Vote to Play March 2016: Voting Begins February 9th

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Vote to Play March 2016: Voting Begins February 9th

By popular demand, Vote to Play is back and the voting begins on February 9th! The candidates include Action Henk!, Assault Android Cactus, and Broforce. The game that secures the most votes will be added to the March monthly games lineup for PlayStation Plus members.

Vote to Play, March 2016

Action Henk!

Publisher Curve Digital and developer RageSquid have put together a light-hearted racer where you run, jump, and — yes — butt-slide your way through a host of toy room environments with past-their-prime action figures.

It’s a game where timing and momentum are key as you attempt to outdo your opponents as well as your own past performance. How can you not love a game with the tagline “Butt-slide to victory?”

Assault Android Cactus

While the mechanics of this twin stick shooter will be familiar to many, developer Witch Beam has created a unique battery mechanic (in lieu of lives), providing a fresh experience that helps Assault Android Cactus stand out from the crowd.

This one also supports Shareplay, a “virtual couch” that lets a friend join your game for up to an hour at a time, creating an online local co-op experience. According to designer Sanatana Mishra, the goal with Assault Android Cactus was to make a game that he and the rest of the team wanted to play.


While we didn’t know it at the time, Broforce is the game that we always wanted as we cheered beloved 80’s-era action heroes on to victory. Publisher Devolver and developer Free Lives have teamed up to deliver part irreverent spoof and part loving homage to what are now classic movies and classic games.

With its online co-op experience and over-the-top presentation, there’s a really great game here that deserves the heaps of praise it’s already received.

The thread that brings these three games together: fun titles that can connect the Plus community to play together with friends. For me, personally, one of the sweet spots in game design is a title that provides casual fun for almost anyone who picks up the controller, while providing a depth of mastery for those who want to push the game’s mechanics to their limits. We hope that you’ll enjoy learning about each game and the developers behind them before casting your vote.

Starting February 9th, if you’re a PlayStation Plus member and you want to cast your vote, simply log into your PS4 with your PSN account and access Vote to Play under the dedicated PlayStation Plus section on the top left corner of your PS4 home screen. You can also go to What’s New or visit the PlayStation Plus section of the PlayStation Store, where you’ll find details for Vote to Play.

We look forward to seeing your votes!

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  • Assault Android Cactus FTW
    Everyone needs to vote this

  • Tough choice and poor Action Henk!

    Broforce has been out longer, so I guess I’d prefer Assault Android Cactus

  • Glad to see this back finally. That is a touch choice between AAC and Broforce. Think I’m going to go with Broforce.

    • I’ll be glad as long as it’s not a game like last time, which was the cheapest game of the list, (so you could have just bought it yourself for $8) and possibly the worst reviewed of the list, and some of my friends said that the game was so buggy for them it was borderline broken.

    • @ MakaiOokami

      B.U.D. was a beautiful game character. So I’ve no beef with the decision on Grow Home being selected. I do prefer this method of voting though. It makes it a little more interesting to see directly what the majority of people who vote on these sorts of things really want vs. the sole members of this blog.

      Curious how many people vote on it after hearing about the vote to play promotion through other outlets, or maybe even directly through the PS Store, which I doubt.

  • Assault Android Cactus
    All day!

  • I’m really annoyed at the fact that Assault Android Cactus is up against the likes of Broforce. Same thing happened last time with Armello and Grow Home. Small, mostly unheard of game and game devs get thrown to the wayside because of popularity. It’s basically a popularity contest. AAC is an extremely good game, and it should work beautifully on PlayStation 4 and Vita. I’m really stoked for it, but Broforce is going to win because it’s insanely more popular.

    Doesn’t mean I won’t vote, just that I don’t have high hopes for it. :/

    • That being said, I’m really excited to see it releasing next month regardless :D

    • I think you get a special PS+ discount on game you voted that didn’t win and become free, so if you are sure some other game is going to be free already (due to higher popularity / votes), vote for the other game you are wanting to get that special discount.

    • Of course it’s by popularity. That’s how voting works.

    • Actually, the way it worked last time, both of the games that weren’t chosen got discounts. So no matter what happens, one is free and the other two are discounted. And really, if the one you want doesn’t win, then you get it at a discounted price and it’s not tied to your PS+ sub. So, silver lining…

  • These choices remind me of the Republican presidential primary.

  • None? How about ‘None of the above’?

    How about you start a specific Indie-centric monthly subscription service for the people who can’t get enough of iOS ports and games we can get for under five bucks as part of a Humble Bundle?

    This is why I didn’t renew my PS+ subscription. If I want indie garbage, I have an Android for that.

    • Don’t understand why people complain about ps plus. Never was it advertised that AAA were going to be given every month. These games are great and I like taking a break from the bigger titles. Two free games a month and more if you have PS3 and vita. Have an Xbox one and the free games are worse. We even got rocket league and that was one the best games of the year. You don’t like ps plus fine don’t buy it , but stop trolling and convincing others it’s not a good service.

    • Complaining about an additional free game being in the lineup. What a baby.

    • Same here. Don’t let the PS+ bootlickers fool you, a large majority of us can’t stand these indie games every month. The PS4 has a very small digital library outside of iOS ports.

