Steve! In Adventures with Playstation Plus

I can’t play this. Why are you showing me this?

Over the past few months I have joined the legion of PS-plussers, hoping to gain the best free stuff and discounts PSN has to offer, all for the ample price of £40 per year. There have been some highs, including the utterly delightful Stacking as well as Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars (possibly one of the greatest videogame titles ever). However, there have also been some lows, from constantly being told things are in the pipeline when they’re not, to celebrating their first year with pictures of a cake being eaten. Way-sodding-hey.

In light of this, I thought it would be wise to evaluate and mini-review each months freebies, discounts and promises to see if I really am getting bang for my buck, or just some more disappointing faraway cake. And as August’s announcement has just been made, now is a good time start. So, let’s begin with the free games…

It’s 2D central at PS Plus this month

PSN – Comix Zone – Anyone who’s played this game will testify that this game is harder than Ross Kemp with some strippers in a war-zone. However, for such an old game (16 years at time of writing) it’s still good, if horrifically 90s. Its looks hold up to a point too, though it could do with a nice full HD remake.

PSN – Crash Commando – Another 2D game, taking bits from Worms and Team Fortress 2 and mashing them together. Great fun multiplayer, pretty dull single player.

PSOne – Rayman – Still holds up today, scenery and characters all look good. Hoorah, a good PSone classic!

Mini – OMG-Z! – A ‘destroy-as-many-zombies-as-you-can-with-little-ammo’-em-up, with an interesting spider tree level progression. However, conditions to progress at even the bare minimum are higher than you’d expect, while  finding the one zombie to hit in a crowd of hundreds is time consuming. Also, the targeting is just awful..

Mini – Bashi Blocks – A relatively boring Breakout clone.

How much?

Now going on to this month’s discounts. One of PSN’s problems is pricing, and while the original Assassin’s Creed from £9.99 to £7.49 is nice, they need to sort some things out. First of all, the blog says it’ll be 50% off, which is just plain wrong, while the store has “-35%” emblazoned on AC’s page. Both are wrong, which is annoying people. There’s more AC stuff on discount, but considering you can buy GOTY editions for both the 2nd and 3rd games at half the price of a standard digital version, they’re utterly not worth it.

Other than that, there’s a decent discount on Worms 2: Armageddon, but not a lot else. Themes and avatars this week seem very plain and unoriginal too.

Verdict: Eh. Decent but very old freebies, poor discounts.


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