Every beginning of a new month marks the launch of a new set of perks for PlayStation Plus subscribers, when they are given a range of free games across the PS4, PS4 Pro, PS3, and PS Vista platforms.
So, as usual SONY this week announced the PS Plus May 2017 free games lineup (which includes another excellent selection of new games for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita owners to play), after the closure of the April’s free PlayStation Plus games window.
Gamers had the chance to grab Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime and Drawn to Death (which was only just released in April). Besides, thanks to Cross-Buy, PS4 users had a four games last month (April), as both of the Vita games (Curses ‘n Chaos and 10 Second Ninja) are playable on both systems.
PS3 had Invizimals: the Lost Kingdom and Alien Rage: Extended Edition.
Although this month presents yet another chance for gamers to try game they might not otherwise played, it’s so unfortunate that none of the games revealed appears to support the Sony’s Cross- Bar feature.
So, here are the free PlayStation Plus games in Australia, Europe, and North America which are already available for May 2017
1. Abzu (US only)
ABZÛ is an amazing underwater adventure game that takes your diving dream to another level. Players are immersed in a lively ocean world packed with mystery and bursting with color and life.
Players can perform amazing fluid acrobatics using graceful swimming controls, as they explore the underwater environment to discover hundreds of unique species created around the real creatures and form a powerful relationship with the rich sea life.
But as you linger in epic seascapes exploring the aquatic ecosystems, be careful, dangers lurk in the depths.
According to the developers:
“ABZÛ will take players on an epic adventure into the depths of the ocean, where they will encounter majestic creatures and discover long lost secrets. The game draws inspiration from a deep, innate story that we all carry in our collective subconscious, a universal origin myth that resonates across cultures. As such, the name ABZÛ references a concept from the oldest Mesopotamian mythology: it is the combination of two ancient words Ab, meaning ocean, and Zû, meaning to know. Essentially, ABZÛ is the ocean of wisdom.”
If you’re video games enthusiast, then you do understand how many developers have been on a mission to create powerful, finely honed, visually spectacular titles that seeks to meet many gamers expectation as the industry continues to grow.
In that vein, Housemarque came up with Alienation which is a embodiment of the retro-style, overhead four-player shooter done up with new school technology.
This game clearly shows off the developer’s skills at creating intense action experiences. In Alienation, players fight aliens in a zombie-like fashion.
The world has been conquered by aliens, a better part of the population has either been killed or mutated, and the only hope for turning the tide rests upon a squad of four heavily modified soldiers.
According to the developers:
“Unleash a devastating array of conventional, hybrid and Alien weaponry and eliminate the Alien masses with extreme firepower in massively destructible environments where collateral damage can literally bring the house down!”
3. Laser Disco Defenders
In Laser Disco Defenders players take the role as members of the Titular Laser Disco Defenders (a team of super groovy cats) whose task is to take on the Evil Lord Monotone and defeat his terrible taste in music!
The team is made up of four members and you can take control of all of them to offer something slightly different in play style.
According to the developers :
“Shoot and dodge lasers in Laser Disco Defenders! A self-inflicted bullet hell that combines retro sci-fi with the sounds and sights of the disco era. Explore randomly generated levels, complete missions to unlock new clothing and customize your character to gain new abilities. Can you defeat the evil Lord Monotone and his diabolical galaxies’ taste in music?”
3. Tales from the Borderlands
Tales from the Borderlands explores and develops a lot from the Teltale Game Series of stories and all-new characters from the world of Pandora, as seen in the critically -acclaimed and best-selling Borderlands 2 from Gearbox and 2K.
The game is about a Hyperion company man (Rhys) eyeing to be the next Handsome Jack, and about Fiona, a Pandoran con artist looking to become the top scored of the biggest of all swindles.
The duo have mistakenly been lured into danger by a Vault key and all it promises, hence they share the common goal and a huge amount of mistrust. Who is telling the truth, and why is it important that’s up to you to decide.
According to Fandom:
“The episodes feature two main characters: Rhys, a Hyperion business shark and Fiona, a tough-as-nails con artist. They have vastly different personalities but their circumstances force them to work together. How they and other characters in the story react is up to the player. Every choice made and everything they say is remembered by other characters and can influence later events.”
Type: Rider is an adventure puzzle platformer that sees players uncover the history and secrets of fonts and characters. Control 2 dots and travel through the ages of typographic styles and techniques.
The games includes 10 different levels – each relating to a specific font – and the PlayStation versions add new exclusive content in the form of a time attack mode, which includes 10 additional levels designed for speed runs. There’s also the ability to play with back touch on PS Vita and with motion on the DualShock 4.
According to IGN:
“Play as 2 dots and travel through the ages of typographic styles and techniques in Type: Rider.
From the rock paintings of prehistoric times to Pixel art of the 2000’s, solve all the riddles by riding the most popular fonts and characters (Garamond, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Pixel, Comic Sans…) in a very captivating musical and visual environment.”
5. Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants
In this game players get on an epic adventure through the Caribbean during the war-engulfed 17th century where the naval powers of England, France, Spain and Netherlands fight for supremacy in the colonies.
You take on the role of a sea captain, working (at least initially) for Spain. Choose to play the main campaign as an adventurer or as a trader: the latter option ostensibly makes this a fire-and-brimstone, crossed-cutlasses action game, while the former is for those players who prefer microeconomic challenges.
According to the developers:
“The Caribbean, in the turbulent 17th Century. The mighty kingdoms of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands fight over the colonies. And there you are, a young sea captain whose only goal is to become the most powerful man in the New World. To achieve that goal, you may choose one of the two available campaigns: will you become an Adventurer or a Trader?”
6. Blood Knights
Blood Knights is an action-adventure game, players assume the role of characters who must defeat evil forces in a mythical version of the Holy Land.
Two deadly enemies. One blood bond. No mercy. Fight with Alysa and Jeremy against hordes of enemies. Carnage for two: play solo or with a friend! The hack’n’slay action of Blood Knights offers single and multiplayer modes that allow you to play solo or with another player at any time. Co-op mode opens up a range of different tactical combat options: capture enemies with the vampire grip and drink their blood to increase your strength. Share your blood with your fellow player and support them.
According to the developers:
Confront the enemy’s superior strength and regain your honor after you, the glorious vampire hunter, have been turned into a vampire yourself. Launch devastating attacks by combining your vampire skills with the powerful strikes of your swords The hack’n’slay from developer Deck13 (Venetica, Jack Keane) offers single and multiplayer modes. You can switch at any time between the melee combat warrior Jeremy and the ranged fighter, Alysa, who uses two crossbows to fire at her targets. Play in co-operative mode with a friend who can join or leave the game whenever they like. Your teamplay will open up new tactical combat options. Capture enemies with the vampire grip and drink their blood to increase your strength. Become part of the dramatic story of temptation and betrayal. Learn special skills, find weapons and items of equipment and discover secret hiding places.
It’s important to note that this month sees different free PS4 games offered in certain territories. For example, Australian and European subscribers will get Alienation as US subscribers will get Abzu.
All the games listed above will be free to download starting on Tuesday, May 2nd.
You just have to make you have an active subscription to PlayStation Plus in order to download these games for free. You will also need to keep paying for or restart your subscription in order to keep them, even if you downloaded them for free while you had a PS Plus subscription.
Make sure to check back next month for the free PlayStation Plus games of June 2017.
PlayStation Grenade’s review on the Playstation Plus Games for May 2017