Batman: The Telltale Series

PlayStation Plus subscribers have been complaining about the quality of games available through PlayStation Plus. Each month, Sony rolls out six games and usually there is a huge amount of complaints. Well, it'll be hard for PlayStation owners to complain about Batman and cyborgs.

Over on the PlayStation Blog it was revealed that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Batman: The Telltale Series will be the two games released for free throughout January, 2018 for PlayStation 4 gamers. It's an explosive way to start the new year and a good way to lure gamers back into the fold.

On the PS3 side there's Sacred 3 and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2. PS Vita gamers will have Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness and Uncanny Valley.

Additionally, there will be a free PlayStation VR game made available as well, which includes StarBlood Arena. The action arena combat game will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers with a PlayStation VR headset between January 2nd and March 6th. Previously Until Dawn: Rush of Blood was given away as a free PlayStation VR title for those were signed up for PS Plus throughout the fall.

Typically the games that Sony had on offer for PS Plus subscribers throughout 2017 weren't all that hot, and there were a lot of complaints from gamers that the quality of free titles had dropped drastically compared to what used to be offered. It appears Sony wanted to change things up heading into 2018, giving gamers something worthwhile to sink their teeth into for January.

The obvious standout games include Batman: The Telltale Series and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Telltale's retelling of Batman's first year out went over well enough with fans, and ended up being successful enough to warrant a sequel.

The first season was okay; the real highlight was how Telltale let players choose how to develop their relationship with Bruce and Harvey that would determine how far down the path of villainy Harvey would go. It was some solid work that setup threads for the second season. Batman: The Enemy Within took everything up a notch and was even better than the first season.

However, if you wanted a more action-oriented, role-playing experience set in a cyberpunk universe, Eidos Montreal's Deus Ex: Mankind Divided isn't a bad game to have in your library. It basically ramps up a lot of what was present in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, while still offering gamers a lot of choice-driven gameplay.

The game didn't quite burn up the charts, but it was still a solid entry into the long-running Deus Ex franchise.

The PS3 and PS Vita offerings aren't all that noteworthy, but if you enjoy isometric action-RPGs, Sacred 3 is something worth checking out. However, on the complete opposite end of that spectrum there's The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, which is great for gamers looking for something more relaxing as a point-and-click adventure title. And both the PS Vita games are cross-buy compatible for PS4, so you can play either game on the go or at home on your PS4.

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