Be sure to grab these E3 freebies and demos

During the hustle and bustle of E3 you may have overlooked the surprise arrivals and current freebies on the digital services. There’s some good stuff to be had, and all in the name of shameless promotion.

Limbo – Xbox One
In order to promote the upcoming release of Playdead’s Inside – due 29th June, and available now to pre-order for £15.99 – the studio’s first game is currently free. Widely regarded as one of the titles that kicked started the whole indie boom – alongside Braid, Fez and Super Meat Boy – it’s pretty much an essential download. We’re unsure how long it will be available for free, so grab it while it’s gratis.

General Ramm in Killer Instinct – Xbox One
Two promotions in one, Gears of War’s antagonist is free to play in Killer Instinct all this week. The reveal trailer showed the leader of the Locust’s towering over his opponents due to sheer size and stature, while performing some grizzly grapples and other up-close-and-personal attacks.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – Xbox 360/Xbox One
When trying out Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the first time we was expecting something solid but unspectacular. Pleasingly, it far exceeded our expectations – it’s a cracking brawler that’s as comprehensive as they come. Maybe not underrated, but definitely unappreciated.

It was available as a Games with Gold freebie on Xbox 360 several months ago, so if you’re struggling to find it on the dash try the ‘ready to install’ queue. Why is it free, you ask? Simply because Tekken 7 is coming to Xbox One early next year.

Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour demo – PS4
Arriving on PSN shortly after Sony’s E3 conference, and available only to PS Plus members, general consensus has it that Resident Evil 7 is a step in the right direction for the franchise. Combining elements from the Saw movie series, Konami’s insanely popular (and sadly cancelled) PT, Capcom’s own Kitchen VR tech and Resident Evil games of yore, it’s an intriguing mixture of all things that go bump in the night. We’re hoping to chalk up some impressions after giving it a good going over.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens demo – PS4
Yes, this is something of a shoe-in. It’s connected with E3, nevertheless, as this surprise demo launched alongside the new E3 trailer. Exclusive to PlayStation 4, this blockbusting demo is set during the ‘Escape from Jakku’ scene from the movie, in which Rey, Finn and BB-8 try to outrun – and outgun – The First Order. The Millennium Falcon makes an appearance too, helping to showcase the game’s flight sections.

South Park: The Stick of Truth – Xbox One/PS4
Sorry, we’re bending the “rules” again here. The technically free South Park: The Stick of Truth went live as a pre-order bonus for The Fractured but Whole during Ubisoft’s E3 conference. It’s available now – yes, right now – on both Xbox One and PS4, but of course you’ll need to cough up cash for the digital release to get it. That means immediate payment.

We’re unsure if The Stick of Truth has received a resolution bump or such, but we can confirm that it has a separate list of trophies/achievements to unlock.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – PC
To celebrate their 30th birthday, Ubisoft are giving away a free PC game every month for the rest of the year. That’s seven games, for those poor at maths. This month: the golden oldie that is Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. You will however need a UPlay PC account to get these freebies, mind.

We can only speculate what the other free games will be, but chances are they’ll be a mixture of older Assassin’s Creed, Rayman, Far Cry and Tom Clancy games. And maybe Beyond Good & Evil, if we’re lucky. We’d also settle for newer stuff like Grow Home, Child of Light and Valiant Hearts, of course.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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