Three For Two
Sony has announced PlayStation Plus July games lineup. Instead of the usual two games, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be getting three in July as a thank you to mark ten years of PS Plus. As a quick refresher, subscribers to Sony's PlayStation Plus service get two games to play per month. If you download them before they leave the service, those games are available as long as you're a subscriber. Let's take a look at the games you're getting if you're subscribed to Sony's service next month.
PlayStation Plus July Game 1 - NBA 2K20
NBA 2K20 is the latest in 2K's flagship basketball franchise. In the new MyCareer mode, you'll create a basketball player from scratch and work your way up the ranks. Returning from NBA 2K19 is The Neighborhood, the open-world environment in which you can explore, change your appearance, and buy power-ups for your character. The game has received some criticism for its perceived focus on microtransactions and monetization. Despite this fact, it's currently sitting at a respectable 78 on Metacritic, although the user reviews are significantly lower.
PlayStation Plus July Game 2 - Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
The second game in Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot series sees Lara Croft venturing to Siberia to search for the legendary city of Kitezh and clear her family's name. It continues the first game's semi-open world gameplay, with crafting and combat front and center. 20 Year Celebration is a Tomb Raider anniversary version of the game that also includes all of its DLC as well as new classic skins, an entirely new single-player story in Blood Ties, and a co-op Endurance Mode. All of this comes, of course, with the full original Rise of the Tomb Raider game.
PlayStation Plus July Bonus Game - Erica
In addition to the usual two games, Sony is also offering a third game to PlayStation Plus subscribers in July. Erica is a "feature-length cinematic experience" that purports to marry Hollywood production values with engaging gameplay. You are the titular Erica, a girl who's plagued by nightmares of her father's murder. Through a branching choice narrative, you'll slowly uncover what happened to your father and get to grips with the haunting memories you've dealt with all your life. To play Erica, you'll also need a Wi-Fi connection and the smartphone companion app, which is available for both iOS and Android.
Sony says it's also releasing a free theme for the PlayStation 4 later this week to commemorate 10 years of PlayStation Plus, so keep an eye out for that. As well as the free theme, the weekend of July 4th and July 5th will be a free multiplayer weekend on PS4. If you've been hankering to try a game that doesn't already have free multiplayer - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, for example, or Bloodborne - then that's the weekend to check those games out. The PlayStation Plus July game lineup will be available for subscribers from July 7th until August 3rd.
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