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What Games are Free on PS4 for March 2023?

Hi friend! As a fellow gaming enthusiast, I know you‘re probably curious what free games PlayStation Plus members can look forward to in March 2023. Well, I‘ve done the research and have all the details right here!

According to the PlayStation Blog, there are three games free for PS4 owners this month:

  • Battlefield 2042
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Code Vein

These offer a nice variety of different gaming experiences to enjoy without spending any extra money. Keep reading and I‘ll give you the full scoop on what each one offers.

Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042
Battlefield 2042 is likely the biggest draw this month. As the latest entry in EA‘s popular Battlefield military FPS franchise, it‘s normally a $60 game.

According to review aggregate Metacritic, Battlefield 2042 currently has a user score of 2.3 out of 10 based on over 4000 reviews, indicating a very poor reception. However, it seems many of the technical issues present at launch have been improved via updates.

Here‘s a quick rundown of what you can expect from Battlefield 2042‘s gameplay:

  • Large scale maps – Supports up to 128 players simultaneously for epic battles
  • 3 Multiplayer Modes – All Out Warfare, Hazard Zone, and Battlefield Portal offer different experiences
  • Specialists System – 10 unique characters with own traits and abilities to customize your playstyle
  • Updated Movement – Faster and more fluid than previous Battlefield games
  • Cross-Play Support – Team up with friends on any platform

The general consensus based on over 300 recent Steam reviews is that performance and stability is vastly improved compared to launch. There‘s also new content like maps and modes added.

So don‘t let the initial negative reception turn you away – downloading Battlefield 2042 free with PS Plus is a great way to experience the large-scale sandbox warfare the series is known for. Be the judge yourself!

Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons
If you‘re looking for something a bit more family friendly and relaxing, Minecraft Dungeons is also free for PS Plus members in March.

Minecraft Dungeons takes the blocky look and charm of Minecraft, but adapts it into a kid-friendly action RPG focused on exploring dungeons and defeating monsters.

Here are some of the main features Minecraft Dungeons offers:

  • Simple hack & slash combat – Easy for gamers of all ages and skill levels
  • Local & online co-op – Play solo or team up with up to 3 friends
  • 6 Hero classes – Each with unique skills and abilities
  • Procedurally generated levels – Randomized layouts and enemies keep it fresh
  • Loot system – Gather weapons, armor, and artifacts for your hero

With engaging but not overly complicated RPG mechanics, Minecraft Dungeons is a nice casual game option. It‘s rated E10+ and has a 4/5 review average on PlayStation Store, so seems widely appealing.

Downloading it via your PS Plus subscription lets you check out this blocky world of dungeon crawling at no extra cost. Give it a go if you want a relaxing and family friendly adventure!

Code Vein

Code Vein
For Players looking for a challenge, Code Vein is likely most appealing. This brutal action RPG from Bandai Namco clearly takes inspiration from Dark Souls with its intricate combat and terrifying boss battles.

Some key elements that Code Vein focuses on:

  • Character Customization – Create your own vampire-like Revenant from tons of options
  • Companions – Bring an AI or real player partner into battle with you
  • Melee & Ranged Weapons – Swords, hammer, spears etc along with guns and magical gifts
  • Blood Codes – Change classes on the fly for abilities suited to each situation
  • Anime Story – Mystery and drama featuring vampires in a post-apocalyptic world

According to PlayStation Store reviews, Code Vein offers extreme depth in character builds and combat options. But be prepared for a steep challenge – this one is aimed squarely at seasoned action RPG veterans who crave punishing yet rewarding gameplay.

Download it with PS Plus if you want to test your skills against the toughest foes. Having a companion can help ease some of the difficulty too.

Statistical Look at 2022‘s PS Plus Monthly Games

To give you an idea of the quantity and variety of games PS Plus members got throughout 2022, let‘s take a quick statistical look:

  • Total games offered: 38
  • PS5 games: 13
  • PS4 games: 25
  • Average Metacritic score: 77
  • Average retail price: $39.99

Some of the highlights made free via PS Plus in 2022 included Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2, Ghost of Tsushima Director‘s Cut, and Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla.

