Is your budget a little tight this month? Maybe you’ve been meaning to pick up that old classic you never got around to. Whatever ails you, PlayStation Plus usually has some solid games being offered for free, all rotating on a monthly basis. Here’s our rundown of everything you need to know about PlayStation Plus, and the free games to look forward to in June 2018.
What is PlayStation Plus?
PlayStation Plus is a subscription service that helps you get the most out of your PSN. Most importantly, it’s what enables you to play multiplayer games online, but there are other cool benefits, including early access to games and public beta trials, as well as 10GB of storage for game saves.
PlayStation Plus members can choose two free games each month with their subscription fee, in addition to getting access to multiplayer functions and discounts on newer titles. PlayStation Plus costs $59.99 per year, $24.99 for three months of access, or $9.99 per month. It ends up being a pretty good deal if you’re looking for a low-risk way to check out lesser-known titles and older games.
PlayStation Plus is also has a partnership with Spotify. If you sign up for Spotify Premium from your PS4, you’ll save 10 percent per month. That means you’ll only be paying around $9 a month for unlimited music without ads.
PlayStation Now vs PlayStation Plus
At this point, you may be wondering what the difference is between PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus. It’s a little confusing.
PlayStation Now is a standalone subscription service that allows you to play more than 600 PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games on your PS4 or Windows PC. It costs $19.99 per month or $49.99 for three months. Think of it as Netflix for video games. The downside is that PlayStation Now, like Netflix, lacks new releases. If you don’t mind waiting a couple of months for new releases, it’s worth looking into.
Unfortunately, the two services are completely separate, and you can have one without the other, but if you’re looking to download most of your games, you may end up needing both. If you want to play games online or access multiplayer features, there’s no getting around PlayStation Plus. The two together will cost roughly $22 a month, if you commit to the three-month subscription options for both services.
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PlayStation Plus free games in June 2018
1) XCOM 2 (PS4)
The sequel to the hit turn-based strategy game is free, which is ridiculous because it’s still sitting around $30 at most retailers. Take control of the survivors of the titular military outfit as you fight in a world where the aliens won the previous game’s war. Build up individual squad members, ambush enemies in broad daylight, and upgrade the Avenger, XCOM’s mobile flying base.
2) Trials Fusion (PS4)
Race across ridiculously difficult tracks and jumps in this 2.5D, striving to hit every landing and ramp at just the right angle to maintain momentum. There’s tons of online functionality if you want to challenge your friends, or just watch them die a little inside.
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3) Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PS3)
Released back in 2012, Future Soldier’s third-person tactical combat treks across the globe, letting you embody your Predator fantasies by going invisible before sneaking up behind some poor bad guy.
4) Zombie Driver HD (PS3)
Ever see the convoy from Dawn of the Dead (or maybe Land of the Dead) and think “that’s my idea of a nice time?” Zombie Driver HD lets you plow through hordes of the undead in a variety of vehicles, all with an assortment of machine guns, flamethrowers, and electric shocks.
5) Atomic Ninjas (PS Vita)
Swing around like a, well, ninja and battle in eight-player combat arenas online or locally. There are multiple game modes, weapons, and ninja types to choose from if you’re feeling picky.
6) Squares (PS Vita)
A puzzle reflex game with 91 levels of hot square action. Turn all the blue squares grey by figuring out each levels unique twist.
If you like playing older games for cheap, check out our review of PlayStation Now.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
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