March's US PlayStation Plus Update Features Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, Tomb Raider, Thomas Was Alone, Monster Hunter and More

Richard Walker

Hot on the heels of today's European PlayStation Plus update and Housemarque's announcement of Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition for PS4, comes the US PS Plus update for March, which brings with it a host of lovely free games for your Instant Game Collection.

First up is the aforemention Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition for PS4, which gives you the remastered game with the Road to Devastation expansion included, revamped visuals and controls and the all-new Challenge mode.

PS3 players can snap up Lara's latest outing with Tomb Raider, as well as Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor, providing a triumvirate of gaming loveliness for free. PS Vita people also get some special treatment this month, with both shooter Unit 13 and the expansive Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite providing countless hours of portable gaming for free.

Lovely stuff. Check it all out below.

March PlayStation Plus Preview

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (PS4)

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition

Free for PS Plus members

Run-and-gun through the zombie apocalypse as hit arcade shooter Dead Nation shuffles onto PlayStation 4. Fight for your life alone or with a friend as Jack McReady or Scarlett Blake as you step onto the streets of a city overrunwith undead flesh-eaters. And, if you’re feeling really brave, take a walk down the Road of Devastation – a deadly experiment that pushes your survival skills to the absolute limit as you face hordes of zombies with no extra lives and no second chances. The dead may walk – but you can make sure they don’t walk very far.

Tomb Raider (PS3)

Tomb Raider

Free for PS Plus members

This newest rendition of Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to the hardened survivor that she would become known as. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.

Thomas Was Alone (PS3)

Thomas Was Alone

Free for PS Plus members

Thomas Was Alone is the critically acclaimed indie platformer about friendship and jumping. Guide a group of sentient rectangles through a series of environments, combining their skills to reach the end of each level. Listen to awesome music by David Housden, negotiate obstacles meticulously placed by Mike Bithell and immerse yourself in the characters’ journey with a voiceover read wistfully and amusingly by Danny Wallace.

Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (PS3)

Lone Survivor Director's Cut

Free for PS Plus members

In this psychological survival adventure, the masked protagonist must escape from a city ravaged by disease, by any means necessary. Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut is a new kind of adventure where the choice of how to survive is up to you. Sneak through without firing a single shot, or kill everything in your path. Eat and sleep well, or resort to drugs to keep going. Search for survivors, or try to escape the city alone. Look after your mental health, or descend into madness. Lone Survivor is a game where your choices genuinely matter.

Unit 13 (PS Vita)

Unit 13

Free for PS Plus members

Jump into the action with Unit 13 for PlayStation®Vita and conquer 36 tactical missions and 9 high value target battles as you help take down global terror networks and earn your place in the military elite. With the precision of the PlayStation Vita systems’s dual analog sticks and unique touch interface, Unit 13 is the perfect on-the-go action shooter. Wi-Fi connectivity adds fast 2-player co-op action, and 3G compatibility keeps you connected for instant social updates and new daily mission challenges.

Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite (PS Vita)

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Free for PS Plus members

In the world of Monster Hunter you’re never alone.
-The biggest Monster Hunter title to date with over 500 hours of gameplay.
-Huge variety of character customizations including 1400 weapons and over 2000 armor sets.
-Players can form a team of up to 4 players through Ad-Hoc play and experience the social gaming phenomenon.
-AI Felyne companion, who will accompany players on quests and provide aid through the challenging battles. With the ‘Felyne Exchange’ feature players can share their companions with other players, transferring data using the PSP’s sleep mode.
-Fans of the series can transfer their data from Monster Hunter Freedom 2.

[Via US PlayStation Blog]

