This is a great way to try games you might not otherwise have played, whether because they're indie titles that slip under your radar or simply because you don’t have the funds to buy several games a month.
Even if you don’t plan to play them straight away, or you’re not sure if they’re your kind of game, we’d say it’s always worth claiming them while you can get them for free; you'll then have access to them for as long as you have an active PS Plus account.
Since this is a monthly event, we’ve decided to create a one-stop shop where you’ll be able to find the newest free games, as well as scroll back and see which games were featured in previous months. That way you’ll know whether it’s worth holding out for a game to appear in an upcoming PlayStation Plus haul or if it's already been offered.
So without further ado, here are the free PlayStation Plus games in North America, Europe and Australia for September 2017, which will be available to download within the next few days.
Kicking off Sony's September line-up of free games is inFamous Second Son, the third installment of Sucker Punch's action-adventure series. Second Son is set in a locked-down Seattle where you'll find Delsin Rowe, a wise-cracking hero who has recently discovered his superhuman power and is now capable of fighting back against the oppressive dystopian government. Enjoy your power as you choose how you will push your awesome abilities to the limit and witness the consequences of your actions as they affect the city and people around you.
If the Ace Combat series moves a little too slow for your tastes, you're going to love Strike Vector Ex, an aerial combat game that's not afraid to take you straight into the danger zone. A better description is that it's competitive first-person aerial-combat game that sees you waging dizzying dogfights with super-powered aircrafts. With boat loads of customizable Gundam-inspired ships, Strike Vector EX scrambles the air combat genre through a combination of unique mechanics, crazy aircrafts and fast-paced multiplayer fights.
As much as we'd love to wax poetic about Truck Racer – we're pretty sure the name says it all. To that end, Truck Racer has you taking control of five tons of metal and power, and flooring it until you reach the finish line You'll race fully destructible trucks in Championship, Time Attack, Elimination and Quick Race while getting rid of opponents trying to block your way. For gear heads you can customize your vehicle from the engine to the paint, choose among 48 tracks and then face your friends in online or local multiplayer for (five) tons of fun.
Another entry in the 'you get what you pay for' category, Handball 2016 sticks you in the tennies of some of your favorite players as they sprint down the court and blast one past the goalie. (That's how you play handball, right?) The game includes all 68 teams from the three biggest European leagues – Championnat de D1 (France), the DKB Handball-Bundesliga (Germany) and the Liga Asobal (Spain) – to immerse you in the full experience of the 2015-2016 season with the official players, kits and statistics.
A new month, a new twin-stick shooter. We Are Doomed is a twin-stick shooter where you zap polygon baddies with an absurdly overpowered laserbeam. Dive head-first into the action with reckless ambition, charge the SUPERBEAM, and zap everything out of existence in an instant. Chase high scores or just enjoy the beautiful explosion of geometry, color and light. *Cough, Geometry Wars*
We've saved the best game for last, Hatoful Boyfriend. Hatoful Boyfriend is a pigeon dating simulator. No, I'm not making that up. Here's the plot: You’ve been accepted as the only human student at the prestigious St. PigeoNation’s Institute, a school for talented birds. You'll roam the halls and find love in between classes as a student at the world’s greatest pigeon high school. Tell me you're not going to download this game immediately. You can't.
From July 4 to October 24, PS Plus subscribers will be able to get the first game in the lineup called That's You! for free.
That’s You is a social quiz game that you can play with up to five others and find out what you really think about each other. You can read more about PlayLink here.
Make sure to check back next month for the free PlayStation Plus games of October 2017!
Just Cause 3 – PS4 – (usually £44.99/ / )
Returning to his birthplace on the fictional island of Medici, daredevil super-spy Rico Rodriguez is back to free the Mediterranean republic from the cruel control of dictator General Sebastiano Di Ravello. Expect the craziest stunts the series has seen yet!
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry – PS4 – (usually / / AU$22.95)
In the standalone expansion set 20 years after the events of the beloved Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Adéwalé uncovers a conspiracy within the French provincial government that rules Port-au-Prince. Now, Adéwalé must sabotage a clandestine scientific expedition and plot an uprising against the slave trade.
