These are your PlayStation Plus games for October

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Even with the recent 53% increase, it could still be reasonably argued that PlayStation Plus provides excellent value. For R749 a year, you’re getting 6 games a month, plus access to multiplayer which rightly should be free anyway. I digress, but the point is that PlayStation Plus’ value is directly proportional to the quality of the games users receive as part of that subscription. Here’s what you’ll be getting this month.

Here are you offerings, straight from the PS Blog. These are the games both European and American users will be getting as part of their instant game collections.

Dust: An Elysian Tail (PS4)

Immerse yourself in a gorgeous hand-painted world on a search for your true identity. As the mysterious warrior, Dust, your action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond. At your disposal is the mythical Blade of Ahrah, capable of turning its wielder it into an unstoppable force of nature, and the blade’s diminutive guardian, Fidget.

Dust is a really nice game – but it’s already been a free game as part of Microsoft’s games for gold.

Spelunky (PS4 – Cross-Buy)

Spelunky is a unique platformer with randomized levels that offer a challenging new experience each time you play. Journey deep underground and explore fantastic places filled with all manner of monsters, traps, and treasure. Go solo or bring up to three friends to join you in cooperative play or frantic deathmatch!

Spelunky’s one of those games you could just play forever, if rogue-like platformers are your thing. IT’s cross buy with the Vita, so that’s an extra game for Vita owners.

Bonus! DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition (PS4)

DRIVE TOGETHER, WIN TOGETHER. Fuel the thrill of high-octane racing by downloading DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition. Take a test drive of the world’s most social racer: Features unrestricted access both offline and online to the 11 tracks of India & 10 cars for your garage.

For the first time, we have something resembling AAA for the PlayStation 4. It’s a “lite” version of the game, offering a small slice of what you might expect in the full release. I’ve been playing the game a bit this week…and I can say that it’s quite a good looking game. Because I’m the worst digital driver in the world, I can’t actually tell you if it’s any good – but it seems to me to be very much a blend of Gran Turismo with Project Gotham Racing.  Don’t worry; I’m not reviewing it.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

Batman: Arkham Asylum exposes players to a unique, dark and atmospheric adventure that takes them to the depths of Arkham Asylum –Gotham’s psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. Gamers will move in the shadows, instigate fear amongst their enemies and confront The Joker and Gotham City’s most notorious villains who have taken over the asylum. Using a wide range of Batman’s gadgets and abilities, players will become the invisible predator and attempt to foil The Joker’s demented scheme.

Arkham Asylum is a great game, but as far as videogames, go, this one is older than your mum. At this point, a sequel and a prequel later, everybody who really wants to play this already has.

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PS3)

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara combines two timeless D&D arcade classics -Tower of Doom and Shadow over Mystara- into one definitive package. Battle through a rich fantasy universe with a host of new features, including HD visuals, drop-in/drop-out 4 player online co-op, customizable House Rules, leaderboards, and a trove of extras.

Capcom’s two great arcade Dungeons and Dragons side-scrolling beat-em-ups have been given an HD spit-and-shine, with great features like online play. This is probably the release I’m actually looking forward to most this month/.

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Pix the Cat (PS4/PS Vita)

PIX the CAT is an intense arcade game designed to boost your heart-rate! Rescue forsaken ducklings from the nested levels of the infamous GRID of INFINITY. Perfect your skills to SPEED and COMBO UP until you reach the explosive FEVER TIME!

I have nothing to say about Pix the cat, because until today I’d never even heard of Pix the Cat.It’s pretty much Snake, by the looks of things. 

Rainbow Moon (PS3/PS Vita)

Rainbow Moon is a beautiful role-playing game filled with exploration, turn-based battles, and character development. Six playable main characters with upgradeable weapons and armor, and more than 20 challenging dungeons await you in a fascinating story that lasts over 40 hours.

This one’s for you, Umar.

That’s it. That’s the list of games coming to Plus’ Instant game collection this month. IF you own all three platforms, it’s still pretty good value I think. If you only have a PlayStation 4, you need the subscription for multiplayer, but there’s very little else about Plus that makes it genuinely worthwhile.

