6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in July 2015

One of the benefits of being a PlayStation Plus member is that you get free games each and every month. The service costs around $50 per year, but the games you’ll get are worth far more than that, even if you’re only interested playing a fraction of them.

Each month, Sony typically gives out two games each for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. Oftentimes these games support “Cross-Buy,” which means you might get three or four games for any given console.

Better yet, you can redeem the free games on your account even if you don’t own a system yet. Then if you buy the system in the future, those games will be in your account, and you can download and play them then. Read on for info on the free games PlayStation Plus members will be able to download starting July 7, 2015.

1. Rocket League

  • Platform: PlayStation 4

This intriguing game is launching the very day it goes free for PlayStation Plus subscribers: July 7. Rocket League is a futuristic sports game in which all manner of vehicles roar through an arena trying to blast a ball into a goal. Think of it like soccer with cars, plus a lot more destruction. The game features cross-platform multiplayer, so you can play on your PS4 with a friend who has the PC version. As a bonus, Twisted Metal‘s spooky ice cream truck Sweet Tooth is an unlockable vehicle in this version of the game.

2. Styx: Master of Shadows

Lots of people love a good stealth game, and that’s exactly the experience Styx: Master of Shadows delivers. You play as Styx, a diminutive goblin in a world full of dangerous elves and humans. The idea is to sneak around, hiding in barrels and crawling through ducts, and to kill your enemies before being spotted.

This is all in service of climbing a tower and stealing the heart of the World Tree, in hopes of getting your memories back. Yep, it’s another one of those stale amnesia plot lines, but the gameplay is supposed to be pretty solid. Check this one out if you’re a fan of Hitman or Dishonored.

3. MouseCraft

Billed as a mix between Lemmings and Tetris, MouseCraft is an acton puzzle game that’s full of color and personality. You play as a cat scientist who’s in charge of running a series of tests on three blind mice. The goal is always to help them go from point A to point B, but an array of deadly traps waits in between.

To get the mice past the traps, you have to place bombs and Tetris-shaped blocks in the environment as they march along. It looks like a winning formula, so be sure to check this one out, no matter what Sony hardware you have (it’s coming to all three).

4. Entwined

More than any other game on this list, Entwined‘s review scores are all across the board, ranging from 20 to 100 on Metacritic, with just about every score in between represented. Any game that can stir up that many wide-ranging opinions is one worth playing, especially for free.

The basic idea of the game is that you have to control a fish with the left stick and a bird with the right stick as they glide their way through tunnels. Along the way, you have to guide them through colorful panels and collect items. The whole thing is set to a serene soundtrack that just might make you feel like you’ve left Earth behind as you play. Be sure to give this one a shot to see whether you love it or hate it.

5. Rain

This unique action puzzle game puts you in the see-through shoes of an invisible boy who has to save an invisible girl from ghostly creatures in an alternate dimension. Since the principle characters are invisible, you can only see them when they step out into the rain.

That’s why it’s a good thing that it’s always raining in this otherworldly dimension, since the rain lets you see everyone relatively clearly. The basic gameplay consists of making your way through a city while distracting and avoiding the patrolling monsters. It’s worth checking out for the atmospherics alone, but if the reviews are to be trusted, don’t expect to be too wowed by it.

6. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

The basic idea of any Geometry Wars game is simple: Fly a ship around on the screen, shoot swarms of enemies, and try to stay alive as long as possible to rack up a high score. What makes the series stand out is the silky-smooth gameplay, flashy neon graphics, and pumping techno beats.

The third installment in the franchise offers up the same irresistible gameplay, with more than 50 levels and a handful of new modes. The levels come in a variety of shapes, including three-dimensional ones like spheres, cubes, and capsules, that you can circumnavigate with your ship.

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