Games Inbox: What video game are you playing most during lockdown?

The Friday Inbox is worried that Microsoft doesn’t have many next gen games ready, as one reader is upset the Quackshot remake isn’t happening.

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Games of the moment
So most people will probably have been in lockdown now for at least two weeks, so I’m curious as to what games everyone’s been playing the most? Not for the first time I wish I had a Switch, because then I could play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but alas that’s too rich for me, especially given the uncertainty at the moment.

Like many, I’m quite nervous about buying new games at the moment so I’ve decided to skip Resident Evil 3 and will only be sticking with Final Fantasy 7 Remake because, well… it’s Final Fantasy 7. So I haven’t bought anything else this year and have instead found myself going back to Dark Souls to give it another go and also XCOM 2, neither of which I got into the first time.

I bought them originally because of recommendations in the Inbox and I only realised afterwards that they’d probably come back into my head because of again being mentioned here. Although they so seem perfect for the situation at the moment: long games with lots of replayability, that are famously difficult and need a lot of time and attention.

I probably wouldn’t have played them again if not for all this, so I guess there is always a silver lining – assuming I can get into them properly this time.
M83

Infinite launch games
I know Microsoft get a lot of criticism but I’m just going to come out and say it: they deserve a lot of it. So we now have Phil Spencer getting in his excuses early that there’s not going to be any new games except Halo Infinite. They have had the entire generation to get new games ready and they’ve only got one?!

They’ve barely released anything on the Xbox One and I thought the assumption was they were beavering away making sure they hit the ground running with the next gen. Except no, they’re just going to have Halo.

Then he kind of hints that he’d launch the console without it anyway? Why, so everyone can play an upgraded version of Crackdown 3 on the Xbox Series X?! The Xbox One has no games, that’s why it failed and that’s why this new one is going to fail if they don’t get a grip of themselves, sheesh.
Paulson

No bargain
I remember buying Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for £28 when it was first released. First time I’d bought a Call Of Duty game, as up until then I’d always borrowed them off of friends to play the campaigns.

Can’t honestly recollect a great deal about the campaign itself, but do recall a two or three year love/hate relationship with the multiplayer.

I’m sure I got at least a hundred hours or so out of the online aspect, so definitely got my monies worth, but £20 for just the campaign in 2020, really?! I thought a few years back, before the Call Of Duty 4 remake, that Infinity Ward could do a complete Modern Warfare 2 remake for £20-£25, as Call Of Duty was falling a little out of favour at the time, and this would bring players like me back into it, which it might of at that price.

As for the No Russian level that’s still something that annoys me, and you too seemingly GC, I only ever went through it once to see what it was about but never fired a shot as it was such an atrocious inclusion into the game. As you say: ‘It’s still a disquieting scene but it’s also an outrageously cynical one that was clearly only included in order to create controversy and raise the game’s profile, which worked exactly as planned during the original release.’

Best wishes in these strange times.
NCD
Currently playing: Warframe, Destiny 2, watching Final Fantasy 7 Remake download counter slowly tick down.

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The developers are not the only ones looking forward to the SSD in the PlayStation 5 console. I have been self-isolating due to the coronavirus and have had lots more time than usual to spend on my game backlog.

Been playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and have now reached the expansion packs. When it comes to the main fights with certain characters, until I figure out how to defeat them I’m dying lots of times which means over a minute and a half loading screen each time.

I’ve lost count how many minutes I’ve sat staring at the loading screen waiting for another attempt at defeating the monster/character.

Hopefully this will be a thing of the past soon but I’ll believe it when I see it.
GHH69

Horrible capitalists
Of all the horrible, ill-conceived pranks the games industry can pull on April Fool’s Day (a day I would dearly love to see abandoned forever), the cruellest one I personally saw has to have come from FDG Entertainment, the makers of Monster Boy. Their prank was teasing a remake of Mega Drive classic Quackshot, reworked to tie in with the excellent DuckTales reboot. I knew immediately it was a joke, given the date, but I can’t deny a part of me hoped beyond hope that it was real.

The most heartbreaking thing of all is when it was revealed the next day that this was almost an actual game. FDG apparently pitched the idea to Disney last year, with the concept images as part of said pitch. Unfortunately Disney – most likely because they’re a bunch of horrible capitalists whose only concern is the bottom line – didn’t give them the licence. There’s a petition going around hoping to persuade Disney to change their minds, but I doubt anything will come of it.

It’s such a shame because I love Quackshot and I love the new DuckTales series, and I can’t help but think about what might have been.
Andrew Middlemas

Year in, year out
GC, do you really think they’re going to bring out a new Call Of Duty this year? I mean they’re making so much money from Modern Warfare, why not milk the cow for as much as they can? I never liked any of the Black Ops games, why I don’t know but everyone else did. But why spend all that money when for a tenth of the price you can bring out more stuff and take a hundred times more.

In all honesty I’m getting a bit bored of Call Of Duty. To be honest it’s the same thing over and over again, you either get lagging players, modded pad players, or players that go from corner to corner after each kill. And why bring out a classic game like Modern Warfare 2 yet leave out 90% of the game (multiplayer)?

I’ll be honest, they bring out Modern Warfare 3 with multiplayer I’d buy it like a shot, loved that game. No multiplayer, I’ll keep my money for next gen.
David

GC: There were some earlier rumours that they might skip a new game this year, and it would certainly make sense to us, but at the moment everything points towards Black Ops 5 being released this autumn.

Plot hole
I’m curious if that means Bethesda would’ve cancelled their conference if E3 had been going ahead? Are they implying that three months of developers working from home meant they wouldn’t have had anything in a state close enough to show off? Seems a bit unlikely to me.

