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PlayStation Plus Essential Free Games For August 2023 Live Now

This month's lineup of PS Plus freebies is very strong.


Sony recently revealed August 2023's PlayStation Plus free game lineup--available via the Essential tier and up--and they're live now. These free PS Plus games are some of the best we've seen in recent memory, and they're available beginning today, August 1, as it just happens to fall on a Tuesday. Death's Door, Dreams, and PGA Tour 2K23 will all be available, and all PS Plus members across Essential, Extra, and Premium can claim them.

Earlier this year, developer Media Molecule announced it would stop supporting Dreams with updates on September 1. That doesn't mean the PlayStation exclusive isn't worth checking out, though. Far from it. The unique game creation tool has a staggering library of user-created content, and creators can still share their projects with the community for the foreseeable future. Dreams really does exemplify the belief that the only limit is the bounds of your imagination. There are some seriously impressive games made inside Dreams, so even if you don't feel like creating your own stuff, there's plenty to check out.

Death's Door was one of the best indie games of 2021. The isometric action-adventure starring a little crow with a sword is set in a beautiful and mysterious world. The puzzles are engaging, the combat is satisfyingly challenging, and each boss fight is a unique test of wit and prowess. If you like The Legend of Zelda, you'll probably like Death's Door.

Meanwhile, golf fans can enjoy one of the best sims in a long time. Featuring the return of Tiger Woods to the video game golf world, PGA Tour 2K23 has brilliant swing mechanics, whether you're using the analog stick or three-click system. It boasts a nice mix of iconic courses, real-life PGA pros, and a suite of game modes that give the sim staying power. Most notably, it has a robust course creator, so there are thousands of user-created courses to play. You and your friends can join online societies and compete in tournaments against players across the world.

Ahead of the games going live later today, make sure to claim July's PS Plus lineup, which includes heavy hitters like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Alan Wake Remastered.

PlayStation Plus free games for August 2023

Available August 1-September 5

  • PGA Tour 2K23 (PS5, PS4)
  • Death's Door (PS5, PS4)
  • Dreams (PS4)

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