September ’14 IGC

Another month has rolled by already, and we’re ready for another Playstation Plus preview for September. This month will mark my 2 year anniversary with the service, though I had bought 3 month subscriptions a time or two before that. For the money spent, I’ve not seen a better value for the budget gamer. The only draw back being that if you let your subscription lapse you lose access to the games acquired via the service. But at $50 a year, it’s not too hard to come up with to ensure you don’t miss out on new free games, or the games previously added to the list. Anyway, let’s get on with the show.

PS4 users will be treated to a new day 1 game in Velocity 2x, which is the sequel to Velocity Ultra. I got the latter game in a Humble Bundle, and it was a pretty fun shmup; the sequel looks to improve on the graphics and the formula. The interesting bit here is the ability to warp and speed up the scrolling of the landscape which can add to the challenge besides just shooting stuff and avoiding enemy fire. Another new feature is the ability to leave your ship and run around through some platforming levels that look pretty cool.

Also on PS4 but cross-play for PS3 is a bundle of sport-like games called Sportsfriends. I wouldn’t really call the games sports per se, but it is designed for couch co-op/competition.

On PS3, the big title this month is Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, which is basically a Super Smash Bros variant, starring Playstation exclusive characters over the years. I’ve already played this game and had considered the purchase on multiple occasions, but just never got around to it. I liked the game, it was fun for a time, but I didn’t play anything except for the multiplayer, and didn’t really know what I was doing. I think given the time to really practice and get good at it, it would be even more enjoyable. I already know a couple people with the title, so multiplayer matches won’t be hard to find.

The other PS3 title is Hoard, which is an indie title that released a while ago. I’ve looked at it multiple times and thought about picking it up, but never did. It’s described as an arcade action-strategy game, and you play as a dragon, amassing gold for your hoard. It looks interesting enough and I’m looking forward to trying it.

Lastly on PSVita, a new Joe Danger port and TxK, which is a remake of the old Atari classic Tempest. Joe Danger was free for PS3 via Plus some time ago, and it has its moments but wouldn’t be for everyone. TxK should be pretty fun, as Tempest was a great game in its day.

Overall it’s a pretty decent month. I’ll get back with more on this when I get around to playing these titles.

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