PlayStation Plus April Preview: Arkham City, Mercenary Kings and More

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PlayStation Plus April Preview: Arkham City, Mercenary Kings and More

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! Yes, that is the sound of Batman: Arkham City coming to PlayStation Plus in April for PlayStation 3 owners. Arkham City garnered praise from gamers and critics alike, as evidenced by its cumulative 96/100 score on Metacritic. With the recent announcement of Batman Arkham Knight, this is a great way to catch up on Batman’s adventures.

PlayStation 4 owners can join up with friends and take down an evil corporation in a new 2D action game, Mercenary Kings. As you explore the island CLAW (that’s the evil corporation) has taken over, you’ll discover weapon parts that you can take back to your base and use to fashion together some new spiffy gear.

There are two other PS3 games this month: Stealth Inc. A Clone In the Dark and Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. Stealth Inc. is, as you can probably guess, a game where you should stick to the shadows. The only way to make it out of the lab alive is via some sneaky platforming, so proceed with caution. Castle of Illusion is a proper remake of the Sega Genesis version, not just an HD upgrade. There are new levels to navigate but the goal is the same — save your #1 mouse (that’s Minnie) from the evil witch.

While Vita owners can also enjoy Stealth Inc. (the benefits of Cross-Buy!) this month, they’ll also get Velocity Ultra, an arcade-y space shooter where you’ll teleport around and save other ships, and Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD, a classic tower-defense style game where you’ll need to save baby Tiki-people.

April PlayStation Plus Preview

Mercenary Kings

Mercenary Kings (PS4)

Free for PS Plus members

In this frantic 2D action game, you are part of the Mercenary Kings, the most skilled team of warriors-for-hire on Earth, but when your comrades have fallen and the fearsome forces of CLAW have seized an island-wide top secret Laboratory Base, you must do what it takes to stop them. But you’re not going in unprepared! Your back-up is made of a crew of rogue geniuses and experts of their field! Able to craft & customize guns’n’blades or upgrading body armor, you’ve never been this ready to join the fight.

Batman Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City (PS3)

Free for PS Plus members

No escape from Arkham City…the sprawling super-prison in the heart of Gotham City, home to its most violent thugs and infamous super villains. With the lives of the innocent at stake, only one man can save them and bring justice to the streets of Gotham City…The Batman.

IGN: “Batman: Arkham City is a brilliant game”

Stealth Inc

Stealth Inc. A Clone in the Dark (PS3)

Free for PS Plus members

Stealth Inc is a fast-paced stealth platformer featuring brutal hazards, ruthless enemies, fiendish puzzles and red pixels galore. Jump, sneak, and be chunked through 80 levels. Will you make it out alive? Armed with only your wits and a pair of top of the range Stealthing Goggles, it’s your job to sneak your way through a deadly facility that’s determined to extinguish your fragile little life. With no weapons and no armour, being seen means instant death.

Castle of Illusion

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (PS3)

Free for PS Plus members

Mickey Mouse returns to star in Castle of Illusion, a fantastical re-imagining of the Sega Genesis classic. With all-new HD graphics and gameplay, Castle of Illusion brings Mickey and his world to life in this magical Disney adventure! When the evil witch Mizrabel kidnaps Minnie, it’s up to Mickey to brave the dangers of the Castle of Illusion to rescue Minnie. Gather your courage and traverse enchanted forests, take on hordes of rebellious toys and navigate mazes of living books. Play as Mickey and save Minnie from Mizrabel’s evil clutches!

Velocity Ultra

Velocity Ultra (PS Vita)

Free for PS Plus members

Featuring a new anime-influenced art style, touch screen to teleport, bombs on right stick, explosive visual effects, a Platinum trophy and PlayStation Trophy Leaderboards, Velocity Ultra improves on the 2012 Game Of The Year and PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards release in every area (except music ‘cos that rocked the first time around).

PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD

Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD (PS Vita)

Free for PS Plus members

Tikiman the Forest Defender is in trouble. Hordes of monsters are sweeping through his realm, hoping to chow down on his offspring – and it’s up to you to defend them. By placing weapon towers at strategic points around the landscape, you can destroy the invaders and save the little ones. Collect treasure along the way to build up your arsenal and pay for new towers – countless waves of monsters are out to get the babies, so you need to be prepared to battle!

