6 Free Video Games for PlayStation Plus Members in June

One of the primary benefits of being a PlayStation Plus member is that you get free games each 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 a particular console.

And even if you don’t own one or two of the systems, you can still redeem the free games in your account. Then if you buy a system in the future, you’ll be able to download the games for free then. That makes Sony happy because you’re more likely to buy more PlayStations, and it works out well for customers, because you’ll already have a library of games on your new console.

This month’s games should become free to PS Plus subscribers on June 2, between noon and 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Without further ado, here are the free PlayStation Plus for June 2015.

1. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Platform: PS4
Metacritic Score: 75

In 2014 Konami gave gamers a taste of what’s to come for Solid Snake and company. While it has Metal Gear Solid V in the title, this single-level experience is really just a glorified demo for the upcoming game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which launches in September.

Still, it’s a heck of a demo. It takes about two hours to beat, but it introduces you to the upcoming game’s story, plus it lets you play with the new moves and gear you’ll get to use once Phantom Pain comes out. This is definitely worth playing if you enjoy stealth action games.

2. Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition

Platform: PS4
Metacritic Score: 81

This turn-based strategy game has a premise unlike any other. It takes place in the afterlife, where you build up an army of samurai, monks, and warriors, and duke it out against other undead armies. With colorful cartoonish graphics and devious enemy AI, this game is likely to keep you coming back, battle after battle.

3. Super Exploding Zoo

Platform: PS4 and PS Vita

Evil aliens want to steal your eggs in this oddball game, so it’s your job to protect them using (what else?) exploding animals. Each animal has unique abilities you can use to help keep the aliens away from the eggs. And as the animals explode, so do the environments. If this all sounds very weird, that’s probably because it comes from the developer of the game Hohokum, which was similarly tough to pin down. But if it’s as good as Hohokum, gamers are in for a treat.

4. Futuridium EP Deluxe

Platform: PS4 and PS Vita
Metacritic Score: 73

This retro-style shoot-‘em-up puts you in a ship and drops you in a colorful game world built out of nothing more than a few polygons. But just because the graphics are simple doesn’t mean the game is easy. On the contrary, Futuridium is ultra challenging, requiring your utmost attention and lighting-fast reflexes. Give this game a shot if you think you have the skills.

5. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Platform: PS3
Metacritic Score: 75

This interesting shooter is set in the Old West. But rather than telling a single story all the way through, it’s set up as a series of embellished tales told by an old bounty hunter regaling an audience in a saloon.

You play out his stories, often encountering historical personalities like Jesse James and Butch Cassidy. When a saloon-goer calls you out on a lie in a story, the game changes to incorporate what really happened. It’s a clever storytelling device that turns into a clever gameplay mechanic. If you like the setting, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is definitely worth playing.

6. Cloudberry Kingdom

Platform: PS3
Metacritic Score: 75

This side-scrolling platformer is about as challenging as games get. The levels are randomly generated, but they’re always beatable in the sense that it’s technically possible to beat them. Whether you’re able to do so or not is a matter of skill and luck.

The game doesn’t start out so hard, but as you progress, more obstacles start appearing in levels, from swinging maces to rotating fire rods. Then come the lasers, spike pistons, collapsing platforms, and lava columns. By the end, the majority of the screen is taken up by traps and enemies, and it’s all you can do to survive a few seconds at a time. Thankfully, the game has infinite continues and quick respawns.

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