The PlayStation Plus Games Lineup Is Here: NFS Heat, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Deathloop, Sly Cooper, and More Added to the Service

We have the PS Plus games for September, and it’s a big one! Essential players get 3 new games, Extra players get 11, and Premium players get 8. That’s a total of 22 new games, assuming you pay for the highest tier of the subscription.

This is also the last chance you have to get the games from August before they go away. Even if you’re subscribed to the higher tiers, claim those games! You’ll still own them even when your subscription runs out, so you’ll still be able to play them.

Any games in the Essential tier are also available to those in the Extra tier, which in turn are available to those in the Premium tier. If you want to know how PS Plus stacks up to Xbox’s Game Pass, you can check out our dedicated article. Without further ado, let’s get into the games!


Essential Games

All 3 games will be available starting on September 6th.

Need for Speed: Heat (PS4)

The latest entry in the popular racing game, Need for Speed: Heat sees you driving in sanctioned races during the day while taking part in illegal races at night.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus (PS4)

Granblue Fantasy is a mobile MMORPG developed by Cygames. It is a fighting game spin-off developed by Arc System Works, known for the Guilty Gear and BalzBlue series of fighters, as well as the wildly popular Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Toem (PS5)

Rounding up the Essentials list is Toem, a cute black-and-white 2D game where you go around the world and take photos of the scenery, while helping the people with their problems.


Extra Games

All the games here will be available starting September 20th.

Deathloop (PS5)

Well, this is awkward. Deathloop is a First Person Shooter where you’re stuck in a time-loop until you kill all the key characters on the Island of Blackreef. The game was also developed by Arkane Studios, who is now owned by Microsoft, who also own Xbox. As such, it’s a bit of a surprise to see it here, though we’re not complaining.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PS4)

Marking a sort of soft reboot for the series, the aptly named Origins takes players to ancient Egypt, where they’ll ride on camel-back, upgrade their equipment and hone their skills to assassinate more dangerous enemies, as well as die of heatstroke (the last one isn’t a game mechanic).

Watch Dogs 2 (PS4)

Taking a detour from the more serious tone of the original game, Watch Dogs 2 puts players in the shoes of Marcus Hollowway, a young hacker who uses his skills to turn the San Francisco Bay Area into his playground.

Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show (PS4)

Uhm, anyone wants to watch some TV? Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show is a collection of 20 episodes from the Rabbids Invasion cartoon, but with some minigames sprinkled throughout, letting you interact with the episodes themselves.

Rayman Legends (PS4)

The last hurrah of the titular Rayman before his series was taken over by the aforementioned Rabbids. Platform your way trough a series of stages with various themes, and end each stage with a runner level set to parodies of popular songs where the rhythm aligns with your movements.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition (PS4)

What was considered to be lost media due to licensing rights, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a loose adaptation of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. The game is a side-scrolling beat-em-up, where you must defeat your girlfriend’s evil ex-boyfriends.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (PS4)

A mashup between a brawler and an action RPG, this game sees you go through various iconic Dragon Ball moments, reliving those moments as your favorite yellow-haired character.

Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition (PS4)

Charon, the ferryman of the dead, has retired, and he’s passed down his mantle to you. Journey across a colorful world, and meet a large cast of interesting characters, while helping them solve their problems in the previous life so they can pass into the next.

Chicory: A Colorful Tale (PS4)

The world has lost all color, and it’s up to you to paint it back! Get your magical brush ready and travel the world, all the while painting and trying to figure out why everything is black-and-white in the first place.

Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 (PS4, PS5)

The latest installment in the yearly motorcross series that started in 2018. Race across various officially licensed tracks in the North American region using a large selection of motorcycles.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX (PS4, PS5)

A remastered version of the original 1987 game, complete with beautiful pixel-art sprites and remastered music. DX also contains new levels that expand the story of the original, as well as the ability to switch between the new assets and the Genesis ones with the press of a button.