If you’ve got feedback on PlayStation Plus make sure you take the poll above as well as leave a comment below. To chat about all things PlayStation, including this update, you can head over to the PlayStation Community Forums. You’ll also find other topics you can contribute your thoughts to, or you can start your own discussion.

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  • Hi Kristine, I love PlayStation, I belong to a media in Latin America, I’d ask you a few questions, it would be an abuse that will make it easy me an email which you can send them to you?

  • @ Gamerzlimited

    I have few account and i have ps+ FANBOY i never sad AAA game,, daylight i or secret ponchos indie too and they are good or knack is that so hard ?

    Nooo Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo same for me ,just the money now cut the crap you little FANBOY.

  • @hazelcabug You’re right. There’s no way companies would give PS4 games for free. They worked so hard for it and it would be for nothing if they do gave it away. It’s like going to a restaurant and expect to get food for free. No, it doesn’t work that way. Chefs work hard to cook that food and you must respect them by paying for it. The only reason why Sony is giving out the better games on the PS3 is because of the publisher’s request and they have been out of the market for at least a year. People are just too dumb to understand this.

    So that’s why I said insults to you in the first place. But now that your being honest, I’ll believe you since you make good points. Some PSP games do look hideous on Vita, I didn’t notice it until after the fact. Although, I’m not too sure if people want indie vita games instead of PSP titles. I think the result will still be the same, people complaining nevertheless.

    @umutpasha83 Cut the crap first. If you don’t care about either of those 3 companies, why don’t you just stop gaming altogether or game with your PC instead? We don’t need people like you trolling on the blog.

  • Fantastic game…. If only I hadn’t bought it and finished it the month it came out. :/
    Happy for the people who’ve never played it, and I’ll love playing Mickey with my family but not very much for me this month.

  • Does the Cat woman DLC come with Batman: Arkham City (PS3) ?

  • @ CruddyPoostains

    And once AGAIN, we see what a liar you are.

    You said you blocked me, and that “this will NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN”, but I knew you were putting up front, and I just proved it.

    I’m not even going to go back and forth with you anymore on all the little imaginary things you like to assume about me. That’s all you have left, of course. Every time I make a legitimate point, you come back with a grade-school insult instead of a counterpoint. It’s proof you’re in the wrong.

    FACT: ALL AAA developers understand and appreciate the contributions of the indies. There is no possible way in hell that anyone on the inside would fail to see and understand this truth. You’re either lying about your contributions, or you’re jealous of the success that many indies achieve that you’ve clearly yet to experience. Given your track record detailing a penchant for persistent reckless dishonesty, I’m going with “liar”, but it could be both.

    Liars are losers. Real men tell the truth. Go away, junior.

  • I’m going to enjoy play PixelJunk monsters again on my Vita. Never got around to buying it the second time.

    Looking forward to checking out Mercenary Kings as well.

  • Amazing lineup! I love PS+!

  • </3 missed getting on the blog when this got posted but Kristine great job with the video, how did that go again? "Dun-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BATMAN!" lol so cute!

  • 4th straight month Ps Plus hits me with a game I already own..
    January Bioshock infinite
    Febuary Metro last light
    March lone survivor
    April Batman AC

  • I’ve kept sonic racing for Vita aside because it’s a racing game. I usually play actions or rpgs with some stories, so racing games tend to be just back-logged. Today I tried it and it’s amazingly good!

  • Finally, you release a game I have already played for PS3! My backlog of games won’t grow by much this month! XD Joking aside, Batman: Arkham City is a worthy addition to the PS+ IGC and will gladly download to play again just for the heck of it.

  • Just bought a PS4 yesterday!

    Signed up for plus only to realize how much i’m getting screwed by upgrading.

    No HBO and all the cool “free” games are not available.

    You would think upgrading would involve getting more bang for your buck.

  • Awsome!!! I’ve been waiting for mercenary kings to come out and now I’m hearing its going to be free, couldn’t be happier. I wish we could’ve gotten some better ones on vita though.

  • Little boy, you are OBSESSED with me. Get a friend. PLEASE. Find anyone to be your friend. Just stop talking to me. Why is this so difficult for you?

    What a joke you are.

    I don’t have you blocked on every single computer I use. But, LOL! Look at the novels you write at me. YOU ARE A JOKE! FIND A FRIEND.

