God of War is in the PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5 owners. 


You need PlayStation Plus to play PS4 and PS5 games online, but the service has evolved to be much more than a fee for online play. For $10 a month, or $60 a year (which means you’ll get a 50% discount if you opt for an annual membership), subscribers get an evolving list of discounts and, most importantly, access to free games. 

It’s far from the Xbox Game Pass, the subscription service featuring over a hundred titles that Microsoft is building the Xbox Series X|S around, but there are some amazing deals to be found, especially if you keep an eagle eye on the monthly selection of free games. Once you’ve downloaded them, you keep these games for as long as you want — they don’t expire after the month is up.

August 2021’s free games

In addition to the PS5-exclusive PlayStation Plus Collection, Sony offers a selection of free games each month. Sometimes these are worthwhile indie titles, other times they’re big budget AAA games such as Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Here are August’s games.

Hunter’s Arena: Legends 

Set in ancient Asia, Hunter’s Arena: Legends is a 30-player battle royale game that launched Aug. 3. That makes this game special, since it’s unusual for a brand-new title to hit PlayStation Plus on day 1. Unlike most battle royale titles, this game isn’t a first-person shooter, rather a third-person action game. You can play alone or in teams of three.

Hunter’s Arena: Legends is also available on PC via Steam, and it usually retails on the PlayStation Store for $20.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville 

The franchise that began as a fun 2D iOS and Android game has expanded to a fully-featured 3D series on PC and consoles. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville was released in late 2019, and it’s a surprising amount of fun. There are several PvP multiplayer modes, a PvE mode and a crew of charming characters that bring the gameplay to life.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville usually retails for $30 on the PlayStation Store.

Tennis World Tour 2 

A followup to 2018’s Tennis World Tour, this is a more serious take on tennis than the one recently undertaken by a certain Italian plumber. If you’re in need of a sports fix, now that the Olympics are over, PlayStation Plus has you covered.

Tennis World Tour 2 Complete Edition usually retails for $50 on the PlayStation Store.

PlayStation Plus Collection

The following games, which Sony says is a collection of generation-defining PlayStation 4 games, is available for free to PlayStation 5 owners. There are some absolute bangers here, including God of War, Bloodborne, The Last of Us: Remastered and Persona 5.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy 

Activision Blizzard

God of War

Mortal Kombat X


Warner Bros.

Fallout 4


Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition


Square Enix

Monster Hunter World

Persona 5

Atlus USA

Resident Evil 7 

Battlefield 1


Call of Duty Black Ops III


Activision Blizzard

The Last of Us: Remastered

Day’s Gone

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Detroit Become Human

Batman Arkham Knight

Infamous Second Son

Until Dawn


Sony Computer Entertainment


The Last Guardian

Team ICO

Ratchet & Clank