Game Service Roundup – February 2023

Hey everyone! This is a round up of the games entering and leaving a variety of Game Services throughout the month, as well as free game giveaways that have been available throughout.

I like to try to keep track of what is coming and going in the world of game subscriptions but it is hard to find a singular place that does that, so I thought I would give it a go myself. I am going to trial it for a couple of months and see how it feels, whether I would like to add things and so on. Having it all in one place means that you can scroll to see if anything catches your eye, or you can Ctrl+F to whichever service it is that interests you.

Disclaimer: Sometimes dates aren’t announced and surprises are thrown in. I will do my best to make sure the information is as accurate as possible!

PlayStation Plus is Sony’s subscription service for PlayStation consoles. The service is split into three tiers. ‘Essential’, ‘Extra’ and ‘Premium’.

PS Plus Essential

‘PlayStation Plus Essential’ is the cheapest tier. This is the tier that is closest to what PS Plus used to be. When you are subscribed, you get access to playing games online and instant access to the PS Plus collection*. Additionally, Essential offers 3 monthly games**. If you claim them during that month then they are yours to play for as long as you have a PS Plus Essential subscription. If you drop your subscription then you will lose access, but they will still be on your account ready for the next time you subscribe. The monthly games get revealed on the final Wednesday of every month. They are then made available to add to your library and play on the first Tuesday, replacing the previous months games. The games offered occasionally vary by region.
* PS5 Only.
** Occasionally there will be more or less.

⚠ The PS Plus Collection ends in May. If you have any tier of PS Plus and a PS5 then make sure to add the games to your library before it’s too late. As far as I can see, they have taken all traces of the collection from the PlayStation website already so you may have to manually search for each game. Please do take a look because there are many worthwhile games on there.
Here is a list of the games that you need to add to your library before May if you haven’t already –

February PS Plus Essential Games | Available to claim from Tuesday 7th February 2023 – Monday March 6th 2023
  • Evil Dead: The Game (PS5/PS4)
  • OlliOlliWorld (PS5/PS4)
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light (PS5/PS4)
  • Mafia: The Definitive Edition (PS4)
March PS Plus Essential Games | Available to claim from Tuesday 7th March 2023
  • Battlefield 2042 (PS5/PS4)
  • Code Vein (PS4)
  • Minecraft Dungeons (PS4)

PS Plus Extra/Premium

‘PlayStation Plus Extra’ and ‘PlayStation Plus Premium’ are the next two tiers of PS Plus above Essential. They include everything that you get with Essential plus other benefits.
PlayStation Plus Extra – Extra is the middle tier and allows you access to a catalogue of games, available to play on your console. New games get added to the service part way through each month and stay for an unknown amount of time. Games also leave regularly and it isn’t always communicated well so it is worth checking when you are deciding what to play.
PlayStation Plus Premium – Premium is the most expensive tier. As well as giving you access to the Extra catalogue, it also has it’s own benefits. There is an extended catalogue available as Premium also includes ‘Classics’ – a seperate collection of games from older generations. In addition, game trials and cloud streaming are some more benefits to this tier.
You can find a full breakdown of the benefits here.

February 2023 PS Plus Extra Game Additions | Available from Tuesday 21st
  • Borderlands 3 (PS5/PS4)
  • The Forgotten City (PS5/PS4)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (PS5/PS4)
  • Outriders (PS5/PS4)
  • The Quarry (PS5/PS4)
  • Resident Evil VII: Biohazard (PS5/PS4)
  • Scarlet Nexus (PS5/PS4)
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PS4)
  • Earth Defense Force 5 (PS4)
  • I Am Setsuna (PS4)
  • Lost Sphear (PS4)
  • Oninaki (PS4)
  • Tekken 7 (PS4)
February 2023 PS Plus Premium Game Additions | Available from Tuesday 21st
  • Destroy All Humans (PS4)
  • Harvest Moon: Back to Nature (PS1)
  • The Legend of Dragoon (PS1)
  • Wild Arms 2 (PS1)
March 2023 Announced PS Plus Extra/Premium Additions | Available from various dates
  • Tuesday 21st March – Tchia (PS5/PS4)
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS5/PS4)
  • Rainbow Six Extraction (PS5/PS4)
  • Ghostwire Tokyo (PS5)
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5)
Games that left PS Plus Extra/Premium in February 2023
  • Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – The Definitive Edition
  • Metro: Exodus
  • Pure Farming 2018
  • Rad Rogers
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered
  • Sine Mora EX
  • SkyDrift Infinity
  • Sparkle Unleashed
  • The Turing Test
  • Whispering Willows
Games leaving PS Plus Extra/Premium in March 2023 | Dates Vary
  • WWE 2K22 (March 13th)
  • Danger Zone
  • Dungeons
  • Ghost of a Tale
  • Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5
  • Override 2: Super Mech League
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • Velocibox
  • Victor Vran Overkill Edition

Game Pass is Microsoft’s game subscription service. It is split into three different types. ‘PC’, ‘Console’, and ‘Ultimate’. I will currently only be covering ‘Game Pass for PC’.

