the PS Plus free games for April 2022 have been revealed, and it seems the reception is largely negatively slanted. That’s not to say they’re bad games, or that the reception is overwhelmingly negative, but that more subscribers seem unhappy with this selection than they are happy with it. Hood: Outlaw and Legends, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, and kill the arrow are all set to release on April 5 for PS Plus subscribers, although PS Plus’ Spongebob the game is apparently already available to some users.
Overall, however, this seems to be the trend of 2022 for PS Plus. There have been good games and bad games, a constant back and forth in terms of quality. Indeed, PS Plus games and their success have two major elements: the variety, so that a multitude of players are likely to enjoy them, and the quality necessary to achieve this. Still, looking at 2022 so far, the quality of PS Plus games has swung like a pendulum.
Now, that’s not to say a game or two weren’t great, and no one found a quality game among them for PS Plus. It will always happen due to his preferences and so on, but in general when you look at the receptions so far this year there has been a lot of back and forth. They are referred to below as the “good” and “bad” months, but only in terms of variety, quality and reception.
PS Plus “good” free games for 2022 – January and March
The best qualities of the free PS Plus games of January and March 2022 are immediately identifiable. January 2022 PS Plus Free Games Included Galactic Deep Rock, Dirt 5and Persona 5 Strikers. Not only is there a good variety between a 4-player co-op shooter, a racing game, and a Musou game from a popular JRPG franchise, but the quality is obviously there. The lowest MetaCritic score was 80, which doesn’t always mean a lot, but it works here. PS Plus subscribers loved it Galactic Deep Rockexploding the size of its community, while the other two were strong assets for many players.
Meanwhile, PS Plus tends to have one of its best, if not its best month of the year in March. It shines this year with Ark Survival Evolved, Ghost of Tsushima Legends, Team Sonic Racing, and Ghostrunner. The titles alone show the wide variety, but all of them are extremely popular titles. One could argue that Ghostrunner is more niche, but it adds a great touch.
It’s a bit of a double-edged sword though. If the March PS Plus free games are the biggest of the year and these games are compared to previous March games as FF7 Remake, Remnant: From The Ashes, Shadow of the Colossus, Modern Warfare Remastered, and so on, then they seem slightly weaker, if still good. It’s too slippery a slope to be taken as a certainty, but the overall quality of PS Plus free games could suffer in 2022 if that’s the best it gets.
PS Plus ‘Bad’ Free Games for 2022 – February and April
The February 2022 PS Plus free games didn’t have the same variety, or at least, a necessarily appealing variety. They included Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-Shot Adventure, UFC 4and Planet Coaster. The problem with these titles isn’t the titles themselves, obviously, but how they perform on the service. Dragon Dungeon Assault isn’t even a full game, and while it could be said that it was a hype builder for The wonders of Tiny Tina…the whole premise of the new game depends on how much players liked it Dragon Dungeon Assault to start.
The fact that it’s not a full game didn’t sit well with many fans, sparking the first real PS Plus controversy of 2022. Meanwhile, UFC 4 is a fun mixed martial arts game, but anyone interested in this particular style of sports game probably already has it. It won’t have that broad appeal on PS Plus, whereas Planet Coaster is a simulator. Simulation games tend to get a lot of flak on the service, perhaps because of its niche, and the one time Sony distributed two simulation games, it resulted in a huge PS Plus petition to change the games.
April is here now, and while none of the games now or in February are “bad” games, they lack the appeal that PS Plus titles really need to have. Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a multiplayer game, which generally works well on the service, but it’s a bit like All-Star Destruction (another PS Plus multiplayer title) is that it doesn’t reach the genre’s full potential. Combine that with a tiny amount of content, and it won’t last very long for subscribers.
kill the arrow may be the crown jewel of the group, but it’s a tough sell for one reason: it has cards. It’s not a traditional card game, of course, but many don’t find card games to be engaging in any form, at least when delivered digitally. And Spongebob is a good game, a nostalgic one, but unless someone feels nostalgic for Spongebob and didn’t pick it up, or they have kids who want it, it’s not really captivating. That, and the truth is that older Battle for the bikini bottom is a more interesting game than its remake.
PS Plus games need to be varied, high quality (don’t read AAA though) and broad appeal to achieve their top ratings, and these two months have suffered from one of them. Thing is, as PS Plus moves into summer, it seems unlikely there will be a huge model change. It could happen, arguably it has to, but it looks like PS Plus won’t hit its same high marks in 2022 as it did at the end of 2020/2021.
The big change, of course, is that PS Plus has really ramped up for the PS5. Now it looks like PS Plus might put in all of its eggs and not its redesign. With a selection of 700 games coming for PS Plus Premium users, there’s real quality there, but there’s a major risk of becoming like Xbox’s selection of monthly free games. Game Pass is amazing, but it seems clear that Games with Gold suffers. Sony shouldn’t let its free game giveaways suffer due to its upcoming library of available games.
PS Plus subscribers receive a handful of free games each month.
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