Last month’s state of play came and went without further updates on one of Sony’s major first-party titles such as Gran Turismo 7 Where Horizon forbidden to the west, only a little tease which was more to come before the end of the summer. As the end of August approaches and the official announcement of Call of Duty: The Vanguard has already arrived, a title supposed to be a big part of the next event, another event seems unlikely to arrive just in time for Gamescom this week.
It’s been a tough week for Playstation plus after a small number of users found out that they lost access to their old free games library after the subscription expired. Sony has yet to make an official announcement on this, but one announcement that we know will arrive for sure in the next couple of weeks is next month’s game lineup. The official announcement of next month’s lineup is less than two weeks away, so here’s our full wishlist for free PS Plus games for September 2021.
Released in January 2021 as an Xbox Series X / S exclusive, Bloober Team’s (best known for Layers of fear 2, Witch Blair) next-gen psychological thriller The way is finally coming to PlayStation 5 in a few weeks. Located in post-communist Poland in 1999, The way follows a spiritual medium named Marianne with the ability to travel into the Spirit Realm itself. In a quest to uncover the origins of her abilities and a mysterious recurring dream she has, Marianne must travel across worlds in an abandoned resort, while fleeing a deadly creature known as The Maw.
Inspired by people like Strange things, Chernobyl, silent Hill, and that of the Bloober team Observer: System Redux, The way is built around a dueling rendering system, displaying two distinct viewpoints and worlds to the player at a time. The cast of the game is equally impressive, with Troy Baker (The last of us, Bioshock Infinite) expressing the malicious spirit known as The Maw, and Kelly Burke (Desperados III, by Zack Snyder Justice League) as the voice of the spiritual medium and protagonist, Marianne. Given The way due out on September 3, the week before PlayStation Plus games arrive next month, it seems like an unlikely but welcome choice nonetheless.
The way is available on PC and Xbox Series X / S.
The return of the Obra Dinn
Developed only by Lucas Pope (best known for Papers please), The return of the Obra Dinn is a puzzle game that tells the story of the return of the Obra Dinn: a merchant ship that has been missing for five years, mysteriously reappearing off the coast of England with no survivors on board. Players must locate the corpses of those on board and determine the fate of the sixty souls that were on board, using a pocket watch that carries the player to the moment of death. Praised for its monochrome art style, puzzles and storytelling, The return of the Obra Dinn is one of the best of its kind and perfect for fans of His history, What remains of Edith Finch, and The witness.
The return of the Obra Dinn is now available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Tony Hawk Professional Skater 1 + 2
Last year, skate fans’ dreams came true with the release of Tony Hawk Professional Skater 1 + 2, a remake of the first two games in the series. Developed by Vicarious Visions (Diablo II: Risen, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy) Tony Hawk Professional Skater 1 + 2 brings back all content from the original games with modernized controls, 37 new songs, collectibles including SKATE letters and secret tapes, split-screen multiplayer, competitive online play and the return of Create-a- Park and Create – skater play modes.
As Resident Evil 2 before that, Tony Hawk Professional Skater 1 + 2 is one of those remakes that not only breathes new life into an older game for a whole new generation, it surpasses the original. In the GameRant review, we said: “This is [Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2] the definitive way to experience the heart of the Tony Hawk franchise, elegantly surpassing what came before it and setting a new bar for future entries in the process. Long-term fans might look forward to the release of the next one. Skate game from EA and developer Full Circle, but for now, Tony Hawk Professional Skater 1 + 2 is the best skateboarding game available.
Tony Hawk Professional Skater 1 + 2 is available now on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Don’t forget to collect the monthly games for August
Next month’s lineup of free PlayStation Plus games will likely be announced in the last week of August / first week of September and will be made available to active subscribers starting Tuesday, September 7th. For those subscribers who haven’t purchased any of the free games for the month of August, there is still time to download Hunter’s Arena: Legends for PlayStation 5, and Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Tennis world tour 2 for PlayStation 4.
Playstation plus members receive a selection of free games on the first Tuesday of each month.
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