I don’t know about you guys, but every month is like Christmas on the PlayStation Network…at least for PlayStation Plus members. The PlayStation Plus lineup for March 2017 has been revealed, once again giving members six free games across various PlayStation hardware. This month’s free games are as follows (via Wikipedia):
- Disc Jam, PS4 – The game combines elements of air hockey and tennis in a manner similar to the game Windjammers. However, while Windjammers is played from an overhead top-down perspective from the sidelines, Disk Jam is played from a behind the character, third-person perspective. The game features 1 vs 1 and 2 vs 2 matches, allowing for up to four player multiplayer, either locally or online.
- Tearaway Unfolded, PS4 – Tearaway Unfolded‘s gameplay revolves around environmental platform interaction, creativity and customizability, confrontations with Scraps and other antagonistical creatures, mini-quests issued by non-playable characters, and finding collectibles. The player, who controls several aspects of the world in a god-like fashion, navigates the messenger through the environments by changing the landscape. For example, in order to help Iota/Atoi advance through a specific section, the player may have to trigger bounce pads, rotate platforms, illuminate objects, cast gusts of wind, or hurl objects, to trigger the solution and allow progression. The player is tasked with designing objects for use in the game’s world, which are mostly used to solve people’s problems or requests, but may also be used for decorative purposes. The messenger is given several helpful tools over the course of the game, which introduce new gameplay mechanics, and, among other things, allow for alternate methods of traversal.
- Under Night: In-Birth, PS3 – Under Night In-Birth takes place in a fictional modern-day setting some time in the 21st century. A phenomenon called the Hollow Night has been enveloping particular regions of Japan once a month for several centuries. Each area engulfed in the Hollow Night is beset by shadow-like creatures called Voids that utilize and feed upon a power known as “Existence”, or EXS . Normal humans cannot see or come into contact with Voids, but certain people have the potential to perceive them. Those who acquire this perception are targeted by Voids and risk either being consumed by them or losing their sanity. Under special circumstances, a person who maintains their sanity after being attacked by a Void can become a being known as an In-Birth. While this status places a person into a sort of limbo where they are neither living nor dead, they also gain the ability to control Existence. The protagonist, Hyde, is one character who survived a Void attack and became an In-Birth. The Gameplay has a distinct Blazblue feel too it, if you are familiar.
- Earth Defense Force 2025, PS3 – The player takes control of an EDF soldier from one of four soldier classes. To fight these alien forces the player can access several weapons in the game, ranging from assault rifles and sniper rifles to rocket launchers, grenades, and laser weapons. Only two weapons may be selected for each mission with the exception of the Fencer, who can have four weapons, and the Air Raider, which can have three. The game has more than seven hundred weapons; roughly 175 weapons per soldier class. This the highest weapon count of any EDF. Some levels also contain vehicles which can be operated. The game takes place across levels featuring destructible environments, taking place in settings such as cities, beaches, hills, underground tunnels and more. There is no penalty for collateral damage that is inflicted on the environment by the player, for instance when buildings crumble after sustaining a few hits from a rocket launcher or grenade. Other EDF soldiers can be recruited or followed, and attack enemies on sight, as well as provide radio chatter. You can also customize the color of your soldier. There are several difficulty levels. More effective weapons are dropped by the enemies in the game at the higher difficulty levels, encouraging players to repeat the missions. In addition to weapons, armor enhancements which function as permanent maximum health bonuses are dropped along with healing items.
- Lumo. PS Vita (crossbuy on PS4) – Drawn from the mind of veteran game designer Gareth Noyce, Lumo offers a fresh, modern take on the classic isometric adventure style. Players can spend hours exploring over 400 rooms, finding secrets and solving puzzles.
- Severed, PS Vita – Severed is a touch-based role-playing game by acclaimed design team Drinkbox Studios.
Not too shabby of a lineup for March if I say so myself. Keep in mind even if you don’t have a certain system you can still mark these titles as downloaded just in case you happen to get one later, that way you’ll have a massive library of games when you do!