PlayStation Plus: September 2016 Lineup

A new month, a new lineup of games!
It would appear that the increased price of PlayStation Plus might be playing a hand in acquiring some heavy hitters for the lineup. Without further ado, let’s jump in to what September has to offer!

1.) Journey – PS4, PS3

This is easily the standout title for September.
If you haven’t played Journey, then you’re in for a treat. It’s a gorgeous, delightful, and enthralling experience like none other, and I can’t recommend it enough. Journey finds players in the role of a mysterious robed figure tasked with finding their way through a strange landscape. The gorgeous visuals, beautiful score, and magical atmosphere combine to make what I consider to be one of the greatest video games ever created. It didn’t win countless Game of the Year awards in 2012 for nothing, so make sure to check this one out.

2.) Lords of the Fallen – PS4

Lords of the Fallen has players taking on the role of Harkyn, a man fighting to end the war between gods and man. Unfortunately, the majority of the trailers for this game are all cinematics, so I had to look for a slightly longer gameplay video. The most immediate thing you’ll notice from the attached video is that Lords of the Fallen looks like it plays very similar to Dark Souls. Blocking, dodging, attacking, and all of the core Dark Souls combat mechanics seem to be present in this game, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, as someone who recently played through Dark Souls for the first time a month or two ago, I do think Lords of the Fallen looks drastically easier. I’m interested in giving this game a shot and seeing how it stacks up compared to From Software’s critically acclaimed suffering simulator.

3.) Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – PS3

This game looks incredibly dated visually, but the combat, platforming, and time-manipulation of the Prince of Persia franchise has always been enticing. The Forgotten Sands tells the tale of an ancient and long forgotten evil entity returning to life after ages of entrapment, with the titular Prince being the only one who can save the day. It’s a cliched storyline that we’ve all heard before, but I’m hoping that the gameplay will be strong enough to look past it.

4.) Datura – PS3

I’ll be completely honest with you. I have no idea what’s going on in this trailer.
Datura looks to be a very trippy game, and I’m also getting the feeling it’s trying to be overly artistic, which can come off as pretentious. You seem to be someone stuck in a weird world that bounces back and forth between different scenarios. From what I’ve been able to piece together, the game was designed to be played with the PlayStation Move controller, but I can’t find anything saying whether or not it’s playable with the DualShock. Just a heads up.

5.) Badland – PS Vita, PS4, PS3

Although playable on all three PlayStation platforms, this game is obviously best enjoyed on Vita. It’s a port of a touch-game on mobile, and it seems to be akin to something like Flappy Bird, which we’re still all trying to forget about. You tap the screen to make fluffy monsters fly forward, avoid obstacles, and reach the end of each stage. That’s about it. I think I’ll be passing on this one.

6.) Amnesia: Memories – PS Vita

So there’s this really creepy horror series called Amnesia. This is not that.
Instead of creeping in the shadows and hiding from horrific monsters, Amnesia: Memories is a visual novel/dating sim with mini-games. This looks like the worst pick of the month, and I don’t even want to bother saying anything else about it.

BREAKDOWN

Each month, I’m going to compare the individual prices of the games on the PlayStation network to how much you spend on a monthly subscription of PlayStation Plus. Let’s take a look…

Journey – $14.99
Lords of the Fallen – $19.99
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – $19.99
Datura – $9.99
Badland – $11.99
Amnesia: Memories – $29.99

Without PlayStation Plus: $106.94
With PlayStation Plus: $4.17

Not too bad, if you ask me.

– Zack Burrows

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