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WHAT’S NEW PLUS-SY CAT?

Digging into the random acts of gaming a lengthy PS Plus subscripti­on offers

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As the year draws to a close and you perhaps begin to ponder the value of your PS Plus Essential membership (granting both monthly games as well as online play), it’s a good time to take stock. Just how good has 2023 been for the service’s ‘free’ games? Ponder with us!

The Force has been strong with PS Plus this year, beginning with Star Wars

Jedi: Fallen Order on PS5 and PS4. Part soulslike, part collectath­on, and all Star Wars story, it’s a romp many had little excuse to pass up.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

followed in February. While less exciting for uninitiate­d Guardians, it was a step towards cementing Bungie’s place within the PlayStatio­n fold. It was joined, getting mad air that same month, by arcadey skater OlliOlli World. Battlefiel­d 2042’s

inclusion in March was a great excuse to rejoin the fight, and experience the many updates DICE has introduced to its shooter.

In April Sackboy: A Big Adventure threaded into our libraries. One of our fave PS5 launch games, it proved a great way to convince a pal to drop into

co-op with us. A month later we enlisted them into a bloodier brotherhoo­d thanks to Chivalry 2.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops

Cold War was another PS5 launch-window release that popped up on PS

Plus, providing another neat showcase for the DualSense’s haptics. Alan

Wake Remastered also shone a light on the precursor to Alan Wake 2 (turn to p62 for more).

Recent additions offered both good and bad news. Media Molecule’s Dreams added masses of usercreate­d games to PS Plus, and Volition’s Saints Row reboot made a comeback. Sadly, the former Sonyowned studio announced big layoffs, while the latter Embracer-owned outfit shuttered. It’s been a great year for games, but rough for the wider industry. Fingers crossed 2024 is kinder to us all.

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