6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members This February

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. 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 February 2, 2016.

1. Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita
Metacritic score: 81

Helldivers is an intergalactic shooter in which you command a squad of four futuristic fighters as they blast through waves of aliens. It’s an ultra challenging game, but it’s also incredibly fun and rewarding, especially if you play it co-op with friends.

The graphics are great, offering a top-down view of the action that lets you strategize exactly which insectoid baddies you want to riddle with bullets first. Perhaps best of all, this version comes with all of the expansions that have been released since the game launched a year ago. Not a bad deal.

2. Nom Nom Galaxy

Platforms: PlayStation 4
Metacritic score: 70

If you want a game that packs in everything and the kitchen sink, this is it. Nom Nom Galaxy mixes platforming with base building, resource management, and tower defense to create a colorful, engaging game about… making soup. That’s right, you’ve crash landed on an alien planet that’s full of the stuff soup is made of. Obviously you have no choice but to build soup factories and try to amass a fortune. Yum.

3. GRID Autosport

Platform: PlayStation 3
Metacritic score: 75

If it’s a realistic motorsport game you’re after, look no further than GRID Autosport. This game offers nearly 100 cars, 22 tracks, and a handful of modes to keep you burning rubber for hours upon hours. With its focus on custom-built race cars and real-life locations, it’s made for people who are into the sport of racing more than fans of arcade racing games. But if realistic tires-on-tracks gameplay sounds good to you, be sure to check this one out.

4. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Platform: PlayStation 3
Metacritic score: 84

The original Persona 4 Arena is a fighting game starring characters from the classic role-playing games Persona 3 and 4. Ultimax is a sequel that introduces new fighters, new moves, and a whole story that begins right where the last one left off. Best of all, the game combines the one-on-one fisticuffs of a fighting game with a big dose of RPG inspiration. One mode lets you team up with another character to increase your social connection, just like in the core Persona games. Another lets you level up and feed points into a skill tree that gives you new moves and abilities.

5. Lemmings Touch

Platform: PS Vita
Metacritic score: 63

Lemmings games were all the rage for a while there in the ’90s, but they seem to have gone away in recent years. Or maybe they haven’t gone anywhere, but the games have been unremarkable, like Lemmings Touch. This game offers classic Lemmings gameplay that has you build and destroy things in the environment to get your critters from point A to point B without dying. The big problem here is that the touchscreen controls don’t work as well as they should. Still, if you want that nostalgic feeling of classic Lemmings, you might as well give this game a look since it’s free.

6. Nova–111

Platform: PS Vita
Metacritic score: 75

Some famous scientists have gone missing in this game, so it’s up to you to pilot your ship through all kinds of alien landscapes, looking for clues to their whereabouts. Mixing turn-based and real-time action in some mind-bending ways, Nova–111 looks like a great game for puzzle and strategy fans. It doesn’t hurt that it’s made by the folks behind the excellent Pixeljunk series.

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