You need PlayStation Plus to play PS4 and PS5 games online, but the service has evolved to be much more than a gatekeeper’s fee for online play. For $10 a month, or $60 a year (which means you’ll get a 50% discount if you opt for an annual membership), subscribers get an evolving list of discounts and, most importantly, access to free games.
It’s far from Xbox Game Pass, the subscription service featuring over a hundred titles that Microsoft is building the Xbox Series X|S around, but there are some amazing deals to be found, especially if you keep an eagle eye on the monthly free games. (Once downloaded, you keep the games for as long as you want — they don’t expire after the month is up.)
August 2021’s free games
In addition to the PS5-exclusive PlayStation Plus Collection, Sony brings a selection of free games each month. Sometimes these are worthwhile indie titles, other times they’re big budget AAA games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Here are August’s games.
Set in ancient Asia, Hunter’s Arena: Legends is a 30-player battle royale game that launched Aug. 3. That makes this game special, since it’s unusual that a brand-new title comes to PlayStation Plus on day 1. Unlike most battle royale titles, this game isn’t a first-person shooter, rather a third-person action game. You can play alone or in teams of three.
Hunter’s Arena: Legends is also available on PC via Steam, and usually retails on the PlayStation Store for $20.
The franchise that began as a fun 2D iOS and Android game has expanded to a fully-featured 3D series on PC and consoles. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville was released in late 2019, and it’s a surprising amount of fun. There are several PvP multiplayer modes, a PvE mode and a crew of charming characters that bring the gameplay to life.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville usually retails for $30 on the PlayStation Store.
A followup to 2018’s Tennis World Tour, this is a more serious take on tennis than the one recently undertaken by a certain Italian plumber. If you’re in need of a sports fix, now that the Olympics are sadly over, PlayStation Plus has you covered.
Tennis World Tour 2 Complete Edition usually retails for $50 on the PlayStation Store.
PlayStation Plus Collection
The following games, which Sony says is a collection of generation-defining PlayStation 4 games, is available for free to PlayStation 5 owners. There are some absolute bangers here, including God of War, Bloodborne, The Last of Us: Remastered and Persona 5.
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