Sorry this one was late, everyone! My computer was sick and needed the first half of the week to rehabilitate/reformat.
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.
Certain fanboys will love this week’s deal: the delightfully bizarre Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD.
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD
This is an extremely bizarre game. For starters, the world itself is extremely dark, involving a race of beings getting capture and killed off for their lungs. This is in the same world as an evil corporation that enslaved these same creatures. This is definitely a puzzle-focused platformer, with each area representing a new challenge to save and direct a set of friends. There’s also platforming, physics puzzles, just a touch of collecting, and a dash of lite RTS. There are a lot of moving pieces that work together surprisingly well.
It is all a bit archaic: many times, you’ll have several characters running with you. Those you cannot control directly will have to be either led or carried to wherever you need to go. Need to get 5 guys over a gap? You’re going to have to toss all 5 of them, one at a time. The controls are fine for being a PS3 port of an Xbox (original) game, and of course the fact that things feel old is understandable, but don’t go into this expecting the polish that comes with years of experience that didn’t exist when this game originally released. This is a game from the last generation, but if you can get over that, you’ll probably have fun with this adventure into the disturbing and endearing Oddworld.
Verdict: Worth Downloading
Summer Blast continues with another robust set of discounted games. This week isn’t quite as impressive as last week, but there are a few standouts. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes was a real treat on the consoles. It’s probably just as hilarious on the Vita, but it’s discounted for both systems. Think about it. Just Cause 2 is awesome. Get that now if you haven’t. There’s also the Hitman Trilogy HD, which is Hitman, so it’s definitely worth picking up if you have a passing interest. Fight Night Champion is also kind of awesome, and totally worth it for the price.
That will do it for this week’s Plus perks! Check back next Tuesday for the next set of freebies and deals!