6 Free Video Games for PlayStation Plus Members in May

One of the benefits of being a PlayStation Plus member is that you get free games each month. 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 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 support “Cross-Buy,” which means you might get three or four games if you own a particular console.

It’s also important to note that you can redeem the free games on your account even if you don’t own the system yet. If you buy the system in the future, those games will be in your account, and you can download them then. That makes Sony happy because you’re more likely to buy more PlayStations, and it works out well for customers, because you can buy a new console and have an instant library of games to play.

May’s games are particularly good. Read on for the free PlayStation Plus games for May 2015.

1. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

This side-scrolling platformer is steeped in Mexican wrestling culture. Basically, you explore the game world one section at a time, gaining new moves and abilities that allow you to access new parts of the map. It’s a great system for making players feel increasingly powerful, but Guacamelee also does a good job of adding new challenges to keep you on your toes. If you like twitchy platforming and beating the snot out of enemies from a 2-D perspective, you’ll definitely want to check it out.

2. Ether One

  • Platform: PlayStation 4

Did someone call for a spooky puzzle adventure game? Because that describes Ether One, a game that launches the same day it goes free for PlayStation Plus subscribers. In this game, you’re tasked with restoring the memories of people with dementia. You quickly learn that when you mess with delicate things, everything can go topsy-turvy in a moment. Try this game for a good fright. 

3. Hohokum

In this bizarre yet adorable game, you control a long, thin flying serpent as you drift around a strangely beautiful environment made up of every color of the rainbow. There’s no time limit and very little challenge; it’s more about the experience of exploring the gorgeous, creative world. That’s not to say that the game is boring, however. There’s plenty to do and see, with a soundtrack that will knock your socks off. It’s up to you to discover it for yourself.

4. Murasaki Baby

There are plenty of run-of-the-mill games out there, and then there’s Murasaki Baby. This game is a pencil-drawn platformer that looks like it came screaming out of a Tim Burton movie. Using nothing but touch input on the Vita’s screen, you guide a creepy-looking girl with an upside-down face through a spooky world that’s mostly devoid of color. Her goal is to find her mommy, but you’ll have to guide her through loads of environmental dangers before she’ll get there. A game this distinctive might not appeal to everyone, but for certain players, it’s right up their alley.

5. The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan is a unique indie game that originally came out for PlayStation 3 in 2012. It stars a boy named Monroe, whose mother dies and leaves him an unfinished painting of — you guessed it — a swan. One day the swan leaps out of the painting and leads him on a chase through a minimalist three-dimensional world whose secrets and puzzles are only revealed when Monroe tosses balls of paint on the floor and walls. Chances are, you haven’t played anything else like it.

6. Race the Sun

If you think solar-powered vehicles must be slow, Race the Sun is here to prove you wrong. With some obvious and loving inspiration drawn from Star Fox, this game has you fly an aircraft through an intricately designed landscape of polygons. The one problem is that if the sun goes down in the distance, you run out of fuel. That means you’ll have to dodge obstacles and grab plenty of speed boosters to stay in the game.

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