More freebies are coming your way, you gamers out there! The autumn season comes with a series of gifts to help you fill your longer and colder nights with online fun. If you want a turbo start, check out the bonus that can take you straight away to a whole series of online gaming facilities. Learn the ropes, memorize the rules, make the best of this seasonal offer.

Then you can move on to check out what presents Sony has prepared for its Playstation Plus community. With the new PS5 ready to descend on retail networks in November, the buzz is that big changes are underway. In the meanwhile, PS subscribers can enjoy the treat that is already available live.

The October choice has fallen on a mix of cars and vampires. Need For Speed Payback is the first game waiting for you to take advantage of the free offer. Here is the synopsis, as it stands on the Sony blog:

Survive thrilling heist missions, partake in metal-crunching car battles, perform dazzling setpieces and more in this four-wheeled action blockbuster. Set in the fictional, corrupt gambler’s paradise of Fortune Valley, choose from three different characters – each with their own unique skills – customize your rides and take on an open world’s worth of events as you seek revenge on those who wronged you”.

Need for Speed Payback is not the newest of games, as it was released on November 7, 2010. On the other hand, its open-world architecture is powerful enough to offer an adrenaline boost to racers after three years. This 23rd installment of the Need for Speed series has three playable characters. Tyler “Ty” Morgan, Sean “Mac” McAlister, and Jessica “Jess” Miller are part of a crew in Silver Rock, Fortune Valley (a fictional version of Las Vegas). Their adventures and interplay with other characters in the storyline are set in a visually gorgeous graphic environment. Critics have pointed to an excess of microtransactions in the game, very limited customizability of cars, gameplay mechanics, a lack of cockpit view.

Halloween is approaching, so the second free game available is Vampyr, byDontnod Entertainment, the developer of  Life is Strange. Here is Sony’s description:

“Embrace the darkness with this 1918-set, third-person action RPG with deep narrative choices. Play a doctor turned vampire ghosting through a London gripped by violence and fear. Use your supernatural abilities, as well as man-made tools and weapons, to fight or flee the forces of evil and vampire hunters. Save the city’s populace or feed on them to become stronger, but giving in to your bloodlust can have grave consequences…”

In a way, this now-freebie can be regarded as a “pacifist” vampire game since the player can finish it without killing innocent victims. However, some boss battles must be fought. The hero, dr. Jonathan Reid, is constantly torn between his loyalty to the Hippocratic Oath and his new vampire nature, and its consequent thirst for human blood. The visuals are a mix of fictional and factual elements, based on the developers’ research work in London, where they travelled to do field research and consult history books and documentaries. The game is set in the period of the Spanish flu.

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