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Late to the Game(s): Getting round to it – Picking up the best games of a generation, cheap

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

Sure, it’s getting nice and it’s warmer outside, and there are going to be other demands on your time. But there are still going to be plenty of chances for playing video games. Quiet evenings after the sun has set. Still, chilly mornings over coffee, before the rest of the family has roused. Rainy weekends as the inevitable April showers lead to May flowers. 

Right now, too, you can pick up some of the best games of the last generation on PlayStation 4 – most with cross play capability on PS5 – many for less than $20 during the PlayStation Spring Sale event. 

This includes some of the best games of the last generation like Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4 and Fallout ’76, Skyrim, Destiny II, Red Dead Redemption II (thought it’s $29.99), Borderlands 3, the Metro series, the Darksiders series, and a whole slew of classic games from the PS and PS2 era remastered for the PS4 and PS5, like the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon games. You can also snag some of the Lego Marvel games for as little as $5 each. 

It also includes a number of the PlayStation Hits, like The Last of Us, Gran Turismo, Uncharted 4, and more – including some of those cheap Lego games. Conspicuous by its absence, though, is Horizon Zero Dawn

It is still available on the PlayStation Store for purchase, at $19.99. It seems like it would be a no-brainer to include it. Especially with the sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, on the…well… horizon. 

But there is a perfectly good, and fan friendly, reason for why it might not be there. Horizon Zero Dawn has been confirmed as one of the games that will be made available free for all PlayStation users as part of Sony’s “Play At Home” initiative in the coming months. Why spend $20 on something that is going to be free with a little patience? If you’ve waited this long already, it won’t hurt to wait an little longer.

Sure, from a cynical point of view, making the game free now helps build interest in the sequel. But, who can complain about a free game? Certainly not me! 

The “Play At Home” initiative isn’t something you have to wait on, either. It’s ongoing, right now. Abzû, a game we’ve written about here before, is one of the games currently available for free, but those games will change up as the season moves on, so it’s something you’re going to want to periodically check in on. 

Other games currently available absolultely free, to everyone, as part of the initiative include Subnautica, Rez Infinite, The Witness, Enter the Gungeon, and the PlayStation VR games Moss and Paper Beast

Even if you don’t have a PlayStation yet, if you plan to get a PS5 – or finally get a PS4 – in the future you can create an account online, add the games to your account, and have them ready for download as soon as you set up your new system. 

There really are a lot of great games to play. For really cheap right now, and even free, if you want to play on the Sony consoles. That’s worth checking out. 

You can find more information online at store.playstation.com. 

And don’t forget that you can always check out the Epic Game Store online, at epicgames.com, every Thursday for their new free game of the week. Amazon also has up a new crop of free games for Amazon Prime members at gaming.amazon.com. Right now those free games include the Escapist and the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics. Both are worth checking out. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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