January 2021’s PlayStation Plus games have been revealed, kicking off a brand new year for Sony’s subscription service. As has become the norm, users are getting one PS5 title alongside two PS4 games.
For starters, Maneater is January’s PS5 title. The human-eating shark simulator is also on PS4, but this is specifically the current-gen version of the game.
On PS4, subscribers can look forward to moody Lara Croft adventure Shadow of the Tomb Raider and okay-if-a-bit-boring action RPG Greedfall. Of course, both of these games can also be played on PS5 through backwards compatibility.
We enjoyed Maneater a lot, and felt the improved presentation of the PS5 bumped it up a notch. Here’s what we had to say in our Maneater PS5 review: “If you had your fill of the title on the PS4, there’s not a whole lot to come back for. However, if you’re just diving into the game now, this is the version you want.”
We also thought Shadow of the Tomb Raider was decent, although didn’t care much for its story in our 7/10 review: “Shadow of the Tomb Raider shines in exploration, offering stunning scenic views that enrich the pursuit to walk among the greater open world. It’s filled with rewarding puzzle platforming tombs that emphasise the return of new and old gameplay mechanics. However, the same can’t be said for the story, as Lara’s journey is concluded with a tired and tried formula that never reaches the potential it displays in certain cutscenes, despite its promising beginning.”
And as for Greedfall, we thought it was developer Spiders’ best effort to date, and even though it’s got some clear flaws, we still awarded it a sturdy 7/10: “Greedfall is right on the cusp of being something special. RPG fans will find a lot to like, but don’t go in expecting the genre’s next masterpiece.”
All three PS Plus games for January 2021 will be available to download from the 5th January (that’s next Tuesday). What do you think of your first PlayStation Plus offering of 2021? Give us an honest opinion in the comments section below.