There always seemed to be a hole in their release schedule, after Doom Eternal, and now it’s just going to get blamed on the coronavirus when there always was a problem. Not that I care, because I hope they’re taking the time to make a new game engine. If Elder Scrolls 6 isn’t a major leap over Skyrim/Fallout 4 I’m not even going to touch, they’ve had enough time.
Pitt the lesser

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Farting about
Difficulty, like everything else, might be subjective but who’s ever heard of someone playing Dark Souls for the first time and rating it badly because it’s too easy?

I disagree with the common argument that insists the games should have a dedicated easy mode because that isn’t going to affect people who don’t use it. That’s like saying the Mario devs should take time adding a mode where jumping is replaced by farting because some people prefer farts to well defined jump mechanics and it’s up to the people to decide how they want to engage with the games they’ve bought. If elitists want to play the game the way it’s meant to be played they can stick to jump mode and everyone wins.

The point being missed is the Souls games aren’t designed to try and put people off to the extent that progressing through the only mode available becomes some sort of exclusive club. They’re designed so there’s much more meaning instilled in all the levelling systems, every step you take, everything you have equipped, how every square foot of the environment is set out… To deny the opportunity for that meaning to make itself known because some people won’t play the game without a fart… sorry, an easy mode, is to deny the fundamental elements the developers intended to express.

Anyway, I’m off to rewatch my edited cut of The Godfather. I’ve never seen the original because I won’t watch films like that unless all the actors are replaced by Love Island rejects and every second line of the script is replaced by a knock knock joke. Based on what I’ve seen, I regard The Godfather as a pretty average film but thank god for the democratisation of film making.
Panda

Inbox also-rans
Can we just agree that video games companies are useless at release dates? I can’t remember the last time a major games did come out when it was originally intended, even Animal Crossing was meant to be out last year!
Westron

I’m going to be honest and say that Zelda: A Link To The Past map in Animal Crossing is pretty awesome. I’m always amazed at how creative some gamers can be.
Sosti

This week’s Hot Topic
The question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Onibee, who asks what do you think, and hope, Nintendo’s next games will be for the Switch?

It’s now six months since they had a general topic Nintendo Direct and there are currently no major new Switch games scheduled for the whole year, so what do you think is going on? Although the coronavirus is exacerbating the situation Nintendo’s secrecy started last year, so why do you think that is?

What new games do you expect to see come out next and what surprises are you hoping for once they are finally announced? What do you think the secrecy is in aid of and what do you think Nintendo should do in order to try and counter the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?

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Next Week's Epic Games Store Free Game Revealed

This week’s freebies at the Epic Games Store just went live, and they are quite the pair. From now until April 9, you can pick up Gone Home and Hob free of charge. As usual, Epic also revealed next week’s freebie, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, a seriously underappreciated adventure game starring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ubiquitous detective. Crimes and Punishments will be free starting April 9 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET. You simply need a free Epic Games account to claim any Epic freebie, and it’ll be yours to keep forever.

Originally released in 2014, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is one of the many Sherlock games developed by Frogwares. While games that capitalize off of huge properties like Sherlock Holmes don’t always inspire a ton of confidence, Crimes and Punishments is a genuinely great adventure game.

Crimes and Punishments features six separate investigations that you must solve alongside your trusted sidekick Dr. Watson. One of the main gameplay mechanics is the deduction board, which lets you piece together clues from each case to come to your own conclusion. This allows for more than a handful of endings for each crime, and moral choices you can make after finding the culprit add even more layers to the story.









The game received an 8/10 in GameSpot’s Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments review. “Perhaps the best comment that I can make on the half-dozen cases featured in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is that they feel like lost short stories from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. The whodunits are fascinating, with odd casts of characters and plausible mysteries that blend elements of the police procedural with the quirky and eerie atmosphere unique to Holmes and Watson,” critic Brett Todd wrote.

While you wait for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments to unlock for free at Epic, don’t forget to snag this week’s free games. In addition to Gone Home and Hob, you can also claim Drawful 2 and Totally Reliable Delivery Service (until April 8). Epic isn’t the only storefront or publisher giving away games; we’ve rounded up every free game available right now.

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10 Big Upcoming PC VR Games To Look Forward To After Half-Life: Alyx

So, you bought a VR headset for Half-Life: Alyx. You’ve just spent a week enjoying one of the most polished, immersive gaming experiences you can have. Now you want more.

So, what else is on the horizon?

Chances are you’ve already sifted through VR’s back-catalogue and have games like Boneworks and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners ready to play. But fear not, there are plenty of other high-quality, ‘big’ games coming to PC VR headsets this year. Not quite the size and scale of Alyx itself, perhaps, but still games that will hopefully ensure your headset won’t gather any dust in the coming months.

We’ve split this list into two parts. The first is for games that are coming to all PC VR headsets, so you won’t need to worry about compatibility. But there are also come games that are ‘exclusive’ to the Oculus Rift and Rift S that are too big to ignore, so we’ve put them in at the bottom. Plus the Reverb hack can get you playing Rift exclusives on other headsets, but just how well these new games will work with the system remains to be seen.

All Headsets

After The Fall – 2020

If you were hoping Valve might bring its famous Left4Dead franchise to VR before Half-Life, then After The Fall might soothe that disappointment. From the developers of Arizona Sunshine comes a massive co-op zombie shooter in which you explore the frozen wastelands, gunning down endless hordes of infected enemies. From what we’ve seen, After The Fall doesn’t boast the robust physical immersion of Half-Life or The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, but it does offer arcade action but the barrel, with the promises of endgame content to keep you coming back.

Population: One – 2020

The number of battle royale wannabes out there may finally be declining, but our most anticipated take on the genre for VR, Population: One, is still waiting in the wings. First announced a few years ago, developer Big Box is taking its time with extensive beta testing to ensure this is a polished, first-class multiplayer combat game. In this take you can build, fly and climb across maps, promising a versatile and active experience that’s truly unique to VR.

