PlayStation Plus subscribers are in for a couple of free goodies for the month of April, each pitting your survivability skills to the test in hostile worlds out for your blood. On April 2, endure unending brutality in ancient times through Conan Exiles, as you start with nothing but your bare hands, craft materials and weapons, and fight for your life in an unforgiving, dangerous land. The Surge, on the other hand, will leave you fending for yourself in a dystopian future terrorized by haywire machinery.
These will switch in with March’s pair of free PlayStation Plus games, being Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the remastered version of a first-person shooter classic, and the acclaimed puzzle title The Witness.
This will mark the second month since Sony made a drastic change to this PS+ feature and pulled PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita support from the free game rotation, and their absence shows. Sony has confirmed last year that they would only feature PlayStation 4 games on this service from this point forward, but while an argument can be made for quality over quantity, gutting the number of free games from the usual six down to two does diminish the overall value of the subscription service. Meanwhile at Microsoft, the Games with Gold program continues on with the usual four free games per month, so here’s to hoping Sony steps up their game.
That aside, are you considering picking up Conan Exiles and The Surge? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
Much like the Xbox Games With Gold program, PlayStation offers free games to its PlayStation Plus members every month. Starting March 5th, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and The Witness will be available for subscribers to download. Both of these games are fantastic in their own right and deserve a look if you’re interested.
Of particular note with this iteration of the lineup is that PlayStation Plus will stop offering PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita games from here on. The current PlayStation Plus games for PlayStation 4 are available for download until March 4th, while the games for PlayStation 3 and Vita are available until March 8th. Any PlayStation 3 and Vita games downloaded prior to this date through the service will still remain available to you, as long as you maintain an active subscription.
As August comes to a close, PlayStation Plus members can look forward to some great new titles to play through in September. This month we saw Mafia III and Dead by Daylight become available to PS Plus subscribers, and now Sony has announced what goodies are on the table for next month.
In September, members will be able to play Destiny 2, God of War III Remastered, Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition, QUBE Director’s Cut, Sparkle 2, and Foul Play. All of these titles will be available on PS Plus starting on September 4th. So if any of these titles interest you, make sure to have your subscriptions renewed soon!
Sony had a chance to give Black Ops fans another incentive to preorder the upcoming fourth game. Some of the maps from the first two games are coming to Black Ops 4, and Sony also announced that people who preorder the game can also have these maps on Black Ops III.
Don’t have Black Ops III? No worries. That game is available for free tonight to all PlayStation Plus members. So go download it now!
With another month comes another collection of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers, and April’s big ticket items on PlayStation 4 might appeal to those seeking high octane thrills. Mad Max sees players take on the role of the legendary Max Rockatansky, surviving in the post-apocalyptic Wasteland as he seeks to build the ultimate vehicle of mayhem and destruction called “The Magnum Opus.” The game, released in 2015 following the critically acclaimed Fury Road film, features extensive vehicular combat and customization.
Off a similar tangent comes the other free game in the form of Trackmania Turbo, where you can race for the best time off impossibly designed tracks or build your own. See the two in action in the video above!
Other games to choose from this month include PlayStation 3 titles In Space we Brawl—complete with PS4 cross-buy—and Toy Home. PS Vita owners, on the other hand, can help themselves to 99 Vidas and Q*Bert Rebooted, either on the handheld or on cross-buy with PS3 and PS4. Be warned, however, as PS3 and PS Vita offerings will be discontinued from the PS Plus program in March next year, so add these to your PlayStation account while you still can!
If you have an existing Twitch Prime subscription, you’re about to receive some extra perks! Starting on March 15th, Twitch users with an active Prime subscription will be able to access “Free Games With Prime,” a new feature on Twitch that seeks to compete with services such as Games With Gold on Xbox and the Instant Game Collection on PlayStation Plus.
