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PlayStation Plus: January Preview

Kristine Steimer's Avatar + Posted by Kristine Steimer on Dec 26, 2013 // Sr. Community Specialist

It’s almost time for the New Year, and we’re ready to kick-off 2014 in a big way. January’s Instant Game Collection will offer PlayStation Plus members loads of amazing titles, starting off with a new PlayStation 4 title — Don’t Starve. A wilderness survival game wrapped in a cute art style, you’ll take control of a Gentleman Scientist trying to make his way home from a mysterious place. Be warned – this is one of those games where you’ll die a lot, but if you ever get frustrated, just look at how cute your buddy Chester is and I’m sure everything will be okay.

For PlayStation 3 owners, you’ll be able to download three critically acclaimed games – DMC Devil May Cry, BioShock Infinite and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. DMC Devil May Cry is a reboot of the beloved franchise, and while Dante may have received a haircut and a new backstory, his weapons and fighting style should be fairly familiar to fans.

PlayStation Plus January 2014 Preview

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Created by the same folks who brought us BioShock, BioShock Infinite has received multiple Game of the Year nominations. This isn’t your average first-person shooter, you’ll gather vigors throughout your journey that will fling your enemies sky-high or unleash a horde of birds to peck at your foes.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons tugs at your heartstrings as you take control of two brothers (who would’ve guessed?), trying to cure their ailing father. You’ll be handling the sons with each analog stick, so once you get the hang of controlling two characters at once, you’ll need to solve various puzzles in order to save the day.

This month PlayStation Vita owners will be able to download Worms: Battle Island and Smart As. Worms: Battle Island stays true to the classic Worms formula of charming turn-based strategy gameplay. You can customize your wormy soldiers and use crazy weapons to take out the opposition.

Finally, Smart As will become your brain’s new best friend. Run through a series of mind-boggling challenges, and see where you stack up against your friends and other people in the world on the leaderboards. If you practice every day, maybe one day you’ll hit the top.

We’re also trying something new this month – we’ve created a video preview highlighting all of the titles you’ll receive as a Plus member, so give it a look and let me know what you think in the comments below!

January PlayStation Plus Preview

Don’t Starve (PS4)

PlayStation Plus January 2014 Preview

Free for PS Plus members
Don’t Starve: Console Edition is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.

DMC Devil May Cry (PS3)

PlayStation Plus January 2014 Preview

Free for PS Plus members
In a society corrupted by demons only The Order can see the world for what it really is. Join Dante in the ultimate experience of stylish action chain together combo after combo with panache and dispatch demonic spawn back to hell – reveal the truth behind the lies. Explore Dante’s dark past encountering some the most familiar faces in the DmC universe. Call upon unimaginable powers combined with Dante’s epic arsenal of weapons: sword, scyte, axe,
pistols and more. Face your demons…

“As a character action game, it hits all the notes — fast, robust action, marvelous visual style, and a tremendous sense of attitude” – Giant Bomb: 5/5 Stars

BioShock Infinite (PS3)

PlayStation Plus January 2014 Preview

Free for PS Plus members
Indebted to the wrong people and with his life on the line, veteran of the U.S. Cavalry and hired gun Booker DeWitt has only one opportunity to wipe his slate clean. He must rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned since childhood and locked up in the flying city of Columbia. Forced to trust one another, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond during their daring escape. Together, they learn to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities, as they fight on zeppelins in the clouds, along high-speed Sky-Lines, and down in the streets of Columbia, all while surviving the threats of the sky-city and uncovering its dark secret.

BioShock Infinite is a brilliant shooter that nudges the entire genre forward” – IGN: 9.4/10

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS3)

PlayStation Plus January 2014 Preview

Free for PS Plus members
Share in the epic journey of two brothers, as they set out to find a cure for their dying father. Travel across beautiful vistas, through dark and foreboding forests, down perilous rivers, up hazardous mountain sides and experience the wonders of Nordic mythology along the way. Use the unique control system to control each brother with a thumb stick, for concurrent gameplay throughout the adventure. Use both brothers cooperatively to solve puzzles, explore the environments and in boss encounters.

