SALT LAKE CITY — PlayStation Plus members can look forward to two comic book-inspired action games this September.
I’ve previously gone into detail about PS Plus for the Deseret News, but Sony’s annual subscription costs $60 and is required to access cloud saves and to play online multiplayer games. As a bonus, subscribers get access to two free games a month. Access to these titles is ongoing as long as you keep up your subscription.
Polygon reports next month’s “free” PS Plus games are “Batman: Arkham Knight” and “Darksiders 3” for the PlayStation 4. While “Batman” is a few years old, “Darksiders 3” released in 2018, making it a fairly recent offering for the program.
Neither game, though, is exactly family-friendly. Both are rated M for Mature and contain violence, blood and some mature themes.
Here’s what you need to know about both games in case your child asks about them:
“Batman: Arkham Knight” is the conclusion to Rocksteady Games’ “Arkham” game series and puts players into Batman’s cowl and combat boots. After Gotham’s villains lay siege to the city and capture Barbara Gordon, Batman declares war on his enemies, who are led by the Scarecrow. Players will also face off against the Arkham Knight, who holds a special connection to Batman that wasn’t in any way embroiled in controversy back in 2015.
“Arkham Knight” was well-received by fans and critics and sits at an 87 on Metacritic. The ESRB gave the game a Mature rating for blood, language, suggestive themes and violence. Common Sense Media notes the game is appropriate for teens as young as 16, but the game features some graphic melee fighting and torture as well as regular light profanity and innuendo from various criminals.
“Darksiders 3” is the continuation of the “Darksiders” series, which was created by comic book artist Joe Madureira. The game follows Fury, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse (alongside her brothers War, Death and Strife), as she sets about ridding the world of the seven deadly sins. IGN notes the game relies on tough-as-nails hack-and-slash combat and can actually be pretty tough at times.
The ESRB rates the game M for blood, gore and violence. According to CSM, the game features violence enacted against fantasy monsters who bleed and “cry out in pain” as they’re defeated. The game also features some religious lore and iconography but doesn’t do much with either.
The game’s Metacritic score is a 64 and has been met with a more tepid critical reception thanks to the game’s technical issues and repetitive gameplay.