A new month means new PS4 freebies for PlayStation Plus, and while Sony’s premium subscription service has had some rough patches recently–the free monthly giveaways stopped including PS3 and Vita titles in March, and April’s two PS4 offerings weren’t particularly exciting–May is bringing some great games to the table. May’s free PS Plus games are Overcooked and What Remains of Edith Finch, and if you don’t already own these titles, you’ll definitely want to grab them when they become available May 7.
Overcooked is a co-op party game where you and up to three friends work together in a kitchen to prepare meals–sounds simple and wholesome, right? Now throw in kitchen fires, shifting floors, mischievous mice that steal your food, and an accelerating warning beep that signals you have only seconds to grab your food before it burns. Overcooked is a stressful ride that may or may not ruin your friendships, but it’s also thrilling and makes you feel truly accomplished when you clear a level with high stars. The game earned an 8/10 in GameSpot’s Overcooked review:
“Overcooked contains all the necessary ingredients for a truly excellent co-op game,” wrote critic Scott Butterworth. “Stress is always balanced out by feelings of accomplishment and progression, and its gameplay requires a mix of smart planning, consistent communication, and some level of dexterity to execute plans effectively.”
Fans of story-driven games will be pleased to see What Remains of Edith Finch in May’s PS Plus lineup. The visually stunning game is rooted in exploration and story, and it’s suspenseful without stretching into horror, like indie classic Gone Home. The story follows Edith as she returns to her family home where three generations of relatives have perished in various tragic accidents. The game made our top 10 list back in 2017 and earned a 9/10 in GameSpot’s What Remains of Edith Finch review.
“Developer Giant Sparrow managed to strike the delicate balance between joy and sorrow in 2012’s The Unfinished Swan, but What Remains of Edith Finch transcends even the latent sadness of that game, finding the beauty–even sometimes the fun–in what’s always fundamentally a tragedy. It’s not often that a game’s plot slips past the bitterness of grief to finally get to the acceptance, but that’s the triumph in What Remains of Edith Finch,” wrote critic Justin Clark.
Because May starts on a Wednesday this year (and PS Plus games always become available on the first Tuesday of the month), April’s free games are still available for one more week, so be sure to grab The Surge and Conan Exiles before May 7 if you’re interested in owning those games.
April 2019 free PS Plus games (available May 7)
- What Remains of Edith Finch
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