PS Plus Extra – the best PS4 and PS4 games to download for free
With the new PS Plus service offering a huge range of PS4 and PS5 games for subscribers, we’ve narrowed down the best ones to start playing now.
At long last, Sony’s revamped PlayStation Plus service is now available worldwide, though not without some major stumbling blocks.
Sony’s overall communication about it has been oddly minimal, with some official information needing to come from subscribers rather than the company itself. It hasn’t even properly explained which games are actually available here in the UK, since it varies for each European country.
As a reminder, there are now three tiers of PS Plus: Essential, which is basically exactly the same as before; Extra, which is roughly equivalent to Game Pass and includes hundreds of PlayStation 4 and 5 games; and Premium, which adds retro games for the PlayStation 1, 2, 3, and Portable.
We’ll offer some suggestions for Premium in another article but below are some of our favourite picks from PS Plus Extra. It is similar to Game Pass, in terms of the number of games available, but as was known before launch it won’t necessarily include first party games from day one (although there are already plans for some indie titles).
Just be aware that PS Plus Extra has only just started and the way it’s organised on the PlayStation 5’s dashboard is not very intuitive. You may have to search for some of these games by name, as they’re not all listed through the main interface, although Sony do seem to be trying to fix this.
PS Plus Extra – the best PS4 and PS5 games available
If you got into the Soulsborne genre through Elden Ring and are eager for more, long-time fans will happily recommend Bloodborne. Easily one of the best action role-playing games of all-time, it’s also arguably the best PlayStation 4 exclusive and the best FromSoftware title.
Control: Ultimate Edition
Control: Ultimate Edition may not be perfect but it’s still a great third person action adventure, from the team that made Max Payne and Alan Wake. It’s also refreshing to play something that isn’t a sequel or spin-off in this often surreal supernatural thriller.
We already recommended Bloodborne, but Soulsborne newcomers will also want to see how the genre got its start. This is a fantastic remake of the original 2009 game and easily one of the best games to launch alongside the PlayStation 5.
Ghost Of Tsushima: Director’s Cut
Almost worth picking up for the Legends multiplayer mode alone, this is the optimal way to experience Sucker Punch’s samurai adventure. The similarities to Assassin’s Creed can be a bit jarring but it’s hard not to appreciate the authentic tone and atmosphere.
God Of War
With the sequel on the horizon, this is the perfect time to experience Kratos’ first Norse adventure; one filled with simple yet thrilling combat, an interesting world to explore, and a story that sees the murder happy Kratos take a chill pill as he struggles with being a single dad.
Gravity Rush 2
It’s too bad we’ll likely never see a third game in the series, as the Gravity Rush games are a novel and charming experience. The first game isn’t available, but its sequel boasts new gravity abilities and much better combat, while keeping its protagonist as lovable as ever.
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
Want to know what all the fuss surrounding Silksong is about? Then you’ll want to give its predecessor, Hollow Knight, a look. What it lacks in new ideas for the Metroidvania genre is more than made up for with its level design, combat, and aesthetics.
Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition
Even before its sequel, Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the best-looking Sony exclusives. The script’s a little weak and things can get repetitive, but they don’t hold back its combat and stealth, with the open world itself a treat to explore.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
What initially looked like a run-of-the-mill licensed action game, Guardians Of The Galaxy turned out to be far more ambitious, as it tells a surprisingly sophisticated story about grief and found family. The solid action, excellent visuals, and 80s soundtrack make it one of the best surprises of recent years.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Insomniac Games’ first crack at Spider-Man is worth your time if you’re a fan of the character, but the Miles Morales centric follow-up is arguably superior. While it is shorter, it offers a tighter story and looks an absolute treat on PlayStation 5.
Mortal Kombat 11
NetherRealm is presumably working on Mortal Kombat 12 as we write this, but Mortal Kombat 11’s in-depth and accessible gameplay means it’s still worth playing today and a good starting point for new fans. Skip it if you’re at all squeamish; those fatalities are gorier than they’ve ever been.
Not to be confused with The Outer Worlds (which is a very different game), Outer Wilds is a time-bending puzzle adventure that manages to nail its unique concept. Its world and puzzle design are simply excellent, but you may need a guide on stand-by.
Red Dead Redemption 2
On paper, it’s Grand Theft Auto with cowboys, but Red Dead Redemption 2 is a contender for Rockstar Games’ best game ever. The story does go on a bit too long for its own good but it’s a fantastic Western epic, and it being a prequel means you don’t even need to play the first game beforehand.
A musical on-rail shooter originally made for the flagging Dreamcast, Rez returned in 2016 and remains a timeless classic that we’ll still be playing in another 15 years. Even without the VR options, this is an auditory and visual experience that everyone should try out.
Our favourite game of 2021 (BAFTA agreed) and unquestionably the best exclusive so far on the PlayStation 5, Returnal is an inspired mix of roguelike, third person shooter, and Dark Souls style epic. It was so good Sony bought developer Housemarque, who recently released a chonky slice of new DLC.
Shadow Of The Colossus
A remake of Team Ico’s classic PlayStation 2 action adventure, Shadow Of The Colossus comes recommend to anyone. Although you might be better to play Ico first, and The Last Guardian afterwards, as they’re both on PS Plus too – although Ico is only on the Premium service.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Even if you’ve never played the previous three games, Uncharted 4 is worth trying out for its cinematic action, brilliant set pieces, and stellar voice acting. At the time, we found it to be the best-looking console game ever and its visuals hold up six years later. We can highly recommend spin-off The Lost Legacy too if Uncharted 4 leaves you hungry for more.
We stand by our 10/10 score for this one. Any gamer who hasn’t played XCOM 2 is doing themselves a disservice, as its varied combat, simple controls, excellent storytelling, and unpredictable nature make it one of, the best strategy games ever and surprisingly accessible.
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