Predicting the PlayStation Plus ‘free’ games for August 2014

playstation_plus2This is my third attempt at predicting an upcoming months new additions to the ‘Instant Game Collection’ (IGC) on the PlayStation Plus service, following my educated guesses for April and June which had mixed results.  In April none of my forecasts were correct – although Trine 2 (PS4) and Lone Survivor were added later so I was only off by a month or two.  I had a bit more success with my June predictions as I at least did get Surge (Vita) correct but I’ll be hoping it will be third time lucky for August.

The big surprise for the IGC over the last few months has actually been the lack of surprises.  Apart from a shake-up to the general format of the titles each month, there haven’t been any big reveals which was particularly surprising given that E3 is the ideal time for Sony and Microsoft to try and out-do each other with crowd-pleasing announcements.  So we can generally expect more of the same (i.e. indie titles for PS4) although admittedly after years of no sport titles we have recently had PES 2014 and NBA 2K14 so we know sport games are now on the table, but it’s unlikely we’ll have any more soon.

Looking first at the PS4, Secret Ponchos and Octodad: Deadliest Catch have both been rumoured for months, although the release date for Secret Ponchos is regularly pushed back.  The Swapper (cross-buy) and Road Not Taken are both released on 6th August which coincidentally is when the August IGC titles are made available so it would be logical to assume that one (or both) would be involved.  Other titles in the mix include Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Another World and Transistor (from the makers of Bastion).

A likely title for the PS3  selection this month would be Saints Row 4 as the previous two titles in the series have appeared on the IGC in the last couple of years during the Summer months.  This means the secondary PS3 game is unlikely to be a big name (like Dishonored or Splinter Cell) so I’d probably hazard a guess at Blood Dragon, Duck Tales Remastered or Tales of Xillia.

Unless there’s a major surprise in store for the Vita it’s almost certain we’ll only be looking at platformers (Terraria, Fez, 1001 Spikes, Dustforce) or an RPG ( Demon Gaze, Atelier Rorona Plus) – although it’s worth keeping a hopeful eye open for games from other genres such as TxK or Luftrausers.

So without further ado, my predictions for August 2014 are:

PS4 predictions:

Octodad: Deadliest Catch

The Swapper (cross-buy)

PS3 predictions:

Saints Row 4

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Vita predictions:

1001 Spikes

Atelier Rorona Plus


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

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  • Hoping for Dragon’s Crown on PS3, but already been on Vita, so probably unlikely.

  • Jimmy

    Just to mix things up…

    I predict Road Not Taken and Steamworld Dig for PS4.

  • MasterBaiter

    atelier rorona plxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Bluts

    I dunno but I hope borderlands 2 for vita, the ps3 already had it, but still …
    It’s one of the best games for a portable console imo xD

  • DreadPirateRoberts

    Indie title ‘s and more Indie titles…..

  • Phesomt


  • deadlytitanfart

    Octodad devs already said there are no plans for igc anytime soon plus it was on sale 2 weeks ago…its alright to guess bit look into it first

  • Lymus

    i’d be so hyped for an Atelier game on PS+ always thought about buying and trying one

  • pizza_barn

    Man that would be a bummer if that turned out to be what it was, I’ve already got everything but SR IV

  • hb1209

    octodad, the swapper, secret ponchos, counterspy, hohokum, rogue legacy, Oddworld, Child of Light, Transistor, knack, killzone, nfs rivals, ac4, injustice, mousecraft, rayman legends,guacamelee, sparkle 2, trials, valiant hearts WONT COME!!!!
    Possible: Steamworld Dig, FEZ, Titan Attacks, Cel Damage, Strike Suit Zero Stealth Inc,

  • Heisenburger12

    If Injustice is on sale right now is it likely for it to be on the igc on August?

    • JayneVeidt

      Likely? Who knows. I bought NBA 2K14 through a weekly sale in May, a couple weeks later they announced it as part of the June PS+ update.

  • Valyrious_

    I bought Tales of Xillia a couple weeks ago.
    With my luck one of the PS3 games will be that.
    Especially with ToX2 coming out later in August.

  • Paul

    I’ hope it’s something that I have not already purchased. In the last 3 months 7 titles were added to PS+ that i’d already bought 🙁

  • liamlangan

    My Guesses:
    PS4: Octodad: Dadliest Catch
    PS4: Knack
    PS3: Velocity Ultra (PS3 Version)
    PS3: Ni No Kuni
    PS Vita: Ys: Memories of Celceta
    PS Vita: TxK

  • hayzink

    ps4 – injustice
    ps4 – octodad
    ps3 – battlefield 4
    ps3 – the swapper
    vita – batman blackgate
    vita – titan attacks (cross buy 3 platforms)

  • Alphaembryo

    PS4: Secret Ponchos, Binding of Isaac
    PS3: Saints Row IV, Terarria (Cross Buy)
    PS Vita: Escape Plan, LittleBigPlanet Vita

  • Eyas_Bajunaid

    PS4: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry
    PS4: Flower ( Cross buy )
    PS3: PlayStation All Stars Battle Royal ( Cross Buy )
    PS3: Starhawk
    PS Vita: ModNation Racers: Road Trip
    PS Vita: Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

  • aleks03

    PS4: Octodad
    PS4: Injustice
    PS3: Saints Row 4
    PS3: Tales of Xillia
    PS Vita: Ys: Memories of Celceta
    PS Vita: Batman Blackgate

  • kraideral

    I want Knack for PS4 and Batman: Arkham Origins for PS3.

