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Earlier this week, PlayStation announced that it would be extending its Play At Home initiative in an effort to incentivise people around the world to stay at home and stay safe. We're still in a pandemic after all, my friends.
Starting March 25, anyone with a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 can download the following nine video games: Abzu, The Witness, Enter the Gungeon, Subnautica, Rez Infinite, Moss, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Paper Beast, and Thumper. From April 19, you can grab the sublime open-world adventure Horizon Zero Dawn. That's nine outstanding indies and one of the best PlayStation exclusives ever made. For free.
To be abundantly clear, these "free" games aren't tied to PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now or PlayStation Who/What/Why or any other kind of subscription-based service. These games are free in the truest sense of the word. If you have a console that can play them, they are yours to keep. Forever. How could anyone find fault with a gesture like this? Well...
"All shit games except for Horizon."
"The only thing good about this article is Horizon Zero Dawn, the others look crappy."
"Most of these games are 400 years old ffs."
"I would expect no less from PlayStation and its creators. No less than 10 games for free I couldn't give less than a rat's anus about."
"All them games sound shite."
You get the idea. I should stress that this sampling of comments is but a small selection from the whiniest and most entitled pieces of work out there. The vast majority of reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, with users praising PlayStation for the gesture and excitedly discussing which of these games they're going to try out first.
Even so, I didn't have to look too hard to find people complaining, and it's left me completely baffled. These are free games. Sony didn't owe anyone anything here. If you want to complain about the PlayStation Plus monthly lineup or state of the PlayStation 5 right now, go ahead! You paid for these things and have a right to be annoyed about what you're getting.
Moaning about ten free games because they're not exactly what you wanted has the exact same energy as a toddler who shits his pants because his grandma and aunty both got him the same Spider-Man action figure by mistake. If you are one of these people and you're reading this, I really do need to stress that you're the absolute worst. You are the human equivalent of a delayed train. You are a sharp pebble in the world's shoe. You are a rancid fart in an elevator. Go put on some clean underwear and grow tf up. I love the rest of you, by the way.
In all seriousness, one of the worst things about the folk complaining about all these free games is that they'd probably enjoy at least a few of them if they gave them a chance. Abzu is one of the best indie games I've ever played, for example, and a seriously relaxing experience that I think most people would get something out of. Subnautica is a properly horrifying underwater survival game with so much to see and do.
It's not like PlayStation just pooped out the first ten games it could think of, although even then it would have been fine because even pooped-out free games are still free games. But I feel like there was real thought put into this selection. Certainly more thought than some of the arseholes who decided to complain about them in their comments, anyway.
Ah well, from March 25 I'll be too busy splashing around in all these great free games to care about the naysayers. I invite you to join me.
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