Unforgettable fantasy features heavily in this month's PlayStation Plus offering. Read on to find out more.
On PlayStation 3
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
What happens when you mix the talents of best-selling fantasy author R. A. Salvatore, comic book artist Todd McFarlane and video games designer Ken Rolston? You get a fantasy epic that packs in a breathless plot, a striking world and loads of unique features, such as brutal finishing moves known as fateshifters and the strategic, slow motion Reckoning mode.
Its blend of quirky characters and gripping quests has led many gamers to consider it one of the most underrated titles around – read this Joystiq article to find out why – while its vibrant take on action-packed magical history places it in great company on PS3.
ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Classics HD
Two all-time classics come together in one downloadable package from acclaimed developer Team ICO. The first, ICO, is the story of a young boy imprisoned inside a seemingly deserted castle with only ominous shadows for company. You soon meet a spirit-like girl named Yorda; your task is to take her by the hand and lead her to freedom, solving ancient conundrums as you go.
Swapping vast walls for huge openness and roaming giants is Shadow of the Colossus, the tale of a boy named Wander and his quest to save a girl's soul in a haunting world. Track down 16 hulking beasts known as Colossi, pinpoint their weaknesses and bring the girl back to life.
Both tales will leave their mark on you, whether it's because of the inspiring artwork or the delicate relationship between each pair of heroes. What's more, you can also use Remote Play to access your PS3 and explore both games using your PlayStation Vita.
Generally reckoned to be one of the most challenging adventures ever released on PS3, Demon's Souls has become a firm favourite among role-playing game fans thanks to its dark, foreboding world and richly rewarding gameplay. Every single battle must be carefully planned, although you will often meet your match and find your soul transported to the ghostly Nexus Realm – from here, it's a tricky road back to regaining your body.
Get an inkling of the devilish thinking behind the game with this interview over on PlayStation.Blog, and then knuckle down for the fights of your life.
On PlayStation Vita
Take a trip to the Glade of Dreams in Rayman Origins on PlayStation Vita, as armless acrobat Rayman bounds through lush forests, scorching deserts and eerie underground pools. Pinch and pull the touchscreen to zoom the camera in and out, or tap it to burst bubbles and discover new secrets.
Check out exactly how Rayman Origins has been adapted for PS Vita, then download and enjoy this vivid adventure.
You've probably wondered why it is no one's ever dredged up pirates' hidden treasure from the ocean floor before. Well, that's because they hide their bounty in trees. Clawrence the crab is onto them, though, and throughout Coconut Dodge your aim is to help the snappy treasure hunter shake gold and diamonds from the branches, while avoiding pesky coconuts.
Scuttle over to PlayStation.Blog to reveal the story of the game's development, then pinch your copy from our online store.
Don't forget, all of these additions to the Instant Game Collection are available to download right now at no extra cost to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Not yet a member? Then find out how to join right here.