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The new PlayStation Plus free games for July 2021 are now officially available to claim and download! This month, the free video game rotation for the popular subscription service includes A Plague Tale: Innocence, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and WWE 2K Battlegrounds. Notably, of the three newly available titles, A Plague Tale: Innocence is the only PlayStation 5 version of the bunch. Both Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and WWE 2K Battlegrounds are specifically the PlayStation 4 versions. Additionally, Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown remains available through July.
The typical caveats for free PlayStation Plus video games apply here, of course. These video games are only available to claim for the brief period during which they are available, which is through August 2nd. Additionally, they are as always only available to PlayStation Plus subscribers. They remain part of subscribers' libraries should the subscription lapse, but they will be unavailable until the subscription is once again active. Through 2021, it has been fairly typical for PlayStation Plus to include a new-to-PlayStation 5 title in addition to two titles for the PlayStation 4.
"The critically acclaimed adventure releases on PS5 with 4K native resolution, targeted 60 FPS, highly improved visuals, and fast loading – and makes its debut onto PlayStation Plus," the original PlayStation Blog post announcing July 2021's free titles reads in part. "Follow the tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo, in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history. Hunted by Inquisition soldiers and surrounded by unstoppable swarms of rats, Amicia and Hugo will come to know and trust each other. As they struggle to survive against overwhelming odds, they will fight to find purpose in this brutal, unforgiving world."
As noted above, July 2021's free PlayStation Plus titles, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and WWE 2K Battlegrounds, are now available. The trio will remain available through August 2nd with whatever August's titles end up being available the following day. Additionally, Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown from June's rotation remains available through August 2nd as well. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the PlayStation Plus subscription service right here.
What do you think about July 2021's free PlayStation Plus video games? Are you excited to play any of them particularly? Let us know in the comments, or feel free to reach out and hit me up directly over on Twitter at @rollinbishop to talk about all things gaming!
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A Plague Tale: Innocence is a game with some vocal supporters, this writer included - largely linear in nature, it tells the tale of two siblings as they try to survive in a gritty but also fantastical 1340s France. It recreates the era of the French Inquisition and an invading English army, with its hook being the consistent presence of thousands of rather creepy rats in various scenes.
It's a solid performer on PS4 / Xbox One and their mid-generation upgrades, and today it has an enhanced iteration for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. That said, it's clearly not feasible for a direct port to Switch, so today also sees the release of a Cloud Version, following predecessors in the format like Control and Hitman 3. Nintendo also included Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in its E3 Direct, though it wasn't particularly clear until follow-up details that it will, naturally, be a cloud version.
For those without other gaming systems, or perhaps just want games like these on a portable, cloud versions are certainly a valid option; A Plague Tale's sequel will also be coming to Switch as a cloud title. Of course, the nature of the format means you need a solid connection, and though you purchase the game it'll only be accessible for as long as the servers are maintained.
We tried the timed demo and it worked not too badly; it was relatively fuzzy in portable mode with the occasional hitch on our reasonable connection.
So, are you tempted by this? Are you a fan of cloud versions or are you steering clear? Let us know in the comments!
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Hooray for cloud? I get these games wouldn't be coming otherwise, but still, I find it hard to get excited for something which I need constant internet for; defeats the point of taking the Switch with you.
It looks gorgeous, but as far as gameplay goes, they could've just as well made it a cut-scene.
I hoped it would be a "normal" game, but I guess the big amounts of rats just can't be done on Switch. So I'll just pass.
I would like to know how many are buying into this type of release. I am absolutely not interested but so far it is still coming so at least a few thousands must be selling
Using the full power of the Switch OLED.
In rural Scotland, sadly cloud gaming isn’t really an option! I would love to try this, will maybe see if I can pinch my son’s PS4 to have a go.
