Free PS4, PS3, and Vita Plus Games for August Include Crysis 3, Fez, and New Releases

Road Not Taken and Metrico will both be free right out of the gate for Plus members.

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The lineup of free PlayStation Plus games for the month of August has been revealed for the United States and Canada, thanks to the discovery of a video on the PlayStation YouTube channel. As is now the norm, it consists of two games each for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. Several of the games have been out for some time, while two others will be free as soon as they launch in August.

One such game is Road Not Taken (launching August 5), a sort of roguelike puzzle game from Spry Fox, makers of the hit mobile game Triple Town. (We got a look at the game at E3 and walked away intrigued.) Also free for Plus members with a PS4 is Fez, the brilliantly designed puzzle-platformer from developer Phil Fish.

PS3 owners get a pair of games originally released last year: first-person shooter Crysis 3 and open-world exploration game Proteus.

Vita owners get Vanillaware's gorgeous 2D action RPG, Dragon's Crown (having gotten Dragon's Crown previously, Europeans get Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7), and one game releasing for the first time on August 5: Metrico. This is another game that falls loosely within the boundaries of the puzzle-platformer genre, but it offers a difficult-to-explain twist by making infographics a centerpiece of the gameplay.

Three of August's games are available on multiple systems with cross-buy support (Fez on PS4, PS3, and Vita; and Proteus on PS3 and Vita), meaning you'll end up with more than two free games on PS3 and Vita. Dragon's Crown doesn't support cross-buy with its PS3 and Vita versions, but according to a PlayStation Blog comment from Sony's Kristine Steimer, Plus members will get both versions.

As always with Plus games, these are free to download for all PlayStation Plus members and remain yours for as long as you continue subscribing to the service.

Which of these games are you most looking forward to picking up during August? Let us know in the comments.

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shame about getting Fez, Phil Fish has been a toser on the social media lately, and i don't want to play his game just out of principle for his behavior!

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why the poop is crisis 3 not for PS4?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Because it wasn't released for the PS4 given that it came out in Feb last year.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Well ok. You answered my question. Thank you.

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the truth is ps plus aint worth it your paying to rent games you may not even want...i mean the least they could do is let you choose what games you want to rent right?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> $90 a year for a bunch of "free" games. I only buy 2-3 games a year, otherwise I live off the PSN+ freebies, it's a great deal.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> you dont own none of those games your renting them....and you dont even have a choice on what they give you.when you lose ps plus those games become demos and trails.

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Dragon's Crrown on the Vita for free? Yesssssss. I have been holding off on buying the game on the Vita ever since I got it since I have the game on the PS3. Looks like the wait paid off. I needed an excuse to play more of that game, too, and having it handheld and on the go is the best way. XD It helps that I can transfer over my awesome Elf over to the Vita, too.

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Dragins Crown and Fez!!!? AWESOME!!

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I just extended my PS+ account by another year last month, but I am kinda starting to regret it, as a PS3 owner, but no vita or ps4, I'm just starting to not feel like its worth it anymore. If I had at least one or the other of the PSV or PS4, I might not feel that way, but I currently am not interested in either enough to buy one any time soon. I think I mostly keep the account to keep the old games I have working, as I have been a subscriber since almost the beginning of the Plus program, and I upgraded my PS3 to a 1TB hard drive, so I have pretty much every PS3 game they have given away over the years still saved. Which means it would be a pain to go through and try to remember which games I actually bought and own outright, and which ones only work with my Plus account.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That is understandable As the PS+ program switches its focus from just PS3 to all its systems, the people left with just a PS3 are getting much less value. I have a PS4 and i feel like im missing out on a ton by not having a Vita.


Look on the bright side. If you bought a year of PS+ up front, its only a few cents more than $4 a month. Two free games and lots of discounts more than pays for it.

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Well Fez should be good.

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So - nothing on PS4, might give Crysis 3 a revisit and Protheus a chance, but the best games are on Vita. Glad I got it

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I wouldn't accept FEZ as a gift. Phil Fish is an asshole!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Well said.

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the free games on PS+ are so useless ... just give free online mode like on PS3 ... i guess people care more about that then paying all the time for a few games they may never play otr alreday played as they are old. Online multiplayer is free since more then 15 years ... and those ideots think they need to take money for it in exchange for something you could get for free much easier.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually Playstation is charging for mp on the PS4 because of the bandwidth and upgraded tech its using for the newest generation of consoles. You can still play on the PS3 for free so enjoy it.



