PS Plus, Games With Gold Freebies For May 2016

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With May upon us, it is once again time to dust off the PS4 and Xbox One and prepare yourself for a new batch of free games from Microsoft and Sony respectively. PS While last month was a glaring success for Microsoft, it seems they’ve taken a step back with some indies and games that, to be frank, most people already own.

Sony, while still not meeting the expectations set by Microsoft last month, has a few interesting titles for all of us loyalists at least.

Here are the PlayStation freebies for May.

  • Tropico 5 – PS4
  • Table Top Racing: World Tour – PS4
  • Switch Galaxy Ultra  – PS4, PS Vita
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 – PS3
  • LocoRoco Cocoreccho! – PS3
  • God Of War Ghost Of Sparta – PS Vita, PSP

You have to hand it to Sony. They’ve been really trying to diversify the offerings of each month. After what felt like a year of nothing but 2D indie platformers, it’s refreshing that we will be getting something like Tropico 5, a fantastic strategy game that I didn’t even know existed on the platform.

It’s also nice to see Switch Galaxy Ultra, which is a game I’ve never heard of. I  think my favourite part about PS Plus is the idea that I’m constantly getting free games I’ve never heard of, just to find out that they’re mostly games I enjoy enough to buy them. Whether this is the case with Switch Galaxy Ultra remains to be seen.

For you equally loyal Xbox patrons, here are the games you will receive for the month of May.

    • Defense Grid 2  – Xbox One
    • Costume Quest 2  – Xbox One
    • Grid 2  – Xbox 360
    • Peggle – Xbox 360

What a random month for Games With Gold. After Microsoft blew it out of the water with the wonderful Sunset Overdrive, it is strange to see the headliner being a little tower defense game from 2014. That said, Defense Grid 2 is really tight and well, despite being a list that is not exactly a home run, every game is solid and well worth the download.

If you somehow neglected Peggle for all of these years, grab it, as it is potentially one of the most addictive arcade games available right now.

Frederator Studios Creating Animated Short for Costume Quest

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Frederator Studios, an independent animation studio, has announced a collaboration with Double Fine, an independent game developer, to create an eleven-minute short based on the game Costume Quest.  Costume Quest is a short but sweet RPG themed around Halloween conceived by Double Fine’s former lead animator Tasha Sounart.  It was released digitally in 2010 on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade and later ported to PC, Mac, and Linux to great critical acclaim and a sequel was released across all platforms last year.  The games star fraternal twins Reynold and Wren as they and their friends use empowered costumes to battle super-natural forces.

Frederator Studios is most famous for working on classic Nickelodeon shows such as The Fairly OddParents, ChalkZone, and My Life as a Teenage Robot, and currently hosts shows like Bravest Warriors and Bee and PuppyCat on their Youtube channel.  It seems more likely that the Costume Quest short will be posted on Youtube rather than aired on television.  The short will be written by Zac Gorman (creator of the Costume Quest comic) and directed by Pat McHale (creator of Over the Garden Wall).  Are you excited to see the Costume Quest animation?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.