Sony has announced that Nioh and Outlast 2 will be available to download and play for free during November 2019, if you have a PS Plus membership.
It’s great news for fans, with both games offering something new to the PlayStation Plus lineup.
Nioh is the headliner for the month due to its high review scores when it first came out in 2017.
The Express gave the game 5/5, with Liam Martin reporting at the time: “It’s a fun story full of interesting characters, but you won’t be poring over every piece of lore and absorbing every fan theory as you would in the Souls games – and that’s half the fun.
“The levels are also beautifully realised and exceptionally designed, but locations are separated and must be selected from a mission map.
“There’s more than enough variety to keep players happy, but one large, interconnected labyrinth would have been more favourable.
“But even that’s not enough to detract from an exceptional release that’s already a contender for game of the year.
“Nioh is punishing, tense and brutal… and that’s exactly why we love it.”
Other reviewers at the time also had some strong opinion about the game, and you can read some of those below:
Destructoid Nioh Review 9/10: “I did have access to multiplayer for several days of this assessment, all in the form of co-op.
“There’s earnest multiplayer matchmaking, as well as a “put me in a random game” option, which I’ve used quite a bit. I love the idea of randomly just showing up anytime I want with the press of a button, without having to locate a shrine, find reagents, and pray five times with a specific emote.
“You do need bowls (which you can by from your home base) to summon folks, though.”
US Gamer Nioh Review 4/5: “The game seems to incentivise the loot extravaganza as rewards for repeated runs through missions and sub-missions, which are compartmentalized and chosen via world map. The main story missions are meaty; each took at least an hour or two to complete and are a full of tiny nooks and crannies to rummage for items.
“Small handfuls of friendly spirits called Kodama are littered throughout story levels and boost drops from enemies dependent on the specific spirit, which adds a nice layer of collectability.”
Game Informer Nioh Review 9/10: ” Numerous cutscenes tell a mostly incomprehensible story that only gets interesting at the end, but some interspersed and stylish vignettes that tell short character tales work much better to break up the action.
“Make no mistake, however – the core of Nioh is action. Unflinching, merciless action that’s fast, fluid, responsive, and precise. Attempting to button-mash your way to a win inevitably sends you packing to the checkpoint.
“You must learn at least one of many other mechanics at your disposal like swapping stances, blocking, parrying, ki pulsing, and dodging. Many of these can be chained together to make battle a highly choreographed dance of death that’s breathtaking to behold. Nioh’s combat is rich and rewarding, featuring on-the-fly flexibility and adaptation to dazzle your opponents (and yourself) with complex strings of abilities.”
Outlast 2 wasn’t given quite as warm a welcome but it provides a title with some unique gameplay. And it’s also a game that a lot of PS4 console owners may not have picked up and played at the time of its original release.
Both Nioh and Outlast 2 are available to download from PlayStation Store between 5th November and 3rd December. In the meantime, you still have a few days left to pick up October’s PlayStation Plus titles, which includes The Last of Us Remastered and MLB: The Show 19.
Both free games are available to download until 4th November, if you have an active PS Plus membership.