PS Plus Free Games – August 2019

We’ll be updating this page every month with the latest games that you can grab for free with a PS Plus membership. Check back regularly to stay up to date, and to make sure you don’t miss out on any free games.

PS Plus Free Games – August 2019

Wipeout Omega Collection

PlayStation 4

A name synonymous with PlayStation, Wipeout is the rapid combat racer that defies gravity and defines generations. Known for its blistering speed, iconic music and pure multiplayer mayhem, Wipeout has starred on every PlayStation format since 1995 and is now set to rip through the air on PlayStation4 and PlayStation4 Pro. Featuring all the content from Wipeout HD, Fury and 2048, Wipeout Omega Collection packs in 26 reversible circuits, 46 unique ships, a ton of game modes and some new and classic music tracks. Its time for Wipeout veterans to come out of retirement and new pilots to make their debut.

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Wipeout Omega Collection is the triumphant return of an icon. Its blistering speed, slick visuals, and thumping soundtrack are everything you’d ever want from a Wipeout game, even if – upgrades aside – it is everything you’ve already had in a Wipeout game.

Wipeout Omega Collection offers that rare blend of arcade fun and serious racer. Fans of both can enjoy this game and there’s plenty of options to make sure no one feels left out.
A package of three of the best twitch racers out there, and given that we need to wait for Sony to find a new home for the WipeOut series, this will keep us going just fine in the meantime, you’d think.

Sniper Elite 4

PlayStation 4

Set in the aftermath of its award-winning predecessor, Sniper Elite 4 continues the series World War Two heritage by transporting players across the beautiful Italian peninsula, from sun-drenched Mediterranean coastal towns, to colossal Nazi mega structures, daunting forests and giddying mountain monasteries inspired by Monte Cassino.

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Sniper Elite 4 is a game for stealth enthusiasts. Setting up the perfect kill from a huge distance after sneaking past a base full of Nazi soldiers feels rewarding and earned. However, the scenarios fall flat, and the scope of the game is fairly limited. Attempts to offer more options and extend its lifespan don’t really pay off, but it’s still satisfying to shoot someone’s eye out.

Sniper Elite 4 is finally in a place where people can unabashedly call it “good.” Despite its lack of impactful side quests, its morally ambiguous indiscriminate murder and hilarious artificial intelligence flaws that plague any stealth game, Sniper Elite 4 is good. Its sniping sequences are visceral and never get old (I never once turned off the slow-mo feature), and the depth in side missions alone give you more than your money’s worth in terms of dollars per hour.

Sniper Elite 4 is easily the best in the series so far. It’s still the same methodical stealth game at its core, but Rebellion have added to that with more possibilities for the player, bigger and more open maps, and a handful of new modes.

PS Plus Free Games – July 2019

Detroit: Become Human

PlayStation 4

Detroit: Become Human improves on Quantic Dream’s past efforts, but still somewhat fails to provide an affecting branching narrative. If you’re in it for the over the top moments, you’ll probably get what you’re looking for.

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Detroit: Become Human is a testament to how far the genre of interactive narrative storytelling has come and, at the same time, how much further it can go. While it might still suffer from some annoying QTE moments and a few narrative speedbumps, it delivers on promises that many other games in this genre make yet fail to keep, especially in how the choices you make can lead to very different experiences down the line.

Though it comes off as heavy-handed at times, Detroit tells an endearing story that verges on the profound, diving deep into the nature of humanity itself. It proves that interactivity and focused storytelling aren’t mutually exclusive and that the two can enhance each other given a proper degree of talent behind the scenes.

The man behind interactive storytelling triumphs Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls has brought us what is perhaps his most fully formed and satisfying story yet, a work that examines the concept of machine intelligence with nearly as much insight and sympathy as Isaac Asimov’s finest novels about robots and just as much style as Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.

Horizon Chase Turbo

PlayStation 4

Experience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics. Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. Go head to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend.

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It’s got some rough edges, and I really wish it had a solid online multiplayer component, but ultimately I like Horizon Chase Turbo; probably more than I should.

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There is a lot of crap to wade through in gaming today. So when something as special and fun as Horizon Chase Turbo comes along, I feel the need to shout it from the rooftops. If you grew up in arcades loving those classic sit-down racing games, this is one you need to play. I cannot wait to spend more time with it, and hope the devs get a chance to make more titles that rekindle my childhood nostalgia.

The spirit of old school arcade racing is reborn in a homage to everything from OutRun to Lotus Turbo Challenge, and despite a few bumps in the road it’s all just as much fun as you remember.

PS Plus Free Games – June 2019

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

PlayStation 4

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection includes the definitive versions of both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, built specifically for next-gen consoles.

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Oodles of content, some of the most fun you’ll have in a modern shooter with or without friends and a wicked sense of humour make Borderlands: The Handsome Collection fantastic value.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is a great bundle. It’s rare that we get a collection that offers such a gargantuan amount of content, so it’s in our best interest to support them when we do. If the goal was to give fans something to keep them busy up until the minute Borderlands 3 arrives, this collection accomplishes that.

