PlayStation Plus Essential Receives Evil Dead: The Game, OlliOlliWorld, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, and Mafia: Definitive Edition in February

It’s that time of the month again! PlayStation Plus Essential subscribers (as well as those on higher tiers) will receive 3 new games in February, plus an expansion for Destiny 2 as a bonus (the base game being free to play).

The games will be made available on February 7th. If you haven’t gotten last month’s games yet, now’s your last chance, so get to it. We’ll try a different format for each game this time, where we put the description offered by Sony, followed by some technical information, and finally a trailer. Let’s get to it!


Evil Dead: The Game

Step into the shoes of Ash Williams or his friends from the iconic Evil Dead franchise and work together in a game loaded with over-the-top co-op and PvP multiplayer action. Play as a team of four survivors, exploring, looting, managing your fear, and finding key items to seal the breach between worlds in a game inspired by all three original Evil Dead films as well as the Ash vs Evil Dead television series. Fight for the forces of good or take control of the Kandarian Demon to hunt Ash & others while possessing Deadites, the environmental objects & more as you seek to swallow their souls!

  • Versions: PS4/PS5
  • Developer: Boss Team Games
  • Publisher: Saber Interactive
  • Release Date: May 13, 2022
  • Minimum Size: 14.45 GB
  • Story Length: 4 Hours
  • Completion Length: N/A (multiplayer game)
  • Trophy Difficulty: 3/10

OlliOlli World

Grind, trick and air your way to discover the mystical skate gods on your quest for Gnarvana in this bold skateboarding action-platformer that’s bursting with personality. Traverse a delightful and weird world as you take on missions, challenges and make new friends along the way. Experience the accessibility, depth and player freedom as you dive into the signature flow state gameplay. OlliOlli World marks the third entry in the critically-acclaimed OlliOlli series from Roll7, the BAFTA and multi-award-winning independent studio. 

  • Versions: PS4/PS5
  • Developer: Roll7
  • Publisher: Private Division
  • Release Date: February 08, 2022
  • Minimum Size: 4.86 GB
  • Story Length: 6 hours
  • Completion Length: 38 hours
  • Trophy Difficulty: 8/10

Mafia: The Definitive Edition

Explore a recreated 1930’s cityscape, filled with interwar architecture, cars and culture… and a crime-riddled underbelly in this full remake of the 2002 original. Rise up through the ranks of the Mafia during the Prohibition era of organized crime. After a run-in with the mob, cab driver Tommy Angelo is thrust into a deadly underworld. Initially uneasy about falling in with the Salieri crime family, Tommy soon finds that the rewards are too big to ignore.

  • Versions: PS4
  • Developer: Hangar 13
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Release Date: September 25, 2020
  • Minimum Size: 37.77
  • Story Length: 10.5 Hours
  • Completion Length: 25 Hours
  • Trophy Difficulty: 5.6/10

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Embark on a new journey through the incredible sci-fi fantasy universe of Destiny 2 with this expansion* to the multiplayer action shooter. Guardians will explore Europa, master the new elemental power of Stasis and collect powerful Exotic gear as they battle the Fallen Kell of Darkness, Eramis. 

Note: This is an expansion pack for Destiny 2, which is free in the PS Store. Also, the technical details below do not take into account the base version of the game.

  • Versions: PS4/PS5
  • Developer: Bungie
  • Publisher: Bungie
  • Minimum Size: 157.2 GB
  • Release Date: November 10, 2020
  • Story Length: 6 Hours
  • Completion Length: 66 Hours
  • Trophy Difficulty: 8.5/10

Game size taken from the PlayStation page of each game, trophy difficulty taken from playstationtrophies.org, and game lengths taken from https://howlongtobeat.com.

What do you think of this lineup? What other games do you want to see added? Let us know in the comments below!

