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[PS4, PS5] January 2021 PS Plus Games - Maneater, Shadow of The Tomb Raider, and Greedfall

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The January 2021 games have been announced. As usual, available from the first Tuesday of the month.

Maneater is the PS5 game for the month.


For Xbox users, here are your January 2021 Games with Gold.

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  • +4 votes

    Overview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3mADhD8Iwc

    Expecting Maneater PS5 to drop to $10 on Amazon… Will then add to physical collection.

    • +17 votes

      but why, when digital and FOR FREE is so much more convenient AND CHEAPER.

      • +8 votes

        It's only free if you have PS plus, and you can't play the games without it

        • +2 votes

          Many PlayStation users considering the PS plus subscription essential.(most games need PS plus to access online features)
          So those user say it's "free" as an abbreviation of "right to play the game when you still have an active subscription(which I don't think I'll ever cancel) at no marginal cost".

      • -6 votes

        How on earth is paying a monthly fee free. Wtf ozbargains. You only have access to it IF you paid for that month and you claimed it on that month and the moment the subscription lapses its gone. So how is it CHEAPER if you're paying a monthly fee.

        Monthly fee vs one time payment of $10.

        All of you ozbargainers need to hand in your ozbargain license!

        Might as well get the gamepass… "The games on there are ALL FREE." Best deal ever.

        • +2 votes

          Tbf you'll probably only play this for a few weeks and be done with it. Why bother even buy the game?

          • +4 votes

            @unfinishedsentenc: tbf he did say it was free and cheaper. That's like saying Netflix has free tv shows and movies. I mean people were complaining about how GPUs for MSRP arent sales why are these sales posts?

        • +5 votes

          OzB PS+ users like to hoard 24 free games for a year, by buying cheap PS+ sub @ $55/yr. That is $2.30 per game. Smart.

      • +4 votes

        Why what? Have a physical collection? There’s many people that like doing so for various reasons.

  • +13 votes

    Ohh ohh here she comes.

    • -5 votes

      Based boomer rock

  • +6 votes

    I notice they always give away games that are already heavily discounted and most likely you already owned (looking at you Tomb Rider)

    Also sucks that maneater is only the PS5 version

    • +4 votes

      They still pay the developers a fee to make them free to subscribers as far as I know so makes sense not to chose newly released games unless they are developed by Sony or games that have been popular as many people would already have them making it cheaper for them and also gaining more hype as it was popular. Have noticed the heavy discounts on recent additions too which leads me to believe the deals with developers is done months in advance and those sales are a last attempt to get people to buy them before being added.

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      It's also often soon before a sequel or dlc is added. If thats not the case they'll have micro transactions.

  • +10 votes

    What an awesome month. Glad I never bought shadow of the tomb raider

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    What happens to the previous PS Plus games?

    • +2 votes

      If you've added them to your library, which you can only do if you're subscribed, they will be on your account now "forever". If you unsubscribe you can't play them though.

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    Awesome lineup of games. Games with gold keeps getting worse and ps plus keeps getting better. Almost bought man eater last month for my ps5, glad I didn’t. Should be good for some dumb fun. And shadow of the tomb raider is an excellent game for anyone who missed it.

    • +8 votes

      And Games Pass Ultimate is daylight ahead.

      Just inheriting all of EA, now rumours Ubisoft too.

      • +2 votes

        Only their older games though cos EA know better than to offer new titles on day dot. I highly doubt ubisoft will do the same.

      • -4 votes

        Until Microsoft forces you to pay $15 by not offering the $1 special on your main account. It also constantly annoys you when your Game Pass is about to expire (14 days or less). You get the basic EA subscription (entry level). None of the Forza DLCs is in there. 3rd party games do get removed after a few months.

        It's great when it's heavily discounted. However, XB Live Gold is now worse and restrictions start to appear for Game Pass (standard / non Ultimate) - including locking you out of Gears 5 DLC.

        • +6 votes

          You should hand back your OzB account if you're paying full price for GPU.

          You'd also have to be very negative to criticise GPU. Nothing comes close.

          Microsoft's first party titles on Day 1 justifies it alone.

          You want DLC, you buy them, like everywhere else, and they give you the option of a much cheaper package too.

          • +4 votes

            @DisabledUser139667: GP is fine and I get the whole point of GPU and if you took advantage of cheap deals. Sure, it is possible to "workaround" the $15. However, Microsoft is slowly shutting down the loopholes.

            Also, the discounts… that's part of the problem. If we go full bargain hunting mode, then honestly, the 12 months XBox Live Gold stack to then convert to GPU, mathematically, isn't the most cost effective. Not to mention it is now clear that Microsoft cares more about new subscriptions and will offer less for existing customers in the long run.

