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The Ultimate Guide to PlayStation Plus Free Games for February 2023

The headlining free PlayStation Plus games for February 2023 are Horizon Forbidden West for Extra/Premium members and OlliOlli World for all tiers. Read on for the full details on these exciting free titles!

PlayStation Plus Overview

Let‘s start with a quick refresher on PlayStation Plus. This premium subscription service grants PS4 and PS5 players several beneficial perks. This includes online multiplayer access, exclusive discounts, and monthly free games.

Sony revamped PS Plus in June 2022, dividing it into three membership tiers:

Essential – Base tier with online play, discounts, and 2-3 monthly games

Extra – Mid tier with a catalog of 400+ PS4/PS5 games

Premium – Top tier with an additional 340+ classic PlayStation games, cloud streaming, and game trials

Each tier builds on the others, offering more free games and bonuses. Now let‘s dive into the highlights for February 2023.

Horizon Forbidden West Headlines PS Plus Extra/Premium

The biggest freebie in February 2023 is Horizon Forbidden West, available for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium members.

This extremely popular open world action RPG launched in February 2022 as a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn. It‘s set in a stunningly rendered post-apocalyptic America filled with robotic dinosaurs.

Players join fierce heroine Aloy as she braves the frontier of the Forbidden West. The game earns widespread acclaim for its:

  • Gorgeous open world visuals powered by the PS5
  • Satisfying action combat against diverse mechanical beasts
  • Compelling narrative and character development
  • Depth of side content and customization options

Horizon Forbidden West received an 89 average on Metacritic, making it one of the highest rated PS5 games. It‘s widely considered a must-play title.

Sony rarely gives away brand new AAA games like this, making it a huge win for Extra/Premium subscribers. Horizon Forbidden West normally costs $59.99, so you save quite a bit by being a member.

According to data from 2022, PS Plus Extra and Premium add roughly 400 and 740 free games respectively per year. That‘s a tremendous value compared to buying separately.

OlliOlli World Headlines PS Plus Essential

For PlayStation Plus Essential members, the highlight free game is OlliOlli World. This cheerful and whimsical skateboarding game launches February 2023 for all platforms.

In OlliOlli World, you traverse a bright, colorful 2D world pulling off ollies, kickflips, and other skillful tricks across levels. It offers:

  • Chill gameplay perfect to relax and pass time
  • Customizable skater characters and gear
  • Local multiplayer with friends
  • Progressive difficulty and rewards for combos

Reviews praise OlliOlli World for its unique art style, smooth skateboarding gameplay, and ability to appeal to all ages. It provides a more laidback, family-friendly contrast to the action of Horizon.

OlliOlli World sells for $29.99 regularly, so getting it free is an exciting perk of PlayStation Plus Essential. Make sure to grab it before March!

How to Claim and Download Your Free Games

As an experienced PlayStation Plus subscriber myself, I highly recommend claiming your free games as soon as possible each month. Here are some tips:

  • Check the PlayStation Store on the 1st of each month for that month‘s PS Plus games.
  • Visit the PS Plus section and "purchase" each title, even if not downloading yet. This reserves your access as long as you stay a member.
  • Prioritize big new releases or AAA games first, as they often leave the service faster.
  • Set a reminder on your phone to grab the games before they go away at month‘s end. You need an active subscription to play previously claimed games.
  • Peruse your PS Plus hub and library to find and download any games you previously added. They‘re ready and waiting for you!

Those steps ensure you maximize the value from your membership by securing all the free games. Now let‘s discuss how to actually play them.

How to Play Your Free PS Plus Games

Once claimed, you can download and launch your free PS Plus games in just a few steps:

  1. Turn on your PS5 or PS4 and go to your game library.
  2. Find the PS Plus category and select the game you want to play.
  3. Click download and wait for the game to fully install. Larger titles can take a while.
  4. When ready, simply click on the game icon to start playing and enjoying your latest freebie!
  5. Repeat monthly to build an awesome on-demand library of free games!

Pro Tip: While installing big games, browse through your PS Plus collection for shorter downloads or cloud streaming options for more instant gratification. The service really provides options for all gaming tastes.

Is PlayStation Plus Worth the Cost?

In my extensive experience, PlayStation Plus provides tremendous value, especially with the Extra and Premium tiers.

To match the same game libraries separately, you‘d spend well over $1000 per year buying titles individually. Plus you get online play, exclusive member discounts on games and DLC, and surprise monthly freebies like Horizon Forbidden West.

For me as an avid PlayStation gamer, the service is a no-brainer. I‘ve discovered many new favorite franchises through PS Plus that I never would have played otherwise.

If you love PlayStation gaming, the membership practically pays for itself between the free titles and extras. Just make sure to take full advantage each month!

Game On with February‘s Free PlayStation Plus Lineup

Hopefully this guide gives you all the information needed to maximize your free games from February‘s stellar PlayStation Plus lineup.

Be sure to claim Horizon Forbidden West and OlliOlli World right away if you haven‘t already. And let me know what hidden gems you discover as you explore the huge PS Plus catalogs!

Game on and happy gaming! Your friend and fellow gamer,

Steven