PlayStation Plus for August scratches some niche itches

Another month, another collection of games are set to enter the PlayStation Instant Game Collection as a freebie for subscribers. Last month’s games were…well, they were just okay. Furi was relatively interesting game that was all about boss battles, but Saint’s Row: Gat out of Hell was a perfect example of how too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing at all.

August’s games? They’re well, they’re okay too. First up on PlayStation 4 is Tricky Towers, a game we reviewed yesterday. It’s a bit of a multiplayer Tetris game that utilises actual physics and wizardly powers to mix things up. It’s fun!

Next up is Rebel Galaxy, a swashbuckling space pirate adventure that’s more than a little reminiscent of Firefly – and also echoes games like Freelancer. If you want a space adventure, it could be just the thing you’re looking for.

The PlayStation 3 gets some pretty good stuff too. I’m a big fan of the underappreciated Yakuza games that put you in the shoes of a Japanese criminal gone good – along with some other, not so good characters. It features five pretty distinct locales based on Japan’s biggest regions – like Osaka, Shinjuku and Sakae. If you’d like a slice of Japanese life, the Yakuza series is a great way to get that.

The other PS3 game is Retro/Grade, a pretty damned clever shoot em up that has you playing a shoot em up in reverse…as a rhythm game. It sounds weird as hell, but it’s also fun – and worth a shot.

The highlight next month for me though is another Rhythm game – Patapon 3. The last game in the Patapon series is arguably its weakest, but controlling an army of angry black squidges using timed button presses is mesmerising.

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