Welcome to the monthly series where I briefly review each Playstation Plus game for the PS4 and PS Vita.
I don’t own a PS3, so I cannot comment on those games. If I happen to have experience with one of them I will disclose what I know, otherwise don’t expect to see them covered here.
I’d like to point out that my intention is not to attack anyone’s game preferences. If you like the free games Sony offers each month without question, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. I’m not trying to bash these games, instead just offering my unique take. I will describe each game in more detail for you so that you can make your own decision about them.
Every month I’ll give a resounding “aye” or “nay” for each game, and I’ll tally up the marks to give a final score for the month. This is purely my opinion, so you don’t have to agree. If you do happen to disagree, just comment or some shit because I’m always up for a discussion.
This is my site, so if you’re an asshole don’t expect to be in the limelight. That’s not the same as censoring everyone who disagrees with me. If you have a differing opinion, by all means share it. I’m strictly referring to trolls who like to spread vitriol and hate for no reason. If you further the discussion you’re comments are always welcome — whether you agree with my point of view or not.
Right, now that’s over with let’s get this shit on the road.
Playstation Plus Games for July, 2015
The Playstation Plus games for this month are:
- Rocket League (PS4)
- Styx: Master of Shadows (PS4)
- Mousecraft (PS4/PS3/PS Vita)
- Entwined (PS4/PS3/PS Vita)
- Geometry Wars 3 (PS Vita)
To Download or Not to Download?
Wondering what games are worth your bandwidth? Me personally, I have plenty of bandwidth available but I still have the stock 500GB HDD in my PS4 and I’m quickly running out of space. I like to know whether or not these games are worthy enough to take up my precious space.
Here’s what I think of this month’s games:
Rocket League [YAY]
Rocket League is the follow-up to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars, by Psyonix. Basically, it’s FIFA or soccer with rocket powered vehicles, a gigantic ball and huge arenas. You use the power of jets to jump your vehicle around and speed around the arena, with the ultimate point to score goals soccer-style.
There is a single player exhibition mode with bots, and you can even play an entire season, complete with the playoffs. Where the game really shines is the online multiplayer. Trust me when I say my words do this game no justice. Even if you don’t generally like sports games, give this one a try. It’s fucking awesome.
Styx: Master of Shadows [YAY]
Styx: Master of Shadows is a stealth game that has a lot of mechanics similar to Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed titles. Make no mistake about it, however, this game is in a league of its own. The content is definitely mature, and there’s plenty of cussing in the dialogue. Fuck yeah.
Some of the game mechanics are frustrating and the combat is terrible. That said, if you remain out of sight and stealthy most of the game that won’t matter. Give it a try.
Oh, and you play as a goblin.
MouseCraft is a quirky little puzzle game where you need to lead a small group of mice on each level to a brick of cheese. You accomplish this by placing tetris style blocks throughout the stage, allowing the mice to traverse the world much easier. Surprisingly, there’s a lot of content on offer here and it feels right at home on the PS Vita. It’s crossbuy for Plus members and can also be played on the PS4 and PS3, which is always great.
Entwined is a strange title. It follows two souls, one of a bird and the other of a dragon who are madly in love, yet they cannot be together. You must guide the two souls using the analog sticks on the controller, one stick for each soul. When they combine they turn into a pretty badass dragon.
That said, the game is frustrating, and I didn’t find it very fun. You might though! I gave this one a nay.
Geometry Wars 3 [YAY]
When I played my Xbox 360 a lot, one of my go-to games was Geometry Wars. It was an Asteroid style twin-stick shooter where you fought off hordes of various shapes. It was great in bite-sized play sessions and I had tons of fun with it.
Imagine my excitement when I saw the latest title in the series — Geometry Wars 3 — announced as a free game for PS Plus. To be honest, not much has changed with the exception of many more game modes to play. It’s still tons of fun especially on the PS Vita.
Was It a Good Month?
All told, it was a damn good month. We have access to four solid games — Rocket League is worth it alone if you own a PS4.
If all you own is a Vita, this month was much better than June. Geometry Wars 3 and MouseCraft are ideal for portable gameplay which is exactly what the Vita is designed for. I won’t comment on Entwined.
If you’d like to weigh in and share your opinion of this month’s games, go for it!