Aside from a few minor presentation and performance niggles, Overcooked is a wonderfully executed game, and is one of the best co-operative experiences in recent years. The simplicity of the controls and gameplay make it extremely accessible, while there is still plenty of challenge in the later, crazier kitchens.

Sonic Mania

PlayStation 4

Experience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics. Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. Go head to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend.

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For better or for worse, this is classic Sonic the Hedgehog at its purest. The graphics, the sound, and the controls are all pixel-perfect reproductions lifted straight from your memories. Everything you loved and hated about the old games is back. If you took the time to master the special stages back in the day, you’ll find many opportunities to dust off those skills.

With excellent level design, smooth animations, impressive pixel art, and a bunch of brand-new twists on classic-style gameplay, Sonic Mania manages to feel both old and new at the same time in the best way possible. Whether you like the old Sonic games or the new ones, or even if you’ve never played one before, Sonic Mania holds plenty of fun for everyone.

Sonic Mania is a fantastically well-worked continuation of an iconic franchise and a great reminder of why the Genesis games were so well loved. Everybody who has waited patiently for 20-odd years for Sega to get it right again is in for a treat. Top notch.

PS Plus Free Games – May 2019

Overcooked

PlayStation 4

Overcooked is a chaotic couch co-op cooking game for one to four players. Working as a team, you and your fellow chefs must prepare, cook, and serve up a variety of tasty orders before the baying customers storm out in a huff.

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The pacing is perfect, introducing new recipes and level obstacles in a way that consistently keeps the player engaged and wondering what could possibly come next. After having three friends over to play the game, all three of them went home, separately purchased it, and played it to completion either solo or with a significant other. I’m not sure any game I’ve shown my friends before this has had the same effect.

Aside from from the local-only consideration and some inconsistencies with the scoring criteria and stage layouts, man, what a game. Overcooked is the best co-op experience I’ve had in recent memory, and despite going back through to fully clear every level, I wish there were more. Don’t overlook it.

Aside from a few minor presentation and performance niggles, Overcooked is a wonderfully executed game, and is one of the best co-operative experiences in recent years. The simplicity of the controls and gameplay make it extremely accessible, while there is still plenty of challenge in the later, crazier kitchens.

What Remains of Edith Finch

PlayStation 4

What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive.

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Every short story is presented and controlled in completely different ways. The Barbara and Lewis stories are highlights for me. Learning about members of the Finch family just by observing details within the house. Clever presentation of subtitles throughout the game. The way in which tragedy is used to find beauty in life.

It may depress you, and it may leave you with tears in your eyes afterwards, but when a game tells a story as well as What Remains of Edith Finch does here, it deserves not just to be played, but to be remembered and discussed and considered long after you’ve set down the controller.

Although it’s clear the experimental narrative adventure genre isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, What Remains of Edith Finch proves that videogames are still ripe with opportunities for deep, mature storytelling. Tissue companies might notice a bump in sales as long as developers like Giant Sparrow are around, too.

PS Plus Free Games – April 2019

Conan Exiles

PlayStation 4

You are an exile, outcast and downtrodden, sentenced to walk in a barbaric wasteland where the weak are crushed and only the strong can live. Here you must fight to survive, build, and dominate the world alone on your own server, or with enemies and allies in online multiplayer.

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Conan Exiles is a game where you make your own experience. Much like Minecraft, Exiles will have you exploring, creating, and building, while also providing a fully immersive game set in the world of Conan the Barbarian. Most of the time that will equal out to fun.

Do not expect an evident or strong storyline in the first number of hours, or to be spoon-fed how to play the game through tutorials or directions. Prepare to die in the beginning, a lot. And most of all, prepare to explore a beautiful and diverse landscape with limitless things to discover and create, and to have a lot of fun doing it.

There’s a hardcore fanbase out there that loves this game, but there’s an exceptionally high learning and enjoyment curve that will keep more casual players from getting invested enough to explore its deepest content or even wade around much in the shallow end.

The Surge

PlayStation 4

Set in a heavily dystopian future as Earth nears the end of its life, those who remain in the overpopulated cities must work to survive as social programs become saturated by an ageing population and increasing environmental diseases.

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The Surge is a whirlwind of action-RPG fun with a fast and frantic melee-focused combat system, addictive loot systems and an immersive sci-fi horror atmosphere.

The Surge isn’t interested in creating variation in its gameplay mechanics, or exploring more diverse settings or ideas, or creating compelling characters. It washes over you, but it’s a refined wash, and the foundation for a great game to come. The Surge is a good thing, and I’m glad it exists as another answer to the Souls-esque games coming out – its dull, but refined sci-fi action makes the game feel like a first step, if only a step, in the right direction.

The Surge is one of those games that shows a lot of promise but the experience itself just doesn’t live up to its potential. You may have some fun within the first 5 hours or so but everything after that slowly evolves into nothing more than a tedious grind.

PS Plus Free Games – March 2019

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

PlayStation 4

One of the most critically-acclaimed games in history. Call of Duty®4: Modern Warfare®, is back, remastered in true high-definition, featuring enhanced textures, rendering, high-dynamic range lighting, and much more to bring a new generation experience to fans.

