by Ryan Winslett

It’s another wide assortment of new offerings on the PlayStation Network this week, with a little something for everyone on tap including the PS2 classic, WALL-E, the latest FIFA, an all-ladies fighting game for the PS3 and a visit from Slender Man on the PS4. For those of you who haven’t tried out PlayStation Plus just yet, there’s also an upcoming free online weekend, just so you can see what you’re missing out of the PS4’s online community.

For starters, let’s break down the details on this recently announced free online weekend. Traditionally, the only way to take your games online with the PlayStation 4 is to be a PS Plus subscriber. Starting this coming Friday, Sept. 26, however, the gates will be opened to all comers. The event begins at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time and will run through Sunday, Sept. 28, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

Whether you’re a Plus subscriber or not, all online functionality for PS4 games will be open to everyone through that time. Whether you’re diving into this week’s new FIFA game or still hunting for legendary loot on Destiny, everyone is invited to take their games online free of charge for three straight days.

As for this week’s new PlayStation arrivals, and as I’ve mentioned twice now, FIFA 15 is up and running, offering the latest iteration of the successful soccer series to fans the world over. Pick your favorite team and tackle a season or craft your own player from the ground up. Expect oodles of gameplay options on all three Sony platforms once the network goes live this Tuesday afternoon.

In the market for a game likely to scare poop directly into your pants? Then you might want to check out Slender: The Arrival haunting up a spooky good time on the PlayStaiton 4 this week. Explore dark and creepy locations as you attempt to unravel the mysteries of one of the most notorious urban legends of the modern age. Just look out for that faceless, well-dressed demon hiding in the corner.

But that’s just the beginning for this week’s new game offerings. PlayStation 3 RPG fans will want to check out Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star, while fighting fanatics will likely be drawn to Arcana Hearts 3: Love Max for the PS3 and Vita. It comes from the teams behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, so expect lightning-fast, beautifully rendered fighting action.

CastleStorm Definitive Edition brings strategic assaults to the PS4 this week, as does Defense Grid 2. Coming from the creators of the Worms series, Flockers tasks players with getting their doomed sheep from A to B in one piece on the PS4, while Vita fans have the tactical, competitive gameplay of Frozen Synapse Prime to keep them busy.

Finally, the adorable, lonely robot WALL-E arrives on the PS3 as a PS2 Classic. There’s also a demo for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 on the PS3 and PS4 coming out this week, for those of you who can’t get enough footy.

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