The new PlayStation Plus consists of three different subscription levels: Basic, Extra and Premium. Basic is PS Plus as we know it today, Extra provides a library of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games, and Premium adds classic games. The games mentioned in this article are available through Extra and Premium. Classic games from the Premium subscription are not included in this article.
Until 2018, we mainly knew God of War as a series of hacks and slashes that gave the DualShock’s square and triangular buttons a hard time. After the original trilogy on PlayStation 2 and 3 and a couple of great PSP titles, Santa Monica Studio had had enough and decided to turn things around. God of War has become more of a cinematic adventure with a heavy emphasis on story. This time, that story is based on Norse mythology rather than Greek. Papa Kratos goes on an adventure with his son Atreus to scatter the ashes of his deceased partner.
Of course, the old monsters are still being smashed, but the focus on an emotional story shows a side of Kratos we haven’t seen before. You discover his personal problems and how he performs his role as a father figure. According to many, God of War is arguably the best PlayStation 4 game out there. The game also won Game of the Year at The Game Awards in 2018. On PlayStation 5, you can also play this amazing game at sixty frames per second, leaving few to complain about.
Red Dead Redemption 2 features the rock star we all love to see. There is no trace of GTA Online milking and shooting gruesome transformers here. No, Rockstar has built one of the biggest and most realistic worlds we’ve ever seen in a game. Add to that a strong story and you have one of the best games of the previous console generation. Every detail has been thought of: even horse balls shrink when it’s cold. What more could you wish for?!
You’re on the road with a gang on the run after a robbery goes completely wrong in the town of Blackwater. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters on your tail, you’ll travel across the country, leaving behind a series of battles and heists. The game may seem a little slow – after all, it is set in the Wild West of 1899 – but please do so, because then you will have one of the best experiences the game can give you.
Celeste is much more than just an old platformer. Take the role of Madeleine to climb Mount Celeste. There are a lot of challenges involved, but luckily the gameplay is pretty tight. Going up the mountain symbolizes the struggle against depression, which is also a struggle that requires determination and courage.
Even if you don’t like challenging games, Celeste is worth it because of the assistive mode. Beautiful looks, elegant gameplay and a great soundtrack make Celeste one of the best games ever. It’s not without reason that the game was nominated for Game of the Year at the Game Awards in 2018, along with well-known names like Red Dead Redemption, Assassin’s Creed and God of War.
Hollow Night is Team Cherry’s passion project that has spiraled out of control. It started as a humble game of three guys who had never made a game before, but it ended in one of the biggest and most storied metroidvanias to date. The hand-drawn world is fun to explore, the endless bosses are a great challenge and the game offers plenty of side content that will keep the most determined person occupied for decades.
The game used to be cheap, but now that it’s available on both Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus Extra, there’s no excuse not to miss this game. And you’re just in time for the upcoming Hollow Knight: Silksong sequel. Nobody knows when it will appear, because the development process seems to be completely out of control – in the good sense of the word.
The Demon’s Souls edition is the best game to discover what PlayStation 5 has to offer. It is based on the first game in the now infamous Souls series that originally appeared on PlayStation 3. The talented Bluepoint has completely rebuilt the game from scratch. The graphics are amazing, the sound is crystal clear, the haptic feedback really adds more immersion and the game also runs smoothly at sixty frames per second.
Outside of the technical matters, the gameplay is still very solid. To put it in Cody’s words, “Devil’s souls are only the polished pieces of the Elden Ring.” You will encounter the craziest bosses, you will experience environmental driving at the highest level, this is a unique challenge. If you’ve ever enjoyed FromSoftware (or not), this game alone is worth a month’s PS Plus Extra subscription.
Of course there are plenty of other games that could also be on this list, including The Last Of Us Remastered, Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, Uncharted 4, Returnal, etc. Do you think the new PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium is worth it? And what games will you play if you sign up? Let me know in the comments!
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