Keeping with the tradition of revealing their Instant Game Collection lineup during the last week of the month, Sony has revealed September’s PlayStation Plus offerings.
On PlayStation 4, Velocity 2X, one of our most anticipated games of 2014, will be free on the day it’s released. This is an enormous coup for PlayStation Plus subscribers, as FuturLab’s time-warping shoot-’em-up/platformer/puzzler/speed-running title has the potential to be one of 2014’s best downloadable titles. Velocity 2X will also be released on the PlayStation Vita, so this Cross-Buy title will be free on the handheld as well. PS4 owners will also get access to Sportsfriends, one of the better couch co-op games of the year. Being that Towerfall: Ascension was a free title two months ago, PlayStation Plus subscribers now have a number of options for when friends come over for a few beers.
PlayStation 3 owners will receive the underrated multiplayer brawler PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale and indie strategy title Hoard. PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is the clear highlight here, as its strategy-heavy fighting should make for a great deal of excitement. It’s not Super Smash Bros., but this is a fun title with an easy Platinum and a (hopefully) resurgent online audience. Hoard is a fast-paced top-down strategy title set in Medieval times; players aim to either destroy villages while playing as a dragon, or build a pile of gold large enough to sleep upon.
There’s no shortage of fun on the Vita either, as Sony’s handheld has arguably the strongest free lineup of all. In addition to the aforementioned handheld version of Velocity 2X, Vita owners will have the chance to download Joe Danger and TxK for the cool price of zero American dollars. Joe Danger will be a September PlayStation Plus offering from the moment it is released on Sony’s underrated handheld. The critically well-received racing-platformer will run at 60 FPS on the Vita, meaning that this is likely the best place to play this downloadable title. TxK, the spiritual successor to Tempest, is a chaotic tunnel-shooter with some of the most psychedelic visuals you’ll find anywhere outside of the ’70s. We absolutely loved this interpretation of an old classic, as it’s one of the best arcade-like experiences you’ll find on the Vita.