One of the primary perks of being a PlayStation Plus member is that you get free games each month. Sure, 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 in playing a fraction of them.
Each month, Sony typically gives out two games each for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. Oftentimes these games span across systems via Cross Buy, which means you might get three or four games for a particular console.
Even if you only own one PlayStation system, you can still redeem all of the free games on your account. Then if you buy another system in the future, you’ll be able to download the games then. That makes Sony happy because you’re more likely to buy more PlayStations, and it’s good for customers, because they can buy a new console and have an instant library of games to play.
This month’s games should become free to PS Plus subscribers on April 7, between noon and 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Without further ado, here are the free PlayStation Plus for April 2015.
1. Tower of Guns
Platform: PS4 and PS3
Metacritic Score: 77 on PC
Tower of Guns is an interesting mix between a first-person shooter and a roguelike (a randomized game that starts you back at square one each time you die). Your backstory varies, but your goal is always to make it to the top of a tower and dispatch the final boss without dying along the way. Bullets fly every which way, and it’s all you can do to stay alive to make it to the next room. Try this game for a fun challenge.
2. Never Alone
Metacritic Score: 73
Never Alone is a unique side-scrolling platformer that was made primarily to inform people about the unique culture of a Northern Alaskan people. You play as a girl who lives in a town that’s been hammered by nonstop blizzards. You trek out to find the source of the storms and stop them.
As you play, you unlock documentary snippets that fill you in on the real lives and culture of the Iñupiaq people, who have called Northern Alaska their home for thousands of years. Not only is Never Alone a gorgeous and enjoyable platformer, but it also teaches you about a culture you probably knew little or nothing about.
Metacritic Score: 89
This is a rare game that gets first-person stealth action right. You play as a masked assassin making your way through a steampunk city, fighting against the soldiers of evil overlords. Each step of the way, you must complete a series of missions in any manner you see fit. You can play stealthily, killing enemies from behind, or simply putting them to sleep. Or you can go into situations with guns blazing and hope for the best. Either way, it’s a blast.
4. Aaru’s Awakening
Platform: PS4, PS3
Metacritic Score: 60 on PC
If you like tough-as-nails platformers, Aaru’s Awakening is the game for you. You play as a half-bird half-bear creature who runs, jumps, and dashes through environments rife with peril. What sets it apart is a teleportation ability that allows you to toss a ball of light and zip to where it ends up. But don’t expect a cakewalk: You’ll likely die over a thousand times throughout the adventure. You’ve been warned.
5. Killzone: Mercenary
Platform: PS Vita
Metacritic Score: 78
The PS Vita is a powerful handheld system, but it hasn’t gotten many AAA games that show off what it can do. One exception is Killzone: Mercenary, a high caliber first-person shooter that would feel at home on the PS4. You play as a gun for hire, willing to fight for either side of the game’s central conflict. The coolest part is that everything you do, from blasting enemies to completing side missions, results in more money you can spend to upgrade your skills and gear. It’s a solid gameplay loop that will keep you coming back for more.
Platform: PS Vita
MonsterBag is a puzzle platformer with a terrific graphical style. You play as a monster who has to sneak through the world while avoiding the attention of the people who populate it. Different people are on the lookout for different things, so you’ll have to change up your behavior to progress. The game looks quirky and interesting.