The next batch of PS Plus Essential monthly games has been revealed, and there’s one title in particular that will be of interest to subscribers.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be available for PS Plus members in August. This is according to Dealabs user billbil-kun (opens in new tab)which regularly and successfully leaks the monthly free games from the subscription platform.
The 2020 release is without a doubt one of the best JRPGs of recent years and a standout installment in the entire series. Swapping classic Yakuza beat-’em-up combat for a turn-based system, it has all the hallmarks of a great RPG. Expect memorable sidequests, excellent writing, and an expansive world to explore.
Like a Dragon is also a fantastic route into the series if you’re totally new to the Yakuza. Set in a city unlike its predecessors with a new cast of characters, you don’t need to know anything about the 15-year-old series to get in. This will save you some time arguing over how to play Yakuza games just to figure out where to start.
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It will join 2020’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, a remaster of the first two titles in the skateboarding series. In our review, we said it’s a “perfectly executed remake” that “delivers in all the areas fans of the original would expect and sweetens the deal by adding all the modern necessities we demand from today’s video games.”
The 2017 horror platformer Little Nightmares rounds out the August free game batch. It puts you in the shoes of a miniature figure to escape a series of twisted nightmares and whimsical puzzles.
If you’re a PS Plus subscriber, you can claim all three games from August 2 to September 6. As usual, if you catch them in time, you can keep playing for as long as your PS Plus membership lasts. They are also available for PS Plus Extra and Premium subscribers, but will not be added to the top-tier on-demand download library.
If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, don’t worry. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is already on Microsoft’s platform, along with most other games in the series, including Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami.