6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in August 2016

A PlayStation 4 viewed from the front.

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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 receive are worth far more than that, even if you’re only interested in 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.

You can redeem the free games in your account even if you don’t own one of the systems yet. Then, if you buy the system in the future, the games will be in your account, ready for you to download and play. Read on for info on the games PlayStation Plus members are able to download for free as of August 2, 2016.

1. Tricky Towers

Platform: PlayStation 4
Metacritic score: 68

It may look like Tetris — heck, it may look exactly like Tetris — but it’s not Tetris. Tricky Tower takes the building blocks of the classic puzzler and constructs something quite different. The goal here is competitive tower building.

The pieces fall where you direct them, but creating lines doesn’t make anything disappear. Your goal is to construct a tall, sturdy tower. The real difference between the games is physics: If your tower is a little heavier on one side, it starts to tip. Weigh it down too much without proper support, and it’ll topple right over. It’s no AAA blockbuster, but hey, it’s free.

2. Rebel Galaxy

Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $19.99
Metacritic score: 75

Rebel Galaxy takes space combat and exploration and sets it against a soundtrack of rock and roll. You have plenty of freedom in this game, so if you want to ditch the main quest, you’re free to travel through space, hunting bounties, hijacking freight ships, blowing up enemies, and doing whatever you want in the wide expanse between the stars. The game has issues, like its underdeveloped lore, but it’s worth a look for sci-fi fans.

3. Yakuza 5

Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $39.99
Metacritic score: 83

Often likened to the Grand Theft Auto series, the Yakuza games take place in the criminal underworld of Tokyo, where you get to take part in all manner of bad deeds. You spend your time exploring the game’s open world, beating the teeth out of enemies, and either taking on missions or tackling side quests.

There’s a ridiculous number of activities and mini-games you can take part in, from darts and karaoke to chicken racing and UFO sighting. The game just launched in the U.S. at the end of last year, so it’s great to see it go free for PlayStation Plus members so soon.

4. Retro/Grade

Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $9.99
Metacritic score: 78

A neon-colored rhythm game with an original soundtrack, Retro/Grade plays like a space shooter in reverse. You control a ship as your laser blasts rewind back toward your position on the left side of the screen. Your job is to “unfire” each blast while also avoiding enemy fire, which comes at you from the left. It sounds more complicated than it is, but it’s easy to grasp once you start playing.

5. Patapon 3

Platform: PS Vita
Original price: $14.99
Metacritic score: 74

Retro/Grade isn’t the only rhythm-based game in this month’s PS Plus offerings. In Patapon 3, you play as a deity who gets to order minions around on a battlefield. The trick is that to deliver those orders, you have to tap out various button combinations in time with the beat of the soundtrack.

This becomes something of a high-rise act as the challenge ramps up and you have to be more strategic in your battle commands, all while trying to enter precise button combinations at the right tempo. Give this game a shot if you think you’re up to snuff.

6. Ultratron

Platforms: PS Vita, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4
Original price: $9.99
Metacritic score: 74

A retro-inspired twin-stick shooter, Ultratron is all about staying alive as hordes of enemies come at you from all angles. Doing well earns you credits you can spend to buy things like shields, lasers, and bombs. The game doesn’t do anything particularly original, but it’s put together in a nice package, with escalating threats coming on to match your increasingly powerful weapons. Give it a shot if you have your Vita handy.

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