Premium Games (PS3)

All the games here will be available starting September 20th. PS3 games can only be played via streaming instead of directly on the console. Some of these games benefit from up-rendering, rewind, quick save, and custom video filters.

The Sly Cooper Games

Good news: The Sly Cooper Collection is coming to the service after being removed from PS Now. Bad news: It’s the PS3 collection, so you have to stream it to play it. The Sly Cooper games are Stealth games where you play as a Racoon on a quest to steal stuff and twart a giant steampunk mechanical owl.

The Collection includes the first 3 games in the series, but the 4th game, Thieves in Time, is also coming to the service at the same time. Bentley’s Hackpack, a collection of minigames related to the series, will also be added.

Syphon Filter 2 (PS1)

A third person shooter with thriller from the days of the original PlayStation. The story… contains massive spoilers for the first game, which is already on the service, so play that before this one gets added.

Toy Story 3 (PSP)

An adaptation of the beloved Pixar movie that ended a great trilogy. Play as a variety of characters, both in the real virtual world, and as part of scenarios that fit the toys.

Kingdom of Paradise (PSP)

Kingdom of Paradise, known as Key of Heaven in Europe, is a Japanese action RPG set in a fantasy world inspired by feudal China. The game has a heavy focus on martial arts combat, and the player will raise different attributes upon leveling up, depending on how they fight.


What do you think of this month’s PS Plus offering? Any other games you’d like added to the service? Let us know down below!

New PS Plus Games Available Now for Extra and Premium Members, Including 3 Yakuza Games

There’s some new games for PS Plus subscribers on the Extra and Premium tiers. The star of the show are the Yakuza games, but we’re also getting Metro Exodus, Tom Clancy’s Wildlands, Bugsnax, and more.

There were also a few games added earlier this month to the Essential tier, so they’re also available to the higher tiers and we’ll mention them in this article. However, we don’t know if they’ll be added to the Extra games catalogue after they’re no longer available, so go claim them. This way you’ll also be able to play them after they’re gone.

There are no games exclusive for Premium subscribers this time around, meaning no new additions to the the Classics catalogue. That’s a bit disappointing. If you want to see what PS Plus has to offer and how it stacks up against Xbox’s Game Pass, check out our dedicated guide.


Yakuza Series – Essential (Like a Dragon), Extra and Premium

Deja vu, I have seen these games before! After being added to Game Pass last month, the Yakuza series is making its way to PlayStation as well. Only 4 games added this month, but the rest will arrive later in the year.

The first game added is Yakuza: Like a Dragon, for the Essential tier. This is the latest game in the series, and probably the last one you’d want to play chronologically. Still a good idea to claim it for your account.

The other 3 games are Zero, a prequel to the original series released later down the line, and Kiwami 1 & 2, remakes of the first two games. These 3 are only available to those subscribed to Extra and above.

The Yakuza games are action-adventure open-world role-playing games where you follow Kazuma Kiryu as he tries to navigate the political drama of the yakuza life.


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 – Essential, Extra and Premium

The most famous skating games out there, this bundle contains HD remasters of the original 2 games. Aside from the original roster consisting of Tony Hawk, Kareem Campbell, Bucky Lasek and more, this version also contains a number of Olympian skaters, like Nyjah Huston, Aori Nishimura, Leticia Bufoni, and more.


Little Nightmares – Essential, Extra and Premium

Last game on our list that can be claimed from the Essential tier. This is a 2D platformer set in a dark and unforgiving world. You control Six, a small creature in a raincoat, as you make your way trough the Maw and try to escape it’s horrors.


Dead by Daylight – Extra and Premium

Continuing our horror streak, we have a 1v4 survival multiplayer game. Play as either one of 4 regular teens trying to escape a seemingly unstoppable masked killer, or as said killer, trying to gruesomely murder those meddling kids. You can also play as famous slasher movie villains, like Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Extra and Premium

So, we did a whoopsie in our last Game Pass article. We said Ghost Recon Breakpoint would be coming to the service. In actuality, it is Wildlands that will be coming to the service. That’s our bad and we apologize for any confusion that might have caused!