Sony To Remove the PlayStation Plus Collection, Subscribers Have Until May 9th To Claim the 19 Games

Sone unfortunate news for future PS Plus subscribers. The PlayStation Plus Collection, which contained 19 curated games, will no longer be a thing. This is a list of games that all PS Plus subscribers have access to, regardless of their tier. The following is a direct quote from Sony’s latest blog post:

We also wanted to provide an update on the PlayStation Plus Collection that has been offered as a benefit to PlayStation Plus members on PS5 since 2020. On May 9 the PlayStation Plus Collection will no longer be offered. If you haven’t redeemed the titles in this collection yet, you can still do so until May 9, which will enable you to access those titles even after this date for as long as you remain a PlayStation Plus member. 

If you’re currently a PS Plus subscriber, you can claim the games until May 9th, and they will still belong to you as long as you remain a Plus subscriber. We can probably assume the games will be made available to those subscribed to Extra and above after that date.

The games in this Collection are listed below:

  • Batman Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1
  • Bloodborne
  • Call of Duty Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
  • Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy
  • Days Gone
  • Detroid Become Human
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • God of War 2018
  • InFamous Second Son
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Ratched and Clank 2016
  • Resident Evil VII
  • The Last Guardians
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Until Dawn

What do you think of this change? Have you claimed these games for yourself? Let us know in the comments below!

PlayStation Plus Adds up to 13 Games to Service, Including Back 4 Blood, Devil May Cry 5, and Dragon Ball FigtherZ

The new year is here, and it brings with it a new wave of PS Plus games! This is about the Extra and Premium games, as the Essential titles were announced late last month. As usual, you can check out PS Plus vs Game Pass article to see how the two stack up. Let’s get into it!


Extra

All the games in this section are also available for Premium subscribers. PS4 games also work on the PS5, unless otherwise specified.


Back 4 Blood (PS4, PS5)

The spiritual successor to Valve’s Left 4 Dead series, this is a co-op shooter where you and up to three friends (so 4 total) go up against hordes of zombies. The title isn’t as well regarded as its influence, but it’s still a good time.


Dagon Ball FighterZ (PS4)

The latest and greatest Dragon Ball Z fighting game. Play as you favorite Dragon Ball characters across a variety of game modes, including an original story with characters whose creation was supervised by Akira Toriyama himself, and an art-style that captures the anime flawlessly while still keeping its 3rd dimension.


Devil May Cry 5 (Special Edition for PS5, Standard Edition for PS4)

The latest entry in Capcom’s Spectacle Fighter, DMC5 will let you slice and blast demons as Dante, Nero, and newcomer V. You can also play a parallel campaign as Virgil. The game brings the high-octane action and edgy music that fans of the series love.


Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm (PS4)

A duo of point-and-click adventures in the style of Telltale Games. You follow a group of teenagers, some of which have supernatural powers, as they try to live their lives while the world around them throws curveball after curveball.


Sayonara Wild Hearts (PS4)

Update: The game was added by mistake and was removed from the list. We can probably look forward to it in the following month.

A rhythm game full of color and neon lights. The game is really short, only about an hour and a half to finish (over 9 hours to complete), so you can enjoy it in an afternoon if you want a break from 30+ hour AAA titles.

Slight epilepsy warning for the trailer. It’s not too bad, but better safe than sorry.


Jett: The Far Shore (PS4, PS5)

A sci-fi game about carving a future for a people that was hunted into oblivion. The game sees you aboard a titular Jett as you explore a vast landscape, not having to worry about combat… well, for a while, at least.


Just Cause 4: Reloaded (PS4, PS5)

Update: There is no PS5 version of the game. It’s a mistake on the blog’s part that has now been corrected.

Explore and blow-up an open-world as Rico Rodriguez, in your quest to liberate a South American area from oppression. The game keeps the high-octane gameplay of the previous titles, as you zip-line and glide your way across the map.

If you want to stream the game, you’ll have to make do with the base version of the game.


Omno (PS5)

A single-player adventure where you explore a unique and stylish world full of vibrant and exquisite life-forms. The movement in the game is very smooth and quick, letting you almost glide across the map, as you fight enemies and solve puzzles.


Erica (PS4)

A Full-Motion Video Game (everything is live-action) thriller about Erica and her quest to find out who killed her father. Since there are mystery elements involved, it’s best to go into this one blind.


Premium

All the games in this section have been enhanced with up-rendering, rewind, quick save, and custom video filters.


