PlayStation Plus Essential Games coming to PS4/PS5 in August 2023

Sony has announced the latest line-up of PS Plus Essential titles which will be made available to subscribers on the 1st of August. You have until the 5th of September to add these games to your library so don’t forget to click that ‘add’ button, even if you don’t intend to download them straight away.

The games available in August are Dreams, Death’s Door, and PGA Tour 2K23. These are on top of the PS Plus Extra and Premium games that were made available to subscribers in July, which included the award-winning It Takes Two and the multiplayer zombie title World War Z. 

Are you happy with August’s lineup of PS Plus Essential games? Let us know in the comments below. 

Dreams (PS4)

Dreams is for you if you have ever wanted to create your own video games. With Media Molecule’s award-winning title, you can bring your ideas to life with easy-to-use tools and share them with the global community. 

If making your own game sounds like too much of a chore, don’t worry. While the game’s developers have incorporated easy-to-follow tutorials for anybody wishing to create their own masterpiece, you can choose to spend your time playing one of the thousands of other games made by people in the Dreams community. You can also embark on a full-length, genre-crossing story campaign that has been created by the developers at Media Molecule that showcases the creative potential of Dreams. 

We gave Dreams 9/10 in our review so this is one title that is definitely worth checking out this August. 


  • Bring your video game ideas to life
  • Speedy and intuitive design tools
  • Thousands of games created by other players
  • Create games, music, paintings, animation, sculptures, movies or anything in-between
  • PS Move controllers supported
  • Optional online play

Metascore: 89

Death’s Door (PS4, PS5)

Death’s Door is a 3D, isometric action-adventure game developed by Acid Nerve and published by Devolver Digital. The game puts you in control of a small crow who is tasked with collecting souls for the bureaucratic Reaping Commission Headquarters that exists in the afterlife. 

Released in 2021, this game received many positive reviews from critics, including IGN who called it “a must for those looking to scratch the itch of a classic Zelda dungeon-delving game.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

“Reaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous but it’s honest work for a Crow. The job gets lively when your assigned soul is stolen and you must track down a desperate thief to a realm untouched by death – where creatures grow far past their expiry and overflow with greed and power.”


  • Utilize melee weapons, arrows, and magic to overcome a fantastic array of beasts and demigods
  • Master new abilities and upgrades
  • Explore a land full of twisted inhabitants and countless secrets
  • Track down colossal tyrants with stories and motivations of their own

Metascore: 85

PGA Tour 2K23 (PS4, PS5)

This golfing title from developer HB Studios and publisher 2K Games is only a few months old so it’s something of a surprise that it has arrived on PS Plus so early. 

The game features some of PGA Tour’s most notable courses, ranging from TPC Scottsdale to the Riviera Country Club, and will be easily recognizable to any real-life player or anybody who enjoys watching golf on their television from the comfort of their sofas. 

According to some critics, this isn’t the easiest golf game around so you shouldn’t expect to get a hole-in-one on your first try! But the game does contain detailed guides from members of the HB Studios team to give you the skills needed to level up your golfing skills.


  • Play as your favourite golfing celeb
  • Build your own fantasy fairway
  • Local and online multiplayer
  • Crossplay and ranked matchmaking
  • Licensed gear from top brands like Adidas and Malbon
  • A choice of control systems

Metascore: 76

Are you happy with August’s PS Plus Essential line-up? Let us know in the comments below. 


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