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Fans of Call of Duty shouldn’t have had to wait this long for the definitive edition of a classic.

A lot of love and care went into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, and I hope other developers (including some of Activision’s own studios, I’m looking at you Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Prototype) take note.

The opportunity to revisit Call of Duty 4‘s multiplayer without the annoyance of hackers ruining the fun is one that will be hard to pass up for those that loved the original. Even so, the multiplayer also feels somewhat dated compared to most modern shooters on the market. While there’s something to be said for the impeccable map design and polish of Modern Warfare Remastered‘s multiplayer, it’s still the same experience as before, and may come across as rather simplistic and plain to those that have been playing this year’s new shooters.

The Witness

PlayStation 4

The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles. This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious. There’s no filler; each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix. So, this is a game full of ideas.

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The depth of organic interaction, witnessing the world melt seamlessly into itself, makes for a near perfect experience. The Witness is a constant idea just within reach and then, once you grasp it, a new perspective altogether. It won’t be quick nor easy to solve, but you can’t help but be enraptured by its beauty through every frustration and moment of clarity.

The Witness is an outstanding game, one that slowly reveals its brilliance and assumes the players intelligence rather than guides it. It is an absolute must play for puzzle fans.

The opaque world might be disappointing for some players, but The Witness is about a different kind of discovery. It steers your mind in unconventional directions, and makes you feel clever as you build on your knowledge and uncover new layers about the game’s language and logic. Even when I wasn’t playing it, I was thinking about puzzles that had me stumped. Some puzzles are tough, but all of them are fair, and the fun of solving them is only topped by seeing what awaits you on the next series of monitors.

PS Plus Free Games – February 2019

For Honor

PlayStation 4

Enter the chaos of war as a bold Knight, brutal Viking, or deadly Samurai, three of the greatest warriors of legend. Wield your blade like never before with the innovative Art of Battle combat system that puts you in total control of your warrior. Master the sword, and fight in brutal, fast-paced melee combat across an engaging story campaign and groundbreaking multiplayer modes.

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For Honor takes a somewhat ridiculous concept, lays down a pretty great fighting foundation on top of it and loads it with plenty of reasons to keep playing. This past year, Ubisoft has shown a penchant for developing exciting multiplayer experiences. For Honor might frustrate in a few areas, but for every one thing it does wrong, it does a dozen other things right. For Honor sets a strong pace for Ubisoft, and it looks like the developer on course for another great year of multiplayer action.

For Honor is a great example that Western developers can make some great innovative twists on a primarily Japanese-built genre. It’s so safe for AAA titles to resort to going action, open-world, or FPS, but this is a real risk that Ubisoft is taking on a brand new IP and I hope it pays off for them. This is the best combat system I’ve had the pleasure to experience since the death of character action games. I hope to see you on the battlefield, even if you fight for Valhalla or the Emperor.

Distilled way down to one-on-one medieval combat, For Honor is both instinctual and smart. It’s bloody and entertainingly over-the-top, but much more than a button-masher. It’s a game that repays thoughtful practice. It looks impressive, with believably gritty textures and tons of detail in the armor, weapons, and environment. It’s a shame, then, that so much good will was squandered on the less appealing margins of the game, with pay-to-win systems, poor match making, and a throwaway single player campaign. With lots of time — or cash — to spare, playing For Honor is a rewarding action experience that doesn’t feel like anything else on the market right now.

This is a game that I fully endorse supporting to show game developers that you appreciate the attention to detail and not copy and pasted lifeless characters for the sake of bumping up the roster. For Honor is a smashing (get it? because swords and hammers smashing shields and armor) a good time, and is one of the freshest attempts at a unique game feel in quite some time.

Hitman: The Complete First Season

PlayStation 4

HITMAN empowers players to perform contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the globe, from Paris and sunny coast of Italy to the dust and hustle of the markets in Marrakesh in this stealth action title. Gameplay centers on taking out targets in vast sandbox levels with complete freedom of approach. Where to go, when to attack and who to kill is at your discretion.

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Season 1 delivered near flawlessly. IO Interactive has built a framework that they can keep building on for years to come here, and we can’t wait to dive back into more missions in season 2.

With Hitman: The Complete First Season, IO Interactive has successfully managed to take the series back to its roots with style, making it a must-have for stealth fans yet to savour its delights.

I wasn’t disappointed by this latest installment in the Hitman franchise. Its awesome graphics, varied gameplay, and tons of content will impress. However, the terrible (and sometimes offensive) writing, confusing menus, and inconsistent AI took me out of the experience enough to warrant a less than stellar score than it would otherwise deserve.

Divekick

PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3

Divekick revolves around two characters, Dive and Kick, where the action is controlled by two buttons, dive and kick.

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Trust me, if you’re a fan of 2D fighters, you will absolutely love Divekick. This one’s made for you.

Unfortunately, even a stable framerate can’t save it from faulty mechanics, kicks that cross players without landing, some iffy visuals and weirdly ’90s animations.