Syphon Filter 3 (PS1)

Rounding up the Syphon Filter trilogy on PS1, the third title in the series continues the story of the first two games, who center on Gabriel Logan and his team of special agents. If you haven’t played the previous two games, you should probably do that before getting into this one.


Star Wars Demolition (PS1)

Vehicular combat using various Star Wars vehicles. Not much to say about this one, it’s as fun as that premise can get. Apologies for the sound on this one, the game is real old and finding trailers for it isn’t easy.


Hot Shots Golf 2

It’s a golf game. Again, not much to say, aside from the fact that the roster of playable characters seems varied and fun.


What do you think of the first month of PS Plus Extra titles? What are you hoping for in 2023? Let us know in the comments below!

PlayStation Plus Essential Games for December 2022 – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Fallout 76, and Axiom Verge 2

Merry (late) Christmas! We have the line-up for the first 3 games coming to PlayStation Plus in 2023. This month, we have 3 sci-fi games in very different settings, be it a galaxy far far away, a not-so-distant post-apocalyptic future, or an alternate reality.

The games will release on January 3rd and will be available until the next batch arrives. As a side note, you should claim December’s games before they leave, so GO GET ‘EM! Without further ado, let’s get into the new stuff!


Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

The latest single-player game in the popular science-fantasy series, Fallen Order takes cues from souls-like and metroidvania games to create a title that greatly expands upon the Star Wars universe. You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi who travels the galaxy trying to restore his order and reconnect to the Force.


Fallout 76

No, you didn’t skip a lot of Fallout titles. 76 sees players assume the role of a survivor from the eponymous (epnumerous?) vault, in the first multiplayer game in the series. You’ll have to interact with other players are you try to rebuild what’s left of society in a world ravaged by nuclear war.


Axiom Verge 2

A pixel-art metroidvania set in the world of Axiom Verge. The game has little in common with the original Axiom Verge, but takes place in the same world and has the same kind of H. R. Geiger inspired enemies, though the setting is now the outside of a mountain area and the combat is more melee-focused.


What do you think of this lineup of games? Anything else you hope gets added to the service? Let us know in the comments below!

PlayStation Plus Adds 18 Games to Their Extra and Premium Tiers, Including a Variety of Far Cry and Yakuza Titles

It’s that time of the month again, where we see what new titles grace the PS Plus service. This is the last addition of the year, and it seems to be a fairly significant one. All but one of the games listed here will arrive on December 20th.

This article is about the Extra and Premium/Deluxe tiers. If you’re looking for the Essential games, we have a dedicated article. As usual, you can check how the service stacks up against the competition in our PS Plus vs Game Pass article.


Extra

All the games available on the Extra tier are also available for Premium/Deluxe subscribers.


WWE 2K22 (PS4)

The latest in title in the WWE series of games, this one comes with a redesigned gameplay engine and new controls. The game sports (pun intended) two single-player campaigns, and it also allows you to play in multiplayer locally or online.

Unlike the other titles in this article, this one releases on January 3rd.


Far Cry 5, New Dawn, & Primal (PS4)

We have 3 Far Cry titles heading to PS Plus. Far Cry 5 sees you going up against a cult in rural USA, New Dawn is a direct continuation of the events from 5, and Primal heads into the very distant past where guns and trucks are replaced with bows and mammoths.


Mortal Shell (PS4, PS5)

Nobody move! Mortal Shell is a souls-like game where you take over the bodies of fallen warriors and used them as your own (the titular Mortal Shell). Discover a desolated world full of horrors, as you brave it with the husk you acquired.


Yakuza 6: The Song of Life & Like a Dragon + Judgement (PS4 all, PS5 the latter two)

Two Yakuza games are joining PS Plus, and those are the last two missing from the storefront. Players can now enjoy the entire Yakuza series on PS Plus, though it’s worth noting that 3, 4 and 5 are only available to Premium/Deluxe subscribers.

If you’re new to the series, it’s worth noting that the games changed their name some time ago. Aside from the two Yakuza games, spin-off title Judgement is also added to service, where you play as a private detective rather than a member of the Yakuza.


Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor & Shadow of War (PS4)

The two titles in the Middle Earth series focus on you playing as a human merged with the spirit of an elf as they take on the orc armies of Mordor. The action-adventure games are best known for the Nemesis system, which give greater story significance to enemies that manage to defeat you, turning them into personal, recurring characters.


The Pedestrian (PS4, PS5)

A very unique puzzle-platformer where you play as a stick drawing on various road signs and other surfaces. You’ll need to guide your little friend across various environments, by rearranging the platforms and connecting them in various ways.


Evil Genius 2: World Domination (PS4, PS5)

This game can best be described as “Bond Villain Simulator”. You’ll take control of an army of minions, who will help in building your base, conducting evil schemes, and, eventually, TAKING OVER THE WORLD! Mwahahaha!


Adventure Time Pirates of the Enchiridion (PS4)

A turn-based RPG set in the world of Ooo. Travel the world with Finn, Jake, and friends, as you try to figure out why the Ice Kingdom has melted and how to fix it.


Ben 10: Power Trip (PS4, PS5)

The evil sorccerer Hex has taken over Europe! Take him down as Ben by transforming into various aliens and using their ability to explore the open world. Play solo or in couch co-up, with player two taking the role of Kevin.


Gigantosaurus The Game (PS4)

Team up with up to 3 other players in this 3D platformer where you play as tiny dinosaurs and explore the world of Giganto.


Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition (PS4)

A single-player RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, the creators of the original Fallout game, set in an enormous fantasy open-world. Choose your style of combat between real-time with pauses and turn-based. The Ultimate Edition comes with all the DLC and updates included.


Worms W.M.D. (PS4)

Blast your friends with various weapons of mass destruction in what is the ultimate Worms experience. The game also introduces vehicles, crafting, and building, and offers a large single-player campaign.


The Escapists 2

Do you know how to escape a US maximum security prison? Well, you’d better learn, because The Escapists 2 asks you to do exactly that in this pixel-art game with great character costumization.


Premium/Deluxe

All PSP and PS1 games are enhanced with up-rendering, rewind, quick save, and custom video filters. All the PS3 games are available only for streaming, and only for Premium subscribers.


Ridge Racer 2 (PSP)

A classic arcade-y racer that lets you race around the world in a variety of sports cars.


Heavenly Sword (PS3)

One of the earliest games from Ninja Theory, the studio behind Hellblade and DmC: Devil May Cry. This is a hack and slash adventure set in a fantasy world that centers around the titular sword.


Oddworld: Abe’s Exodus (PS1)

A puzzle-platformer where you guide members of your species through a deadly factory as you try to set them free. This is the second game in the series, with the first being available on PS Plus as the “New ‘n Tasty” remaster.


Pinball Heroes (PSP)

It’s pinball. There are 8 boards, inspired by various PlayStation titles. Not much else to say. The trailer is for the Vita version, but the game is more or less the same (minus online functionality).


What do you think of this month’s selection? Are you pleased with the games that were offered on the service this year? Let us know in the comments below!

PlayStation Plus Games for December 2022 – Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Biomutant, and Divine Knockout

The Essentials lineup for December is here, and it’s a big one! We have a collection of 3 of the best RPGs of all time, an ambitious open-world game that released in 2021, and a game that releases on the same day as this Essential drop.

The games will release on December 6th and will be available until the end of that month. As a side note, today is your last chance to claim November’s games, so GO GET ‘EM! Without further ado, let’s get into the new stuff!


Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (PS4)

This is the big one! This right here is a collection containing 3 of Bioware’s most acclaimed games ever made, plus all the DLC released for them (well, except Pinnacle Station from the first game, whose source code was lost). If you want to explore a unique sci-fi setting and experience a great story across 3 fairly long games, now’s the perfect time.


Biomutant

Open-world, post-apocalyptic, Kung-Fu RPG where you play as an anthropomorphic mutant… racoon? fox? Well, whatever you’re supposed to be, that description basically tells you everything about the game. It’s a bit rough around the edges in the technical department, but the gameplay and world are unique and interesting enough to keep you engaged.


