That PS Plus free games for april 2022 have been revealed and it seems that the reception is largely sloping negative. This is not to say that these are bad games, nor that the reception is overwhelmingly negative, but that more subscribers seem dissatisfied with this selection than they are happy with it. Hood: Outlaw and Legends, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, and Kill the Sprout are all ready for release on April 5 for PS Plus subscribers, though PS Plus’ SpongeBob the game is apparently already available to some users.
Overall, though, it looks like this is how 2022 trends for PS Plus. It’s had some good games and some bad games, a constant back and forth in terms of quality. There are actually two main components to PS Plus’ games and their success: variety, so a host of players are likely to enjoy them, and the quality needed to deliver on it. But looking at 2022 so far, the quality of PS Plus games has fluctuated like a pendulum.
Now that does not mean that a game or two was not great and that no one found a quality game among them for PS Plus. It will always happen because of one’s preferences and such, but in general, when looking at receptions so far this year, it has been a lot of back and forth. They are referred to below as the “good” and “bad months”, but only in terms of their variety, quality and reception.
PS Plus ‘Good’ free games for 2022 – January and March
PS Plus free games for January and March 2022’s best qualities can be immediately identified. PS Plus free games for January 2022 included Deep Rock Galactic, Dirt 5and Persona 5 Strikers. Not only is there good variation among a 4-player co-op shooter, a racing game and a Musou game from a popular JRPG series, but the quality is obviously there. The lowest MetaCritic score was 80, which does not always mean much, but it works here. PS Plus subscribers loved Deep Rock Galacticwhich definitely blows up its community size, while the other two were solid purchases for many players.
Meanwhile, PS Plus tends to have one of its best, if not its absolute best, months of the year in March. This shines through this year with Ark Survival Evolved, Ghost of Tsushima Legends, Team Sonic Racing, and Ghostrunner. The titles alone show the great variety, but each of these are hugely popular titles. You could argue for that Ghostrunner is more niche, but it adds a great touch.
However, it is still a bit of a double-edged sword. If PS Plus free games for March are the biggest of the year and these games are compared to previous March games like FF7 Remake, Remnant: From The Ashes, Shadow of the Colossus, Modern Warfare Remastered, and so on, they seem marginally weaker – if they are still good. It’s too much of a slippery slope to suggest for sure, but the overall quality of the PS Plus free games may suffer under 2022 if this is the best it gets.
PS Plus ‘Bad’ free games for 2022 – February and April
PS Plus free games for February 2022 did not have the same variant, or at least a necessarily appealing variant. They included Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-Shot Adventure, UFC 4and Planet Coaster. The problem with these titles, of course, is not the titles themselves, but how they work on the service. Attack on Dragon Keep is not even a full game, and while one could argue that it was a hype builder for Little Tina’s Wonderland… The whole premise of the new game depends on how much the players loved Attack on Dragon Keep to start with.
The fact that it is not a full game did not go down well with many fans, sparking the first real PS Plus controversy in 2022. In the meantime, UFC 4 is a fun mixed martial arts game, but anyone interested in this particular style of sports betting would probably already have it. It’s not going to have the broad appeal of the PS Plus while Planet Coaster is a simulator. Sim games tend to receive a lot of flags on the service, perhaps because of how niche it is, and the one time Sony handed out two sim games, it resulted in a massive PS Plus request to change the games.
April is here now, and although none of the games now or in February are “bad” games, they lack the appeal that PS Plus titles really should have. Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a multiplayer game that usually performs well on the service, but it’s a bit like Destruction AllStars (another PS Plus multiplayer title) is that it does not reach the full potential of the genre. Combine that with a small amount of content, and it’s not going to hold subscribers for very long.
Kill the Sprout is perhaps the pearl of the flock, but it is difficult to sell for only one reason: it has cards. It’s certainly not a traditional card game, but there are many who do not find card games engaging in any form, at least when delivered digitally. And SpongeBob is a good game, a nostalgic game, but unless someone is nostalgic after SpongeBob and have not picked it up or they have kids who want it, it is not really captivating. That, and the truth is that the older Fight for bikini bottom is a more interesting game than its remake.
PS Plus games must have variety, high quality (do not read AAA) and wide appeal to reach their highest grade, and these two months have suffered under one of these. The thing is, as the PS Plus moves forward toward the summer, it seems unlikely that there will be a major pattern change. It could happen, it should probably happen, but it looks like PS Plus will not hit the same high marks in 2022 as it did at the end of 2020/2021.
The big change, of course, is that the PS Plus really rose up to the PS5. Now it looks like PS Plus could lay all its eggs, not its renewal. With a selection of 700 games coming to PS Plus Premium users, there is some real quality there, but it runs a high risk of becoming like Xbox’s selection of monthly free games. Game Pass is great, but Games with Gold seems to be suffering because of it. Sony should not let its free games giveaways suffer because of its upcoming library of available games.
PS Plus subscribers get a handful of free games every month.
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