Review for PS Plus’ July Offerings

This month of July, another awesome lineup for PS Plus Free games are currently available from July 7th to August 3rd, starting off with:

1.) FURI (PS4):
Starting off with FURI, Furi seems like it’s all about style. It meshes fast and frenzied swordplay with colorful, bullet-hell-inspired twin-stick shooting to create fighting experiences not unlike the most over-the-top anime battles. Furi’s action stands out thanks to the level of patience and restraint the resulting combat demands. Hit-and-miss boss design, occasionally janky mechanics, and a reliance on scripted attack sequences break the flow a bit too often, but a flashy look and killer music at least keep it looking and sounding great the whole way through.

When I first set my eyes on the stylish boss battle game Furi, I was sold by its striking presentation and excited about its mix of shoot-’em-up action and swordplay. It pits you against just under a dozen bosses, most of whom are relentless, strong, and fast. They don’t just have one health bar; they have multiple, each one representing a new, and more challenging phase of combat.

Armed with an energy pistol, a sword, and the ability to dash, you have to fight bosses that turn invisible, bosses that automatically generate protective barriers, and bosses that emit dense and chaotic waves of bullets. This game is really terrific, I would advise you guys to grab and play it!

2.) Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
Where some games portray Hell as a place of eternal torment, Saints Row IV: Gat Out of Hell’s vision of the Inferno is almost as mundane and silly as its surface world, and a little more fun to explore. A neon-drenched new city about half the size of SR4’s Steelport, it’s filled with undead “husks” shambling around and driving hideous junkers, all under the watchful eyes of buff guardian demons. It features depressing-looking businesses  and distinct landmarks, all surrounded by a jagged-rock-and-molten-lava motif. It’s also where the President – that is, your protagonist from Saints Row IV – has been kidnapped by Satan himself, thus setting the stage for Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, a short and entertaining standalone expansion. with the 2-player online co-op me and my friend are up for more shenanigans! More awesome weapons, more visuals and more Saints, it’s definitely great to play Saints Row once more.

3.) God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSVita)
f3.jpgEver since its existence was first hinted at on the back of God of War II’s game manual, God of War: Chains of Olympus has been one of the most anticipated games for the PlayStation Portable. And now knowing that it is free to play for PS Plus subscribers, The enemies too are largely based on previous beasts that we’ve seen. If you can imagine lining up the creatures from previous installments and then mixing and matching their abilities a tad, you pretty much know what to expect. That doesn’t mean they’re boring, as each enemy type has its own unique attack, defense and movement characteristics, meaning that you’ll have different combat tactics for everything you face. Still though, it would have been nice to have seen something a little more inventive here, even if it was only one wholly unique creature.

Like the other God of War titles, the puzzle elements aren’t all that difficult by and large, but solving them does generally give you the satisfaction of completing it as the game doesn’t hold your hand. It might only take a quick glance around the area to figure out where to move a statue to trigger a door to open, but most things are immediately apparent. Again, most of the puzzles won’t test the weight of your brain matter, but they do provide a nice break from the action and what better way to prepare for the next entry in this fabled series than to play one of the best portable games out there?

4.) Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (PSVita)
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is a fun and deep JRPG with loads and loads of content. Add to that fantastic music and graphics, a cool setting and over a hundred hours of gameplay, The game’s enemy encounter mechanism is like Action-RPG style, enemies do appear on the ‘map’, so you can choose to fight or avoid them, except certain cases like Bosses or story related. While on regular battles, enemy party has a leader which if you can kill it straightly, the battle is over.

Despite the fact most of us will never have played the game it’s a sequel to, the quality of Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines shines through its gorgeous visuals and deep mechanics. Come to think of it, there’s no more fitting way for a game that’s about leaving a worthwhile legacy to conduct itself but knowing this game, the Story is really great, graphics were awesome, and the soundtracks are fantastic. Overall, this is one of my favorite game from PS Plus offer for this month!

5.) Fat Princess (PS3)
While Fat Princess Adventures may look like a peaceful game for kids, you are entirely wrong!  This is a Diablo-like hack-‘n’-slash RPG, with a story to follow, side-quests to complete, and loot to loot. Of course, this being Fat Princess, it’s far less complex than its peers – but is it a sweet treat.

When you start the game, you create your character, which includes personality type. This seems to do nothing more than change the voice and the dialogue, but it’s fun to mess around with. As you play, you’re able to switch between four classes at the generous checkpoints strewn about the environments. The Warrior and Engineer and two ranged attackers the Mage and Archer. You can obviously stick with a favorite, but allowing you to switch between the types regularly helps to keep combat interesting, and enemies have weaknesses and resistances to differing forms of attack.

The fights can become rather busy, so a helpful lock-on feature is most welcome. Although the combat is little more than button mashing, it is satisfying to pull off, with the charged attacks spilling a ridiculous amount of crimson cartoon blood. At first me and my brother thought his was going to be a kids game but it turned out quite fun! Especially the Multiplayer match up to 32 players! I Highly recommend this!

6.) Call of Jaurez: Bound in Blood (PS3)
The setting takes place in the Civil War Era and Another origin story, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood retells the story of Reverend Ray, his brothers and the quest for gold, The gameplay is just like a regular standard FPS game nowadays, with a decent graphics.

It takes everything that was good about the first game and improves it, builds on the old characters, and smooths out the rough edges of the original. The two brothers play differently enough to give an incentive to play through it twice, so there’s plenty of value to it. Knowing that this is a Wild West first-person shooter, it is a really good game and in fact It makes me want to play more. Certainly one of the highlights for this months free games.

Another batch of free games for PSN Plus players with FURI, Saintsrow and Fat Princess as the standout. Who knows what’s coming next! We Know PlayStation is the best Console out there so let’s chill, relax and play on Playstation!

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