August’s Free PlayStation Plus Games Revealed

Next month’s selection of free games in the form of PlayStation Plus’ Instant Game Collection have been announced, and as usual it’s a good little selection with something for everyone, be that on PS4, PS3 or Vita.

First up, for PS4 is Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, which features four-player co-op story, in which players must work together to explore the temple, defeat hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld, solve devious puzzles and avoid deadly traps.

PS4 also sees Limbo, Playdead’s eerie black and white platformer where you step into the shoes of a young boy travelling a treacherous world in an attempt to discover the fate of his sister.

Alongside those the PS4 will also be getting Sound Shapes, a platformer where sounds and shapes seamlessly mesh together to create an unforgettable experience. You can even create your own levels, and compose music, by building environments and choosing enemies and obstacles. Sound Shapes is PS4, PS3 and PS Vita cross-buy compatible – so, free everywhere!

Another cross-buy title spanning all three platforms on the books is Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones. Described as a brilliant platforming adventure in which you play the role of a clone escaping a sinister and high-tech testing facility, Stealth Inc 2 tests both your brain and your reflexes over 60 varied levels linked together by a sprawling overworld, apparently.

As well as those two titles, PS3 players will also be able to get their hands on God of War: Ascension, which is a notable inclusion given the recently released God of War 3 Remaster.
Six months have passed since Kratos stood before the bodies of his wife and child, his hands stained with their blood – duped by Ares into killing the only people he ever loved. Sentenced to an eternity chained within a prison for the living damned, Kratos battles insanity at the hands of the Furies. He will be tested as he seeks freedom, redemption for his sins and vengeance for his family. Sounds cheery!

And finally, for PS3 and Vita, there’s CastleStorm Complete Edition, where medieval warfare meets 2D physics-based destruction! Controlling the battle in real time, you must harness the power of medieval artillery, manage a fearsome ground attack and cast powerful spells! CastleStorm features a story-driven solo campaign, a custom castle editor, online multiplayer, co-op modes and more.

August 2015’s PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection in summary:

Entering PS Plus:

  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4)
  • Limbo (PS4)
  • God of War Ascension (PS3)
  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Sound Shapes (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • CastleStorm Complete Edition (PS3, PS Vita)

Leaving PS Plus:

  • Rocket League (PS4)
  • Styx Master of Shadows (PS4)
  • Rain (PS3)
  • Mousecraft (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved (PS Vita)
  • Entwined (PS4, PS Vita)

The new update rolls out August 4th, so don’t forget to grab last months games before that date.

August’s Free PlayStation Plus Games Revealed

Splatoon’s August Content Update Dated & Detailed

Splatoon’s much anticipated “August Update” has finally been dated by Nintendo Japan, and it’s under two weeks away – with the company’s twitter page confirming the content will roll out next Thursday, August 6th.

The translated tweet, alongside a helpful bit of PR from Nintendo tells us the free update will include many things fans of the game have been asking for since its launch – increased level caps (Level 50, Rank S+), new gear, “tag match” and private lobbies.

Still out to sea, however, is the addition of in-game party chat, with Nintendo, perhaps sensibly, choosing to protect Splatoon’s younger player-base from the vocal community you’ll find alongside other console shooters, such as COD.

Kids, Squids, COD. I can’t keep up.

The Splatoon twitter account has also posted today to announce that for a couple of days prior to this content drop the Urchin Underpass map will disappear from rotation for “maintenance”. After this period (3-5 Aug) the stage will return, although presumably with a slight redesign.

Splatoon’s August Content Update Dated & Detailed

Straight To Vide-ARGHHH: Dead Rising Watchtower Now Available In The UK

Dead Rising: Watchtower, the movie based on Capcom’s smash-hit survival horror game series, is now available to rent and buy in the UK.

If news of such a film existing has all come as a bit of a surprise, that’ll be because the film skipped a theatrical release, instead making it’s debut back in March when it lurched onto the now US-only streaming service Crackle.

Should that trailer have piqued your interest you’ll be pleased to hear that the feature length flick is available on DVD and Blu-ray from the likes of Amazon, as well as via iTunes, Google Play and other Video-On-Demand services.

The official plot summary is below and may contain spoilers – and/or brains – you have been warned.

Present day. East Mission, Oregon is locked down after police find the bodies of what appear to be victims of a zombie attack. Zombies are not a new phenomenon, but outbreaks are uncommon. Past incidents were only just contained in time and the country is nervous.

When two ambitious Net 2.0 reporters, Chase and Jordan, get inside the quarantine zone to report on a large group of civilians trapped in an inner city dome stadium, they realise they’re waiting for a rescue that isn’t coming. Many of those abandoned inside are survivors of past outbreaks who carry the zombie virus in their blood. They only survive by taking the antidote once every 24 hours — a drug called Zombrex. When the local drug supply mysteriously fails, a small crisis explodes into mass panic and catastrophe.

The story unfolds from two perspectives: survivors inside the city and officials and the media on the outside. Unlike virtually all other zombie narratives, the world hasn’t ended. The outbreak is merely a large-scale natural disaster that the rest of the world watches on TV.

After Jordan manages to escape the quarantine zone, she sets out to unravel the conspiracy behind the failed Zombrex, while Chase is trapped inside with a few others, battling to survive. Their perilous, action-packed journey to escape simultaneously forces them to question what they’re willing to do to survive and, ultimately, their own sense of humanity.

Straight To Vide-ARGHHH: Dead Rising Watchtower Now Available In The UK

Skullgirls 2nd Encore Will Battle Onto North American PS4’s Next Week

North American PS4 owners will be able to get their grubby hands on Skullgirls 2nd Encore July 7, the developer Lab Zero Games have announced.

It was also once again reiterated that the title will be cross-buy with the forthcoming Vita release, although that has yet to be officially dated, but is planned within the next couple of months.

“We’re still working on #Skullgirls 2nd Encore for PS Vita, and hope to have it out 6 weeks after the initial PS4 release. Still cross-buy!”

Skullgirls 2nd Encore Will Battle Onto North American PS4’s Next Week