Here’s your free PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live games for January

Now Christmas is over and we’re all depressed and skint (surely it’s not just me?), I reckon the best way to beat the January Blues is to treat yourself to some new games, especially if you were lucky enough to get a new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One for Christmas.

If you have either the PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live subscription you can build your gaming library with this month’s offerings. For PS4, you can pick up the full Batman: The Telltale Series, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and mediocre party game That’s You!. There’s also a bonus game for those of you with PSVR – StarBlood Arena is also up for grabs.

For PS3ers, you can pick up Uncanny Valley, Psycho-Pass Mandatory Happiness, Sacred 3, and Book of Unwritten Tales 2. 

As for Xbox Gold? The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 3 is available all month, and survival zombie game Zombi can be downloaded for free from January 16 until February 15. Army of Two and Tomb Raider Underworld complete the package via backwards compatibility.


Lawbreakers publisher blames PUBG for poor sales

Nexon blames a $32.6m loss on breakout PC shooter, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

As reported by Eurogamer, the publisher had expected Cliff Bleszinski’s Lawbreakers to bolster its third-quarter sales. Although Nexon has not shared exact figures, according to financial executive Shiro Uemura, the issue lies not with Bleszinskis’ game – which recently dropped to a peak online player count of just double digits – but PUBG.

“Our results in North America in the third quarter were below our outlook, mainly due to the sales from LawBreakers being below our expectations,” Uemura said.

“LawBreakers is a unique FPS developed for core users. We had very high expectations for its launch. However, the timing of its launch turned out to be unfortunate, specifically the blockbuster PC online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came out right about the same time, making the market environment very tough for first-person shooters in general and for LawBreakers.”

Capcom reveals Monster Hunter’s Elder Dragons, plus free DLC and beta details

In a Japanese live stream earlier today, Capcom shared a new a trailer for Monster Hunter: World, plus details of its “calamitous” Elder Dragons.

“The steel dragon Kushala Daora is a beast with a body covered in metal plates and has the power to keep hunters at bay by generating wind storms around itself,” says Capcom. “The flame king dragon Teostra is a brutal fiend that spits blazing fire and any hunter who faces this fierce and deadly monster is in danger of being engulfed in a hellish inferno.

“Another monster introduced in the trailer is Dodogama, a rock-eating wyvern that possesses a unique saliva that causes rock to become explosive, a hazardous mix it will spit at its foes to warn off attackers.”

Also confirmed is news of a final European PS4 beta planned from January 19, 2018, to January 22. In addition to the previously released Great Jagras, Anjanath and Barroth quests, you will also be able to  take on the game’s “terrifying and challenging flagship monster”, Nergigante. The publisher also confirmed that there’ll be a programme of regular content updates, commencing in Q2 2018, and that “major title updates” will be available for free. So expect some paid-for content, too.

Monster Hunter: World launches on January 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a PC scheduled for sometimes in Q3 2018.

“There’s a lot of stuff in the works” for Overwatch, says Kaplan

Overwatch is once again celebrating Chinese New Year with a heap of new content including new PvP events, non-event items in loot boxes, all-new map Blizzard World, and a shiny new Hero, too.

New map Blizzard World has already been put through its paces on the Public Test Realm, which is why Kaplan reckons “that map is one of our best”. And while he didn’t give anything away when it came to Hero 27, he did tease that the team is “also thinking about heroes beyond 27 as well”.

“We are well along the path on Hero 27,’ Overwatch boss Kaplan told Eurogamer. “We think the Hero is going to be awesome, we think the Hero is very needed. We’re not really sure when the release date is. The release date is less important than getting the Hero right. We have the Hero in internal testing.”

“There’s some pretty significant content that players are going to be very happy with,” Kaplan added“The feedback we always get from the players is, ‘We wish you would add more content to the base, non-event loot box.’ Coming up very soon, hopefully sometime this month, will be a ton of new content into that base loot box. “Beyond that, there’s a lot of stuff in the works.”

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter 4K is coming to Xbox One later this month

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is coming to Xbox One, with 4K support and a new mode to explore, on January 19, 2018.

Originally released on PC in 2014, the game’s melancholy tale received critical acclaim, and was subsequently ported to the PlayStation 4.

Now it’s coming to Xbox One, and for the first time, the game will include a Free Roam mode, enabling you to openly explore the world outside of the game’s mysterious story.

“Offering up gorgeous visuals and a brand new mode to get lost in, The Astronauts has breathed new life into The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, shining a spotlight on its technical marvels and sharing its acclaimed narrative with Xbox One owners,” states a press release.

To watch me play it (badly) on PS4, check out the video at the top of the front page or hop on over to YouTube.

Short. Sweary. Sarky. Streamer. Spartan. Story-driven games make me happiest. Spectacularly bad at shooters, but loves them. Screams a lot playing horror games, but loves those, too.