Divine Knockout

When SMITE came out 8 years ago (you may feel old now), it set itself apart from other MOBAs by putting the camera behind the player and forgoing using original characters in favor of gods and creatures from actual mythology.

Divine Knockout, or DKO, does the same thing for platform fighters (Smash Bros, Multiversus). The game comes out on the same day as the Essential drop, and this version includes all the current characters and modes available in the game. We’ll have to see how well the concept does when it releases.


What do you think of this lineup of games? Anything else you hope gets added to the service? Let us know in the comments below!

PlayStation Plus Adds Over 20 Games to Its Catalogue, Including Most Kingdom Hearts Games and Three Ubisoft Games

PS Plus subscribers on the Extra tier and above get a lot of new stuff to play this month! We’ve already covered the Essential stuff for the month, and Premium subscribers aren’t getting anything aside from the Ratchet & Clank games mentioned a few days ago, so this article will only talk about the Extra stuff.

All games listed here go live on the 15th of November. As usual, you can check out how PS Plus stacks up against Microsoft’s Game Pass in our dedicated article. And don’t forget to check if the game you want to play will leave the service soon, as the Blog Post does not specify. Let’s get into it!


Kingdom Hearts Series (PS4)

Do you like Disney? Do you like Final Fantasy? Do you like stories so convoluted it makes the Gordian Knot look like a straight piece of string? Do you have so much free time, your day somehow has more than 24 hours? If you answered “yes” to at least 3 of the previous questions, then Kingdom Hearts is for you!

Kingdom Hearts tells the story of Sora, a young boy who teams up with beloved Disney characters Donald and Goofy, as they visit various classic Disney movies… before the plot goes off the rails HARD! Coming to PS Plus this month, we have deep breath:

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 +2.5 ReMIX, which contains:
    • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
    • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
    • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, containing:
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
    • Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage
    • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (this one’s a movie)
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

The only things missing are some mobile-only games and the Re Mind DLC for III, it seems. If you want to give the series a shot, check out the official guide on the Square site. Spoilers, if you want to go chronologically, the first game comes after 4 other games (one of them on mobile) and the movie in HD 2.8.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition (PS4, PS5)

Ok, time for something a little simpler. Skyrim is an RPG where you play a The Dragonborn, a descendant of dragons, on a quest to stop the baddest dragon of them all, Alduin. The game offers an insane amount of customization for your character, and lets you play the game pretty much however you want.


Tom Clancy Games (PS4 for all, PS5 for Siege)

We have 3 Ubisoft games coming to the service this month, including 3 Tom Clancy titles.

First up, it’s Rainbow Six Siege. This is a multiplayer 5v5 shooter where you either try to maintain a designated location, or try to breach said location. The game is still fairly active and receives updates to this day.

Up next is The Division 2. This is an online, open world, action-shooter RPG that sees you trying to survive in a ravaged Washington DC. Your job is to try to take back the city from enemy factions while protecting civilians.

Last, but not least, is Ghost Recon Breakpoint. This takes place in the near future (which might be the near past at this point) on an island filled to the brim with mercenaries with high-tech weapons and drones. Your job is to take down whoever is controlling the island.


Oddworld: Soulstorm – Enhanced Edition (PS4, PS5)

The original Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey saw you control Abe as you try to stealth your way through a 2.5D factory full of things that want you and your compatriots dead. Soulstorm takes that concept and cranks it up to 11, with more intricate and dangerous traps to try to navigate your way through.


Chorus (PS4, PS5)

Take on the barrel role of Nara, a pilot with supernatural abilities, and Forsaken, the sentient AI of her ship, in a space shooter like no other. Blast your way trough asteroids and enemy ships as you take on the evil space cult you barely escaped from.


What Remains of Edith Finch (PS4)

Play as Edith in this first-person adventure game, where you try to figure out what happened to Edith’s family. Make your way through the Finch house, with a story that swaps over between Edith and her family members, showing you the last day in the life of each of them.


