The free PlayStation Plus games for July 2019 have been announced and the paltry lineup of titles on offer is one of the least impressive ever given out by the service.
The PlayStation Plus service used to offer several games to its subscribers every month, but the number of them has dropped in 2019. The reason for this is due to the fact that the service no longer gives away games for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita as of March 2019. The loss of these systems from the service also hurt PlayStation 4 owners, as many of the games that were available for the older systems were also cross-platform releases with the PlayStation 4. Since March 2019, the PlayStation Plus service now only gives away two PlayStation 4 games a month, instead of the minimum of six titles that came before.
The games that are being given to PlayStation Plus subscribers in July have been announced by the PlayStation.Blog, and the lineup has left the fans less than impressed. The games that will be available are Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 and Horizon Chase Turbo. Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 reviewed well when it was released in 2018, but soccer fans tend to buy games within the first year of their release anyway (which is why major sports games receive annual installments) and people who aren't fans of soccer likely won't care. Horizon Chase Turbo is a racing game in the vein of titles like Outrun, and it also reviewed well, but it's still an enhanced port of a mobile game from 2015.
The July 2019 lineup of PlayStation Plus games is following one of the best lineups of games of the year, as the June 2019 selection of games included Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Sonic Mania. The addition of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection to the service was especially notable, as a free DLC campaign for Borderlands 2 called Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary was released in June and it was compatible with the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection version of the game. The lineup of PlayStation Plus games in July must be especially frustrating for subscribers who live in Europe, as it was announced in May that the price of the service will be going up for them in August.
The PlayStation Plus service currently costs £49.99/$59.99 per year, which is the same cost as a brand new game. The fact that the service offers two games a month and gives regular discounts on digital games means that it's still a pretty good deal for those who purchase the service for online gaming. The reduced number of games means that a bad month of releases stands out more than it used to, but the 2019 releases for PlayStation Plus have featured some great games, such as Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Overcooked, Sonic Mania, and What Remains of Edith Finch, so one month of lackluster releases can easily be forgiven.