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PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for January: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Fallout 76, Axiom Verge 2

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Today we’re happy to reveal the PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for January. Escape the Empire’s clutches in single player adventure Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, head into the wastelands with friends in online RPG Fallout 76 and enjoy platforming action in Axiom Verge 2. All three titles will be available to PlayStation Plus Essential, Extra and Premium members on Tuesday, January 3. The PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium lineups for January will be announced soon. 

Let’s take a closer look at the Monthly Games lineup. 

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | PS4, PS5

Cal Kestis’ story begins here. Ahead of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor launching in March, find out how Cal Kestis’ journey began in this original Star Wars story from Respawn Entertainment.  Following the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Senator Palpatine’s deadly Order 66 — designed to destroy the Jedi order and pave the way for the Empire to rise — you are the last remaining Jedi Padawan and their last hope of survival. Pick up the p

7 trends that shaped PlayStation gaming in 2022

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The year 2022 is almost over, but it feels like just yesterday that we were hyping our most-anticipated games, most of which are now in the rearview mirror. While 2023 is sure to deliver even more incredible experiences, we can’t move on before looking back at what defined this last year in gaming. From in-game clothing styles to the world of virtual sports, let’s take a walk down memory lane through the year that was 2022.

2022, the year that made cats humanity’s best friend

Cats are no strangers to video games, whether they’re cuddling up to our gaming machines for warmth or exploring in-game post-apocalyptic landscapes. This year saw cats take center stage in various titles, such as Annapurna and BlueTwelve’s Stray, a game about a cat that gets wrapped up in saving the world from a material-eating parasite. The feline-led feature Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series was also released. The highly-anticipated collection of remade 2.5D side-scrolling classics reintroduced the world to its titular plucky protagonist.

Of course, cats also graced the likes of Sonic Frontiers, Ghostwire Tokyo, and even Persona 5 Royal. And who can forget everyone’s favorite cult shopkeeper kitty, Forneus from Cult of Lamb? Each of these titles gives players a cat companion to help out along the way of the hero’s journey or offers players complete control of a kitten looking to save the world. Whether it’s Big the Cat helping Sonic learn to fish, Morgana teaching Joker the way of the Phantom Thief, or Ghostwire’s Nekomata handing out side-missions, it seems the cat has become humanity’s new best friend and, at times, our would-be savior.

2022, the year that gave everyone a chance to play

The push towards inclusivity and accessibility was seen in a big way this year. Games like God of War: Ragnarök and The Last of Us Part I included features that add to Santa Monica and Naughty Dog’s past accomplishments in this area. Options such as audio cues, cinematic audio descriptions, auto-platforming, navigational assistance, high contrast mode, and more appear in these titles. Horizon Forbidden West also gave players access to unique difficulty-changing features like automatically having protagonist Aloy sprint, heal, or deploy her trusty Shieldwing. Adjustable settings like these help open games to wider audiences than ever before so that more players can get the chance to experience some of this year’s most captivating adventures.

2022, the year that pushed sports beyond reality

Windjammers 2 brought extremity and otherworldly style to the world of virtual sports with its release back in January. In this hyper-real game of frisbee, players are pelted with super abilities, nutty obstacles, and outlandish venues in a 1-on-1 sport where reactions, wits, and coordination are tested.

This release kicked off a series of fantastic extreme sports titles that could only exist in the virtual world: OlliOlli World, a cartoony 2D skateboarding game that takes place in a world that appears to be made by a skate-loving god; Cursed to Golf, a roguelike golf game set in purgatory that pits you against death itself; and Rollerdrome, a bloodsport that tasks you with perf

20 must-play indie gems available with the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog

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Choice is empowering, but it can also be a little overwhelming. The PlayStation Plus Game Catalog (included with PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium memberships), includes dozens of great titles to pick from, including a host of fantastic indie titles. We’re here to share some curated indie picks to help you find that next bespoke gem.

Everything from chill, exploration-driven environmental experiences to bold, brash action-driven challenges to ridiculously silly multiplayer romps to anime-art bullet-hell barrages are available to you, on-demand, as a perk of your subscription. Here’s a sampling of some of the best and brightest PlayStation Plus Game Catalog indie games to check out.

20 must-play indie gems available with the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog

Abzu

Exploring the vast beauty of the ocean is a dream for many–and in Abzu from Giant Squid Studios, that dream manifests as an unforgettable adventure. As a nameless diver in a vast, open-world undersea environment, you discover remnants of a lost civilization with a bond to the ocean. By exploring and puzzle-solving, you will restore life and energy to this underwater wonderworld. And don’t worry about oxygen–you can travel and admire the graphically sumptuous environments and vibrant ocean life of Abzu at your own pace.

Publisher: 505 Games | PS4

20 must-play indie gems available with the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog

Bugsnax

Snaktooth Island is home to many natural marvels, the most well-known of which are the titular Bugsnax. These miraculou

A young reindeer herder protect its land in Skábma – Snowfall, to PS4 & PS5 next year

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As the reindeer are now out of the yard and it is public knowledge that Skábma – Snowfall will be launched on PS4 and PS5 soon, I would like to take this opportunity to explain what our game is really about.

A young reindeer herder protect its land in Skábma – Snowfall, to PS4 & PS5 next year

What is Skábma?

Skábma – Snowfall is an adventure game set in an imaginary version of Sámiland and inspired by the indigenous Sámi culture. The story combines facts and fiction as it dives into the heart of the culture: presenting its old (and sometimes current) beliefs, customs and stories.

Everything in the game is about Sámi. 

Who is Sámi?

It just came to my knowledge that not all people in the world know about Sámi – so I’ll tell you the short version.

We are a very small indigenous group scattered around the northern parts of Scandinavia, Finland, and Russia. There are around 100 000 Sámi, divided into several different Sámi groups and languages. 

All the languages are considered to be very endangered.

We are mostly known from our reindeer-herding culture but there is so much more about us I could tell you. But we’ve only got so much space in this article. I invite you to dive in deeper and learn more about Sámi culture if you’re interested.

The story of Skábma – Snowfall

Skábma tells a story of a young reindeer herder Áilu, who’s ordinary reindeer guarding duty turns into a mission to save their homeland after an odd disease starts to spread in the area. Tracking a runaway reindeer, Áilu stumbles on an old Noaidi Drum – an object of power that was supposed to be destroyed way over a century earlier. 

This is the starting point of Áilu’s journey to become the first Noaidi, Sámi Seer & Healer, in a century. All Áilu has to do now is to learn how to use the drum. Easy right?

The gameplay of Skábma – Snowfall

It’s not easy to master such a powerful tool as the Noaidi Drum. Luckily the Drum helps Áilu reconnect with four Familiar Spirits that are willing to lend them their powers.

The Owl gifts Áilu the ability to dash around and turn Bleeders (infected objects and enemies) into Air Vortexes, making traversal much faster. The Bear gives the power of earth so Áilu can ground themselves to stand against strong winds, create rock platforms and break obstacles infected by the Bleed.  The Trout grants the power of healing and shielding. And finally, the agile Fox will lend the ability to jump higher and set Bleeders on fire. 

Gaining ne

Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 446: Game of the Year Holiday Cheer

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The end of 2022 is here, and with it comes the PS Blog Game of the Year! The team chats through the winners, and our favorite games this past year. We’ll catch y’all in the new year!

Stuff We Talked About

  • God of War Ragnarök
  • Elden Ring
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray
  • Overwatch 2
  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Inscryption
  • Callisto Protocol

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