Though the path to boot-stomping nirvana is fraught with flaws, Divekick succeeds at simplifying high-level concepts into a bite-sized experience that only gets better with time.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

PlayStation 3

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots features an aging and exhausted Solid Snake in the middle of a futuristic battlefield. In spite of his failing body, Snake is equipped with a crucial new device tentatively known as “OctoCamo,” a high-tech suit that dynamically transforms its texture based on Snake’s surroundings. 

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Yet, despite my or anyone else’s qualms about the game it still is a great game that can be enjoyed by anyone willing to give it a shot.

The team at Kojima Productions has at the very least set a new high-water mark for cinematic presentation that I wager any other videogame will be lucky to reach, let alone exceed, for the next few years.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will surely set the bar for this generations in terms of quality, and should be the benchmark for a truly great game.

Gunhouse

PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4

Gunhouse is part puzzle, part active tower defense, as you make big combos to launch a hail of bullets and special attacks at the alien invaders who would like nothing better than to consume your delicious orphan friends.

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While I get that the developers wanted to make Gunhouse more challenging, it feels like they did so at the expense of making it more fun. It feels like the whole game could’ve been drastically changed for the better just with that one small shift in how the game is played, so the fact they opted not to do that is kind of frustrating.

Though this boils down to minor issues in an otherwise bizarrely-fun game. Crafting and lining up ridiculous armaments to take down similarly-ridiculous enemy types never gets old, especially when you pull off an impressive chain of guns to win the day.

Rogue Aces

PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4

Join the Rogue Aces and liberate the islands from The Baron and his dreaded pilots. Will you be able to face the fiercest of foes with only one life and three planes?

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Rogue Aces is a very good addition to the respective libraries of the Switch and the Vita. It’s not the kind of game that justifies your purchase of either device, but it’s a fun little game that’s a lot of fun to play on the go.

Great pumping soundtrack, Lovely pixel art style, Simple but deep combat, Gameplay loop keeps you coming back for more, Lots of modes. A bit more variety and depth would have been appreciated, Perhaps flight controls could have been smoother.
This is the arcade game the 12-year-old version of you was always meant to play. Fast, frantic, outrageously challenging and with the sort of free-form play that requires and rewards player creativity. Infinite State Games have created something very special here. I’ll see you in the skies, just try and beat my high score.

PS Plus Free Games – January 2019

Steep

PlayStation 4

In Steep, players can use the innovative trail feature to relive their most inspiring rides and trailblazing achievements, and share them on social networks with friends. Along with sharing ride replays, players can also use this feature to challenge friends to outrace them on a shared path, create epic stunts or set out to discover the massive mountain playground.

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If you fancy spending some time flying around craggy mountains or crashing down snowy slopes… Steep is your best choice. Whether played alone or with friends, it’ll meet your extreme sports needs and more without the risk of breaking an arm or a leg.

Steep is a solid experience that accomplishes what the developers set out to do. They have a created an impressive world that is both fun to explore and addictive to conquer. The multiplayer feels like a bit of a letdown due to a lack of variety but it is still fun exploring the world with friends.

Steep gets nearly everything right – it looks great, plays well and has the sort of depth and exploration you’d expect from one of Ubi’s open world games. It has some really irritating foibles, but nothing you can’t live with. What it lacks is that special something that keeps the action fresh and the kind of compulsive, obsessive hook that would have you coming back for more. It’s a beautiful extreme sports game, but oddly forgettable.

Portal Knights

PlayStation 4

Leave the familiar world behind and step into the fantastic unknown with Portal Knights, a cooperative 3D sandbox action-RPG! Level up your character and craft powerful gear to defeat your enemies in real-time tactical combat. Explore dozens of randomly-generated islands and restore peace to a world torn apart by The Fracture.

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In summary, this is a beautiful game that is worth the price of purchase. It is a small download meaning most gamers will be able to jump in and play shortly after purchase, which is something fantastic in this age of instant gratification. I enjoyed my play through of the title even though I am not really the key demographic for it. It raises the bar for building games, and despite the few bugs I found whilst playing, you can see why you will get your money’s worth and then some out of it. For those looking to make characters and level up, Portal Knights provides a reliable “light” version of this genre. It has a charm that will keep you playing and a soundtrack that is so delightful it will be the only sound playing in the room when you have it on.

While it seemed like it tried hard to be Minecraft but with a twist, it still held a unique charm with its biomes, portals and eventful stories, as well as the class and custom character system. With the craft system lacking in favor for grinding combat, the game could use some balancing and tweaking to be what it advertises to the public.

More than anything, I’d say Portal Knights felt mostly pleasant to me. A relaxing push forward, the visual asthetic along with the relatively unthreatening enemies (barring a few surprises) it seems like despite the push forward, the game is more encouraging of players willing to stop and smell the roses; and then build a huge castle on top of them.

Zone of the Enders HD Collection

PlayStation 3

Zone of the Enders HD Collection bundles together both of the Zone of the Enders games and updates them with HD visuals.

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Zone of the Enders HD collection features high-speed robot action with a great overall story – oh, and it has another Metal Gear demo too!

