Earth Derense Force 2017 Portable

We do a lot of writing around here about the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection. It is easily one of the best deals in the video game world, getting a new game or two for free every week with a subscription. Who could possibly say no?

For as good as we have it, Sony in Japan does things a little differently. Sure gamers receive a free game every week, but the choices are vastly different than what is offered here in America. Typically, we get a few helpings of the latest and best indie games and a AAA budget game from a few months back that most people might have missed.

For example, this May we were gifted Velocity Ultra, which I am having an absolute blast with, and we are also scheduled to receive Stick it to the Man! on the PlayStation 4, The PuppeteerPro Evolution Soccer 2014, and Skullgirls Encore on the PlayStation 3, and Surge Deluxe and LIMBO as our mobile helping on the PS Vita. It’s a decent balance of big budget, indie, and mobile games to cover all fanbases.

Japan, on the other hand, does as Japan does and focuses more on Japanese games. First and foremost, the most obvious difference is the number of games, in which Japan has 17 that have gone/will go for free in May! 17 free games!

Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz

On the PS Vita, Sony will offer Sengoku Hime 3Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, and the leader of the pack, everyone’s favorite bug slaughtering simulator, Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable.

Unlike the rest of the world, Japan still acknowledges that this little device called the PSP once existed as well, and it will be offering Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary, a cool deal, and a crappy looking RPG called Tir na Nog. I’ve never played it or even heard of it, but a quick YouTube search easily shows that I intend to keep it that way.

The consoles have been struggling lately in Japan with the dominant presence of mobile gaming, but the Instant Game Collection still shows a little promise. The PlayStation 3 doesn’t do anything too special with lame releases like Fighting VipersMatt Hazard: Blood Bath Beyond, and Sangoku Hime: Senkou no Taika, but the PlayStation 4 rectifies these three games with the fabulous Don’t Starve Console Edition.

Don't Stave

I’m hoping beyond hope that Japanese gamers give this free game a go, despite it not being Japanese. It would do well for console owners in this country to test the American indie market because its own console scene isn’t exactly up to snuff.

Nine games accounted for, so where does that leave the remaining eight? This is where Japan exceeds in that it gives away free classic games. Everything from PlayStation to the TG-16, you’ll be able to find some of your favorite childhood hits.

Ys 3

This month sees the release of Ys III: Wanderers from Ys, the third entry in my latest gaming obsession. I’m loving diving into this series. Also available on the TG-16 is Valis, a generic side-scrolling action game based on a generic magical girl anime that would go on to produce a much better SEGA Genesis game.

On the PlayStation front, we get a much larger helping of Western games like Spyro the DragonCrash Bandicoot, and Twisted Metal EX. Classic Japanese offerings are Ape EscapeMy Cooking, and an interesting game called Panekit, which I am now really tempted to track down and try out.


So how about it? Is Japan’s Instant Game Collection the better deal? 17 games for the Playstation Plus Instant Game Collection seems a little like overkill to me, but the focus on classic titles is certainly a welcome addition. The Vita has some nice choices because I love me some Super Monkey Ball and Earth Defense Force 2017, but the Japanese console games are downright offensive. Matt Hazard? Really?

I’ll have to say we have the better deal with fewer but more quality choices. I would love a free PlayStation game every week or even access to the TurboGrafx 16 library, but the PlayStation Store’s classics are cheap enough in America to not require free releases every week.

Latest And Best Prime Day Deals

It might be Prime Day, but this Instant Pot deal is available to everyone
Instant Pot 3-Quart Duo Mini Pressure Cooker
$39.95 $65.00 Save $25

This 3-quart multi-cooker is perfect for smaller households or serving sizes, and today's deal beats the others we've seen.

Unlock voice control with Echo device deals and $5 Amazon smart plugs
Amazon Echo devices bundled with $5 smart plugs

Amazon's Smart Plug lets you start voice controlling anything plugged into it by asking an Alexa-compatible device, and today's deal lets you snag one for only $5 with purchase of select Echo devices.

Be more productive with a year of Office 365 Home and a free $50 Amazon gift card
Office 365 Home 12-month subscription and $50 Amazon gift card
$99.99 $150.00 Save $50

The subscription works with up to six people, but that card can be all yours.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is down to just $70 thanks to this Prime Day deal
Amazon Fire TV Cube
$69.99 $119.99 Save $50

Grab TCL's 32-inch 720p Roku TV for less than $100 in this Prime Day Lightning deal
TCL 32S325 32-inch 720p Roku TV
$99.99 $130.00 Save $30

Act fast while you can. These Lightning deals tend to sell out quick.

The Ring Alarm security system is reaching new low prices for Prime Day
Ring Alarm home security systems

Various configurations of the Ring Alarm are discounted to their best prices yet exclusively for Prime members at Amazon through Tuesday night to help keep your home secure.

The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and 2 $50 Amazon gift cards
The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and $100 in Amazon gift cards
$359.00 $499.00 Save $140

That's just so much savings in one deal. You'll have to wait for the physical gift cards, but that's basically $100 to spend however you want.

Prime Day dropped this PlayStation 4 console bundle to just $250
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB console with Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn
$249.99 $359.98 Save $110

This deal on the PlayStation 4 Slim console saves you $50 off its regular price while also including Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for free. You'll just need an Amazon Prime membership to snag it.

More Prime Day Deals