PlayStation Plus free games of March for PS4, PS3, and Vita

Sony revealed all of the free PlayStation games you'll be able to download this coming month, including Tomb Raider, Dead Nation, and Monster Hunter.

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Sony revealed the PlayStation Plus free games of March today through the official PlayStation Blog. We don't have individual release dates, but titles tend to roll out early in the month.

PlayStation 4 owners will have access to Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, a revamped edition of the game previously released for PS3 including "updated visuals and controls."

PlayStation 3 owners will have access to:

And PlayStation Vita owners will be able to download:

  • Unit 13: a third-person shooter that includes two-player online co-op.
  • Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite: The PSP version of the monster-killing simulator, which also happens to be playable on your Vita.

PlayStation Plus is Sony's subscription services for all of their consoles. A standard one-year membership costs $50 and nets users access to a collection of free games like the above, although you lose access if your subscription expires. On PlayStation 4, a Plus subscription is required to access online multiplayer.

To that end, the PlayStation Plus games from February will expire soon, so if you're a member and you still haven't downloaded Outlast, Metro: Last Light, PayDay 2, or any of the others, you might want to get on that.

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @justinHaywald

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Discussion

607 comments
pkchill88
pkchill88

I am having trouble downloading Metro:Last Light from PS plus. Darn, it is the last day. Anyone seeing the same?

Prismet
Prismet

Deadnation is an old game that all zombie fans already bought for 10$ two years ago. Lame game for a PS4 engine ready to rev.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

i want a gundam game for the PSN

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

How about some Neo-Geo Station games for free? Guerrilla Wars, Shock Troopers, Samurai Shodown?

And we're still waiting for Alien VS Predator HD, Capcom...

Vodoo
Vodoo

What's the difference between this Dead Nation and the PS3 version? Just that this includes dlc? Dead Nation was one of the best dlc games on psn. I got my PS3 well after when they gave it away for the psn hack apologies. So I actually bought it for PS3. Now that I no longer have a PS3, I'm glad I can play a better version on my PS4.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

$50 a year for a minimum of like 24 games, pricing a total of far over the price you'd pay for a console and you complain that it isn't free. Most people don't keep their games longer than a few years anyway. I could pay $500 for ten years of PS+ and get like $3000 or more worth of games. If you don't think 24+ relatively new games a year for $50 is practically free I have no idea..

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

I'm actually kinda glad that PS+ has a lame line-up this month, since it gives me plenty of time to actually play and catch up on all the fucking games I've bought on PS3 and Steam over the last several months... and with midterms right around the corner as well...


I swear to god I buy more games than I know what to do with -,-



bigruss730
bigruss730

Wow, what a great giveaway.......not

almaleh
almaleh

Great game for Ps4!! Not so much for the Ps3 in my opinion...

kerrman
kerrman

Sweet, I can grab Dead Nation when I buy my PS4 in March. Nice little addition.

VendettaEternal
VendettaEternal

I always feel douched over by the ps3 offers compared to Ps4? The rewards of being an early adopter then? Fml.

How hard is it to port over or whatever those awesome games to ps4? Could some tech knowledgeable person explain it to me?

danta
danta

Why do they keep calling it free? We paid for this service, so how is it free?

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

Payday 2 is a good game. If you got PSN+ grab it while you can.

NaszadyJ
NaszadyJ

While I do like that Playstation Plus nets free game downloads, it is just a business strategy. By giving away games that have dropped in price and sales have stuttered for, it increases the install base for those games. Then tempts more consumers to purchase the DLC for those titles. If you let your membership expire, then you keep your DLC, but then have to purchase the game in order to play it with the DLC. Its a business plan, not something that is set there to actually benefit the consumer as a whole.

NaszadyJ
NaszadyJ

Don't take this as me being a Nintendo fanboy. But I remember when people talked a whole lot of trash about the Wii U have a lot of Indie games and not many regular games, and here we are again with the PS4 having the same issue.

DeathProofDelta
DeathProofDelta

I had Dead Nation on PS3 so I'm glad it will be available on PS4. I need a game to fill the Resogun void as I got the Platinum Trophy last week.

karmiska
karmiska

Was my post just removed?? Does anyone know what day these free games should arrive? I mean "march". That's now.

Maj_Wood
Maj_Wood

Why am I thinking there is going to be a lot of wining in these posts can I get you some cheese to go with that?


SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

Dead nation wasn't that good. But I'll take it for free. Drive Club will be welcome hopefully for free in April.

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

where is the story about sony selling off their tokyo HQ gone due to massive losses??? why would gamespot take it down? as if it will have no impact on gamers. Thats been there HQ for 60 years and there selling it to help cut the quarters losses! wtf sony are in soooo much debt even the bbc are reporting about this. I cant believe sony are actually going under. i dunno why gamespot wouldn't report on this

Halloll
Halloll

WTF Sony, I wanted Thomas was Alone for Vita not PS3.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I wish we were getting Unit 13. We got Pixeljunk Monsters and Smart As, instead. Pretty poor.

fatherofgamers
fatherofgamers

@pkchill88  You can go through the web browser and "buy" the game. Downloading is not limited by the exp.of the game being free.


This holds true with any PS+ free game. Don't have the Vita? Go ahead and grab each game till you get one. Waiting to get PS4 in the summer? Grab those free games now through the web browser.

fatherofgamers
fatherofgamers

@hoyholyhoy  I think some people are upset that some of the games released are ones that a lot of people have already bought or played.


