Sony announced one of the better PS Plus free game lineups for the PlayStation 4, PS3, and PS Vita in months Wednesday. The October collection of free titles include the HD remastered version of the original Resident Evil plus Transformers: Devastation for the PlayStation 4.
The October slate of free PS Plus games will hit the PlayStation Store on Tuesday, October 4. The store is typically updated later in the afternoon for those in the Eastern time zone. When it is updated, Resident Evil HD Remaster and Transformers: Devastation will be available for PS4 owners with a subscription to the premium service to download the games for free. Additionally, Mad Riders and From Dust will be available on the PS3 while Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth and Actual Sunlight will be free for the PS Vita.
Until the PlayStation Store is updated, there are still a number of games from the September lineup still available to download for free. This includes Lords of the Fallen (PS4), Journey (PS4, PS3), Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands(PS3), Datura (PS3), Badland (PS4, PS3, PS Vita), and Amnesia: Memories (PS Vita).
Resident Evil HD Remaster
Making Resident Evil HD Remaster available for free via PS Plus is a smart bit of marketing. Resident Evil 7 is currently targeting a worldwide release on January 24, and introducing PS4 owners who may not have played the original to the franchise could bode well. The HD remaster was released in January 2015 where it earned an 83 aggregate review score on Metacritic. Some mechanics in the game may appear outdated, but players are given the option to use modern controls over the original “tank” control scheme. It is still a solid horror-survival title even if a little dated.
Transformers: Devastation is Platinum Games’ spin on the long-running franchise, this time based straight off the original character models. It’s a fast-paced action game with a heavy emphasis on pulling off combos. The game was knocked for being rather brief, but still got a decent 77 Metacritic score and it comes with plenty of nostalgia.
On the PlayStation 3 side, Mad Riders is Techland’s attempt at an ATV stunt racing game. Those familiar with off-road racing games won’t find anything particularly new, but it is a frantic and fast-paced experience that earned a 71 Metacritic review score.
From Dust is Ubisoft’s shot at the god-game genre. The game was marketed as a spiritual successor to Populous and allows players to manipulate lava, soil, and water to help tribespeople survive and thrive through various challenges like natural disasters and wars with others tribes. The game does feature objective-driven gameplay and generally received positive reviews with an overall 81 Metacritic score. The controls and tribesman AI were the items that kept it from being scored higher.
Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth
The PS Vita gets another visual novel-style game for free in the form of Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth. It features a steampunk setting as the main character goes on an adventure involving government conspiracies, a young Dracula, and guys to consider as suitors. This genre is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it scored well with the critics by receiving an 86 Metacritic score.
Actual Sunlight is a short interactive game about dealing with love and depression. It’s not especially long and is almost entirely text driven. Again, this style of game has a niche of fans who enjoy text-driven gaming. It received a 75 Metacritic score.
A PlayStation Plus subscription is required to download and play the free monthly games. Subscribers will continue to have access to the games as long as their subscription is active. Once the subscription ends, so does access to the games.
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