You have just bought a Playstation 5 and you also signed up for a PS Plus Extra or Premium subscription so you can access an almost infinite number of video games of the action genre, action-adventure, FPS and TPS shooters, RPGs, roguelike – I could go on and on – but you don’t know what are the best to put in download? Freaking News steps in for you by suggesting the ones you just can’t pass up among exclusives and multiplatform titles.
Before proceeding with the best, of the best, of the best in the catalog, a couple of posts. First, let’s start by defining the main differences between the three types of Playstation Plus Essential, Extra, and Premium subscriptions:
- Playstation Plus Essential 8.99€/month: essentially – as the name in English suggests – this is the old PS Plus. By subscribing you will have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive discounts, play online games and download free monthly games
- Playstation Plus Extra €13.99/month: similar to Essential subscription but you get access to a catalog containing hundreds of PS4 and PS5 video games
- Playstation Plus Premium €16.99/month: all the benefits of Extra and Essential subscriptions plus the ability to play games in the cloud and download old PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP titles from the catalog
Now that we have resolved the purely informational issues, let’s move on to the honorable mentions, i.e., the games not included in this article but still worthy of nomination (always remember that the ones that follow, are entirely personal preferences): Control by Remedy Entertainment, Days Gone by Bend Studio, Yakuza: Like a Dragon by Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, Kena: Bridge of Spirits by Ember Lab, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor by Monolith Studios and Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age by Square Enix. Introduction made, let’s begin!
Sooner or later (hopefully) a Remake will come for Bloodborne. The whole world is pretty certain of this, and honestly, it would be really nice to go back to wandering the streets of Yharnam at 60fps. Either way, the Playstation exclusive released in 2015 by From Software is definitely worth a download.
Bloodborne still remains to this day one of the best games available on Playstation 4 and 5, whether it is because of the scary, horror-ridden, blood-soaked setting that takes its inspiration from the literary universe devised by H.P. Lovecraft, or because of combat-driven gameplay that, compared to other titles from the award-winning Japanese development studio, pushes the player to attack relentlessly by favoring a particularly aggressive approach.
Demon’s Souls Remake
Are you nostalgic for Dark Souls, Bloodborne (which you may have downloaded and finished right away because it’s the first name on the list) or Elden Ring? Are you looking forward to the long-awaited Shadow of the Erdtree DLC? If the answer is yes, then there is no better way to beguile the wait with Bluepoint Games’ Remake of Demon’s Souls, one of Playstation 5’s launch titles as well as one of Sony’s best flagship exclusives.
Bluepoint Games had already made us dream with the Shadow of the Colossus remake, but with Demon’s Souls Remake the studio has raised the quality bar even higher. If you haven’t had a chance to play the original title, this re-release is all you need to immerse yourself again in the typical From Software atmosphere.
The newest title and among the best games on this list, available from October 2023 for Playstation Plus Extra and Premium subscribers. If you want a pure RPG and untangle statistics, builds to enhance your character and language clashes on the last roll of the dice, Disco Elysium is for you. However, the peculiarities of ZA/UM Studio’s masterpiece do not end with pure gameplay.
What makes Disco Elysium unique in the video game scene is its narrative compartment, which is deep, well-edited and exciting, touching on themes of politics, friendship, alcoholism and love, starting with a mysterious as well as brutal murder. My only note to you is this: watch out for English because Disco Elysium requires a high-level understanding of the language.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 1 & Miles Morales
A few weeks ago I told you on these pages how much I loved Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (if you missed it, here is the review of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2). Well, the prequel you can find in the PS Plus Extra and Premium catalogs, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and its DLC, Miles Morales, are two excellent games, as fun in gameplay as they are faithful to the comics in recounting the tough superhero life of the two spiderman.