Sniper Elite VR – TBA

Rebellion’s popular Sniper Elite series is one of those franchises that just makes perfect sense for VR. Fortunately, a VR-exclusive spin-off is on the way, promising immersive sniper action. Set in World War 2 Sicily, you’ll play as a member of a resistance group that picks off the Nazi threat from afar. We’re looking forward to really leaning into our scopes and lining up our sights when the game sneaks onto PC VR headsets.

Vertigo 2 – 2020

Zulubo Productions returns with a sequel that looks like a big step up from the original Vertigo. This undeniably Valve-inspired adventure takes a few fun jabs at the games it owes a debt to, but more importantly looks to stand on its own as a genuinely exciting first-person shooter (FPS). Battle an alien invasion with some of the best-feeling VR guns in a full story-driven campaign. You can also try a free demo right now, to see what we mean. There’s a remaster of the original game on the way, too.

Lonn – 2020

Another indie adventure to look out for; Lonn caught our attention for its impressive display of physics in a linear single-player campaign. Set in a cyberpunk future, you take the fight to an evil corporation, armed with a sword and telekinetic powers. Lonn looks like an excellent physics-driven adventure with thoughtful puzzles and engaging combat. We’ll be keeping a close eye on its development.

The Walking Dead: Onslaught – 2020

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners might have set the bar high for zombie VR shooters, but we’re hoping the highly-experienced team at Survios can rise to the challenge. Set in the world of the show rather than the comics, Onslaught brings a similar brand of gruesome zombie killing to VR, but also adds in cooperative support.

Rift Exclusive Games

Lone Echo II – 2020 (Rift Exclusive)

Even in a post-Alyx world, Lone Echo remains one of the most polished, immersive adventures you can have in a VR headset. Its sequel is looking to build on that groundwork with a deeper story and more of the powerful zero gravity gameplay that set Lone Echo apart. If you want something that will match Alyx on a visual and presentational front, Lone Echo II is probably your best bet.

Medal of Honor: Above And Beyond – 2020 (Rift Exclusive)

If Lone Echo hopes to match Alyx on presentation, then we’ve got our fingers crossed that Medal of Honor will reach the bar it set for gameplay. Why? Because Above and Beyond is made by Respawn, arguably one of the few developers out there capable of making games as good as Valve. The first trailer for the game hinted as some promising physical mechanics and campaign variety. With over 50 missions promises, we’re eagerly awaiting more information.

Solaris: Offworld Combat – 2020 (Rift/Quest/PSVR)

First Contact Entertainment made a name for itself with its PSVR-exclusive multiplayer shooter, Firewall: Zero Hour, and now it’s bringing its expertise back to PC. We’re yet to see much of Solaris, but the talent involved is enough to make us look forward to this arena shooter, which seems to take some cues from games like Unreal Tournament. This is coming to just Oculus and PlayStation platforms for now.

Phantom: Covert Ops – June 25 2020 (Rift/Quest)

A lot of the time we all have to make a few concessions in VR, be it with walking or physical interaction. With Phantom, though, developer nDreams has designed a stealth game that perfectly fits the current limitations of the platform. You infiltrate a hostile facility by kayak, cutting a path through the base to sabotage equipment and take down anyone that spots you. We’ve played Phantom a few times now and it really does look like a fully immersive experience.

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The Best Games To Play During Lockdown

With unprecedented measures currently being taken to ensure public health, much of the world is locked down in their homes, asked by government officials to be judicious about when they venture out. While it’s important to balance any hobby, gaming is one that not only often asks you to stay in your home, but is also adaptable to a diverse array of needs. We’ve compiled a list of some of the Game Informer staff’s recommendations for gaming during this time based on various situations and needs.

Delightful Distractions

The outside world is pretty heavy right now, so here are a few games that are joyful experiences from start to finish.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
The Animal Crossing series has always been a bastion of wholesomeness in Nintendo’s library, but the recently released entry serves as the perfect staycation for anyone hoping for a soothing gaming experience during these troubled times. It’s also a great way to connect with friends who are also tending to islands of their own.
Read our review here.

Stardew Valley (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Vita, PC, iOS, Android)
Building up your farm may seem like the focus of Stardew Valley, but interacting with the townsfolk and engaging with the title’s surprisingly deep RPG elements never ceases to delight and reward from start to finish.
Read our review here.

Yoshi’s Crafted World (Switch)
The charming homemade look of Yoshi’s Crafted World is just the start of this cute game’s appeal. Satisfying exploration and fun platforming gives you something to strive for, but if you want to just coast through and enjoy the scenery, there’s an easy mode for that.
Read our review here.

Local Fun For Everyone

While social distancing is in full effect, not everyone is locked down in isolation. Here are a few games to play with family members and roommates keeping you company while you stay home.

Castle Crashers (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
One of the best cooperative games of last generation, Castle Crashers is one of the best ways to gather your entire household together for some old-school, side-scrolling, beat-’em-up action. Not only is it chaotic and immensely fun, but it’s lighthearted, cute, and appropriate for players of all ages.
See it in action on an episode of Replay here.

Overcooked (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
While going to restaurants isn’t necessarily an option at the moment, you can run your own virtual kitchen alongside those you’re locked down with in Overcooked. Getting your family or roommates together in a cramped, sometimes-shifting kitchen is a recipe for pandemonium and uproarious fun.
Read our review here.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)
When all else fails, you can always turn to one of the best local multiplayer series of the last two decades: Super Smash Bros. This latest edition features the biggest roster of fighters in history, and with custom rulesets, you can always tweak the experience to your crowd’s liking.
Read our review here.