      They still want 59.99 for launch titles…

    • @GBrocc – I don’t understand people willing to be pleased with crumbs when they used to get feasts. While they never explicitly said ‘you’re getting AAA games every month (along with indies)’, that was generally the case until mid-2014. Look (, and I’m only listing non-indie stuff.

      January 2014
      Bioshock Infinite

      February 2014
      Metro: Last Light
      Street Fighter X Tekken
      Remember Me

      March 2014
      Tomb Raider

      April 2014
      Batman Arkham City

      June 2014
      Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

      …and then there are sporadic peppering of big games (December ’14 we got Injustice Ultimate, January ’15 got InFamous First Light and Prototype 2, etc. etc.), but even that has trailed off.

      In 2013, we got Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen, Hitman Absolution, Saints Row the Third, both Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, X-Com, Deus Ex Human Revolution, etc. etc. ( It’s like they slipped back to pre-2012, where it was basically all indies and small games (same link).

    • (cont.) If you notice, that’s about half a year after the PS4 launch, and I knew this would happen the moment they announced that PS+ would be required for online play. I just knew that they’d do the bare minimum the moment they no longer had a supplementary reason to attract people to the program. Now you have to have it to play online, so they can throw you a bone simply because 1) they know if they drop the IGC people would rage more than they are now, and 2) Microsoft started a similar program and Sony will look bad by comparison.

      What’s really galling is that there are plenty of games that they could easily put up:
      InFamous Second Son (we got InFamous 2 in 2012, so don’t say that’s unreasonable)
      Metro Redux
      Last of Us Remastered
      Wolfenstein: New Order
      Killzone Shadow Fall
      Middle Earth Shadows of Mordor (came out Sept 2014, pre-Dust an Elysian Tale, which we did get, so it’s old enough)
      Alien Isolation (came out Oct 2014)

    • (cont.)
      Order 1886
      Shadow Warrior
      The Wolf Among Us
      Guilty Gear Xrd
      Saints Row 4 Re-Elected
      …need I go on? (and please be aware that I own half of those at least, so I didn’t just put games that I want in there, because ‘Give me free stuff!’)

      The point is, they’ve been skimping for a while and too many people are just fine with rolling over and accepting whatever they’re given regardless of past quality. I know that we’ve had some great months (Rocket League, Helldivers), but by and large, judging by the recent offerings, I think I would have let my sub expire a few months ago were it not for the fact that I need it to play games online.

    • @MisterWillow I own all but 3 of the titles you listed already, and would much rather have Broforce than any of those remaining 3.

    • The difference being of course that because PS+ is required now, anything they give away will be an almost instant and eternal loss of sales for that game. It’s not Sony’s fault. I’m pretty sure none of the AAA developers want to give their games away to 50%+ of the PS4 ownership. Back on PS3, from what we can dig up, less than 20% of PSN users had PS+, so it was easier to negotiate for AAA titles, because you weren’t completely destroying future sales of your title. I mean, sure they could probably get a few more AAA titles at a higher cost, but then you’d see even cheaper and less desireable indies the rest of the time.
      That’s why PS3 still gets more AAA titles. Because less people with PS+ have PS3s, as most of the newer subscribers are only on PS4. It’s fairly simple to figure out if you understand real world issues like supply and demand and the basics of economics.


    I feel like everyone dropped the ball last time by not voting Armello, let’s not do it again people.

  • Assault Android Cactus is the best one of the lot easily, got my vote.

  • Don’t you just hate it when the maid doesn’t take out the trash?

  • Broforce!!!

    The best :D!

  • Broforce for sure, would love to get that free at launch!

    Love Day 1 freebies on Plus, please keep having them in the coming months! The last few months have only had 1 launch title in them from what I remember (Hardware Rivals) so hoping to see a lot more Day 1 titles in future months of Plus!


  • Action Henk seems alright. Seems like the most unique of the bunch.

  • These all look great, but I’ve been looking forward to BROFORCE the longest, so that gets my vote :-)

    (Also, I hope Brohei Broshida, Andrew Brohouse, Scott Brohde, and Adam Broyes are actually playable, secret characters, too :-D

  • Honestly haven’t heard of the first two at all but I already know I don’t want Bro-Force. So I will vote AAC since everyone else here seems to love it.

  • The next vote…can you allow the voting to appear on PC store.

    Saving up for a PS4…..I think people who have a PS3/Vita would like to pick their future PS4 games as well.

    Make it so that account can vote once….on either platform of choice.

    I would vote for Broforce…even though they canned the Vita version.

    I might change my mind if the other 2 games are good….and they are still on works on the Vita version too.

    • I got a PS4 for Christmas (yay!), but last time I was in this same situation. Now that I’m on the other side…I still think it’s a good idea. Let all PS+ subscribers vote, no matter what platform(s) they own. If they can’t vote on a PS4 right now (haven’t bought it yet, or in for repairs/upgrade, or in the middle of moving, or whatever) they shouldn’t be locked out of casting a ballot.

