Monthly Free Games in June 2017

As another month of free games approaches, I have decided to make a small change to this monthly post. Considering it has been over 10 years since last the previous generation of consoles launched, I will now be excluding all games that are only available on an older gen console. Now, onto the line-up for this month’s monthly free games! There are some good choices across both platforms this month so don’t miss some of these great games!


Platforms: Xbox One

Speedrunners looks like the type of multiplayer game that will induce bouts of screaming and cheering amongst your friends. Hook up online and race your character through crazy courses whilst charging your boost and picking up special abilities to slow down your opponents. This game is like Micro Machines of old, in the sense that if your character falls too far behind then you are eliminated! Not 100% convinced this would make a strong single player game so won’t be for everyone but if you like playing with your friends then this is a guaranteed hit! Available from 1st June!

IGN Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: 84%
Gamespot Score: N/A

Watch Dogs

Platforms: Xbox One

Watch Dogs is a game that a really wanted to like when it launched but infamously didn’t live up to the hype. The game is not bad by any stretch of the imagination, however don’t go in thinking this is another GTA type open world. The game does not have the strongest storyline and can feel repetitive as most scenarios require the same hacking techniques to be utilised but when you look at the game as a whole there are some cool ideas implemented here. Ultimately, the game is fun to play. If you are looking for a new open world game to play then this could fit the bill! Available on 16th June.

IGN Score: 8.4/10
Metacritic Score: 78%
Gamespot Score: 8/10

Assassin’s Creed III

Platforms: Xbox One (Backwards Compat)

The first free backwards compatible title for Xbox One is the popular third instalment of Assassin’s Creed. Whilst this particular stealth game does not appeal to me, I know this series has a strong following and many fans will be happy to be able to play this game on the latest console! The game gain plaudits for its fantastic setting and the sheer amount of content available and was positively received by fans of the game despite it being criticised for being inconsistent when it comes to enjoyment execution. If you still haven’t tried an Assassin’s Creed game yet then you won’t get a better chance than right now! Available from 1st June.

IGN Score: 8.5/10
Metacritic Score: 84%
Gamespot Score: 8.5/10

Dragon Age: Origins

Platforms: Xbox One (Backwards Compat)

Dragon Age: Origins is a fantastic adventure, RPG game that has some great combat included. If you are a fan of Tolkien-esque fantasy worlds mixed with gameplay similar to The Elder Scrolls then this the perfect game for you. Whilst the graphics are a reminder of just how gaming has evolved, even just between the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, that is one of the only flaws in this game. There is plenty of content here, in fact you may even need to set aside an extended period of time to play this game! It may not be new to the backwards compatibility program on Xbox One but it is definitely a welcomed addition to the Games with Gold program. Don’t miss it! Available from 16th June.

IGN Score: 8.7/10
Metacritic Score: 86%
Gamespot Score: 9.5/10

Life Is Strange

Platforms: PS4

Life Is Strange is an interactive story game, similar to games from Telltale in concept. However, the narrative often misses the mark in comparison to similar games in this genre. Despite that, the overall experience of playing Life Is Strange is incomparable as the impact of your choices in game are not as simple as pressing a button but more so reliant on what you do in game. You must solve environmental puzzles or engage with certain characters to help progress the story which makes the game play feel much more organic. Plus, by the end of the story, the supernatural aspects of the story will leave you begging for answer to questions that will stick around in the back of your mind for a while to come. This is a must try for newbies and veterans of the story game genre. Available from 6th June.

IGN Score: 6.5/10
Metacritic Score: 83%
Gamespot Score: 8/10

Killing Floor 2

Platforms: PS4

Killing Floor 2 is a modest shooter that does not come jam packed with game modes and content but instead has focused on delivering an almost faultless shooter experience that can rival the best. The only problem here is longevity and that is why this game is not battling the big boys! With a few classes to choose from then is enough variation here to keep you going for a while and can be incredibly fun in multiplayer. Oh, and if you like heavy metal music then that’s also a bonus for Killing Floor 2! With plenty of enemy variants such as zombies, witches, guys with chainsaws for arms, there are plenty of ways to kill and be killed. Considering this is free then it is worth every second it takes to download, even if you only end up playing for a couple of hours. Available from 6th June.

IGN Score: 8/10
Metacritic Score: 75%
Gamespot Score: 8/10

Spy Chameleon

Platforms: PS4 (Vita Cross Buy)

Spy Chameleon is a stealth game that fails to deliver a seriously challenging stealth game but is still charming, for reasons unbeknownst to me. Maybe it is purely because the main character reminds me of Gex or Croc (I know both are different animals entirely, it must just be the green lizard-like body!). At its core, Spy Chameleon introduces an interesting twist on the stealth game genre but ultimately, it is too easy and repetitive to keep the most dedicated gamers engaged. With game mechanics that should remind you of the original Metal Gear Solid games, it ends up feeling more like a refurbished version with little to no quality brought through. For a free game this is not a bad choice, if you are looking for a stealth puzzle game but otherwise, there are better games available. Download from 6th June.

IGN Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: 71%
Gamespot Score: N/A

Neon Chrome

Platforms: PS4 (Vita Cross Buy)

Top down, strategy shooters have never been my type of game. I have always preferred the appeal of first person shooters as this always feels more immersive despite my questionable skill level in this genre. Bearing that in mind, Neon Chrome doesn’t look set to make me change my mind. In the game you must work your way up 32 floors of a heavily guarded tower and earn coins on the way to upgrade your gear and defeat the ruthless bad guy at the top. An unoriginal storyline and ultimately, quite repetitive game play makes this title an underwhelming experience that will be fun for some and others will hate it. This could well be the marmite of the gaming world but it is still worth trying, just in case. How can you hate something you haven’t tried, right? Available from 6th June.

IGN Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: 63%
Gamespot Score: N/A


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