Every month Playstation Plus subscribers can download a handful of videogames for free. You have to be a subscriber, so they’re not completely free, but it is one of the better perks of signing up for Sony’s service. We’ll be ranking the new free games every month, starting with the scintillating six-pack that will be available for subscribers tomorrow. As always, it’s an intriguing mix of new and old games spread across all three active Playstation systems, including the newest game from the folks behind Hohokum, one of our favorite games of 2014.
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6. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4). One of the two biggest complaints when this prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was released was that it was too short, especially considering the price. That price isn't a factor this month for PS Plus subscribers, but it's still an unsatisfying game, and that other big complaint, the tiresome sexual violence perpetrated upon a female character, remains as distasteful and inexplicable as ever.
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5. Futuridium EP Deluxe (PS4 / Vita). This stylish, retro arcade-style shooter has an amazing visual aesthetic, but the shooting is a bit finicky, and since that's all you do in the game, it's hard to rank it any higher.
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4. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PS3). Gunslinger is an old west first person shoot-'em-up with one of the more audacious and surprising plot twists in recent videogame memory. It's also the best of the Call of Juarez games, and perhaps the only one that's really worth playing.
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3. Cloudberry Kingdom (PS3). Almost everything you read about this game will mention in the first sentence that its levels are procedurally generated. Like, we just did it ourselves, right there. That means the game's algorithm builds the levels on the fly, like Spelunky, so it's never quite the same game twice. It is always adorable, though, a fun platform game with cute, cartoony graphics and a difficulty level that changes based on your skills.
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2. Super Exploding Zoo (PS4 / Vita). Super Exploding Zoo is set in a zoo where everything explodes. We use the word "adorable" a lot here because it is a good word that describes things that we like but it almost feels inadequate to describe exactly how adorable this game is. It looks like a cartoon that we want to watch and plays like a surprisingly complex action puzzle game. It's also made by the people responsible for last year's underrated treat Hohokum.
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1. Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition (PS4). This turn-based strategy game is a fine intro to the genre—it's not too complex to alienate the uninitiated, and just deep enough to keep old pros on their toes. This new deluxe edition adds a new "mini-campaign" along with more multiplayer maps, giving us more of a good thing.