Yeah, both games are a bit too talky, and somewhat short as well, but they deliver high octane giant robot action with grace and skill. Both games hit the ground running, give the player a ton of power, and don’t let up on the energy until done.

It may not be Metal Gear, but it’s still one of Kojima’s best works, and this is a great way to experience it all over again. Not only that, but it’s worth picking up the game with the hope that sales will finally push Kojima to make Zone of the Enders 3.

Amplitude

PlayStation 3

Amplitude features over 20 songs composed for an optimal beatmatching experience by Harmonix with contributions from Freezepop, Danny B, Jim Guthrie, and more. Many of the developers from the original game are actively working on the reboot.

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Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion

PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4

Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion is an intense action RPG where every battle is a heart-pounding fight and each gut-wrenching choice impacts the realm.

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Despite a few technical issues, Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion offers up a satisfying role-playing experience.

Though this boils down to minor issues in an otherwise bizarrely-fun game. Crafting and lining up ridiculous armaments to take down similarly-ridiculous enemy types never gets old, especially when you pull off an impressive chain of guns to win the day.

Super Mutant Alien Assault

PlayStation Vita

Three fleets of spaceships flee a doomed Earth carrying the last humans in cryostasis. Pursued by aliens, its up the lowly security droids to save humanity. Taking up arms solo or with a friend, you must dance with death in a brutal and addictive arcade platformer shooter inspired by Super Crate Box and stuffed to the brim with unlockables.

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Super Mutant Alien Assault is a short-lived arcade shooter that offers up some interesting weaponry and a big challenge but not a whole lot else.

If you have a Super Crate Box-shaped hole in your PS4 library, it might be worth thinking about this game, but otherwise, your life will be neither measurably better nor worse in any way whatsoever if you give this a try or not.

What is Playstation Plus?

The Complete Guide to PS Plus [2019]

After getting my new PlayStation 4 (PS4), I was wondering if I should subscribe to PlayStation Plus. The thing is, I only play my PlayStation games about once or twice a week, and I don’t play online multiplayer games very often.

Is PlayStation Plus still worth getting? How does PlayStation Plus membership work? What are the PlayStation Plus benefits? Do I even need PlayStation Plus? How much is a PlayStation Plus membership?

It gets worse: since March 2019, PS Plus membership offers ONLY TWO monthly free games. It is really worth it?

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To answer these questions, here are what I found and how I came up with my conclusion. If you have the same question, read on to find out your answer!

What is PlayStation Plus?

First things first: what is PlayStation Plus?

PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) is an online subscription service that enhances your existing free PlayStation Network account. It gives you free games, discounts and other perks that help you get the most out of your PlayStation 4. It is also necessary for playing online multiplayer games on PS4.

PS Plus is available to purchase as 1-month, 3-month and 12-month PlayStation Plus memberships in all countries that have access to PlayStation Store.

What are the benefits of PlayStation Plus membership?

You might be wondering: what does a PlayStation Plus membership get you?

PlayStation Plus is a subscription service that gives you these perks:

  1. Play Online Multiplayer games
  2. Get two free PS4 games every month
  3. Access to exclusive discounts
  4. Store game saves in the cloud
  5. Play with your friends using Share Play

Now, let me elaborate on each of these perks below…

1. Play Online Multiplayer games

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If you want to play online multiplayer games on your PlayStation 4, you’ll need PlayStation Plus. That’s just how it is. If you try to use the online multiplayer features within a game without subscribing first, you’ll see a message saying you need PS Plus.

Is PlayStation Plus required?

PlayStation Plus isn’t required for playing single-player games, and it isn’t required when playing multiplayer games if everyone playing the game is sitting in front of the same console with a controller. It’s only required for online gaming.

Can you play online without PS Plus?

If you have a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Plus is NOT required for online multiplayer gaming. You can play online games for free.

Also, PS Plus service isn’t required for using other online features, including media apps like Netflix and YouTube, or the PlayStation 4’s web browser. You can use all these features even without a subscription.

2. Get two free PS4 games every month

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Every month, Sony offers several free games to PS Plus subscribers, also known as “Instant Game Collection” games. During the month these games are available, you can choose to “buy” them for free on the PlayStation 4. You can then keep these games in your library, download them and play for free as long as your PS Plus membership is active

PS Plus Update:
Starting from March 2019, the free games Sony offers include only two games for the PlayStation 4.

If you don’t redeem the game while it’s free for a month, you don’t get it for free. This means you won’t get any of the previously free games when you subscribe to PlayStation Plus. It also means that, if you don’t download your free games every month, you’ll miss some and won’t get them for free. For gamers who have been members of PS Plus for a long time, they may have a library full of hundreds of games they acquired for free.

PS Plus Tips:
You can only download and play the free games in your library while you have an active PlayStation Plus membership (check out this video to see how). If your subscription expires, you won’t be able to play the games. The exceptions are free themes and avatars, which you will continue to have access to, even if you are no longer a subscriber.

If you restart your subscription, you’ll regain access to all those free games you previously acquired and you can play them once again.

