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Last Chance To Claim July 2020's Free PS Plus Games

Along with the most recent NBA title and arguably the best entry in the recent Tomb Raider reboot saga, PS Plus subscribers will also get Erica for free.

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July 2020 marked the 10th anniversary of the launch of PlayStation Plus, which ushered in paid multiplayer services and monthly downloadable games for subscribers back in 2010 on PS3. Some players even got some extra PlayStation Store credit if they had been subscribed for long enough. To celebrate, this month's offerings are as strong as last month's, with NBA 2K20 and Rise of the Tomb Raider headlining the lineup along with Erica as a nice bonus. All three games are available to claim until later today. In addition, August's PS Plus lineup has been announced, and you can download one of the free games, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered, right now.

Rise of the Tomb Raider initially launched as a timed-exclusive on Xbox One, but came to PS4 a year afterward as the 20th Anniversary Celebration with additional content. It's the second in Crystal Dynamic's reboot trilogy, picking up with Lara Croft as she becomes more comfortable with her tomb-raiding adventures. Taking place in a snowy Siberia, the game manages to still look striking today, and is fondly remembered as the strongest of the three in the series.

In our 8/10 Rise of the Tomb Raider review, critic Mike Mahardy wrote, "Even now, playing through it one year after I originally beat it, it's hard to put down. The Siberian wilderness is just as detailed and gorgeous as it is on Xbox One, and I didn't notice many differences in the character nuances, either."

NBA 2K20 is the most recent installment in the annual basketball series, which makes it a strong addition to the lineup given that we're still a few months out from its replacement. NBA 2K20 did get harsh criticism at launch for its reliance on microtransactions and how deeply the permeate the game, but the core of the basketball action on court remains as gripping as ever.

Erica is the third offering for PS Plus in July and shouldn't be overlooked. Originally designed around Sony's PlayLink (which would allow players to control games with their smartphones, like the Jackbox Party Packs), Erica is a narrative adventure game that plays more like a film with minor interaction from the player. It's a gripping story regardless, with a haunting soundtrack to boot.

In our 8/10 review for Erica, critic Funké Joseph wrote, "Its cryptic tone is carried through the audio, visuals, and writing; it never lets you relax. Sometimes weird controls jolt you out, but there is an abundance of enticing threads to follow, and it's a treat to be able to mold your own adventure out of it. Using a combination of crisp cinematography and FMV-specific game mechanics, Erica never fails to hook you into its haunting, mysterious world."

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I think it took about as long to download remastered as it did to play it. But that's my own fault, I know i should avoid anything from Activision. Oh well......back to plunder to snipe and run people over. You want to take away the best part of the game....then i'm trollin'. And don't say 'you need to buy the full version'......we did but it when we paid every month for PS Plus. I got full versions of everything else, only Activision pulled such a low stunt.

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Riiiiiight, sure, because it's the 10 year anniversary... Definitely not because literally nobody outside of America gives a monkeys about basketball...

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If you're paying a fee it ain't "free". Though people on a couple gaming forums were saying that the games had the 'add to cart' button versus the 'add to library' one yesterday for a while, meaning you had the chance to get them free and to KEEP for a bit.

Sadly I kept getting a server connection error when trying to log in via their website, so by the time I got on my new PS4 slim (after setting it up finally) it was only showing add to library. Then again I already had Rise Of The Tomb Raider ($10 from Walmart) and have NO interest in the other two so I would've only claimed ROTTR.

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Erica is a good game if you like FMV games and plays similar to Until Dawn where you make decisions on the fly. Not nearly as good as Until Dawn but its worth a play.

And you can use the controller as some think it works with your phone only.

Ive played through it several times.

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what time do they release the games? i am trying right now ( 7/7/20 at 12:05 pm EST ) i get error "the content cannot be selected at this time"

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All great games. I don't have nba 2k20 so i will definitely enjoy that. The last one I have is 2k18. Erica seems interesting. I had rise of the tomb raider on xbox one so i will gladly add it to my ps4 library. Great month. Thank you.

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celebrating a milestone with a whimper and not a bang. Way to go playstation...

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What is the point of comments on almost every website now? Nothing but little children that want to moan and cry.

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@Phooey442: ... and here you are

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You could have gotten this great game on PS2: https://youtu.be/V40XLdAsaCM

But Sony doesn't care.

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Sony, please charge 1/2 price for PS+ without the "NotFree" games....

This is handsDown why Backwards Compat is so important.

There's hundreds of PS3 games gamers would love to have.

Even corny Arcade games like Risk or Orcs MustDie,plenty

of AssCreed,,RainbowSix. & so on & so on...

*A voting system..

Anything is better then crapycrap that keeps pissing people off.

And then people pissed off @people pissed off...