            Microsoft's first party titles on Day 1 justifies it alone.

            If we go the OZB way all the way, yes $1 to play first party title on the month Microsoft releases it makes sense. But, how about the remaining months? How much exactly is a good deal? I used to buy first party exclusives prior to GamePass. So, that means after the intro of GamePass, Microsoft really offered me Gears 5 and Forza Horizon 4 as AAA titles. Gears 5, when I played it, was glitchy and PlayAnywhere didn't work as well as I expected. By the time the bugs are fixed, I've already got tired of the game.

            You should hand back your OzB account if you're paying full price for GPU.

            That's the problem. Most OzBers believe that (and I obviously don't feel full price for GPU is worth it). However, if GPU is not worth $15/month, then it cannot possibly be that good. A lot of us are evaluating GPU as a $1/month or $1 for 3 months. Obviously, in such case, it is a no brainer.

            Clearly Microsoft knows I have a Series X and obviously Microsoft is not letting me get the $1 deal with my main account. That doesn't feel good.

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              @netsurfer: The way I see it, I'm paying for Gold anyway. Have since early 360 days when I finally could get ADSL.

              2 exclusives annually on launch day are $200 digitally (how I buy all my games). Though I generally wait for the next big sale till I buy games digitally….. So getting em day 1 is huge.

              So permanently being on GPU is cost effective.

              Regardless I use Rewards to consistently top up, I did the initial 3 year as well.

              Added bonus is all the other extra stuff…. And I now find myself buying less games.

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            @DisabledUser139667: "Microsoft's first party titles on Day 1 justifies it alone."

            It would be justified if m$ actually made good games! They haven't done so since entering the console gaming industry….

            Hell, Nintendo online subscription offering is better than m$ lol

            • +1 vote

              @halil23: Yeah, cause Forza, Gears and Halo aren't good games with huge appeal.

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                @DisabledUser139667: Thanks for proving my point by naming the most overrated and over-hyped games in existence!!

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                  @halil23: You lose any credibility when you say M$.

                  I'm not getting into an internet argument with someone like you. Go find another person to win your console fanboy war.

        • +2 votes

          Who cares about dlc

          • +6 votes

            @blergmonkeys: You get to a certain age where you wish games didn’t have dlc and almost hope for smaller open worlds just so you know you have experienced it fully with the limited gaming time you have. Yea, this is a sad realisation for a lot of us here on the OB.

            • +2 votes

              @DisabledUser214631: totally
              and i couldn't care less if my dude is wearing a red skin as opposed to a green skin

              … complaining about game pass not including dlc is like complaining my graphics card didn't come with free stickers… who cares

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                @blergmonkeys: Mate, if I really care about the Hivebuster DLC, I would have got GPU (since it is $1 for 3 months - and you can hack around it). The fact that I haven't got GPU means I don't care. Likewise for all the Forza Horizon 4 DLCs: Fortune Island and Lego.

                It is more about the tier system. This is more about what could happen later on. I am cynical about the degree of Bethesda games will be included. There was already a hint of a tier system later on. The big question is will Microsoft still offer $1/month when one of those new first party titles get released? Honestly, if Microsoft shuts that down later on, I do wonder how many people will pay $15/month.

                I have a Series X and it is certainly interesting Microsoft won't offer me any discount on my main account. Frankly, if that's the case, I am quite reluctant to join GPU right now given there isn't any new first party exclusive right now. The most annoying part is that there is zero consistency on whether you get the discount or not.

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                  @netsurfer: My GPU is due to expire on 27th, thats after 2 yrs of stacking for $1. I havent looked very hard, but cd key sites arent offering GPU cheaply (for instance its $52.29 for 3 months of World Wide Here https://www.cdkeys.com/xbox-live/memberships), plus its now region restricted AFAIA. EB games were selling 3 months for $33, marked down from $47.95, but thats ended now. As i couldnt find a better deal at the time and my sister had gifted me $50 in EB games credit for christmas i bought 6 months worth.

                  But yes it was due to renew at $15 a month. I must be unaware of the hacks around in, but i could pick up 3 month of GP (not U) with MS points.

      • +2 votes

        Yeh I have ultimate too for my series x and it’s crazy good value. But at the same time my series x has honestly sat their mostly unused so far meanwhile my ps5 is being played every day. Not trying to start any fanboy arguments as i own all consoles, just a genuine comment on my usage.

        • -4 votes

          Then why bother having that uselessbox?!? It just a waste of time, space and money!

          Having PS4, switch and PS5 covered everything you need!

          I'm all set and never miss out on anything!

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        All ea sports games that after 12mths are $10 or 2 for $15 in the eb clearance tables.