As of today, March 15th, Twitch Prime members will have access to Superhot, Oxenfree, Mr. Shifty, Shadow Tactics, and Tales From Candlekeep, and on April 1st through to April 30th, you’ll be able to download Tales From the Borderlands, Steamworld Dig 2, Kingsway, Tokyo 42, and Dubwars. As part of Twitch’s Indie Amplifier Program, eight of these titles will be available for free on Twitch for the foreseeable future.
While giving away games is nothing new to Twitch—you can currently download Devil May Cry on Twitch for free until April 4th—this is the first official program of theirs to give away games on a regular basis, and it also happens to be the first service to do so across PC platforms.
As with its competitors, there’s a catch. You’ll be able to play and keep the games forever, just like Games With Gold, but the games can only be accessed through Twitch’s own marketplace platform, which requires you to install the Twitch desktop app.
What do you think about Twitch’s new free games program? Is the selection up to snuff to compete with it’s console counterparts? Hit the comments to let us know what you think!
One of the downsides to the launch of a new console generation is that support for older consoles begins to get phased out. This process may ultimately take a while to fully play out, but it will inevitably happen. Now, almost four and a half years after the premiere of the PlayStation 4, Sony has decided to take another step in this direction by making a major change to its PlayStation Plus program starting next year.
A notable benefit of the PlayStation Plus program is that members get access to six free games every month, which can be played indefinitely, provided that you retain your membership. These offerings are spread across the three most recent Sony platforms, with two games available exclusively for the PlayStation 4, two available for PlayStation 3, and two for PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation 3 and Vita titles are often cross-buy, allowing owners to play them on PlayStation 4 as well.
As of March 8th, 2019, the PlayStation Plus program is eliminating the PlayStation 3 and Vita offerings, reducing the total of free games per month down to the two PlayStation 4 titles. This reduction will not affect any titles you’ve previously downloaded through the program, nor will it affect anything you might download between now and the implementation of this change. Offering an explanation for the new policy, Sony stated:
“Many of our fans are playing on the PS4 platform, with the increasingly vast number of PS4s in homes around the world. We’ll continue to prioritize the benefits you receive through your PS Plus membership, such as online multiplayer, online game save storage, PS4 monthly games, and exclusive PS Store discounts across content and network services.” — Sony
Though this change is sure to be met with some disapproval, there is something to be said about Sony giving us a year’s notice instead on just springing it on everyone last minute. As such, there’s always another year of free games to take advantage of on all platforms, like this month’s lineup, which consists of:
Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
Legend of Kay Anniversary (PS3)
Mighty No. 9 (PS3 and PS4)
Claire: Extended Cut (Vita and PS4)
Bombing Busters (Vita and PS4)
What do you think about Sony’s decision to reduce their free game offering? There’s certainly something to be said about dropping support for older consoles with which I’ll agree. But Sony is also eliminating some of the perks of membership without offering anything new in return, decreasing the value of the membership while presumably maintaining the current price point, which is a sure-fire way to upset your consumer base.
Attention PlayStation Plus subscribers! Your new free games for February are here, and featured among this month’s lineup is Tequila Works’ RiME, an adventurous indie puzzle game with gorgeous visuals released just last summer on the PlayStation 4. In it you play the role of a young boy, washed ashore on a mysterious uninhabited island with environmental puzzles to solve across five wide-spanning areas, themed after the five stages of grief.
One of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s own offerings is also free this month, being none other than SIE Japan Studio’s Knack. The 2013 beat-em-up for the PS4 pits the titular Knack and his unique size-shifting abilities against the resurgent Goblin Army, who threaten to overthrow mankind. A sequel was released in September of last year.
In addition, PlayStation 3 owners can pick up Spelunky HD and Mugen Souls Z for their systems, and PlayStation Vita players now have access to Exiles End and Grand Kingdom, the latter of which is also available for PS4. All PlayStation Plus members with PS VR headsets can also download Starbound Arena for free until March 6th.
