6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in November 2016

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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 $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 (though that’s not the case this month). 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 November 1, 2016.

1. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $20
Metacritic score: 78

Developer The Chinese Room is known for its experimental story-based titles like Dear Esther, a game in which you wander around a deserted island, finding and reading letters that add up to a fairly compelling story. It’s unconventional in that there’s no combat, puzzles, or much input from the player at all, other than wandering around the game world. It’s a so-called “walking simulator,” in which the game acts more as a delivery device for the narrative.

The developer’s followup was Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, a game that’s similarly bold. It’s an open-world game set in an English valley after some kind of apocalypse has occurred. Once again, the primary drive is the game’s narrative, which is weaved together by the memories of the people who lived in the valley. If you’re willing to venture outside the box of conventional video games, this game is certainly worth a look.

2. The Deadly Tower of Monsters

Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $15
Metacritic score: 72

If you like cheesy B-movies, you’ll want to take a look at this one. The Deadly Tower of Monsters is a Diablo-like shooter/beat-‘em-up game inspired by sci-fi movies from the ‘50s. As such, you get to play as the dashing hero Dick Starspeed, his alien partner, or their robot servant. The whole game plays out on a movie set, with the director delivering humorous commentary on all of your actions.

When it came out earlier this year, reviewers found it charming, but complained that the gameplay was shallow and overly repetitive. Still, the game’s unique tone and humor may be enough to pull you through its five-hour campaign.

3. DiRT 3

Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $20
Metacritic score: 87

PS3 owners who enjoy the occasional racing game are in for a treat in November, thanks to DiRT 3. This off-road racer is less about realistic racing than it is about having fun by making jumps, drifting around corners, and crashing spectacularly. This installment introduces a number of excellent features, including split-screen multiplayer, gymkhana events, new weather conditions, and a wealth of customizing options. That makes it ideal for anyone interested in off-road racing, whether you’re a newcomer or a series veteran.

4. Costume Quest 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $15
Metacritic score: 68

This role-playing game is set during trick-or-treat on Halloween. You play as Reynold and Wren, twins who go on a neighborhood adventure and bring a beat down to creatures called Grubbins. You do this by putting on different Halloween costumes that grant you various superpowers.

This sequel isn’t all that different from the 2010 original, but this time around, the developers have spiced up the turn-based combat by adding combos and time-based button presses. Your health no longer regenerates after each battle, either; instead, you have to find water fountains to heal back up. Costume Quest 2 might not be a must-have game, but at least it’s free.

5. Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered

Platform: PS Vita and PlayStation 4
Original price: $10
Metacritic score: 77

This game has you slaying monsters and ghouls at the behest of the cartoon grim reapers, Grimm and Rose. Unlike most other games, you don’t do that by shooting or slicing — you do it by spelling words derived from a pool of letters. Think of it as a quirky version of Boggle. It may not appeal to everyone, but since the Vita’s not exactly flush with games these days, we’ll have to take what we can get.

6. Pumped BMX+

Platform: PS Vita, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4
Original price: $10
Metacritic score: 56

It seems like Sony is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to free PS Vita games for PlayStation Plus members. Then again, I suppose you run out of big games a couple of years after you stop supporting a device. In any case, this port of a mobile game has you riding your bike through side-scrolling environments, launching off ramps and performing stunts for points. There’s not much to it, really, but it may keep you entertained for a few minutes.

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