  • TheNarrator

    PS4: Road Not Taken
    PS4: Transistor
    PS3: Saints Row 4
    PS3: Crysis 3
    PS3: Castle of Illusion
    PSVita: Terraria
    PSVita: PS Allstars Battle Royale

  • Matti

    Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry & Flower

    PlayStation All Stars Battle Royal & Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

    PS Vita
    Uncharted: Fight For Fortune & Hot Shots Golf

  • m-a-k-e-l-e-l-e

    PS4 Knack
    PS3 Batman: Arkham Origins

    July was the worst lineup in history of ps plus

  • Heisenburger12

    PS4: Octodad: Dadliest Catch
    PS4: Knack
    PS3: Velocity Ultra (PS3 Version)
    PS3: Ni No Kuni
    PS Vita: Ys: Memories of Celceta
    PS Vita: TxK

  • DarkhorseV

    PS4= The Swapper
    PS4= Flower (Cross Buy)

    PS3= Playstation All Stars Battle Royale
    PS3= Ni no Kuni

    PS VITA= Batman Blackgate
    PS VITA= Ys: Memories of Celceta

  • mimefrog

    My predictions

    PS4: Octodad: Deadliest catch
    PS4: Child of light

    PS3: Little big planet 2
    PS3: Playstation All-Stars (Probably not)

    PSVita: Fez
    PSVita: Dead Nation

  • Soccerfrk310

    PS4: Knack
    PS4: Swapper
    PS3: Spyro
    PS3: God of War Ascension
    PSV: Terraria
    PSV: The Walking Dead

  • orfogw

    PS4: Killzone Shadowfall
    PS4: Child of Light

    PS3: The Last of Us
    PS3: Final Fantasy X\X2 (Cross Buy)

    Vita: Borderlands 2
    Vita: Tearaway

    • Paul

      No Chance,
      PS4: Killzone Shadowfall
      PS4: Child of Light
      PS3: The Last of Us
      PSVita: Borderlands 2
      PSVita: Tearaway

  • NeroJoe

    PS4 – Transistor
    PS4 – Trials Fusion
    PS4 – FEZ
    PS4 – Daylight
    PS4 – Steam World Dig
    PS4 – Strike Suit Zero

  • MattyD2850

    PS4 – Sparkle 2
    PS4 – Titans Attack
    PS3 – Saints Row 4
    PS3 – God of War Ascension
    PS Vita – Assassin’s Creed Liberation
    PS Vita – Little Big Planet

  • YearRoundLurker

    Is this a “What I want thread” our “Guess thread”? :smileyhappy:

  • aleks03

    PS4: Indie Game
    PS3:Ni no Kuni or Assassins Creed IV
    PS3: Indie Game, maybe Minecraft
    PS Vita:God of War Ghost of Sparta

  • Betrael

    PS4- Knack & Llants vs Zombies Garden Warfare
    PS3- Batman Arkham Origins & Saints Row IV
    Vita- Cell damage HD & Terraway

  • TheEarlOfZinger


  • USplendid

    PS4: Trials Fusion
    PS4: Don’t Starve
    PS3: Assassins Creed III
    PS3: FIFA 13 / 14
    PSV: Uncharted: Golden Abyss
    PSV: Black Ops: Declassified


  • Echleon

    PlayStation 4
    The Swapper
    Valiant Hearts
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch
    Road Not Taken
    Killzone Shadowfall
    Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry
    Secret Ponchos
    Binding of Isaac

    PlayStation 3
    Saints Row IV
    PlayStation Allstars Battle Royale
    Batman: Arkham Origins
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD
    Battlefield 4
    Velocity Ultra
    The Last of Us
    Tales of Xillia
    Little Big Planet 2
    Ni no Kuni
    God of War Ascension

    PlayStation Vita
    Uncharted: Fight for Fortune
    Borderlands 2
    Batman Blackgate
    PlayStation Allstars Battle Royale

  • hayzink

    Knack will never come to PS+ (metascore only 54) has to be above 70

  • Snookrc

    Writing on the Official PlayStation Blog, Fred Dutton stated “It’s looking like an eclectic list this month,” he hinted. “There should be something for everyone.”

    • Vince Vaughn

      I believe it’s too early for PS4 retail games to be free for PS Plus so here’s my educated guess.

      The Binding of Issac Rebirth
      Secret Ponchos or Tiny Brains

      Far Cry 3

      PS Vita :
      A PSP Game
      When Vikings Attack!

  • ScottieV

    PS4: Wolfenstein and Binding of Issac
    PS3: Time and Eternity, Wolfenstein or Dark souls II
    PSVita: MGSHD collection & Dead of Alive 5 +

  • Rob