'Vanquish' Free This Week Via PlayStation Plus


The rapid-paced third-person shooter from Platinum Games can be seen, in a lot of ways, as a dry run for the Japanese developer's big release this week, "Metal Gear Rising Revengeance." Both games emphasize speed, with "Revengeance" offering a layer of finesse to the robot terrorist smashing. The 2010 game joines "Mega Man Maverick Hunter X" and the MMOFPS "Dust 514" as part of Sony's PS Plus freebies for the week.

The SEGA-published shooter is in good company with the PSP remake of the SNES-era "Mega Man" title. Not a particularly bad haul, and getting "Dust 514" for free should populate that game's servers and offer players a taste of shooting with (lots) of friends to the already free-to-play shooter. Also: holy crap, "Dust 514" is still in beta--I honestly thought it had launched ages ago.

The discounted releases for the week are pretty slim, with the "Trials"-like "Urban Trial Freestyle" (see what they did there) getting 20% knocked off the price.

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