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

Several PS4 games on tap, including a big PSVR freebie

You might not love the idea of paying for a PlayStation Plus subscription, but that £40 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 September 2017, which will be available to download starting 5 September. And if you didn't grab August's free downloads yet, then scroll further down for a quick look at those titles.

Free on PlayStation Plus in August

Infamous: Second Son (PS4)

Missed out on Sony's super-powered open-world affair? Now you can loop back on Infamous: Second Son with PlayStation Plus. You'll wield an array of dazzling abilities as you lean towards good or evil while fighting and exploring across Seattle.

Child of Light (PS4)

Ubisoft is usually known for enormous, open-world epics, but Child of Light is a beautiful and restrained little role-player with an indie feel. The rhyming dialogue can be a bit much, but the game is gorgeous and has a great battle system, to boot.

RIGS Mechanized Combat League (PSVR)

Finally, the PlayStation VR gets in on the PS Plus fun. RIGS Mechanized Combat League launched with the headset last year, and it's one of our favourite VR multiplayer experiences, challenging you to play a fast-paced future sport in a speedy, super-cool mech suit.

That's You (PS4)

Here's something different: you'll need a smartphone or tablet to play That's You, which is the first of Sony's new PlayLink titles. With a touch device as your controller, you can play this irreverent party game, which has you doodle, answer questions, snap photos, and more. And this one is free for Plus members into October, so you have time. No rush.

Hatoful Boyfriend (PS4/Vita)

Every played a dating simulator in which all of your potential mates are pigeons? No? Well, now's your chance! Yes, Hatoful Boyfriend is absolutely bizarre and slightly unsettling, but it's also really funny and surprisingly endearing. And hey, it's free on PS4 and Vita in September.

We Are Doomed (PS4/Vita)

Another twin-stick, arcade-style shooter? Yeah, looks that way. We Are Doomed didn't get the most enthusiastic reviews when it quietly released a couple years back, but as a freebie – especially on the Vita – it might provide some light fun.

Handball 2016 (PS3)

Handball gets its shining moment in the gaming spotlight with Handball 2016, which packs in 68 teams from European leagues, complete with official kits and stats, and offers 24 different tactical approaches. Don't know handball? Give it a shot, then!

Truck Racer (PS3)

Truck Racer? Is that really the best name they could think of? From the screens, Truck Racer can't help but look like MotorStorm with less polish and more giant semi rigs, and this budget racer probably won't convince anyone to dig out a dusty PS3. One for the kids, maybe.

Still available until 4 September

Just Cause 3 (PS4)

In the mood to blow stuff up? Sure you are – and Just Cause 3 is here to quench your thirst for destruction. This over-the-top, open-world sequel isn't entirely brilliant, but the gadgets are great fun, the destruction is ace, and it's pretty funny, to boot. And for the wonderful price of… well, nothing, it ought to be plenty fun.

Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry (PS4)

Freedom Cry? Did we miss an entire Assassin's Creed somewhere down the line? No, not exactly: it's actually a bit of standalone story DLC from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (the pirate one). It's set decades after the main game, and finds you battling French slavers. Should be a nice little refresher before Assassin's Creed: Origins comes along this holiday season.

Super Motherload (PS3)

The PS3 has a much quieter month than PS4 this month, but at least Super Motherload looks interesting. It's a couch co-op adventure about an alt-Cold War showdown on Mars, as you mine beneath the surface - and find more than you'd bargained for.

Snakeball (PS3)

Snakeball is a 3D, multiplayer-centric update to Snake – you know, the classic Nokia phone game. And despite its flashy, inviting, dance club-esque setting, it's not supposed to be all that great. On the other hand, it's free, and there's almost nothing new out on PS3 these days…

Downwell (Vita, PS4)

Usually, by the time we get to the free Vita offerings, it's just the pits – there's rarely anything noteworthy offered up for Plus subscribers. But Downwell is truly excellent. Coming over from mobile, this roguelike high-score chase sends you falling down an endless well filled with freaky monsters, and the monochromatic pixel look and frenetic speed make it feel totally original. It's playable on PS4, too!

Level 22 (Vita)

Here's another Vita game that's seen some solid praise: Level 22 is a stealth-action game (like Metal Gear Solid), albeit one in a dull, 9-5 job office (not like MGS). Waking up late for work with a rough hangover, you'll need to sneak your way through 22 floors of managers and obstacles and find your way to your desk unseen.