6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in May 2016

One of the benefits of being a PlayStation Plus member is that you get free games every month. The service costs $50 per year, but the games you’ll get are worth far more than that, even if you’re only interested playing a fraction of them.

Each month Sony gives out two games each for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. Often these games support Cross-Buy, which means you might get three or four games for any given console (though not this month, unfortunately).

Better yet, you can redeem the free games on your account even if you don’t own one of the systems yet. Then if you buy the system in the future, those games will be in your account, ready for you to download and play. Read on for info on the games PlayStation Plus members will be able to download for free starting May 3, 2016.

1. Tropico 5

Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $60
Metacritic score: 76

In this tropical sim game, you play as a dictator who controls a vibrant tropical island. That means you use things like plantations and mines to generate the revenue you’ll need to expand your city and defend against invading forces. Think of it as SimCity meets Far Cry. If you’ve never played a Tropico game before, don’t worry; by all accounts Tropico 5 is a great entry point for newbies, thanks to its robust tutorial and gradual difficulty progression.

2. Table Top Racing: World Tour

Platform: PlayStation 4

Table Top Racing is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a racing game about toy cars that drive along tracks based in the real world. But because the cars are small, little obstacles loom large. You’ll have to dodge sushi rolls on one track and corner around a jar of peanut butter in another. Better yet, the developer has incorporated combat into the game, so you can launch missiles at your opponents while you squeal into a skid to avoid falling to the kitchen floor.

3. Bionic Commando Rearmed 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $10
Metacritic score: 63

The original Bionic Commando Rearmed was a fantastic remake of the NES classic. This sequel strives to capture that same magic once more, but ultimately fails. The unique thing about this series of action platformers is that you can’t jump. Instead, you have a go-go-gadget arm that can extend like a grappling hook, letting you swing across gaps. Unfortunately, the developer decided to add jumping to this sequel. It’s one of several baffling decisions that makes this game less special than its predecessor. At least it’s free.

4. LocoRoco Cocoreccho!

Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $7
Metacritic score: 72

Whatever other qualities this game may have, its title is a joy to say aloud. Now that that’s out of the way, this is a game that puts you in control of a butterfly whose job is to maneuver globulous creatures to the exit. Along the way you’ll take advantage of gears, levers, wind, and a whole bunch of much weirder things to move the critters along. Watch the video to see if you want to download this unusual game for free in May.

5. God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Platform: PS Vita
Original price: $15
Metacritic score: 86

This game, which originally launched on the PSP in 2010, is one of the better handheld games Sony has produced. If you’ve played any of the other God of War games, you’ll know what to expect: tons of brutal, fast-paced combat against mythological creatures. It takes place between the first two main installments of the series and tells the story of Kratos trying to save a sickly woman who appears to him in visions. Along the way, he winds up confronting his past. All Vita owners should download this one.

6. Switch Galaxy Ultra

Platform: PS Vita and PlayStation 4
Original price: $12
Metacritic score: 79

Not all games have to swing for the fences. Switch Galaxy Ultra is a modest but stylish title that offers arcade-style gameplay and nothing more. Your job is to control a ship as it barrels down a set of futuristic tracks. You’ll dodge obstacles and pick up credits that you can spend between levels to upgrade your ship. That’s about it. Grab this one and play it whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

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