The PlayStation Winter Survival Guide

Looking for ways to brighten up January without breaking the bank? Get 2020 off to a fun, affordable start on PS4 with these tips.

 
 

1. Clear your backlog

If the holidays have left you short on cash for new purchases, now is the perfect time to tackle any unfinished business in your game library.

Days Gone

If you’ve finished Deacon’s story but aren’t ready to leave the Pacific Northwest, try New Game Plus mode. You keep all the weapons and perks from the main game, but can crank up the difficulty as high as Survival II if you’ve got the nerve. Make sure you secure Gold ranking in all the challenges first if you want to stand a chance against the Horde and grab the new trophies on offer!

Death Stranding

Creator Hideo Kojima loves to hide easter eggs, cameos and cultural references in his games, and Death Stranding is no exception. Sam’s journey to re-connect civilisation is peppered with cameo appearances from familiar faces, unexpected interactions, and even a little treat if you play on your birthday. Have you found them all?
 

Control

Exploring The Oldest House and facing the malevolent Hiss was one of last year’s most intriguing experiences - and there’s more for you to see once you finish the main story. As well as a multitude of hidden areas and documents to find, the free Expeditions update is out now, offering combat-focused challenges and a new storyline within a strange new dimension.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Cal’s path to restoring the Jedi Order is fraught with danger in this acclaimed action adventure, but discovering all the hidden areas on each planet help you on your journey. Find every Force Essence to make Cal a more powerful Jedi, hidden Force Echos to fill in more of the story, and track down all the hidden crates for cosmetic items for Cal, BD-1 and upgrades to your Lightsaber.

Blood & Truth

Even if you’ve finished Blood & Truth’s storyline, your life in the criminal underworld isn’t finished. There’s New Game Plus to get stuck into, as well as lots of ways to show off your gunplay prowess: Skeet challenges let you sharpen your skills by shooting clays in various game modes, while the recently added Gun Skills add new ways to showboat while hitting targets.

Concrete Genie

If you’ve played through Concrete Genie’s heartwarming story, you can’t fail to have been charmed by the world that Ash painted - so why not jump in there yourself? PS VR owners can access two virtual reality modes that provide new ways to use Living Paint in adventures custom built for PS VR. With a PS Move motion controller in hand, you’ll feel like you’re really wielding Ash’s paintbrush.

 
 

2. Grab big discounts on PlayStation Store

If you’re hungry for a brand-new adventure to kick off 2020, the PlayStation Store January Sale offers some incredible deals. Save up to 70% until 17th January on a range of great titles.

 
 

3. Try some free-to-play titles

If the holiday season has left your piggy bank empty, that need not limit your gaming. Check out these great PS4 titles you can play without opening your wallet.

Fortnite

If you’re one of the handful of people who still haven’t tried Fortnite, now is a great time to join. The ever-evolving map is better than ever, with free updates keeping things fresh; jump in before 6th January to catch the last few days of the Winterfest and open 14 free gifts to kit out your hero

Apex Legends

Squad up and dive into the battle royale arena as one of an ever-growing roster of specialist characters, each with their own unique abilities to help you be the last player standing. An evolving map, fresh weapon drops and the ultra-competitive Ranked Mode will keep you in the fight!

Destiny 2: New Light

Defend humanity's last safe city from an alien threat and explore the solar system in Bungie's acclaimed multiplayer sci-fi shooter, now free-to-play for PS Plus members. Features the base game, the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions, and all multiplayer modes.

Dauntless

Set out into a huge free-to-play fantasy world and team up with fellow Slayers to take down Behemoths - towering monsters that will put all your combat skills to the test. Defeat them, and you can harvest their parts to craft and upgrade weapons and armour to create a unique, powerful warrior. 

Warframe

The sci-fi open world of Warframe offers fast-paced multiplayer third-person combat. Play as a powerful warrior with ninja-like abilities, protected by powerful armour known as Warframes. Upgrade and optimise your gear, then head out into a world steeped in lore where regular events bring fighters together.

World of Tanks

Break out the heavy artillery in this sprawling, tactical wargame that brings global armies together on the battlefield to wreak glorious destruction. Expect detailed maps, an array of challenges to complete each month and in-depth battle stats to track as you blast your way through January and beyond.

 
 

4. Catch up on great games you might have missed

Check out our guide to the best curios, overlooked gems and brilliant indie adventures that lit up 2019.

 
 

5. Escape to the sun...

Need some sunshine to help you through the winter months? Transport yourself to warmer climes with these colourful PS4 games.

Tropico 6

Packed with humour, charm and finely-tuned gameplay, Tropico 6 is a satirical twist on the city-builder genre. Shape your own banana republic by sending agents to raid foreign lands and make promises you can’t possibly keep in election speeches. Will you be a benevolent leader or on oppressive despot?

