August’s Playstation Plus Essential Games Are Pretty Excellent

PlayStation Plus Essentials August 2022

August’s PlayStation Plus Essential line-up is just a few days away and there’s not a duff title in there.

More often than not, there’s at least so-so title, but we’re happy to report that all three are not only worth playing, they’re pretty damn excellent. This being the PlayStation Plus Essential line-up, they’re available to anyone on with a PlayStation Plus subscription.

Yes, the superb Stray is restricted to those with an Extra or Premium subscription, but whether you’re on Essential, Extra or Premium you can nab all three of August’s offerings. You’ve got from the August 2nd to September 5th to claim them but, provided you do, you’ll be able to play any time, as long as you’ve got an active PlayStation Plus subscription.

So what’s on offer this month? The titles in question are:

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a remastered version of the original skateboard classics, games which, in their original incarnation, we plunged hour after hour into. Yes, there’s a nostalgia factor at play here but if you’ve never tackled them before, don’t let their age (the original launched in 1999) put you off. As we put it in our review, “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is the best skateboarding game available right now.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is, as the title suggests, the latest entry in the Yakuza series. However, it sports a new protagonist, the big-haired Ichiban Kasuga, and trades the traditional action-based combat for a turn-based RPG system, due to Ichiban’s love of RPGs.

It’s the shot in the arm the series needed and now you can get it for “free” there’s no excuse not to dive in. And, if you’re a fan of the Yakuza games, or have been dying to take them for a spin, the rest of the main Yakuza series will be joining PlayStation Plus this year; find out more here.

Finally, Little Nightmares is… a thing. Technically, it’s an action puzzle platformer, but the world you explore is so wildly disturbing it’s the characters you meet, and elude, that’ll set up shop in your brain. The ending might be a little too ambiguous for some but the gloriously warped journey is absolutely worth it.

In short, even if you’re not going to play them this month, grab all these games before they’re gone. And if you’ve not picked up last month’s titles, which include the excellent The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan, you’ve got until August the 1st.