These are the games you can play for free on PlayStation Plus this month

Beyond: Two Souls and Rayman Legends lead May's freebies
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You might not love the idea of paying for a PlayStation Plus subscription, but that £50 a year includes a massive bounty of free games.

Each and every month, Sony trots out a new selection of games you can download for free all month and then keep and play forever, so long as you maintain your Plus subscription. You'll always find at least a couple of PlayStation 4 picks, along with games for PS3 and Vita as well.

Looking for a heads-up on which games you can grab right now and soon ahead? We've got you covered: these are the UK's PlayStation Plus freebies for May 2018, which will be available to download starting 1 May. And if you didn't grab April's free downloads yet, then scroll further down for a quick look at those titles.

Free on PlayStation Plus in May

Beyond: Two Souls (PS4)

If you're gearing up for Quantic Dream's new Detroit: Become Human in May, then maybe you'll want to loop back on the studio's last cinematic adventure, then Ellen Page-starring Beyond: Two Souls. The PS4 port is free this month, although we think the actual game is kind of a mess.

Rayman Legends (PS4)

Now here's a true gem. Ubisoft's last Rayman game is a brilliant, hand-drawn, side-scrolling platformer, with vivid visuals and creative level designs. And it's playable in four-player co-op, making it a surprisingly ideal pick for when mates are over.

Risen 3: Titan Lords (PS3)

Looking for an action-role-player to hack-and-slash your way through? Maybe Risen 3 will do the trick. This fantasy adventure finds you battling Titans and exploring towns and dungeons alike, but reviews suggest it's pretty unspectacular.

Eat Them (PS3)

Want something even more mindless? Eat Them takes its cues from classic Rampage as you smash through a city – only this time around, the power of digested people helps fuel your continued destruction.

King Oddball (Vita)

King Oddball looks much like a Flash game in style and scope: it's a simple, arcade-like affair about picking up rocks and flinging them at tanks, soldiers, and helicopters below. Still, it might provide some light entertainment for Vita owners.

Furmins (Vita)

While not as action-packed as Housemarque's usual fare (like the brilliant Resogun), Furmins looks like a fun Vita distraction. This cute game is all about setting up perfect platform routes to the goal before before dropping in the fuzzy titular creatures.

Still available through 30 April

Mad Max (PS4)

While not the most memorable open-world game from the last few years, it's still a blast to whip around the wasteland in the Magnum Opus and deliver death upon grunts aplenty. Mad Max's hand-to-hand stuff is dull, but you'll have enough fun in the car to warrant the download.

Trackmania Turbo (PS4)

Big fan of zany racing? Ubisoft's Trackmania Turbo should suffice: it has looping, rollercoaster-like tracks, and more than 200 of them to boot. You can also build you own tracks, plus it's compatible with the PlayStation VR if you really want to test your stomach.

In Space We Brawl (PS4/PS3)

Haven't heard of In Space We Brawl? Yeah, we hadn't either. It's a dual-stick, arcade-style shooter, albeit one built for local multiplayer battling. It looks a bit sluggish, and reviews were pretty so-so – but anyone still playing a PS3 today might find it a fair diversion.

Toy Home (PS3)

Speaking of middling PS3 diversions, Toy Home looks like a low-rent Mario Kart-like racer in the Toy Story bedroom. It's a decade old at this point, but you might toss this one on for the kids.

99Vidas (PS4/PS3/Vita)

Here's a cross-play game that'll work on all current PlayStation systems – and one you might actually bother to play. 99Vidas pays homage to old-school brawlers with zany arcade beat-'em-up action and great pixel graphics. Bonus: it has a character named Fries.

Q*Bert Rebooted (PS4/PS3/Vita)

Q*Bert is back, baby! This overhauled edition of the old arcade classic drops the weird titular creature into various isometric stages, challenging you to turn every block the same colour while evading enemies. Could be a nice stroll down memory lane.