What do you think? Have the price increases made Plus lose it’s sheen somewhat? For what it’s worth, we’ve contacted Sony’s local agents to politely enquire about the increases, why they’re so high and why they were so poorly communicated – and will let you know once we hear anything.

Last Updated: October 2, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Umar

    Haha…Rainbow Moon…Good times. Remember pumping 40 hours into that game for the review….
    Not too excited about this month though. Besides DnD nothing else really stands out…Was actually looking forward to something more exciting, but I guess that’s subjective though

  • JJ of Meridian

    Oh wait, this is PlayStation stuff. Just saw the pic of the 6C and clicked on it.

    • Hammersteyn

      Bwahaha

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    I canceled my auto renewal after the price increase info. Don’t think I’ve downloaded the last three month odd worth of games they have given us.

    Aside from the PS4 people who need it for multiplayer, do not see any reason to get it unless you just play what ever and probably wont be buying other games.

  • Hammersteyn

    Sony really dropped the ball on the price increase, a proper press release would have been nice. “Due to various market conditions” isn’t good enough

    • Jaded_Reprobate

      i’m wondering if this is all legal…. thinking maybe it’s time to learn how exactly this consumer protection act actually works

      • Nahuel Graziani

        Cornering a market and raising the price?

        Totally legal.

        • FoxOneZA

          Should have seen that coming from a company that’s always in the red every quarter.

          • Nahuel Graziani

            Should have seen it coming when they latched PS+ onto PS4 in order to play multiplayer.

            I can see them now, sitting in a boardroom, rubbing their greedy hands together like flies on a turd.

            “We have altered the prices. Pray we do not alter them any further.”

    • Tarisma

      The Rand has devalues by 33% in the last year and a half what did you expect them to say? “Sorry but your currency if fucking worthless so we kinda need to up the price to make this viable” ?

      • Hammersteyn

        Not so bluntly no, but be more transparent.

      • Jaded_Reprobate

        i expect a little more than 1 day’s notice… i understand that they may need to increase price for whatever reasons. but it’s just unethical for a company to give 1 day notice on a 53% increase.

        the increase isn’t the issue, it’s the way in which they’ve done it…

    • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

      I am happier and happier about deciding to dump consoles and going back to only PC and WiiU.

      Should probably say I see the WiiU as TV games and not a console, because it is the only that runs the old TV games! o/

      • Hammersteyn

        lol

  • Jaded_Reprobate

    ps plus isn’t worth it if you, like me, aren’t really interested in any of the games that they are offering on the ps4… i’m getting screwed harder than the tax man in the Shuttleworth case right now (unlike me however, the tax man deserves every bit of screwing he’s getting)

  • Hammersteyn

    The games are a lot better this month and Driveclub is finally here.

  • WolfyZA

    Only decent game is DriveClub… Already finished Batman AA like 3 years ago man, why give us such an old game anyways?

  • FoxOneZA

    What’s in the PSN+ edition of DriveClub? Sounds like they shoehorned a demo into a marketing spin. It’s like MS coming out and saying in GWG this month we give you access to 0,5% of Forza Horizon 2’s open-world instead of putting out a demo for everyone and this should not be confused with a demo because you are special.

    • CAE9872

      Apparently its one location (I Want to say India but I cannot be sure); as for cars I am not sure. The developers say that it is possible to get ALL the games trophies (if you like that kind of thing) with the PS+ edition which doesn’t quite make sense but there you go…

  • CAE9872

    Not too much to complain about there.

  • Jonah Cash

    I’ve never played Dust… Knew I just had to wait it out!!
    And I am more than happy to try out Drive Club without having to pay for it!! Might actually buy it for the wife if it is any good… She loves racing games…. and that is all… very weird…. didn’t know it when I married her…

    • CAE9872

      Now that is a rarity! Tell her I am happy to take her on as I love racing games! Has she finished Gran Turismo 5? Or 6? Those would keep her on the TV and you out in the wild…for a loooooonnnnngggg time.

  • HvR

    Did Sony South Africa pull a Microsoft?

    See the 12 Month subscription is still on R489.00 in ZA Playstation store or did they make the decision so fast that the guys managing the online store didn’t even have time to change it.

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