PlayStation Plus – Free Games Lineup February 2019

February is upon us! A new lineup of free games is here for PS Plus Subscribers!

For Honor

For Honor is an action fighting game set during a medieval, fantasy setting.Players can play as a character from three different factions, namely the Iron Legion (Knights), the Warborn (Vikings), and the Chosen (Samurai) . A fourth faction, the Wu Lin, was added in the Marching Fire expansion in October 2018. The four factions represent knightsvikingssamurai, and exiles respectively.[ Each hero also has quotes in their own languages that will trigger when certain actions are performed. The Knights speak in Latin, the Vikings speak Icelandic, the Samurai speak Japanese, and the Wu Lin speak Chinese. Each faction had four classes at launch, with two more being added at the beginning of every season of the Faction War. The Vanguard class is described as “well-balanced” and has excellent offense and defense. The Assassin class is fast and efficient in dueling enemies, but the class deals much less damage to multiple enemies. The Heavies (Tanks) are more resistant to damages and are suitable for holding capture points, though their attacks are slow. The last class, known as “Hybrid”, is a combination of two of the three types, and is capable of using uncommon skills.

All heroes are unique and have their own weapons, skills, and fighting styles. Players fight against their opponents with their class-specific melee weapons. When players perform certain actions, such as killing multiple enemies consecutively, they gain Feats, which are additional perks. These perks allow players to gain additional points and strengths, call in a barrage of arrows or a catapult attack, or heal themselves.[ In most missions, players are accompanied by numerous AI minions. They are significantly weaker than the player character, and do not pose much threat.

A tactical combat system, known as “Art of Battle”, is initiated when the player encounters other players or player-like AI in the multiplayer or higher health AI in the campaign. Players enter a dueling mode with them wherein players aim at their opponent with their weapon. Players then can choose how to place and position their weapons from three directions (from above, the right, and the left) when they are attacking their enemies. By observing on-screen hints and the movements of their opponents, which reflect their respective attack position, players can notice the weakest part of their enemies and attacks these parts. Choosing the correct position can block the other players’ attack. Players also have other special abilities, such as barging into enemies with their own shoulders and performing back-stepping swipes. The strength of each attack can also be decided by players. The system aims at allowing players to “feel the weight of the weapon in [their] hand”.

HITMAN: The Complete First Season

This is a stealth action game in which players control Agent 47, an assassin tasked with eliminating targets throughout various missions. From a third-person perspective, players use pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, and various tools (e.g., poisons, cleavers, explosives) to assassinate human characters. Players can also use stealth attacks (e.g., strangling characters with wires) or environmental elements (e.g., wood chipper) to eliminate targets and guards discretely. Players have the ability to kill non-adversary characters (e.g., striking them with an ax, shooting them in plain sight), though this may negatively affect players’ progress and points. Large blood-splatter effects often occur, and pools of blood appear under victims’ bodies. During the course of the game, some female characters are seen unconscious and dragged by players’ character; their underwear and portions of their buttocks are sometimes depicted. The dialogue also contains sexual material (e.g., “I b*nged your sister,” “Big man. Wanna suck my d*ck,” and “You’re looking for some dodgy Eye’s Wide Shut orgy, aren’t you?”). In one sequence, players lure targets to smoke cannabis cigarettes.

PlayStation®Plus membership includes free games and online multiplayer on PS4™ systems.* In February, PS Plus membership includes For Honor and Hitman: The Complete First Season. Visit https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwor… to learn more!

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