If you are intent on purchasing the latest installment of Insomniac Games’ video game saga dedicated to wall-climbing (perhaps for Christmas), you must necessarily go through – if you haven’t already done so – by the previous two chapters in the series so that you have a complete picture of the story of Peter Parker and Miles Morales.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Sticking with Insomniac, another must-download game is Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the typical lighthearted action adventure released on June 11, 2021, which marked the series’ debut on Playstation 5.
From a gameplay perspective, Rift Apart is very similar to 2016’s Ratchet 6 Clank. In addition to the protagonist Ratchet, we also impersonate a Lombax named Rivet. Finally, one aspect to note, is the ability to move between the different dimensions in which the title is set without any kind of loading.
Sea of Stars
About Sea of Stars, which is available on Playstation 4 and 5 and landed at day one on August 29, 2023 in the catalog of games for PS Plus Extra and Premium subscribers, we have already talked about it in our special issue dedicated to the best JRPGs available on Xbox Game Pass.
Sea of Stars takes up the typical gameplay of classic turn-based role-playing games while trying to innovate some of their typicalities, saying goodbye, for example, to random combat and forced grinding. Finally, it is also worth noting the excellent art and sound compartment for a really high quality work that will keep you company for a good thirty hours.
Horizon Zero Dawn & Forbidden West
After the Spider-Man saga, the other must-have one-two punch for subscribers is the one consisting of Horizon Zero Dawn and its sequel Forbidden West. The two Playstation exclusive works developed by Guerrilla Games see us take on the role of heroine Aloy on a journey through a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by various tribes and giant, animal-like robotic creatures known as the “Machines“.
Horizon Zero Dawn on Playstation 4 impressed gamers with a truly remarkable graphics compartment. The sequel on PS5, Forbidden West, succeeds in the difficult feat of further improving the visual quality already admired in its predecessor, as well as perfecting the gameplay from every angle.
I am not a big fan of roguelike and roguelite but for Returnal I am forced to make an exception. A fabulous third-person shooter with a high degree of difficulty and capable of bewitching the player not only because of its gameplay – if you like TPSs you’re doomed because it won’t be easy to take your hands off the Dual Sense – but also because of its narrative compartment.
Returnal’s story will gain value with each death of the main character, the astronaut Selene: the game over thus takes on a valuable and critically important significance if one wants to know the fate of the main character in the Housemarque-developed shooter.
Master Kojima has given us in 2019 a divisive game. Some people loved it and some did not like it too much. Death Stranding, yours truly literally devoured it. I remember my crazy gaming sessions crystal clear: I would wake up every morning during the vacation season and start playing nonstop. I would cross winding paths, climb rocky mountains to deliver packages requested by people who needed my help.
However, writing about Death Stranding is very difficult because it is that typical work that is easier to play than to put down on WordPress. The merits of DS should also be sought in a story that embraces you from the first moment of play and then never let you go, and the only way to break free from its grip is to reach the end credits.
Devil May Cry 5
If you are on the hunt for technical action that is deep in mechanics, then Devil May Cry 5 – arguably the best action game of the last generation – is for you. Dante returns for this fifth chapter along with good old Nero who made his first appearance in Devil May Cry 4.
The big news, however, is the presence of a new character, the mysterious V, also, along with Dante and Nero, usable in game: in fact, in DMC 5 there are three different storylines to be carried forward (one for each protagonist) that will inevitably end up intersecting as we approach the final stages of the Capcom production.
God of War 2018
There is very little to say about one of the best games of last generation. God of War 2018, the debut of the Kratos saga on Playstation 4, is a must play for all Sony console owners. In this new chapter, the series abandons Greek mythology and dives into Norse mythology: the setting changes but the quality does not.
Kratos and his son, Atreus, embark on a journey to reach the highest peak of the Nine Realms so they can scatter the ashes of Faye, wife of the Spartan god and mother of the young man. Between fabulous fighting (too bad about the small number of bosses) and a story with more mature tones than previous chapters and focused on the difficulties of the father-son relationship, God of War 2018 marks a great restart for the Santa Monica Studio series that began in 2005.
