April 2022's PS Plus games have been confirmed — and look, we know that it's a little more difficult to get excited for regular old PS Plus when Sony's just announced an overhaul of the service, but a whole lot of people still care about their monthly games. So let's take a look, shall we?
As was leaked earlier in the week (what? No way!), these are the PS Plus games for April 2022:
- Hood: Outlaws & Legends (PS5, PS4)
- Slay the Spire (PS4)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated (PS4)
Yeah, the reception to that aforementioned leak wasn't great, but from our perspective, it's worth pointing out that Slay the Spire and SpongeBob are both pretty good games in their own right. Meanwhile, Hood is one of those competitive-co-op hybrids that never really took off, despite some decent reviews. Hopefully it gets a new lease on life thanks to PS Plus.
In our SpongeBob Squarepants PS4 review, we dished out a sturdy 7/10: "SpongeBob Rehydrated is a vibrant remake of a much loved PS2 platformer. It's a little rough around the edges, but it's a solid effort that brings back a type of game that's all too rare on modern machines. The simple fun of collecting, bashing enemies, and exploring a beloved location is very much here, and fans young and old will get a kick out of this underwater excursion." And chances are, you may be able to download the game early.
We were similarly positive in our Hood: Outlaws & Legends PS5 review, which also got a 7/10: "Hood: Outlaws & Legends should be applauded for doing something different. In a just world, this release would steal players from larger brands and establish itself as a unique online alternative – but right now, its community is small. Assuming you can find a match, the stealth-based competitive gameplay is refreshing, and while it’s not without its drawbacks, it can be seriously satisfying when you work as a team to achieve your objectives unnoticed. There’s huge potential here, Sumo Newcastle just needs to find a way to keep its playerbase engaged."
All three games will be available to download from Tuesday 5th April.
What's the verdict then? Feel free to wait for PS Plus Premium in the comments section below.
Like I said in the leak post. Good variety, 3 well recieved games, not everyone’s cup of tea ofcourse but definitely a great month.
Don’t sleep on slay the spire.
EDIT: and if the leak article is anything to go by. If you don’t like these games that doesn’t make it a bad month, and nowhere close to “the worst month ever”. You can’t have a win every month but to me a winning ps+ month is one that offers good a variety of genre’s and well recieved games.
Already played slay the spire on psnow, but looking forward to playing SpongeBob. I've been playing re2 and 3 remake and something less serious would be a nice cleanse.
I haven't played Spongebob, so at least that's one thing that appeals to me this month.
Not really interested in Hood but I’ll give the other 2 a go for sure.
So 3 games on PS4 this month?
Good picks too imo.
Compare this to this month's games with gold and you will be happy lol
Seriously though some decent games there if you haven't already played them and well worth the £6.99
This is an interesting part of the announcement:
Last chance to download Persona 5 from the PS Plus Collection
Persona 5 will leave the PS Plus Collection on May 11. Add the game to your game library before then to continue to access it while you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription
Wonder if they’ll add something else in its place.
Not a SpongeBob SquarePants fan, but I always enjoy a good 3D platformer, so will definitely be trying that.
@Voltan Maybe they’ll swap it for Royal? 🤷
Spongebob will be a fun easy plat to get with the kids, no interest at all in the other two but they seemed to be well received. Decent month overall!
Its cool .i will definitely add those games in my library.word up son
Jesus, was hoping the leak was wrong. This is just bad...
@Twixmix42 well there will be no overlap with the tier system as psnow will go
SpongeBob was a fun platinum. Can’t comment on the others. Would have been a great month for me (if I hadn’t already played SpongeBob).
Btw, not heard of hood or slay the spire. I'll check them out now they're coming my way. Wouldn't of even considered them before today, so psplus works. SpongeBob will be great for me and my daughter to play. I'll Google it now, but hopefully co-op exists. That'll be good. If not no worries.
Gabbage through and through, at least as far as my tatstes and interests are concerned, but that's par for the course with these monthly free games IMHO. Glad others seem to be enjoying the choices tough. But none for me, thanks.
@darkswabber Exactly what I said in the leak article, except that I disagree with you on one point. It's not a bad set of games per se, a niche one, so a bad choice of games rather than bad games.
Edit: that wasn't a clear reply, I meant that I disagree with you saying it's a good selection, it's a bad selection of games (because they are niche) but the games are good.
