It appears that Christmas is not the only season for giving.
Video games aren’t always for everyone, but over the last few months it’s likely that they be attracting a large number of bored people from all over the world whether they are avid gamers or just starting out. If you’ve only been entertaining yourself solely with streaming sites, maybe it’s time to consider switching things up—especially while there’s no price tag.
Earlier this week, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan released a post on the PlayStation.Blog announcing they would be making two of their games available for free download on PlayStation 4 devices. Their popular Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which includes Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is now available at no cost, as well as Journey, described as a ‘beautiful, celebrated adventure that is as moving as it is mysterious.’ Though this opportunity is available only until the 5th of May, once they’re downloaded, they are all yours for good.
You may be thinking, ‘there’s already so many free games on the market, what’s so special about this?’ With popular hits like Fortnite: Battle Royale and Call of Duty: Warzone free to anyone with internet access, why are two games for a PlayStation 4 such a big deal?
Jim Ryan explains in his post that this is an introduction to their Play At Home Initiative as a thank you to those who are doing their part to stay at home during this time. Ryan explains the initiative as having two parts: first, ‘providing free games to help keep the PlayStation community entertained at home; and second, establishing a fund to help smaller independent game studios who may be experiencing financial difficulties to continue building great experiences for all gamers.’
There’s something invigorating about having unlimited access to a game that usually costs you half a paycheck, if not more. Like PlayStation, other websites have lifted the hefty price tag of select games in order to encourage social distancing and make our time at home a bit less gruesome. Here’s a list of some of the ones we found:
1. Epic Games
On a week-by-week basis, is offering two of their games for free. With the genre chosen at random, their current games on offer expire April 16th at 11am EST, but be on the lookout for the new two that will be released later that same day!
Another website offering free or free to demo games is Ubi. Currently on offer is the popular Assassin’s Creed 2, but there are plenty more to choose from—and it’s likely the more we’re at home, the more offers they’ll come out with! If there aren’t any free games that catch your eye, they’re also offering some of their most popular at a seriously impressive discount.
If you’ve played your fair share of games and are looking for something a little different, check out Steam. Their website offers thousands of Indie games as well as simulation or adventure. Some games are only operational on a PC (sorry, not sorry Mac) but you’re guaranteed to find something to peak your interest.
As their website clearly states, GOG is offering their games for free to ‘help you relax and pass the time at home.’ Similar to Steam, GOG is an Indie game platform offering hundreds of their valuable games to encourage people to stay home and safe. Some of their games are worth almost $100 USD!
This one comes with a catch: you must be an Amazon Prime member. If you are, then you’re in luck! Each month, they release a batch of games available for you to claim until they expire. The genres are always ranging, so make sure you check periodically each month so you don’t miss out on your favorite one!