[PS Plus Reviews] July 2016 Quick Roundup

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After a three month hiatus, let’s start again with the monthly PS Plus reviews!

July is a strong month, with the debut of new indie game Furi and Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell offered for free on the PS4, Fat Princess and Call Of Juarez Bound By Blood on the PS3 and God Of War Chains Of Olympus and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines on the Vita. These are all available for active PS Plus subscribers for the month of July 2016.

Furi

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A newly released game, and straight away available for free! Furi is French developers The Game Bakers’ first foray into developing games outside of mobile titles. The team is clearly wearing their influence with Japanese-made games on their sleeves with this character action slash bullet-hell shoot-em-up game. With character design made by renown artist behind the Afro Samurai manga/anime series, a fantastic choice of soundtrack, and rewarding gameplay mechanics to those that took time to master it, this battling just the bosses can be a game out of itself!

Check out the full review here.

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell

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Another fun romp in the Saints Row universe, this time you get to go in hell. The open-world action game is less about car jacking and more about super powers, like Saints Row IV before it. The biblical themes are interesting, the humour depends whether you like it or not, and gameplay mostly uses the same ideas introduced in IV. If you really like that game, this short romp in hell is fun for the weekend or two, but won’t make you love Saints Row again if you already tired by the third or fourth entry.

Check out the full review here.

Fat Princess

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If you’ve seen some sign at food stores about “getting fatter makes you less prone to kidnapping” jokes, then this is basically that the game. Fat Princess is a 32 multiplayer game (that can be played alone too) about two teams trying to kidnap the other team’s princess. You can also halt such actions by the other team by keeping your princess safe and feed her cake, lots of cake, so she is harder to move. It has an isometric feel to it- fixed camera at an angle, full 3D movement- with a pleasant look that revolves around bloody hack and slashing foes as six different classes.

Aside from that, there’s plenty of other modes to mess around with too. Fun with online friends!

Call Of Juarez: Bound By Blood

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The prequel to the first Call Of Juarez, the Wild West FPS gives you control of two brothers, Ray and Thomas, who offer differing playing styles.

If you’re a fan of a more linear experience like Call Of Duty games, then this should hit the spot. Sure, the AI is not as smart as it could have been, but the tight shooting experience and story is a fun ride from start to finish.

It also has multiplayer as well.

God Of War: Chains Of Olympus

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While technically a PSP game, Chains Of Olympus is a prequel to the series of action-adventure games. Despite being a portable version, it sticks to the typical God Of War experience you would expect to a T. Give it a shot if you’re a fan of the series!

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

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Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is a JRPG by the by. A turn-based one too, but loaded with interesting systems to keep the gameplay fresh, like a inheritance system where you transfer stats to your next generation of playable characters. With a fantasy feudal Japan aesthetic backing it, Oreshika can be your cup of tea if you prefer to spends your time with some light grinding while on the go.

Summary

Safe to say this month’s offering is action-packed full of.. action games. All good choices though a little more variety is something I personally preferred. Though at least it’s a boon for action fans, and those on the Vita also gets a pretty meaty RPG, a win in my book.

 

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