PS4 gets free Mercenary Kings on PS Plus in April, as Sony announces full lineup

Sony's April lineup for PlayStation Plus has some quality titles for PS4, PS3, and Vita: Arkham City! Castle of Illusion! Velocity Ultra!

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Sony has unveiled the list of games it will be dishing out for free to users with a PlayStation Plus subscription this April.

The headline act is Mercenary Kings on PlayStation 4, the new 2D shooter from the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game developer that is inspired by wonderful Neo Geo classic Metal Slug.

Mercenary Kings, which is being sold for $19.99/£14.99, was only just released on Steam this week and will debut for PlayStation 4 on April 2.

The list then changes depending on whether you're in the US or Europe. US customers get Batman: Arkham City, Stealth Inc. A Clone in the Dark, and Castle of Illusion on PlayStation 3. Also included is Velocity Ultra and Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD for Vita.

Meanwhile, European customers get PES 2014 on PS3 and MotoGP 13 on Vita. There's also Sly Cooper Thieves in Time and Hotline Miami, which will work on both platforms thanks to their Cross Buy support.

To summarise, then, these are the free PlayStation Plus games in April:

US

  • Mercenary Kings (PS4)
  • Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
  • Stealth Inc. A Clone in the Dark (PS3)
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (PS3)
  • Velocity Ultra (Vita)
  • Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD (Vita)

Europe

  • Mercenary Kings (PS4)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (PS3)
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time (PS3/Vita)
  • Hotline Miami (PS3/Vita)
  • MotoGP 13 (Vita)
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Discussion

241 comments
myarseitches
myarseitches

Ps4 line up ?/Who remembers when they said they Wouldn't be a drought on the ps4 lol 

dcr210
dcr210

are these games sites just for kids or something? the ps4 lineup is total trash i mean ps3 gamers get bioshock infinite for free on playstation plus...you drop 400 dollars on a ps4 and get resogun and mercenary kings? are you kidding me? makes me think sites like this are hired by sony to hype up the garbage ps4...maybe im just getting too old for games but at least my xb1 and wii u give me quality gaming mario and donkey kong with my gf on the wii u and bf4, killer instinct and stuff on my xb1...i bought ps4 for exclusives but infamous second son is complete trash lol and totally for kids...im not sure what ps4 fans are so happy about...must be just a difference between me and them- horrible

AnonymousSquid
AnonymousSquid

Hmm, I thought I'd be able to play Mercenary Kings with my PS4 in standby...nope!

Mikey2K10
Mikey2K10

A question to those people who have downloaded the games: when I downloaded Sly Cooper, there were two separate Sly downloads - the same name except the second download had "ENG, FRE" next to it. Which one do I download?

drlee
drlee

Right now only Arkham City is free. The other titles haven't been made free yet.

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

PES looks good, not a good month though but im always hyped for the discounts...just got Just cause for $7 and Dishonored complete edition  for 14.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Can't wait to get Castle of Illusion, I've had that on my radar for a while, glad I held off, almost picked it up on Steam last week.  Will also check out the PS4 and Vita games, Plus has made the Vita worth it so far.

Undertaker575
Undertaker575

Anyone think Beyond: Two Souls will be free on PS Plus soon?

dweezler
dweezler

I wish I could get Europe's PS Plus games. I have all of the games besides the Mickey game.

Chrypt22
Chrypt22

Dont get me wrong... free stuff is cool.  Though its not why I signed up for PS+... releasing games like this though is a little bit of a slap in the face.  Its almost like, we have to give a free game so lets box up this turd and give it away.  I would rather have them release a mediocre - decent game every 3-6 months than have poo dumped in my lap every month.... just saying.

sampson3121
sampson3121

hey, what if they and x1 didn't give anything free, how about that? they don't owe you or anyone else anything. now i understand why they give a free game per month! it's because of the little cry baby gamers who are a bunch of spoiled shit heads that think the world owes them something just for being alive.

sampson3121
sampson3121

Mercenary Kings wicked!! i was going to buy it, love my ps+

mystic_knight
mystic_knight moderator

Hmm i might try out pro evo, i already have fifa 14 on XBONE, ill try out the competition. Not a good months though >_<

Jasbro
Jasbro

Well i guess we cant have good games every month then, April is definitely a bad month for me since i have zero interest in football or Sly cooper.

steveuk666
steveuk666

Thought it was an april fools joke when i saw ps4 was getting mercenary kings.... what a piss take.... about as good as a spectrum 48k  or c64 game. Surely there is a better game than this for my ps+ subscribtion...

Deaho
Deaho

I am happy with batman ,never played it before and thank God that we didn't get pes 2014 ,I played the demo and it was so bad. Fifa 14 is way better than pes 14

straightcur
straightcur

Only U.S and Europe ??   What's happening in the rest of the world?   Incomplete half-assed reporting.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Mercenary Kings is more than just inspired by Metal Slug.

