Sony’s PlayStation Plus is a subscription-based service that allows members to get weekly and monthly access to discounted games on the PlayStation Network, as well as the occasional free game. Sony has calculated that the $50/year service has granted thousands of dollars in savings.
Everyone loves free games, but nobody likes a free game that’s a piece of HDD-hogging garbage. “In PlayStation Plus We Trust” is a new weekly feature outlining the new free addition(s) to the Instant Game Collection to help you decide whether that newest freebie in the Store is worth your time.
This week, we get treated to EA’s epic military shooter Battlefield 3.
There’s a fairly noticeable different between the Battlefield and Call of Duty franchises, and therein lies the preference between the two. While the latter is definitely more of a faster-paced arcade-y experience, EA’s Battlefield franchise feels slower and heavier. There’s a weight to the shooting, and it feels like it packs more of a punch. The campaign for Battlefield 3 is visceral and muscular, and has its fair share of very exciting moments. That said, it’s still a standard military shooter storyline with Terrorist Group X threatening American and America killing all of them. It’s fun, but mostly unmemorable except for the awesome sense of destruction thanks to Frostbite 2.
There is, of course, the multiplayer: a much more drawn-out, meticulous and large-scale affair than the majority of other multiplayer shooters. That’s what sets it apart; it retains that weight from the single player game and it makes kills feel satisfying. You may barely bat an eye when a score increase pops in a faster-paced shooter, but Battlefield 3 really gives the combat more of a satisfying heft that alone makes the mode worth a try. If you tire of the mindless, light feel of Call of Duty, this may be up your alley. However, if you are tired of the military shooter in general there will not be much here to change your mind.
Verdict: Worth Downloading
Prepare your wallet for the Summer Blast Discounts. Of note here are Batman: Arkham Asylum (which I named as part of one of the best series of this generation) for $5 (seriously, get this game), Mortal Kombat PS Vita (not only is it one of the highest-rated versions of the game, it includes all of the console content and more), and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game, a delightful old school brawler, for $2.
PS Plus Price
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
The Amazing Spider-Man
Batman: Arkham Asylum
The Lord Of The Rings: Aragorn’s Quest
Mortal Kombat PS Vita
Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game
Shadow Of The Colossus
Ratchet & Clank Collection
That will do it for this week’s Plus perks! Check back next Tuesday for the next set of freebies and deals!