  • Well I am regretting buying tomb raider on the PS4 now........ I would have just played the PS3 version
  • Tomb Raider and Lone Survivor for me in March. Decent selection, I think.
  • Being from the UK, I can tell you that Lone Survivor is an awesome game and even better when it's free. I'm kinda jealous about the Vita additions too.I'd take those over the EU additions, any day.
  • a flat month :( can't complaint though, ps plus it's been really awesome
  • pretty nice month. is that dead nation include the DLC's?
  • While i usually say "damn, i already have tomb raider", it is actually an awesome game,dont regret buying it before. It is a good selection for plus this month.
  • Oooo Free Monster Hunter! That game is great
  • @4 Have you played Lone Survivor?? It's great! I just bought both Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor so I'm pretty dissapointed.
  • Good month of content all round (eu&us). Glad to see tomb raider being released on both stores, may end up with enough players on the servers to plat it again..
  • Oh yes great month, always wanted to try Tomb Raider now I don't even have to pay for it.
  • Thank you SONY for a Great Birthday lineup. >_< Dead Nation on PS4 will been awesome. :-)
  • I own every game on the list minus Dead Nation on PS4 and Monster hunter. Still a great month for everyone else.
  • Unit 13 and Thomas was alone have been free before...
  • Ignore 13, I didnt realise this was the US update, don't know if they've already been free there.
  • Would like something other than horror games for the ps4. Outlast was okay. But I would love to see trine 2 :). This month is okay, kinda. I mean tomb raider is on there. For those who dont own it, it is for sure a 10/10 game. Im guessing dead nation is like zombie apocolypse on the network. And unit 13 is kinda fun as well. Man I wish they had a new monster hunter for the vita in the US. I envy the japanese sometimes.
  • after a damn good stretch, look like they finally missed on something good for me. Cool though, it gives me time to catch up on all the PS+ games I already have.
  • Gee, and I just bought Tomb Raider during some Christmas sale and only just finished it a few weeks ago.
  • I was going to buy Unit 13 tomorrow, so I am very happy. Last month was great and i haven't played anything from PSplus in a while.
  • @#15 Dead Nation is hardly a horror game. I would categorize it as twin stick shooter actually. There is little to no horror (or scares as you will) to speak of... Awesome month again, just not for me. Already bought Tomb Raider on PS3 sale last year for like $15 (and it was worth it too, so no loss there!) as well as Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor on steam Christmas sale! I really need to stop buying games for few bucks on steam. Their prices are so low it's silly, but chances are I will get it free here, and I have yet to beat both games...
  • Still need to beat Dead Nation Grim on PS3 co-op style, not gonna try it on PS4..
  • Looks like I'm going to be hitting up the boosting thread for Tomb Raider again! I loved the single player, and it's definitely worth another playthrough...but that MP!! Damn! Dead Nation was fun on PS3, but I never did get that good at it to ever finish it. Might have to bust that back out and start practicing!! As for the rest of the games, I've not played any of them so SCORE!!
  • I already played TR on PS3, but if it is discounted to like $20 on PS4, I would buy it again for that "definitive" feel.
  • Whats being rotated out
  • not half bad already have lone surviver, and don't have much interest in Thomas was alone. However Looking forward to actually beating tomb raider, dead nation is always fun and the ps vita games are a great and welcomed edition.
  • @5 Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition comes with Road to Devastation as well as a new Challenge mode and other ways to compare and play with friends from what the other article says. I will put it in my queue for if I ever get a PS4 Thomas Was Alone is a great little game - good humor and fun little platforming puzzles so grab it up for free in March if you don't have it already
  • ha sony is making me lose all social life aspects with all these great PS Plus months lately. Looks like ill be downloading more fun games!
  • Already have both Tomb Raider and Unit 13, but Thomas Was Alone, Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut and Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition are gonna keep me happy along with the backlog of games I already have.
  • happy days ill be playin that dead nation game on ps4 ;p
  • Looks like I'll just play the PS3 Tomb Raider version now at some point. And it's nice to finally see Unit 13 on the US Instant Games Collection. Seems like a decent game worth playing on the Vita.
  • It's great to be a plus member in 20-14.
  • HELL YEAH another game that I waited to be available on PS Plus Tomb Raider and Lone Survivor. I am totally stoke for this month.
  • I'm sad because i already own these.
  • Once again, another shitty month for everyone who already bought the big name game (Tomb Raider). @4: Are you paying money for these "free" games? Yes? Then you can complain about the poor value for your money Sony is offering. PS+ is honestly so crappy, if PS4 didn't require it I would be unsubbed again in a heartbeat.
  • might hook my ps3 back up to play tomb raider. I almost bought it for ps4. Glad i didnt.
  • Imo not that great.... Will try the games but I'm not a huge fan of indie that's been done several times on repeat.
  • @33 ANOTHER shitty month? Pfffttt, have you played Lone Survivor? Is pretty damm good. Now could you please stop voicing your opinion while being a dick about it? No one wabts to here you right now. Go away. Your problem. Not ours.
  • Worst update ever!!!
  • Well... I can't exactly say I'm disappointed, but I'm not overly thrilled, either. I bought Tomb Raider for PS3 back during a Black Friday sale and still have yet to get around to play it. It wasn't overly expensive, and I do like having physical copies of games. But the same thing happened with DmC Devil May Cry, too. I don't have a Vita. So Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor for me it is, as I really have no interest in Dead Nation on PS4.
  • Argh I already have Tomb Raider, Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor! They're all great games though and I don't regret buying and being able to play them early.
  • @37 Are you fucking kidding me?! This year is by far one of the best years for PS Plus members. Even though I have already played tomb raider, Im gonna pick that shit up again to try and 100 percent that. Lone Survivor...Dead Nation. What more can you ask for?!
  • Well I post much got everything already except Monster Hunter which I'm actually a little excited to play that with my gf on the vita. Sweet, slower month though.
  • Cool, I've been meaning to buy Unit 13 but something was holding me back. Now I have no reason to download it for free
  • Tomb Raider was a fun game minus the terrible MP, but what a nut kick to everyone that purchased it full price for PS4.
  • Kind of a shitty list this time. Tomb Raider is great, but I've beaten it on PS3 and PS4. I wanted to try Unit 13, but still, rather underwhelming list, especially the PS3 games.
  • @33 Ungrateful aren't ya? Good line up. Might not play Tomb Raider 'cause I want to play it on PS4.
  • @33 Really?! Dude, your losing your fucking marbles calling PS+ crappy, did we not just have Bioshock Infinite and Metro 2033 last month? Sounds like ur just being a selfish little brat.
  • be warned dead nation ps4 is broken, crashes after every mission and sometimes wipes your campaign progress, backup yr save after each mission. this has happened to every one of my psn friends
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