Starting things off on PlayStation 4 is Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition. This version of the game includes all DLC released for the base game alongside a number of graphical and gameplay improvements. You'll take on the role of Death, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. (Spoilers: he's really good at killing stuff.)
If Darksiders II is a bit too grimdark for you, you can head down a somewhat lighter path with Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends. This fighting game set in the Kung Fu Panda universe lets you play as Po (or fight against him!) in up to four-player battles to see which kung fu master has the best fighting chops.
Dip into the world of adventure with the Syberia collection for PlayStation 3. Lawyer Kate Walker travels to Europe and Russia while she works on closing a sale for her law firm, but this seemingly simple task won't be as easy in the long run. You'll work your way through a delightful mystery as you try to get the job done and meet some interesting folks along the way. This bundle includes both Syberia and Syberia 2.
If you're looking for a bit more of a literary experience, then Xblade: Lost Memories for the PlayStation 3 might be right up your alley. This visual novel is set in the BlazBlue universe. In a stunning innovation for anime-esque games, you'll play as a pink-haired girl who's searching for her sister. Find Memory Fragments to learn more about your quest and uncover the identity of the person who will lead you to your family!
In Forma.8 for the PlayStation Vita (featuring Cross Buy for the PlayStation 4), you'll take control of a small exploration probe on the surface of an alien planet. This Metroidvania game has you on a quest for an ancient energy source, and unfortunately you're all by your lonesome self as your expedition companions are nowhere to be found. Enjoy all the trappings of a Metroidvania game, including power-ups, multiple areas to explore, and creepy alien boss monsters as you try to complete your mission!
Wanted Corp for the PlayStation 3 gives you the chance to play as bountry hunters in some fantastic top-down action. You can play solo or bring a friend along for the ride in local or online co-op as the bounty hunters Neal H. Maddogg and Irina Zimoy track down the bad guys of the galaxy.
Those are the core games being offered in the PlayStation Plus December 2017 games, but that's not all! Carrying through from last month, Plus members will be getting the bonus game Until Dawn: Rush of Blood for the PlayStation VR. Have a peek at the trailer for the game:
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood will be available as part of the PlayStation Plus December 2017 lineup and for a bit longer past that - you'll have until January 2, 2018 to claim your copy if you haven't already. This survival horror arcade shooter is full of spooks and scares, because nothing says "the holidays" like scaring the pants off of yourself in a darkened room while playing through a horrifying, nightmarish carnival. If you're curious about the game, you can check out our review of it!
MMOs might be more up your alley, and Monster Hunter fans have something to look forward to this month with the upcoming release of Monster Hunter: World.
PlayStation Plus members will be able to take part in the beta for Monster Hunter: World from December 9 until December 12, 2017. You'll hop into the Ancient Forest to hunt a Great Jagras and an Anjanath, and then you can pop over to the Wildspire Waste to track down a Barroth. These will be your main quarry during the beta, but there will be plenty of other dangerous creatures about looking to turn you into their next meal.
Lastly, MOBA players will be getting something special for Hi-Rez Studio's SMITE:
The final perk for December 2017 is the chance to get the SMITE PlayStation Plus Pack for free. The bundle includes 31 skins, 20 Gods & Voice Packs, and the Khepri Announcer Pack. The bundle will be available from December 12, 2017, until January 9, 2018.
That's it for the PlayStation Plus December 2017 games and goodies! If you don't already have a PlayStation Plus membership, you can sign up for a 14-day free trial over at the service's website. Otherwise, it will run you $10.95 a month or your regional equivalent.
What do you think of this month's lineup of free games? What would you have preferred to see offered instead of one of these titles? Let us know in the comments below!