Don't worry guys, the rumored OLED Switch will totally get a native port which will be 4K/120fps with V-Sync enabled and everything set to max detail. By the way I haven't been on the Nintendo website in a while let's see what's up--
Thanks for reminding me. It's free for PSN plus this month. Got to download it
Also free on PS Plus this month for everyone here with PS4/PS5. No cloud strife necessary
So all that talk of the Switch Pro (now OLED model) getting graphically-demanding ports, natively, while the regular Switch gets the Cloud version was false? The OLED model will still get the Cloud versions?
So, how well have the cloud based games been selling on the switch? Have control and hitman, been huge sellers on the switch?
@yuwarite OLED has no improvements in terms of internal specs. You're basically paying for a better screen, more internal memory, a better kickstand and integrated LAN support. No new CPU or SoC or anything like that.
@PhhhCough I imagine they've probably not done extremely well but that's probably because people who are dying to play these games probably for the most part aren't even getting them on Switch to begin with and have access to the platforms that can run the games natively
Don't worry i'm sure the Switch Pro will...Oh yeah haha
@TheFrenchiestFry I know, but prior to this, a lot of people were saying that the Switch "Pro" would get these demanding games natively and Switch/Lite would get the cloud versions. I saw so many people blindly assume that would happen.
@TheFrenchiestFry it's also on Xbox game pass
Love this game, tried it on Xbox and the story of really good.ezcited to play the sequel
Hey how about instead of releasing these games on the cloud, they actually upgrade their hardware to be able to play these games natively
@Captain_Toad I see you have uncovered early prototype gameplay of A Plague Tale running on Switch hardware. Now I see why they went with the cloud version.
The title of this article should have been "Reminder: it's a cloud version, so don't buy"
Sorry cloud version, I'll be playing the native PS5 game that is free with PS plus for July.
If I wanted cloud games I would just hook a kishi to my phone and play them via xCloud. All these cloud-version switch games sadden me. It’s starting to feel the days of impossible ports like Witcher 3 are over. 😢
Remasters, Wii U ports, and poor optimisation issues from anything else.
Time for Nintendo to up the ante and start developing games; I don't think cloud gaming works for the majority on a technical or ethical ground. Metroid Dread can't come sooner.
If it's your only option this is cool, but PS5 or Series X is definitely the way to go if you have the choice. Fantastic game.
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The free PS Plus games for July 2021 will be available to claim for free throughout the month of July. In early August, they will be replaced by the free PS Plus games for August 2021, which will likely be revealed on Wednesday, July 28, assuming Sony sticks to its usual pattern.
Here are the free PS Plus games for July 2021 and everything fans need to know about them.
Now PS5 gamers with PlayStation Plus can check out A Plague Tale: Innocence without paying for attention beyond their PS Plus subscription. A Plague Tale: Innocence is the free PS5 game for the PS Plus July 2021 lineup. This being the PlayStation 5 version of the game means that it generally performs better than the last-gen version and should be a more definitive way to experience the game.
What's interesting about A Plague Tale: Innocence is that it was actually leaked for the PS Plus July 2021 games lineup ahead of time, weeks before its announcement. Not only that, but it was leaked alongside its sequel, A Plague Tale: Requiem, which fans can prepare for by checking out A Plague Tale: Innocence through their PlayStation Plus subscriptions.
Besides multiplayer and Zombies, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is also notable for its inclusion of the Blackout battle royale mode. Blackout serves as Call of Duty's first crack at the popular battle royale genre, taking inspiration from games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode may not have taken off quite as well as Call of Duty: Warzone, but it still has its fans.
Whereas the main series WWE 2K games are simulation titles, WWE 2K Battlegrounds is an arcade brawler. WWE 2K Battlegrounds has an extensive roster of past and present WWE stars, plenty of absurd situations (like wrestlers being attacked by alligators, for instance), and some of the most over-the-top arenas in WWE 2K history. WWE 2K Battlegrounds didn't exactly set the world on fire when it first released, but it's likely fans will be far more receptive to it as a free PS Plus game instead of a full-priced title.
