It’s that time of the month again when a fresh batch of free games goes up for grabs on our subscription services of choice. We’ve previously covered the various subscription services you can avail of depending on your console and the games you like to play, so if you’re not subscribed to anything yet, I recommend you check it out.
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re probably already subscribed to PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold. You might even be the rare unicorn-type who’s subscribed to both. In any case, it looks like June’s got some pretty good offerings for both the Xbox and PS4 consoles.
Here are the free games you can play this June with PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold.
Following PS Plus’ somewhat disappointing free games line-up for the month of May, it seems the folks over at PlayStation heard fans’ cries for better PS Plus games. We’ve got two triple-A shooters on PS Plus this month, and with both of them having solid multiplayer game modes, they’re perfect for playing with your friends online.
Okay, we know, for every Call of Duty game there are jokes to be made about its lack of innovations to the shooter genre as well as the foulmouthed grade schoolers you meet on its online multiplayer mode. We get it, any Call of Duty game is bound to be an easy target for jokes. But would you really let that stop you from playing a big-budget first-person shooter if it were made available to you for free? Of course not!
Call of Duty: WWII is Activision’s answer to EA’s 2016 hit, Battlefield 1, and it’s a great shooter game that fully capitalizes on its historical setting. It’s a fun break from today’s more sci-fi oriented shooters, and it plays like a pretty good video game adaptation of a war film. Of course, if you ever tire of the grim experience of a world at war, you can blow off some steam by shooting up some Nazi zombies.
While Call of Duty: WWII is based on historical events and locations found in the real world, the other game you can get on PS Plus this June is set in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Battlefront II is the sequel to the stellar 2015 reboot, Battlefront, and while it is bigger and better than the game that came before it, Battlefront II received a lot of criticism upon its release because of its predatory microtransactions/loot box system.
It’s a pity that the game’s reputation will forever be tarnished by its poor reception at the time of its release (though I’m not saying it wasn’t deserved) because Battlefront II really is a good game. EA, its publishers, just had to ruin it with the microtransactions. The good news is that now that the game is up for free on PS Plus, you won’t have to worry about shelling out some big bucks to get a taste of the Force (or the Dark Side, if that’s what tickles your fancy).
Xbox Live Gold is offering four games for the month of June, and while they aren’t as high-profile as the PS Plus games, it’s nice of Xbox to support smaller game development studios. There’s a time for playing triple-A shooters, and a time for playing indie games.
(available from June 1 to 30, for Xbox One)
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a platforming game that was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. If you’ve never heard of the Shantae series, well that’s because it hasn’t really taken off in terms of popularity despite its critical acclaim, and anyone who’s played a Shantae game can tell you just how good it is. For fans of the metroidvania genre or those who’ve just finished their playthrough of Celeste, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is the perfect game to play next.
(available from June 1 to 15, for Xbox One and Xbox 360)
In case you haven’t heard yet, the 2005 classic Destroy All Humans! is getting a remake. When the original was released for the Xbox and PS2, it was the humorous sci-fi twist to the open-world genre that nobody knew they wanted, and since then it’s developed a cult-following. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the early days of wacky open-world gaming, you can experience Destroy All Humans! all over again with Xbox Live Gold, just in time to refresh your memory before the remake comes out.
(available from June 16 to 30, for Xbox One and Xbox 360)
Sine Mora is a side-scrolling shoot-’em-up game from THQ Nordic, the same team handling the upcoming Destroy All Humans! remake. If you’re a fan of sci-fi shooters and bullet hell games, Sine Mora is the perfect game for you: it’s a callback to classic side-scrolling shooters that features 2.5D graphics alongside the weapon upgrades and grand boss fights from classic bullet hell games that we all know and love. It’s basically a bigger, better Einhander.
(available from June 16 to July 15, for Xbox One)
We’ve already covered Coffee Talk and all of its little quirks, and it’s great to see Xbox Live giving it some of the spotlight for the month of June. Coffee Talk is a game from Indonesia-based indie game dev studio, Toge Productions, and it’s a relaxing barista simulator that lets you play at your own pace. After all the shooting you’ll be doing in the games listed above, wouldn’t it be great to take a break in a coffee shop? Coffee Talk lets you do just that.
Are your trigger fingers itching yet? Or do you need a cup of coffee first? Don’t miss out on this month’s free games, and stay tuned for more updates on other games that’ll be made available for free this June and the months that’ll follow. Now get shooting!
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