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

Mad Max, Trackmania, and more are up for grabs in April
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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 April 2018, which will be available to download starting 3 April. And if you didn't grab March's free downloads yet, then scroll further down for a quick look at those titles.

Free on PlayStation Plus in 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.

Still available through 2 April

Bloodborne (PS4)

Bloodborne's ultra-hardcore challenge won't be for everyone, but if you don't mind a little pain with your gaming pleasure, this Dark Souls-like exclusive is one of the PS4's best games. Expect punishing, super-precise combat, gorgeous Victorian-inspired sights, and enough depth to keep you happily cursing your controller for ages.

Ratchet & Clank (PS4)

On the other hand, here's a brilliant PS4 exclusive that pretty much anyone can enjoy. Ratchet & Clank overhauls the PS2 original with new content, stunning graphics, and a mix of platform hopping and thrilling action. This series has some of the best weapons ever seen in gaming, not to mention plenty of laughs along the way.

Mighty No. 9 (PS4/PS3)

The crowdfunded Mighty No. 9 didn't end up being the new-era Mega Man replacement that die-hard fans hoped for – but you might give it more of a pass without a price tag attached. The side-scrolling action is properly old-school, albeit with a bit of modern polish.

Legend of Kay Anniversary (PS3)

Like Ratchet & ClankLegend of Kay began life in the PS2 era – but this game didn't have as strong of a reason to come back. The Anniversary edition is a straight remaster of a less-spectacular action game, which remains passable enough today.

Claire: Extended Cut (PS4/Vita)

Horror games have had mixed results in a 2D setting, and Claire is another one of those pixel-packed attempts that doesn't quite live up to its 3D predecessors. It's said to be heavily inspired by Silent Hill, though, and you've got nothing to lose with the missing price tag in March.

Bombing Busters (PS4/Vita)

Have you played the classic Bomberman games before? They're great! Well, Bombing Busters is apparently just a straight-up clone that doesn't bring much to the table – not much worth noting, at least. Again, it's free, but it's hard to get too excited about a second-rate copycat.