You might not love the idea of paying for a PlayStation Plus subscription, but that £50 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 UK's PlayStation Plus freebies for February 2018, which will be available to download starting 6 February. And if you didn't grab January's free downloads yet, then scroll further down for a quick look at those titles.
Free on PlayStation Plus in February
Knack is known as something of a punchline – a so-so platform-action game that definitely didn't showcase the power of the PS4 at launch, yet was touted to do just that. Oh well. It's passable fare for kids and PS4 trophy hunters.
Now here's a legitimately great game for PlayStation Plus subscribers that also happens to be mere months old. RiME gives off a Flower or Ico-type vibe as you explore the stunning terrain and soak in an emotional adventure. Be sure to snag this overlooked gem.
Grand Kingdom (PS4/Vita)
And here's another well-reviewed game, this one free on both PlayStation 4 and Vita. Grand Kingdom is a tactical role-playing epic set in a fictional fantasy kingdom, and it has been praised for its depth and complexity. This one could keep you busy for quite some time!
StarBlood Arena (PSVR)
Got a PlayStation VR? If so, then you'll also be able to grab StarBlood Arena. It's an arena-style shooter in little spaceship-like pods, delivering a Descent-esque multiplayer blasting experience with a fair bit of personality woven in. Reviews were a bit mixed, but it seems well worth trying if you have the headset.
Spelunker HD (PS3)
No, this isn't the great Spelunky, unfortunately. Spelunker HD is a remake of a decades-old Atari and NES game, and it's all about overcoming hazards inside of a cave. Unfortunately, it's pretty rough, and unlikely to amaze anyone who isn't drawn in by nostalgia.
Mugen Souls Z (PS3)
Here's another RPG time sink for February, this time on the PS3. Mugen Souls Z is an anime-stylized role-player filled with mechs and half-naked cartoon girls, which should just about tell you everything you need to know. Reviews, unsurprisingly, were pretty mixed.
Exile's End (Vita)
Exile's End looks like an early-90s 16-bit action game, but it's actually from just a few years back. Despite being specifically billed as "NOT a Metroidvania," it's… actually a fair bit like Metroid, along with games like Flashback and Another World.
Still available until 6 February
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4)
Wow, this is a big one: 2016's five-star cyberpunk gem Deus Ex: Mankind Divided goes free in January, letting you savor the robotically-augmented action across a vast campaign. It's gorgeous, the combat is a delight, and the open-ended nature means you can enjoy it again and again. Do that!
Here's another strong freebie: Batman: The Telltale Series sees the maker of the episodic Walking Dead and Game of Thrones narrative series take a swing at the Caped Crusader. You'll get the entire first season for free, which blends moments from Bruce Wayne's life with combat and crime-solving as the Dark Knight.
That's You (PS4)
Here's something different: you'll need a smartphone or tablet to play That's You, which is the first of Sony's PlayLink titles. With a touch device as your controller, you can play this irreverent party game, which has you doodle, answer questions, snap photos, and more.
Sacred 3 (PS3)
If you're still rocking the PS3 as your console of choice, then maybe you'll get a kick out of Sacred 3. It's a fantasy-themed hack-and-slash role-player that lets you play together with a pal, although reviews are pretty so-so for this one.
Here's another under-the-radar sequel that's free on PS3 in January, but at least this one fared better with critics. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a point-and-click-style comedic adventure with a colourful cast of characters, although the original game isn't available on the console.
Based on the Psycho-Pass anime series, Mandatory Happiness is a visual novel that puts you in the role of detectives investigating crimes in a futuristic Japan where everyone's mental state is quantified to ensure happiness. Will you care if you haven't seen the show? Maybe not – but it's a Vita freebie, so why not try?
Uncanny Valley (Vita/PS4)
How effective is survival horror in a lo-fi pixel aesthetic? Reviews suggest not very, but you can give it a shot when Uncanny Valley goes free in January. The low-key look is cool and it's said to be pretty large, but it seems like games like Lone Survivor and Home have done the 2D horror thing with greater success.