The free PS Plus games for July 2020 couldn't be more different. We've got a stealth-action romp in Rise of the Tomb Raider, a sports game in NBA 2K20, and a hybrid narrative adventure in Erica.
And yes, it is odd that there are three games this month - all part of Sony's 10-year anniversary celebration for PlayStation Plus. Speaking of which, in addition to these three games, a free PlayStation Plus PS4 theme will soon be available for a limited time, but exact details are still to come. In the meantime, from July 4 to July 5, all players will be able to access PS4 multiplayer without a PS Plus subscription
These games will be available from July 7 until August 3.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to Lara Croft's 2013 reboot, and it's still the game I think of when I hear the phrase action-adventure. As we said in our 2015 review, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a gorgeous, varied, and action-packed epic - easily the best in the series, and arguably one of the best action games of this generation. The 20 Year Celebration edition of the game also comes with all DLCs, including Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, Cold Darkness Awakened, and an Extreme Survivor difficulty which removes checkpoints.
NBA 2K20 is exactly what it sounds like: the latest (but arguably not greatest) basketball experience in 2K's stable. 2K20 was praised for its shooting controls and defensive AI, among other things, but initially hampered by technical issues and aggressive monetization. Fortunately, it has been touched up a bit since its release, and you can't go wrong trying it for free.
Erica is easily the strangest game on this list. It's described as an interactive thriller, sort of a cinema meets dialogue trees and quick-time events adventure. You play as Erica, a woman trying to solve the mystery of her father's murder after new clues surface years later. It's got multiple endings and a web of interactions shaped by your choices, but it's all presented like a movie - not unlike Sam Barlow's Telling Lies, at least on the face of things.
June 2020 free PS Plus games
- Star Wars Battlefront 2
- Call of Duty: WW2