This 1-to-4 player couch co-op game sees you pilot harvesting machines on Mars. More than just a game where you collect minerals, Super Motherload also features a horror science-fiction storyline that should keep you on the edge of said couch.
Have a fondness for the old Snake game featured on Nokia phones? Well Snakeball is for you! Snakeball uses the familiar Snake gameplay that we all know and love and applies it to a team-based sports game.
Downwell is a critically-revered roguelike vertically-scrolling shooter platformer *takes breath* that sees you drop down a well to shoot enemies and collect treasure along the way. Fans of Spelunky and Cave Story will love it.
This amusing stealth game sees a hungover worker named Gary who tries to sneak into work after a big night on the town. This isn't the first time Gary's been late, so if he's caught, he's getting fired!
Until Dawn is an exclusive PlayStation horror title in which eight friends are staying together in a remote mountain retreat. Though that alone is enough to justify the game's place in the horror genre for some, the actual scary part is that they're trapped there and they're not alone. Through the game you get to play as each of the eight characters and make decisions that could mean the difference between life and death.
Game of Thrones is one of the popular narrative and player choice-driven episodic series from Telltale. This month you can get all six episodes of the first series which follows House Forrester as they try to get through the War of the Five Kings in one piece.
Tokyo Jungle is an animal survival game where you play in a post-apocalyptic world without humans. There are more than 50 playable animals that you can choose from in either story mode or survival mode. It's then up to you to find your next meal and survive the game's incredibly confusing and unrealistic food chain.
Darkstalkers Resurrection brings two classic Japanese fighting games together as one release: Night Warriors: Darkstalkers and Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. This update keeps the classic gameplay and unique characters from the games but adds a few new features including HD visuals and 8-player online modes.
Element4l is a reflex-challenging platform game in which you control four elements who are bound together on a journey to shape life. Your only hindrances are nature and the sun.
This is a cute, colorful and frantic arcade style game that's all about dodging danger and eating fruit.
To make it easy to keep track of what titles are coming up, we’ve rounded up the last few months of PlayStation Plus titles as well as current prices on the PlayStation Store.
First released in 2015, this five-part episodic adventure game that follows the story of time turning teenager Max was a runaway hit. If you enjoy your games with great stories with an element of choice in the vein of Telltale then this is one you should check out. Developer Dontnod has confirmed that a sequel is in the works so if you've yet to play Life is Strange now is the greatest opportunity you'll have to do so.
Killing Floor 2 is a first-person shooter than can be played alone or cooperatively online with a team of up to 12. Its story follows directly on from the events of the first game, in which a disease outbreak from a biotechnology lab results in a zombie infection spreading across Europe.
This time the infection has spread beyond Europe and players must fight waves upon waves of zombie enemies with a well-balanced team of different classes.
Looking for a side-scrolling action adventure platformer? You might be interested in Abyss Odyssey. This game has a gorgeous Art Nouveau style and allows you to work alone or with a friend to fight through procedurally generated levels with a crew of three heroes.
The premise of WRC 5 is simple – it's a rally racing simulator. Hone your driving skills, perfect them in career mode alone or compete against up to 7 other drivers online.
Neon Chrome is a cyberpunk-style top down shooter than allows players to fight through a variety of procedural levels. Cooperative play means that you can also play with 2 to 4 other people to make things more chaotic and fun.
Spy Chameleon is an arcade path finding puzzle game. What do chameleon's have to do with puzzles, you ask? Well, in this game the player must use the chameleon's color changing abilities to avoid being seen by enemies across 5 missions and 75 levels.