“It’s a powerful venture that isn’t necessarily about where you began or where you end up; it’s about everything that happened in between.” – Destructoid” 8/10

Worms: Battle Island (PS Vita)

PlayStation Plus January 2014 Preview

Free for PS Plus members
Battle up to three other players offline or online on one of six landscape themes, using one of forty classic Worms weapons or some of your own creation in the weapons factory. With sixty single player challenges, five game modes, a powerful level editor and a massive selection of ways to personalize your worm army and customize your game experience, it’s a package sky-high on entertainment!

Smart As… (PS Vita)

PlayStation Plus January 2014 Preview

Free for PS Plus members
Join the brain gaming revolution! Use cutting-edge touch, tilt and camera controls to prove how smart you are in the first ever socially networked brain game on PS Vita. Solve math, memory, logic and word puzzles, crack augmented reality challenges and sharpen your rapid-fire reflexes to storm up the online leaderboards and show off your scores to the world via Facebook and Twitter.

If you’ve got feedback on PlayStation Plus make sure you take the poll above as well as leave a comment below. To chat about all things PlayStation, including this update, you can head over to the PlayStation Community Forums. You’ll also find other topics you can contribute your thoughts to, or you can start your own discussion.

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+ Wario64 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:02 am said:

Great list.


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    + Morgan Haro on December 26th, 2013 at 11:33 am said:

    mmm hmmm. really makes me want to replay DmC


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+ goblinisland on December 26th, 2013 at 9:03 am said:

Whoa, awesome.


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+ dawgbone98 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:04 am said:

Fantastic!


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+ cool_trainer on December 26th, 2013 at 9:04 am said:

Dat line-up.


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+ socksandshoes22 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:05 am said:

Wooooooooooo! #woooooooo.

Only game on there that I’ve played is Bioshock. Can’t wait for the rest of them!

Question for those who haven’t gotten Bioshock. Does it include the digital version of Bioshock 1 also? I imagine it doesn’t, but just thought I’d ask.


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    + Kristine Steimer on December 26th, 2013 at 2:24 pm said:

    As far as I know, it doesn’t.


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+ MyrequeArk on December 26th, 2013 at 9:05 am said:

The Vita selection is subpar, but the PS3 selection is AMAZING.


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+ Unjust007 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:05 am said:

ALRIGHT! Never played Bioshock Infinite, infact I’ve never played Bioshock, lol. Never got a chance to play the new DmC aswell. This is a very good month, much like the others. Keep it up PlayStation!


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+ PZDugna on December 26th, 2013 at 9:06 am said:

Nice Work on the Video but one problem, it shows Sonic All Stars Racing on PS3 instead of Vita.


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+ Ejsponge61 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:06 am said:

I just bought Bioshock in that Black Friday flash sale on PSN. Though, considering my PS+ ran out on the day before my birthday, Dec. 11, and the game hasn’t been played by some, I’m glad to see it.

I really need to get Plus again, because I can’t miss out on Brothers for free!


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+ BigTymer21 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

I Never add my comments on this. But January is gonna be a good month. Looking forward to bioshock!!!


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+ WooTs_67 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

Had a feeling Infinite was going show up on plus. Almost jumped on it last sale.

I have to say Great month! PS+ has been actually really redeeming itself after the pinball summer. Good job sony!


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+ Ryanisnumber1 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

Amazing, thanks for another great month.


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+ J_KINGDOM_23 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

…and THIS is way I returned to PlayStation. Great deal as I’m a PS3 and PS4 owner. Maybe it’s time to start investing in a Vita as well.


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+ EvyatarAtarEvyat on December 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

Its no doubt a great month just please stop with the psp games!!
Also great job on the video preview Kristine, its great!


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+ ALONTE_17 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

THANK YOU SONY, finally a good month, i gotta admit man, its been a hit and alot of misses with ps plus this year in north america. it looks like you guys listened and started giving us games that are on par with europes, i greatly appreciate it.