Truth be told I have Tomb Raider for my PC. I have yet to play it. I might be tempted to play it now because I like my larger screen to play (wife won't allow me to appropriate the TV for my monitor just yet).


On the plus side Sony gives us several games for free, some of them have to be ones you haven't played yet, and you can buy them via the web browser and download when ever you want - remember people it isn't tied to your hardware but to your account. You don't need a PS4 to purchase the games for the ps4 via the sony store.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@VendettaEternal

Yes.

Money. They want your money and will do whatever they can to get money out of you. Hence why they are doing Playstation Now. a "Streaming Service where you can play all your PS1, PS2 and PS3 games on the PS4.....even though Sony said BC would be impossible but thankfully they found a way, it'll just cost you $10 a month though.

billlabowski
billlabowski

@danta Because console players will believe anything unfortunately, and they will defend it to death.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@danta  They are free for PS+ subscribers, you're not paying for the games, you're paying for the membership. It's like the Dallas Buyer's Club, but for boredom, instead of AIDS. 

northArrow
northArrow

@NaszadyJ Of course the intention is to get money in the long run, there's nothing wrong with that, and I disagree with you, the consumer is benefited by getting access to these games as part of their sub.

jdemarsico15
jdemarsico15

@NaszadyJ  Sony, a business, uses a business strategy to net consumers? NO WAY!  Either way, you are getting quality games on both PS3/PS4/Vita for 50 bucks a year.  They provide plenty of hours of fun without the DLC, whether it's a gimmick or not, I would disagree that it doesn't benefit the consumer as a whole.  We all just spent the last X amount of years paying for Xbox Live and hardly getting any free games.... so this is a refreshing change.

mattman127
mattman127

@NaszadyJ  I don't know I feel pretty rewarded for paying $50 a year. Could just spend $50 a month to get the games they give you

mbounce88
mbounce88

@NaszadyJ  Alot of people don't buy dlc for Indie games or even other games that aren't FPS. And who in the world lets there plus expire anyways?

topgunmv
topgunmv

@karmiska I believe it changes the first Tuesday of each month, so March 4th would be my guess.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

@Maj_Wood Check the story about what XBL gold is getting this month.   That's where all the whining is.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

@x-2tha-z Unit 13 was offered in Ps Plus program months ago. The game is ok.

TheNightMammoth
TheNightMammoth

@notfrylock1987 @VendettaEternal Yes, impossible from a hardware standpoint because it's insanely expensive. When people ask for backwards compatibility, they want to be able to use all their old discs in new their new systems, but that's simply not economically feasible. We saw that with the PS3.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@notfrylock1987 @VendettaEternal  not that i agree on what i'm gonna say, but i saw this arguement on 'nerd alert' and they kinda made a valid point, they said something like 'why do i have to pay for the same game twice to get it on both my consoles' and their reply was 'well when you bought movies on VHS, then the VHS died out, and DVD came in, you have to buy an updated version if you want to watch the same movie on your DVD player, just coz you bought it when it was on VHS doesn't mean you get a free upgrade copy to VCD, then free upgrade to DVD, then a free upgrade to HDVD then free upgrade to Blu Ray etc etc


so although i am cheesed off having to buy the same games twice, just like everyone else, i can kinda see it from their point


but this is just seeing things from a different perspective


buying the same game twice to play on 2 different console that you own is still up in air for debates

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

@billlabowski Kinect is still Awesome!!! O.o  I would rather not die defending this comment! :P

danta
danta

@grey_fox1984 @danta  This service is more like a rental, but instead of returning it, it expires when you are no longer a member. Almost like netflix service. But, you still have them once you repay for the service again. it still isn't free.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@jdemarsico15 @NaszadyJ

its a good business stragey but....stop telling people they are GIVING them FREE Games.

They get you with how they word it. Politicians and Business Types do it all the time.

I just wish they would stop saying they are giving you free games. If I have to pay for it still to continue to play it after my subscriptions expire, that free game isn't really free at that point because....I still have to pay to unlock it and have access to play it again.

Sony just needs to call it what it is. Rentals.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@mbounce88 @NaszadyJ

Certain people who may be tight money wise and can't afford it at that moment?

danta
danta

@grey_fox1984  Let me explain in another way so you can understand gray_fox1984 that it is not free, your paying for a rental of the game. Your saying that your paying for a membership. if that is true then, It similar to how EA does their DLC for BF4. Your paying for a premium membership and you get all the DLC free? No, your not getting them free you paying for those DLC but, all in one payment.


In similar, you can go to red box and rent game for .99 cent versus paying $20 to $60 for a game. 


Netflix and PSN+ is not far different from each other, you pay for that service and you get to view whatever movies you want. Just like PSN+ you pay for that service and you get to play games that they put up.


Now I'm not saying I hate psn+,I think it's great service. I am just stating why do they keep calling it free when it's not free because you paid for them.

tripwire73
tripwire73

@grey_fox1984 @danta  I think of it as exactly that, a rental service. 


I rarely buy games on release day, so for me it's a great way of always having new things to play, and I haven't felt the need to buy a new game for months. 


Also, I also 'purchase' the games for Vita and PS4 even though I don't own either system, so when I get a PS4 (and if I get a vita) the library will already be there for me.


I think PS+ is fantastic value

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@danta @grey_fox1984  You're still just paying for the membership and not the games while they are "free" games. For example, I got Vanquish as a free game and can play it whenever I have an active PS+. Other PS+ members need to pay $20 to play it if they weren't a member at the time. 

Free for me, $20 for them.