As for what it is, Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown is a remaster of the original Virtua Fighter 5 game. Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown makes various tweaks to make it a more accessible game overall, and is definitely a worthwhile PS Plus game for fans of the VF series as well as fighting game fans in general. It and the other three games listed here will be removed from the PlayStation Plus service at the beginning of August, so subscribers should claim all of these games while they still can.
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The chance to earn the Savior achievement comes several chapters into the game. There can be a bit of a learning curve to overcome before players make it that far. Some beginner tips for A Plague Tale: Innocence will help players find early success. Being observant is the most important thing, as it will keep gamers safe from missing out on opportunities to earn trophies or achievements.
Players can save a soldier and earn the Savior trophy/achievement in Chapter 5. This is relatively early in the overall length of A Plague Tale: Innocence. The achievement is somewhat missable, in the sense that the only opportunity to earn it is in Chapter 5. However, there is a chapter selection feature that is unlocked after beating the game. Any player who misses out on the Savior trophy or other achievements can finish out their completion of the game once chapter selection is unlocked.
Players who rush ahead with torch in hand will push the swarm of rats directly towards the trapped soldier. Proceeding beyond that point, the rats will lose interest in Amicia and turn their attention towards the nearby soldier. He will be eaten alive, rendering it impossible to earn the Savior achievement until the chapter can be revisited on a separate playthrough or using the Chapter Select feature after beating the game.
The Savior trophy/achievement is an optional accolade that relatively few players have earned. With many gamers playing A Plague Tale: Innocence for free due to Game Pass and PlayStation Plus, that may change. New fans of the game will surely be eager to explore everything that the dark narrative has to offer.
A Plague Tale: Innocence is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
06 July, 2021 - 09:52am
Save data transfer woes continues to plague PS5 owners
On Xbox Series X, those who already own A Plague Tale: Innocence on Xbox One or who had previously downloaded the game from Xbox Game Pass can enjoy automatic cross-progression when the game is updated, which means players’ save data will carry over.
On PS5, though, it’s a different story. For those who own the PS4 version of the game, you need to make sure the latest patch for the PlayStation 4 has been downloaded, upload your save file to the cloud (if it hasn’t done so automatically), and then download the save on your PS5 console before starting the game. Otherwise, you’ll have to start from scratch.
If you've played #APlagueTale: Innocence and are about to dive back into your save on next-gen:- PS4 to PS5: make sure to download the latest patch on PS4 before starting on PS5 to get your cloud save.- Xbox One to Xbox Series: automatic cross-progression.July 5, 2021
This isn’t the first time the PS5 has asked players to jump through extra hoops to carry PS4 save data across, but it's still just as frustrating when you compare it to the experience on Xbox, where things are completely seamless thanks to Smart Delivery.
The lack of Smart Delivery on PS5 also means that those who have sold their PS4 copy of a game like A Plague Tale: Innocence or didn’t upload their save file into the cloud might have to start afresh.
The PS5 version of A Plague Tale: Innocence is one of the free games for PS Plus members this month, but it’s also resulted in some users seeing the PS Plus version as their copy, despite trying to upgrade from their PS4 version. The worry is that should they stop subscribing to PS Plus, their copy of A Plague Tale: Innocence will no longer be accessible.
Same thing here. I don't want to aqquire the Plus version. I just want to upgrade my disc version and start playing itJuly 6, 2021
PS5 owners also run into issues previously in ensuring they were downloading the right version of a game, with the distinction between the PS4 and PS5 copy of a game not always clear.
Thankfully, Sony has now added a warning to PS5 that will let players now their launching the PS4 version of cross-gen games.
Smart Delivery on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S might have seemed like a buzzword or marketing spiel at the beginning, then, but it's clear Microsoft's system for upgrading games to next-gen is superior than Sony's hotchpotch method. Hopefully Sony can iron out some of these issues in the future, as it really shouldn't be this complicated to update a game and carry on playing from where you left off.
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