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This week’s free game(s): The Nathan Drake Collection (Playstation) and Crackdown (Xbox)

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (left) is free for Playstation gamers in April 2020, while Xbox users have access to Crackdown (right).
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (left) is free for Playstation gamers in April 2020, while Xbox users have access to Crackdown (right).

Are you a gamer? Do you like free things? Of course you do!

We here at the Tech Deck are just like you: poor gamers looking for cheap entertainment. And nothing's cheaper than cost-free gaming. Each week, we'll bring you a title (or two or three) you can legally play at home without plopping down a single dollar. If you see games you think we should be featuring on the blog, email us at

A lot of us are stuck inside right now, and luckily the companies behind two of the major consoles are offering free titles to their players right now. These games are free, even if you don't subscribe to Xbox Gold or Playstation Plus. For Microsoft fans, you can get the open world action title "Crackdown" on your Xbox One. Sony players actually have access to three games with the Nathan Drake Uncharted collection. Click the links below for the game on your console of choice (or both!)

Click here for Crackdown on Xbox

Click here for the Nathan Drake Collection on Playstation

Crackdown originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2007, and while its floaty physics haven't aged well, hunting agility orbs in Pacific City is still lots of fun.

The game was created by David Jones, one of the minds behind the classic "Lemmings" games and the original Grand Theft Auto and its sequel, GTA2.

The Nathan Drake Collection compiles the original Uncharted trilogy for the PS3 and upgrades its visuals, while removing the popular multiplayer modes. Still, playing through the cinematic-like adventures of Nathan Drake is a fine way to pass your time stuck inside, as I wrote for this blog back in February 2016.

Playing the Nathan Drake games is also a great way to prep for Uncharted 4, which is currently free for PS Plus subscribers, and The Last of Us 2, the latest Naughty Dog title that was recently indefinitely postponed. The official reported reason for the delay is the coronavirus pandemic.

We hope you're staying safe and healthy indoors. Check back soon for another free title!

Kip Hill
Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.

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