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November’s free PlayStation Plus games are full of bugs

Sony pulls out all the stops with November’s free PlayStation Plus games for PS5 and PS4.

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Sony pulls out all the stops with November’s free PlayStation Plus games for PS5 and PS4. We hope you like bugs.

Sony’s PlayStation Plus subscription service has proved itself to be a useful launchpad for inventive and quirky new games. Rocket League was the first to strike gold back in 2015, and Fall Guys used PS Plus to generate significant launch momentum this summer. Upcoming PS5 exclusive Destruction AllStars – which has been pushed back to next year – will also debut on PS Plus in 2021.

Before that, the PS5 edition of Bugsnax, the offbeat critter-collecting adventure from Young Horses, will make its bow on PS Plus in November. The game is a bizarre exploratory adventure that appears to be equal parts cute, charming, horrific and unsettling. It’s a statement of intent from Sony that the PS5 gets such a high-profile freebie in its launch month. It’s also available on PS4 as a standard paid title.

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PS4 subscribers might not get Bugsnax, but they do get Team Cherry’s superb Hollow Knight. It’s an outstanding Metroidvania set in a subterranean underworld populated by bugs, grubs, flies, and hornets. It’s one of our games of the generation, and easily one of the best in its genre.

The third and final PS Plus title for November is Monolith’s Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Its launch in 2017 was marred by some egregious microtransactions (thankfully now patch out), and although it doesn’t recapture the magic of Shadow of Mordor, it’s a fun and sprawling sequel.

Hollow Knight and Middle-earth: Shadow of War are available to download and play from November 3. Bugsnax is available when the PS5 launches on November 12.

PS Plus free games – November 2020

PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War

PlayStation 5

  • Bugsnax (available November 12 – January 4, 2021)

October’s PlayStation Plus games – Need for Speed Payback and Vampyr – are available to download until next week.


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