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@sippio: that is a really good idea...i never ever ever want the free games of the month

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Oh man if it wasn't for erica both and ms and sony would have garbage games, which is pretty darn crazy. Yea TR is fun and a pretty ok game overall but I've already beaten it yrs ago, twice.

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What games are people expecting at this point in the life cycle? Sony has given a lot of its first party games on PS Plus already, so what do people actually want? People are always expecting the newest games, but that has never been the case with PS Plus ever. People want Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us 2 for almost free, and it is not happening. It is hilarious to see people claim that they are so stressed over a gaming service like it is the only thing in their entire world that brings them joy. If you do not like the service, cancel your membership and move on.

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Another wasted month, I already have RTR.

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Oh yeah, (buggy ass) Bethesda fallout 76 comes out on gamepass, and dead rising 4 will be leaving, so hurry up and score those points and delete some space from the harddrive, you have until the end of July, that's 29 days left to hammer the sh@@ outer dead rising 4 everyone.

Hammer hammer hammer, get all those points baby, there free anyways, so forget Microsoft certified games, they never leave or expire, so hammer those other games because you know you want too.

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@Crazy_sahara: LMAO @ Grownups picking 1 console instead of having/claiming all consoles

and then pretending to be employess or stock holders of either..

Does that annoy u as much as me Sahara?

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I think it's lovely that PS fans finally get to play the latest Tomb Raider game.....

It is a shame Sony didn't celebrate with one of their 4,000 exclusive titles that Sony fans keep telling the rest of us about though eh.

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Don't know why people keep crying about Plus. They have gotten some good games in recent months.

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@xenomorphalien: i think many would disagree with you.

And this is why they are pissed..

*Battlefront2 * COD wasn't wanted by those pissed for the same reason they don't own it..

I have a basement full of StaWars,130 SW books, and few SW boxes @my parents house in Fl.

Not to mention having every SW game since the 90's and i hated The New Battlefronts...

*I think alot of those who flame those pissed think because it's a AAA game people should be happy...

*I already own BF2. maybe for Xbox(i forget) but i tried 3 seperate times to like it and it's extremly clunky..

COD Campaign & MP are the same thing since 17 years ago..

Why haven't they switched it up by now... Seems like a lifetime ago i was sucked into Battlefield & COD MW2...

*As long as SOny forces these games on us= people will complain because everyone knows it's to mask that they are charging us to multiplay on top of buying the game,,controller,console etc...

Imagine if Netflix only gave us 2-3 movies a month to attach to our accounts library which we still pay monthly for.......

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@sippio: So because Sony gave people 2 games that you and some other people didn't want makes Plus bad? Hate to break it to you, but not every month is gonna give things you like. But even then, within the last year, you got stuff like Uncharted 4, Bioshock Collection, Uncharted collection, Shadow of the Colossus, Titanfall 2, Nioh, Sonic Mania, detroit, Arkham Knight, Sniper Elite 4, even TLOU remastered. Some of these I don't care for but I can't deny these are pretty big name games given away.

I mean damn, as an Xbox user I've been using a lot of Gamepass recently, but have you seen the past year of Games With Gold? You should be happy you haven't gotten months of trash like Gold has been getting.

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When this service started 10 years ago it actually had good content. Immediately after the PS4 was released it went to the shitter.

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NOT FREE, STOP CALLING IT FREE!!!!!!!!!!

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@brandxbeer: Stop trying to get through to the unreachable sheople..

Imagine if Netflix gave us 2-3 movies to ur libraries a month and that's all we coiuld watch unless we paid full price for each movie..On top of monthly fee of course..lol

~The service is proof that too many people dont have standards..

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If Sony offered Cyberpunk 2077, there would be people still complaining.

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@willgner: Cyberpunk, a Free PS5 and a brand new house, they'd still complain. What, no car!? How will they get to work now? Stupid Sony!

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Doesn't matter what games they offer, people will always complain about them. You can't please everyone.

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@tuna_walker: it's true.. but hatred must be vetted..

Maybe they should make games backwards compat instead of paywalling it via PSnow..

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Decade anniversary from Sony, be glad everyone, it's better then nothing.

Long live ultimate game pass = Free pc games, free Xbox games, free access to xcloud gaming, free incentives from gaming, enhanced backwards compatibility, and forwards compatibility, free life time games under Xbox one, play forever.

That's what a anniversary party should be, and a great way to celebrate games from new and old.

Free (as of 2020) means play as much as you want when you want, earn achievements, earn quest points, play online when ever you want, then delete the game storing wh@@@ of a game for new ones. Only keep the best, no need for denuvo sh@@@ or piracy.

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@Crazy_sahara: free shite games

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@alandave39: You really think All GamePass games are shite?

