It’s a big week for PlayStation Plus as the newly revamped games catalog is getting a library refresh. Stray, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade are just some of the games being added for PS Extra and Premium subscribers, alongside the excellent puzzler Echoshift.
Originally released on the PSP in 2009, Echoshift tasks players with exploiting Time Bounces–small moments in time that are infinitely looping–to overcome various obstacles. Another novel gameplay mechanic are Echoes that players can interact with, slices of their actions in a previous time-loop that can help solve some of the more challenging puzzles encountered.
The rest of the July lineup includes a solid number of classic Assassin’s Creed games and Saints Row titles. Stray is the other big highlight here, and has been positively received by numerous outlets. “Stray expertly embodies the abilities of its feline protagonist to create a captivating puzzle adventure in an engrossing post-apocalyptic world,” Alessandro Barbosa wrote in GameSpot’s Stray review.