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24 Feb 2021

PS Plus February 2021: Are Control And Concrete Genie Good? Are They Worth Downloading?

The new PS Plus February 2021 free PS4 and PS5 games have been revealed by Sony PlayStation.

For those who missed the news, Sony now give PlayStation Plus subscribers more reasons to renew your sub, with two PS4 titles and one PS5 title available to download every month.

In January this included action-adventure Shadow of the Tomb Raider and action RPG Greedfall on PS4 as well as the PS5 version of Maneater.

For some time we've known that the new PS5 exclusive Destruction AllStars was coming for free in February, but what else is coming? Well, Sony's today unveiled that Control: Ultimate Edition and Concrete Genie are coming for free in Feb.

Keen to know more about each game? No problem we've got you sorted with a quick rundown with more info about each just below, but keep reading as we've also got more insight with a quick overview of the games Metacritic review scores.

First, here's a look at each game courtesy of the PlayStation Access team.

Control: Ultimate Edition (PS4 & PS5)

Master supernatural abilities and wield a shape-shifting sidearm in this third-person action-adventure from Remedy Entertainment (Max Payne, Alan Wake). Take on the role of Jesse Faden, Director of the Federal Bureau of Control, whose New York headquarters are breached by an ominous enemy. Despite outward appearances, the skyscraper’s interior is vast and ever-shifting. You’ll need to explore – and weaponize – this unpredictable environment to clean house and repel the invaders.

The Ultimate Edition includes the base game as well as The Foundation and AWE expansions.

Concrete Genie (PS4)

Pick up a magic paintbrush and return the polluted town of Denska to its former bright and bustling seaside self in this touching and multi-award winning action-adventure. Cleanse streets and alleyways, then use your Living Paint to create mischievous Genies whose magical powers will aid you in overcoming puzzles and seeing off bullies who pursue you. The game also includes two additional modes built especially for PS VR to let you further unleash your creativity.

Destruction AllStars (PS5 Only)

Entertain the crowds by bringing controlled chaos to the vehicular combat arena of this metal-crunching multiplayer game*. Pick one of 16 superstar competitors, then leap into four game modes, using timing, tactics and skills to cause carnage behind the wheel or create havoc with your parkour skills. Perfect your character’s abilities – including a hero vehicle unique to them –  to give you the edge in free-for-all battles or team challenges and become Global Destruction Federation Champion. The game also supports PS5’s Game Help feature**, giving you hints and tips to become the ultimate destructive machine without the need to leave the game.  

All three games are available to download on Tuesday February 2, until Monday, March 1.

PS Plus February 2021 - Are The Games Good?

We'd always recommend you add PS Plus games to your account. Why wouldn't you when you're already a subscriber.

But if you're wondering if you should download the games and start playing, well that's another question entirely. Not least with hard drive space at a premium with constantly increasing game sizes.

So to help you decide if you should give the games a try, here's a recap of the Metacritic scores for the February PS Plus titles, with some choice comments from the leading reviews across the industry.

Control

Metacritic rating - 82/100

Metro Games Central"The flawed storytelling squanders its full potential but even with a few missteps this is still one of the most enjoyable action games of the year."

VGC

"All this enthusing notwithstanding, we're not sure Control is Remedy's finest action game – that accolade probably still goes to Max Payne - but it is perhaps Remedy's best-written and staged game."

IGN

"Control is set in an engrossingly weird paranormal world that I couldn’t help but explore. Jesse’s versatile psychic skills and main weapon make for thrilling ranged combat. And thanks to a strong supporting cast, a well-written script, and plenty of intriguing breadcrumb trails, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my adventure through the shifting rooms of Oldest House. Jesse’s personal story feels like an afterthought next to that, but there’s enough to Control’s world that I remain invested in uncovering every secret, even though the story’s over."

Concrete Genie

Metacritic rating - 75/100

Daily Star

"Pixleopus has made a triumphant return with Concrete Genie; from your very first brush stroke you’ll be so swept away by the colour and narrative that by the time it’s over, you’ll want to jump right back in again to paint the town red, and blue… and green."

GamesRadar+

"Concrete Genie takes you on a uniquely heartwarming journey teeming with creativity and charm that will capture your imagination."

GAMINGbible

"The whole game offers up an innocent thrill with the kind of naive charm you get from a well-crafted kids movie, like The Goonies. The characters all have a delightful appeal, the world of Denska is enchanting, and the story is well delivered. It is on the short side, and doesn't feel like a challenge even when the story suggests you're in a difficult moment, but it's definitely worth replaying again and again. In short, Concrete Genie is a beautiful game all about emotions and doing what's right, and it's truly very special."

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