Monthly Free Games In July 2017

Now that the new game releases are starting to slow up, it may be a great time to try out some of the monthly free games on Xbox One and PS4. July is almost upon us and with that comes a slew of new games on Micrsoft’s Games with Gold service and Playstation Plus’ free game selection. Considering we have seen some months recently with underwhelming inclusions, I was hopeful for some big inclusions in this month’s selection but I’m left with mixed feelings. The summer sales look to eclipse the free games this month but there are still some free games worth downloading if you haven’t played them already.

Grow Up

Platforms: Xbox One

Grow Up is a colourful open world 3D platformer where your aim is to explore the world around you as you control a small robot named B.U.D so you can find a way back to M.O.M. You will need to journey to different floating islands in the sky to find crystals and other items which help you on your journey. In fact, it is the journey itself that is the most entertaining part in this game, rather than the reward of reaching the end goal. As you travel up to each new island you have the ever lingering peril you could easily fall back down to the starting point and have to trace back your steps to find your way to the end. This fear of falling back down is realised even further when you are still earning the control system for climbing and other movement mechanics. One you have mastered the physics, you will move on to learning new skills on your journey too ranging from a Metroid style ball rolling technique and a glider to help you reach different parts of the world. Each one adds a new dynamic to the game but also provides a unique way to enjoy the scenery around you. Grow Up is an enjoyable game and must have for any fans of the platformer genre! Available from 1st June.

IGN Score: 7.8/10
Metacritic Score: 70%
Gamespot Score: 5/10


Platforms: Xbox One

Runbow takes on a unique premise for a party game. It may be unique but it is amazingly well executed. The aim is simple to understand but can be quite difficult to master, the perfect structure for any game! Choose between races, battle arenas or king of the hill game modes but just remember, you cannot touch anything that is the same colour as your character. You will need to keep an eye on your opponents as much as the constant colour switching that happens naturally in the game. Think of the battle arena game modes as a Super Smash Bros game with a twist and the races remind me of Speedrunners with a dash more colour! This game is perfect for players who like to have gaming parties but can also be enjoyed as a single player game too! You will probably need to invite your friends round to see it shine but you shouldn’t miss out on this game either way! Available from 16th July.

IGN Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: 82%
Gamespot Score: 7/10

Kane & Lynch 2

Platforms: Xbox One (Backwards Compat)

Kane & Lynch 2 is your run of the mill crime shooter game. Admittedly, this is deemed the stronger of the two Kane & Lynch games but does not reach the dizzy heights of GTA in either its game play or storytelling! For the fun it is gunning through cops, gangstars and pretty much anyone standing in front of you there is probably not enough substance to keep hardcore shooter fans engrossed enough to play for a prolonged period of time. With this in mind, Kane & Lynch 2 definitely falls into the ‘underwhelming’ category for this month’s selection but may well be something to keep some people busy for a short time. If you fancy giving it a go, it will be available from 1st July.

IGN Score: 7/10
Metacritic Score: 64%
Gamespot Score: 6/10

LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Video Game

Platforms: Xbox One (Backwards Compat)

LEGO are renowned for creating video game versions of popular film franchises and Pirate of the Caribbean is included in this list. This version of the game includes the story lines from the first 4 movies and gives you plenty of content to play through as a result. If you have played any LEGO game before then you will probably have a good idea of how this game will play but just imagine that with a Pirate themed layer of polish on top. In summary, this means this game will be fun for most with decent local multiplayer but could be frustrating for others as the controls can be cumbersome and puzzles can come across convoluted. The only way to find out which side you fall on is to play the game. Available from 16th July.

IGN Score: 7.5/10
Metacritic Score: 73%
Gamespot Score: 6.5/10

Until Dawn

Platforms: PS4

Until Dawn is a horror adventure game that is exclusive to the PlayStation console. The story is horror 101; it involved teenagers, cabins and an assailant killer. You could probably guess what will happen but, unlike other horror games, there is a real emphasis on the consequences of your choices which then fuels your fears more so as you are constantly afraid of making the wrong decision. This is almost like the old-fashioned books from the 90’s where you could choose your own ending but this is achieved with greater fluidity in the game. Despite the story line feeling a little predictable at times, there is a real sense of wanting to play through again as your curiousity of choosing a different outcome with likely take you back into the game. Definitely a great game to play if you are a horror game fan or even a horror movie fan. Finally you get to see how you would react in a horror movie but will you make the right decisions? Find out for yourself when this game becomes available to Playstation Plus members on 4th July.

IGN Score: 7.5/10
Metacritic Score: 79%
Gamespot Score: 8/10

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series

Platforms: PS4

This may come as a shock to some of you but I am not a fan of Game of Thrones. Whether it is the TV series or the games or anything connected to the series. It’s not that I think it is bad, just that it does not peak my interest. That said, many people do so seeing the Game Of Thrones: A Telltale Series available for free in July might be glorious! In short, this game will basically be a carbon copy of the Walking Dead games by Telltale. You will effectively feel like you a living out an episode of Game Of Thrones where you can make some of the significant decision to progress through the game. It worked for me for Walking Dead so I imagine if you enjoy Game Of Thrones then this will be for you. Download for free from 4th July!

IGN Score: 8/10
Metacritic Score: 69%
Gamespot Score: 9/10

Don’t Die, Mr Robot

Platforms: PS4 (Vita Cross Buy)

Don’t Die, Mr Robot is a game that hit the nail on the head when it comes to simplicity! Let me put it this way, this arcade game is all about dodging anything on screen, except fruit. You like fruit. Now if I was to tell you there was more to the game, I would be lying but for some people you won’t need any more. This rinse and repeat style of gaming is suited to some and not to others, however the game is not easy and that will be a fatal flaw for anyone thinking this is a game you could complete in just a few hours. Whilst there is not much to the game, there is a real challenge awaiting anyone brave enough to take on this tough cookie, I mean robot! Try for free from 4th July!

IGN Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: 76%
Gamespot Score: N/A


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