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It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for April 18th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for April 18th

With “Winter: Part IV” firmly wrapped around half of this country, I can’t help but think the PlayStation Store itself has frozen up. It’s a bit of a slow week is all I’m trying to say.

Trickling through the pipes is another burst of content from Tecmo Koei for Atelier Lydie & Suelle. There’s the Adventurers’ Tales pack offering some new recipes and the Delicacies and Rarities Pack with 5 new special items.

The Surge — aka “Sci-Fi Dark Souls” — is back again with some new content as well. Grab the Cutting Edge Pack this week for three unique, new exo-gear weapons and matching jumpsuits. And if Zen Studios hadn’t already quenched your thirst for pinball and Star Wars mashups, there’s now a free demo of their latest table for Pinball FX3, Star Wars™ Pinball: The Last Jedi.

Happy Spring! No wait, Winter. No… Happy Spinter!

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for April 11th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for April 11th

It’s April 11th, 2018 and everything is fine! If I say it loud enough and long enough, that makes it true, right? *ahem* Personal life aside, everything is also fine when it comes to freebies on the PlayStation Store this week. There’s another totally free game (with Trophies), some PlayStation Plus goodies, a new demo, and a variety of add-ons. Let’s go! … also everything is Fiiiiiine!

Free Game
The last free game we got was Don’t Bite Me Bro! which turned out to be surprisingly satisfying, so I’m not going to write off Starlit Adventures so quickly. It’s immediately charming with vibrant colors and lots of animated action on screen. It looks a little bit like Mister Driller except you aren’t totally free to dig whatever path you want. The game’s 64 Story levels look to have tricky paths, enemies, and traps for up to four players to tackle. I played it briefly last night and quickly ran up against its paywall. As long as you aren’t dead-set on having the highest scores I don’t think there’s any reason to worry about microtransactions. It’s a quaint little vertical-oriented, puzzle-platformer that seems fun enough.

PlayStation Plus Subscriber Boosts
Paying members of PlayStation Plus can grab another couple of monthly booster packs this week. GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is offering a bundle of 5 Arena Mirror Shards and 5 kegs (25 cards) while 3on3 Freestyle is back with it’s April pack including 1 Random Card Pack, 1 XP Drink (M), and 1 Coin Buff Ball (1D).

Demo
Crypt of the Serpent King looks a little generic. Like, Xbox Live Indie Games generic. In fact, the game escaped that delisted marketplace in 2016 and has made the jump to Steam, Xbox One, and finally PlayStation 4. It isn’t my kind of game but if you were curious about the “medieval first-person hack’n’slash dungeon crawler with roguelike elements”, you can now try it for free.

Add-Ons
You want two new hair styles for Monster Hunter: World? We got it. You want over 900 new songs for Atelier Lydie & Suelle? Holy cow, that’s a lot of songs! How about a BMW X6 Trophy Truck for Gravel? Step right up.

That’s it for this week gang. Grab ‘n go!

Now Playing: Don’t Bite Me Bro! (PlayStation 4)

Now Playing: Don't Bite Me Bro! (PlayStation 4)

How ridiculous is it that the first game I encounter after spending 150 hours with Metal Gear Survive is basically “Mini” Gear Survive? Don’t Bite Me Bro! boils down the crafting, scavenging, farming, base-building, and tower defense of Survive’s single player campaign into such a surprisingly tiny and satisfying package. It even trumps it with 4-player local co-op although it’s just as easy to play solo without much worry. 

I will stop right here and say that if you have a low tolerance for jank, stay away. The game grew out of a design school game jam and was developed by a super small team, and it shows its rough edges quite frequently. However, it’s free, and that went a long ways towards pacifying my frustrations which sometimes required closing and relaunching the game completely. Fortunately, while I was in the middle of writing this very post the game got an update that fixed the most major issues and even added some new content.

