6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in June 2016

June is shaping up to be a great month for PlayStation Plus members, with a wide range of critically-acclaimed titles available for free across all current PlayStation gaming systems.

That’s because one of the benefits of subscribing to PlayStation Plus is that you get free games every month. The service costs $50 per year, but the games you’ll get are worth far more than that, even if you’re only interested in playing a fraction of them.

Each month Sony gives out two games each for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. Often these games support Cross-Buy, which means you might get three or four games for any given console (though not this month, unfortunately).

Better yet, you can redeem the free games on your account even if you don’t own one of the systems yet. Then if you buy the system in the future the games will be in your account, ready for you to download and play. Read on for info on the games PlayStation Plus members will be able to download for free starting June 7, 2016.

1. NBA 2K16

Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $60
Metacritic score: 87

NBA 2K16 is a realistic basketball game that comes with a heap of modes that let you play one-off matches or guide a team through an entire season. This installment was also made with input from director Spike Lee, who helped shape the story of the MyCareer mode, which follows a player from high school to college and into the big leagues. The reviews were extremely positive for this one, so anyone who’s even slightly interested in trying a basketball video game should give this a download to see if it’s a slam dunk.

2. Gone Home: Console Edition

Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $20
Metacritic score: 85

Gone Home isn’t a traditional game like Super Mario Bros. or Halo. Gone Home is more like an interactive short story. You play as a young woman visiting her family’s new house after traveling through Europe for the past year. No one’s home when you arrive, so you take it upon yourself to explore the new dwelling and find out what your family has been up to since you’ve been away.

The result is a deeply touching narrative that unfolds as you make your way from room to room, opening drawers and closets, and inspecting the things you find, including letters, mix tapes, and keys to locked rooms down the hall. It’s such a well designed experience that you just might forget you’re playing a game at all.

Despite its low-key tone, the game is surprisingly controversial. Read why some people have a problem with Gone Home here.

3. Echochrome

Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $10
Metacritic score: 81

Sony’s studios make some really strange and artistic games for PlayStation systems. One of these is Echochrome, a 2008 puzzle game that has you mess with perspective in all kinds of ways. It’s a black-and-white game with levels that look like they came right out of an M.C. Escher painting, meaning they depict impossible structures.

Your goal is to navigate these impossible structures by moving the camera around so your character can traverse the strange environments and collect all of the “echoes” in each stage. You’ll end up breaking the laws of physics in all kinds of ways, but it makes sense if you shift your perspective just a bit. PS3 owners should definitely check out this game.

4. Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1–12)

Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $20
Metacritic score: 78

As you may be able to glean from the title, Siren: Blood Curse is a horror game. In it, the makers of a TV show about paranormal activity go to Japan, where a mountain village was buried under a mudslide. As legend has it, this village was home to folks who believed in the occult and conducted human sacrifices.

When you arrive, you quickly discover that there is indeed paranormal activity going on here, and that the supernatural forces would very much like you dead. Making matters worse, you can’t really kill the enemies. They always get back up, so you’ll need to move quickly to make it out alive.

5. God of War: Chains of Olympus

Platform: PSP and PS Vita
Original price: $15
Metacritic score: 91

This game, which originally launched on the PSP, is one of the better handheld games Sony has ever produced. If you’ve played any of the other God of War games, you’ll know what to expect: tons of brutal, fast-paced combat against mythological creatures. This installment is a prequel to the original God of War game on PS2 that focuses on Kratos as he does the bidding of Ares, the ancient Greek god of war. If you’ve ever enjoyed a God of War game and are looking for something new to play on your aging Vita, give this one a shot.

6. Little Deviants

Platform: PS Vita
Original price: $13.49
Metacritic score: 57

The worst-reviewed game that’s free to PlayStation Plus members in June is Little Deviants, a mini-game collection that fails to rise above the genre’s many pitfalls. Chief among those pitfalls is how to bring a series of mini-games together in a way that makes them feel like parts of something bigger than the individual slices of gameplay.

Little Deviants doesn’t manage to do that, but some of the mini-games are fun enough, if you’re cool with making heavy use of the Vita’s touchscreens, tilt function, and microphone. This is a collection that makes use of all the control inputs the Vita probably never should have had in the first place.

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