Sony has announced on its PlayStation blog the games that will be available for free to PS Plus subscribers in March. atechbook checked out what the new titles are worth.
PlayStation Plus launches in March 2022 with four games, one exclusive to PS5, two for PS4 and one for both consoles. PS Plus subscription owners can download the titles for free starting March 1.
- The free PlayStation Plus games in March 2022
- These games were available for free with PlayStation Plus in February
- PlayStation Plus Collection free for PS5 customers
The free PlayStation Plus games in March 2022
PS Plus subscribers can look forward to four titles in March. But what are the games worth? atechbook has summarized the reviews and player ratings from Metacritic.
Ark: Survival Evolved (PS4).
In this online multiplayer game, it’s all about fighting for your survival on a mysterious island. For the island is populated by primeval – and deadly – dinosaurs that must either be killed or tamed. The survival aspect of the game also includes collecting resources and building shelters. To survive against the dinosaurs, players can also build and upgrade weapons. You also have a choice: do you ally with the other stranded players or attack them to get their equipment?
Critics praise the game for its dense atmosphere, beautiful graphics and unique setting. However, there are deductions for the immature mechanics, too many game elements that are all only half-finished and a lot of bugs. That’s why it only has a mediocre Metacritic score of 69. Players are also annoyed by the optimization problems and many bugs, which is why the user score of 5.9 points is even worse.
Team Sonic Racing (PS4)
A classic arcade-style kart racing game that revives the “Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing” series. In multiplayer mode, you go against friends on different tracks. You can also team up to share power-ups or boosts, for example. Well-known characters from the Sonic franchise are available in three different classes. Players can unlock vehicle upgrades to customize their driving style.
With a Metacritic score of 72, “Team Sonic Racing” has received average to good ratings. The game gets praise for its cooperative mechanics and fun races. However, some reviewers criticize the relatively limited game content, which offers too little variety in the long run. The player ratings are even slightly better, with a score of 7.4 points. Again, many write that the game would benefit from more variety, but the team mechanics themselves lead to exciting races.
Not for the faint-hearted: quick reflexes and timing are everything in this mix of slasher and parkour platformer. In the cyberpunk mega-city Dharma Tower, it’s armed with katana from platform to platform up to defeat the tyrannical Keymaster. From the first-person perspective, the highest concentration is required, because every hit is deadly in “Ghostrunner”.
The game has received good reviews from critics, which can be seen from the Metacritic score of 78. The tenor: once you get over the initial hurdle of the brutal game mechanics, “Ghostrunner” rewards you with adrenaline rushes. The reviewers also emphasize the improved graphics of the PS5 version. The user score of 7.3 is somewhat lower. However, this could also be explained by the fact that the difficulty level causes frustration for many players.
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends (PS4 + PS5)
“Ghost of Tsushima: Legends” is a cooperative multiplayer that acts as an independent spin-off of the main “Ghost of Tsushima” game. The game is inspired by Japanese folklore and mythology. This is already evident in the four character classes: samurai, ronin, hunter and assassin. Players can go into battle together in four different game modes. For example, in story mode, survival combat or matches with two against two players.
The game has not received enough reviews for a Metacritic score for either PS4 or PS5 yet. However, the two available reviews give “Ghost of Tsushima: Legends” very good scores of 90 and 95. They highlight the excellent mechanics and unique aesthetics that give the game a high replay value.
These games were available for free with PlayStation Plus in February
PlayStation Plus was also well-positioned in February, with at least two very strong titles. You can still download these until February 28.
EA Sports UFC 4 (PS4 + PS5)
The latest part of the mixed martial arts simulation from 2020 is something for all fighting fans. The action takes place in the biggest and most popular MMA league, the UFC. Gamers can choose from the stars of the UFC or create their own fighter in the career mode.
All in all, the developers have done a great job with the combat system in the fourth part of the game and have created a game that will not only delight UFC fans. Clear download recommendation.
Tiny Tina’s Storming the Dragon Fortress: A Unique Wonderlands Adventure (PS4)
The name of the game may sound like a cute adventure game. However, “Tiny Tina’s Storming the Dragon Fortress: A Unique Wonderlands Adventure” or, as it is called in the original English, “Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands” has nothing to do with that.
Rather, it’s a spin-off of the extremely popular first-person shooter series “Borderlands”, which shined with role-playing aspects. If you like shooters, you should give Tina a chance.
Planet Coaster: Console Edition (PS5)
“Planet Coaster: Console Edition” is a bona fide amusement park sim, very reminiscent of classics like “Theme Park” or “Rollercoaster Tycoon” at its core. So if you loved those games and want to play something similar on the console, you’re in the right place. The great strength of “Planet Coaster: Console Edition” is its attention to detail. Rides as well as booths and everything else can be designed down to the smallest detail.
Weaknesses show up in the park management. So those who are mainly concerned with the financial and management will need some patience. You quickly lose the overview and many things don’t really make sense. Conclusion: For builders top, for managers a flop.
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PlayStation Plus Collection free for PS5 customers
Since the PlayStation 5 has been available since the end of 2020, the PS Plus games currently on offer also apply to the new console. However, Sony is going one better and is giving all PS5 buyers the Plus Collection with a whole 20 games, including some smash hits.
The collection is meant to provide a foundation for owners of the new console, for which there aren’t very many new titles yet. The games are available for free download and can be played as long as PS Plus is subscribed.
Here is the full list with all 20 games in the collection
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- God of War
- Infamous Second Son
- Ratchet and Clank
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Until Dawn
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
- Monster Hunter: World
- Mortal Kombat X
- Persona 5
- Resident Evil 7 biohazard
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