It’s that time of the month again! We have a number of new games coming to PS Plus, and this time that number is pretty damn high. We’re only covering the titles for the Extra and Premium Tier, as the games for Essential were published some time ago.
A quick note, when we’re doing these kind of articles Game Pass, we also mention the games leaving the service. There are also games leaving the PS Plus service, but, unlike Microsoft, Sony doesn’t mention them in their blog posts. So keep an eye out for any games that might be leaving the service.
We’ll be mentioning the console these games are available for next to their title. Games will be available starting October 18th, and all PS4 games are also playable on PS5… with a few Assassin’s Creed exceptions, but we’ll get to that. As usual, you can check out our PS Plus vs Game Pass article for how the two services stack up. Without further ado, let’s get into the games!
All Extra titles are also available to Premium subscribers.
Assassin’s Creed Games (PS4)
We have a good number of games from the Ubisoft franchise joining the service this month. In terms of mainline games, we have Syndicate, Odyssey, and III, and we also have the spin-off Chronicles Trilogy, which takes players on 2D stealth missions across China, India, and Russia. This means that, aside from the very first game and some mobile titles, the entire Assassin’s Creed series is available on PS Plus.
There’s a small caveat, though. For some reason, Syndicate, Russia and India are only playable on PS4, not PS5. Syndicate had some lighting issues on PS5 a while back, which explains why it’s not available for PS5. The Chronicles trilogy likely had the same issue, but China seems to be available on PS5, so they’ll hopefully get a fix soon for all the games.
Dragon Quest Games (PS4)
Another chunk of games from the same series, but this time they’re pretty different across the board in terms of gameplay. The Dragon Quest series of RPGs is huge in Japan, on par with Final Fantasy, and the latest entry, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age, is joining PS Plus.
Two other games joining the service are Dragon Quest Builders 1 and 2, spin-offs where you must build bases and explore the world, with an art-style inspired by Minecraft. Lastly, there’s Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, and its sequel, Heroes II. Those are hack-and-slash titles with an emphasis on quick combat over turn-based battles.
In terms of presentation, all the games use 3D models that look a lot like Dragon Ball characters, which makes sense, since Akira Toriyama created the latter and is a character designer for the former. This is a great opportunity for players to try these games out and see what this world has to offer.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS4, PS5)
Do you remember the good old days when you would pop open your PS2 and roam Vice City, doing whatever you felt like? Would you like to relive these moments? Well, too bad, here’s the remastered edition of the game! You know, the one that was panned for poor visuals and performance.
Jokes aside, the game has seen a number of improvements since launch, though some problems still persist. On the bright side, Extra subscribers can also play the game, since this is the remaster that was available on PS4 (not that this is an indication on where a game goes, as we’ll see soon).
The spiritual successor of the critically acclaimed Limbo, and from the same developers, Inside sees you taking control of a small boy trying to stay alive in a dangerous and unforgiving world. Avoid the regime hunting you down and try to make your way to freedom.
The Medium (PS5)
A third-person psychological horror that sees you swapping between to worlds, the real one and the spirit realm. You’ll use your psychic powers to solve puzzles in both worlds and uncover deeply disturbing secrets. Be watchful, though… The Maw is hunting you down.
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker (PS4)
A 4v4 brawler where you use you
magic powers ninja abilities to go toe to toe with other players. It features characters from the Naruto series, as well as its sequel, Boruto.
In Hohokum, you play as a kite-like being (that looks more like a sort of snake with a big eye), and the goal… is to explore the world and get lost in it. The game has a minimalist 2D art-style, and creates some very colorful and trippy imagery. Don’t sleep on this one!
Games labeled as PS3 are only available on streaming for PlayStation consoles and, in select regions, on PC.
Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 Remastered (PS4)
As promised a few months ago, the Yakuza games are being added to PlayStation Plu- Wait… We’re in the Premium section of the article… This can’t possibly mean…
Unfortunately, yes, these 3 games are only available to Premium subscribers. You could argue it’s because the games were originally released for PS3, but so were the first 2 – released in the PS2 generation – and their remakes, the Kiwami games, are also available to Extra players.
Maybe it’s only games that were released on the PS3 at first? Seems to be the case, as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is only on Premium, while Shadow of the Colossus is also on Extra. Who knows. Either way, Sony, Sega, or both, are being really foolish.
If you’re new to the franchise, it recently changed its name to Like a Dragon, to better fit with the Japanese names. You can find more in our dedicated article.
Speak of the devil! Limbo is also joining the PS Plus subscription, but only for Premium subscribers. It was originally launched during the PS3 era, so that tracks with our observations above. The games are somewhat similar in terms of gameplay, with Limbo going for a more minimalist, black-and-white art-style.
Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS4)
More fuel for our “Games launched during the PS3 aren’t coming to Extra” fire. The 4th (numbered) entry in the critically acclaimed fighting series, this is the definitive edition of the game, with 44 characters to pick from. You can keep yourself busy with the Arcade and VS mode, but you might be hard pressed to find anyone online, seeing as Street Fighter VI is coming soon.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3)
Probably one of the most un-Castlevania-like Castlevanias, Lords of Shadows is a reboot of the classic games for the then-modern age (with all that entails). Despite the radically different direction, the game was praised for its story, combat, visuals, music, and art direction.
Interestingly enough, the game was produced by Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear games, and developed by MercurySteam, who would go on to make the most recent mainline Metroid games, Samus Returns and Dread.
Everyday Shooter (PS3)
One of the earlier titles released on the platform, Everyday Shooter is a bullet hell with psychedelic graphics and soothing music. This game might be a little hard to play on PS Plus, since the lag from streaming doesn’t pair well with bullet hells. Thankfully, the game is also on Steam for about 10 USD if you want to give it a shot.
What do you think of this selection? What games do you want added to the service? Let us know down below!
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