Lgndary Thoughts - January's PS Plus Lineup

I hate to admit it, but I have, yet again, completely forgotten to talk about PS Plus for the past couple of months. The holidays were so crazy that PS Plus completely slipped my mind. But I am here to correct that today. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

For starters, I would like to let everyone know that from now on, I will be focusing almost exclusively on the PS4 titles in PS Plus thoughts. The PS3 and PS Vita systems are mostly dead, and their PS Plus lineups are almost never worth talking about anyway. I know that I pretty much already did this in the past, but I’d like to make it official. Moving on!

For those that haven’t seen, for whatever reason, here is the PS Plus lineup for January:

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, PS4
  • Batman The TellTale Series, PS4
  • Sacred 3, PS3
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, PS3
  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Uncanny Valley, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Starblood Arena, PS VR

There you have it, yet another AAA title with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Like I talked about last year, it continues to seem as if there was a shift in what Sony’s goals were each month with the service. In the past, we would often go months with nothing notable at all being offered, but it looks like those days are over. For comparisons sake, take a look at every PS4 game released through PS Plus since last July:

  • July - Until Dawn and Telltale's Game of Thrones
  • August - Just Cause 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry
  • September - Infamous Second Son and Strike Vektor EX
  • October - Metal Gear Solid V and The Amnesia Collection 
  • November - Bound and Worms Battlegrounds
  • December - Darksiders II and Kung Fu Panda
  • January - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Telltale’s Batman

As you can see, every month for the past 7 months Sony has included one AAA title for PS Plus members. There was an exception however, with November. While I’m sure many were happy with Bound, it still can’t be called a AAA game. And it actually caused me to worry a little bit that they would go back to their old ways. But December, and especially this month with Deus Ex, have proven that wrong.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an awesome game, and exactly the kind of title that should be given away with PS Plus. It released almost two years ago, so most people that were ever going to pay money for it already have, and with a price of $17 on Amazon (in November), Square Enix wasn’t making much off it anyhow. Having it available through PS Plus means that Sony wins by hyping a lot of people up about their service, but it also means that those who might never have played the series can give it a shot, and maybe turn into future customers. It’s a win win, so let’s just hope that more developers realize this, and continue to let Sony offer AAA games every single month.

But what do you think? Have the past couple of months looked good to you, or do you think Sony should do better? What would you like to see in next month's lineup? Don’t forget to leave a comment below, and be sure to have a great weekend!

Bruce Straley on why he left Naughty Dog

Bruce Straley left Naughty Dog in September of last year, but now he is revealing a few more details on why he made that decision. Speaking to Kotaku, he had to following to say about his lack of passion for Uncharted 4:

"Uncharted 4 showed up and it was like, I guess there's a difference between doing something for yourself which feels passionate--and I had my own theories that I was trying to expand upon between Uncharted 1, 2, and The Last of Us--and then Uncharted 4 became more like, 'How do I do this for the team and for the company?"

He went on to talk about how little time they actually had to develop Uncharted 4, and how that contributed to his decision:

"We needed to get the game out the door, and we needed it to be something good, so that it didn't put a mark on the Naughty Dog name. I felt like, I guess in hindsight I took on that role more for the team than for me personally... Two years to create that beast, that then became the hardest project I had worked on."

New Battlefield 1: Apocalypse Details Released

DICE has gone live with new details for what players can expect in the final Battlefield 1 DLC pack, Apocalypse. Read on for the new info!

  • NEW MAP: PASSCHENDAELE - Once the quiet countryside of Belgium, now a nightmarish landscape of blood and mud. Claw your way across the devastated landscape and huddle for cover in dugouts and tattered ruins.
  • NEW MAP: CAPORETTO - Fight in mountain trenches near the Isonzo River as the Austro-Hungarians face off with the Italian army in an uphill climb.
  • NEW MAP: RIVER SOMME - The scenic wheat fields by the Somme river transform into hell on earth from devastating artillery barrages.
  • NEW MAP: RAZOR'S EDGE - Engage in frantic dogfights among snowy peaks, as British and German aces fight for control on this intense map.
  • NEW MAP: LONDON CALLING - With your fellow knights of the sky, join the aerial clashes high above the British capital in the new Air Assault game mode.
  • NEW MELEE WEAPONS - Desperate times call for desperate measures. Use melee weapons like a brutal meat cleaver or a handy prybar when the action gets close and personal.
  • 6 NEW GUNS - Wield firearms like the RSC SMG, and five other unique weapons.
  • NEW GADGETS - Dominate the opposition with gadgets like the AA Rocket Gun for the Assault Class. Assist airborne teammates and deliver serious damage to enemy aircraft.
  • NEW AIRCRAFT - Pilot two bombers on the Caporetto map: the Hansa Brandenburg GI and the Airco DH10.
  • NEW AIR ASSAULT GAME MODE - A rush for ace aviators and sharp-shooting gunners. Air Assault takes to the skies, where planes collide in a fury of dogfights that could include a climactic face-off with Airships.
  • NEW STATIONARY WEAPON - Based on the tactics used during the Battle of Caporetto, smother your enemy in a cloud of poisonous gas with the all-new Livens Projector.
  • NEW ASSIGNMENTS - Put your skills to the test in a set of challenges. Unlock new weapons with Weapon Assignments, and complete Service Assignments to be rewarded with Specializations.
  • NEW SPECIALIZATION TYPE: AFFLICTIONS - For pro players keen to show their skill in any situation, Afflictions will hamper your soldier in various ways. Activate “Mortality” to lose 200 score for each respawn, or challenge yourself with “Paranoia” and play with the Gas Mask on constantly.
  • NEW UNLOCKS - Give it your all on the battlefield and add new Dog Tags, Service Stars, Codex Entries, Medals, and Ribbons to your collection.

Next Week's Playstation Releases

Here is everything launching on Playstation systems next week:

  • The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human - PS4
  • Celeste - PS4
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ - PS4
  • Iconoclasts - PS4, PS Vita
  • The Inpatient - PS VR
  • Laws of Machine - PS4
  • Lost Sphear - PS4
  • Monster Hunter: World - PS4
  • OK K.O. Let's Play Heroes - PS4
  • Wild Turkey Hunter - PS4

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