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Pirates & Parachutes – August’s PlayStation Plus Games

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A new month means new free games from PlayStation Plus. While July brought us tales of hormones, horror and medieval adventures, August delivers explosions and emancipation with Just Cause 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry respectively. The games tell stories of revolution and liberation through excessive violence and a plethora of explosions. Seems like a theme more fitting for July. All that’s missing is the hotdogs and cheap beer.

And while a cold brew and grilled meat are enjoyable, there’s something even more satisfying about blowing up tanks, crashing helicopters, and shooting grappling hooks into enemies’ faces. Just Cause 3 has all of these things, and so much more. And PlayStation has graciously given all of that to us, for free. Just Cause 3 is the latest (and greatest) chapter in an game series filled with exorbitant mayhem. The open world format let’s the player choose their own adventure, sort of.

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Every mission requires making things explode, it’s just a matter of how. With tools like RPGs, armored cars, and military grade helicopters, the player chooses how stuff gets blown up. It’s a Michael Bay film packed into a Square Enix game. Provided that Michael Bay’s films had any kind of interesting story line between the explosions. Which, they don’t.

PlayStation also offers up Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry. The game follows Adewale, a former slave, turned pirate as he disrupts the Caribbean slave trade. Originally, it was part of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag as downloadable content. Now it stands alone as it’s own game.

Since Black Flag introduced seafaring, ship to ship combat, and sea shanties, it’s unsurprising that Freedom Cry has all of these things and so much more. In particular, additional missions to free slaves from their captors and recruit them to the ranks of the Maroons (a group of liberated slaves fighting for freedom). Despite Adewale’s ties to the Brotherhood of Assassins, he understands their struggle and joins them. It’s a give and take relationship. Adewale aids the Maroons, and they act as his pirate crew on the stolen Experto Crede.

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It’s rather gratifying putting a dagger through 3d rendered slave traders’ heads and destroying their brigs and frigates. It’s video game justice for ages 17 and up. Freedom Cry doesn’t limit you to travelling from city to city, assassinating evildoers. You get to travel the Caribbean to search for treasure, harpoon sharks, and search underwater shipwrecks. It’s hours of addictive assassination and pirating.

So, if you’re one of the many owners of a PlayStation Plus account, download both of these games, now. Open a bag of cool ranch Doritos, crack open a cold Mountain Dew, and prepare to be stuck on the couch for a few hours (at the very least). But, until the next time, see you space cowboys!

 

 

 

Born in the mountains of Colorado, it is said that Zach Kimbell has always been a nerd. His passion for art, literature, and video games bloomed at a young age. With a background in illustration, tabletop RPG creation, and IT you can bet Zach will be dissecting everything from new age tech to the brush strokes on a comic panel. Stick around and you just might learn a thing or two.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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