A new era of PlayStation Plus has begun, one that adds far more value to the service thanks to a greatly expanded library of games. If you’re upgrading from the lowest tier of PS Plus to PS Plus Extra or PS Plus Premium, then you’ll be spoiled with options, as there are literally hundreds of games in the new PS Plus library. So where do you start? Everyone has particular tastes and while there’s no single recommendation that can apply to every subscriber, there are tons of can’t-miss games in the new library. We’ve rounded up the best new PlayStation games for PS Plus Extra and Premium members.
Before we dive in, we should note that only games that are available to Premium other Extra members were considered for this list. That means that our picks here are limited to PS4 and PS5 games, including exclusives such as God of War and Ghost of Tsushima as well as indie darlings like Dead Cells and Celeste. PlayStation Plus Plus Premium members also have access to a library of classics to download and PS3 games to stream. We’ll have roundups covering the highlights that are exclusive to PlayStation Plus Premium members later this week. PlayStation Plus Extra costs $15/month or $100/year, while Premium is $18/month or $120/year. You can check out our list of every game in the PS Plus Extra and Premium library to see what all you’re getting with a subscription.
If you’re looking to try out some soulslike action, Ashen is a great mix of strategy, action, and community that pits you and your stamina bar against merciless foes.
Read our Ashen review.
Batman: Arkham Knight
One of the best superhero games of all time, Batman: Arkham Knight is the ultimate Caped Crusader simulator and still looks visually impressive as you protect Gotham with gadgets, fists, and a Batmobile that fires on all cylinders.
Read our Batman: Arkham Knight review.
From Software at its most gothic, Bloodborne mixes sinister worldbuilding with terrifying bosses, elegantly brutal combat, and a mystery around every corner.
Read our Bloodborne review.
A platformer that will have you in awe of its style and aggravated by your inability to nail that one jump, Celeste is visually delightful, challenging, and heartwarming with an emotional story that’s well worth experiencing.
Read our Celeste review.
Control: Ultimate Edition
Remedy Entertainment at its finest, Control is a prime example of that studio’s greatest strengths: precision action, gorgeous visuals, and spooky lore to uncover. Control feels like a 3D metroidvania, and the entire game is oozing with style and a haunting atmosphere.
Read our Control review.
A tightly-crafted challenge, Dead Cells mixes metroidvania exploration with roguelike progression to great effect. You’ll lose count of the number of times you’ll die before you reach the end, but it’s a journey that’s worth the effort.
Read our Dead Cells review.
Beyond the reach of Konami and the Metal Gear Solid series, Hideo Kojima’s first independent game is the legendary developer’s most inventive game yet. Weird, haunting, and entertaining, Death Stranding pulls no punches with a tale that’s brought to life by an all-star cast of developers and actors.
Read our Death Stranding Director’s Cut Review.
The game that helped spawn a new genre, Demon’s Souls got a heck of a remake in 2020 that captured all of the lethal beauty of the original game while updating it with PS5 features that made for a killer launch title.
Read our Demon’s Souls review.
Pure unrestrained violence that captured the spirit of the original FPS classics, the 2016 version of Doom is a pulse-pounding thrill ride through Mars military bases overrun by demons and a descent into the bowels of hell itself.
Read our Doom review.
Final Fantasy series
There’s no shortage of Final Fantasy in the new PS Plus, as you’re spoiled for choice with remastered PS1 games, Final Fantasy X/X-2, Final Fantasy XV, and more. If you’re unsure which entry in the series you should play first on PS Plus, check out our ranking of Final Fantasy’s mainline series.
Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut
Whether you want to honorably duel challenging invaders as a noble samurai or stick to the shadows as you employ cunning ninja skills, Ghost of Tsushima has you covered with plenty of flexibility within a world that’s a treat for the eyes.
Read our Ghost of Tsushima review.
Cyberpunk parkour with an edge, Ghostrunner is pure style and substance with its fast-paced and acrobatic gameplay
Read our Ghostrunner review.
God of War
The return of Kratos in 2018 saw the retired war god embark on a grand adventure, telling an epic tale of fatherhood through immaculate design and acting. With more methodical combat and a beautifully realized world, God of War remains one of the best PlayStation exclusives in a long time.
Read our God of War review.
Gravity Rush 2
Expanding on the original game’s ideas of gravity-manipulating freedom, Gravity Rush 2 is a colorful follow-up that’s packed with great-looking environments and a sense of motion through these areas that’s consistently fun.