An Open-World Escape

We may be stuck inside, but these games offer up so many massive worlds to explore and get lost in.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Lauded by many as the best RPG of this generation, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt recently received new life thanks to its smash-hit Netflix series, but it’s well-worth your time even if you didn’t spend the last week binging that series. With a massive world to explore, myriad meaningful side-quests, and a gripping main story, The Witcher 3 is one of the best games you can spend your time on.
Read our review here.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC)
Following the series’ reinvention with Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft really knocked it out of the park with Odyssey. Sailing all over ancient Greece is awesome, and uncovering the mysteries of the world is beyond rewarding. Add the two expansions to the end of the adventure to dig deeper into the lore of Assassin’s Creed.
Read our review here.

Red Dead Redemption II (PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC)
The Wild West comes to life in Red Dead Redemption II. In addition to delivering a gripping tale of betrayal, vengeance, and hardship, Rockstar gives you an unbelievable world to explore with a once-in-a-generation cast of characters. 
Read our review here.

Staying Social While Social Distancing

Unfortunately, for those of us who do want to go out and be social in the real world, it’s not possible (or advisable) right now. Thankfully, gaming has ways of letting us keep up with our normal friend groups.

Call of Duty: Warzone (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Infinity Ward’s recent battle royale game delivers intriguing twists on the genre, but more than anything, it’s an excuse to squad up and play a few rounds with your friends. Not only is it crossplay, so everyone can play regardless of what system they have, but it’s also free.
Read our review here.

Borderlands 3 (PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC)
Few games just embody the fun spirit of getting a group together and taking on the world like the Borderlands series. Borderlands 3 continues that reputation, giving you ample opportunities to blow up bases and baddies with your pals.
Read our review here.

Rock Band 4 (PS4, Xbox One)
Who needs karaoke night when you can have virtual rock concerts? Sure, there might be a barrier in getting everyone the right equipment to jam, but playing through a handful of songs from the massive (and still-growing) library is as fun today as it was over a decade ago when the series started.
Read our review here.

Getting Creative

While some of us may feel as though we are in a creative slump thanks to the events going on in the outside world, video games have a way with kickstarting those parts of our brains. Express yourself creatively or get back into your creative flow with these titles.

Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch)
Most people who have picked up a controller have played a Mario game at some point. Because of that, the course language is nearly universal, making Nintendo’s intuitive toolset easy for almost anyone to pick up and create their own Super Mario levels. Not only that, but community sharing tools and more than 100 levels from Nintendo offer plenty of inspiration to get your wheels turning.
Read our review here.

Cities: Skylines (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
City-building sims give you an objective of creating a bustling city with a thriving economy and happy residents, but how you achieve that goal is completely up to you. Cities: Skylines represents the best city builder in recent memory, and gives you the flexibility to creatively address any problem or need that arises.
Read our review here.

Dreams (PS4)
If you really want to let your creativity run wild while using all the time you might have on your hands thanks to this lockdown, Dreams’ vast and complex toolset is worth the time it takes to learn. It’s fun to play and sample the creations of others, but nothing beats the joy of seeing your dream game through to completion.
Read our review here.

Clearing Your Mind

With so much stressful news hitting at a seemingly impossible rate, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Use these games to zone out and reach a more zen state.

Journey (PS4, PS3, PC, iOS)
Thatgamecompany’s crowning achievement to this point, Journey, is a serene, stress-free adventure. While it’s not complex or long, Journey is an utterly beautiful experience that anyone can enjoy.
Read our review here.

Abzû (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
An aquatic world full of ambient sea life awaits you in Abzû, the debut game from Giant Squid. This entrancing adventure is accompanied by an excellent soundtrack by veteran composer Austin Wintory to deliver an experience unlike anything else.
Read our review here.

Tetris Effect (PSVR, Oculus, Vive, PS4, PC)
While Tetris requires you to use your brain to figure out where to drop the blocks, Tetris Effect makes it less about the puzzle and more about the experience. The music causes you to zone out as you enter an almost meditative state of autopilot the deeper you get into each track. Play it in VR if at all possible.
Read our review here.

Mountains To Master

If you suddenly find yourself with an abundance of time, you could learn a new language or instrument, but if you’d rather stick with video games, here are some you could invest your time in.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
While most From Software titles could fit this category, Sekiro is the latest one to push fans to the brink of their skillsets. Like all From Software titles, Sekiro is based in learning from your mistakes, and with so much time to do so, it’s the perfect lockdown game.
Read our review here.

Street Fighter V (PS4, PC)
Since the dawn of the arcade revolution it drove in the early ’90s, the Street Fighter franchise has pushed fans to hone their skills to become the most perfect fighter they can. Street Fighter V may not be the best entry in the franchise, but it has improved by leaps and bounds since its underwhelming launch in 2016. If you’re buying it now, pick up the Champion Edition to get all of the DLC.
Read our review here.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox One, PC)
The new entry in the Ori series may have taken a while to come out, but it was well worth the wait. It made myriad improvements over the already fantastic original, and gives you plenty of challenging sequences to work toward mastery.
Read our review here.

Taking The Field Again

Live sports may be on hold, but you can write your own 2020 season with these sports games.

NBA 2K20 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC)
With the NBA season coming to a screeching halt and NCAA’s March Madness being canceled, hoops fans are hurting for some on-the-court action. NBA 2K20 gives you plenty of ways to see the NBA season through to the end, including custom leagues, a story-driven career mode, and robust franchise options.
Read our review here.

MLB The Show 20 (PS4)
The recently released MLB The Show 20 was supposed to signal the start of baseball season, but instead, it’s serving as the best way to see the boys of summer in action. With excellent gameplay, terrific visuals, and an impressive suite of modes, MLB The Show 20 is the way to go for those of us who were looking forward to spending the upcoming months in the bleachers.
Read our review here.

NHL 20 (PS4, Xbox One)
Few things in sports rival the thrill of watching the world’s best hockey players chase the Stanley Cup. While NHL 20 isn’t the series’ best offering, it offers solid gameplay across multiple modes to help fans get their teams back on the ice.
Read our review here. 

