6 Video Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in September

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 September 1, 2015.

1. Grow Home

Platform: PlayStation 4
Metacritic Score: 75 (on PC)

Back in the days of the original PlayStation and Nintendo 64, developers weren’t quite sure how to make a good three-dimensional polygon-based game. After years of hardware that was only capable of making 2-D games, titles like Jumping Flash and Banjo Kazooie offered different takes on what gaming in a third dimension could be.

Grow Home is something of a callback to those titles. In it, your job is to climb a giant plant on an alien planet, collecting seeds to help it grow along the way. The game ends when you reach your space ship, which is floating high above the planet. Reviews have been positive for the PC edition, so check it out when it lands on PS4.

2. Super Time Force Ultra

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PS Vita
Metacritic Score: 80 (on Xbox One)

Super Time Force Ultra is completely nuts, but in the best possible way. It’s a retro-style shooter (kind of like Contra for NES) with way more going on onscreen than in most games.

You start with 30 lives and a set of characters to choose from. When you die, you can choose a different character if you like, and you restart the level — but here’s the kicker: The ghost of your previous attempt is now fighting beside you. Multiply that times 30, and you’re looking at a lot of firepower. Watch the trailer for a glimpse of the chaos.

3. Xeodrifter

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PS Vita
Metacritic Score: 75 (on Nintendo 3DS)

There’s no doubt about it: Xeodrifter was inspired by Super Metroid. That’s not a bad thing at all, since the “Metroidvania” genre is as popular as it’s ever been. This retro-style action platformer puts you in the shoes of a space explorer who can travel between four worlds, on which you’ll find items and abilities that open up new paths on the other worlds.

The idea is to explore the areas and collect as much gear as you can, then bring your gear to the other worlds to see where it gets you. It’s a pretty familiar setup for Metroid fans, but it’s well done, and the game doesn’t overstay its welcome. Download this one for some old-school fun.

4. Twisted Metal

Platforms: PlayStation 3
Metacritic Score: 76
Original price: $14.99

Back in the PS One days, there was nothing better than hopping into a weaponized car (or ice cream truck) and destroying your competitors with bullets, bombs, and missiles. The glory days of car combat games might be long gone, but it’s not forgotten, as this reboot of Twisted Metal proved when it launched in 2012.

If you’re looking for some off-the-wall chaotic fun, definitely try this game. And with all the new players brought in by this free offering, the multiplayer servers are sure to get a boost as well.

5. Teslagrad

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3
Metacritic Score: 78
Original price: $14.99

Teslagrad is an adorable side-scrolling platformer about a boy who uses unique tools to harness the power of magnetism. It might sound as dull as a science textbook, but the gameplay is solid and the graphics are full of personality.

The general idea is that with each new magnetic ability you gain, you can reach areas of the environment that were previously inaccessible — much like Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, or the Xeodrifter game above.

6. La Mulana EX

Platforms: PS Vita
Metacritic Score: 76
Original price: $19.99

If you’re feeling up for a challenge, be sure to grab La Mulana EX, a tough-as-nails platformer that will either make you throw your Vita against the wall or keep you coming back for more, depending on what you look for in games.

You play as an Indiana Jones-type archeologist who goes into a cave on a treasure hunt that will pit him against ancient gods and, worse, his own father. With a whip as your main weapon and death at every turn, you can expect this game to put you through the ringer over and over again. If that sounds like fun, don’t miss it.

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