Twisted Metal, Grow Home free in September for PlayStation Plus members

ps plus september 2015 lineup psplus 0915 header
Sony has announced September’s multiplatform freebies for PlayStation Plus members, naming the first featured game chosen by popular vote among its playerbase.

Ubisoft’s Grow Home edged out Armello and Zombie Vikings in Sony’s recently concluded “Vote to Play” campaign, and will launch at the beginning of September as a free game for PlayStation 4 owners with an active PlayStation Plus subscription.

Also featured for September on PlayStation Plus is Teslagrad, a 2D platformer from indie developer Rain Games. Originally released for PC platforms, Teslagrad puts players on a treacherous quest to climb the abandoned Tesla Tower, avoiding the numerous traps scattered throughout. The PlayStation 3 version of Teslagrad will additionally be available as a free download starting in September as part of the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection.

PS4 and PS Vita owners share another pair of games featured in September’s PlayStation Plus lineup, including Capy Games’ side-scrolling run-and-gun shooter Super Time Force Ultra and Xeodrifter, an exploration-based 2D platformer from Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid.

Over on the PlayStation 3, PS Plus subscribers can expect to receive a free copy of Sony’s car combat game Twisted Metal. A revamped take on a landmark PSone series, Twisted Metal features competitive, destructive gameplay in which players drive heavily armed vehicles solo or with a co-op buddy in the Calypso’s Tournament campaign mode. Twisted Metal additionally offers several online modes that support up to 16 simultaneous players.

The PS Vita-exclusive La Mulana EX caps off September’s offerings, promising a difficult side-scrolling adventure in the vein of Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and other genre classics. An homage to the challenging platformers released for MSX home computers in the 1980s, La Mulana EX features both brain-teasing puzzles and boss encounters that demand fast reflexes.

Though Grow Home emerged as the month’s featured PlayStation Plus release, runners-up Armello and Zombie Vikings will launch at a 30 percent discount for service subscribers in the coming weeks.

Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

This list of PlayStation 4 exclusives puts its competitors to shame

The PlayStation 4's game library and incredible selection of exclusive games could make anyone with an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch think twice. Here's our list of the latest and greatest PS4 exclusives.
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Gaming

Here's how you can play your favorite PC games with a Nintendo Switch controller

Nintendo's Switch controllers, including the Joy-Cons and the aptly titled Pro Controller, use Bluetooth, which makes them compatible with your PC. Here's how to start using them for PC gaming.
Gaming

Wage war on a budget with these fun and free first-person shooters

We all know about Halo and Call of Duty by now, but what about quality titles that won't cost you upward of $60? Check out our picks for the best free first-person shooter games from Paladins to Quake Champions.
Gaming

I'm canceling my backlog for Apex Legends. Be back never

Live service games like Fortnite and Apex Legends are eating up everyone's time, leaving other games out in the cold. While my backlog continues to grow, it seems the gaming industry is struggling to keep up as well.
Gaming

Get creative and collect 15 coins with our Fortnite overtime challenges guide

The first Fortnite overtime challenges are now available. Use our guide to help you collect the hidden coins in the featured Creative mode islands and get closer to that free season eight battle pass.
Virtual Reality

Getting into VR is spendy. Which headset is truly worth your hard-earned cash?

Virtual reality has finally gone mainstream, but how do you find the best VR headset for you? Check out a few of our favorites, whether you want the best of the best or a budget alternative for your mobile device.
Gaming

Become a champion with our beginner's guide to Apex Legends

Jumping into Apex Legends for the first time? Need help becoming a champion? Our Apex Legends beginner's guide has 15 tips and tricks that will hopefully help your team make it into the champion's circle.
Gaming

Buy a new Switch console and get a $35 eShop gift card at some retailers

Multiple retailers are currently offering the Neon Blue and Red Nintendo Switch console with a free $35 eShop gift card. The system still costs the standard $300 and includes Joy-Con controllers and the dock.
Gaming

Thrive in the nuclear apocalypse with our Metro Exodus survival guide

Metro Exodus is a difficult shooter, especially if you're new to the series' blend of stealth, action, and scavenging. Here is what you need to know to survive the nuclear apocalypse.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

How do the revised Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles stack up?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?