LAMO at any gamer pretending to own stock in any console...

Xbox exlusives suck & Sony policies blow.

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@sippio: If you got games you don't want just DM me... 😂

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@Crazy_sahara: I love game pass but I wouldn't call PS Plus or Xbox live titles exactly free, and that doubles for game pass, and triples for ultimate. You wouldn't call Netflix a free service.

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@wahsobe: Yes Netflix is a free service, but maybe not for you.

But since what you can do with Netflix, you cannot do with current gen games (until some screen technology patent comes out, making Netflix more like current gen consoles with double sided authentication then sure... I know you have no idea what I'm talking about, and maybe that's a good thing.) making game pass very attractive for old games, older generation gamers, new games attracting less risks for developers having to impose denuvo #@#£ into their games infuriating the pc player base.

So yeah gamepass is the place to go, why because at work you can earn bing quests, and at home you can earn game requests on pc or console and eventually pay back the gamepass yearly expense eventually costing you nothing.

Wow how could that be possible (you would have to be on meth to play at that level tho) still Sony gamepass is much better.

And I agree, that's why we're all here talking about the games listed above.

Oh yeah, Bethesda fallout 76 comes out on gamepass, and dead rising 4 will be leaving, so hurry up and score those points and delete some space from the harddrive, since you have until the end of July, that's 29 days left to hammer the sh@@ outer dead rising 4 everyone.

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No there is no such thing as free Netflix. There is the guise of free netflix, but in reality it's just worked into the cost of whatever service is offering it. Giving customers 6-12 bucks off of their plan doesn't look as good as getting free Netflix. It's smart marketing. (Note: Stealing Netflix is not free Netflix. It's just stealing Netflix, so I will not count it.)

I can't imagine how hard anyone would have to work to legitimately try to earn free gamepass ultimate every month but I can say you gotta really have no job, school, or life to bother.

When you can earn a month worth of service in your first hour at work why bother with the hassle of trying to earn points to get it. I'd pay that much per month never to use Bing again in my entire life.

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@Crazy_sahara: yeah both games are garbage.

Are grownups really working all year to pay off the yearly cost of Gamepass

hahaha rotf.. Do whatcha gotta do man..

Ive been a achievment score hater since it started..

As if it means/proves anything..

~Sony has garbage policies & Xbox exclusives are borderline fraud with how incomplete & dissapointing they are.

State ofDecay2,,SeaoOfThieves,,Crackdown3,,Gears5,Post Bungie Halo..

I love Gamepass but my Xbox barely gets play..

**Do you even have a Sony or are you trolling PS4 gamers?

There's just no way an adult pretends to own stock in Microsoft to te point of trolling..

maybe iu read ur post wrong..if so then my bad....

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@sippio: I have a PS3 old phat, that's backwards compatible with PS1, and ps2.

Was playing this game: https://youtu.be/V40XLdAsaCM

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@kate69: Any dudes?

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@Crazy_sahara: Yeah. Any dudes geez

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A bit of a letdown for a 10 year anniversary. Sony should have done 10 games to celebrate.

Nothing to complain about so long as I get a least one good game or discounts to cover the cost of the membership. I would also be happier if they didn't offer games that are microtransaction heavy.

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That’s a surprisingly weak lineup for a 10 year anniversary.

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I wonder why they opt to give away sports titles that only appeal to a particular segment of people. Basketball is not popular in many countries. Remember when they decided to add PES and people made a huge issue out of it? But now there won't be that much hue and cry because "teh 'mericans" play this sport and likes the NBA franchise. But to me, it's just another game that will be in my library but won't get any play time.

Tomb Raider is a great choice. I held myself back from buying the game even when it went under a 10 dollar price, and hence I am glad to get it.

But this has been the trend for months. Either they giveaway a immensely popular game that I already own, or they give away titles that are meant for a very specific segment of people.

I think PS Plus should change the model. They should offer at least 10 free games per month, and give the user an option to choose one or two games of his own liking. It is unfair, and often a monopolistic, ego driven behavior from the consoles boss to assume that they can find a couple of titles for their entire base that will represent the overall tastes and liking.

or is it just "throwing random freebies at your mouth and that's all you get to eat" kind of deal?

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@DeadManRollin: I'm not a sports game fan either but I do believe it's good to hand one out every once in the bluest blue moon. Not every title will appeal to everyone but the truth is that millions of people love these sports games. Also, getting free (sortof) games that you might never buy for yourself does offer people the opportunity to try something that they would never buy. Hence the reason I enjoy Gamepass. I've played and enjoyed a number of games that I never would have bought before, but may now buy in the future.

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10 years - those games are certainly a celebrations worth,

A lot of use don't live in the USA, So NBA is if you don't realise Is not that popular in Europe

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