6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in December

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 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 free games PlayStation Plus members will be able to download starting December 1, 2015.

1. King’s Quest — Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember

Platform: PlayStation 4
Metacritic Score: 77

King’s Quest is a series of classic adventure games made by Sierra Entertainment between 1984 and 1998. They center around the royal family of Daventry, telling fantastical tales that often include characters like Little Red Riding Hood and Dracula.

After a long hiatus, the series is back, with an episodic adventure that has been met with pretty decent review scores. The setup is that King Graham, the star of most of the original games, has grown old, and has taken to telling stories of his youth to his granddaughter Gwendolyn. Each episode will have you control Gwendolyn during the current timeline, and then switch to the young King Graham during story time. If you like a good old-fashioned adventure game, this is definitely one to check out.

2. Gauntlet: Slayer Edition

Platform: PlayStation 4
Metacritic Score: 71

Gauntlet games have been around since time immemorial (1985, to be exact), but this latest one is an update on last year’s reboot. That said, the core gameplay hasn’t changed very much over the decades. It’s still a multiplayer-focused hack-and-slash game in which you and your friends pick from an assortment of unique heroes and then work together to slay monsters. If you’re looking for a fun party game anyone can pick up and play, this is a good bet.

3. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Platform: PlayStation 3
Metacritic Score: 82

Don’t come to this game expecting something like the Far Cry games you might be used to. This bizarre, neon-drenched game only takes about six hours to beat, but it offers some of the craziest off-the-wall action and dialog you’ve ever experienced in a game. Whether you’re shooting a quad-barrel shotgun or spewing cheesy one-liners straight out of an ’80s action movie, you’re going to have a good time with this overpowered hero in a lucid dream of a world.

4. SSX

Platform: PlayStation 3
Metacritic Score: 81

The original SSX brought extreme snowboarding to the gaming masses when it launched in 2000 on PS2. This 2012 reboot brings it back, by giving players a selection of the highest, most dynamic mountains in the world to grind your way down. The plot revolves around a group of extreme sports enthusiasts who want to conquer the nine most dangerous mountains in the world. The hitch is that some pretentious jerk thinks he can board down all of them before you can. The race is on, with tons of jumps, tricks, grinds, and close finishes. The game reviewed pretty well, but didn’t seem to be much of a hit. Which makes it a perfect game to get for free.

5. Freedom Wars

Platform: PS Vita
Metacritic Score: 73

Freedom Wars is almost certainly the last big AAA exclusive Vita owners are going to see before the handheld inevitably dies a slow death. The game takes place in an unpleasant future, when nearly everyone is imprisoned and forced to work to keep the prisons running.

Your particular sentence is set to last a million years, but you can chip away at it by going on missions. During these missions, you team up with other prisoners who are controlled either by the computer or by real people online. Your goal is to slay the giant monsters running rampant in the outside world.

Throw in a few role-playing game ideas like leveling up to become more powerful and crafting gear to augment your fighting style, and you’ve got a recipe for a fine game. Most reviewers were pretty lukewarm on the game, but it’s definitely worth a look for free.

6. Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken

Platform: PS Vita
Metacritic Score: 76

This side-scrolling action game doesn’t take itself too seriously. It centers around a bird-based rebellion in the land of Albatropolis. Vile penguins have taken over, and it’s up to the rest of the birds to take the land back. You play as a chicken who infiltrates the penguin base, sneaking around and shooting enemies with a wide array of weaponry. The presentation is top notch, with smooth animations and a fantastic soundtrack. Most reviewers dinged Rocketbirds for the gameplay, which feels a little stiff. Still, this is definitely one to check out if you want to dust off your Vita.

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