Sony has revealed the PlayStation Plus games for August 2022 are Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2, and Little Nightmares. Revealed on the PlayStation Blog, all three games will be made available at no extra cost to all PlayStation Plus subscribers on August 2.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is another entry in the increasingly wacky, action-heavy Yakuza series in which protagonist Ichiban Kasuga attempts to rise through his crime organisation from zero to hero. Like a Dragon marked the entry of a new era for the franchise as it introduced turn-based combat for the first time, a mechanic that will be continued in recently confirmed sequel Yakuza 8.
In our 7/10 review, IGN said: “Yakuza: Like a Dragon takes some bold steps in a new direction for the series but neglects to maintain its balance.”
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 is the remaster of the original (and arguably the best) Tony Hawk skateboarding games, featuring all the fast-paced, high-scoring sports action that fans expected from a remake.
It’s also the only Tony Hawk game fans can expect for a while, as the man himself confirmed recently that the remasters of 3 and 4 had been cancelled. Pro Skater 1 & 2 thankfully left a good impression though, as in our 9/10 review, IGN said: “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 proves that going backwards has been the best step forward for the series in 15 years.”
Last but not least, Little Nightmares is a third-person adventure game set in a spooky (surprise, surprise) world with elements of stealth and exploration. Players take on the role of a kidnapped little girl called Six as she makes her way home.
In our 8/10 review, IGN said: “Gleefully strange, unceasingly grim, and quietly smart, Little Nightmares is a very welcome fresh take on horror.”
These three new games will be available for free until September 6, while last month’s games – which include Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan, and Arcadegeddon – will be available until August 1.
Sony has now officially launched its updated PlayStation Plus tiers across the world though, as evident by this collection of free games, the lowest-cost Essential tier is practically the same as the previous PlayStation Plus.
Check out our updated lists of all PS Plus Premium Catalogue Games and PlayStation Plus Classic Games Catalog on IGN Playlist. You can use these lists to plan what to play next, create custom ranked lists of your favourites, and track your backlog.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.