Slay the Spire is great, I think it has appeal that goes beyond the sum of its parts. I don’t generally like CCG’s, I don’t generally like roguelites, but I played an absolute ton of Slay the Spire.
I got Spongebob for Christmas as well!
When will April PS Now games be revealed?
I'll pass on Hood - have zero interest on multiplayer rubbish.
Spongebob - looks okay and fun - will add it but not sure if I'll get around to playing it.
Slay The Spire - this is the most anticipated for me. Will definitely give this a go.
Expect them to keep putting worse and worse stuff on basic PS+ to push people onto the higher tiers. Games with Gold is just a joke now.
Nothing for me on this month, but am hype for the Plus overhaul and I'm still working my way through a few games acquired in the last few months so I won't be bored. Plus Chrono Cross is out in a week or just over.............that's been on my wishlist since announcement.
Don't have any of these, will give them a go. They can join the backlog.
@Apfelschteiner 100% I haven't claimed any games with gold in a couple of years. Would be good it they let you add the games to your library instead of having to download them.
Slay the spire is ace i've played it for hundreds of hours across different devices.
On ascension level 17 on ps, not sure if im ever going to get any higher.
My comment should be as short as the first line but Push is not allowing it because why not if it’s not or is it?
@Apfelschteiner said this as well. If anyone thinks this month is dross (it is IMO) then you can expect even worse on the basic tier after June!
Terrible month for me personally as have no interest in multiplayer nonsense or card-games. I guess my 8 year old daughter may like Spongebob?
I’m happy with this! Liked the original SpongeBob on PS2 and Hood will be a bit of fun
Not read the comments but I'm assuming most feel the same as I do. This is by far the worst month i can ever remember!
@UltimateOtaku91 tbf it doesn't take much for the ps plus offerings to be better than the gmg ones. Wish we'd have something like Hood as a gmg 🥲
@HMazzy111 You dont have a great memory then, there have been far worse months.
Expect more games like these going forward. They will make higher tiers more attractive by keeping big games for those services. This is the upcoming Xbox Games with Gold- April 2022) - Another Sight, Hue, Outpost Kaloki X, MX vs ATV Alive. Microsoft has been giving rubbish months after months but they are getting away with it as people only care about gp.
It is apparently tricky to add new PS+ games at the moment, but between two titles also on Switch and one that reportedly lacks a single player mode, I suppose even missing out on April lineup completely would be a bummer of a limited size.😅
> Another Sight and Hue
@Cherip-the-Ripper well xbox used to give good games, like times like this
I know a lot of people have issue this month but as a parent I love that SpongeBob is included, and I’ve heard good things about slay the spire.
Well it's better then GwG.
@UltimateOtaku91 I didn't even have an xbox yet back then 🥲, crazy how I never got to experience the top of the line stuff
I'm more excited that PS+ will get me an extra dollar off Hentai Vs Evil in the spring sale. Maybe I'll just pretend that's this month's PS5 game.
I love Slay the Spire; the most addictive game I've ever played - beware!
No thank you to Hood, but with Spongebob for the kids and Slay The Spire for me (a game on my hit list) this is a great month!
I am actually really happy with this month, Slay the Spire and SpongeBob are great ones and ones I also don't have yet!
My subscription expires tomorrow, I'm glad as recent games were really bad.
But gonna get ps extra so looking forward to playing Returnal and Spider-Man.
I'm so glad I'm not paying PS+. Maybe that'll change depending of the games available for the other tiers. But pretty poor month in my opinion.
The only good thing for me is SpongeBob and I got this already on Switch. 😁
Not that I'm complaining. I mostly don't use the PS Plus games, since I buy the games I want.
I’m probably one of the rare few pleased with this month can play SpongeBob co op when I have my son.
2 games i don't have and the other i have via PS Now, that's a win for me.
I'm a bit old for SpongeBob, still don't have a ps5 and card games can get Donald ducked so this is a turd of a month for me.
Ah well, ELDEN RING.
I'll take SpongeBob but the other 2 I'm not interested in
For my taste they are all absolutely awful, if you like them then I hope you have a blast! I'm still curious of after the tiers are implemented if we actually will get only two instead of the usual three.
Absolute rubbish this month.
I don’t know how I feel about the PSplus games situation anymore. I never play any of them.
