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

Eight freebies in August, including Mafia III and Dead by Daylight

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 August 2018, which will be available to download starting 7 August. And if you didn't grab July's free downloads yet, then scroll further down for a quick look at those titles.

Free on PlayStation Plus in July

Mafia III (PS4)

2K's latest entry takes the open-world action series in a fresh direction, as Vietnam vet Lincoln Clay returns home to the New Orleans-like New Bordeaux in the 1960s. You'll avenge your crew while taking out rivals, and while GTA-like action is a bit samey, Mafia III builds a unique premise and has a more nuanced story than most.

Dead by Daylight (PS4)

Well, this sounds both freaky and fun: Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer game in which one player takes the role of a bloodthirsty murderer, and the other four play as survivors working together to escape. Big-screen baddies like Michael Meyers and Freddy Krueger only amp up the tension here.

Knowledge is Power (PS4)

One of the PlayLink games for PS4, Knowledge is Power lets you use your smartphone or tablet to answer trivia questions. The device-centric approach means a bunch of your mates can join in without you having to wrangle (or purchase) a bunch of DualShock controllers.

Here They Lie (PSVR)

Horror games are absolutely perfect for virtual reality, trapping you inside their tense and atmospheric worlds—so this month's bonus PlayStation VR pick, Here They Lie, should be plenty compelling for anyone willing to take the challenge. Who's the woman in the yellow dress? Enter this black-and-white world to find out… if you dare.

Bound by Flame (PS3)

Reviews suggest that this BioWare-esque fantasy role-player does its best Dragon Age/Mass Effect/Elder Scrolls impression, but ultimately ends up coming short of any of those genre giants. Luckily, it's free this month – and anyone still playing on a PS3 today can't be too choosy.

Serious Sam 3: BFE (PS3)

Sam might be serious, but his games are thankfully anything but. Like the others, Serious Sam 3: BFE is a fast-paced, anything-goes first-person shooter with insane enemies, cartoonishly grotesque violence, and absolutely no cover system to slow things down. Grab a shotgun and go wild.

Draw Slasher (Vita)

Draw Slasher makes full use of the PlayStation Vita's touch display, letting you swipe to guide a small ninja's slashes against foes. That's… about it, really. It looks like a very simple mobile game, to be honest, but it might be a fair diversion for Vita owners this month.

Space Hulk (Vita)

The legendary Warhammer: 40,000 universe gets a Vita rendition with Space Hulk, a turn-based strategy game that pits your Blood Angel Terminators against the Genestealers. It's based on the classic board games, but reviews suggest that it didn't land all that well on the handheld.

Still available through 6 August

Absolver (PS4)

Absolver is a melee fighting game like no other, offering ample customisation and control as you build out your fighter and enter online duels. It's tough, but can be plenty satisfying if you put the time into understanding its mechanical nuances.

Heavy Rain (PS4)

Beyond: Two Souls was free in May, and now Quantic Dream's other PS3 game, Heavy Rain – the much better one – is free in July. This remastered edition preserves the narrative adventure's unique quirks and emotional resonance, even if the game feels a bit dated now.

Space Overlords (PS4/Vita)

You might not want to bother clearing storage space for this one: Space Overlords looks like a dead-simple game about smashing buildings and planetary defenses, and it's been savaged in reviews by critics and users alike.

Rayman 3 HD (PS3)

Got an itch for an old-school 3D platformer? Rayman 3 HD updates the PlayStation 2 original with slightly crisper graphics, but really it's just a solid early-2000s hop-and-bop quest that might be worth revisiting if you still use your PS3.

Extreme Exorcism (PS3)

Who you gonna call? An extreme exorcist, apparently, as Extreme Exorcism puts you in the boots of a powerful ghost-buster of sorts. It looks and plays like an old-school arcade game, and actually sounds pretty fun.

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma (Vita)

Many of the free Vita games on PlayStation Plus aren't worth your time, but Zero Escape is easily one of the best picks to date. This acclaimed, anime-stylized narrative adventure won't be for everyone – but if you like Japanese psychological horror, it's considered a real gem.