- Abzu (US only) – PS4 (usually $19.99)
- Alienation (EU and AU only) – PS4 (usually £15.99 / AU$29.95)
- Tales from the Borderlands – PS4 (usually $14.99 / £15.99 / AU$26.60)
- Blood Knights – PS3 (usually £11.99/ $9.99/ AU$22.95)
- Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants – PS3 (usually £15.99/ $19.99/ AU $29.95)
- Laser Disco Defenders – PS Vita / PS4 (usually £7.99/ $9.99/ AU$14.95)
- Type:Rider – PS Vita / PS4 (usually £11.99/ $14.99/ AU$22.95)
- Drawn to Death – PS4
- Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – PS4 (usually £9.99/ $14.99/ AU$22.95)
- 10 Second Ninja X – PS4 / PS Vita (usually £7.99/ $9.99/ AU$14.95 )
- Curses ‘n Chaos – PS4 / PS Vita (usually £7.99/ $9.99/ AU $14.95)
- Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom – PS3 (usually £24.99/ $4.99/ AU$24.95)
- Alien Rage – PS3 (usually £11.99/ $14.99/ AU$22.95)
- Tearaway Unfolded – PS4 (usually / / )
- Disc Jam – PS4
- Under Night: In-Birth – PS3 (usually / /)
- Earth Defense Force 2025 – PS3 (usually / / )
- Lumo – PS Vit / PS4 (usually / / )
- Severed – PS Vita (usually / / )
- LittleBigPlanet 3 – PS4 (usually / / )
- Not a Hero – PS4 (usually / / )
- Starwhal – PS3 / PS4 (usually / / )
- Anna Extended Edition – PS3 (usually / / )
- Ninja Senki DX – PS Vita / PS4 (usually / / )
- TorqueL – PS Vita / PS4 (usually // )
- Day of The Tentacle Remastered – PS4 / PS Vita (£11.99/$14.99/AU $22.95)
- This War of Mine: The Little Ones –PS4 (£24.99/$29.99/AU $39.95)
- Blazerush – PS3 (usually £7.99/ $9.99/ AU $14.95)
- The Swindle – PS3 / PS4 / PS Vita (£11.99/ $14.99 / AU $22.95)
- Azkend 2 – PS Vita ( £6.49 / $7.99/ AU $11.95)
- Titan Souls – PS Vita / PS4 (£11.99/ $14.99 / AU $22.95)
- Invisible, Inc. – PS4 (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU $29.95)
- Stories: Path of Destinies – PS4 (£8.99/ $14.99/ AU $16.45)
- Hyper Void – PS3 (£6.19/ $9.99/ AU $11.25)
- Tiny Troopers Joint Ops – PS3 / PS4 / Vita (£5.79/ $7.99/ AU $10.45)
- Color Guardians – PS Vita / PS4 (£5.79/ $14.99/ AU $10.45)
- VVVVVV – PS Vita (£6.49/ $7.99/ AU $11.95)
- Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – PS4 (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU $29.95)
- The Deadly Tower of Monsters – PS4 (£11.99/$14.99 / AU $22.95)
- Dirt 3 – PS3 (no longer available)
- Costume Quest 2 – PS3 (£11.99/ $14.99/ AU $22.95)
- Letter Quest Remastered – PS Vita / PS4 (£9.49/ $9.99/ AU $14.95)
- Pumped BMX+ – PS Vita / PS4 / PS3 (£7.99/ $9.99/ AU $14.95)
- Resident Evil – PS4 (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU $29.95)
- Transformers: Devastation – PS4 (£39.99/ $39.99/ AU $49.95)
- Mad Riders – PS3 (£7.99/ $9.99/ AU $14.95)
- From Dust – PS3 (£11.99/ $14.99/ AU $22.95)
- Code: Realize Guardian of Rebirth – PS Vita (£28.99/ $39.99/ AU $52.95)
- Actual Sunlight – PS Vita (£4.49/ $4.99/ AU $8.25)
- Lords of the Fallen – PS4 (£7.99/ $19.99/ AU $14.99)
- Journey – PS4, PS3 (£11.99/ $14.99/ AU $22.95)
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – PS3 (£7.99/ $19.99/ AU $12.95)
- Datura – PS3 (£6.49/ $9.99/ AU $11.95)
- Badland – PS Vita, PS4, PS3 (£3.99/ $11.99/ AU $7.55)
- Amnesia: Memories – PS Vita (£7.99/ $29.99/ AU $14.95)