  • Reported for harassment. Keep it up. I am putting together all of the pages that you have stalked me on and harassed me on. Remember that you’re the one who addresses me, every single time. You just can’t see my name without having your obsession triggered.

    You need counseling. I am not even kidding. I am concerned about your true and real obsession with me, and wonder if you’re a stalker in real life, too?

  • Of course I just bought Pixel Junk Monsters (for the 3rd damn time mind you) last week. I was on the fence of buying it a third time (I own the original on PS3 and PSP but no longer own either console) for this very reason. I fully believe I deserve a refund or psn credit for this.

  • This month is going to rock!

  • Again Batman, arghh!!! In december 2012 this game already was in free games list.

  • FUUHHHHHH! I knew i shouldn’t have bought Arkham City when it went on sale! You guys always make it a free game later on! oh well, Stealth Inc. and Mercenary Kings! :D

  • Boo i liked it better when i thought i was getting the sly game. played the batman one i didn’t like it. no games for me this month.

  • @Aron2602: Yeah, but that was in the EU only. Different region, different setup, different blog, etc.

  • Once again, no counterpoints. Just more “I’m better than you because I say so” garbage. Always more excuses (new lies) to cover your old lies too. You never blocked me the first time because you were on your phone, remember? Caught you in another lie. Then you TRIED TOO HARD to convince everyone that you couldn’t see me. Obvious lying again. Then, even if you can still see me, just scroll past my posts if you don’t want to read them. You said it wouldn’t happen again, but it did. LIE after LIE after LIE…

    When you start addressing the points, then I’ll take you seriously.

    By the way, as soon as you respond (especially THE WAY you respond), you’re participating. The harassment claim goes out the window. The mods have your post history and can see you’re not an angel. You’ve been way more disrespectful to me than I would ever dream of being towards you even though I don’t like you.

    I’ve always detested liars/phonies/fake people. Always will. And that’s why I put the spotlight on you. Seriously, get lost.

  • PS4 games without a PS4:!/en-us/home/games

    Find your game (under PS Plus or PS4 games), add to cart (from the page you’re on, there’s a cart icon next to each item), and confirm purchase. The game will then show as purchased, and will be available to download once you get a PS4. Only way to do this, AFAIK.

    Reminder: Slow down. Wait for each page to fully load, and only attempt this once the store has fully updated (i.e. after 2pm Pacific Time on Tuesday). It may be a good idea to wait a bit longer. Make sure the item is free at each stage of the process, and DO NOT click “confirm purchase” if the item isn’t showing up as free. Save yourself the hassle of having to beg Sony support for a refund.

    Check these posts to see what will be added AND removed each week so you don’t miss out. Good luck! :)

  • PS4 games without a PS4:!/en-us/home/games

    Find your game (under PS Plus or PS4 games), add to cart (from the page you’re on, there’s a cart icon next to each item), and confirm purchase. The game will then show as purchased, and will be available to download once you get a PS4. Only way to do this, AFAIK.

    Reminder: Slow down. Wait for each page to fully load, and only attempt this once the store has fully updated (i.e. after 2pm Pacific Time on Tuesday). It may be a good idea to wait a bit longer. Make sure the item is free at each stage of the process, and DO NOT click “confirm purchase” if the item isn’t showing up as free. Save yourself the hassle of having to beg Sony support for a refund.

    Check these posts to see what will be added AND removed each week so you don’t miss out. Good luck! :)

  • This is kinda like the stuff we got on the Xbox. PlayStation plus was great when i joined in Dec. seems like its going down hill.

  • Guys i never write on here i have been plus for two years and don’t regret it however beside the payday franchise when has plus ever given us a newer game? I enjoy plus mostly for the discounts to newer games because i am smart enough to know that they will not put games like assassins creed black flag and others like that on for 18 months at the least and 24 months at the most look at borderlands 1 and 2

  • I have Arkham City for Wii U, but I have absolutely no problem playing that masterpiece again. :)

  • Thanks again for slapping us in the face Sony! I guess I won’t be buying anymore discounted Plus Vita games. Pretty much every single game I have bought is now free. Thomas Was Alone, Lone Survivor.. now PixelJunk Monsters and Velocity? Clearly you put games on sale grabbing every last sale knowing you’re going to make em free.

  • Oh yeah and Stealth Inc, not to mention Prometheus as well…. or pretty much every indie game. Let me guess, Fez will be free in a few months?

