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Do your bit against COVD-19 and play four of the greatest PlayStation 4 games for free as part of Sony’s Play at Home initiative.

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Do your bit against COVD-19 and play four of the greatest PlayStation 4 games for free as part of Sony’s Play at Home initiative.

It’s funny how things work out, isn’t it? For years, governments, charities, major organisations like the World Health Organisation and even Prince Harry have been quick to demonise video games. Specifically, it’s the length of time people spend indoors (and primarily not exercising) that causes consternation and cries of “addiction”.

Now, with most of the world under some degree of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staying inside and playing video games is all of a sudden a very good idea. Even the World Health Organisation agrees.

Video game publishers and platform holders are doing their bit, too. From massive sales to free game giveaways, it makes it that little bit easier to stay indoors. Today’s new entry, the Play at Home initiative from Sony PlayStation, is a particularly good example of the oeuvre.

Why is Play at Home so good? Because it contains four of the greatest games ever released on the PlayStation 4, for free. You get to keep them forever. And you don’t need to have a PS Plus subscription to do it.

Sony Play at Home initiative

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 Play at Home

The Nathan Drake Collection is the remaster of the first three Uncharted games – Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception – that were originally released between 2007 and 2011 on the PS3. Like Naughty Dog’s other PS3 classic, The Last of Us, the original Uncharted trilogy received a welcome remaster for the PS4 in 2015.

There are so many great moments in the Uncharted series, but the set pieces in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and the brilliant desert sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception stand as some of the finest of the modern era.

Journey

Journey PS4 Play at Home

Speaking of beautiful deserts, like Uncharted, the brilliant moments in Journey are countless, but for different reasons. Instead of big-budget, scripted cinematics, Journey lives in the moments you create for yourself and – more importantly, during this time of isolation – in the moments you create and share with others.

Journey is a game of wandering, longing, discovery, and extraordinary kindness from strangers. That’s something we all need more of right now.

Both (all four?) of the games in the Play at Home initiative are available to download right now, for free, for everyone, through to Wednesday, 6th May at midnight BST. As we mentioned before, they’re free to keep, forever, for everyone. You can’t argue with a generous offer like that.

Do keep in mind that downloads from the PlayStation Store are slower than usual at this time, however. Sony, like Netflix and other content providers, is throttling transfer rates to preserve global network bandwidth while so many of us are working remotely.


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