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Worms Rumble, Just Cause 4, and Rocket Arena are December's PlayStation Plus games


December’s in sniffing distance, and a new month means a new batch of games for PlayStation Plus subscribers, which this time include Worms Rumble, Just Cause 4, and Rocket Arena.

Worms Rumble is the newest game on that list – so new, in fact, that it’s not even out yet – and sees developer Team17 taking the classic turn-based Worms formula, and attempting to spin it into a fully 3D, real-time arena-based multiplayer game. Whether its radical rethink will appeal to Worms fans remains to be seen, but its inclusion as a PlayStation Plus title should help get at least a few bums on seats and curious sorts into the matchmaking pool.

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Worms Rumble announcement trailer.

The same might be said for Rocket Arena, EA’s colourful competitive multiplayer shooter, which launched at a premium price in July to little fanfare and has barely been heard of since. Amazon Prime and EA Play subscribers have already received this as a freebie, but EA continues its attempts to rouse the interest of the masses by shoving it onto PlayStation Plus in December, presumably in the hope of giving the game – which has a 30-day player average of just 22.4 on Steam according to Steam Charts – a much-needed shot in the arm.

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Rocket Arena official launch trailer.

Last up, then, is Just Cause 4, the most recent instalment in developer Avalanche Studios’ ludicrously over-the-top open-world spies-and-stunts adventure series. This time, we’re off to the fictional South American country of Solis – replete with rainforest, grassland, desert, and alpine biomes – for the usual capering, albeit it now with a sideline in extreme weather, including blizzards, sandstorms, and tornadoes.

“This is a game for people who don’t think double-A is an insult,” said Eurogamer’s Christian Donlan in his Recommended review of Just Cause 4 back in 2018, “The tech is ingenious and some of the emergent stuff the game can pull off in the heat of the moment are spectacularly hilarious, but this is still, in its heart, a proud direct-to-video offering. In these glossy, ponderous, shared-universe times, I mean that as the very highest compliment.”

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Just Cause 4 launch trailer.

All three games will be available from next Tuesday, 1st December, until 4th January next year. And in other PlayStation Plus news, non-subscribers will have the opportunity take their online-enabled games for a spin as part of Sony’s Online Multiplayer Weekend, which runs from midnight (local time) on 19th December until 11:59pm (local time) the next day.





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