The three games that make up PlayStation Plus Essential’s June lineup have been revealed. There are any major console exclusives or no releases included; instead, there’s NBA 2K23, a Jurassic Park tie-in title, and an indie game inspired by classic samurai films.
NBA 2K23 needs little introduction, as it’s the latest entry in 2K’s long-running, annualized basketball video game series. This latest entry stands out from the ones that came before by deepening the controls an AI further, as well as adding a Jordan Challenge mode that chronicles Michael Jordan’s career. Beware of some pretty intrusive microtransactions, though.
Also available this month is Jurassic World Evolution 2, a theme park management game that swaps out roller coasters and other festivities for dinosaur-related attractions. The management genre is a surprisingly great fit for the Jurassic Park IP, and this game even provides a bit of story context to fill in the gap between Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic World Dominion.
Finally, there’s Trek to Yomi, a very cinematic indie game. It’s stylized like a classic black-and-white samurai action movie, which makes sense as it’s telling a revenge story about a pupil trying to avenge their dying master. If you didn’t play this game through Game Pass, it’s now available on a Sony subscription service as well.
This certainly isn’t the most exciting game lineup, but it still provides a wide variety of gaming experiences. NBA 2K23, Jurassic World Evolution 2, and Trek to Yomi will be available through PlayStation Plus from June 6 until July 3. Make sure you download May’s PS Plus games before then too.