During the hustle and bustle of E3 you may have overlooked the surprise arrivals and current freebies on the digital services. Thereâ€™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 Playdeadâ€™s Inside – due 29th June, and available now to pre-order for Â£15.99 – the studioâ€™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 – itâ€™s pretty much an essential download. Weâ€™re unsure how long it will be available for free, so grab it while itâ€™s gratis.
General Ramm in Killer Instinct – Xbox One
Two promotions in one, Gears of Warâ€™s antagonist is free to play in Killer Instinct all this week. The reveal trailer showed the leader of the Locustâ€™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 – itâ€™s a cracking brawler thatâ€™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 youâ€™re struggling to find it on the dash try the â€˜ready to installâ€™ 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 Sonyâ€™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, Konamiâ€™s insanely popular (and sadly cancelled) PT, Capcomâ€™s own Kitchen VR tech and Resident Evil games of yore, itâ€™s an intriguing mixture of all things that go bump in the night. Weâ€™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. Itâ€™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 â€˜Escape from Jakkuâ€™ 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 gameâ€™s flight sections.
South Park: The Stick of Truth – Xbox One/PS4
Sorry, weâ€™re bending the â€œrulesâ€ again here. The technically free South Park: The Stick of Truth went live as a pre-order bonus for The Fractured but Whole during Ubisoftâ€™s E3 conference. Itâ€™s available now – yes, right now – on both Xbox One and PS4, but of course youâ€™ll need to cough up cash for the digital release to get it. That means immediate payment.
Weâ€™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. Thatâ€™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 theyâ€™ll be a mixture of older Assassinâ€™s Creed, Rayman, Far Cry and Tom Clancy games. And maybe Beyond Good & Evil, if weâ€™re lucky. Weâ€™d also settle for newer stuff like Grow Home, Child of Light and Valiant Hearts, of course.