Speaking of Wildlands, it’s also on PS Plus right now! The game was released in 2017, and it is the first open-world Ghost Recon. It is a third-person tactical shooter set in a then-modern-day setting. The game sees players traversing the open world and completing various objectives with their squad. The game can be played solo or in online co-op.


Bugsnax – Extra and Premium

What happens when you cross Pokemon Snap, a survival game with crafting elements, and the contents of your fridge? You get Bugsnax! The game is set on Snaktooth island, and you play as an investigative reporter who went on the island to look for a missing friend. Capture the titular creatures that roam the island, and discover the mystery at the heart of the game.


Metro Exodus – Extra and Premium

The third game in the Metro series, this is a first-person shooter set in a post-apocalyptic Russia. Unlike the previous two games, which were set in Moscow’s metro system, resulting in claustrophobic corridors and dark environments, Exodus is set in a more open world, mostly on the surface of the Russian territory and in vast areas.

The previous two games, 2033 and Last Light, are also available on PS Plus via their Redux versions (remastered versions for PS4 and Xbox One). However, they’re only available to Premium subscribers as part of the Classics Catalogue, likely because those two games were originally released for PS3.


Trails of Mana – Extra and Premium

The 2020 remake of the 1995 original game, and known as Seiken Densetsu 3 in Japan. The Mana series is a spin-off of Final Fantasy, starting in 1991 with Final Fantasy Adventure (NA)/Mythic Quest (EU)/Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden(JP). It was followed up by Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2 in Japan) in 1993.

The game is an action RPG where you control a selection of 3 out of 6 possible protagonists. Story elements unfold differently depending on which characters you pick. The 2020 remake includes elements not available in the original, like 3D graphics, camera control, and new gameplay elements.


UNO, Monopoly Madness, and Monopoly Plus – Extra and Premium

Ending the list with 3 party games! UNO and Monopoly Plus are basically digital versions of the classic games. Monopoly Madness is more of a party game that takes inspiration from the original Monopoly for some of its assets, with gameplay happening simultaneously for each player.


All of these games are available to play now, so what are you waiting for, go!

What do you think of this selection of games? Anything else you’d want added to PS Plus? Let us know down below!

PlayStation Plus Adds 15 New Games to the Extra Tier and 2 More for Premium Users

Good news for PS Plus subscribers above the Essentials tier. The service is adding 15 games for players to enjoy, including a day-one release and a lot of Assassin’s Creed. If you want to know how the game stacks up to Microsoft’s Game Pass, you can check out our dedicated guide.

All the games presented here will be available to play on July 19th. Some games have a specified platform next to the title; that’s what it was originally released on and is only available for Premium subscribers. Without further ado, let’s see what’s to come!


Stray

Do you like cats? Do you like post-apocalyptic cyberpunk? Then Stray is the game for you! You play as a stray cat wondering a neon-filled decrepit city populated by robots. You must make your way through the city to… uh… do whatever a stray cat wants to do.


Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Intergrade is the version of Final Fantasy VII’s remake that’s optimized for PS5. It contains the base game and INTERmission, as well as improved visuals and specific support for the Dualsense controller. PS4 owners will have to make do with the base version of the remake.


Marvel’s Avengers

Square Enix’s third-person action-adventure that lets you play as various Marvel heroes in a variety of missions. This version of the game is the only one where you can play as Spider-Man, which is great, because it lets you appreciate Insomniac’s Spider-Man more. Also on PS Plus.


Assassin’s Creeds

A big chunk of the Assassin’s Creed series is being added. The games added are Unity, IV Black Flag, Rogue Remastered, Freedom Cry, and The Ezio Collection, which includes II, Brotherhood and Revelations, with Valhalla already on the service.

That’s about half the AC franchise, but it’s still missing a bunch of them. Most notably, the original game, Origins, Odyssey, and the three Chronicles titles.


