You might not love the idea of paying for a PlayStation Plus subscription, but that ₹3,999 a year includes a massive bounty of free games.
Each and every month, Sony trots out a new selection of games you can download for free all month and then keep and play forever, so long as you maintain your Plus subscription. You'll always find at least a couple of PlayStation 4 picks, along with games for PS3 and Vita as well.
Looking for a heads-up on which games you can grab right now and soon ahead? We've got you covered: these are the PlayStation Plus freebies for December 2018, which will be available to download starting 4 December. And if you didn't grab November's free downloads yet, then scroll further down for a quick look at those titles.
FREE ON PLAYSTATION PLUS IN DECEMBER
Just months after its release, Codemasters' sadly overlooked car combat game is now free to download via PlayStation Plus in December. It's not a racer, despite what it might look like – it's more of an arcade-style, team-centric brawler. In fact, it's a little hard to explain, yet super fun to pick up and play.
SOMA might have been better suited for Halloween, but this acclaimed, ultra-atmospheric adventure game is also good for a dark winter evening. It's about surviving the odd horrors of an underwater research facility in which the machines start to think they are humans. Yeah, that is pretty creepy.
Another 2018 release that's made the PlayStation Plus turnaround rather quickly, Iconoclasts received strong reviews earlier this year for its retro-stylized 2D platform action. Excellent storytelling and slick graphics make this a fun one, and it's also the rare newish Vita game that's well worth playing.
Papers, Please (Vita)
Here's an older Vita game, but no less essential. Papers, Please is an unnerving indie game about working as a border patrol guard for a fictional country. It's more than just rubber-stamping forms; you'll decide the fate of some folks, and have to avoid mistakes all the while to save your own skin.
Love anime and manga? Steins;Gate is a well-reviewed visual novel about a group of students who discover that their odd invention is actually a time-traveling machine. Set in Tokyo's famed Akihabara neighbourhood, it's said to pack a brilliant narrative and compelling characters.
Steredenn is a speedy space shooter, albeit one with roguelike elements to keep you pushing ahead through a tough, but potentially compelling campaign. Brutal boss fights are a key component, if that's your sort of thing.
STILL AVAILABLE THROUGH 3 DECEMBER
Yakuza Kiwami (PS4)
If Sega's much-loved, yet super-niche Yakuza series has piqued your interest, yet not quite enough to shell out for a game, now's your chance: Yakuza Kiwami is a full remake of the PS2 original, letting you freely explore and brawl through a Tokyo district as a gangster.
Meanwhile, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition puts a fresh coat of paint on the PS3 original: a raucous, first-person shooter featuring huge guns and an amazing laser lasso. Don't think too much about this one: just blast away and enjoy the mayhem.
Burly Men at Sea (PS4/Vita)
This amusing and compact indie game lets you play through an interactive novel of sorts, as you choose your own path through the Scandinavian-inspired tale. It's utterly charming.
Well, this looks delightful. Roundabout challenges you to steer a constantly-revolving limousine through an array of tricky missions, plus it's paired with full-motion video cut-scenes inspired by '70s B-movies. Yes, we're into that.
Jackbox Party Pack 2 (PS3)
You Don't Know Jack maker Jackbox creates the best digital party games around, and they make a lot of them at that. Jackbox Party Pack 2 delivers five of them for you to enjoy, including Fibbage 2 and Quiplash XL.
Arkedo Series (PS3)
This package piles together a trio of arcade-style homages with chunky pixel graphics: platformers JUMP! and PIXEL!, along with match-four puzzler SWAP! There's nothing mind-blowing here, but these can be fun diversions.