A Weekend Adventure

Sometimes we just want a big adventure to go on over the course of a few days.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
The conclusion of Nathan Drake’s story is among his grandest adventures. With massive set-piece action moments galore and utterly stunning visuals, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End rivals any Hollywood blockbuster action film.
Read our review here.

The Outer Worlds (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Obsidian, the studio behind Fallout: New Vegas, showed it still has what it takes to create a game in that style with 2019’s The Outer Worlds. Traveling from planet to planet, solving the problems of the masses is a blast, combining the right elements from the Fallout and Mass Effect series.
Read our review here.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch)
The name may be a bit incorrect since you’re actually exploring a hotel this time around, but the rest of the series’ trademark fun returns in Luigi’s Mansion 3. Luigi may have nearly 35 years of experience playing second fiddle to Mario, but this adventure shows he’s more than able to steal the spotlight.
Read our review here.

Keeping Active While Locked Down

When your gym closes and you’re told you have to stay in your house, you may worry that you’re going to have a hard time staying in shape. While not the only way to be fit in lockdown, these games can help you hit your goals.

Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
It may be difficult to find right now, but Ring Fit Adventure gives you a terrific and unique workout thanks to it’s titular Ring Fit accessory. Add in a new rhythm minigame featuring music from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2, and you have an awesome game to help you stay in shape.
Watch our impressions here.

Beat Saber (PSVR, Oculus, Vive)
You may look like a goofball to anyone watching, but when you’re inside of Beat Saber, you feel like a Jedi Master. Slicing and dicing is satisfying, and ducking below and juking away from obstacles makes one of the best VR games to date a fun way to work up a sweat.
Read our review here.

Just Dance 2020 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Wii, Stadia)
The clubs are all closed, but you can still work on your dance moves thanks to Ubisoft’s long-running Just Dance series. This latest edition continues the series’ trademark of giving you choreography to some of the hottest songs from today and yesteryear. It may seem silly, but it’s an excellent way to work up a sweat and become a better dancer in pursuit of a high score.

Now we want to hear from you! What games are you turning to? Do you have any additional recommendations for these categories?

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All The Free Games You Can Play Right Now

Many of us are stuck inside for the next several weeks, and online storefronts and developers are taking note and giving away a bunch of games for free to help us kill the time. PS4, Xbox One, and PC games are all being given away. Because of this, we’ve decided to collect all of the games that are free for a limited time so you can easily claim any you’re interested in. This list won’t include any games that are normally free-to-play–like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Apex Legends–but you’re sure to find something to fall in love with, whether it’s an old PC classic, a must-play iPhone game, or a brand-new game.

The freebies span multiple platforms and storefronts, with most of the options available on PC from stores like Steam, GOG, and Itch.io. Notably, you can snag World War Z is currently free on Epic. Even Nintendo is getting in on the trend by offering a free-play period for Arms. The Elder Scrolls Online is also having a free-play period, so make sure to try the MMO if you’d like to dive back into the world of Tamriel.

Of course, it’s important to remember you may already be subscribed to a service that gives you access to free monthly games. PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live Gold, and Twitch Prime all currently have free games available for the month of March, and more are scheduled to arrive in April.

On top of that, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is currently $1 for your first month. Ultimate gives you access to a huge library of games on both Xbox One and PC, in addition to all the benefits from Xbox Live Gold, including those free monthly games. There are a number of other similar services like PlayStation Now, EA Access, Origin Access, and UPlay+.

We’ll keep this list updated as more free games become available, so stay tuned throughout the week. In the meantime, check out all the free games you can claim on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile below. If you’re looking for more recommendations, check out some of the best movies, TV shows, and games to get for social distancing.

Free PS4 games

PS Plus:

  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Sonic Forces

Free Xbox One games

  • Bunny Mahjo
  • Crackdown
  • Crackdown 2
  • Drawful 2
  • Too Human

Games with Gold:

  • Batman: The Enemy Within
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Project Cars 2
  • Sonic Generations

Free PC games

GOG:

  • Akalabeth: World of Doom
  • Alder’s Blood Prologue
  • Beneath a Steel Sky
  • Bio Menace
  • Builders of Egypt: Prologue
  • Cayne
  • Doomdark’s Revenge
  • Eschalon: Book I
  • Flight of the Amazon Queen
  • Hello Neighbor Alpha Version
  • Jill of the Jungle: The Complete Trilogy
  • Legend of Keepers: Prologue
  • The Lords of Midnight
  • Lure of the Temptress
  • Overload – Playable Teaser
  • Postal: Classic and Uncut
  • Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves
  • Shadow Warrior Classic Complete
  • Stargunner
  • Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius
  • Teenagent
  • Treasure Adventure Game
  • Tyrian 2000
  • Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar
  • Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams
  • Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire

Steam:

  • 100% Orange Juice!
  • Barro
  • Drawful 2
  • Goat of Duty
  • Martian Law
  • Nephise Begins
  • Project Mercury
  • UNI

Epic Games Store:

  • Drawful
  • Figment
  • Tormentor X Punisher
  • World War Z

Uplay:

  • Rabbids Coding

Twitch Prime:

  • Bomber Crew
  • Epistory – Typing Chronicles
  • Furi
  • Mugsters
  • Whispers of a Machine

Itch.io:

  • 0°N 0°W
  • Becalm
  • Cardinal Chains
  • Codemancer
  • Cosmic Rochambo
  • Death Ray Manta SE
  • Far Future Tourism
  • Fjords
  • From Orbit
  • Gyossait Deluxe Edition
  • Lucah: Born of a Dream
  • Monad
  • Mu Cartographer
  • No Response
  • Polymute
  • The Restless
  • The Sands of Voltrack
  • Shu’s Garden
  • Soko Loco
  • Subserial Network

Free iOS Games

  • Alphaputt
  • Cat Quest
  • Cytus II
  • Drawful 2 (Apple TV Only)
  • Forma.8 Go
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Monument Valley 2
  • Simulacra