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+ Mister-Nep on December 26th, 2013 at 9:09 am said:

Quality selection of games for all types of people. Not all of them interest me, but the ones that do I heavily appreciate.


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    + Morgan Haro on December 26th, 2013 at 11:36 am said:

    glad to hear!


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+ Teflon02 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:09 am said:

PS3 is amazing, I have to try Don’t Starve. I like worms but I’m disappointed in Vita’s, I finally get a month where I don’t own the games and I get the Vita game Smart As… Can people like me who are helping everyone produce income for new games by actually buying these games get a form of compensation if we own them pls.
gain though, that’s a amazing PS3 line up, and I am interested in don’t starve


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+ ioshi_US on December 26th, 2013 at 9:09 am said:

Why you give us psp game again?
horrible update for ps vita owner


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    + Morgan Haro on December 26th, 2013 at 11:40 am said:

    appreciate the note, if you have any recommondations for what you’d want to see on vita’s plus igc, let us know =) providing more details helps to get your feedback better heard. thanks!


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+ War_Machida on December 26th, 2013 at 9:10 am said:

This couldn’t be better! I’m feeling the hype already!


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+ GamerHamza321 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:10 am said:

OMG Bioshock Infinite……………Thank you SONY!!!


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+ JinZX1 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:10 am said:

First time I’ve been impressed by the Free Game list in awhile.


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+ Nck90 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:11 am said:

this just keeps getting better and better.. I made the switch 2 years ago from the 360 and I never once regretted my choice


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+ Gorvi on December 26th, 2013 at 9:12 am said:

Man, and I just bought Bioshock and DmC too. Hopefully the DLC will go on sale, that’d be great. Smart As is awesome, and I’ll be glad to have it digitally, and yay Don’t Starve! This will also be my first Worms game, so cool. :)


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+ FearMonkey on December 26th, 2013 at 9:13 am said:

PS+ is so awesome. <3 <3 <3


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+ smoothboarder540 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:14 am said:

Yes to Bioshock Infinite! Now I can beat the game in 1999 mode. It’s not as good as the original, but very close. I’m not too thrilled by the return of a psp game, but I’ll survive.


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+ BPinter on December 26th, 2013 at 9:14 am said:

Wow, love it! Excited to try Bioshock Infinite… didn’t sound like my kind of game but have been curious since everyone was talking about it. Also excited for Smart As…. sounds like fun but IMO seemed a bit overpriced when first available.

My only complaint (for lack of a better word) would be my heart always sinks a little when I see a PSP game included in the PS Plus content. Let’s move forward. At least we’re not getting any more PS One games.


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+ GamerHamza321 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:14 am said:

So at last SONY listened to the fans and started giving us better games than EU PS Plus.Thanks for listening the fans SONY and doing what they want.


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+ AnoyoIkari on December 26th, 2013 at 9:15 am said:

Wowzers! Only two games I’m interested in. But what an amazing two games it is! Thank you.


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+ pinguino27 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:16 am said:

Great lineup this month, but I am irritated that I just bought bioshock infinite on the Black Friday sale and now it’s free. I thought you guys said that you were going to stop doing this???


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+ Tchanku on December 26th, 2013 at 9:18 am said:

I don’t know the ps4 game, but the ps3/Vita games are great..


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    + Kristine Steimer on December 26th, 2013 at 2:32 pm said:

    You should check out some videos of Don’t Starve, it looks really fun!


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+ remanutd5 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:18 am said:

Video should stay from now on, Sonic&All Stars Racing Transformed vita is awesome!!!!!!!!!! i will be downloading the 2 vita games and the ps4 one as well.


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    + Kristine Steimer on December 26th, 2013 at 2:22 pm said:

    Glad you enjoyed the video!


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+ NX_Nytrux on December 26th, 2013 at 9:19 am said:

PlaySation, Marry me!!!