    • If you have Plus and have a friend who has a PS4 you can login and vote on that. Perhaps they are limiting the vote to PS4 consoles only in order to limit people who don’t own PS4s from logging in on the store website or other platforms and inflating the numbers. These are all PS4 games, after all.

    • See Kishnabe’s post – just because you don’t own a PS4 today doesn’t mean you’re not interesting in what game will be free for the PS4. When I turned on my PS4 and logged in, there was a year’s worth of free Plus games waiting for me, because each month I went to the web store to activate the free PS4 games for that month. If you’re a Plus member without a PS4, you should be doing that each month, too!

      All that should matter is whether or not you have Plus, not whether or not you have a PS4 – that’s my opinion, and I’m sticking with it.

  • Either Broforce or the Android Cactus

  • Assault Android Cactus Please I’ve been waiting for this game.

  • Doesn’t seem like Action Henk! will get much love, but it seems a bit fresher than the other two imo.

  • I’m glad that voting is back (I still don’t know why that option was removed in the first place), but at least give us something worth voting for….geez….trash, trash, and more trash? Ummm

    • Agreed. I should’ve known I was jinxing it by being happy with Helldivers for this month. Right back to lame offerings per usual next month.

    • It was never removed. Sony said it themselves it was a one time thing. Learn to read better bruh. If you don’t like the PS Plus games they have to offer, then look at it as a way to pay for the servers of your favorite games that you pay online for on the PS4 and if you don’t play online much, then unsubscribe from PS Plus.

    • *play online for

    • It kind of sickens me to see people calling things they dislike ‘trash’. The only games that really qualify as ‘trash’ are things like Bound By Flame that are so buggy, poorly written and poorly designed that not even a mother could love them…

      Most of these indy games cater to a specific market and do it fantastically. Just because you are not a part of that audience does not make them ‘trash’ it just makes them not cater to you personally.

      I wish people like you would cut your egos down a peg and start being glad that we have such good variety among the games that exist out there that there CAN be games that appeal to just me, just you, or someone completely different… in stead of complaining every time a game comes out(or is offered free/discounted) that doesn’t appeal to you.

      It’s a really sad attitude.

    • 100% agreed with Seluhir. Improve your attitude guys cuz you come off as entitled snobs not worth listening to.

    • @Seluhir Where’s the like button? I need to upvote this!

  • I’m voting for Assault Android Cactus. I love twin stick shooters. Broforce would be my 2nd choice. Shooting stuff is fun.

  • Please, don’t show who is winning until the voting is over.

  • Are any of those games going to be cross-buy with Vita? Because that’s what I would vote for.

  • I really, really hope you put forward videos of all three games before the voting starts (or I guess I’ll go hunt through YouTube to see what’s there). Descriptions are nice, but a better idea of what we’re going to get than a short paragraph can offer would be nice.

    I’m temped to go for AAC just for the SharePlay support, which more games ought to offer.

  • Broforce! i played it on pc and it ‘s really good and funny… the other 2 games are not appealing to me.

  • I have to vote for Assault Android Cactus too.

  • Broforce is the obvious winner here

  • OOOF! This is one helluva Sophie’s choice for me… I love me some Broforce but… i also adore Henk…

  • Damn, don’t wanna sound mean, but none of these sound interesting enough for me to vote for them..

  • I have to go with Assault Android cactus. That game is so much fun. I would love to have it on console.

  • BROFORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Action Henk looks like Joe Danger on foot.

    BroForce all the way!

  • Bro Force all the way. Own it on steam, excellent game would love to actually play with my friends.

  • Why are they all indie, you guys never heard for triple A game?

  • BroForce!!!!!

  • If Broforce doesn’t win I’ll hunt all of you down

  • Assault Android Cactus!! YYYEEEAAAHHH!!!

  • Cactus and Broforce are very good. Could be both of them for me.

  • Broforce gotta win, I am just too excited for this game

  • Think I’m the only one that bought a PS4 at launch while not caring much about indies. I keep renewing my plus membership and if I didn’t need it for online play I wouldn’t. I use to be OK with indies but Sony has made me sick of them.

  • and it looks like the choices are just as terrible as last time.

    unless the game not tied to voting ends up being a real nice surprise, it looks like another bad ps+ month.

  • Anything that doesn’t look/play “retro” is good to me.

    Sorry, so NO Broforce.

  • “Assault Android Cactus” for sure… but even “BroForce” looks great.

    Sorry… but “Henk” just looks like VERY meh on all aspects. I bet it wins since “Grow Home” which is essentially a half-finish Beta won last time.

    I do enjoy Indies but it seems like the PS4 is just a HUUGGEE cluster of Indie games with not many Triple A titles. Shame.

  • Cool games. Maybe the next indie games we could get would be the Uncharted Collection or maybe Assassin Creed? I love me some indies

  • They all seem decent. Though Cactus is yet another twin stick shooter, so I likely wouldn’t vote for that. Action Henk seems to be the most unique of the three. hmm. well, I guess I’ll wait to see what wins before I decide to get plus or not

  • Why no Japanese games? Is this not a Japanese console? lol

    • a lot of Japanese developers don’t have much faith in Western markets, and as such convincing them that giving their game away is going to help sales overall is difficult.

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