You can view the current free games for PS Plus subscribers on Sony’s website, and a list of games Sony has previously given away on Wikipedia. Don’t expect the latest big-budget games on their release date, although you may see them for free several years after their release dates.

3. Access to exclusive discounts

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As a PlayStation Plus member, you can get access to exclusive deals and deeper discounts on PlayStation Store sales.

Some of the sales on the PlayStation Store are only available for PlayStation Plus subscribers, i.e., exclusive deals. Other sales offer a higher price for non-subscribers, but a cheaper price for subscribers. In this case, you’ll see two separate prices for an item on the PlayStation Store. The cheaper price is for PlayStation Plus subscribers, while the other price is for non-subscribers.

However, bear in mind that you generally won’t get a discount on big new games as soon as they come out. Discounts are typically available only on older big games, or perhaps newer small indie games.

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It gets better: whatever you purchase through these sales is yours to keep, even after your subscription expires.

4. Store game saves in the cloud

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With PlayStation Plus, you can upload, store, and download game save files with 100GB of online storage. It means you can upload your saved games to the cloud and transfer them from one PlayStation 4 console to another.

PS Plus Update:
Since Feb 2019, Sony increased the cloud storage space from 10GB to 100GB for PS Plus members.

This feature frees up the limited system storage of your console. It also lets you play your precious saved games on a different console without the need to carry a USB drive around.

Your PS4 can also automatically uploads your save games to Sony’s servers, and you can download that save data on another console, or the same console, if you’ve deleted the save games.

PS Plus Tips:
Want to know the best part? Enabling both Online Storage and Auto-upload ensures you always have an up-to-date copy of your save games, even if your PlayStation 4 console dies and needs to be repaired or replaced.

5. Play with your friends using Share Play

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You can invite your friends to join you in your PlayStation 4 games through Share Play, even they don’t own the same games.

Share Play is essentially the modern day digital equivalent of having a friend come over and sit on your couch to play a game with you. Besides the ability to broadcast your gameplay to a friend or share screenshots, you can also invite a friend to take control of your game or join you in multiplayer even if they don’t own a copy of that particular game.

However, there are some limitations of Share Play:

  • Friends must also have a PlayStation Plus membership to join a “play a game together” session
  • Any trophies earned by friends are not retained
  • Share Play allows only up to 60 minutes per session
  • A host may only invite one friend per session
  • Shared games must be available on PlayStation Store in both the host’s and friend’s countries
  • Games must be multiplayer
  • Games using PlayStation Camera not supported

How much does PlayStation Plus cost?

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You can get a fourteen-day free trial of PlayStation Plus on the PlayStation Store. Some games, and the PlayStation console itself, may also come with a printed PlayStation Plus trial code you can redeem on the Store.

The actual price of the PS Plus membership varies in different PS Store countries. For the US PlayStation Store, for example, a PS Plus membership costs $9.99 per month, $24.99 per 3 months ($8.33 per month), or $59.99 per 12 months ($4.99 per month).

If you know you’ll want PS Plus for a year, the yearly subscription is the best deal. However, you can’t cancel it and get your money back if you change your mind after a few months. That’s the downside.

If you do opt for the free trial, be careful because it will automatically begin charging you for a monthly membership afterward. You may want to cancel the subscription or switch to a yearly membership rather than pay $9.99 per month.

PS Plus Tips:
Here’s the deal: you can buy PlayStation Plus cards at a discount from online shopping sites that go on sale, so you don’t really need to pay the full price. Buy from a shop that offers instant email delivery of the membership code, so you don’t need to wait for the shipping of the physical cards.

What’s more, you can stack the PlayStation Plus subscriptions. For example, if your PS Plus membership has only 3 months left, you can buy and activate a 12-month PS Plus card to stack your membership to 15 months. So next time when you see a PS Plus card at a discount, consider buying it and stack up the subscriptions to get the most bang for your buck.

Do PlayStation Plus free games expire?

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Once your PlayStation Plus membership expires, all free games and downloadable contents (DLC) obtained will not be accessible until you renew your subscription. Attempting to launch an expired game will pop up a message that says “This content can be used if you renew the license in PlayStation Store”.

So yes, the free games do expire along with your PS Plus membership. However, free avatars and contents you purchased at a discounted PlayStation Plus price are yours to keep.

If your PlayStation Plus membership has expired and you renew it at a later date, the free games and DLC will become available again. They are even re-downloadable, as long as you added the games to your library before.

Also, Sony may close your PS Plus account if you don’t use it for 24 months. In this case, all your games will be gone.

Do you get to keep the free PlayStation plus games?

Once your PlayStation Plus membership ends, all free games and downloadable contents (DLC) you downloaded before as part of the membership, such as Plus Monthly Games, will no longer be available. However, free avatars and contents you purchased at a discounted PlayStation Plus price are yours to keep.

If your PlayStation Plus membership expires and you renew it again, the free games and DLC that you have added to your library through PlayStation Plus will become accessible again.

Are PlayStation plus games free forever?