Free Android games

  • Cat Quest
  • Cytus II
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Monument Valley 2

Free Stadia games

  • GRID
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • SteamWorld Quest

Free-to-play (limited time)

  • Arms (Nintendo Switch Online subscribers only)
  • Battleblock Theater
  • Castle Crashers
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Football Manager
  • Pit People
  • Insurgency Sandstorm
  • Cities Skylines
  • Kerbal Space Program

Best Deals This Week

  • Play Lots Of Great Free Games While Staying Inside
  • Amazon Just Launched A Big Sale On PS4, Switch, And Xbox One Games
  • PS Plus Drops To $40 In Limited-Time PS4 Deal
  • Where To Buy A Nintendo Switch Right Now
  • Fantastic Sale On Steam Games Includes Pre-Order Discounts On Resident Evil 3, Trials Of Mana

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Fantastic Sale On Steam Games Includes Pre-Order Discounts On Resident Evil 3, Trials Of Mana

If you’ve been stuck at home and need some games to keep you occupied, then there have been a whole bunch of great offers over the past few weeks, including a lot of free games you can claim right now and keep forever. There have also been a lot of great sales, and the latest one at Fanatical is selling Steam games at excellent discounts.

You can currently pre-order Resident Evil 3 for $47.18, down from the original price of $60. It releases this Friday, April 3, and is a remake of the original RE3 from 1999. Additionally, you can snag some pretty incredible deals on Borderlands 3 on Steam for $28.19 and Metro Exodus on Steam for $24.

Trials of Mana pre-orders are going for $42.49, down from the regular price of $50. It’s a remake of the game also known as Seiken Densetsu 3, which originally released on the Super Famicom (or SNES) in Japan. It didn’t make its way to North America until last year’s Collection of Mana hit the Switch, and now you’ll be able to play the 3D remake when it releases on April 24.

There are a number of Square Enix-published games discounted on Fanatical right now. Some of its best Western-developed series see great deals, including Deus Ex, Just Cause, and Tomb Raider. You can also grab Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition for $3, which comes with graphical enhancements over the original and all of its DLC. It’s a fantastic open-world game with exciting action and an awesome hand-to-hand fighting system–if you like the Batman: Arkham games, you’ll like what Sleeping Dogs does to expand on the punch-and-counter melee combat.

Fanatical always has a lot of deals on Steam games, and some interesting create-your-own bundles, so be sure to check out the full site for the entire slate of discounts.

Best Steam game deals on Fanatical

  • Trials of Mana — $42.49 ($50)
  • Borderlands 3 — $28.19 ($60)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut — $2.79 ($20)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided — $4.19 ($30)
  • Just Cause 2 — $1.49 ($15)
  • Just Cause 3 — $2.79 ($20)
  • Just Cause 4 — $24 ($60)
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light — $1.39 ($10)
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris — $4.59 ($20)
  • Life Is Strange: Complete Season — $4 ($20)
  • Life Is Strange: Before the Storm — $4.92 ($17)
  • Life Is Strange 2: Complete Season — $20 ($40)
  • Metro Exodus — $24 ($40)
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect — $6 ($20)
  • Resident Evil 3 — $47.18 ($60)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Collection — $13.79 ($60)
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition — $3 ($20)
  • Tomb Raider — $3 ($20)

Best Deals This Week

  • Amazon Just Launched An Awesome Sale On Switch, PS4, And Xbox One Games
  • Xbox One Games With Gold For March 2020 Revealed
  • PS4's Free PS Plus Games For March 2020 Now Available
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Best Switch Accessories, Amiibo, Plushies, And More
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Games Inbox: Did you try the Predator: Hunting Grounds demo?

The Monday Inbox dreams of more LucasArts graphic adventure remakes, as one reader wishes for a new Phoenix Wright game.

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If it bleeds you can kill it
I don’t know if anyone tried to give it a go at the weekend but the trial demo for Predator: Hunting Grounds was… interesting. I know it’s from the same guys that did Friday The 13th but I wasn’t prepared for this level of jank. The game ran like a dog on PlayStation 4, in terms of both the graphics and the servers.

That said, the idea seemed really good. Basically, one person plays as the Predator and the others are mercenaries like Arnie and the team from the first film. But there are a bunch of enemy grunts running around that they can shoot, so there’s always something to do even if you can’t find the Predator. Surprisingly it seemed fairly well balanced, in terms of the Predator not always winning, so I’m hoping they can sort out the technical issues in time for the final version.

Between this and Resident Evil it seems like there’s a bit of a renaissance going on at the moment for 4 vs. 1 games, after Evolve pretty much killed the idea dead. I’m all for something different though and this definitely felt like that.
Caspian

Social changes
I’m surprised we haven’t heard much from Bungie recently, considering the game I hear most from people that are looking for something to do during the lockdown is play Destiny 2. It makes me wonder what long-term effect the coronavirus is going to have on gaming.

It could end up changing cinema forever, as companies think about releasing films straight to video, but on the face of it it doesn’t seem as if games are going to be affected by anything other than a bunch more delays. Although obviously a delay for the new consoles is a bit more important than any single game.

But I wonder if it’s going to make games as a service titles even more dominant than they already are. Everyone’s turning to games at the moment as a way to stay social, not just keep themselves entertained, and the quickest way to take advantage for that is to add more stuff to your ongoing games like Destiny 2 and The Division 2.

I’ve love to know what’s happened to those game’s audience figures as I be they’re through the roof. Just as single-player games were creeping back will the death blow come from the coronavirus? Or will companies think to start adding chat options into single-player games, just to keep up? To be honest, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already.
Liam

Crossing Souls
Despite being a bit sceptical at first, since I’d never played any of the games before, I’m loving Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the moment. It’s such a… ‘nice’ game. I know that capitalism and materialism is at the heart of it all but since everyone shares everything and giving and receiving gifts is one of the most ‘fun’ things I have hard time seeing it in a bad light.

