Sony announced their free PlayStation 4 titles Wednesday, a day after Microsoft did the same for the Xbox One. PlayStation Plus subscribers will get two somewhat different open-world action adventure titles with Just Cause 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry along with vertical scrolling shooter called Downwell.
PlayStation Plus members will be able to add to their free game collection starting Tuesday, August 1 when the PlayStation Store is updated. Just Cause 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry are the highlights for the PS4 while Downwell is a cross-buy title available that will be available for Sony’s latest console plus the PS Vita.
Meanwhile, PS3 owners will gain access to Super Motherload, a four-player couch co-op digging adventure, and Snakeball, a game about riding a hoversnake across disco-style stages to collect balls and score goals with them across a variety of modes.
Additionally, PS Vita owners will get Level 22. This is a stealth game set in the an ordinary office that puts players in the shoes of an employee as he tries to sneak in late to work.
As a reminder, the July line-up of PS Plus games will still be available until the PlayStation Store refreshes on Tuesday. The free game still available to download include the horror title Until Dawn and the point-and-click Telltale adventure Game of Thrones for the PS4. PS3 owners will have Tokyo Jungle and Darkstalkers Resurrection.
Just Cause 3
The third entry in the Just Cause franchise takes hero Rico Rodriguez to his home island of Medici in the Mediterranean. The familiar mix of open-world mayhem caused by weapons, gadgets, vehicles, and explosions continue with this title.
Reviews for Just Cause 3 were mixed with some enjoying the adrenaline-fueled action and massive play space. However, it was knocked down to a 73 Metacritic aggregate review score due to lengthy load times, bugs, and some repetitive missions.
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry
This spin-off game from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag tackles the difficult issue of slavery via the character Adewale. Edward Kenway’s second-in-command has become an assassin himself years later and finds himself shipwrecked on Saint-Domingue where he faces his past as he tries to free the slaves there and make his way off the island.
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry is relatively short at only around 5 hours long. While it has an interesting story, but reviewers deducted points due to the light gameplay and the odd way the mechanics and story didn’t fit together. It earned a 71 Metacritic review score.
PlayStation 4 and PS Vita owners looking for straight-forward, no frills gameplay should check out Downwell. The game is solely about a boy falling down a well while wearing gun boots. Levels are procedurally generated, and the gameplay can be quite challenging. It earned an 80 on Metacritic.
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