All free games and downloadable contents (DLC) you downloaded at no cost as part of the PS Plus membership are free forever for you to play, as long as you maintain your PS Plus subscription active.

But here’s the kicker: once your PlayStation Plus membership ends, these contents will become inaccessible.  That said, if you renew your PS Plus membership at a later date, you can regain access to the free games and DLC again. They are even re-downloadable, as long as you added the games to your library before.

Do you keep games from PlayStation Plus?

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For free games and downloadable contents (DLC) you downloaded at no cost as part of the PS Plus membership, you can keep them as long as you maintain an active PS Plus membership. However, once your PlayStation Plus membership expires, they will not be accessible. You can only regain access by subscribing to the PS Plus membership again.

For the free avatars and game contents you purchased at a discounted PlayStation Plus price, you can keep them even after the PlayStation Plus membership expires.

Can you get old PlayStation Plus games?

This is crazy: if you haven’t redeemed the free Plus Monthly games when they were free, there is no way to retroactively redeem them again. You’ll have to either purchase them or wait until they’re offered for free once more, which is rare.

To avoid losing a free game, simply “purchase” it while it is still free, and it will be added to your library. You don’t even need to actually download the game. Once the games are added to your library, you can download and play them anytime as long as you have an active PS Plus membership.

Do you lose your PlayStation Plus games?

Once your PlayStation Plus membership expired, all free games and downloadable contents (DLC) you’ve redeemed before will not be accessible.  So yes, you will lose your PS Plus games. That said, free avatars and contents you purchased at a discounted PlayStation Plus price are yours to keep.

The good news is you can regain access to your free games and DLC in your library by re-subscribing your PS Plus membership. However, Sony may close your PS Plus account if you don’t use it for 24 months. In this case, all your games and DLC will be gone.

Do I get my PlayStation Plus games back?

If you cannot play the free games and DLC because your PS Plus membership has expired, you can regain access to them by renewing your PS Plus membership.

That said, Sony may close your PlayStation Plus account if you don’t use it for 24 months. In this case, all your games and DLC will be gone for good.

Do you have to pay for PSN?

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You can create your PlayStation Network (PSN) account for free. With a free PSN account, you can use your PlayStation device to enjoy the entertainment apps, such as YouTube, PlayStation Video, etc. However, some of the apps, such as Netflix, require you to have a separate subscription fee.

Also, you can make purchases from the online PlayStation Store, and see what games your PlayStation Network friends are playing and communicate with them. If you have a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita, your free PSN account also allows you to play online multiplayer gamers too.

However, if you want to play online multiplayer games on PS4,  you need a PlayStation Plus membership to do so. PS Plus membership is a paid subscription service that enhances your existing free PlayStation Network account. It gives you free games, discounts and other benefits that help you get the most out of your PS4. Again, it is also required for playing online multiplayer games on PS4.

Do you get free games with PlayStation Plus?

Yes. Every month, Sony offers two free PlayStation 4 games to PS Plus subscribers, also known as “Instant Game Collection” games. During the month these games are available for free, you can choose to “buy” them at no cost on the PlayStation 4. You can then keep these games in your library, download them and play for free as long as your PlayStation Plus membership is active.

However, if you don’t “buy” the game while it’s free for the month, you don’t get it for free afterward.

Does PlayStation Plus give you discounts?

Yes. A PlayStation Plus membership gives you access to exclusive deals and deeper discounts on PlayStation Store sales. Exclusive deals are special sales on the PlayStation Store that are only available for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Besides, there are discount sales that offer a higher price for non-subscribers, but a cheaper price for subscribers.

Can you play PlayStation Plus games offline?

Yes, you can play your PS Plus games without the Internet. Here is how:

  1. Make sure your PS Plus membership is active
  2. Download the games you want to play offline
  3. Activate your PS4 as your primary system using your PS Plus account

You can then play your PS Plus games offline.

Does PlayStation Plus stack?

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Yes, you can stack the PlayStation Plus subscription time. For instance, if your current PlayStation Plus membership has 5 months left, and you activate a 12-month PS Plus membership on top of that, your PS Plus membership will be extended to a total of 17 months.

So next time when you see a PS Plus card at a discount, consider buying it and stack up the subscriptions to save for years to come. What’s great about PlayStation Plus is that the membership you buy can be used on a variety of PlayStation consoles too, so if you buy five years, you’ll be able to use your membership on your PS5 / PSV whenever that comes out too.

How do you check if your PlayStation Plus has expired?

Here are the steps:

  1. On the PS4 home screen, press ‘Up’ on the DS4 controller to access the function area.
  2. Select  [PlayStation Plus] > [Manage Membership] > [Subscription]. Here you can find information about your current subscription such as the start date, expiry date, and price plan.

If you want to stop your subscription from automatically renewing, select [Turn Off Auto-Renewal] here. After turning off Auto-Renewal, you will still have full access to all your PlayStation Plus benefits until the end of the current subscription period. You can turn auto-renewal back on at any time before the expiry date.

Can you cancel a PlayStation Plus membership?