I’m used to thinking about Dark Souls all day at work and planning out my strategies, now I’m planning my island layout and how I’m going to set out all the flowers near my house! Plus, now that I’m working from home the portable nature of the Switch means I can have a ‘quick’ go when I’m sitting at my desk.

It really is the game at the moment and I’m very amused it’s doing so well. I just wish there was a way to get voice chat out of it without messing around with a smartphone. You might as well just use Discord when you start doing that and while I can see why Nintendo are cautious about that sort of thing it’s still an obvious flaw.
Orion

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Early decision
Well, that Nintendo Direct Mini was… underwhelming. At least they added the word ‘Mini’ to temper expectations. I’m still shocked we haven’t had Mario Golf on the Switch to be honest.

It’s painfully obvious to me that Nintendo know the pandemic has delayed some major titles. The fact that their ARMS fighter in Smash Bros. has been slightly delayed for the very reason suggests that entire games are falling behind schedule. I don’t know what they’re working on beside Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2, but I think they’re trying to avoid making any commitments to big games releasing in 2020.

I always thought Nintendo would aim to release Breath Of The Wild 2 close to when Sony and Microsoft launch their next gen consoles, to try to steal the thunder, and if the consoles do indeed see a delay into 2021 then this scenario could still play out. As a Nintendo fan it’s clearly disappointing to not have anything to look forward to for the rest of the year, but the fact is that there are tons of great games already available for the Switch.

Massive thanks to the GC team for continuing to provide a welcome daily distraction from lockdown life.
Matt

GC: The pandemic doesn’t seem to have had anything to do with the lack of announcements. Nintendo had already chosen not to announce any new 2020 games long before the coronavirus was a major problem – although it’s clearly not helping to speed anything up now.

Fair weather friend
Not to ask a silly question but if Valve knew that someone was bund to hack in a non-VR version of Half-Life: Alyx why didn’t they do it themselves? I’ll be honest, this whole situation has left a nasty taste in my mouth. I don’t think Valve has any interest in acting like a normal developer or doing any for their fans.

I think they just wanted a killer app for their stupidly expensive VR headset and as soon as they give up on that (like all their previous hardware) they’ll forget about Half-Life and everything else all again.

If they don’t care about making games anymore I wish they’d just licence the franchise to someone that does. I feel that same way about Konami and Castlevania and Silent Hill. I was gutted when it turned out the rumours about Silent Hill turned out to false, as now I don’t think there’s anyway the series will get the justice it deserves.
Lister

Resident Evil remake remake
Like many, I’m a little hesitant about getting too excited about the Resident Evil 3 remake, as I don’t remember the original as being particularly good. (Or rather I barely remember it all, despite knowing Resident Evil 2 and 4 like the back of my hand.) I can see why they did it, especially as it’s an excuse to reuse a lot of stuff from the last remake, but even a few days out I’m struggling to get too excited about it.

But it made me wonder what would be next, given Code: Veronica is the obvious choice but much less famous than any of the numbered sequels. It started thinking that maybe another remake of the first Resi was a good idea, but then I thought why not split the difference and remake Resident Evil 0? Half of it is in the original mansion, so it’s halfway to being the same thing.

You wouldn’t have to be too precious about recreating it exactly, since less people care about it, which gives you a bit more leeway to put in more modern features. I’d be up for it. Then when the next gen comes round you can make a new Resident Evil 1 remake with the new tech for me. That makes sense to me anyway.
Bronze Fox

Question and answer
There’s been some speculation as to what Capcom has on their plate after Resident Evil 3 because they, like Nintendo, don’t have anything schedule for the rest of the year, but do you think it could ever be a new Ace Attorney?

That’s a rhetorical question really, because I don’t see anyway that they can continue to make the games on the low budget needed and yet have something that would make sense on the Switch. Complex 3D graphics would just cost too much and I have to admit there’s not the audience there to justify it. I wish there were though, I miss Phoenix and co.
Lotoad

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Arts lover
That Nintendo Direct ‘Mini’ was pretty terrible but I think most people missed the announcement for Star Wars Episode I: Racer. I just laughed when I saw them trying to release those old Jedi Knight games (why did they never do Dark Forces as well?) but Racer I absolutely loved. I don’t think it got taken seriously because of the licence, but for me it was right up there with WipEout and F-Zero. I’d even say it was better than the first couple of WipEout games on PlayStation 1.

What makes these remasters extra weird though is that Disney usually has no interest in games and it seems very unlikely that they’re preludes to new sequels, which is what you’d assume if it was any other publisher. So what’s going on?

If LucasArts was suddenly getting nostalgic I’d much rather bring back some of their classic graphic adventures or a new Rogue Squadron game (why isn’t that getting remastered?) or a sequel to Republic Commando. My dream LucasArts comeback though would be a full modern remake of Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis. I don’t think people would play games with hard puzzles in anymore but I loved that game and the story was 100% better than the last film.
Luxor

Inbox also-rans
If EA were to buy the rights to the annual bike race the Tour de France, do you think the games would become a yearly cycle?
SteJFin

GC: We assume you’re getting your coat as we speak.

I know everyone’s mega excited for the release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Cyberpunk 2077 but personally, after seeing the trailer, I’m waiting for the new Shantae game, I absolutely loved Half-Genie Hero.
Liam

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This week’s Hot Topic
The question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Onibee, who asks what do you think, and hope, Nintendo’s next games will be for the Switch?

It’s now six months since they had a general topic Nintendo Direct and there are currently no major new Switch games scheduled for the whole year, so what do you think is going on? Although the coronavirus is exacerbating the situation Nintendo’s secrecy started last year, so why do you think that is?

