Good things come to those who wait with October's free PlayStation Plus games—especially those who've waited half a decade.
2010's Super Meat Boy makes its inevitable current-gen debut via PS Plus, though if you've played it before, one element of this uber-hard platformer may be a little different than you remember. The original score didn't make the transition this PS4 port entirely because composer Danny Baranowsky is no longer in a "working relationship" with Team Meat, according to a recent post on his blog. But even without this piece of the puzzle, Super Meat Boy remains one of the indie highlights of the last generation, and its harrowing levels should be a lot easier to handle now that you can play it with a controller that offers a proper d-pad. (No offense intended to anyone who prefers the 360's miserable excuse for one.)
One of the earliest Kickstarter success stories, Double Fine's Broken Age, is also available for free this month on PSN—and unlike all of those generous backers, you can now play through both parts without having to suffer through a months-long intermission. Our reviewer Mike Williams mostly loved the first act, though he admits the second act is a bit of a letdown. Still, you're probably not going to play another throwback Tim Schafer adventure game anytime soon, so sometimes you gotta take the good with the bad.
PlayStation Plus' PS3 offerings might have been off your radar, because they were definitely off ours. Up first is Chariot, a quirky co-op platformer by Frima Studios that tasks you with lugging the body of a dead king to his final resting place. If you're into physics-based platforming puzzles and somehow missed its release last year, you may dig it. Also available for free is Unmechanical Extended, another puzzle-based exploration game that puts you in control of a hovering robot head with tiny, grabby legs. It's a fairly short game, so even if you're unsure of its quality, Unmechanical won't require much of an investment—and Metacritic seems to like it, for what it's worth.
As always, Vita owners are thrown a bone with PS Plus' free games this month, though fans of Sony's portable may want to consider sinking more time into Persona 4: Dancing All Night instead. KickBeat makes an honest attempt to mesh martial arts action with rhythm games, but the resulting production feels more like an interesting prototype than a fully fleshed-out idea. Though if you miss the days of the character-based rhythm game—Parappa the Rapper, Gitaroo-Man, and Elite Beat Agents—KickBeat could be worth checking out. Kung Fu Rabbit stands as the other Vita freebie this month, though if you originally missed it, apparently you didn't miss much. It amounts to a fairly average platformer with a cute art style, but if you're looking for a breezy game to play while waiting for the bus, it could be a good choice. Just be prepared to explain to curious onlookers what this whole "PlayStation Vita" thing is. Er, was.
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