  • +3 votes

    I didn't buy any of the 3 tomb raider games. Good PS plus lol. Actually good games, I did just but greedfall though but oh well.

    • +1 vote

      All the Tomb Raider games are great fun.. you can get them quiet cheap when it's on special. I think the first one is on PSN for about 4$ now.

      • +2 votes

        Oh no in meant I've got them all for free through PS+

  • +1 vote

    Can u add the PS5 games without a PS5? Just waiting for stock to come back in before buying one.

      • +10 votes

        Incorrect, PS5 Games that are "free" for the month via PS Plus can be redeemed on your account via the website the same way you can with PS4 games. Easiest way to find out is going to be to try OP, just go to the store page, log in, and try adding them to your account while they are free, if you are waiting to reup your psplus subscription and you miss out because you were unsure then that is on you.

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          Yep. Just got my coworker to try claim it. And it works.
          Thanks for the info

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          Thanks Cat. Never knew you could do this but managed to figure it out on the PS store website. Snagged the Dec PS5 game too just in time. TYVM.

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      You can add em with PS App on android.

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    how annoying i bought maneater ps5.

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      Check with Sony. Apparently, Sony will offer a refund.

    • +1 vote

      Here's a piece regarding refunds if you've recently purchased Maneater.

      As a subscriber of playstation plus, we will refund the purchase price of this product to your playstation store wallet as this is a playstation plus monthly game.

  • +1 vote

    was so tempted to buy Maneater for the PS5 just because it was the cheapest PS5 game…. so glad i didn't now…..

  • +2 votes

    Looks like we’re getting a PS5 game every month….Destruction All Stars is confirmed and maybe Fenyx Rising will be free at some point! 😲

    • +1 vote

      Fenyx rising only come out this month. That wouldnt be free anytime soon.

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      Feynx is actually pretty cool. $50 at the moment so i but the bullet. Reminds me of Breath Of The Wild

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    Cheapest place for PS plus?

    • +1 vote

      Was on sale all over the place on Black Friday

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        Yep, the only time of the year I buy ps plus. Have been for past few years.

      • +1 vote

        Got 2 years worth. I bought 1 from Amazon and JB.

    • +1 vote

      wait until tomorrow at least and hope Big W do the same promo- https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/509867

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    Is it still possible to claim bugsnax?

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      You should be able to as these games aren't offered until Tuesday next week, I believe

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      I just did it on the website as I don't have a PS5 yet.

  • +1 vote

    this is great. now ill have the whole tomb raider series free through psn+

  • +1 vote

    That PS5 purchase paying off in dividends, good month.

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      Yeap in a few months it will be RRP .
      Those dummies that got out for double that lol .

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    What’s happens to the old PS Plus games. Can I still play them if I’m subscribed?

    • +1 vote

      Yep, as long as you are subscribed they'll always be playable, just keep adding them each month

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    If you let a PS+ subscription lapse and later resubcribe, do you retain access to games previously downloaded to your account?

    • +1 vote

      yes, but you will need an active sub to play the games.

  • +1 vote

    Apparently, on several news reports, Sony PS + will be crediting retail purchases of Maneater with PS store credits through the PS Store site.

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    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the best of the 3 Raiders

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      I beat it and can't remember anything at all. Game is not very memorable haha

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      I enjoyed it a lot. The gun play was mediocre but everything else was good. Graphics were particularly impressive. I didn't enjoy the 2nd Tomb Raider but 1st and 3rd are very good.

  • +1 vote

    What time do these games become available today?

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      Seem to have just been updated now. Was able to grab them.

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      fyi - it is available now.

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        Thanks.

  • +1 vote

    PSN website is sooo bad.

    I can't even log in using Brave, I get a connection error.

    Searching for games is just awful now.

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      It is truly terrible, didn't think it could be worse than before.

  • +3 votes
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      Legend!

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      Not the hero we need, but the hero we deserve

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    Not sure if they patched it, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider had serious issues mid-way through my playthrough on the PS5.

    It'd load into my save, let me walk around for a couple of seconds, and swiftly boot me out.

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    US store still shows last month's games, guess il just check again tomorrow morning

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      fyi - it is available now.

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        The US store? Because it isnt showing up for me, literally on my PS5 right now. Also checked mobile app and web. I understand AU store is showing it but US one hasn't updated yet, which is what I said in my original comment.

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          ah right, not sure about the US store… sorry. I just finished downloading the Shadow of the Tomb Raider via my PS4 in the AU store.

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    Anyone manage to get this month's free game from US store? mine shows not free.

    Update: NVM, after repeatedly sign in a few times, finally shows add to library button, new website is weird.

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    So I just knew that if you don't have PS5 you can still purchase PS5 games just can't play them