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+ reinking on December 26th, 2013 at 9:21 am said:

Awesome update!!! Thanks!!!


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+ FifthDream on December 26th, 2013 at 9:23 am said:

Oh, cool, a Worms game! Definitely want to pick that up. I finally get to check out Don’t Starve, too. Nice.


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+ MyrequeArk on December 26th, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

The video is amazing, great work on that Kristine!


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+ Ldrofmn on December 26th, 2013 at 9:25 am said:

Great update! I’ve been wanting to play BioShock Infinite for awhile now!


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+ ericknie on December 26th, 2013 at 9:26 am said:

Great! Playstation rules!!!!


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+ xClayMeow on December 26th, 2013 at 9:26 am said:

Isn’t that Worms game a PSP title?! If so, that’s some major false advertising there. I don’t recall hearing about any remake.

After three months in a row without a PSP title, I thought you guys had finally learned that we want native Vita titles only. Guess not :(


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    + Morgan Haro on December 26th, 2013 at 11:42 am said:

    some months will always be a little different than others, but we’ll always strive to get the best possible titles for the plus community. thanks for the feedback!


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+ detictiveconan on December 26th, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

Game: My Interest Level:
Don’t Starve: 1/10
DmC: 0/10
Bioshock Infinite: 0/10
Brothers: 5/10
Worms: 7/10
Smart as.. : 8/10


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+ LUISFGE8 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

January is going to be an awesome month. Thanks PS+ Team!


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+ BPinter on December 26th, 2013 at 9:29 am said:

Did I miss Urban Trial Freestyle on Vita that was slated to be included with PS Plus in December? I just skimmed-through the December store updates and don’t see anywhere it being listed as free.


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    + Kristine Steimer on December 26th, 2013 at 2:23 pm said:

    Technically there’s one more Tuesday in December ;)


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+ freshprincepbg on December 26th, 2013 at 9:29 am said:

Best month ever.

Thank you SCEA, you really stepped up your game, please keep it up.


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+ reekeecast on December 26th, 2013 at 9:31 am said:

And just now I was about to buy Brothers. This update is pretty solid, I hope they keep coming like this on 2014.


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+ b00kthree on December 26th, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

Well, brothers looks pretty good. I don’t play M’s, and I only have a PS3 so the rest are wasted on me. I hope that one’s good.

Last month Dyad was the only one, and it didn’t really impress me. I actually downloaded Sonic All-stars before realizing it was vita. That was disappointing. I know people used to complain when the same title was given free on two platforms, but I have come to miss it. I missed out on Sine Mora and now Sonic All-stars too. Bummer.

If I’m not up for buying a vita or ps4, it seems like the free titles are going downhill for me. This is why I plan to let my Plus lapse for a while — at least until I pick up a ps4 in 2015 or so. (if ever. That will depend on if the PS4 every plays CD’s, MP3′s, MP4′s, DLNA, etc)


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+ smoothboarder540 on December 26th, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

@42 Next week.


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+ afigueroa on December 26th, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

Great lineup! Bio shock infinite, DMC and Brothers?! That’s two AAA titles and downloadable game of the year by Gametrailers. I’m glad smart as is free as I was intrigued by it when it came out, but I wasn’t gonna shell $40 when it came out. Nintendo DSI XL came out with brain age for free.
Never heard of the PS4 option so I guess I will have to downl


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+ afigueroa on December 26th, 2013 at 9:33 am said:

Great lineup! Bio shock infinite, DMC and Brothers?! That’s two AAA titles and downloadable game of the year by Gametrailers. I’m glad smart as is free as I was intrigued by it when it came out, but I wasn’t gonna shell $40 when it came out. Nintendo DSI XL came out with brain age for free.
Never heard of the PS4 option so I guess I will have to download it.

Great job Sony!


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+ BPinter on December 26th, 2013 at 9:34 am said:

@46 Thanks. Forgot next week’s update is still December!


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+ Blood-Pudding on December 26th, 2013 at 9:34 am said:

Great!


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