August 6, 2013
Free Games with your Subscription
It has been no secret that PlayStation Plus members have had a great time getting free games with their subscription to the service. During Microsoft’s E3 press event, they started “Games with Gold”, free games to anyone with a good membership. Anyone that has been paying attention this is not new news, but what is, is the list of games you can get this month from both parties. Let’s take a look at what you can get this month.
Microsoft “Games with Gold”
August 1st – 15th – Crackdown (normally $14.99) – Size 6.15 GB
August 16th – 31st – Dead Rising 2 (normally $29.99) – Size 6.14 GB
– Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (normally $5) – Size 824 MB
This program is still in its infancy, but this is the best month yet. Crackdown is a great co-op romp, and offers tons of content even if you are playing the game alone. Dead Rising 2 fixed several problems the first game had, plus they added co-op for double the zombie bashing fun. All you have to do is make sure your gold membership is still active and download away. There is normally a tab somewhere on the dashboard, it does move around, for the program and you can download the game from there.
Sony – PlayStation Plus “Instant Game Collection
Games being added to the Instant Game Collection for August. (There individual release dates were not disclosed)
Hitman Absolution (PS3)
Bit. Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PS3)
Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3)
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (Vita)
Hitman is the only title where a date was issued and it will be available on the 6th. There are still several games left over from last month that are still available including Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and a personal favorite Jet Set Radio. If you have yet to play this premier Dreamcast title, please download it and give it a try, it is very unique. For the new releases, Runner2 and Star Wars Pinball should be no brainers, Hitman Absolution is a solid title, though a little action heavy compared to previous entries. If you have a Vita and crave a great fighter on the go Darkstalkers is hard to pass up, and as for Machinarium, I, sadly, have never played it so I can’t judge; though it has won Indie game awards.
When we catch wind of what is coming in September, I will post ant let everyone know, until then there are some great games on both list and should keep you busy for quite a while, and just think it didn’t cost you anything extra.