Sony has announced the PlayStation Plus games for September 2022 are Need for Speed Heat, Granblue Fantasy: Versus, and Toem. Revealed on the PlayStation Blog, all three games will be made available at no extra cost to all PlayStation Plus subscribers on September 6.
Need for Speed Heat is the third game in the reimagined series that kicked off in 2015, taking players to the roads of the fictional Floridian metropolis of Palm City. Heat centres around a day and night cycle that brings out different style of racing, with the player required to master both clean street races and gritty battles with rogue police.
We much preferred this one to Need for Speed 2015 and its sequel, Payback, as in our 8/10 review, IGN said: “Need for Speed Heat is a mosaic of existing ideas but it is easily the most impressive Need for Speed game in years.”
Granblue Fantasy: Versus is a different vibe entirely. This four-button Japanese fighting game is made up of light, medium, and heavy attacks — alongside a character-specific finisher similar to Street Fighter 5’s V-Skills — and it’s automatically implemented combos make it one of the best entry points to the fighting genre out there.
IGN said it was great, as “it smartly balances considerations for more casual fighting game players without ever stepping on the toes of its hardcore audience.”
Finally, the most niche of the three new games is Toem: A Photo Adventure, a hand-drawn adventure game centred around the delights of photography. Intended to be a relaxed and charming puzzler, it certainly appeared to accomplish that goal as IGN also gave it an 8/10 in our review.
“Toem is a short, satisfying little photography adventure packed with witty writing, goofy yet grounded characters, and a wealth of interesting, picturesque moments to capture,” we said. “Though simple to complete, its diorama-like maps, cartoon style, and pleasing music and sounds make it an inviting world to stay in long enough to uncover all its secrets.”
These three new games will be available for free until October 3, while last month’s games — which include Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2, and Little Nightmares — will be available until September 6.
Sony also unveiled the new games coming to its PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium Games Catalogue on September 20, headlined this month by Deathloop, which IGN called a masterpiece. The full list of games also includes:
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- Watch Dogs 2
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition
- Chicory: A Colorful Tale
- Monster Energy Supercross 5
- Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX
- Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show
- Rayman Legends
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game
A handful of games are also coming to the Classic Games Catalogue for PlayStation Plus Premium members. The full list of games, which will also be available on September 20, can be seen below:
- Syphon Filter 2 | PS1
- The Sly Collection | PS3
- Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time | PS3
- Bentley’s Hackpack | PS3
- Toy Story 3 | PSP
- Kingdom of Paradise | PSP
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.