If you just picked up a PlayStation 5, or plan to give one away on Christmas, the PlayStation Plus Collection is one of the best deals you can find. Available to all PlayStation Plus subscribers, the PS Plus Collection offers 20 fantastic first-party and third-party PlayStation 4 titles for you to download and enjoy, including many of the best PlayStation 4 games of all time. From massively popular franchises like Uncharted and Mortal Kombat to breakout hits like Persona 5 and Monster Hunter World, there’s no shortage of truly amazing games to try.
However, with such an impressive list of quality titles, it might be hard to decide where to start. To make your download decisions a bit easier, we’ve whipped up a list of the best games in the PlayStation Plus Collection. Whether you’re looking for explosive shooter games, strategic RPGs, or action-packed adventures, these picks will ensure you’re playing the best of the best on your brand new PlayStation 5.
The Top 10 Games in the PlayStation Plus Collection
1. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Ever since its debut on the very first PlayStation console back in the 90s, Crash Bandicoot has been a big name on the Sony system. This wonderful remake pack combines the first three Crash Bandicoot games into one modern compilation for you to enjoy. Playing as the fuzzy marsupial Crash, you’ll hop, dodge, and spin your way through a collection of challenging platforming levels. The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy brings these three classic games into the modern era with dazzling and vibrant colors, guaranteed to send you into nostalgic shock. Whether you’re a longtime fan or just getting into the PlayStation brand, Crash Bandicoot is a must-play.
2. God of War
When it comes to bloody, exciting, and dramatic action games, there aren’t many franchises as good as God of War. Featuring the iconic Spartan warrior Kratos, this game series is renowned for its addictive hack ‘n slash combat, impressive level design, and interesting use of mythology. In this PlayStation exclusive, players hop from the world of Greek mythology to Nordic lore, traveling through Midgard in ancient Norway. Using your trusty axe, you’ll slash through bad guys as you explore the dangerous wilds. In addition to containing some of the best graphics in all of video gaming, God of War earns its masterpiece status thanks to a riveting and emotional story, excellent characters, and undeniably brutal combat.
Developed by the highly talented but potentially sadistic developers at FromSoftware, Bloodborne combines the punishing difficulty of their Dark Souls franchise with an evocative gothic art direction and faster combat. Playing as a skilled hunter of the supernatural, you must explore the grimy and plagued city of Yharnam, home to a variety of deadly creatures and monstrosities. As you discover more of Yharnam’s secrets, you’ll level up and become stronger, facing off against a number of intimidating bosses. Despite its overwhelming difficulty and lack of guidance, Bloodborne is easily one of the most enjoyable and rewarding third-person action games of the generation.
4. Persona 5
The Persona series has always been a franchise with some flair, but Persona 5 maxes out the style meter, resulting in a truly engaging and vivid RPG experience. By mixing slice-of-life decision making with strategic turn-based combat and drenching it all in evocative anime-inspired art, Persona 5 manages to win over any gamer who puts their hand on the controller. In this charming and unique title, players jump into the shoes of Joker, a high-school student with secret powers living in Tokyo. By day, you’ll hang out with your friends, attend class, and make some social decisions. After forming a group known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, you and your fellow members take twilight tours of a supernatural world known as the Metaverse, purifying the evil intent of Tokyo’s masses. Simply put, Persona 5 is an RPG that will grab you with its melodic tunes and eye-catching visuals, and keep you seated for hours with a great mix of gameplay.
5. The Last of Us Remastered
This iconic third-person action/stealth adventure was originally released on the PlayStation 3 back in 2013. This remastered version, which made its debut on the PlayStation 4 a year later, contains the complete original game as well as the additional DLC expansion, The Last of Us: Left Behind. This wildly emotional and cinematic journey follows Joel, a man trying his best to survive in the post-apocalyptic United States. Years after the onset of a terrible fungal virus, Joel takes on the seemingly insurmountable task of delivering a young girl named Ellie to a resistance group known as the Fireflies. In order to complete his quest, Joel must brave the violent and horrifying decay of civilization as we know it. Considered by many to be one of the best games ever made, The Last of Us Remastered is a stunning and often uncomfortable experience that should not be missed.
