The PlayStation Offerings 6/26/14: Everything Must Go!
Every month, PlayStation Plus subscribers can download select games for free through the service as part of what PlayStation calls its "Instant Game Collection." Almost all gaming websites report on the free games given monthly to PS+ subscribers - that’s good; the more people that know what’s headed their way, the better. We do, too, but with a twist.
I keep an ever-changing spreadsheet of the games currently offered through PlayStation Plus' Instant Game Collection. The Offerings features the games currently available and, at a glance, the average rating of each game (via Metacritic), average time to complete each game (via HowLongToBeat's combined average times), and a breakdown of available Trophies by type (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum). This gives you quick access to see if a game is well received, if it's something bite-sized or if it's meaty enough to sink one's teeth into, and an idea of what Trophy gains are available (if that's your thing).
This is the last week of the traditional, weekly updates in which PlayStation has typically released the free games to its PlayStation Plus subscribers. Starting next week (July 1), Sony is releasing all the free Instant Game Collection titles in one big, first Tuesday of the month bang. That said, today's sole addition, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, is also leaving next week, so download it for free while you can.
Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a platform title that is very much in the vein of classic side-scrolling games of yore. The game has been well received on other platforms (there is no Metacritic average for either PS system), but it seems that everything has seamlessly made its way to the PlayStation platforms (Cross-Buy!). As the game is on the short side (about six hours), there aren't a ton of Trophies, but none seem unobtainable.
The Chopping Block
Everything. Everything that is currently available is leaving this Tuesday, July 1. Since none of these remaining titles have been around longer than three months, all of them are covered in previous entries of The Offerings, but since I don't want to end this post by basically saying "Here, you do all the work..." I'm going to do one last quickfire rundown of these games, Viking funeral style.
Terraria hit the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection last week. It's essentially a side-scrolling Minecraft and the Vita version takes advantage of the touchscreen nicely, allowing you to easily create your world by placing all the creation tools within tippy-tappy reach. Terraria was well received by the critics and it's as deep as you make it to be.
Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time is an awesomely enjoyable return for Sly and his band of merry (Murray?) men for both PlayStation 3 and Vita. While not developed by Sucker Punch (as the previous titles were), Sanzaru are no strangers to the series, having previously brought The Sly Collection to PS3. If you enjoy fun, third-person platforming games with a lively cast of characters, download this Cross-Buy, Cross-Save game right now for free before it's too late.
Our very own Brent Felsing loves Trine 2: Complete Story and says the game has "phenomenal next-gen 3D. So far it's the best usage of it on next-gen consoles." I haven't seen it in 3D, but the game is a great, side-scrolling puzzle platformer, and I can't recommend it enough.
NBA 2K14 is one of the highest rated sports titles of all-time, and it sure is a pretty looking basketball game.
Lastly, the two PixelJunk titles: Shooter Ultimate for the PS4 and Vita, and Monsters Ultimate HD for Vita. I think, across the board, the Short Pause staff really enjoys Q-Games PixelJunk titles.
Of Monsters, Brent chimes in once again to say the game is "is addicting as hell... Not too many simple looking games kept me on the edge of my seat quite like that game did when enemies were close to making their way through my corridors of death (meaning my towers). Simple meaning it's presentation...the game itself is anything but." Ben Boyce has this to say: "It's most definitely the best tower defense game out there, and it's the tower defense game all others in the genre are measured against, as far as I'm concerned." I can't disagree with either of those sentiments.
As far as Shooter goes, to have both titles (PixelJunk Shooter, PixelJunk Shooter 2) in one tidy little package on both PS4 and Vita is a real treat. While the title might imply a game where much shooting is involved, I'd actually consider them zero gravity, explorative platformers. You search for scientists and diamonds and, yes, shoot enemies while making use of some really cool fluid dynamics. Like many of Q-Games' titles, the gameplay is easy to learn / fun to master, and the soundtrack is delightful.
All these games leave on Tuesday, so get them now. Don't have a particular system? Hit up the Sony PlayStation online store and add them to your Download List so you'll have them for later!
I'll be updating The PlayStation Offerings monthly - as the new games roll out, or if any significant changes should occur. In the meantime, let's talk! Let me know in the comments if there's any information you'd like to see included in this feature.