The Gardens Between (PS4)

Play as two friends that are stuck out of time, in an effort to get back to the real world. Manipulate the flow of time to solve puzzles, and send the duo on an adventure filled with wonder that neither them nor you will soon forget.


Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain and World Brothers (PS4)

The Earth Defense Force series are third-person shooting video games where you take control of a member of the titular Earth Defense Force and fight off aliens. Iron Rain is a more serious take on the franchise, while World Brother has a voxel art style as opposed to the more realistic one the series is knows for.


Onee Chanbara Origin (PS4)

If you played Dead Rising and thought “This needs more anime girls with swords”, this is the game for you. That’s it. That’s the pitch. Hack-and-slash game where you’re an anime girl against a horde of zombies.


What do you think of this month’s selection? What other games do you want to see added to the service? Let us know in the comments below!

Ratchet & Clank Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With Rift Apart Cosmetics and 5 Classic Games on PS Plus Premium

Happy birthday to the big-eared furball and his little mechanical friend! To celebrate Ratchet & Clank’s 20th anniversary, Sony is giving Rift Apart owners a 5 cosmetic armor sets, inspired by the franchise’s various titles, as well as adding some of the series’ classic titles to the PS Plus service. Let’s get into it!


Locked…

We’ll start off with the Rift Apart cosmetics first. They consist of 5 armor sets inspired by various other games in the franchise. They’ll all be given for free to players via an update to the game that’s available TODAY. Here’s a breakdown of the armor sets:

  • Commando Armor inspired by Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
  • Holoflux Armor inspired by Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
  • Quest Armor inspired by Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
  • Marauder Armor inspired by Ratchet: Deadlocked
  • Clank Armor to celebrate the greatest of pals

No armor set inspired by the very first game, which is a bit odd.


… and Loaded!

The second part of the anniversary comes in the form of five games being added to the PlayStation service, for the Premium tier. The good news is that this almost doubles the amount of games on the service. The bad news is that all of them are the PS3 version, so they’re only playable via streaming.

Here’s the list of new titles, which will be added on November 15th:

  • Ratchet & Clank (PS3)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (PS3)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (PS3)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Deadlocked (PS3)
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PS3)

These titles were already on the sevice:

  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (PS3)
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)
  • Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (PS3)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (PS3)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (PS3)

Something the blog post (linked below) doesn’t mention is that the 2016 Ratchet & Clank remake is also available on the service, this one is for Essential subscribers and up.


You can read all about this on Sony’s official blog. Aside from what we mentioned here, the post also goes into the development of various Ratchet & Clank series.

What do you think about this celebration? Anything else you would’ve wanted to see Sony and Insomniac do for the fuzzball and his clanky friend? Let us know in the comments below!

Playstation Plus Adds 24 New Games to the Service, Including a Good Chunk of Assassin’s Creed, Yakuza, and Dragon Quest Titles

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!


Extra 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).

Inside (PS4)

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.

Hohokum (PS4)

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!


Premium Games

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.

Limbo (PS4)

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!

Here are October’s Free Games for PlayStation Plus Essential

The PlayStation blog posted their lineup of games for PS Plus coming next month. These games will be available to subscribers on the Essential tier starting October 4th. We’ll have to wait a bit longer to see what they’ll add to Extra and Premium.

Before we get into the games, this is your reminder to get the games for September! You only have until the end of the month, and they’re yours to keep on your account if you get them. Now let’s get into the games!


Hot Wheels Unleashed (PS4/PS5)

A racing game with the beloved toy brand. Race across the classic orange tracks in your living room, and make your own with the in-game track builder.


Injustice 2 (PS4)

The sequel to the 2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us (please leave any sus comments at the door), Injustice 2 follows the story of a world where Superman crossed the line. The story focuses on the invasion of Brainiac as he tries to shrink the Earth and add it to his collection. Meanwhile, in the versus mode, you can pit various DC characters against each other in Netherealm Studio’s style of fighting games.


SuperHot (PS4)

A first person shooter where time moves only when you do. It’s really more of a puzzle game, where you calculate the best route to take to kill all your enemies, with each level showing a replay in real-time of you handled everything.


What do you think of this line-up? What games do you hope to see added in the future? Let us know down below!