PlayStation Plus members will be getting a fresh batch of free games in January 2017, as recently posted about by the PlayStation Blog. Among the titles to be made available are war survival game This War of Mine: The Little Ones (PlayStation 4) and the remastered version of the 1993 classic Day of the Tentacle (cross-buy on PlayStation Vita).
Other titles to be made available are Blazerush (PlayStation 3), The Swindle (cross-buy on PS Vita and PS4), Azkend 2 (PlayStation Vita), and Titan Souls (cross-buy on PS4). There was no specific date announced for exactly when the games will come online on the PlayStation Store for download, but they are likely to go live on the 1st of January (this Sunday).
Which of the above titles are you looking forward to playing? Let us know below!
It’s almost the beginning of the month, which means another round of free PlayStation Plus Games. This month, players will be able to experience Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and The Deadly Tower of Monsters on their PS4 Systems, Dirt 3 and Costume Quest 2 for PS3, and Letter Quest Remastered and Pumped BMX+ on PlayStation Vita. Personally, I’ve been meaning to play through Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture for some time now. Do any of these games catch your eye? Let us know in the comments below!
We are currently in the throes of September this week, with only a mere two days left until the Autumnal month of October rears its leaf-ridden head. Much like every month of the year, the beginning of October means there is a brand new list of free games for PlayStation Plus members to get their hands on. Considering the limited selection of recent months, October may prove to be the most exciting month we have seen in a while.
Transformers: Devastation and the Resident Evil HD remake will be available on PlayStation 4. Eric Chahi’s From Dust and Techland’s Mad Riders line out the PlayStation 3 offerings. Finally, two visual novels, Actual Sunlight and Code Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~, will be available for Vita owners.
You can check out September’s games here, which are still available for a limited time.
Is there anything on the list that excites you? Are there any games still available you think members should download before they are gone? Let us know in the comments below!
PlayStation Plus gives its members free games every month on various Sony systems, and September will be no different—at least, not in that regard, as the service is getting a $10 price hike later this month. If that’s not driven you off, however, you’re in for some real treats, including the critically lauded Journey for both PlayStation 3 and 4. Other than that, there’s also Lords of the Fallen for PS4, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and spooky platformer Datura for PS3, and Amnesia: Memories for Vita. Puzzle game Badland will also be available for all three platforms.
As always, Sony released a trailer showing off some of this month’s games, and you can check that out above! Will you be grabbing any of these titles for yourself?
With PlayStation Plus, Sony’s customers can play online, enjoy discounts on popular games, receive free games, and more. Unfortunately, this service is about to get slightly pricier. In an update to last month’s PlayStation Plus free games list, Sony has announced that they’re raising the yearly price from $49.99 to $59.99. Additionally, the price of the three month option is increasing from $17.99 to $24.99. A single month’s subscription will continue to cost $9.99 in the US, but it’s increasing to $11.99 CAD in Canada. These new prices will go into effect on September 22nd.
Last year saw the release of many fantastic RPGs, most notably The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4. These games stand as two of the most successful open world RPGs of all time, and for good reason, too. With their incredibly realized worlds and top-notch gameplay, they will most likely be remembered for years to come. However, in a year filled to the brim with RPG goodness, one game skated by without so much as a second look from most gamers. Despite being very unique and perhaps even more ambitious than the two previously mentioned games, Yakuza 5 did not receive the same fanfare.
Now, that is not to say Yakuza 5 is better than the other two games mentioned. All three are veritable masterpieces of the genre. Yet, when I look back on last year, I remember my time with Yakuza 5 much more fondly than other games. In fact, I would go so far as to name it my own personal game of the year. Unfortunately, the game went under quite a few radars despite receiving high praise, most likely because it was released on the PlayStation 3 instead of the now reigning PlayStation 4. Moreso, while The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 can still be claimed as some of the most popular games to purchase right now, Yakuza 5 saw sales charts only once as the fifth most downloaded PlayStation 3 game on PSN in the month of December, forever falling into obscurity afterwards.
