PlayStation Plus is definitely Sony’s most important and profitable subscription. However, Xbox rivals and the phenomenal Xbox Game Pass have given PlayStation “class” in recent months. This has been due to the Day 1 releases that have been available for the subscription. These have included games such as Forza Horizon 5 and Age of Empires IV. Meanwhile PlayStation fans have been offered niche games that haven’t captured the hearts of subscribers. Now that February’s games are available, the question arises: are they worth playing or not?
Planet Coaster: Console Edition
We start with the only game exclusive to PS5 owners, namely Planet Coaster: Console Edition. A simulator similar to the much popular RollerCoaster Tycoon series, but much more modern, customizable, and broader in scope. Unfortunately, or fortunately for some, this is also the most interesting game in this month’s trio. However, once again, it’s a very niche game that only a small fraction of PS Plus subscribers will enjoy.
But even so, Planet Coaster: Console Edition is a very nice game and a very good simulator. From the hundreds of customizable items to decorate your amusement park, to the economics like ticket prices, profit, or wages, the game is quite addictive. Sure, it’s not a masterpiece, but it’s a fun game to spend a few hours playing.
EA Sports UFC 4
The first of two games on offer for PS4 players is EA Sports UFC 4. The EA Sports game needs no introduction, most of you will have heard of UFC or MMA at least once. Arguably, sports games are as niche as simulators, so PS Plus subscribers are “lucky” to get two this month.
The problem with UFC 4, and sports games in general, is that they serve a specific audience, specifically one that appreciates that sport, and wants to play the “best” simulator for it. Whether it’s FIFA, or NBA 2K, or MLB The Show, sports games are bought either when they come out, or when they’re damn cheap, before the next iteration comes out. Thus, anyone who wants to play UFC 4 already has it, so probably not many players will be flocking to fight in the octagon this month.
Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure
This month’s non-resistance piece comes in the form of Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure. A standalone DLC released as an advertisement for Gearbox’s next game, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. While on paper it’s a clever scheme by Gearbox and Sony, as the next game is a month away from release, it’s also an ugly, ugly offering.
Offer fans up to a fifth of a game (Borderlands 2, to be precise) in the form of a “cash-grab” with no effort put in, which has been offered to the same fans once before in the form of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. A lazy offer that is seen by fans and certainly not appreciated. However, Gearbox’s business style should have indicated such a cheap and tacky move, after all they are the same people who released two Season Passes for Borderlands 3.
In conclusion, PlayStation have screwed up yet again with this lineup. Two niche games and a 10-hour DLC, also offered in the past, don’t give Sony and the PlayStation Plus service any credibility. Still, those who want a good simulator will have fun with Planet Coaster. Fortunately for everyone else, February is an extremely busy month full of the year’s major releases. So we’d advise you to save yourself for Dying Light 2, Horizon, or Elden Ring.
The Verdict: A weak lineup, perhaps the weakest in months. Save yourself for better games in February.
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