Read our Gravity Rush 2 review.
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
While the wait for Hollow Knight: Silksong continues, now is a great time to hop back into a more refined and elegant version of the first game that’s pure polish and elegant charm when it comes to combat, exploration, and storytelling.
Read our Hollow Knight review.
Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition
Leaving the grim world of Killzone behind, developer Guerrilla’s first original IP hit the ball right out of the park with its tale of a post-apocalyptic world, compelling characters, and giant menacing machines that had replaced humans at the top of the food chain.
Read our Horizon Zero Dawn review.
Hotline Miami 2
A prime example of “just one more round” gameplay, Hotline Miami 2 is top-down brutality mixed with a retro ’80s vibe and enough pixelated blood to fill a swimming pool in each action-packed run.
Read our Hotline Miami 2 review.
Marvel’s Spider-Man + Miles Morales
You can’t go wrong with either Spider-Man game from Insomniac, as both of these franchise-defining titles are loaded with incredible web-slinging movement, unique combat, and emotional haymakers through each well-crafted story.
Read our Marvel’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales reviews.
Mortal Kombat 11
Not just Mortal Kombat at its very best, the 11th chapter in the long-running saga ends in an era of fatalities, bloody kombos, and dimension-hopping apocalypses in grand style. Plus, you can play as Rambo.
Read our Mortal Kombat 11 review.
Nidhogg 1 + 2
Ever fancied a few rounds of fencing? Nidhogg is just the arena for that fantasy, as the pure thrill of landing a killer blow in an intense duel of steel and reflexes is on full display in these two indie gems.
Read our Nidhogg 2 review.
There’s no easy way to explain what Outer Wilds is without spoiling it, but if you dig time loops, mystery, and soundtracks that stir your soul, you’ll fall in love with this gem of a game.
Read our Outer Wilds review.
What starts out as a fun little exercise in running a restaurant quickly evolves into a kitchen nightmare in Overcooked 2, but at least you and your friends will be having some frantic fun in this charming culinary challenge.
Read our Overcooked 2 review.
Red Dead Redemption 2
The kind of game that you’ll need to dedicate weeks to, Rockstar’s wild west magnum opus is a slow but deep journey through a rich sandbox that explores the twilight of the cowboy outlaw.
Read our Red Dead Redemption 2 review.
A glorious ode to the bullet hell past of side-scrolling shmups, Resogun adds a cadence of chaos to its design and makes each stage look like a beautiful explosion of colors and polygons.
Read our Resogun review.
Sticking with Housemarque, Returnal amps up the challenge by throwing you into an even more brutal bullet hell on an alien planet. Trapped in a constant cycle of death and rebirth, Returnal is nothing short of a sci-fi challenge that takes no prisoners.
Read our Returnal review.
If you own a PSVR, Rez Infinite is a must have. An audio-visual journey anchored by music and sublime rhythm, it’s all the better with VR, but perfectly playable without that hardware.
Read our Rez Infinite review.
Shadow of the Colossus
An attack on titans long before the anime series rolled around, Shadow of the Colossus was an instant classic on the PS2 that got an incredible remake many years later. Load it up, and experience a world that is both tranquil and haunting before you take on the Colossi.
Read our Shadow Of The Colossus Review.
Tetris Effect: Connected
Just like Rez Infinite, Tetris Effect doubles down on the power of music and perfectly integrates it into classic Tetris gameplay. Every block is a musical note waiting to be placed in a collection of stages that match the musical ante with lush visuals.
Read our Tetris Effect review.
A game that deserved to be more than just one of the best PS Vita titles, Tearaway Unfolded’s enhanced PS4 port recaptured all the magic of that quirky papercraft adventure and made it even better with unique DualShock 4 controller features.
Read our Tearaway Unfolded review.
Uncharted 4 + Lost Legacy
The pinnacle of Uncharted, the fourth game in the series–and its superb spin-off–is a two-fisted showcase of PlayStation’s efforts to create prestige-level video games. Both games offer cinematic experiences highlighted by superb performances, stunning vistas, and a great mix of action, stealth, and platforming gameplay.
Read our Uncharted 4 review.
XCOM 2 isn’t just great turn-based strategy, it’s nuanced and dripping with details that make every tactical decision feel important. An impactful meta-game and deep character-building makes this a masterpiece of strategic fun.
Read our XCOM 2 review.
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