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

Sony has announced the latest line-up of PS Plus Essential titles which will be made available to subscribers on Tuesday, the 5th of September. If you think these games are worth playing, you have until the 2nd of October to add them to your library. 

The games available in September are Saints Row, Generation Zero, and Black Desert – Traveler Edition. These are on top of the PS Plus Extra and Premium games that were made available to subscribers in August, which included Lost Judgement and Sea of Stars

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

Saints Row

Volition’s reboot of the Saints Row game series didn’t get off to a great start when it launched in 2022 due to various technical issues, uninspiring gameplay elements, and failed attempts at humour. 

Most of the game’s bugs have now been ironed out so it’s a lot more playable than it was originally. That being said, it’s still not as much fun as it should have been, especially when playing alone. The addition of a friend when playing online boosts the game’s entertainment value, as do the various DLC packs that add more variety to this open-world title.

Official Description:

Welcome to Santo Ileso, a vibrant fictional city in the heart of the American Southwest. In a world rife with crime, where lawless factions fight for power, a group of young friends embark on their own criminal venture, as they rise to the top in their bid to become Self Made.

Experience the biggest and best Saints Row playground ever created; the unique sprawling world of Santo Ileso is the backdrop for a wild, larger-than-life sandbox of thrilling side hustles, criminal ventures and blockbuster missions, as you shoot, drive, and wingsuit your way to the top


  • Play through the story missions alone or with a friend
  • Take control of a range of vehicles, including cars, bikes, hoverboards, and go-karts
  • Create the boss of your dreams using the game’s extensive customization features



Metascore: 61

Generation Zero

Taking place in an alternate 1989 Sweden, this first-person shooter puts you in control of a Swedish teenager who returns from vacation and discovers the local populace has disappeared due to a robotic invasion. Rather than submitting to the machine army that has invaded the land, your task is to engage these robots in combat, be that alone or with up to 3 friends in the game’s online co-op mode.

Official Description:

Experience an explosive game of cat and mouse set in a huge open world. In this reimagining of 1980s Sweden, hostile machines have invaded the serene countryside, and you need to fight back while unravelling the mystery of what is really going on. By utilizing battle-tested guerilla tactics, you’ll be able to lure, cripple, or destroy enemies in intense, creative sandbox skirmishes.


  • Explore a hostile open world inspired by the Swedish Cold War era
  • Scavenge parts from your fallen enemies and use them to craft new equipment
  • Build and fortify your bases across the island



Metascore: 45

Black Desert – Traveler Edition

Black Desert is an online MMORPG that revolves around the conflict between two warring nations, the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia. It has everything you would want from this kind of game, including breathtaking combat, siege wars, and a variety of life-skill content, such as horse training, alchemy, fishing, and trading. As this is the Traveler Edition, the game comes with various perks, such as an increased weight limit, a tier 7 horse, and pearls to use in the in-game shop.

Official Description:

A source of power so great they are said to have corrupted the minds of the Ancients and caused the fall of a great civilization. Commonly found in the harsh, hostile desert situated between the warring nations of the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia. The Calpheonians call this area the Black Desert, while the Valencians know it as the Red Desert, a testament to the rivers of blood spilled there.

The commercialist republic and absolute monarchy both lay claim to the desert’s resources. Both are ready to wage war for it. You will uncover the hidden secrets of the ancient civilization through the histories of Calpheon and Valencia. Lost memories and the secret of the Black Spirit will be unveiled.


  • State-of-the-art graphics with realistic environments
  • Join guilds as they fight head-to-head on the battlefield
  • Gain knowledge from combat, exploring, or interacting with NPCs
  • An insane level of customization

Metascore: 61

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


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