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July 2022’s PlayStation Plus Essential Games Have Been Officially Revealed

From platforming to sunken ship plundering

Ok, so I’ll need all of you to pretend to be shocked by this news in spite of the completely accurate leak. This month we’re getting our first batch of monthly PS Plus games after the introduction of the new tiers, so many are wondering if the quality of games will dip, or continue to stay fairly strong. Last month we got God of War (2018), Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, which was an interesting mix of genres that likely tickled some and left others wanting more. But that’s the past, let’s look to the future.

As announced on the PlayStation Blog, the PlayStation Plus Essential games for July 2022 are Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan and Arcadegeddon. These games will be available for download from July 5.

The title says it all really. Crash Bandicoot made his triumphant return in 2020 with It’s About Time, introducing a new generation to the spinning marsupial’s addictive platforming fun. A visually stunning and tough platformer with multiple playable characters, Crash 4 will be an entertaining romp for some and a test of patience for others. In our review, we said that Crash 4 is “A fantastic reason to break the trilogy and fill out a comfy quadrilogy (or if we are lucky, pentalogy),” scoring it an 8.

From the developers behind Until Dawn and, more recently, The Quarry, Man of Medan is the first game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, a collection of choice-based horror titles. Making choices and desperately trying to nail quick time events as five friends on a diving holiday, things take a turn for the spooky and threaten to get your protagonists in hot water. A more passive, interactive experience, the horror games from Supermassive are all worth a play and Man of Medan is no different.

A co-op third-person shooter with a lot of flair and style, Arcadegeddon is set within an arcade cabinet that stands as the arcade owner’s last hope at keeping his business afloat as a mega-corporation looks to move in. Battling against an intrusive virus across multiple biomes with up to three friends, Arcadeggon is one for players who enjoy a bit of co-op carnage.

If you haven’t downloaded God of War (2018), Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, then you’ve got until July 4 to do so. As always, please remember that you can add these games to your library and download them later if you don’t have any precious space on your hard drive at the moment.

Which game will you be downloading first? What games would you like to see in August? Let us know in the comments or on our social media.

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Adam's undying love for all things PlayStation can only be rivalled by his obsession with vacuuming. Whether it's a Dyson or a DualShock in hand you can guarantee he has a passion for it. PSN: TheVacuumVandal XBL: VacuumVandal Steam: TheVacuumVandal

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