ATTENTION PS PLUS SUBSCRIBERS!!
Download those free games that Sony has for you on PSN. Go right now. This post can wait a second. Just start the download and come back to read.
This month's PlayStation Plus Free games if you haven't already looked at them, are as follows:
- Ratchet & Clank
- Legend of Kay
- Mighty No. 9
- Claire: Extended Cut
- Bombing Busters
Out of all those games make sure you pick up Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank and Mighty No. 9. These three games are in an area I like to call the "Meh" purchases. I call them "Meh" because the games peaked initial interest. The keyword here is "Initial." I have seen some trailers and promotional gameplay, but they didn't convince me to pull the trigger on any of them. Although they I didn't purchase them initially I am happy to see them on PS Plus this month.
Bloodborne from the Dark Souls developer FromSoftware is an award-winning RPG. I didn't pick up this game in stores because I've never played a Dark Souls game. Dark Souls has a reputation for being a challenging franchise. The director of the Dark Souls franchise Hidetaka Miyazaki pulled influence from older RPGs like The Legend of Zelda and Dragon Quest. Both series were considered to be difficult when they were first released.
Personally, I was slightly intimidated by the reputation of the Dark Soul series. Other games had come out after and I just forgot about playing Bloodborne. I have some spare time to play right now, so I am excited to give this game a try. It just finished downloading about 30 mins before I wrote this post.
Ratchet and Clank...
What a great game.
I picked up this game when it initially released in 2016 and was blown away by its art and gameplay. The game looks like Pixar made a video game, but it plays like a platformer with guns. Ratchet and Clank should be on everyone's PlayStation 4 only because the series continues to be fun years after its original launch in 2002.
The creators of Ratchet and Clank, Insomniac Games, is not an exclusive studio, but they have been making video games since the 1990s. The company's talents continue to shine with each game they put out. Their game Spyro is known by just about every 90s kid with a PlayStation. I'm currently looking forward to their Spider-Man video game, that is scheduled for later this year.
Mighty No. 9...
is one with an interesting backstory. Maybe some of you have heard about Mighty No. 9 and its
Rockman rocky development. That production story is why I chose not to buy this game.
Mighty No. 9 started out on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. This is not the first game to do something like this, but what got people interested was that it was being developed by Keiji Inafune. Inafune's career started at Capcom where he worked on some games you might have heard of, Street Fighter and Mega Man. Inafune is one of the original artists to work on Mega Man and even created character Zero.
Mighty No. 9 was supposed to be a spiritual successor to Mega Man. Mega Man titles from Capcom were very few and far between, and the games the fans were getting, were not the titles that they wanted.
As a Mega Man fan myself, I truly enjoyed the game mechanic of fighting eight different bosses to find which boss had a weakness for another. It is engaging and thought-provoking to see the habits and weaknesses of an enemy.
Mighty No. 9's Kickstarter campaign received all the money it needed to go into production just two days after it's posting, but the development would not be as quick to be completed. Mighty No. 9 enters development in 2013 and Inafune wants to have fan involvement throughout the entire process. Sounds great for a crowdfunded game, but it seems as though his goals are too ambitious.
In 2014, Inafune launched two more crowdfunding campaigns for bonus content. Full English voice acting for the game was funded, but the funding they wanted for a DLC stage fell short. A Chinese game company by the name of Fuze helped support the DLC stage later in 2015.
In 2016, Mighty No. 9 had already been victim to three delays. The original release of April 2015 proved to be too complicated for the small team working on the game. Bugs, bugs and more bugs were continuously cited as the main reasons.
Mighty No. 9 was finally released to the public on June 21, 2016. Reviewers gave it lukewarm reviews. Naturally, I skipped playing Mighty No. 9. There were other games I already enjoyed playing at that time like Destiny. The original Kickstarter campaign stated that Mighty No. 9 was to be released on 3DS and PlayStation Vita, but neither has been seen as of this writing.
This month's PSPlus subscription is a great one. These three games are slightly different takes on high selling games. Bloodborne's RPG style, Ratchet and Clank's platforming and Mighty No. 9's old-school gameplay will keep me entertained for some time. I encourage those of you who have PSPlus to give them a shot. Think of them as long-form demos. Damn, I miss demos.