July 2022's PS Plus games have been officially announced, and yet again, the latest leak was spot on. As per usual, PS Plus Essential subscribers are getting three games spread across PS5 and PS4.
The July 2022 line up is as follows:
- Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (PS5, PS4)
- The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan (PS4)
- Arcadegeddon (PS5, PS4)
Crash Bandicoot 4 will probably be the biggest deal for most subscribers. It's a tough but enjoyably traditional platforming adventure, and it's available on PS5 as well as PS4.
Meanwhile, schlocky horror title Man of Medan is a decently dumb time — especially with a friend or two — but it should be noted that PS Plus Extra subscribers already have access to this one, so there's a bit of a crossover there.
And finally, Arcadegeddon is a new release. It's a multiplayer shooter that's received some reasonably positive previews, and it's certainly got an eye-catching art style. Its inclusion on PS Plus should ensure that plenty of people are playing it over the launch period.
We tacked a glowing 8/10 on our Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time review: "There's almost too much to talk about with Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, but rest assured that this is a return to form for the series. It might be tough, even a little mean at times, but this is the proper sequel fans have been asking for. With so much to see and do, this is a stylish, confident 3D platformer that brings Crash back at his best."
But we were less enthusiastic in our 5/10 The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan review: "Man of Medan kicks The Dark Pictures Anthology off with a whimper rather than a bang. The format has a lot of potential, but this was undoubtedly the wrong story to showcase it. The narrative is slight and rarely gets out of first gear, the characters are annoying, the scares limp, and the dialogue unnatural."
All three of these games will be available to download starting from the 5th July — that's next Tuesday. Until then, you can check out our full list of All PS Plus Games, or perhaps our list of Best PS Plus Games if you need help deciding what to play.
We're expecting PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium updates at some point in July. All that we know right now is that Stray is coming to Extra at launch, on the 19th July.
What do you think of July 2022's PS Plus games? Give us your best "woah!" in the comments section below.
I wonder when they will announce the premium and extra new games.
Arcadegeddon was dumb fun when I played at initial release. Haven't touched it in ages. But it was fluid and gorgeous in a fun cartoony way. Hopefully it finds a broader audience now.
Ahh, already have Crash 4 so nothing for me this month. Decent selection though.
Its another good batch of titles.
It absolutely steam rollers xbox 'games with gold' again, but given how awful their titles are I guess thats to be expected.
Arcadegeddon is an unknown, but it looks fun enough and the price is right!
Happy with Crash, good it's the PS4 & 5 versions, means the wee man can get it on the PS4 as well.
MoM I had on my list of games to try on extra, not too fussed about the crossover with the potential to keep it if I down grade.
Multiplayer crap, as ever, will be ignored.
Happy enough with the month.
@Titntin I legitimately don’t even check in on Games With Gold anymore!
Happy with this though, been meaning to pick up Crash 4 for a while so I’m glad I held off
@Americansamurai1 In the middle of each month if I remember it correctly.
Basically just 1 game this month: Crash 4. Man of Medan is already on PS+ and nobody's gonna play Arcadegeddon.
A good selection of games this month. But not for me since I already have Crash 4 for Switch, PS5, & Series X. I also have Man of Medan for Xbox but it will be nice to have it for Playstation, I suppose.
I never heard of Arcadegeddon...
I’m down to try Crash 4.
Cool, they’re out on my birthday
@Milktastrophe Man of Medan's on Extra, so putting it on Essential gives it away to a lot more subscribers who are on the most basic plan. And based on what I played of Arcadegeddon a while ago, it'll be well worth a try.
@Matej hopefully we get some good classics
Lookin forward to Crash 4. But looking at Arcadegeddon, I'm feeling it more than I would have thought. So I'm feeling pretty good about this.
Also Stray is not too far off.
Good selection, I was hoping that with the merger of Plus and Now the double dipping across tiers would end. But I guess too much cost/effort for Sony.
It’s a really solid offering of games. But it is super disappointing to see them giving us another game that’s already currently in the Extra tier. No one cared when they did this with PSNow but hopefully with the new service stuff like this gets more attention criticism and they put a stop to it soon.
Cool.all the games is cool.i will definitely downloading them.word up son
That's actually a pretty solid month.
@OrtadragoonX your body won't be ready, this game is savage later levels so good luck, I'm reluctant to add this to library..
should’ve added CTR instead
Already played Crash on PS4 and 5 and bought Man of Medan in a deal with Little Hope and House of Ashes. The former is a cracking platformer that stays true to the original trilogy and is suitably Rick hard to 109%. Man of Medan is also great fun if you enjoy the Supermassive horror games. Shorter than the recent The Quarry but still a fun game in a promising franchise.
So that’s two I’ve already got and Arcageddon sounds suitably forgettable multiplayer dross.
Oh well, another month goes by and I’m still not upgrading. Too expensive for what you get and I’ve got movies to buy.
For anyone who's unhappy with this line up check out the trash that Xbox Gold is offering up next month.
Game pass on the whole I'd say is better than ps premium but as far as the free monthly games go PlayStation is absolutely killing it
Cool! I’ve been eyeing Crash 4, and just played Until Dawn for the first time and loved it, so Man of Medan is also a welcome add. Not a bad month!
Thanks @ShogunRok for putting "Essential" in the title. I hate it as much as you do but it seems a necessary evil for awhile.👍
I want to try Crash, but I keep reading all the "hard" comments so I'm guessing it won't last long.😂
I cared! Ive been a now subscriber for years. Apart from the classics, and the addition of ps5 titles, the service is pretty much the same..