Game Pass For PC

Game Pass for PC and for Console are seperate subscriptions but are very similar, they just work on different machines. They have their own slightly different catalogues but function the same. Game Pass grants you access to a library of games on your platform of choice. They are then available for you to play as for as long as you have a subscription or as long as they are on the service.
Game Pass Ultimate combines the two, allowing your account access to the service on both PC and Console, along with more perks including XBOX Live Gold.
You can find a full breakdown of the differences here.

February 2023 Game Pass for PC Additions
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED – Game of the Year Edition
  • Madden NFL 23
  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  • Shadow Warrior 3: Definitive Edition
  • Atomic Heart
  • Merge & Blade
  • Soul Hackers 2
  • F1 22
March 2023 Announced Game Pass for PC Additions | Available from various dates
  • Friday 3rd March – Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
  • Tuesday 7th March – Guilty Gear -Strive-
Games that left Game Pass for PC in February 2023
  • Wednesday 1st February – Donut County
  • Wednesday 1st February – Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master!
  • Wednesday 1st February – Telling Lies
  • Wednesday 1st February – Worms W.M.D
  • Thursday 16th February – Besiege
  • Thursday 16th February – Infernax
  • Thursday 16th February – The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom
  • Thursday 16th February – Recompile
  • Thursday 16th February – Skul: The Hero Slayer
Games leaving Game Pass for PC in March 2023 | 1st & 16th of the Month
  • Wednesday 1st March – Alien: Isolation
  • Wednesday 1st March – Crown Trick
  • Wednesday 1st March – Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Wednesday 1st March – FAR: Changing Tides
  • Wednesday 1st March – Lightning Returns: FFXIII
  • Wednesday 1st March – Madden NFL 21
  • Wednesday 1st March – Octopath Traveler
  • Thursday 16th March – Goat Simulator
  • Thursday 16th March – Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Thursday 16th March – Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Thursday 16th March – Paradise Killer
  • Thursday 16th March – Undertale
  • Thursday 16th March – Young Souls
  • Thursday 16th March – Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

A lot of people do not realise that included in an Amazon Prime subscription is access to Prime Gaming. Not only does this get you a free subscription to a streamer of your choice on Twitch, they also give away free weekly games and other perks. The difference with this service is that often the games are for different launchers. Some are for Amazon Games, but they also give codes for Epic Games, GOG and more. The best part? As far as I can tell – you get to continue playing the games you have claimed after your subscription has ended.
You can claim your games here.

Amazon Prime Games | February 2023 | Weekly on Thursdays
  • Thursday 2nd February – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind GOTY Edition (GOG)
  • Thursday 2nd February – Onsen Master (Amazon Games)
  • Thursday 9th February – Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield (Amazon Games)
  • Thursday 9th February – Divine Knockout (Epic Games)
  • Thursday 16th February – One Hand Clapping (Amazon Games)
  • Thursday 16th February – BATS: Bloodsucker Anti-Terror Squad (Amazon Games)
  • Thursday 23rd February – Space Crew: Legendary Edition (Amazon Games)
  • Thursday 23rd February – Tunche (Amazon Games)
  • Thursday 23rd February – Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator (Amazon Games)
Amazon Prime Games | Announced for February 2023
  • Thursday 2nd March – Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition (Amazon Games)
  • Thursday 9th March – Adios
  • Thursday 9th March – I Am Fish
  • Thursday 16th March – Faraway 3: Arctic Escape
  • Thursday 23rd March – Book of Demons
  • Thursday 23rd March – Peaky Blinders: Mastermind
  • Thursday 30th March – City Legends: Trapped in Mirror – Collector’s Edition

Ever since its inception, the Epic Game Store has offered free games to all. All you need is an account. Every Thursday at 4pm UTC at least one title will be set to ‘free’ and next weeks game/s will be revealed. All you have to do is log in and add it to your library while it is free if you would like to play it in the future. If you miss the window then there is nothing that you can do but you have a whole week to do it. Unlike the services above, you do not need a subscription to claim these games.
You can check out the Epic Game Store here.

Free Epic Games | February 2023 | Must claim in the timeframe
  • City of Gangsters (February 2nd – February 9th)
  • Dishonoured: Death of the Outsider (February 2nd – February 9th)
  • Recipe for Disaster (February 9th – February 16th)
  • Warpips (February 16th – February 23rd)
  • Duskers (February 23rd – March 2nd)
Free Epic Games | Announced for March 2023*
  • Rise of Industry (March 2nd – March 9th)
  • Call of the Sea (March 9th – March 16th)

*These games are announced one week in advance so you will need to check on the Epic Store weekly if you don’t want to miss out. Alternatively, I do always try to post them in my discord server.

I may add new sections as I go but for now, this section is for any other give-aways or notable deals that I come across in the given month.

GOG Giveaways | February 2023
  • Alien Breed Trilogy
  • Biing!: Sex, Intrigue and Scalpels
Steam Giveaways | March 2023
  • Figment (Claim by Thursday March 9th)

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