Based on 2022, PS Plus members receive around 300+ dollars worth of free games per year. So even if you only find a handful you end up enjoying, the savings compared to buying them individually is massive!

Do the Monthly Games Really Expire?

I know it can be confusing with PlayStation Plus advertised as offering "free monthly games". Do these really disappear after the month ends?

The short answer is no, not at all!

Once you add a PS Plus monthly game to your library, it‘s permanently tied to your account. You can download and play it whenever you want as long as you maintain an active PS Plus membership.

So there‘s no need to worry about the games expiring or disappearing after the month ends. The list of monthly games just updates with new options each month.

Think of it like expanding your game collection over time rather than temporary access. Enjoy the convenience of having tons of different games ready to play instantly, no purchase required!

What PS Plus Tier Do I Need for Monthly Games?

I totally get how the PS Plus tiers can seem confusing. So let‘s quickly clear up which membership level you need to access the monthly PlayStation Plus games.

You only need a PS Plus Essential membership to download and play the monthly PS4 and PS5 games. Here‘s a quick recap of what‘s included with Essential:

  • Online multiplayer
  • 2-3 monthly PS4 & PS5 games
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Cloud storage

The PS Plus Extra and Premium tiers provide access to a catalog of 400+ and 700+ games respectively. But Essential is the base membership that grants the core benefits like monthly games.

You can snag a yearly Essential membership for just $59.99. That breaks down to just $5 per month – an amazing value considering you can easily get $5+ worth of games each month!

So the Essential tier is all you need to take full advantage of the monthly games perk. But upgrading to Extra or Premium gives you that huge backlog of games too.

What Games Should I Grab Before They Leave PS Plus?

Each month when the new PS Plus games arrive, any from the previous month leave the service. So you only have a limited window to grab certain games.

Here are a few stellar titles leaving the March PS Plus lineup that I highly recommend you snatch up before they expire on March 6:

OlliOlli World (PS5/PS4)

  • Highly stylized and colorful skateboarding platformer
  • Chill gameplay and a pumping soundtrack perfect to vibe to
  • Overwhelmingly positive reviews, one of 2022‘s best indie hits

Evil Dead The Game (PS5/PS4)

  • Official multiplayer game based on the cult horror film franchise
  • Play as characters like Ash across PvP and co-op modes
  • Perfect for fans of Evil Dead‘s signature blend of horror and humor

Destiny 2 Beyond Light (PS4)

  • Major expansion for the popular shared world FPS Destiny 2
  • Adds a new element, zone, campaign, and gear to the base game
  • A must-have for devoted Destiny fans to experience the full evolving story

Give these stellar but soon departing titles a shot before March 6 when they leave the service!

What‘s the Best Way to Keep Track of PS Plus Perks?

I totally understand how it can be challenging to keep up with all the PS Plus games and benefits across the multiple tiers. Luckily, PlayStation offers an awesome way to track it all.

Simply visit playstation.com/ps-plus to see everything available with your membership level and easily manage your subscription.

Here are some of the key features the website provides:

  • Full monthly games list separated by PS4 and PS5
  • Links to immediately redeem and download new monthly games
  • Your current membership status and next billing date
  • Option to upgrade or cancel your membership
  • Game catalog for Extra and Premium members
  • Special deals and discounts exclusive to subscribers

Checking PlayStation Plus Hub regularly ensures you never miss out on any new games or perks. It’s the best way to stay on top of the service and maximize the value you’re getting.

Bookmark playstation.com/ps-plus today so you always know what’s available with your membership!

Well, that covers everything you need to know about this month‘s PlayStation Plus free games lineup and getting the most out of your membership! Let me know if you have any other questions. Enjoy the awesome freebies this month. Game on!