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

List to me is kind of weak. I guess I like one free game a month for PS4 but I would like more on PS4 (although infamous is keeping me pretty busy) Arkham city come on you can prolly get that for like $5-10 retail. I don't like ps plus cause you can't keep the games that's my only gripe. I want that ownership feeling.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

What a crappy list for Europe Sony... You guys need to get back to better games...You're lucky I'm still far from done with Dark Souls II and I still have Tomb Raider to get to along others.. Then there's the Burial at Sea that I should go play before all that...

youngskillz
youngskillz

sony gives american vita owners the shaft again.


gtfo.

steveuk666
steveuk666

why can't we have a choice of games and vote what game we'd like for next month

steveuk666
steveuk666

makes me wanna get the amiga out & play cannon fodder

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Since I grew up in the 80s I don't see a downside to this however kids wants PS4 games and sadly they are sol til least next year. Now what I would like to see is games updated for the PS4 say... Last of Us? MGS4? Street Fighter Alpha Zero Three? Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2?


Man I miss SFAZ3....

mak0811
mak0811

Cmon Sony anything worthwhile on the psn plus? Im tired of these indie commadore 64 games. Get us something worthwhile please ...

steveuk666
steveuk666

i'll stick to titanfall in april,no playing ps4. I Like to start an arguement.. all playstation owners put it down, because they wish they could play it......let the onslaught begin. Argue away..

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@Chrypt22 Please give 1 reason why you would buy PS+  If not for the free games?

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Chrypt22  Arkham city/Sly Cooper crap games?

Though I have Arkham on PC and wish I could Sly instead

Chrypt22
Chrypt22

@sampson3121  ... but thats why people voted for Obama.  Yeah... I went there.... but you know its true.  

Vodoo
Vodoo

This is the American site, right?

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@SNESNOSTALGIA2  5-10 at retail your getting it close to 80p when you factor all the games in a year, yes thats less then 1 dollar in american. and you are bitching about it because?

Lhomity
Lhomity

@steveuk666 Because it would be CoD, GTA, FIFA, and Final Fantasy PS1 classics every month.

4quarters
4quarters

@mak0811 Hello, Tomb Raider was awesome....Remember Me surprised me, really enjoyed that from Capcom

4quarters
4quarters

@steveuk666 yea, I wanna dig into that campaign mode on Titanfall.....Uh....no single player mode....FAIL

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@steveuk666  yea it makes PERFECT sense to dis a game your really want that badly. what stupid logic did you come up with to get to THAT conclusion?

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

wtf why should I be grateful? You make it sound like my newborn son came into the world. Love how fanboys like you totally missuse words.

Lol grateful really?

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

Sorry not everyone loves PS Plus. I didn't say I hated it, I wish I owned the games. I buy every console so don't tell me about bitching I can say whatever the f*** I want. One ps4 game a month yea that's weak.

jumalan75
jumalan75

@steveuk666 @mak0811I would like them to release Mail Order Monsters and then the entire Amiga, Atari 1040 ST, C64, & Atari 800 libraries.. Would probably only be a couple gigs for all of that. :P

steveuk666
steveuk666

@4quarters @steveuk666 it was not made as a single player game..stupid is you, no single player was made because only 16% of players played single player campaigns on cod or battlefeild

notorious98
notorious98

@SNESNOSTALGIA2 The point is that you're too busy looking the gift horse in the mouth.  Meaning you could get nothing and still pay for PS Plus to play online.  Or you could NOT pay for PS Plus and still get nothing and not be able to play online.  Instead, Sony is offering you a free game every month and instead of being happy that they're even doing that, you're bitching because you don't own it.  If you want to own it, buy it.  Otherwise, stop complaining and be happy you're getting something instead of the nothing they could be giving you.

notorious98
notorious98

@SNESNOSTALGIA2 It's better than no games a month.....


By the way, as long as you downloaded the game and still have PS Plus, you get to keep the game.  That is until you cancel your PS Plus account.

Jay2528
Jay2528

@SNESNOSTALGIA2 The PS4 is still new so getting more than one game a month might be unrealistic at the moment. At least we have been getting some fairly recent games so far.

sampson3121
sampson3121

@4quarters @steveuk666 Dude, your Titanfell, now fuck off and let the next gen gamers discuss the future of the ps4...trivia! what does a ddr3, 720p console have in common with 2016?...absolutely nothing lmfao!!! it's going to be obsolete!! lmfao

4quarters
4quarters

@steveuk666 btw...the 84% of idiots that don't play campaign in COD or Battlefield....well...you're idiots . get your moneys worth and play the whole damn game.

4quarters
4quarters

@steveuk666 Moron...theres no single player so they could rush it out the door.....at least theres 32v32 online with real people....oh...forgot XBone can't handle that...it's just 6v6 and bots....FAIL ...again