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Free PlayStation Plus games for January 2023 leaked with Star Wars title as headline act

Free PlayStation Plus games for January 2023 leaked with Star Wars title as headline act
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PlayStation Plus subscribers have a trio of new free games to look forward to playing in January 2023. (Image source: Sony/various - edited)
PlayStation Plus subscribers have a trio of new free games to look forward to playing in January 2023. (Image source: Sony/various – edited)

The free PlayStation Plus games coming to Sony’s subscription service in January 2023 have been leaked. The trio of titles is headed by a hugely popular Star Wars game, while PlayStation Plus subscribers with a PS4 or PS5 can also enjoy free access to a controversial title from Bethesda and a Metroidvania-type game.

Once again, the leaker known as billbil-kun has revealed what the free PlayStation Plus games will be for the incoming month. For January 2023, it appears Sony has plumped for the selection of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Fallout 76, and Axiom Verge 2 to please subscribers of its service. The latter title, developed by Thomas Happ Games, is an engaging Metroidvania-style game that only came to the PlayStation 5 in August 2022, although PS4 owners have been able to enjoy the side-scrolling mix of adventure and exploration since August 2021.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a whole different kettle of fish in comparison to Axiom Verge 2. Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was a huge success in terms of sales, with over 10 million copies purportedly sold in under six months from launch. The action-adventure game, which also exhibits Metroidvania-type gameplay (level exploration with initially inaccessible sections), was praised by critics for elements such as the music, combat mechanics, and level design. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was nominated for multiple Game of the Year awards and even won some of them.

The controversial pick for January’s free PlayStation Plus subscription service games is clearly Fallout 76. The game, which was initially released in 2018, was torn apart by reviewers upon release for numerous reasons, including the fact that the title had been seemingly rushed to meet its scheduled release date, that it contained premium features (pay-to-win), and that it was just a bit boring in general. However, updates have improved Fallout 76 and its tarnished reputation, and it might be a worthy addition to this list for those who aren’t so enamored with the Star Wars universe. 

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-12-25 (Update: 2022-12-25)

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