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access_time May 30, 2019 at 7:09 PM in Microsoft by Daniel Ladiano

Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus for June 2019 Lineup

June 2019 brings new games to both Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus. Both services include a unique variety of games for both subscriptions.

On the Xbox front, there will be two main Xbox One games available: NHL 19 (June 1st-31st) and Rivals of Aether (June 16th-July 15th). NHL 19 is the latest in Electronic Arts’ Hockey franchise. Rivals of Aether is a four player arena fighting game similar to the likes of Super Smash Bros. It features a wide array of fighters, each wielding an element, and even including some unique guest characters like Ori from Ori and the Blind Forest and even Shovel Knight.

The two classic games available on Xbox are Portal: Still Alive (June 1st-15th) and Earth Defense Force 2017 (June 16th-June 31st). Portal: Still Alive is a port of the 2007 original game exclusive to the Xbox 360. It features 14 new test chambers in addition to its now classic campaign. Earth Defense Force 2017 pits characters in dilapidated cities swarmed by giant insects. Use a variety of weapons from machine guns to rocket launchers to take on dozens upon dozens of giant ants.

Since Sony has only included PS4 games in its PlayStation Plus service, the selection has been receiving quite the controversy due to the apparent lackluster choices. Thankfully, June provides perhaps the best selection of games in quite a while. First is Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. This collection includes both Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel with much better framerate and even 4-player split screen co-op. The collection even recently received a 4K texture pack that makes the already stylish game truly stand out, and it will be perfect for players waiting for the highly anticipated third game later in September.

The other big release is Sonic Mania. The game harkens back to the 16-Bit Genesis titles, while adding a lot of great new mechanics, intricate level design and a fantastic soundtrack. Regarded as one of the best platformers of 2017, it is perhaps the best title featuring the blue blur in quite a while.

So what games excite you more? Let us know in the comments which system has a better lineup!

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