August’s PlayStation Plus Features Road Not Taken, Crysis 3, Metrico & More

Hey, this list looks nothing like the rumours that were circulating the internet yesterday. I wonder why? Either way, this one’s hopefully got a little bit of something for everyone. There’s platforming, shooting, rogueliking and more.

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Road Not Taken stars on PS4, entering into the IGC at its launch, as a roguelike puzzler which sees you trying to solve environmental puzzles, make friends with NPC and try to avoid death, just as in all roguelike games. It’s joined by Fez, Phil Fish’s charming puzzler which finally made the way to PlayStation earlier this year. Both ought to be cross-buy, but while Fez reaches all platforms, Road Not Taken is for PS4 and PS Vita only.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, I reported that Road Not Taken would likely be cross-buy in error. The intent for the team at Spry Fox was that this would be the case at launch, but difficulties with the Vita version means that it has had to be pushed back to an autumn release at the earliest. Whether or not it will still be a cross-buy title at that time isn’t know.

EA show there’s no hard feelings about the whole thing where Sony called EA Access a bit rubbish by sticking Crysis 3 onto your PS3, letting you pick up from where you might have left off when Crysis 2 was featured on PS+ at the end of 2012. Alongside it comes Proteus – cross-buy for PS3 and PS Vita – something that pushes the boundaries of what it is to be a game, as you wander around a mysterious island.

Finally, on the PS Vita we see Lego Harry Potter 5-7 Years bring wizardly brick smashing to your handheld, just a month after we had Lego Batman 2, alongside the infographic-styled platformer Metrico, the second game to head straight into the IGC this month. You should check out Peter’s preview to get an idea of what it’s all about.

So, to sum up all the games that are arriving and departing:

Leaving PS Plus:
6th August: TowerFall Ascension
6th August: Strider
6th August: Dead Space 3
6th August: Vessel
6th August: LEGO Batman 2 DC Superheroes
6th August: Doki Doki Universe

Entering PS Plus:
6th August: Road Not Taken
6th August: FEZ
6th August: Crysis 3
6th August: Proteus
6th August: Metrico
6th August: LEGO Harry Potter 5-7 Years

Source: EU PS Blog

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30 Comments

  1. So 5 Vita games, 3 PS3 games and 2 PS4 games? That has to stop the complaining on the PS Blog, doesn’t it? ;)

    Road Not Taken looks interesting. Already got Fez, and enjoyed it.

    Proteus looks awful, but Crysis 3 is at least worth a look, I guess.

    Metrico looks odd, and we get yet another Lego game. The Vita versions aren’t great, but they’re certainly entertaining enough. If you can ignore the horribly compressed cut scenes.

    I declare August to be perfectly acceptable. And I might not even have to delete stuff to make room for it all, which is a first.

  2. The weakest month in quite some time for me. None of these really interest me. Oh well, can’t win them all I suppose. Last month was pretty good so it all balances out.

  3. That is a bit of a meh month, but there again its 24 degrees outside and no one is playing games, might as well chuck the meh ones out while it’s quiet.

    • I’m playing games! I play them in the fridge, where it’s nice and cool.

      24 degrees outside sounds like a great reason not to go out there.

      Sony should give us lots of games set in cold places. For some reason, that always makes me feel a bit cooler.

  4. Road not taken and metrico were on my radar so I’m happy with the IGC for August!

    • I was really hoping for Octodad but I can’t have everything can I.

      • I would’ve loved Saints Row 4, looks like I can’t have everything either :)

      • One of the few downsides to Plus, people passing up buying an original game in the hope that it appears on a PS Plus monthly list and the realisation hits that the wait wasn’t needed, the game being worthy of a post release price drop punt, as in SR4’s case ;)

      • Just buy SRIV – Its a great game & cheap as chips these days anyway.

      • @Forrest, yes boss! :)

  5. This will be the 2nd month where I don’t even bother downloading any of the 2 PS4 titles. Oh well.
    I have a horrible feeling my PS+ subscription may need updating soon and the only game I’ve really played a lot is Resogun and a bit of Dead Nation
    Anyone know if you get a warning message telling you Plus will expire shortly?.

    • don’t know if it tells you but can check on the info screen on the console on the ps4 press the options button and then info on the bottom

    • My PS+ sub recently ran out and I received an email when the sub expired, nothing beforehand as a warning though. As Anubis states, if you dig in to the options menu you can find your subscription dates in there, buried deep.

      I’m with about thr quality of PS4 games on PS+. I’ve tried some of these indie games but they’ve all been deleted very quickly. Resogun and Dead Natiion still get the occasional play but nothing else from PS+. A real shame. I’m now just waiting for the middle of August for my fix of demonic creature hunting in Diablo 3.

      • I’m with you about the quality of PS4 games on PS+.

    • Taken from the PS FAQs – “A master account is able to use their wallet funds to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription. For your convenience, when you purchase PlayStation Plus we switch on the wallet function ‘Automatically add funds to renew subscriptions or Pay for Pre-ordered Content’. This is so your PlayStation Plus membership can automatically renew.”
      The PS+ subscription automatically renews every year if you have sufficient funds in your PS wallet. If you don’t have the funds available in the wallet then your sub will cancel and you’ll get an email. This is what happened to me so I just put some funds in to the wallet and bought another 12 months of PS+, no hassle at all.

  6. Wow, yesterday I was a disgruntled Vita owner but today I am a much happier bunny. I don’t even feel upset that I paid full price for Fez (it was worth it), the rest of the freebies are surpringly good, especially Metrico which had really peaked my interest. Look at that Vita Slim, isn’t it gorgeous? I think I’ll try Crysis 3 aswell, didn’t play the first two but I’m sure some YouTubeing will catch me up on the plot.

  7. Solid offering this month and more smaller titles for the Vita. Purchased FEZ last month but that was for £3 using PS+ discount anyway.

  8. That’s great all the Lego Vita games that was in the Vita bundle pack have now been given away free. Although Lego harry potter Vita is really bad. I’ve also got fez and not really bothered about another game. Bad update for me.

  9. Over all a pretty good month. I got FEZ at discount recently but have been interested in seeing how Road Not Taken turned out and Proteus was something i was curious about but not in a spending cash on it sense. Metrico might give me an excuse to power on my neglected Vita.

  10. I never thought I’d see Fez on PS+. Phil Fish not the most generous of characters based on the stories I’ve read about him.

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