Got plans for the new year? How about sinking your teeth into the first ever open-world action-RPG (ShARkPG) where you actually get to play as a shark? Or how about raiding some tombs to save the world from a Mayan apocalypse, or forging the destiny of a whole new world steeped in magic and secrets?
Sony has released a new batch of free games for PlayStation Plus members to download for January 2021, including the PS5 open world shark adventure game Maneater along with the latest Tomb Raider game and the 17th-century fantasy RPG Greedfall for the PS4.
Starting Tuesday (Jan. 5), PS Plus members can get the PS5 only version of Maneater for free along with the two other PS4 games, playable on the PS5. Unfortunately, the PS4 version of Maneater isn’t available for gamers who haven’t yet made the jump to the PS5 yet, so technically PS4 owners get just two free games this January.
Check out the trailers for the free games available this month, with the official game synopsis provided by the PlayStation Blog.
"Experience the ultimate power fantasy as the apex predator of the seas—a terrifying shark! Maneater is a single player, open world action RPG (ShaRkPG) where you are the shark. Starting as a small shark pup you are tasked with surviving the harsh world while eating your way up the ecosystem. To do this you will explore a large and varied open world encountering diverse enemies – both human and wildlife. Find the right resources and you can grow and evolve far beyond what nature intended, allowing the player to tailor the shark to their play style. Eat. Explore. Evolve."
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4)
"Fight, explore, craft and survive amid the dense and perilous jungles of South America in Lara Croft’s biggest adventure to date as you race to save the world from a Maya apocalypse. Gather resources and master the unforgiving terrain. Outgunned and outnumbered, you need to use your surroundings to your advantage; strike from the shadows and use mud to camouflage your presence. Use advanced traversal techniques to reach long-forgotten tombs and negotiate deadly puzzles."
"In this stunning action RPG, explore uncharted new lands as you set foot on a remote island seeping with magic, and filled with riches, lost secrets, and fantastic creatures. You’ll have complete freedom to shape your abilities, spells and skills and decide whether to complete objectives with combat, diplomacy, deception, or stealth. Forge this new world’s destiny, as you befriend or betray companions and entire factions."
December 2020’s free games—Just Cause 4, Rocket Arena, Worms Rumble and Bugsnax (for PS5)—are still available until Jan. 4, 2021.
And while we don’t usually know what will be in each monthly collection of free games, Sony has already shared that the vehicular combat game Destruction AllStars will be February’s freebie for the PS5.
The latest free game bundle will be available starting Jan. 5 until Feb. 1, 2021.
(Images via PlayStation Network)