This August marks a special occasion for the game, however. Yakuza 5 is currently free to play for all PlayStation Plus members. As you might expect, I highly encourage you all to go and download it right now if you can. However, I imagine those of you reading need a little more than just my word to check this game out, so I would like to share a few of my thoughts on this awesome game.
Yakuza 5 continues the chronicles of Kazuma Kiryu, the ex-fourth chairman of the Dojima Family, a sect of the fictitious Yakuza group known as the Tojo Clan. The overarching story follows the Tojo clan as it seeks out alliances with other Yakuza clans across Japan, an effort that the five main characters slowly find themselves drawn into for different reasons. Each character’s chapter plays out as if it were its own separate story, with lots of little things that connect them; anything from an unsolved murder to a common love for baseball will bring these characters together. Despite the simplicity of the story, how each chapter weaves into the final moments of the game is nothing short of masterful and mesmerizing.
Even with these intricacies, new players to the series do not need to worry. Perhaps one of the most endearing qualities of Yakuza 5 is that it does not require you to have any prior experience with the series. Of the five playable characters in the game, some with decades of back story, every single one of them feels like a fresh experience. The game even begins with Kiryu living incognito as a cab driver for no immediately apparent reason, and players are still given enough context that most, if not all story beats are easy to pick up on.
What’s more, even if the story does not interest you, the world it is based in most likely will. The game is massive, featuring at least one hub world for each character to explore. Within each hub, players can do a variety of things, including putting on their best foodie impression to learn new abilities by eating food, or even take a stroll to a fully-functioning Sega arcade. No joke! If you want to play Virtua Fighter and then collect a few plush toys in a UFO Catcher, Yakuza 5 has you covered.
The previously mentioned five characters each have their own big, personal side quest for players to take part in. Kiryu can go racing in his cab in order to get revenge on some mean-spirited highway thugs, while players using Taiga Saejima can travel to the mountains of Japan and hunt legendary bears in possibly the most JRPG of hunting simulators ever conceived. You can even become Japan’s next big idol by participating in rhythm-based minigames and dance battles as Haruka Sawamura. This game pretty much has it all.
As far as the play style, Yakuza 5 is a brutally violent, wacky, and over-the-top open world brawler with an emphasis on leveling up and learning new abilities. The core mechanics behind the game are near-perfect in execution; the controls are intuitive, yet they make you feel powerful with each weighty punch. Leveling up is worthwhile in all regards as each level often comes with enough skill points to learn a new finisher, which are what make combat not only fun to play, but also fun to watch too.
As great as the combat and progression is, it is often the context of each situation that makes Yakuza truly fantastic. At one moment, you may be ripping someone’s teeth out with a pair of pliers or dragging their face through the concrete; the next, you may be blogging on your early-2000’s flip phone about some guy whom you just saw perform an array of dazzling tricks on a moped while delivering pizza. That pizza delivery guy also taught you how to suplex someone for some reason. Each moment is memorable, making your adventure through Yakuza well worth your time.
With this, it brings us back to how Yakuza 5 is (basically) free right now. Even if the game were not free, like for those who do not have PlayStation Plus, I would still recommend checking out this game. At just $39.99, it is absolutely worth the price of admission. Be it a solid combat system, an awesomely huge world, or just all the crazy happenings, there is something in Yakuza 5 for just about everyone.
Will you be downloading Yakuza 5? If you already have, what is your favorite part of the game? Let us know in the comments below!
We’re just about ready to enter the month of August, and as always that means we’re about to get a new round of games unlocked for Sony fans via the PlayStation Plus program. This time around looks to have some simpler releases on PlayStation 4, as owners of that platform will be receiving Tricky Towers—a Tetris-esque game where the goal is to build up your tower of blocks as much as possible—and space combat RPG Rebel Galaxy. PlayStation 3 is arguably getting the highlight game of the month, as they’ll be able to delve into the underworld of Japanese culture with Yakuza 5, alongside a rhythm-based shooter, Retro/Grade. Vita owners will be able to grab Patapon 3, and all three consoles will gain access to Ultratron.
