The December 2018 selection of free PS Plus games has gone live, sweeping in a new set of complimentary titles for subscribers to Sony's online service. The highlights this month are Soma, an existential horror game set at the bottom of the ocean, and explosive action racer Onrush. The rest of December's selection spans the indie spectrum from 2D action platforming to carefully inspecting travel documents. Make sure you claim all of the games before the January 2018 free PS Plus games take over on January 1, 2019.
December 2018 free PS Plus games
Soma (PS4): This first-person horror game is set in an undersea research station located - of course - at the bottom of the ocean. Soma's story is made of spoilers so I won't tell you much about what happens, but I will tell you that it's good science fiction backed by likable characters. The game's monsters are often less disturbing than its environments, but it's still a good scare overall.
Onrush (PS4): Where most racing games emphasize precision and finesse, Onrush bets on wanton destruction and game modes you'd expect from a multiplayer shooter. Calling it a racer is like calling Rocket League a racer: yes, there are cars going very fast, but that's not really what you're here for. In Onrush, you're here for vehicular combat driven (sorry) by highly specialized cars. It's arcade-y, ridiculous fun.
Steredenn (PS3): You can't argue with a good shoot-'em-up, and Steredenn is just that. It's a lovingly crafted 2D shooter set in the infinite void of space. You shoot dudes, upgrade your ship, and shoot even bigger dudes. Classic. Steredenn's unique and flashy weapons still stand out, and its pixel art hasn't aged a day.
Steins;Gate (PS3): It can be tough to get into visual novels, but Steins;Gate makes it easy. It tells a time travel-tinged sci-fi story so compelling that you'll wonder why you waited this long to play it, and it has way more replay value than most VNs. Steins;Gate has seen a manga and an anime, and while both are great in their own right, nothing beats the game.
Iconoclasts (PS Vita, PS4): We're living in a golden age of 2D Metroidvania platformers, and even with company like Hollow Knight and Ori and the Blind Forest, Iconoclasts is still one of the best. It was made entirely by one man over the course of a decade, and the care and passion that went into it is plain to see, especially in its story. Iconoclasts is a joy to play, and it's utterly un-put-down-able.
Papers, Please (PS Vita): Here's a PS Vita port we never thought we'd finally see. Papers, Please was one of the finest games of 2013 and is still held up as a paragon of indie development, for good reason. You play as a border agent in a fictional dystopian world, and it's your job to admit or turn away desperate refugees. Papers, Please uses that simple framework to tell an impactful, distinctly human story, and its job sim gameplay is a perfect match for the Vita's screen.
November 2018 free PS Plus games
- Yakuza Kiwami (PS4)
- Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PS4)
- Roundabout (PS Vita, PS4)
- Burly Men at Sea (PS Vita, PS4)
- Jackbox Party Pack 2 (PS3)
- Arkedo Series (PS3)