Saints Row IV: Re-Elected + Gat Out of Hell

Create a fully customizable character and play as the Boss of The Saints as you fight an alien invasion in this GTA meets Prototype sandbox. The Gat Out of Hell standalone game let’s you explore (and blow up) literal hell while on a mission to save your Boss’ soul.


ReadySet Heroes

Dungeon crawler where you and a group of friends make your way through a randomly generated dungeon. You’ll need to be fast, though, as there’s another team racing through the exact same dungeon, and you must get to the end before them.


Jumanji, Ice Age, and Paw Patrol

Rounding things up for the Extra tier with three licensed games coming to the service:

  • Jumanji: The Video Game, a third person 4-player co-op action-adventure game to tie in with the 2019 Wecome to the Jungle Movie.
  • Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure, a 3D platformer where you play as Scrat. Set in the Ice Age universe, though not tied to any particular movie.
  • Paw Patrol: On a Roll!, mission based game where you control up to 8 characters in order to complete various objectives.

No Heroes Allowed! (PSP)

The third game in the Yūsha no Kuse ni Namaiki, the first two games being localized as What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? and What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2. The game is similar to Dungeon Keeper, but the perspective is directly overhead, instead of at an angle.


LocoRoco Midnight Carnival (PSP)

A game where you must get the titular LocoRocos to the end of the stage. The only things you can do is tilt the level at an angle and make the Rocos jump. The Rocos grow in size, and there are 6 types in total, with you being scored on the amount you bring to the end of the level.


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The New PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Game Pass: Which One Is Right for You

This month, Sony completely revamped their PlayStation Plus program, so that it’s more similar to Xbox’s Game Pass. We decided to take a look at both services and help you decide which one is better for you. Let’s get into it!


The Services

Before we get into it, let’s talk about the services we’ll be analyzing. Starting with Game Pass, you can think of it as a sort of Netflix for games, where you pay a set fee for access to a large number of games to play. It was introduced by Microsoft in 2017 for Xbox consoles and in 2019 for PC.

There are two platforms where you can use Game Pass, on Xbox consoles and on PC. The base versions give you access to a large collection of games (and EA Play on PC). Ultimate also lets you use both PC and consoles, adds the ability to play from the cloud, and also gives you Live Gold.

Up until recently, PlayStation Plus was the thing you paid for if you wanted to play online with friends. It also gave you a few free games and exclusive discounts. The Xbox equivalent would be Live Gold. There’s also PS Now, which allowed you to download and/or stream games on PS4/5 and PC.

The new version of PS Plus now comes in 3 tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium. We’ll break down each of them in the section below and compare it with the Xbox equivalent. PS Now no longer exists, and has been rolled into the new PS Plus subscription, with most of its features available in the Premium tier.


PS Plus Tiers & Pricing

Now that we know what we’re working with, let’s talk money! We’ll be using the USD amount for this comparison, but it’s best to check your regional pricing. Especially with PS Plus, there’s a chance you’d pay less than the equivalent amount in USD.


Essential

This is the lowest PS Plus tier. It basically offers the same functionality as the old PS Plus: online play, free games monthly, and exclusive discounts. It comes at 9.99 USD a month, the same price as Xbox’s Live Gold. However, you can also buy it for 24.99 (-16%) for 3 months or for 59.99 (-50%) for 12 months. You also get access to a small collection of games to play.

Anyone who had a PS Plus subscription before the change was moved to this tier. If you had an ongoing subscription when the change happened, you can upgrade to a higher tier by only paying for what remains of your plan.


Extra

This is where the games are! This tier is the one that gives you that “Netflix for games” experience. You can check out the full list here, but we’re pleased to report that big names like Dad of Boy, Ghost of Tsushima, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Returnal and Demon’s Souls are all present here.

