Updated on December 31, 2021, 10:26 am
- New year, new luck for bargain hunters: Sony, Microsoft, Epic Games, Amazon, Apple, Google and Co. will reward customer loyalty with free games in 2022 as well.
- There is even a highlight before the new year.
- Epic Games is giving away the “Tomb Raider” trilogy until January 6th.
Month after month Sony, Microsoft, Epic, Amazon, Google and Apple thank their subscribers for their loyalty with free games. As a rule, in addition to mediocre titles, there are also real top-class and original indie games.
What is the start of the new year like? These are the free games from PSPlus, Xbox Live Gold, Amazon Prime Gaming, Epic Games Store, Apple Arcade and Google Stadia in January.
It’s free on PlayStation Plus
As every month, Sony is giving PlayStation Plus subscribers several free games. Customers of the paid online service start the new year with the following three PlayStation Plus games, which can be added to their own game library free of charge from Tuesday, January 4th to Tuesday, February 1st.
“Dirt 5” (PS4 / 5) offers fast races over hill and dale. Persona 5 Strikers (PS4) is a fantasy road trip through Japan filled with dynamic, anime-style combat action. “Deep Rock Galactic” is again a co-op first-person shooter with an unusual cast: Dwarves in space! Randomly generated dungeons, valuable resources and hordes of alien monsters provide brute entertainment.
It’s free at Xbox Games with Gold
The gold mine for Xbox gamers is called Xbox Live Games with Gold. Microsoft also gives subscribers free monthly games as a loyalty bonus for using the paid online service. The same applies to members of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, because the gold package is included in the premium subscription for frequent players.
In January 2022, titles for the new Xbox Series X / S models as well as the Xbox One and the “oldtimer” Xbox 360 will be represented again. Thanks to the downward compatibility, the old games can also be played on the new generations of Microsoft consoles.
“NeuroVoider” is playable for the whole of January on Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One. In the cyber adventure, you have to fight kamikaze robots with nuclear weapons. In co-op mode, up to four friends can do this together, but the mix of Hack’n’Slay and Shooter can also be played alone. In the action and crafting RPG “Aground”, the future of mankind must be shaped in space. Playable January 16 through February 15 on Xbox Series X / S and One.
The vertical shooter “Radiant Silvergun” is available from January 1st to 15th – also for the ancient console Xbox 360. “Space Invaders: Infinity Gene” is also playable down to generation 360. The renaissance of the mother of all shooters can be downloaded for free from January 16 to 31.
It’s free at Amazon Prime Gaming
Amazon adds free PC titles to its Prime Gaming game library every month. The mail order and digital giant tries to serve every taste with a varied selection of free games. In January 2022, new free titles are waiting to be discovered.
A highlight is the strategy shooter “Void Bastards”, which is reminiscent of titles like “System Shock”. The title of “Bridge Constructor Playground” already explains what it’s about: building stable bridges. “Along the Edge” is a digital graphic novel.
In the funky “Alt-Frequencies” it is important to use the radio waves to bring a groundbreaking truth to light. Finally, “When Ski-Lifts Go Wrong” is a mix of management and construction gameplay. Players have to build safe elevator systems for their NPCs.
It’s free on Google Stadia Pro
The Pro subscribers of Google’s Stadia get games streamed on devices such as TVs, laptops and smartphones in a resolution of up to 4K and with 5.1 sound. And as with other premium services, Google customers are rewarded for their loyalty with free games.
From January 1, 2022, the apocalyptic action role-playing game “Darksiders 3” will be available for Google Stadia Pro subscribers. The action-packed side scroller “Bloodstained” should appeal to “Metroidvania” fans.
In the award-winning “Shantae: Risky’s Revenge” you control the half-Djinn Shantae. Retro fans get their money’s worth with the pixelated detective story “The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark”. Finally, “DreamWorks Dragons: Dawn of the New Riders” (in German: Departure of New Riders) is an implementation of the well-known animated film series.
It’s available for free in the Epic Games Store
Typically, a new game is released for free on the Epic Games Store every week. But before and after Christmas, the operator of “Fortnite” and the 3D engine manufacturer are particularly generous. The “Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy” – consisting of “Tomb Raider”, “Rise Of The Tomb Raider” and “Shadow Of The Tomb Raider” – can be downloaded for free until January 6, 2022.
PC gamers should definitely not miss Lara Croft’s spectacular adventure – especially since the end of the world is looming in the last part. Finally, from January 6th to 13th, the action adventure “Gods Will Fall” awaits. A group of eight warriors want to free humanity from the tyranny of the gods.
It is still unclear which other free games will follow.
It’s free at Apple Arcade
Apple continues to expand its virtual arcade, Apple Arcade, every month – it now includes over 200 free titles. Among other things, “Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis” should be added in January. This is where children’s series characters like SpongeBob and Garfield meet to knock the balls around the ears.
Card game fans get their money’s worth with “Spades: Card Game” and “Hearts: Card Game”. The story-driven RPG “Crashlands” is about an intergalactic truck driver and lives from his bizarre humor.
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