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July 2018's Free PlayStation Plus and Xbox Games With Gold

July 03, 2018

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By: Max Cannon

At the start of each monthSony and Microsoft release a slew of "free" games on their respective platforms if you are already paying for an online subscription for either company. Up until March 8, 2019, you won't need the newest console to take part as both PlayStation Plus and Xbox's Games With Gold offer games on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (and even PlayStation Vita.)

The New Games of PlayStation Plus

Starting Tuesday, July 3rd you can get these upcoming games for free if you have a PlayStation Plus subscription.

  • Heavy Rain (PlayStation 4)
  • Absolver (PlayStation 4)
  • Rayman 3 HD (PlayStation 3)
  • Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess (PlayStation 3) 
  • Space Overlords (PlayStation Vita)
  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma (PlayStation Vita)

The big games for PS4 in this month's lineup.The big games for PS4 in this month's lineup.Courtesy of PlayStation

Here's how PlayStation describes their big games of the month:

"First up, we have Heavy Rain. Experience the gripping psychological thriller that is filled with innumerable twists and turns. Spanning four days, hunt a murderer known only as the Origami Killer – named after the calling card they leave behind at crime scenes. Four characters, each following their own leads and with their own motives, must take part in a desperate attempt to prevent the killer from claiming a new victim. How this story ends is entirely up to you."  Heavy Rain is rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

Rayman 3 HD Power Up Trailer [North America]

"Next is the intense fighting game, Absolver. Go behind the mask of this customizable and fluid martial arts-focused action game. Players can build combinations of strikes, parries, and feints to make their own unique fighting style, all while exploring a dynamic world with dedicated PvP and PvE areas." Absolver is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

Of all the games lined up for PlayStation this month, Rayman 3 HD is what has me most excited. Though it's coming to PlayStation 3 rather than PlayStation 4, the game is a colorful family-friendly 3D platformer that stars Ubisoft's original mascot. These games aren't the only additions coming in July, according to PlayStation "Between now and September 25, PS Plus members who join PS Now–or extend their current paid subscription–will get 3 months of PS Now access for just $29.99 (normal price for 3 months–$44.99)."

PlayStation Now is also getting a discount this month.PlayStation Now is also getting a discount this month.Courtesy of PlayStation

The New Game of Xbox's Games With Gold

Since Sunday, July 1st you can access the first wave of games on Xbox One and Xbox 360 if you have a Gold subscription on Xbox.

  • Assault Android Cactus (Xbox One)
  • Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (Xbox 360 & Backwards Compatible with Xbox One)

The second wave of games begins on Monday, June 16th.

  • Death Squared (Xbox One)
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction (Xbox 360 & Backwards Compatible with Xbox One)

Xbox - July 2018 Games with Gold

Here's how Xbox described their big games of the month:

Assault Android Cactus

"Play as android cop, Constable Cactus, or nine others as you blast a bevy of baddies to protect your spaceship in this thrilling twin-stick shooter. With a taut story line, non-stop bullet-play, and beautiful visuals, the action really ramps up in multiplayer and will leave you breathless." Rated E for Everyone on the ESRB.

Assault Android Cactus Key ArtAssault Android Cactus Key Art

Death Squared

"Cooperation, communication, and robot explosions are the name of the game in this crafty puzzler. Solve 80 unique puzzles that range from elementary all the way up to Einstein genius. Fantastic narration, inventive levels, and four-player multiplayer really set this game apart." Rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Death Squared is another multiplayer game for Xbox's lineup.Death Squared is another multiplayer game for Xbox's lineup.

My Winner This Month:

Xbox is the clear winner here with some awesome cooperative games and some great games on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. 

Have Your Say!

Are you going to give either platform a try this upcoming month? Which service do you like more? Comment below!