PlayStation Plus August 2014 Games Previewby Brett Howse on July 30, 2014 6:25 PM EST
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August will soon be here, with one of the perks being a new list of games available to PlayStation Plus members. Like last month, Sony is offering up six games across the PS4, PS3, and Vita. If you’ve missed July’s games, check them out here and get them before it is too late!
Road Not Taken
For August, the first game for free is actually a brand new to the store game from developer SpryFox. This game has a release date of August 5th, and is a puzzle game where you play as a ranger travelling through a vast forest after a winter storm where you have to rescue lost children.
“From the creators of Triple Town, Road Not Taken is a rogue like puzzle game about surviving life’s surprises. You play as a ranger adventuring through a vast, unforgiving forest in the aftermath of a brutal winter storm, rescuing children who have lost their way. Randomly generated levels deliver a limitless supply of possibilities to explore and challenges to overcome. Your actions will influence not only your own story, but that of the villagers you hope to befriend and the town you call home.”
The second game for the PS4 is the puzzle platform game Fez, originally released on April 13, 2012. Indie developer Polytron Corporation created this award winning game which has an interesting 2D gameplay model in a 3D world, where rotating the aspect ratio is a key component of the challenge. Fez will also be available on the PS3 and Vita. Fez for the PS4 received a 90 Metascore and 7.2 User score on Metacritic.
“Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he? When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space. Use your ability to navigate 3D structures from 4 distinct classic 2D perspectives. Explore a serene and beautiful open-ended world full of secrets, puzzles and hidden treasures. Unearth the mysteries of the past and discover the truth about reality and perception. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way.”
Crysis 3 is the award winning first-person shooter released by developer Crytek in February 2013. This sequel to the 2011 game Crysis 2 is set in New York City in 2047, where players take on the role of Prophet. Based on the Cryengine 3, Crysis is a stunningly beautiful game which scored a 77 Metascore and 6.1 User score on Metacritc.
“Seven Wonders of the Urban Rainforest – New York City has been contained in a giant nanodome and grown into a unique rainforest with seven distinct environments. Master the ultimate sandbox and turn it into your own personal hunting ground.
Assess, Adapt, and Attack – Crysis’s highly-acclaimed sandbox gameplay is back with more open levels to let players choose their path and approach. Your upgraded Nanosuit allows brute force or stealth, always giving you more than one option.
The Biggest and Most Explosive Arsenal in Franchise History – In addition to giving you an arsenal of human firearms, Crysis 3 lets you scavenge alien weapons and deploy an all-new Predator bow.”
Developer Curve Studios release Proteus in January 2013. This open world exploration game (or anti-game?) is a first-person perspective game drawn in the pixel art style. Proteus got a 77 Metascore and 8.1 User score on Metacritic. Proteus will also be available to PS3 owners.
“Proteus is a game about exploration and immersion in a dream-like island world where the soundtrack to your play is created by your surroundings. The primary means of interaction is simply your presence in the world and how you observe it.”
Also brand new to the store on August 5th is Metrico from Digital Dreams Games. This is a “atmospheric puzzle action game with a mindset of its own” which has received a lot of accolades by reviewers prior to it being released. The world looks fantastic with a great design theme.
“Metrico is a new world. A living world filled with infographics that react directly to your movement, actions and input. Metrico invites you to explore, experiment, test your skills and most of all: think outside the box.
Immerse yourself in this experience, exclusive to PlayStation Vita system, and see if you have got what it takes!”
Dragon’s Crown by Vanillaware Ltd was released July 25, 2013. This 2D fantasy RPG with side scrolling action is a multiplayer experience that lets players choose from six heroes with unique strengths and weaknesses. Dragon’s Crown received a 78 Metascore and 8.9 User score on Metacritic. This game will also be available to PS3 owners.
“Dragon’s Crown is a multiplayer hack and slash beat ‘em up game with breathtaking visual style, a design built around cooperative play and epic boss fights, and the ability to discover a new adventure in every play session. Dragon’s Crown allows up to four players to team up online to clear out monster-ridden dungeons, discover precious treasure, and destroy awe-inspiring bosses.”
August looks like a fantastic month for PlayStation Plus members, with a great selection of games from puzzles to first-person shooters to hack and slash games. Also nice to see is that two of these games will be brand new and instantly available to Plus members. Six games over three systems should keep owners entertained for the month of August.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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Morawka - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - linkPS4 games are pretty weak graphically. If i wanna play a lot of indie i'd play pc
cmdrdredd - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - linkCause they totally look better on PC than PS4...sheesh. You aren't paying for them!
Morawka - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - linkthat's not what i meant......
Nataswon - Thursday, July 31, 2014 - linkI think Morawka was referring to the free titles here, "graphically" speaking as Road Not Taken isn't exactly what one envisions on a shiny new PS4. I am guessing this is Morawka's point because I had the same thought when I got my PS4 almost a month ago. I snagged Towerfall Ascension and was frowning at this new wave of pixel graphic games. My kids enjoy it and I warmed up to it primarily because I suck at it and therefore it's a challenging game but not a 'goto' title to show off what PS4 can do. LOL
As a former PC Gamer who got sucked into consoles years ago, I completely understand the argument but some titles nowadays seem to me, pretty close to their pc counterparts.
With regards to the topic at hand, I can see 2 out of 6 titles as ones I won't go out of my way to download (Road Not Taken and Proteus). Probably unfair to judge them by a screenshot but it sure doesn't help either. I still give PS Plus a higher grade over the obscure and head scratching choices Xbox's Games with Gold offers.
Ortanon - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - linkIt'll take a while for the PS4 to build up a solid software catalog before you start seeing "PS4!" Instant Games.
B3an - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - linkThis is out of place on this site.
cwolf78 - Thursday, July 31, 2014 - linkI think a lot of people that frequent this site game both on PC and a console of some sort. I think it's fair that they have PS Plus and Xbox Live monthly free games covered. Saves me the time of having to look myself. I predominantly game on PC, but I do have a PS Plus membership. As anyone with a PS3 will tell you, the PS Store in it's current form is god awful slow and a PITA to use, and this saves me the agony if there isn't anything worthwhile.
cresilux - Thursday, July 31, 2014 - linkI don't find the internet store to be especially hard to access. I casually check it out frequently.
barleyguy - Thursday, July 31, 2014 - linkWhen Anandtech started doing game announcements, specifically Humble Bundles, there was a front page thread asking what people thought, and whether they should keep doing it. The consensus was yes, the people that posted in that thread wanted it to continue.
I actually really like these, because I read Anandtech every day, and I'm both a Playstation Plus member and a Humble Bundle buyer. So it puts this information on a site I read every day instead of having to go search for it.
So I vote to keep these articles.
Subyman - Friday, August 1, 2014 - linkEh, I let my PS Plus lapse because of the really weak PS4 offerings. A bunch of $10 indie games isn't what I'm here for. I already have most of those on PC.The PS3 games are usually pretty good, but I don't play that anymore. Would be nice to have a bigger budget game every now and then for the PS4.