Yes, here are the steps:

  1. On the PS4 home screen, press ‘Up’ on the DS4 controller to access the function area.
  2. Go to [PlayStation Plus] > [Manage Membership] > [Subscription] and select [Turn Off Auto-Renewal].
  3. Confirm by selecting [Yes].

After turning off Auto-Renewal, you have essentially canceled your subscription. You will still have full access to all your PlayStation Plus benefits until the end of the current subscription period. If you change your mind later on, you can turn auto-renewal back on at any time before the expiry date.

Do you have to buy PlayStation Plus for every account?

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You don’t need to buy PS Plus for every account on a single PS4 console. All accounts will enjoy the following PS Plus benefits if at least one of them has an active PS Plus subscription, and that PS4 console is set as the PS Plus account’s “Primary PS4”.

  • All account users can enjoy the benefits of your PlayStation Plus subscription, including playing online multiplayer games.
  • All account users can use applications you purchase from PlayStation Store.
  • All account users can use the themes that you purchase from PlayStation Store.

It gets better: your PS4 system can automatically download content you pre-ordered, or content you’ve purchased on  (PlayStation App), and you can connect to your PS4 system via the Internet using Remote Play on another device. Note however that you can activate only one PS4 system as “Primary” per account.

Can you have two PS4 on the same account?

You can’t go online using the same account on both two PS4 consoles at the same time. However, if you want to play an online game with your family and friends using the two consoles respectively, here is a solution:

  1. Make sure you have an active PS Plus subscription, then set one of the consoles as your “Primary PS4”. After that, just sign out.
  2. Ask your friend or family member to sign in this “Primary” console using his/her own account. This account doesn’t need an active PS Plus membership to play online games and access your game contents because you have set this console as “Primary”.
  3. Head to another PS4 console and sign in using your own account with PS Plus membership.
  4. Now both of you can play online games together and enjoy your game contents at the same time.

Can family members use PlayStation Plus?

Yes, you can share your PS Plus benefits to your family members on a single PS4 console. Your family members will enjoy the following PS Plus benefits if you have an active PS Plus subscription, and that PS4 console is set as the PS Plus account’s “Primary PS4”.

By signing in this console, your family members can:

  • Enjoy the benefits of your PlayStation Plus subscription, including playing online multiplayer games.
  • Use applications you purchase from the PlayStation Store.
  • Use the themes that you purchase from the PlayStation Store.

Note however that you can activate only one PS4 console as “Primary” per account.

If you have two PS4 consoles, you can even play online games with your family members using the two consoles respectively.

Here is how:

  1. Make sure you have an active PS Plus subscription, then set one of the consoles as your “Primary PS4”. After that, just sign out.
  2. Ask your family member to sign in this “Primary” console using his/her own account. This account doesn’t need an active PS Plus membership to play online games and access your game contents because you have set this console as “Primary”.
  3. Head to another PS4 console and sign in using your own account with PS Plus membership.
  4. Now both of you can play online games together and enjoy your game contents at the same time.

Can I have two primary PS4?

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No, you can only have one primary PS4. If you try to set a second PS4 as your primary system, Sony will ask if you want to change the second PS4 to become your primary PS4 instead.

The console that is set as your primary can be used by multiple users and they can access your contents. You can also play all your contents without having a constant internet connection.

The console that is set up as your secondary system is a bit different. You can only access your contents when you are logged in and your PS4 has to be constantly connected to the internet.

Can I use PlayStation Plus in another country?

Yes, if you move from one country to another, you can still enjoy the PS Plus membership you subscribed in the original country. If you’re wondering you can’t find the way to renew your PS Plus membership in another country once it expires, you can stack your membership to 2 to 3 years in advance before you move by activating a few 12-month PS Plus cards. You can also add some credits to your PlayStation account to avoid the payment method issues in the new country.

Note however that you can’t change the country of your PS Plus membership. If you like the PlayStation Store in the new country, you need to create a new account and subscribe to a separate PS Plus membership in the new country.

When did PlayStation Plus launch?

PlayStation Plus launched for the PS3 in the summer of 2010. Considering that the PS3 online multiplayer was still free, the primary reason to subscribe was the offers of free games, discounts, and other bonuses the service provided.

In fact, PlayStation Plus’s Instant Game Collection was such a smart idea that Microsoft was eventually forced to introduce its own version of the idea to Xbox Live, Games with Gold.

Is PlayStation Plus worth getting?

If you love to play online multiplayer games on PS4, PlayStation Plus is absolutely worth it. In fact, it is the only way to play online multiplayer games on PS4. As in Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold and Nintendo Switch Online, paying for this feature is now pretty much standard.

As for the monthly free PlayStation 4 games, it sounds quite appealing in the beginning. But here is the kicker: you’re limited to only two games Sony chooses for you. In reality, you may not like the selection at times and chances are you won’t be able to play every one of them.

That said, the money you can save with the exclusive discounts, together with the convenience of the game saves on the cloud, make the PlayStation Plus membership well worth the money, even for someone like me who don’t play multiplayer games very often.

So what’s the bottom line? I’d say PlayStation Plus is worth getting. What do you say? Leave your comments below!

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