Your right though, if anyone had a strategic overview of the entire offering, they would stop this. Maybe now they have rebranded they might give it more attention? We can only hope..
What about the additional mid month games release for being with Extra or Premium?
Fantastic offering. Meanwhile, Xbox GWG offers random independent games which include a game given away previously and that was not even the first time.
And you made a mountain out of a molehill when the new PS extra launched in Asia- like how people were asked for money for the previous discount. Fair enough but now Sony is offering a very cheap upgrade price for the existing PS plus users? Where is the news? No single news about that at all.
@Marios-love-child One of the trashes torchlight was offered on GWG before.
@Ear_wiG if you’re on PS+ Extra make sure to check out Little Hope after Man of Medan!
And we get even more as Extra/Premium subs mid month
The backlog grows bigger (goes back to playing Miles Morales)
Awesome month. Very happy about it.
To add to what I already said about the rental sub customers, don’t complain the games go the base PS+ permanent library. that’s a non issue. Instead you’d better ask for more recent games as random rental. 😅
@JJ2 it's perfectly reasonable to complain about paying for the same game twice. Just wait until the monthly updates for extra where they add games specifically designed to upsell people to subscribe to the higher tiers and then those are re-used for essential.
It happened all the time with PS Now and it's going to keep happening, except the excuse that you might have Now and not PS+ is no longer valid. Every repeat is a repeat for all the higher tiers subscribers.
Definitely keen to try Crash, but can't help but feel that the quality of games released on plus has been slipping a bit over the past few months, with the emergence of their new paid tiers. It's all subjective, of course, but somehow seems a bit sneaky to me!
In re: Arcadegedden:
I just read the comments from the release trailer on YouTube, and a few people said that if you like Borderlands and Roguelikes, you’ll love it. Eleven months ago when the game was in early access, supposedly it was a lot of fun and very addictive but buggy. I hope the 11 months has given them enough time to work out those bugs. Sony must feel strongly about it since this is the first game this developer (Illfonic) has released.
Just for those who don't know, Arcadegeddon can be played as a single player game. In fact the majority of videos I've seen are with solo players.
Games with gold has been awful for months
I’m at a point now where I actually look forward to the monthly ‘leak’ instead of the official announcement. 😂
Except I don’t care about rental subs so I’m just saying there r better ways for those customers to ask better or just not sub to them than complain PS+ essential is too good. Im not defending extralala in any way.
All three titles on PS4 and none on Switch! Although ironically enough, I might not even add them - as I've mentioned elsewhere, my sub is expiring this week, and the increasingly rare 12 month cards for the currently infamous region my account is tied to are being offered for roughly 110-130 bucks.😅 So I don't rule out a hiatus, but time will tell.
Very happy with Crash 4, been holding out getting it on sales so this is a win.
Oh cool, I have 4 Crash games without even lifting a finger - 3 from the PS5 plus collection and this one. I haven't played any of these games yet, so this month's a winner for me.
This one is a miss for me. Nothing I'd be interested in downloading
Arcadegeddon is actually really good, see most dismissing it but defo worth a try
Great list, Crash 4 is excellent so this is great for those who don't own it.
A good monthly line up ,I haven't tried any of them before so I'll probably give all 3 a go,man of medan sds interesting as I've played until dawn and quite enjoyed it so this is the one I'm most looking forward to this month I think 🙂
I never bought Crash 4 since I still haven't even beaten the first game yet, so this works for me lol!
Man of Medan I already own physically but will also claim it.
No interest in the 3rd game, it's not my "cup of tea".
How often does the main catalog get updated?
Nice! I been holding off in purchasing Man of Medan and Crash 4.
Next month looking nice 😎
@Milktastrophe lmao ignorant take. But most of you are ignorant anyway. I literally have a whole group of 7 friends plus myself who are gonna boost that so called no ones gonna ever play game. Lmao nothing nice to say don't waste all our times and yours and just shut your mouth and move on. "Cheers mate!"
Exactly this. Anyone giving Sony money for Extra is getting access to one fewer game than they should be. I haven’t upgraded yet, and will have to take into account that I may not get the number of games I thought I would when presuming Sony wouldn’t charge us to access the same game twice in the same subscription cost.
@Americansamurai1 According to them there's going to be a mid month update for extra and premium. It's also expected as Stray releases on July 19, they are definitely going to announce it.
Awesome month! Both Crash and Stray.
I'm guessing the second Wednesday of the month is when we get the Extra/Premium news.
More interested in them adding more premium classic title
@ShogunRok What happened to all the "not so good feedback" on the month? have them been deleted? Really?
This is how you lose people's trust. And readers. And credibility.
I even checked the comunity rules to make sure i didnt got any rule wrong..
But hey, it's a private we site, you do what you want.
@Flaming_Kaiser can you see any comment you made here. Or were they deleted?
@LowTech Did i make a comment here?
@Flaming_Kaiser well, maybe I am completely wrong and I am being unfair.
But maybe not, because I recall making a comment here (I still have it in the notifications) but it has been deleted. And also I have in the notifications that you answered me. but it's also gone.
@LowTech Sometimes i make a comment and read it and remove it after if i think about it a little more so it could be possible. I have to be honest i dont remember everything i post especially when i remove it.
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