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dragons Crown vita yes!

and not gona download FEZ even if it is free. Not gona support Phil Fish in any way

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<< LINK REMOVED >> But, it's free... He's not getting any money for it at all!

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@ratchet200 @xwulfd He's getting money for it from Sony. They have to pay developers to get their games on there.

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@kyler3229 To get their games on the actual PS store? I would think Sony would have to dish out some cash in order to stock their game. But I meant he's not getting anything from us downloading it for free.

Unless im completely wrong and he IS making money from our downloads (I honestly have no idea how this exactly works, just guessing.)

Edit: Also, what did he do to make everyone hate him so much?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> agreed, phil fish is a clown, absolute laughing stock

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Dragon's Crown for my brand new fat Vita? YEEEEEESHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cool! I've been wanting to play Crysis 3.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I liked it, mainly for the English sidekick character. It looks _amazing_ on PC with all the options turned all the way up, won't be as pretty on PS3 but should still look pretty good.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, I got it on pc for $5 a while back.

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Another good month for PS3 owners. They need to either stop or reduce the number of games for the PS4 that are available per month. Both XB1 and PS4 are lacking games at this point, so why does sony offer two games per month on the PS4 when there arn't any on the system to begin with. Its fine with the PS3 cuz they have a multitude of AAA titles to put on the game collection, us PS3 owners have gotten atleast 1 AAA title every month. Last month it was Dead Space 3 and this month Crysis 3. They need to rethink cuz people are expecting PS4 to get atleast 1 AAA title like its counterparts.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If you think that DS3 and Crysis 3 make up for a good month you're wrong. A couple of years ago PS Plus was giving fantastic games like Okami HD. Since last year they've been hit and miss.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> wait, they should stop giving away free day one PS$ games cos they aren't AAA. sure, lets pay for Outlast, Resogun, don't starve etc. Are you for real? no one should be expecting PS4 to get AAA within the first 6-9 months of it's release. I don't expect the first full PS4 game to hit PS+ till december at the earliest.

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Grrrr, how dare they not give me the newest and greatest AAA game for free. I am entitled to it, grrrr.

LOL, but really, im so far behind, too many games to play since getting PS+

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Not free if you have to pay to own them if subscription expires.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Pretty easy, if you don't like the setup, don't buy the subscription.

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Totally agree!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> jeez, give it a rest. free to rent then. still don;t pay any money when i download them.

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It's like ordering an ice cream cone and asking for sprinkles. The sprinkles are free. But you can't just walk into a Baskin Robbins and ask for sprinkles alone.


Edit: The games themselves are free bonuses because you're not paying for them on top of the subscription.

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"Vita owners get Vanillaware's gorgeous 2D action RPG, << LINK REMOVED >>".....

So this means Gamespot is finally over Dragon's Crown art style? Meh....don't think so.

I bet as the author is a freelancer it can posted in the site.


I never understood all the dislike (not to say hate) Tom, Chris and others have showed towards Dragon's Crown last year. They said things like it was disgusting, low and vulgar so many times that I thought no love could ever be shown here even though the art style never takes anything away from the game (on the oposite, it does fit very well into the game's proposal).


What I'm really trying to say is that maybe all their comments may have prevented gamers from trying the game and in its core Dragon's Crown is an awsome game and as I see any form of prejudice should be avoided when presenting a critic that will be seen by such a wide audience.


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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nobody told you that in this website each reviewer has it's own opinion?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That's not what I meant and should go without saying.


My comment was in the sense that in a group of people you usually get a varied mix of comments about anything. From good to bad and hopefully some degrees in the middle.


In dragon's Crown case everytime someone from GS mentioned it, it was not to say that the game was fun or that is has great gameplay mechanics or replay valor but always how disgusting the art style was and as I mentioned the art style does not detract at all from the game, it does not distracts you and their comments could have prevented people from even trying it.

I've know my closest friends for about 30 years (yes, I am an old fart) and it is very very rare that we all agree 100% on something as it appeared to be the case. I've missed the lone voice in the crowd that would say "hey, regardless of the art style it is in its core a good game".


Going a bit further, I'm not thrilled by all the retro pixel art games being released, I've already played pixelated games growing up so they do not appeal to me but nevertheless I can say that I did play some of them and they bring very cool twists to what I've known.

Hopefully this represents better what I was trying to say.

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