The PlayStation Plus line-up for March includes some bad news for PS3 and Vita owners

Matt Sayer 1 March 2018 NEWS

Sony is finally moving on from the last generation and focusing its efforts solely on the PS4.

Sony's premium subscription service PlayStation Plus has always been about giving, whether it be the free games given away every month or the regular PlayStation Store discounts PlayStation Plus subscribers receive. However, now, Sony is flipping the script and taking away something – though not without good reason.

From 8 March 2019, the PlayStation Plus free games line-up will no longer include any PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita titles, instead featuring PlayStation 4 games exclusively. You'll still have access to all the PS3 and Vita games you've received through PlayStation Plus over the years, but you won't be getting any new freebies on either platform after March next year.

This makes perfect sense, of course. The PS4 is the dominant console in the PlayStation family, and by letting go of the PS3 and Vita, Sony should be able to offer more games and greater value for the many, many PS4 owners out there. Nevertheless, it's sad news for anyone still enjoying their PS3 or Vita and the games included for them in past months of PlayStation Plus.

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On the upside, the PlayStation Plus line-up for March 2018 is one of the best in recent history. From Software's Lovecraftian nightmare Bloodborne is the standout here, with the brutally tough but tremendously satisfying spin-off of the Dark Souls games one of the top PlayStation 4 exclusives the console has seen.

Second on that list would be Ratchet and Clank, which joins Bloodborne in March's free games line-up. Though it's ostensibly a remake of the first Ratchet and Clank game on the PS2, the redesigned levels, new weapons, hilarious cutscenes and jaw-droppingly gorgeous visuals make it well worth replaying even for veterans of the series. Newcomers, meanwhile, will find themselves with one of the most charming 3D platformers outside of the Mario games.

PS3 and PS Vita owners aren't forgotten just yet, with the PS3 version of the PS2 action platformer Legend of Kay and the arcadey Bombing Busters coming to each system respectively.

You can check out the full PlayStation Plus line-up for March below. If you haven't gotten around to downloading February's free games yet, you have until Tuesday 6 March to do so.

  • Bloodborne (PS4)
  • Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
  • Legend of Kay (PS3)
  • Mighty No. 9 (PS3/PS4)
  • Claire: Extended Cut (PS Vita/PS4)
  • Bombing Busters (PS Vita/PS4)

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