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PS Plus free games for July include a Metacritic 85 game


The PlayStation Plus lineup for this month is impressive.

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Three games are available to PS4 and PS5 users as part of Sony’s July PlayStation Plus monthly game lineup(opens in new tab). Since the redesigned PlayStation Plus service debuted on June 13, this is the first lineup of monthly games to be announced; however, all subscribers, regardless of membership tier, will have access to these games.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, Arcadegeddon, and Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time are all available to PlayStation Plus members on the Essential, Extra, or Premium tiers. From July 5 through August 1, these games will be available for free download. Once claimed, you can download them whenever you want as long as your PlayStation Plus membership is still active.


This month’s top title is undoubtedly Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Launched in 2020, this iconic platforming series’ long-overdue sequel is a delightfully endearing homage to Crash’s PS1 roots.

At the time of its release, it was well received, garnering an impressive 85 on Metacritic(opens in new tab), and receiving praise for its precise gameplay, profusion of collectibles, and variety of playable characters. If you’re a trophy hunter, let me just say to be ready. The platinum trophy for Crash 4 is incredibly challenging to obtain.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan follows, which is a wise choice given that The Quarry just debuted earlier this month. Man of Medan, a PlayStation 4 exclusive from the same developers as the cult favorite Until Dawn, is essentially a playable horror film. You can even experience this terrifying story online with a friend and decide whether each character lives or dies based on your choices.


Arcadegeddon, an ongoing co-op shooter, is our last option. As you explore various biomes, engage in mini-games, look for secret chests, and fight against a colorful cast of foes and difficult monsters, you can play alone or with up to four others online. Arcadegeddon appears to be bright and dazzling on the outside, but don’t be deceived. The depth of this multiplayer game is still plenty to keep you interested for a long time.

The subscribers have generally enjoyed the free PlayStation Plus games this month, which is a rather unusual but very welcome variation. Normally, gamers will have an issue with at least one of the selections, but Reddit users have praised July’s list (opens in new tab). The reception to Crash Bandicoot 4 in particular has been very positive.

More games will be introduced more frequently now that PlayStation Plus has been divided into three unique subscription tiers. While the monthly games for all membership levels are still being offered, it is anticipated that Extra and Premium customers will soon have access to new games.


At the very least, we know that when the cyberpunk cat simulator Stray debuts on July 19, Extra/Premium PlayStation Plus customers will receive it at no additional cost.

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