6. Monster Hunter World
Developed by the prolific creators at Capcom, best known for their popular franchises like Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Devil May Cry, Monster Hunter World surprised gamers everywhere when it broke sales records and became the company’s most successful game yet. Although the franchise was incredibly popular in Japan and was mostly confined to handheld systems, Monster Hunter World saw the leap to modern home consoles, opening up the experience to loads of new players. In this sprawling and often challenging action-RPG, you must hunt down intimidating and massive monsters using a handful of unique weapon-types. Whether you’re a fan of swinging a sword, firing a bow, or slashing with dual blades, there’s a wide variety of weapons to use. With dozens of hours of epic monster battles to overcome, Monster Hunter World will test your skill while indulging your senses. Although it might be a bit overwhelming at first, Monster Hunter World earns its spot on our list thanks to some supremely satisfying moments and consistently awesome boss design.
7. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
The Resident Evil franchise continues to dominate the horror genre with this interesting modern entry, which combines classic gameplay mechanics with a new perspective. Instead of an over-the-shoulder, third-person perspective that players have become accustomed to, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard plays out from a first-person view, putting players directly in the thick of things. Playing as a young man named Ethan, you must explore the marshy lands of Louisana in an effort to find your missing wife. Along the way, you’ll discover some truly horrifying secrets in a backwoods family home. If you’re the kind of player who likes their horror games gross, gory, and exceptionally scary, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is an easy pick. It’s also great for gamers who haven’t played a Resident Evil title in a while, as it features many elements of the classic games for a nice dose of nostalgia.
8. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Developed by Naughty Dog, the same creators responsible for The Last of Us and Crash Bandicoot, Uncharted 4 guides players through an action-packed treasure hunting adventure with explosive firefights and thought-provoking puzzles. As the final entry in the Uncharted series, this title offers a climactic thrill ride featuring one of gaming’s finest protagonists, Nathan Drake. After his brother Sam, previously presumed dead, shows up in his life and convinces him to embark on another globetrotting expedition, Nathan must leverage his family life with his thirst for glory. Just like in the other Uncharted games, this results in an impressive display of bombastic action, beautiful scenery, and unforgettable drama. For gamers who want to star in their very own blockbuster action movie, Uncharted 4 is as good as it gets.
9. Fallout 4
This expansive first-person RPG won dozens of Game of the Year awards when it was released in 2015. Developed by the revered creative minds at Bethesda, Fallout 4 is much more than “Skyrim with guns”, as many people like to describe it. In Fallout 4, you play as an explorer thrust into the Commonwealth, a land in the northeastern United States trying to rebuild civilization in a post-nuclear war world. Fallout 4 provides hundreds of hours of open-world questing fun, including a variety of new mechanics. There’s an extensive crafting system, a base-building feature, modifiable weapons, and much more. If you’re a fan of open-world RPGs or post-apocalyptic stories and you haven’t played Fallout 4 yet, you’re missing out.
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie Chronicles Edition
If you’re looking for a first-person shooter with a huge amount of content, look no further than this awesome edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops III. This futuristic shooter drops players into a fierce conflict set in the year 2065, where they control secretive black ops soldiers carrying out high-risk missions to stop acts of global destruction. This fantastic FPS package includes a great campaign mode, designed with a four-player co-op in mind. It also includes the ever-addictive Call of Duty competitive multiplayer, providing endless hours of fast-paced online fun. However, this package puts Zombies mode front and center, featuring eight additional remastered maps from previous games like Call of Duty: World at War and Black Ops & Black Ops II. Regardless of what kind of shooter experience you’re looking for, Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie Chronicles Edition has got it all.
|By: Matt||Matt started gaming at two years old with Wolfenstein 3D on the PC. His early days of gaming were spent on classic NES and DOS titles, growing his love for both retro action and point ‘n click adventure games. Matt is the creator of Super Gamesite 64 and he especially enjoys doling out the end-of-year awards. When he’s not playing the latest release for review, you can find Matt gobbling up movies and TV shows. Matt has a love for every aspect of gaming, and will surely be tapping away for as long as possible.|