The last time I was truly blown away by free games were Gone Home, What Remains Of Edith Fitch, and Meatboy.
I feel like I already buy the games I want to play at launch and these free ones are a kind of ‘meh’ consolation prize.
The only reason I keep it at this point is for multiplayer in Elden Ring and other FROM titles.
Same day Lego Starwars Skywalker Saga drops. Yeah, can’t see me avin time to play Spongebob!!
this is a bad lineup imo . trash .
I'm not really into the lineup, but if slay the spire is good? Then that will be enough for me.
Jeez...what is good in your hood? Haha
April will sadly be a hard pass for me...already own SpongeBob and have zero interest in the other two games.
I almost bought Spongebob a few times but I keep reading about a later level that's borderline unbeatable due to some unresponsive gameplay mechanics,
@WizzNL I have a great memory, this is definitely the worst.
However its all subjective, so calm yourself down.
The argument that the basic tier of PS+ will degrade to push people to the higher tiers doesn't make sense. The monthly games are the same for all three tiers.
Skipping all three. My library, looks like my Epic account on PC. Too many games, not enough time, can’t even remember the games I own. We really need custom folders on PS5!
@TheCollector316 Yes, all tiers get the monthly PS+ games, but the best games get kept for the premium service. You only have to look as far as Games with Gold to see proof of that. Already PlayStation announced that they will be giving us 2 games instead of 3.
@Nexozi Games with Gold doesn't let you add the games to your library? I've never heard that before. PlayStation gets it in the ear for every little thing they do, you Xbox gets a free pass on their anti-consumer stuff. Don't get me wrong, sometimes PlayStation deserves the criticism, but it should be fair and balanced.
I don't have plus any more but I always liked these AA kind of titles as I already had most of the biggest hitters. I thought plus was at its best when it was giving exposure to games that went under the radar. I think everything is going to get compared to GP going forward and PS is going to fall short but for those without a Xbox Plus remains great value.
I think PS+ may suffer the same fate as GWG going forward, If PS is looking to add value to the extra tiers of PS+ the base line games may drop in quality. This is not a given but it would push folks into the higher tier and give PS a better ROI
I won't be downloading any of these. Yet another terrible month for me. To be honest at this point I'm considering letting my plus subscription lapse and I won't be renewing it when I do.
If you're remotely interested in these kinds of games or curious what all the fuss is about, give Slay the Spire a go. It's excellent.
Hood looked like a laugh, just messing around with mates.
Playing alone or with randoms will kill any interest.
I'm not a fan of this month. Both hood and spongebob are pretty poor games in my book. Slay the spire is quite good a game but still not that interested. Only would bother if I hadn't already had so many others to get through.
It seems the two games instead of three is a typo. I know exactly what you're talking about. I saw that and scratched my head. Further down in the blog post, they say two PS4 games and one PS5 game, which is why I am leaning towards it being a mistake.
Not very fussed about Hood, but the other two will be getting a download at some point.
Nice to have the PS4 version AND the PS5 version of a cross gen title included (still looking at you, Wreckfest!!!)
A dead and failed PS5 game that no one will play even for free, a card snooze fest and a squarepants game for 8 year old kids. This is a terrible selection Sony you can do better
The good news is that my backlog hasn't gotten any bigger because of this.
@TooBarFoo @HeeHo nothing gonna change because if sign up for ps plus extra u get whatever ps plus members get same with ps plus premium obviously those two get the extra 400 to 700 games and ps now respectively prices haven't changed stil £49.99 a year for ps plus little more for ps plus extra £83 yearly and premium basically ps plus and ps now together and 700 games would be 99.99 anyway a year for both sure its not like xbox gamepass day1 exclusives stil getting top games not that old top exclusives returnal , spiderman, ghost of TUTISHIMA so on
To summarise the negative feelings many have:
"Kid game bad"
Not a great month. On the other hand, SpongeBob Rehydrated is an excellent game for children, especially if you have some guests with small kids.
Never heard of them.
@Falkirk4life Why am I tagged?
All I can say about these kinda card games is... that I like Gwent...
If that's anything to go by, I'll check it out, because of you guys lol
@BoldAndBrash Haha. It's definitely worth trying. Man, I played Gwent so much when going through The Witcher 3. Hope you have fun with Slay the Spire!
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