You might not love the idea of paying for a PlayStation Plus subscription, but that £50 a year includes a massive bounty of free games.
Each and every month, Sony trots out a new selection of games you can download for free all month and then keep and play forever, so long as you maintain your Plus subscription. You'll always find at least a couple of PlayStation 4 picks, along with games for PS3 and Vita as well.
Looking for a heads-up on which games you can grab right now and soon ahead? We've got you covered: these are the UK's PlayStation Plus freebies for January 2018, which will be available to download starting 2 January. And if you didn't grab December's free downloads yet, then scroll further down for a quick look at those titles.
Free on PlayStation Plus in January
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4)
Wow, this is a big one: 2016's five-star cyberpunk gem Deus Ex: Mankind Divided goes free in January, letting you savor the robotically-augmented action across a vast campaign. It's gorgeous, the combat is a delight, and the open-ended nature means you can enjoy it again and again. Do that!
Here's another strong freebie: Batman: The Telltale Series sees the maker of the episodic Walking Dead and Game of Thrones narrative series take a swing at the Caped Crusader. You'll get the entire first season for free, which blends moments from Bruce Wayne's life with combat and crime-solving as the Dark Knight.
StarBlood Arena (PSVR)
Got a PlayStation VR? If so, then you'll also be able to grab StarBlood Arena during January. It's an arena-style shooter in little spaceship-like pods, delivering a Descent-esque multiplayer blasting experience with a fair bit of personality woven in. Reviews were a bit mixed, but it seems well worth trying if you have the headset.
That's You (PS4)
Here's something different: you'll need a smartphone or tablet to play That's You, which is the first of Sony's PlayLink titles. With a touch device as your controller, you can play this irreverent party game, which has you doodle, answer questions, snap photos, and more.
Sacred 3 (PS3)
If you're still rocking the PS3 as your console of choice, then maybe you'll get a kick out of Sacred 3. It's a fantasy-themed hack-and-slash role-player that lets you play together with a pal, although reviews are pretty so-so for this one.
Here's another under-the-radar sequel that's free on PS3 in January, but at least this one fared better with critics. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a point-and-click-style comedic adventure with a colourful cast of characters, although the original game isn't available on the console.
Based on the Psycho-Pass anime series, Mandatory Happiness is a visual novel that puts you in the role of detectives investigating crimes in a futuristic Japan where everyone's mental state is quantified to ensure happiness. Will you care if you haven't seen the show? Maybe not – but it's a Vita freebie, so why not try?
Uncanny Valley (Vita/PS4)
How effective is survival horror in a lo-fi pixel aesthetic? Reviews suggest not very, but you can give it a shot when Uncanny Valley goes free in January. The low-key look is cool and it's said to be pretty large, but it seems like games like Lone Survivor and Home have done the 2D horror thing with greater success.
Still available until 2 January
Become Death himself in Darksiders II, which gets a nice HD facelift over the original PS3 edition. The frenetic hack-and-slash action takes place in an enormous, Zelda-like world filled with dungeons and puzzles to solve. This'll be a nice primer before next year's Darksiders III.
The PlayStation 4 doesn't have Nintendo's Super Smash Bros, of course, nor does it have Sony's own PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale from a few years back. But it does have this licensed Kung Fu Panda game, which is more or less Smash Bros. with less interesting characters. Well, it is free…
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR)
We really dug the survival horror thrills of the original Until Dawn, but Rush of Blood is something else entirely: it's a PlayStation VR-exclusive rail shooter, in which you'll blast freaky foes while on a rollercoaster-like track.
XBlaze Lost: Memories (PS3)
If you love the BlazBlue fighting games enough to also love their world without all the fighting, then check out XBlaze Lost: Memories for PS3. It's a visual novel set in the same universe, and if that doesn't sound super-duper niche, then we don't know what does.
Syberia Collection (PS3)
Got an itch for classic point-and-click-style adventure games? Syberia Collection pulls together a pair of early-aughts mystery games, which were pretty well-reviewed on PC more than a decade ago, but we can't vouch for their appeal after all this time.
Playable on both Vita and PS4, Forma.8 is a pretty cool-looking indie game about a stranded space probe on an alien planet. In a very Metroid/Castlevania-like fashion, you'll need to explore the cavernous terrain and deal with threats as they emerge.
Wanted Corp. (Vita)
Less cool-looking, admittedly, is Wanted Corp. This top-down action/shooter game was largely overlooked when it first released years ago, and the few reviews out there suggest it's very generic and simplistic. But if you really need something to play on Vita, it is free.