I was one of the many people who jumped over to the PlayStation ecosystem when the PlayStation 4 was released and of course, I bought a 12 month subscription to gain access to PlayStation Plus. The question I’ve discussed with many people is if PlayStation Plus’ Instant Game Collection has lived up to its price tag and help make the experience worthwhile.
Now I’ll get this out of the way now, I totally think that the price tag for PlayStation 4 is justified. Personally I believe that the PlayStation Network is a very smooth experience and online play, which is what you’re essentially paying for, hasn’t had anything wrong with it. Yes there have been down times for maintenance, but anyone who gets angry due to maintenance needs to cool their jets.
The discussion I’ve had most frequently is if the games offered for the Instant Game Collection are any good. First off, let’s take a look at the games that have been provided for the PlayStation 4 as of the posting of this article (July 7, 2014).
- Don’t Starve
- Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
- Mercenary Kings
- Stick It to the Man!
- PixelJunk Shooter: Ultimate
- Trine 2: Complete Story
- Doki-Doki Universe
- TowerFall: Ascension
Now I’ll be completely honest with you all, I’ve enjoyed the hell out of this batch of great games. Yes there are some iffy titles thrown in there, but for the most part, I’ve had hours and hours of fun with these games that Sony has offered.
In my eyes, about four of these games make the case that they alone make the Instant Game Collection worthwhile. First off we have Resogun, a game that I have gushed over and over about and will still make the case that it is one of the best games available on the current generation of consoles.
Then we move onto Outlast. Outlast was a title that I have spent hours and hours playing again and again. It has inspired many people to go on Twitch and YouTube to do live streams and the best part is that we got it for FREE as soon as it was released on the PlayStation 4.
Next we have Strider, a game that I didn’t have high hopes for, but have fallen in love with. It’s arcade-ish feel and crisp art style provide a great world that is a blast to traverse. The combat is tight and the game play is a blast. Giving this game a chance will ensure a smile on your face and make sure that you spend hours tightly focused in on your television screen.
Finally there is Towerfall: Ascension. This game is a must have for all local multiplayer fans. It provides such a great experience that I could see myself and a group of buddies playing for hours and hours on end. To add on to that great local multiplayer experience, there is also a single player quest, which allows you to tighten up your skills and refine them to a sharp point.
All in all, the Instant Game Collection has been far and away worth the price of admission for its PlayStation 4 releases. When you couple in the game you’re getting for Vita and PS3 it only gets better and when you focus in on the fact that you’re really paying for the online ,ultiplayer and that these games are an added bonus, it makes PlayStation Plus look like the amazing deal it really is.
I don’t want to come off as a fan boy here but I am truly enjoying my time with the PS4 and PS+. I can’t wait to see what other games we’ll get and I can guarantee you that I’ll be renewing my membership.