As is routine with each new month, May will see a new slew of free games for those lucky PlayStation Plus users, myself included, and two of the most popular of which include Tales from the Borderlands, one of the later installments in the Gearbox Borderlands series, and Abzu, a unique creation from Giant Squid Studios. These monthly releases can offer inexpensive–free!–chances to explore different types of games or ones that one traditionally would not, and I think many would do well to take advantage of the offer.
Abzu originally released in August of 2016, and allows players to don scuba equipment and deep sea dive, interacting with all kinds of marine life along the way. Unique, exploratory, and incredibly involved, the game brings a fresh feel and vivid graphics that will leave players hardly wanting to come up for air. The other game released is anything but similar: Tales from the Borderlands is a 5-part episodic game set in the time period after Telltale Games’ Borderlands 2, and it maintains much of the identity of the series. Most notably, players actions will affect the outcome of their storylines, but it isn’t lacking in the big guns and explosions that have come to define the franchise either. Within the game, players will take on the roles of Rhys, a suit-wearing former businessman, and Fiona, a sassy outlaw with a deadly aim; and, again, as is customary with the Borderlands franchise, there is treasure involved–the two hope to track it down and become filthy rich in the process.
PlayStation Plus users that choose to utilize Sony’s cross-buy program can also receive the PS Vita games for free: both Laser Disco Defenders, an FPS game, and Type: Rider, a game exploring the history of typography, will be available. Free access to these titles will begin Tuesday, May 2nd, while the free games from April will stay be available up until midnight on May 1st.