Predicting the PlayStation Plus ‘free’ games for April 2014

playstation_plus2The ‘Instant Game Collection’ available via PlayStation Plus has proved to be a big hit for Sony and there’s often fervent speculation over what will be added each month.  The scheduled games  tend to be leaked a week or so in advance, but I’m now going to try and predict the April 2014 offerings below with a fair amount of analysis and a large amount of guesswork however since the publication of this article our Editor has had confirmation of the April 2014 Free Instant Game Collection and has published it here.

Sony has previously indicated that a title has to be averaging at least 70% on Metacritic.com to be considered for the Instant Game Collection.  Although there have been exceptions we can assume this rule to be generally be accurate, and a quick check on Metacritic finds 793 such titles for the PS3 and 35 for the PS4 that have already been on the Playstation Plus Instant Game collection.

Looking at the PS3 first, those 793 titles seems a daunting amount to make a prediction from.  However after painstakingly checking on the PlayStation Store to see what titles are actually available for digital download this number plummets down to 456.  Removing the titles that are just DLC reduces it further to 403 titles and then ticking off games that have already been available in the Instant Game Collection here takes it down further to 312 titles – split evenly between 156 full PS3 games and 156 PSN games.

Now comes the guesswork.  Scanning through the lists I eliminated anything released in the past few months and anything more that seemed too old or obscure.  Sport titles were also removed from the list, as were any games that had been made redundant through sequels.  The PS4 was more straightfoward as there were only 35 titles averaging 70%+, of which 4 have already been offered.  Several titles could be taken out of consideration due to being too high-profile or a sports title.  At this point I was starting to get bored of analysis so for the Vita decided I’d just go for a random guess.

PS3 possibilities

Anarchy Reigns
Assassin’s Creed title
Atelier series
Batman: Arkham Asylum or Origins
Bayonetta (although probably too old)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Child of Eden
Crysis 3
Dante’s Inferno
Darksiders 2
De Blob 2
Dead Island
Dead Space 3
Deadly Premonition
Diablo 3 (although probably too recent)
Dishonored
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
God of War (not 3)
Injustice: Gods Among Us
L.A. Noire
Max Payne 3
Ni no Kuni
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Puppeteer
The Last of Us (although probably too recent)
Zone of the Enders HD Collection

PSN possibilities

Beyond Good & Evil HD
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Braid
Cloudberry Kingdom
Costume Quest
DuckTales Remastered
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Fat Princess
FlOw
Flower
From Dust
Hotline Miami
I Am Alive
Jet Set Radio
Journey
Lone Survivor
Proteus
Rain
Retro City Rampage
Spelunky
Stick it to the Man!
The Last Guy
The Unfinished Swan
Tokyo Jungle

PS4 possibilities

Escape Plan
FlOw
Flower
Injustice: Gods Among Us
SteamWorld Dig
Strider
Towerfall Ascension
Trine 2: Complete Story

So then, after much deliberation my predictions for April 2014 are:

PS3 predictions:

Dishonored (full title)
DuckTales Remastered (PSN)

PS4 prediction

Trine 2

Vita predictions:

Lone Survivor
Proteus

In a few weeks we’ll see if I’ve managed to get any right myself and please leave your predictions (no need to sign up) at the bottom of the page.

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