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Send the January blues packing with this delightful 2D side-scroller crammed with vibrant levels, clever puzzles and tonnes of bee puns. Team up with Yooka and Laylee on their adventure to thwart arch-nemesis Capital B and free members of the Royal Beetallion to help you conquer his (almost) impossible lair.

Vacation Simulator

Feel like you need an extra holiday after a busy festive season? Strap on your PS VR headset and learn the true meaning of relaxation in this hilarious follow up to Job Simulator. Explore typical vacation spots full of quirky mini-games - or just stay in your hotel room, raid the fridge and play video games. And don't forget to take those mandatory vacation selfies!

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Create your own "THIS IS SPARTA!" moment as you dive into Ubisoft’s massive open-world adventure set in sun-dappled ancient Greece. With over 30 hours of dialogue and multiple endings, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey places you in a dynamic world that reacts to your decisions. 

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Crash Bandicoot made a fur-ocious return in this colourful remake of a PS one karting classic, featuring all the original game modes, characters, tracks and power-ups. Team up with your favourite marsupial in the single-player adventure mode and save the world – or settle some friendly rivalries in multiplayer.

Kingdom Hearts III

This enchanting action-RPG puts you in the heart of a Disney adventure filled with brave princesses, living toys and megalomaniac villains. Join Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy as they explore the vivid landscapes of Toy Story, Big Hero 6, Tangled, Hercules, Monsters Inc and many more.

 
 

6. ...or escape planet Earth

Indulge in some interstellar escapism with these acclaimed PS4 sci-fi titles, because the sun always shines in outer space...

Journey to the Savage Planet

A savage planet sounds like the perfect destination for a stress-free vacation, right? Explore a colourful alien world full of weird and wonderful creatures in this co-op sci-fi adventure, as you determine if AR-Y 26 is fit for human habitation. Want to know more? Check out our in-depth guide to one of 2020’s freshest releases.

The Outer Worlds

Embark on a galaxy-spanning open-world adventure from RPG specialists Obsidian, featuring intriguing eccentric characters, dark humour and branching storylines. Explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, and decide what kind of character you will become as your choices determine how the story unfolds.

No Man’s Sky

With a procedurally generated universe containing an almost infinite number of planets to explore, you’ll never run out of new things to see, do and discover. Go solo or team up with other aspiring space explorers on your intergalactic adventure, and if you come across an undiscovered planet or species, claim them as your own and give them a name.

 
 

7. Dive into the PS Now library

Still stuck for something to play? The PS Now library is bursting with over 700 great games from the PS4, PS3 and PS2 eras. You could start a seven day free trial and jump straight in to start streaming. Here are a few of the latest titles to join the service:

Horizon Zero Dawn

Join iconic PlayStation heroine Aloy in one of the defining games of the PS4 era. Humans are no longer the dominant species, relegated to primitive hunter-gatherers, as huge mechanized creatures roam a landscape scarred with the ruins of our civilization. It’s up to you and your skills with a bow and arrow to take them down – and seek out the mysteries of this far-future world.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

This standalone adventure from the team at  Naughty Dog takes two popular characters from the fortune-seeking franchise, and thrusts them into a high-octane adventure of their own. Venture into the mountains of India with Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross to recover a priceless artefact, while fighting to keep it out of a warmonger’s hands and prevent the region from falling into chaos.

Overcooked! 2

Bring some culinary mayhem into the long January evenings with the sequel to one of the best-loved party games on PS4. Up to four players will need to work together in couch co-op challenges to create a variety of dishes in chaotic circumstances, mixing up ingredients and cooking up a storm as the kitchen shifts and evolves around you.
 

Persona 5

By day, you’re an ordinary Tokyo school student. By night, a masked vigilante wielding supernatural powers in a shadowy realm where you battle malevolent spirits to rid them from the world. It’s all in a night’s work for the Phantom Thieves, heroes of the fifth installment of the award-winning Persona series.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

The game that started the Battle Royale phenomenon thrusts you into an intense arena where you race to dominate an ever-shrinking map .Be first to the weapon drops, vehicles and tactical outposts to be in with a chance of winning the elusive ‘chicken dinner’... but 99 others will be in your way.

F1 2019

The most ambitious Formula One game in the franchise’s history puts you in the driving seat of the world’s fastest motorsport as you go up against the best of the best. Forge a career in Formula Two and work your way up to the F1 Championship, where faithfully recreated tracks, teams and drivers are waiting for you.

 
 

8. Look ahead to 2020

It’s going to be a big year for PS4 gaming, so buckle up and take a closer look at what’s coming your way, including The Last of Us Part II, Dreams, Ghost of Tsushima and more.

 
 

9. Make the most of your gaming time with Remote Play

Getting time in front of the TV isn’t always easy, especially when everyone else is hibernating throughout January. 

If you haven’t tried Remote Play, now is the perfect time: download the free app and play your games on any compatible smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac with your trusty DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller. Simple!