As a reminder, Essential is the basic tier of Sony's subscription service. It lets players play games online, back up saves to the cloud and add a handful of games to their libraries each month. Once claimed, these games can be accessed for as long as there's an active subscription.
The flagship game this month is one that's already been announced: Foamstars (PS5/PS4). This is a 4-vs-4 party shooter that's like a soapy version of Splatoon with a bunch of different modes.
Square Enix's newest PlayStation exclusive title is actually debuting on Plus on its day of release, a tactic that worked wonders for things like Fall Guys, which boasted a big player count at launch and beyond.
Rollerdrome (PS5/PS4) is a stylish cel-shaded shooter with a twist: You play the entire game on skates. In a dystopian future, your character is forced to compete in life-or-death challenges in various arenas, while you, as a player, need to hit certain score thresholds in order to proceed.
We've played this game and can confirm that combat is fast and fluid, with plenty of impressive moves that look great when pulled off. It might take a while to 'click', but there are plenty of tutorials and adjustable settings to help out.
Finally, there's Steelrising (PS5), an action RPG set in an alternate-universe France where an army of robots has put down the French Revolution. Reviewers have praised the game for its steampunk aesthetic and strong art direction, as well as for being a solid Soulslike that holds its own in a crowded genre.
PlayStation Plus membership discount deal
If you buy discounted PlayStation Store gift cards from CDKeys and then purchase your membership of choice using them, you'll save money on the annual cost of PS Plus membership across all tiers. You can also use this method to save money on games and DLC, of course.
After you've purchased your gift card, apply the credit to your PlayStation Plus account and claim the existing member renewal price.
Once payment is approved, CDKeys will include your code in your order confirmation email, and you can access your key by following a link in the email they send you.
Follow these steps once you've bought your PlayStation Store Gift Card:
Go to the PlayStation Store, log in and click on your avatar at the top of the screen.
Select 'Redeem codes' from the drop-down menu.
Enter the code and select 'Redeem'.
The credit is now applied to your account.
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