Doom 2016 & Eternal
There could be no shortage of pure shooters on this list as well and with Doom 2016 and its sequel Doom Eternal, you’re on the safe side (speaking of FPSs, here are the best shooter games available on Xbox Game Pass). id Software in 2016, together with Bethesda, launched a full-fledged reboot of its 1993-born saga, hitting the mark.
A frenetic and ignorant arena shooter in which you will smash demon after demon by exploiting both the vast arsenal at the Doom Slayer’s disposal and violent executions through which to brutally finish off any poor monster that tries to stand in your way.
Still to stay in the wake of Doom and within Bethesda’s productions, we could not fail to include one of the best FPSs of the last generation, Wolfenstein, reboot of the series born in 1981. Are you ready to go hunting for Nazis?
Within the catalog of Playstation Plus Extra and Premium games are available all chapters of the new saga developed by MachineGames: The New Order, Old Blood, Young Blood – whose campaign can also be tackled in co-op – and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
We close the three-part triptych of works published by Bethesda and available to Playstation Plus Extra and Premium subscribers with Prey, the immersive sim developed by Arkane Studios (In the subscriber catalog you will also find another Arkane masterpiece, Dishonored) about which we also told you in our special issue dedicated to the Best Horror games available on Game Pass.
In addition to a sci-fi fiction of the highest quality, what makes Prey a work of genius is the freedom of approach it gives the user on how to approach the individual game sessions: the roads to go through each room, each area of the space station in Talos I are almost limitless thanks to the fantastic work done on the level design front by Arkane.
Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection
We return to Playstation 5 exclusives with the Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection that includes Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the latest installment in Naughty Dog’s saga starring Nathan Drake, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Lost Legacy), a spin-off focusing on Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross.
Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection is, essentially, an exclusive Playstation 5 upgrade of the two original works that came out on PS4 – similar to that announced by Naughty Dog in recent days for The Last of Us 2 – and thus aiming to take full advantage of the full potential of Sony’s latest console.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
In 1997, the beautiful Final Fantasy 7, an RPG developed by Square Enix, was released on the Playstation and was a worldwide success with both critics and audiences. 23 years later, on April 10, 2020 Final Fantasy VII returned in the form of a Remake on PC, Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 (for the latter console, there is an improved and optimized version named Final Fantasy VII Integrade).
Final Fantasy VII Remake is the first installment of the trilogy dedicated to the 1997 video game: in 2024, the second part will officially land on the market as a temporary Playstation 5 exclusive, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, while the third and final act of this reissue still has no firm release date but we know it is already in the works.
Ghost of Tsushima
I want to bring you the perfect entertainment combo for lovers of Japan: binge watching Blue Eye Samurai, one of the best Netflix TV Series of 2023 (here is our review of Blue Eye Samurai) and, once it’s over, don’t move from the couch and start downloading Ghost of Tsushima.
Sucker Punch Productions has delivered one of the best Playstation 4 exclusive games of the past generation (there is also a next-gen upgrade for PS5 owners). An adventure that mixes action and stealth within an open world (the island of Tsushima) with an overflowing art compartment that reproduces, in the best possible way, the beauty of Japan in the late 1200s.
It Takes Two
The last treat on the list: It Takes Two, an exclusively cooperative video game developed by Hazelight Studios and published by Electronic Arts as well as winner of Game of The Year 2021. From a writing point of view, the story is divinely told and balances moments where laughter is a must with others that, on the contrary, are heart-stopping.
Speaking of gameplay, on the other hand, It Takes Two stimulates cooperation between the two players and mixes different video game genres within the same product by alternating, for example, platforming and action sessions interspersed with well-thought-out environmental puzzles. The main strength of the work created by Joseph Fares is its ability to strike the perfect balance between storytelling – the message Hazelight Studios wants to send us is very powerful – and gameplay.