September isn’t even here yet, and already I am feeling the weight of the holiday season crushing down on me. In case you forgot, the biggest release of the week is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain followed by a very promising Mad Max game. Two popular franchises from two very popular studios, so you would think that this week would be set right?


Just take a look at PlayStation’s line-up for when the store updates on Tuesday. In addition to the two mega-hits, Ubisoft’s Grow Home, a PC sleeper-hit from earlier this year, will not only be ported to the console, but it will also be free through the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection. The game started as an experiment in procedural generation, but eventually bloomed into a 3D platformer with the type of freedom to its exploration that I haven’t seen since Super Mario 64.

Joining it, also for free through the Instant Game Collection, are two more indie favorites, Super Time Force Ultra and Xeodrifter. Both have turned a lot of heads since their debuts, and I am especially interested in the latter game as it is a product of Mutant Mudds development studio Renegade Kid. These guys have already proven then know how to make a classic platformer work, and I can’t wait to see if they have the ability to make a Metroidvania work as well.

And if these full games were not enough, NipponIchi is releasing a demo for its infinitely deep Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance. If the demo has even a bit of the depth found in the main game, you’ll still be able to crank out a few dozen hours.

Man, I love buying and playing new games, but is it January yet?