What new games do you expect to see come out next and what surprises are you hoping for once they are finally announced? What do you think the secrecy is in aid of and what do you think Nintendo should do in order to try and counter the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?

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The RetroBeat: Games Done Quick will hold a special marathon to help with COVID-19 relief

Games Done Quick hit us with a bit bad news/good news today. Let’s give you the good news first! GDQ announced today that it will be hosting a mini-marathon, Corona Relief Done Quick.

CRDQ will take place from April 17 to April 19. Sure, it’s not a week-long marathon, but that’s still three full days of speedrunning bliss. Plus 100% of the donations that GDQ receives during the event will go to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization that helps people affected by poverty or emergencies (like this pandemic). And don’t worry, the speedrunners will be playing safely from home.

If you follow this column regularly, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of this speedrunning organization, which puts on marathons that bring in donations for charity, raising millions of dollars in the process. The last Summer Games Done Quick raised just over $3 million for Doctors Without Borders.

But to be less altruistic, I also love GDQ because it’s a great celebration of retro gaming. Sure, they showcase speedruns of modern games too, but much of the focus is on older titles. It’s a great way to relive memories of some my favorite games. It’s also an awesome way to experience some retro titles that I’ve never played before.

GDQ runs two major events each year. Summer Games Done Quick 2020 was supposed to be the next, and it was going to take place from June 21 to June 28. Obviously, with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the country, it’s not a big surprise to see that GDQ has delayed the event. It will now take place from August 16 to August 23.

Speedrunning for relief

It’s a bit of bummer knowing that we’ll have to wait a couple of extra months for Summer Games Done Quick. But we won’t be without a speedrunning marathon for long thanks to Corona Relief Done Quick. We don’t know which games or speedrunners will be a part of the event yet, but GDQ always puts on a good show. I’m sure we’ll get another one here.

And if it includes some Mega Man of any kind, you know that I’ll be happy. I also we hope we get at least one classic RPG run that’s like 8 hours long. I always enjoy those.

Anyway, it’s always nice to see communities come together to help people during tough times, and good for GDQ to make the best out of a rough situation.

Plus, I’ll now have something to watch when I’m deep into April isolation.

The RetroBeat is a weekly column that looks at gaming’s past, diving into classics, new retro titles, or looking at how old favorites — and their design techniques — inspire today’s market and experiences. If you have any retro-themed projects or scoops you’d like to send my way, please contact me.

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These 5 PC Games Are Free For Amazon Prime Members

As part of Twitch Prime, the streaming service offers free games to Twitch and Amazon Prime Members every month, and March 2020 is no exception. In case you aren’t familiar with the program, if you link your Twitch account to your Amazon Prime membership or sign up for Twitch Prime, you get five free games–usually smaller indies–and in-game loot for popular online multiplayer games. It’s one of the lesser-known perks of Amazon Prime, but you shouldn’t overlook it.

This month subscribers can snag Furi, a stellar action shoot-em-up featuring a series of increasingly challenging boss fights. The science-fiction aesthetic coupled with the stylish color palette makes for a captivating atmosphere, and the gameplay is fast and fun. You can also grab Epistory – Typing Chronicles, a gorgeous action-adventure set in a world made of origami; Whispers of a Machine, a 2019 point-and-click adventure starring an augmented special agent; Bomber Crew, a World War II strategy game; and Mugsters, a physics-based puzzler filled with aliens.

Along with the free games, you can claim new in-game loot for Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and FIFA 20. Fans of FIFA 20’s Ultimate Team mode can grab the Twitch Prime Player Pack, which includes an 81+ overall item and four rare gold player items. Destiny 2’s latest batch of in-game loot is live now and includes new Exotics, including the Praxic Finery Sparrow, Sails of Osiris ship, and Poultry Petting emote.

Twitch Prime subscribers can also grab an exclusive Doom Eternal skin that makes the Doom Slayer look like a pink unicorn.

You can start claiming free games and loot from Twitch Prime by linking your Twitch account to your Amazon Prime account. If you’re not a current Amazon Prime subscriber, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial before taking the plunge on the $119 per year membership.

Twitch Prime free games for March 2020

Available now

  • Furi
  • Epistory Typing Chronicles
  • Whispers of a Machine
  • Mugsters
  • Bomber Crew

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PS4's Free PS Plus Games For April 2020

Just a few months after giving away Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection to PlayStation Plus subscribers, PlayStation will round out Drake’s story by offering Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for free in April. Uncharted 4 is joined by Dirt Rally 2.0, an off-road racing game that released in 2019. Both games will be free to keep as long as you maintain an active PS Plus subscription.

Sony apparently let the cat out of the bag a bit too early, as the trailer announcing April’s pair of free games quickly went private. Nevertheless, all PlayStation Plus freebies go live on the second Tuesday of the month, so you can expect to see both games up for grabs starting Tuesday, April 7.

Uncharted 4 is one of the PS4’s best exclusive games. It follows Nate, Sully, Elena, and Nate’s long-lost brother Sam on a journey to find Henry Avery’s treasure. The world is far more open (and lengthier) than Nate’s earlier adventures, placing more emphasis on exploration. Nate’s swan song has the rare distinction of earning an essential 10/10 in GameSpot’s Uncharted 4 review.

“Uncharted 4 is a challenge to the medium. In its writing, in its design, in its understanding of what makes games unique, Uncharted 4 is something to aspire to. It’s a shining example. And we’ll be talking about it for years to come,” critic Mike Mahardy wrote.

Sports may be on hiatus for the time being, but racing fans will be able to drive across the world in Dirt Rally 2.0. The game features eight FIA World Rallycross Championship circuits that take place in real locales in the US, New Zealand, Spain, Poland, Argentina, and Australia.

March’s pair of PlayStation Plus offerings–Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces–are still available to claim until April 7, so make sure you snag those in the meantime.

April 2020 PS Plus free games:

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Dirt Rally 2.0

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