6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in September 2016
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. Lords of the Fallen
Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $19.99
Metacritic score: 68
Lords of the Fallen takes the same basic ideas as Dark Souls (tough monsters and real-time combat) but makes the experience a little more approachable. Checkpoints are thoughtfully placed before major battles, and the experience system is more clearly laid out. The game is still no cakewalk, but the idea is that players won’t feel like they’re being punished for failing.
Even though the game is generous, it does encourage risky playing, thanks to multipliers that vanish when you bank your experience points. While the review scores for Lords of the Fallen weren’t through the roof, it’s a good one for players who were repelled by the extreme difficulty of Dark Souls but enjoy that kind of gameplay.
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3
Original price: $14.99
Metacritic score: 92
For many who play Journey, the game offers a deeply emotional experience. You begin as a cloaked figure walking toward a high, shimmering mountain in the distance. As you make your way there, you encounter cryptic monuments, strange structures, and flowing pathways. You also find a scarf that lets you glide through the air, which helps you explore the beautiful landscape.
While there’s more of a “game” here than the developer’s other titles like Flower and Flow, the focus is on the overall experience, not the gameplay. There are few other creatures in the game world, and no combat at all. Journey offers a beautiful, mostly relaxing experience.
3. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $19.99
Metacritic score: 75
The Prince of Persia series has been rebooted so many times, it can be hard to keep track of them all. One that was unfairly overlooked by many gamers was Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, a 2010 release that, as its name implies, harkens back to 2003’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Basically, the game has you perform incredible feats of platforming, including running along walls, swinging on flag poles, and making perilous jumps over hundred-foot drops. Once you’re on safe ground, you’ll often have a group of enemies to dispatch using sword skills and magic. It’s a totally solid game, so check it out if you have a PS3 lying around.
Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $9.99
Metacritic score: 57
Datura is a white flower that some people use for its hallucinogenic properties. Along those same lines, the game Datura makes use of trippy imagery, while giving you control over your character’s disembodied hand as you make your way through a strange and mysterious forest. The game’s off-putting control scheme and lack of traditional narrative turned off many players, but others enjoyed its novelty. Thankfully, now you don’t have to part with any money to see if it’s your kind of game.
Platforms: PS Vita, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3
Original price: $11.99
Metacritic score: 76
Who wouldn’t want to play a game with beautiful art that stars strange, heavy creatures with small, inadequate wings? In this unique game, the screen scrolls automatically forward, and it’s up to you to keep tapping to flap your creature’s wings to avoid the many obstacles in your way — like saw blades, for instance.
As you play, you’ll pick up other creatures like you, who flap their wings when you touch the screen as well. But when you’re trying to navigate a swarm of the critters between two dangerously-close saw blades, chances are there will be blood. But don’t worry, as long as one creature remains alive, you can keep playing. Badland is a lovingly twisted game that offers up an increasingly steep challenge, so give it a look.
6. Amnesia: Memories
Platform: PS Vita
Original price: $29.99
Metacritic score: 72
Amnesia: Memories is a romantic story that centers on a young woman who wakes up with her mind wiped to a blank slate. She doesn’t know who she is, where she is, or what the heck is going on in her life.
It turns out that romance is going on. With the help of a spirit named Orion, you get to go on dates with five men. The trick is that you can’t let on about your condition, or else you’ll lose the chance to regain your memories altogether. It might not be for everyone, but Amnesia: Memories was decently well received when it launched last year. Check it out if you’re looking for something different.