Each and every month, Sony trots out a new selection of games you can download for free all month and then keep and play forever, so long as you maintain your Plus subscription. You’ll always find at least a couple of PlayStation 4 picks, along with games for PS3 and Vita as well.
Looking for a heads-up on which games you can grab right now and soon ahead? We’ve got you covered: these are the UK’s PlayStation Plus freebies for July 2018, which will be available to download starting 3 July. And if you didn’t grab June’s free downloads yet, then scroll further down for a quick look at those titles.
FREE ON PLAYSTATION PLUS IN JULY
Absolver is a melee fighting game like no other, offering ample customisation and control as you build out your fighter and enter online duels. It’s tough, but can be plenty satisfying if you put the time into understanding its mechanical nuances.
Heavy Rain (PS4)
Beyond: Two Souls was free in May, and now Quantic Dream’s other PS3 game, Heavy Rain – the much better one – is free in July. This remastered edition preserves the narrative adventure’s unique quirks and emotional resonance, even if the game feels a bit dated now.
Made available as a bonus freebie during E3, Call of Duty: Black Ops III is still up for grabs until 11 July. Treyarch’s previous entry remains a fan-favourite from recent years, serving up tense futuristic multiplayer shootouts and another trademark cinematic campaign experience.
Space Overlords (PS4/Vita)
You might not want to bother clearing storage space for this one: Space Overlords looks like a dead-simple game about smashing buildings and planetary defenses, and it’s been savaged in reviews by critics and users alike.
Rayman 3 HD (PS3)
Got an itch for an old-school 3D platformer? Rayman 3 HD updates the PlayStation 2 original with slightly crisper graphics, but really it’s just a solid early-2000s hop-and-bop quest that might be worth revisiting if you still use your PS3.
Extreme Exorcism (PS3)
Who you gonna call? An extreme exorcist, apparently, as Extreme Exorcism puts you in the boots of a powerful ghost-buster of sorts. It looks and plays like an old-school arcade game, and actually sounds pretty fun.
Many of the free Vita games on PlayStation Plus aren’t worth your time, but Zero Escape is easily one of the best picks to date. This acclaimed, anime-stylized narrative adventure won’t be for everyone – but if you like Japanese psychological horror, it’s considered a real gem.
STILL AVAILABLE THROUGH 2 JULY
XCOM 2 (PS4)
Well, this has to be one of the all-time great PlayStation Plus games: XCOM 2 is a strategy gem, building off of the classic turn-based, sci-fi formula of XCOM: Enemy Unknown while packing in a host of improvements. You could play this one for ages – and really, you should.
Trials Fusion (PS4)
Ubisoft’s Trials Fusion continues the franchise’s proven approach, challenging you to complete tricky side-scrolling obstacle courses on a motorbike. Fusion ups the ante with online multiplayer and even a track editor, letting you concoct and share your own zany stages.
If you missed the last pre-Wildlands entry and still play on a PS3, now’s the time to loop back on Ghost Recon Future Soldier. The squad-based shooter packs all kinds of wild, futuristic tech, as the title suggests, although it’s a bit less tactical than the earlier Ghost Recon games.
Shooting zombies is one thing, but why amble around on-foot when you can just plough through waves of them with a heavily-armoured vehicle? That’s the proposition behind Zombie Driver HD, which really is about as straightforward as it sounds – and that’s just fine with us.
Puzzle games are usually a perfect fit for handhelds, so maybe Squares can command your attention for a bit. This minimal affair is more concerned with reaction time than in-depth problem solving, however, but it could be fun for a stretch.
Atomic Ninjas (Vita)
A multiplayer-centric fighting game for a handheld system? Well, that seems like a tough sell – especially now, well past the Vita’s prime. You can still play the button-mashing Atomic Ninjas against the computer if you can’t find online opponents, but it doesn’t look too thrilling.