Playstation Plus Free Games Change Tactics

By Rebecca Smith,
With E3 2014 almost upon us, it is difficult to believe that the Playstation Plus program was revealed back at E3 2010. Over the last four years, the programme has evolved and changed to the point where it is almost unrecognisable from when it began. One of the main attractions of the subscription-based service is the free titles that are available for a limited period of time. Starting next month, players will notice this part of the service change for the better; there will now be six free titles on offer each month, two for each gaming platform.

The change in title type is also accompanied by a change in the length of time that they will be available. In North America, PS+ titles would change weekly, whereas in Europe the titles would change once per month on a randomly chosen date. This will no longer be the case. Starting in July, all PS+ titles will be available for the duration of one month in all regions. The titles will change on the first Tuesday of every month for North America, and the first Wednesday of every month for Europe.

Without further ado, here are the titles that will be available for PS+ members during June. We'll start with North America. As the change in the games' availabilities is not due to change until July, these titles will become available at different times throughout the upcoming month.

Playstation 4

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate is a twin-stick shooter with equal elements of action, exploration and puzzle solving. Saving scientists and uncovering the mysteries of an ill-fated research trip requires you to study and manipulate your environment. Blast and dig through rock and ice, unleashing floods of water, lava, gas, magnetic oil and even deadly stomach acid, all powered by an advanced fluid mechanics simulation.
Trine 2 Complete Story
Trine 2: Complete Story is a beautiful, award-winning sidescrolling game of action, puzzles and platforming. Play as the three Heroes – Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief – and join their adventure through dangers untold in a fantastical fairytale world, including physics-based puzzles using fire, water, gravity and magic wicked goblins and their evil plan and a magical environment full of wonder.
Playstation 3

NBA 2K14
NBA 2K13 was a monstrous release for the world’s 1 NBA video game franchise, with more than 38 Sports Game of the Year and ‘Best Of’ mentions. NBA 2K14 will raise the bar yet again, providing the best basketball gaming experience for legions of sports fans and gamers around the world.
Sly Cooper Thieves in Time (PS3/Vita Cross-Buy)
The pages of the Thievius Raccoonus are disappearing and now Sly and The Gang must get back together to save the Cooper Clan legacy from being destroyed forever! Travel through time, meeting and playing as Sly’s ancestors as you race to recover the past to save their future.
Playstation Vita

Mutant Mudds Deluxe
Love pixels? Fond of platformers? Is there a special place in your heart for the 8-bit and 16-bit era? Want to have fun? Yes!? Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friend. Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a “12-bit” action platformer full of pixels and platforming fun! Our hero, Max, may be just a 2D sprite, but he can leap into the third dimension by jetting between the background and the foreground playfields with his trusty jetpack in this unique dimensionally-woven experience.
Terraria
DIG, FIGHT, EXPLORE, BUILD! Nothing is impossible in the special edition version of this action-packed sandbox adventure! Over a dozen environments and hundreds of items to craft and enemies to defeat! The world is your canvas – make it your own.

Now we'll move on to Europe. These titles will become available on June 4th.

Playstation 4

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate is a twin-stick shooter with equal elements of action, exploration and puzzle solving. Saving scientists and uncovering the mysteries of an ill-fated research trip requires you to study and manipulate your environment. Blast and dig through rock and ice, unleashing floods of water, lava, gas, magnetic oil and even deadly stomach acid, all powered by an advanced fluid mechanics simulation.
Trine 2 Complete Story European
Trine 2: Complete Story is a beautiful, award-winning sidescrolling game of action, puzzles and platforming. Play as the three Heroes – Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief – and join their adventure through dangers untold in a fantastical fairytale world, including physics-based puzzles using fire, water, gravity and magic wicked goblins and their evil plan and a magical environment full of wonder.
Playstation 3

Lone Survivor (PS3/Vita Cross-Buy)
You play as a masked protagonist who must escape from a city ravaged by disease. Starving and exhausted, you begin to question how much of what you see is even real. The choice of how to survive is up to you. Sneak through without firing a single shot, or kill everything in your path. Search for survivors, or try to escape the city alone. Look after your mental health, or descend into madness…
NBA 2K14
NBA 2K13 was a monstrous release for the world’s 1 NBA video game franchise, with more than 38 Sports Game of the Year and ‘Best Of’ mentions. NBA 2K14 will raise the bar yet again, providing the best basketball gaming experience for legions of sports fans and gamers around the world.
Playstation Vita

Dragons Crown
Be prepared to be thrust into a fantastical medieval world packed with labyrinthine dungeons to explore, vile monstrosities to smite, and nearly endless online adventure. Your mission is to dive into the dank underworld, uncovering treasure and strengthening your mettle as you unlock the secret behind the ancient dragon threatening the world.
Surge Deluxe
This is a highly addictive block matching puzzle game where you need to be lightning fast to compete! Expanded from the original release of Surge, this Deluxe version adds in a new Combiner block for higher multiplayers in strategic play and a new Chain Linker block for longer chain connections! Trust us – this one is very hard to put down.

Over the next few weeks, some of the long-standing PS+ titles will be phased out of the cycle in all regions. Make sure that you grab these before it's too late. To check out the list of titles that are leaving the Instant Game Collection on June 3rd in North America, check out this week's PS+ Update. Meanwhile, this is the list of titles that are leaving the Instant Game Collection on May 30th in Europe:

Brothers A Tale of Two Sons
Everybodys Golf Vita
Muramasa Rebirth
Payday 2
Stick It To The Man (PS4)

Remember that you don't have to download these titles immediately. All that you have to do is "purchase" them in the Playstation Store and they will be yours to download for the duration of your PS+ membership.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.