6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in July 2016

6 Games Free to PlayStation Plus Members in July 2016

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One of the benefits of being a PlayStation Plus member is that you get free games every month. The service costs $50 per year, but the games you receive 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).

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 July 5, 2016.

1. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell


Platform: PlayStation 4
Original price: $14.99
Metacritic score: 64

Gat Out of Hell is a standalone expansion for Saints Row IV, which means you can play it without needing a copy of the core game. If you haven’t played a Saints Row game, all you really need to know is that they give you an open world like Grand Theft Auto, but it’s even more juvenile and crazier — in a good way.

In this installment, your character travels to hell to “shoot the devil in the face.” It didn’t get the best reviews, but we enjoyed our time with it. Since it’s free for PlayStation Plus members, there’s no reason not to try it out.

2. Furi


Platform: PlayStation 4

Many games are filled with regular, common enemies, with a big boss sitting at the end of each level. In this game, there are no common enemies. Bosses are all you get, but they’re not the big hulking kind.

They’re your size, and each fight is like a duel. You’re equipped with swords and guns to take down the bosses you’ll face. Each one is different, with a unique fighting style you’ll have to acclimate to if you to win. It’s a stylish, colorful game that requires fast reflexes and a strategic eye. Reviews haven’t landed yet, but it’s been getting some good buzz, so it’s worth checking out.

3. Fat Princess


Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $14.99
Metacritic score: 79

We’ll give you one guess what this game is about. Yes, it’s about the plump daughter of a royal family. In the main game mode, there are two princesses. Two teams of 16(!) players try to make their way across the map to the other team’s castle. Once there, you need to kidnap the princess, bring her to your castle, and fend off those trying to save her for as long as possible.

The game comes with several modes, including a single-player one, but the focus is clearly on multiplayer. With this game going free for PS Plus members this month, it will likely see a resurgence in popularity.

4. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood


Platform: PlayStation 3
Original price: $19.99
Metacritic score: 78

Gamers who love a good Western will want to check this one out. Taking place in the Wild West in the late 1800s, the game centers around the McCall brothers, a pair of runaway Confederate soldiers who get a whiff of the fortunes available to anyone brave and formidable enough to seek them out.

The game is filled with large-scale set pieces and shootouts anyone who’s seen a few Westerns will enjoy. Across its modest seven-hour campaign, the game tells a compelling story about greed, honor, and brotherly love. Check it out if you have a PlayStation Plus membership.

5. Prince of Persia: Revelations


Platform: PS Vita
Original price: $9.99
Metacritic score: 65

Originally a PSP game from 2005, Prince of Persia: Revelations is a revamped version of the PS2 game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. The idea doesn’t stray much from the rest of the games in the series.

Your job is to navigate perilous platforming sections, climbing scaffolding and swinging from every flagpole you find, to reach far-off doors. In between these puzzle-like rooms, you’ll find enemies to dispatch and trap-studded hallways to traverse. It’s a winning formula, even if this particular game doesn’t pull it off as well as others in the series.

6. Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines


Platform: PS Vita
Original price: $19.99
Metacritic score: 78

If you want a weird role-playing game, Oreshika has you covered. The game centers on a family that’s cursed to age so rapidly that they die in just two years. They can’t procreate with other humans, so your task is to guide them out into the world to slay monsters in an effort to convince gods and goddesses to make babies with them.

Still with me? New characters can learn skills from older characters, so the family becomes ever more powerful as the generations continue. The goal of the game is to remove the curse from your family so you can live normal lives for generations to come. If you can swallow the bizarre setup, this one’s worth checking out for RPG fans.

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