The only issue with writing about games is that one tends to construct their life around release dates, press conferences, and PlayStation Plus updates. If you asked us whether September was approaching, we’d only be able to accurately answer because of today’s Instant Game Collection information. Of course, you haven’t opened this article to hear about our first-world problems, but instead to learn a little more about this month’s set of PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita freebies, right? We’d best get started, then.
Velocity 2X – Cross-buy with Vita
An effortlessly cool arcade shoot-‘em-up that waltzed away with one of our Game of the Show awards at the Eurogamer Expo last year, FuturLab’s hotly anticipated intergalactic escapade Velocity 2X fuses the vertical shooting of the award-winning Velocity Ultra with frantic side-scrolling action. It’s not a retail release, but based upon our limited hands-on time with the title, it’s definitely worth downloading.
We’d love to be a fly on the wall when some less aware subscribers boot up minigame compilation Sportsfriends next month. A curious Kickstarter funded local multiplayer package, Die Gute Fabrik’s bonkers indie selection box includes the incredibly popular Johann Sebastian Joust, which, er, is played largely without the use of a television screen. Ahem.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – Cross-buy with Vita
The source of more heated arguments than the console war itself, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale didn’t go down especially well when it was announced a couple of years ago. The final product was Crash Bandicoot and a couple of coats of polish short of overcoming the scepticism, but still served up an enjoyable experience in our eyes. Plus, it’s got Sir Daniel Fortesque in it.
An action strategy title from the brilliantly named Big Sandwich Games, Hoard was one of those early PlayStation Network pub fund titles that ultimately paved the way for Sony's wider indie push. A strange choice considering its age, this title was popular when it released way back in 2010 – largely because it allows you to play as a dragon. How could you hate that?
Eager to see where No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games got its big break? This cutesy Trials Fusion meets Super Mario motorcycle platformer represents the Guildford-based outfit’s inaugural outing, and sees you navigating increasingly hazardous environments as Evil Knievel’s cartoon cousin. The bitesized gameplay makes it a perfect fit for Sony’s portable platform.
A spiritual successor to the Atari Jaguar’s only good game – sorry, Zoop – TxK is Tempest 2000 in a different wrapper, and sees you blasting geometrical shapes in line graphic arenas. It may not be much to look at, but this title’s tight gameplay and thumping soundtrack make it the perfect complement to a strong cup of coffee. In fact, you’ll need plenty of performance enhancers to unlock its last Trophy.
Which free games are you most looking forward to downloading in September 2014? What would you like to see added to the Instant Game Collection in October? Try to be nice in the comments section below.
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