  • PSPlus is so awesome, Bioshock infinite (not to mention the bioshock sale that’s going on right now, although idk if it’s happening with xbox as well), borderlands 2, uncharted, and now batman? investing in this 3 months ago was a smart move, I think. waiting any longer, I might’ve missed some gems

  • To bad I already have Batman :( But im really hoping for Far Cry 3 or DMC you know something like that.

  • for the people who say were Complaining about aaa games.
    you need to understand that we pay good money for are ps4 and ps+
    and that money was spent to play new games.if we wanted these indie games we would of went to the pawn shop to buy a
    nintendo.these games are old and out of did not want to have to give us aaa games and thats the reason they came out with indie gams.they hyped it up like it was good but in reality its all about money.
    i love my ps4 but im really thinking about a xbox one.i may have to pay for xbox live and get nothing but atleast i will be playing all the 3rd party games has always had more game lineups.
    as of right now i feel like the ps+ games are so horrible that im paying for online play only ,and i could be doing that with xbox. i know your going to say give it time.well it has been five months and i think thats long enouph.
    these ps+ games are a joke.i read comments saying this month is great.are you kidding me!
    maybe for this new generation of players but me,im 34 years and im saying been there done that.
    the worst thing sony ever did was make us pay to play online.that was once what had made them the better sytsem.

  • @Krondelo Who’s the us in that sentence of yours? Don’t count me as one of those people. It’s your fault you let temptation get into you. Does it even matter if you bought them? You can keep them forever and now you don’t want to pay for anymore of them? You’re a stupid bear and you know it.

  • its a dissapointment for me :|
    vita dont get any good games this month.

  • Not to say that arkham city isn’t an incredible game, but everyone and their mom has payed it, excelente month for whoever hasn’t played it yet though

  • What a crappy selection of PS4 games on PS+!!!
    I am sick of these archaic games! PS3 gets all the love. PS4 gets the indie crap cause it’s cheap. I still have a PS3 but I bought a PS4 cause it has the horsepower for the latest games. I guess there is no value in a PS+ subscription for PS4, unless you like to play Super Nintendo style games.

    Resogun needs to go too. It’s been sitting there since launch, and it’s not even that good.
    The only decent PS+ game was Contrast, and that was too short.

  • Can someone help me, I want to buy this game at the Playstation store, but I don’t have enough money and I need a money card. the game is called NBA 2K 13. if anyone can help me my game ID is gamerkyle16. thank you!

  • I really like that game. keep up with the great games for free at ps+

  • What day is the mickeys castle illusion going to be put in the store under free ive been checking everyday and it still says 14.99

  • It really would be nice to have less indie games for the vita. That is essentially all that is even available. If you want to increase sales on the vita, offering great top level games (especially cross buy/play) on PS Plus would definitely make an impact. Vita needs more legit games, period.

    We want games like:

    MLB The Show 14
    Fifa 14
    God of War collection
    Borderlands 2
    Need for Speed
    Assassins Creed
    Hell, even a Lego game.

  • I’d like another great game, like OUTLAST back on PS Plus for PS4, Mercenary Kings isnt that great…

  • Im not sure about it, i thought Hotline miami and PES 2014 where coming out this month. Batman isnt that fun.

  • Still waiting for the free download on Castle of Illusion. It’s 10 days into April and still no-go. Is there a list of actual dates for when the free downloads become active?

  • WORK WITH GOOGLE online, seriously I couldn’t be happier I work when I want and where I want. And with a little effort I easily bring in 50h and sometimes even as much as 80h…heres a good example of what I’m doing…..

  • I can’t believe playstaion. Put some good games out and not put crap games to play. As much money corporation is making put some some effort into new games that we haven’t heard of to play. It seems like your running out of ideas and putting **** games to get by. That is just me opinion , please step up your game cause this is lousy on your part playstaion.

  • Waiting for a RPG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Where is Batman for Vita???

  • Hi. Could we get Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together? I noticed FFT: War of the Lions was on here, but little do people know that FFT was inspired by LUCT.

  • muy buenos estos juegos lo unico malo en el batman no tiene voces en español y para otra oportunidad podrian subir injustice, mortal kombat ,uncharted 1,the sims 3 , far cry 3 y Grand Theft Auto V porfavor almenos uno de esos

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