PS Plus games for August are kind of a big deal


One of the few perks of having to pay for a subscription to Sony’s PlayStation Network (yes, I’m bitter: long time PlayStation owner here) is that each month, your PS Plus membership yields some hard-earned freebies. Mostly, these are titles from smaller developers, but before you scoff: Psyonix’s instant mega-hit Rocket League was one of the first to be offered for free, and heck, look where that ended up.

Gratuitous picture of my favourite competitive game inbound…

Last month on PS4, we received SuperMassive Games’ creepy horror survival game, Until Dawn, as well as Telltale’s Game of Thrones series – as if you needed any more GoT in your life. The PS3 offerings were Tokyo Jungle and Darkstalkers Resurrection, and the Vita got Elemental and Don’t Die, Mr Robot; these freebies are still available until midnight on July 31st, so if you missed them, there might still be time, depending on when this is published…

Ahhh! It’s hideous!

Anyway. Things have taken a surprising turn this month, as the indie developers are somewhat overshadowed by the addition to two relatively titanic titles to the list of PlayStation Plus freebies for August 2017.

First up, we’ve got Ubisoft’s surplus-to-requirements spin-off to 2013’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, more commonly known as everyone’s favourite pirate simulator. Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry tells the swashbuckling tale of Edward Kenway’s second-in-command, Adewale, as he navigates the waters of emancipation in the aftermath of Kenway’s return to England. Filling the gap in the timeline between Black Flag and Rogue, if you’re bored waiting for Origins to drop this October – as I am – Freedom Cry might be a good way to pass the time.

Yeah. I’d look that miserable too, in that weather.

Next on the list is the most substantial triple-A title I’ve seen on the PS Plus freebies list since maybe, like, forever. It’s Square Enix’s Just ‘Cause, Explosions— Sorry. I meant, Just Cause 3. Rico Rodriguez has returned home, to find the sunny, geographically ambiguous Archipelago of Medici under the oppressive leadership of a fascist regime, and we all know what that means: grab your RPGs, folks, because this could be the most violently volatile Just Cause yet (N.b. I’ve played this one, and can confirm the accuracy of my own statement).

Do the civilians lie awake at night, flinching at every distant explosion?

By all standards, that’s a pretty good haul, I hear you think, and I agree. But wait… there’s more. Also up for grabs for PS Plus members on PS3 is Super Motherload, a multiplayer digging adventure game created by XGen Studios; on top of that, you’ve got Snakeball, a 3D remake of the classic videogame Snake. On the PS Vita, you’ll be able to download both Downwell  (which has cross-buy with the PS4) and Level 22, both of which share a retro art style and the promise of surprising procrastination potential.

Looks like the sort of frantic gameplay that could ruin friendships.

These PlayStation Plus freebies will drop August 1st: get them on the PS store, for free (duh). For more information, check out the blog page here.