What do you think of these offerings? Will you be picking any of them up once August rolls around? Let us know in the comments!
Highly-anticipated indie game No Man’s Skysuffered a delay back in May, but development has wrapped up and it’s on track to launch early next month on August 9th. Although the game is technically an online multiplayer experience, the in-game universe that you’ll be exploring is so vast that you may never meet another player. As such, Sony and developer Hello Games consider it to be essentially a single-player experience.
Reflecting this, Sony has revealed to Game Informer that PlayStation 4 players won’t need PlayStation Plus to play No Man’s Sky online. You’ll need an internet connection if you want your discoveries to register in the universal atlas, but there won’t be any extra charges.
Earlier this week, Sony held an Investors meeting, discussing the current numbers as well as future plans and financial targets. Sony announced that they sold 40 million PlayStation 4 units, maintaining “the fastest penetration in PlayStation history.” Additionally, Sony revealed that PlayStation Plus has reached 20.8 million subscribers. Sony also detailed their plans for the future, stating that PlayStation Vue, PlayStation VR, and their partnership with Kojima Productions are each an “investment for the future.” Sony hopes that the PlayStation VR will expand into other forms of entertainment such as sports and concerts.
Sony has unveiled the new lineup of games that will be available for free with their PlayStation Plus service in July. On PlayStation 4, subscribers can get Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Furi for free, plus Fat Princess and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood on PlayStation 3. Additionally, PlayStation Vita owners can get Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines and Prince of Persia: Revelation, the latter of which is a PSP Classic title.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell released as a standalone expansion for Saints Row IV, meaning the games share an engine but the DLC can be played without owning the main game. It released in 2015 and has a 66% on Metacritic, a website that accumulates the all of a game’s review scores. Furi is a twin-stick sword fighting and shooting game that has the player participate in a continuous stream of boss fights.
Call of Juarez is a first-person shooter set in the wild west, while Fat Princess is a real-time strategy game where players must rescue their princess that gets increasingly overweight as the enemy team feeds her magical cake. Call of Juarez has a 75% on Metacritic, while Fat Princess has a 79%.
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is a Japanese role-playing game that launched on in 2014 on PlayStation Vita, and it currently has a 78% on Metacritic. Prince of Persia: Revelation is a PSP port of a mobile game that is available on the Vita’s PlayStation Store, which is a recent trend with PlayStation Plus Games. God of War: Chains of Olympus in June and God of War: Ghost of Sparta in May are both PSP titles given out for free through PlayStation Plus, and have seemingly replaced the traditional offering of two native Vita games.
All of these games will be available on July 5th for PlayStation Plus subscribers, meaning that last month’s lineup will also return to regular pricing on this date.
Sony has just revealed the lineup of free games that will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers on all three of their platforms. PS4 owners will be able to download NBA 2K16 and Gone Home: Console Edition for free, PS3 owners can grab Echochrome and Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12), and PS Vita owners will get access to God of War: Chains of Olympus and Little Deviants. All of these games will be available for free for PlayStation Plus members in June, so be sure to download them if you’re interested!
The PlayStation Plus lineup for May 2016 has been revealed, which includes six games across Sony’s three platforms. Tropico 5, Table Top Racing: World Tour, and Switch Galaxy Ultra will all be available on PlayStation 4, while PlayStation 3 owners will get Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 and LocoRoco Cocoreccho! Additionally, Switch Galaxy Ultra is free on PlayStation Vita through cross-buy, and the handheld is also getting God of War: Ghost of Sparta. All of these titles will be downloadable for free as of May 3rd, meaning April’s games will return to full price at the same time.