Games on the Cheap: January 2021

Games on the Cheap: January 2021

Xbox Game Pass, Games with Gold, PlayStation Plus, Epic Games Store, Prime Gaming and more

UPDATED: So the day after this went up Killer Queen Black was delayed. It is still promised for Game Pass at some other stage in the future, just not now. Oh well. You can read about how excited I was to play it online on Xbox below.

Also, more games announced for Game Pass added in bold.


I’m super excited to see Killer Queen Black come to Game Pass! This is a very unique “strategic team platformer” game that originally started its life in arcades. Two teams of four take each other on, with multiple ways to win that will keep you on your toes both offensively and defensively. My son and I have had so much fun playing this on PC and are looking forward to teaming up with the Versus Player crew and taking on the world online.

The Medium is another big get for Game Pass. A very spooky looking game indeed (so I’m out!). There are also days worth of Yakuza games coming, with Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 Remastered coming to the service as well.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4 is fun (although the Rambo inspired section really was out of place). Also, Maneater on PS5 is supposed to be lots of dumb fun. Don’t forget to claim Maneater on PS5 as part of your PlayStation Plus service as you wait for more PS5s to come in stock 😉

Jase was a fan of Void Bastards, which you can pick up on Amazon Games. It’s a strategy-shooter with a very distinct art style that is kind of like a first-person FTL. I’ve added a trailer of it below.

I’m assuming Jono is keen to pick up Breakdown on Games with Gold, which is an ORIGINAL XBox game.

Over on PC land, the latest Humble Choice is pretty cool, with Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey my standout of the offerings.

Keep a look out for more games to be added to Game Pass and other freebies to come to the Epic Games Store throughout the month.

Here are the GAMES ON THE CHEAP for January 2021

Xbox Games Pass

  • January 5
    • Killer Queen Black
  • January 7
    • eFootball PES 2021 Season Update
    • Injustice 2
    • The Little Acre
  • January 14
    • Neoverse (PC)
    • Torchlight III
    • What Remains of Edith Finch (PC)
    • YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (PC)
  • January 26
    • Cyber Shadow
  • January 28
    • The Medium
    • Yakuza 3 Remastered
    • Yakuza 4 Remastered
    • Yakuza 5 Remastered

Xbox Games With Gold

  • Out from the 1st
    • Little Nightmares
    • The King of Fighters XIII
  • Out from the 16th
    • Dead Rising
    • Breakdown

PlayStation Plus

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4)
  • Greedfall (PS4)
  • Maneater (PS5)

Epic Games Store

So these PC games are completely free. Worth getting an account on your phone even if you don’t have a PC to take advantage of the freebies (just play them when you do). More games will be available throughout the month, so check here.

  • Available until January 8
    • Jurassic World Evolution
  • January 8-15
    • Crying Suns

Humble Choice

  • PC Building Simulator
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
  • Pathologic 2
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane
  • Total Tank Simulator
  • Song of Horror
  • Not Tonight
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York
  • Tales of the Neon Sea
  • Minoria
  • Deleveled
  • The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines


Close to 100 free PC games! Check them out here. Honestly though, nothing jumps out.

Prime Gaming

Don’t forget about Prime Gaming (all these games are part of your Amazon subscription you probably already pay for).

  • Recently added and available to download at the time of writing:
    • Void Bastards
    • When Ski Lifts Go Wrong
    • Along the Edge
    • Alt Frequencies
    • Bridge Constructor: Playground
    • Sword Legacy Omen
    • Overcooked
    • Sheltered
    • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
    • Close to the Sun
    • Turmoil
    • Sigma Theory: Global Cold War
    • Wizard of Legend
    • HyperDot

GAMES ON THE CHEAP: Janurary 2021 and more

On our VERSUS PLAYER podcast we occasionally chat about the freebies, sales and deals for the month. This includes the games that are part of Xbox Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus. We also chat about any good Humble Bundle, Good Old Games or other deals and freebies around the net. Give us a listen here or on a whole bunch of podcast services, including iTunes.

What are your picks for the month? Are there any other good deals floating around on the net that are worthy of a mention? Got any questions for the podcast? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy gaming (and bargain hunting)!