Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Month On Plus: August 2014


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After two "leaks", the Playstation Plus lineup for August has finally been announced, and once again it looks great! These picks are for Europe, so other continents should look to their respective Playstation blog to see what they'll be getting next month. All games will be made free on the 7th of August, with July's picks expiring on the same day.

Road Not Taken (PS4)
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In this cute little puzzler, you play as a ranger sent out to save some darned kids who have goen and got themselves lost in a cold, snowy forest. As well as saving the silly infants, you'll have to make sure that you're ranger doesn't freeze to death and making sure you still have enough energy left to carry on. Yup, it's a lot darker than it looks, but it's a brand new game that hasn't come out yet, so PS4 owners are lucky to snap this one up for free!

Fez (PS4)
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From it's famous indie creator Phil Fish to it's long wait, I'm sure I don't need to tell you about the frankly amazing Fez and it's bad history. But that wouldn't do it justice. It's amazing to think that Fez was created by one guy, what with it's beautiful worlds, innovative mechanics and cutesy story. Basically, you play as Gomez, a 2D man who realizes that his world is actually 3D, and he can rotate it as he pleases. It's definitley one of the best games of this decade, and it's a great addition to the Instant Game Collection.

Crysis 3 (PS3)
Image from www.crysis.com, duh
Blending the jungle worlds of the first game and the destroyed metropolis of the second, Crysis 3 can be played how you like. Your character's Nanosuit allows for you to be as stealthy or as gung-ho as you like in your Seph-killing adventures, and with a new bow and arrow to use along with plenty of other new weaponry and abilities you'll never have to worry about how you'll kill that next alien thingmajig. The multiplayer, developed by the now sadly defunct Timesplitters creators Crytek UK (Formerly Free Radical Design) is also great fun, especially when said Nanosuit comes into play.

Proteus (PS3 and PS Vita)
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Developed by Curve Studios (Makers of the beautifully-written The Swapper) Proteus is a relaxing piece of art if there ever was one. A beautiful, minimal and nature-filled world would be the equivalent of a massage at Champney's, but Proteus goes further. Interacting with different parts of the island and it's inhabitants creates a relaxing piece of music, which you can then mix and match to your heart's desire. Goodbye blood pressure!

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
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Other than the recent bad LEGO Movie tie-in, LEGO games have always been whimsical and imaginative, and have been every kid's favorite game, and every adult's guilty pleasure. Yet, despite their simple mechanics (Smash stuff, get moneys) they've never seemed reptitve, and the second Harry Potter game is no exception. It's classic blend of toilet and intelligent humor is ever-present, and it's generally a game that will make you feel good.

Metrico (PS Vita)
Image from www.metrico-game.com
Don't be put off by Metrico's remarkable minamalist art style (A blend of Thomas Was Alone and Kill The Bad Guy): Metrico is a crazily complex game. Every level, you'll have to discover what happens when you press each button. Moving left in one level might make a platform move right, but in another... you get the idea. Metrico is also a very new game, so once again it's a steal for PS Plus subscribers. Praise Yoshida!


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