Sony have revealed two big hitters for September’s free PlayStation Plus games, quite literally. The fighting game Street Fighter V and the iconic battle royale PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (better known as PUBG) will be given away for free to PS Plus subscribers next month, starting on 1st September.
Though not quite the first of its kind, PUBG became the definitive battle royale game for many when it launched in Steam Early Access in March 2017. It was an absolute phenomenon, spawning countless imitators, and lead to the revival of Fortnite from a co-op wave-based survival game into something people actually gave a damn about. PUBG then made the jump to Xbox One at the end of 2017, before arriving on PlayStation 4 in December 2018.
The gist, for those that don’t know, is that you and up to 99 other players drop into one of a range of maps with nothing but the clothes on your back. From there, you have to scrounge around for weapons, armour and other items, fighting for survival as a storm pushes players closer and closer together until one final person (or team of up to four) is crowned victorious.
The game is also notoriously wonky and has mediocre performance, regardless of the platform you run it on. We handed it a solid 8/10 in the original review on PC citing those bugs, while for its PS4 release, we called it “Rough, Ready, But Still Relevant.”
On the other end of the scale is Street Fighter V, the latest entry in Capcom’s long-running fighting game series in which you go one on one with another player or the AI. You’ve got a variety of single player modes to take part in, but the real test will be in online matches.
Speaking of which, Sony are kicking off a Street Fighter V PS4 Tournaments in the US and Canada, starting on September 4. There will be unique PS 4 themes, in-game titles and even cash prizes up for grabs.
Street Fighter V is now into its fifth year of content, with Capcom switching to a seasonal approach to its development. Still, at the time of its release in 2016, we had high praise. In out Street Fighter V review, Dave said:
Even as a person whose grasp of fighting games is nowhere near top-tier standard, Street Fighter V is the most fun I’ve had in a fighting game in years. It’s a bold choice by Capcom to make this an expanding platform rather than a simpler game release, and it means that while it’s light on content, you have to appraise its stability, core combat and look to its true form in the future. Based on the strength of the gameplay and performance, Street Fighter V is a sublime fighting game and shows that this old dog still has some new tricks.
PUBG and Street Fighter V will be available from Tuesday 1st September until Monday 5th October.
Source: PS Blog
So that’s 2 games which are already on PS Now. One since last December, and one that will have been on for just 8 weeks before it’s added to PS+
Which you might not be able to claim on PS+ if you’ve played them on PS Now and you’re still subscribed. (They’ve changed things recently, and you can at least buy something if you’ve got it on PS+/Now, but I don’t know if you can claim them on PS+ if you’ve got a PS Now license)
And on top of all that, it’s another bloody Battle Royale game, and a platform for DLC with a forgettable fighting game attached.
PS+ is getting a bit shit this year. After last month and it’s “half a CoD game and Lucky Jelly Bean Simulator”.
Nothing of interest here for me, and the graphical quality of this Street Fighter game is quite bad, it looks like it hasn’t aged well. A disappointing month.
Normally I’m moaning about the PS+ games but I’m actually reasonably happy for the second month running.
Always wanted SFV but it lacked massively in content to make it worth a buy.
MW2 campaign something similar. It’s decent but I really would have only bought it for the online.