Unfortunately, brand new games, like Horizon: Forbidden West, are NOT available in the games catalogue. This is already a big strike against Game Pass, which has been releasing new games on day one on the service for a while now. We’re convinced that Forbidden West and the upcoming God of War: Ragnarok will make their way here eventually, but this delay is not a good thing.

Let’s get on with the pricing, and things aren’t looking so hot here either. The Extra tier costs 14.99 a month to access, a whopping 50% more than the base Game Pass subscription and the same price as the Ultimate variant.

Of note is that the base Game Pass offer doesn’t come with the Live Gold benefits, while the Extra tier also includes everything from Essentials. However, there’s one factor that tips the scales: PS allows you to buy a subscription for multiple months for a reduced price, while Game Pass does not.

The 3-month bundle comes at 39.99, 5 dollars cheaper than buying month to month (well, 4.89, but who’s counting?). That means that you’d pay 13.33 per month, still more expensive than the base Game Pass, but slightly cheaper than Ultimate.

The real bang-for-the-buck is the yearly subscription. For 99.99 a year, or about 80 USD less than paying monthly, you’d only end up paying 8.34 USD a moth for the subscription. That is cheaper than almost anything Game Pass has. Almost.

Let’s address the tiny elephant in the room. Game Pass frequently has “3 months for 1 dollar” deals. Doing the math, that’s 90.91 USD for 12 months of base Game Pass, which is about 10 USD cheaper than the PS Plus Extra option. However, those bundles are usually only for new players, so it’s not very relevant in the long term.


Premium

The most expensive tier, and the one offering the most features. Aside from the benefits of the previous tiers, you also get to play games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 eras, including PSP. Sadly, PS3 games can’t be downloaded and are stream-only. Speaking of, this tier also offers you the option to stream games to PS4/5 consoles, as well as PC.

So far, the premium tier sounds like a better deal than the Ultimate version of Game Pass. Price-wise, the month to month is 17.99. The 3-month deal is 49.99 (almost 4 USD saved), so it’s better, but still more expensive than Ultimate.

Once more, the real deal is with the yearly option. For 119.99, you save nearly 96 USD. The monthly cost also goes down to almost exactly 10 USD, making it go toe to toe with the base version of Game Pass. Sony positioned itself very well with these prices, encouraging people to pay for yearly subscriptions instead of relying on them to sub each month.


Games & Availability

All this math talk is great, but what really matters is the games. Unfortunately, comparing the exact offering of both companies is a little hard. Neither of them offers a list of games in a nice format, and we’d rather not rely on 3rd parties. You can check out the PS Plus list here, and the Game Pass library here.

We did notice some weird stuff with PS Plus. For instance, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is only available to Premium subscribers, despite the fact the game is on PS4. You could argue it’s because the trilogy was originally on PS3, but Shadow of the Colossus is in the Extra section, and that’s a PS2 game. The PSP offering is also quite lacking and there’s no PS Vita games, though we hope that’s a temporary thing.

In terms of availability, PS Plus takes this, no questions asked. It’s available in 75 countries, as opposed to Xbox’s 47. Not only that, any country with access to Game Pass also has access to PlayStation Plus.


Conclusions

So, which service is the best? As with many things in life: It depends.

If you want to buy one of the consoles and use the subscription to have a nice collection from the get-go, both services offer amazing value per dollar. Check the game libraries of both services, as well as availability in your country (for the console AND the service), and make a decision based on that.

If you’re a PC player, Game Pass is really the only option. PS Plus doesn’t offer any of its games on PC aside from streaming with the Premium option. That said, Sony has been porting a lot of their newer games to PC, and it took 2 years for Games Pass to get there, so we’ll see what the future holds.

At first glance, the new PS Plus has some issues. The latest games aren’t available day 1, and paying month to month is more expensive than Game Pass. That said, this is a great offering if you’re just now jumping into the PlayStation ecosystem. So we’d say Sony’s foray into game subscriptions is off to a good start.


What are your thoughts on the new PlayStation Plus? Does it have what it takes to compete with Game Pass? Let us know in the comments below!

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