6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in December 2016

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Be sure to download these free games if you’re a PlayStation Plus member | Sony

One of the benefits of being a PlayStation Plus member is that you get free games every month. The service costs $60 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. These games often 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.

Without further ado, here’s what you need to know about the games PlayStation Plus members can download for free starting December 1, 2016.

1. Invisible, Inc. Console Edition

Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $20
Metacritic score: 82

Your job in this turn-based tactical game is to infiltrate corporate compounds, complete a mission, and get out — preferably while avoiding an unpleasant gunfight. If you do the job really well, the enemies will never know you were there at all. It’s a turn-based game that has you juggling the action points you have available with the actions you want to take — just hope a guard doesn’t turn the corner before you can sneak out of sight. It’s a smart gameplay mechanic that works wonders in this fantastic stealth game.

2. Stories: Path of Destinies

Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $15
Metacritic score: 73

This action role-playing game comes straight out of the colorful pages of a storybook. It tells the age-old tale of a deranged emperor and a rising rebellion. You play as Reynardo the fox, hacking and slashing your way through the minions of the empire, while making decisions that could turn the tide of battle. The reviews were mostly positive, so if you enjoy games like Diablo and Bastion, give it a try.

3. Hyper Void

Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $10
Metacritic score: 70

It’s not the first neon-colored space shooter, but Hyper Void sure is a stylish one. You fly through outer space, avoiding things like asteroids and lasers while navigating wormholes depicted with vector lines. It’s clearly inspired by the arcade space shooters of yore, but it includes many of the conveniences common to modern games. Reviews called it enjoyable and challenging, but complained about its short play time. But since it’s free to PlayStation Plus members, that’s not such a big deal.

4. Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops

Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita
Original price: $8
Metacritic score: 64

The two games collected here began life on mobile platforms, but Joint Ops brings them to consoles — every PlayStation console in circulation, to be exact. The games have you lead a team of soldiers through hostile territory, eliminating enemies, destroying buildings, and escorting journalists through war zones. It comes with tons of levels that offer a good bit of fun in short bursts. The big drawback is that there’s not a lot of gameplay variety to be found here.

5. Color Guardians

Platform: PS Vita and PlayStation 4
Original price: $15
Metacritic score: 62

This pick-up-and-play game has you running forward in a side-scrolling world that has had its color stolen. Your job is to collect globs of paint while you dodge enemies and avoid obstacles. It’s deeper than your average auto-runner, and it looks great, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Although it’s designed to be a casual game meant for shorter gameplay sessions, it packs a punch.

6. VVVVVV

Platform: PS Vita
Original price: $8
Metacritic score: 81

VVVVVV is a standard platformer that allows you to move left and right as usual, but when it comes to jumping, things get a little wonky. Instead of doing normal jumps in this game, you actually flip gravity, so your feet will leave the ground and you’ll go sailing toward the ceiling. You can then run around the ceiling until you flip gravity again to come back down.

It’s a great idea, and the controls respond as quickly as you can push the buttons. It’s also a tough gameplay mechanic to wrap your mind around, so expect to die plenty of times as you try to navigate between fast-moving enemies and avoid spikes at the same time.