I don’t buy games as much as I’d like to. And I’m sure I’m not alone. Which is why I greatly appreciate PS Plus’ Free Games service. For those who are not familiar, every month, Playstation Plus members are able to download from a small selection of free games, and as long as you continue the service, they’re yours to keep, even if you uninstall them. The selection hasn’t always been great, but I’m always excited to try weird new indie games or AAA games I never got around to when they first came out.
My PS4 is often packed to the brim with games and I’m always playing musical chairs with which ones I uninstall to make room for others. And getting two to three new games every month has become a challenge in itself to maintain my hard drive with the games I play regularly. So I thought I’d make this monthly guide to the free games offered by Playstation to help people in a similar situation. Every month I’m going to play the free games, write a summary of whether or not I think they’re worth the download. So here are my thoughts on this month’s selection:
Just Cause 3
When you think of games that are fun just to move around in, what first comes to mind? Maybe it’s the Activision Spider-Man games. Perhaps it’s one of the later Batman Arkham games. Or, to keep with the superhero theme, maybe it’s Infamous. Whatever your pick is, none do it better than Just Cause 3. The main mechanic of grapple hook and wingsuit is such an inspired combination I’m surprised more games haven’t used it since. That said, I couldn’t tell you a thing about the story. I didn’t care. I just wanted to destroy huge complexes with the cartoonish physics the game offered. Which is fine. This game is perfect for just having carefree fun, the way early Grand Theft Autos were. Aside from the wingsuit, you can drive cars, planes, and boats alongside wielding an arsenal of weapons and gadgets Deadpool would drool over. This is a fun ride and definitely a perfect candidate for a free download.
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry
Freedom Cry is, well, another Assassin’s Creed. The combat is boring, the missions are repetitive with little variation and it’s a buggy mess at times. However, counter to Just Cause 3, with it’s uninteresting story verse exciting gameplay, the story for Freedom Cry is where my interest lies with this one. You play as an escaped slave-turned Assassin and pirate captain, liberating other slaves to join your cause. The subject of slavery hasn’t really been addressed this head-on in many games to my knowledge and although it doesn’t go further than “slavery is bad; stop it,” it was interesting to see a game take such a direct, albeit shallow, look at the subject. If you’re already a fan of Assassin’s Creed games, this one might be worth the download, otherwise, skip it.
I don’t have many games on my phone, but when I’m on the go and want to play something engaging and fun, Downwell is always right there in my pocket. I put more hours on my phone with it than any other mobile game. It’s an almost perfect platformer with simple controls that take advantage of the limited screen size. Every time you jump in Downwell, you also shoot. As you fall down the infinite, well, well, you’ll have to use your “gun-boots” to kill enemies and break obstacles. Every three levels sees a change in theme, ranging from dungeons to underwater to, honestly, I’m not even sure sometimes. Playing this on an actual screen was a surreal experience for me, but the change from tapping on your phone to a using a controller is a welcome one. It adds a level of precision that you just can’t get with the touchscreen’s “buttons.” This is definitely a must get, even if you don’t get it during the PS Plus deal, buy it. It’s $2.99 on most platforms, and in my opinion, worth more.