So with that disclaimer out of the way, why would you play a game called Don’t Bite Me Bro!? At a glance, it’s just another voxel-based, Minecraft-lookin’, twin-stick shooter but as I already said, there’s a lot more going on. The tutorial quickly introduces you to the loop: scavenge for resources, build up your base, and get ready for the next wave of enemies that come marching along every 10-ish minutes. In between, you have time to grow crops to keep your Hunger meter in check and explore the map (frequently on foot, but you can also scavenge gas and speed around in your truck).

Now Playing: Don't Bite Me Bro! (PlayStation 4)

Home sweet home. Crafting, defending, and farming all happen within one screen’s breadth.

For being so tiny there’s still quite a lot to do. NPCs give you mini quests like clearing the area of zombies, finding certain food items, or crafting a specific item for them. Once completed they’ll usually give you access to a new weapon — you’ve got a basic pistol and a wooden stick but there are a handful of swords and firearms to find — and after you escort them to base camp, you can stick them in a tower to help fend off the encroaching hordes. After adding two or three survivors you’ll feel a little better about spending more time away from home and eventually find one of the game’s three dungeons.

Time pauses when you enter one of these areas so you don’t have to worry about the waves of zombies back at base. There’s a cave, a crypt, and a hospital, and each offers three floors of randomly placed rooms that you’ll have to clear on your path down to the bottom. Along the way you’ll find food, bullets, and a few unique items that offer various perks like increased defense, strength, or an extra life. There’s also a shopkeeper you’ll run into who’ll sell you weapons, bundles of resources, or perk-granting items. Ultimately, you’ll fight a simple but clever boss battle on the bottom floor and after you’ve cleared all three dungeons, you’re done.

It doesn’t sound like much, and once you know the lay of the land you can finish the game in about an hour, but the bite-sized loop never stopped satisfying. Even before the update, Don’t Bite Me Bro! kept me entertained for a week and there’s now even more to discover. Grab it for free on PlayStation 4 or on PC from itch.io and give it a shot.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for April 4th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for April 4th

It’s early in a new month and that means it’s time for PlayStation Plus members to scoop up some freebies for their multiplayer games: 50 Happy Jewels are all yours for Happy Dungeons, there’s a pack of goodies for Knights of Valor, and the new-to-consoles MMO, TERA, has a bundle of boosters and gear for subscribers. The only other freebie this week is Khalid Young Dumb & Broke VR, a new PSVR experience that I’m a little flabbergasted by. I’ll let the PR copy try to explain:

As part of its Lost in Music campaign, Sony collaborated with Khalid to wow music fans, taking them on a journey through one of his epic music videos. The RIAA certified 3x platinum single, Young Dumb & Broke provides the backdrop for this ground breaking PlayStation®VR piece, one which will transport you through an immersive experience never before seen in VR. Once in the VR world, you are immediately placed in the driver’s seat of a classic car. Khalid, making his first appearance in VR, will then welcome you and take you on an amazing trip through cityscapes, the far reaches of the cosmos and high school football fields. You will encounter swarms of jellyfish swirling rhythmically, gargantuan orbiting planets, as well as many other surprises in a music experience only possible through the power of PlayStation®VR. The Young Dumb & Broke music video will be projected onto this mesmerizing world, transforming it into a unique extrasensory adventure.

So… that should be something to see, at least it’s free. Let me know what you think if you check that out.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 28th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 28th

Welcome to the last week of March (already!) and another regularly scheduled update on PlayStation Store freebies. For March 28th there’s a demo of Hazelight’s A Way Out which has the rarely seen descriptor: “For 2-2 players”. It’s a co-op only experience so I’m sure the demo is there to give friends a chance to see how the split-screen, prison-break adventure game works.

Ubisoft has a free SHAREfactory theme for spicing up your Far Cry 5 clips, Trion is back with another Trove freebie for PlayStation Plus subscribers (the Blocky Bonus: Throne of Games) and NIS America is crowning the U.S. launch of The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 with a plethora of free Day One weapons: Prophet’s LanceRed Lotus SwordOrochi StaffNihilist SpearSacrifice SpearSparkling Hammer.