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 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, clear some permanent space on your Vita’s memory for Rayman Origins.
Rayman Origins (Vita)
Now, this is a good game. Rayman Origins is the revitalized limbless hero, Michel Ancel’s baby, and a fresh perspective on both the character and the platformer genre. This is essentially a reboot, portraying an earlier adventure of Rayman before he got many of his powers. When the Darktoons invade Rayman’s home and kidnap the disgustingly cute Electoons, Rayman and his best friend Globox set out to save them.
Origins is a fantastic game. The platforming feels perfect. There are over 60 levels and each one is packed with secrets. The outstanding UbiArt Framework engine debuted with this game and gives it a beautiful and delightful art style. There is plenty of hilarious humor. This game is a no-brainer.
Verdict: Must Download
Limbo is an extremely good puzzle-platformer that demands to be played. The stark black-and-white aesthetic, disturbing setting, and remarkably dark “plot” involving a young boy entering the ether to rescue his sister make for one terrifically moody game. Add that to the startlingly nasty deaths if you mess up a puzzle and phenomenal sound design, and Limbo is really, really impressive. Make sure you plug in your headphones.
Worms Revolution (PS3)
The great Worms franchise is not even close to running out of steam, as the stragetic gameplay continues to be engaging on the PS3. There aren’t a great deal of “revolutionary” additions to the classic formulas but there are plenty of game modes, new weapons, goofy customization options, and environments to tear apart. At the end of the day, this is more Worms, and isn’t that what really matters?
Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Cross-Buy)
You’re not likely to play another game like Lone Survivor. This is an intense, mysterious, and creepy survival game with an obscure plot and character, retro graphics, a stunning soundtrack and engaging gameplay that blends stealth and survival. On top of that, there’s a strong possibility that the main character is completely insane, and this is reflected in the gameplay and characters. The Director’s Cut adds a New Game Plus as well as new dialogue, puzzles and a new ending.
Pinballistik: Alien Tycoon Bundle
Described as “Battle Pinball,” Pinballistik takes the classic arcade game into a directly competitive arena. Now, two tables are set side by side and the players of each table must reach a certain score before time runs out. The tables themselves are rudimentary, but the balls and win parameters can be changed and given weird modifiers. Pinball fans might want to check this out.
Pinballistik + DLC Bundle
More Pinballistik, and extra tables. Individual tables can be purchased for $2.39.
Tell us what you’re picking up in the comments, and we’ll see you next week!