6 Free Video Games for PlayStation Plus Members in August

One of the great benefits of being a PlayStation Plus member is that you get “free” games every month. The service costs around $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. Oftentimes these games support “Cross-Buy,” which means you might get three or four games for any given console.

Better yet, you can redeem the free games on your account even if you don’t own a system 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 free games PlayStation Plus members will be able to download starting August 4, 2015.

1. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

This multiplayer-focused title has very little to do with the recently rebooted Tomb Raider series. Instead, it’s a sequel to the excellent 2010 game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. The basic idea was that you (and a buddy, if you had one handy) explore exotic locales, slaying beasts, and navigating environmental puzzles and traps on your way to finding treasure.

This time around, four players can join in the fun, doing many of the same things, only in Egypt. But it’s not all flowers, hearts, and cooperation. Like the recent Mario games for Wii U, multiple players can work together in the game, but they can also compete to see who can collect the most goodies. Check this game out if you like helping your friends right up to the point where you throw them under the bus.

2. Limbo

Limbo is a dark, creepy side-scrolling platformer game that’s built of the stuff of nightmares. You play as an unnamed boy wandering through a seriously demented world that’s full of things like giant spiders and burrowing brain worms.

There’s little joy to be found in the game world, but it still manages to be a fantastic game you won’t soon forget. This is a must-play if you haven’t experienced it on another system before.

3. Sound Shapes

  • Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita
  • Original price: $14.99
  • Metacritic Score: 84

This artistic platformer is all about creating a beat as you move through the levels. The game’s music and movement are intertwined, so you affect the music as you play, and the enemies move to sound of the various instruments.

The graphics are nice and stylized, too, with colors that pop and cartoonish characters that belt out the lyrics of the songs. The game even comes with a level editor that lets you piece together levels of your own creation. And since users can upload their levels for you to play, you won’t run out of content anytime soon.

4. Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones

  • Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita
  • Original price: $14.99
  • Metacritic Score: 74

Sneaking through shadowy environments patrolled by eagle-eyed enemies never seems to lose its appeal to gamers. Stealth Inc. 2 puts you in the shoes of an adorable clone who has to escape from a series of carefully-designed test chambers that are rigged to end your life the moment you’re detected.

So you’ll have to stick to the shadows, avoiding attack dogs, patrol robots, and spotlights as you hack into terminals to open the doors on your way to the exit. Fans of stealth games will want to check this one out.

5. God of War: Ascension

If you’ve missed out on a God of War game, chances are it’s this one. Most gamers are fully aware of the three main installments, but this prequel came out in 2013, three years after the big third installment arrived on the scene.

Ascension begins with Kratos in chains. His wife and child have been killed, but he hasn’t yet become the rage-fueled maniac we all know from the rest of the series. He’s a little more vulnerable and a little more human. But don’t worry, he still gets to bring tidal waves of pain to Greek gods and armies of mythological creatures. The developers also used this installment to introduce an all-new multiplayer mode, so let’s hope the servers will be populated once the game goes free to PS Plus members.

6. CastleStorm

  • Platform: PlayStation 3 and PS Vita
  • Original price: $9.99
  • Metacritic Score: 79

In this game of medieval combat, enemy forces are encroaching on your castle, and it’s up to you to fend them off. You do that by using three separate forces. The first is a ballista you can load up with morning stars, grenades, and even sheep. Next, you have ground troops like knights and donkey riders you can send out to protect your valuable chunk of real estate. And lastly, you have magic spells you can cast to rain down supernatural punishment on those who would do you harm.

The game is a somewhat goofy take on the castle defense genre, and it’s kid-friendly enough that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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