March ’15 IGC

It’s that time again. Another round of freebies for Playstation Plus members releases today. For whatever reason, Sony was a bit late giving out the information, so by the time I found out what games we are getting, they were already live on the store. That works for me. Because their post was late, it appears there won’t be a video, so you get to deal with me droning on about the titles 🙂

For PS4 owners, you’ll be treated to four games this week. First up is Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey New n Tasty. This is a rehash of the original Oddworld game that came out on the PS1 and started the franchise. I believe this means we’ve received all of the Oddworld games for free on the various consoles to this point, but honestly I’m not a fan. I had the original Oddworld on my PS1 back in the day, and I really didn’t get it. It was hugely popular, but it was just an indie puzzle game before its time. Seriously, tell me there aren’t a thousand other games just like this on the indie market these days. This title gets a meh from me.

Next is Valiant Hearts: The Great War. I’m not really sure what this game is all about, but I do know that it came out a while back and looked kind of interesting when I saw it on Steam. I also recall hearing some good things about the title, but you’ll have to try it for yourself. I cannot comment at this point, I haven’t tried it nor do I have the PS4 to try it right now.

OlliOlli2 hits the PS4 and the Vita this month, and having recently purchased a bundle on the PC with the original in it, I can attest that it’s a pretty fun game. This one would probably be more entertaining on the go as a Vita title, but either way it’s a fun game. Think 2-D Tony Hawk, and you’ll know whether or not you’d enjoy it. I found it to be a pretty fun time waster on the PC, but in that case a controller was necessary. You won’t have to worry about that on the console obviously. Skateboarding hasn’t been this fun in years.

Finally, CounterSpy is on all three consoles this month, and it looks to be a retro themed stealth game, but I really hadn’t heard anything about this one before posting this today. From appearances, it looks like a platformer or perhaps a 3-D stealther, but I’m not really sure. Since this one was cross-buy on the PS3, I’ll be able to check it out and report back later.

That covers PS4 and Vita, so on to the PS3.

Aside from CounterSpy which I already mentioned, PS3 owners are getting treated to Papo & Yo, along with Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments. Meh. Really meh. I’m downloading all 3 games I had access to as I write this, but honestly I’m not excited about any of them. Counterspy is probably the most interesting, but it’s not something I’m dying to play, and neither other title really appeals to me. Papo & Yo is a puzzle platformer. The Sherlock Holmes game looks good graphically, but I’m not sure if it’s more point and click, interactive narrative, or something else. I suppose I’ll find out and get back to you.

So overall, this is a pretty weak month for Plus members. However, we’ve had some pretty good months recently so I’m not complaining. I think it’s about time to renew my membership too. Anyway, that’s all for this month. Will see you next time.

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