Long may it continue.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 1:03 PM

Thomas Bardwell

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