Sony recently launched the PlayStation Plus’ new tiers, Extra, Essential, and Deluxe. Each of the tiers gives players access to select features of PlayStation Plus, which include Monthy Games, the Game Catalogue, and the Classics Catalog. Extra, which is the middle tier, gives players access to the Game Catalogue, which is a pretty solid collection of games from the last generation and the current.
These games range from blockbuster AAA hits to smaller, fantastic indie titles. This gives players a vast range of games to pick from. Looking at the entire catalog in one go can be a bit overwhelming, which is why we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best games you can find in the Game Catalog.
To access the Game Catalog, players need to have bought the Extra tier, which can be purchased by itself or by upgrading from the Essential tier. Since the Black Friday sale is currently live, the PS Plus tiers are currently available at much cheaper prices.
10 of the Best Games in the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog
10. Demon’s Souls
A remake of the 2008 classic, Demon’s Souls is better than ever on the PS5. The game takes learnings from FromSoftware’s later offerings such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne and incorporates them into the core gameplay loop of the original. The result is a finer-tuned, action-packed experience that delivers on every bit of its promise.
Demon’s Souls was one of the key launch titles for the PS5 and it thoroughly justifies its existence as one of the better games on the platform. Revisiting this masterpiece is surely a task not for the faint-hearted as the game repeatedly punishes careless and overly aggressive gameplay. The action remains masterfully challenging, demanding precision and patience from the player in each battle.
Frostpunk is perhaps one of the coolest ways a studio has ever built a game around the concept of city-building. Tasked with ensuring the survival of your people, you must battle the severe cold brought on by the apocalypse as you strive to build a thriving colony. The game tasks the player with building structures, gathering and managing resources, and solving disputes within the community.
The game forces the player to make uncomfortably harsh decisions that can affect the survival and well-being of your people. The emotional quotient of the game is extremely potent as a single wrong decision can yield disastrous results for the people, leaving you thoroughly disliked and racked with guilt.
Frostpunk is a uniquely challenging game that asks the players to truly consider the cost of life and whether it is enough to justify survival. It is of the best games currently available on PlayStation Plus and a true “must-play” for fans of the genre as well as for players who enjoy riveting storytelling intertwining with gameplay.
There is not much that can be said about INSIDE that hasn’t already been said before. The game is clearly one of the finest of the last couple of decades and stands out as one of the most iconic pieces of work within the games industry. The premise here is relatively simple, although a bit obscure at first. You play as a child navigating increasingly spooky and dangerous environments, all the while being chased by nefarious forces of the dark.
INSIDE is, at its core, a puzzle platformer and it truly never ceases to impress you with the complexity of its levels. The game asks the players to think outside the box and figure out elegant solutions to its most complex puzzles. While the gameplay, although simple, is refined- the storytelling is just as impressive, if not more.
The game will scare you and surprise you at each corner and the ending only leaves you wanting for more. INSIDE is one of the best games currently available for purchase, so it’s really a steal on the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog.
Arkane Lyon has made quite a name for itself as one of the most innovative AAA studios around. The studio hit its stride with Dishonored and has only gotten better with its unique first-person action-adventure formulas since. While Dishonored and Prey offered players a rather dark and grim experience, Deathloop is the exact inverse.
Funny to its last dialogue, Deathloop remains extremely charming throughout its considerable runtime. In the game, you play as Colt, who finds himself locked in the eponymous “Deathloop” as you must now find a way to kill several targets in one loop and successfully break it. The multiplayer aspects of the game only go on to add tons of new layers to what is already a pretty expansive experience. The game combines elements from shooters and puzzle games to deliver an experience wholly unique in video games. Games like Deathloop are incredibly rare. Games that combine elements of different genres and create something that players have never seen before.
6. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
It is a real shame that this one went under the radar a bit when it came out last year as Eidos Montreal’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best action-adventure games based on Marvel IP. There is a chance that players were burnt by the underwhelming Marvel’s Avengers, but GOTG delivers an experience so fulfilling that players will have forgotten all about their misadventures with Avengers.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy tells an extremely emotional and funny store while packaging itself with some of the most fun combat in a superhero game. The game lets players take control of Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord but they also have Team commands which they can use to use the Guardian’s collective powers.
The game truly sneaks up on you as on your light-hearted romp, you will discover an extremely potent emotional core that will leave you spellbound. The game’s biggest achievement comes through its immaculate storytelling, at the same time, it doesn’t compromise on the gameplay.
5. Metro Exodus
If you find yourself out of the loop when it comes to the Metro franchise, fear not, as even though Exodus is the culminating chapter, it gives players enough of a recap as to the events that led to this point. The Metro franchise is a series of extraordinarily great games that masterfully balance storytelling with gameplay.
As residents of the post-apocalyptic Metro systems, players must fight for survival and figure out a way to help their community thrive outside of the confines of the subterranean system. This means venturing out into the city and battling mutated creatures, forming alliances, and most importantly, staying alive in the face of mortal peril.
The less you know about Metro Exodus before playing it, the better. The game is at its best when it has you exploring increasingly deadly environments and interacting with allies and enemies.
4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
One of the older entries on this list, but one that has truly stood the test of time. The game came out in 2013 and despite its age, it hasn’t lost any of its shine. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is quite possibly the best game in the franchise and it doesn’t take long to figure out why. The game tells the story of Edward Kenway, a privateer-turned-pirate, who longs to live a life of comfort – but in order to do that, he must plunder and loot the high seas.
The story has the player venturing out into the open seas and go on adventures with your trusty crew and your ship, the Jackdaw. The Assassin-Templar intrigue finds itself in as well as Kenway finds himself in the middle of this age-long battle. The game’s fantastic gameplay loop is put on full display as the naval combat is the best it has ever been and the on-ground combat isn’t too shabby either.
The game masterfully tells a riveting tale, which even manages to strike a profoundly sad note towards the end. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a modern masterpiece and one that is surely going to go down in the history of the medium.
If you’ve ever played the Batman Arkham games and wished there was a way you could have a game that was just the combat loop over and over again in an open-world setting, then Absolver is the game for you. From the makers of 2022’s Sifu, Absolver brings kung-fu back into the limelight and delivers one heck of an experience.
Absolver packs a dozen tricks up its sleeve, and the first one comes in the form of the multiplayer experience. During your time in the game, you will find yourself going up against other players across the world as you try to roundhouse kick your way to kung-fu supremacy.
2. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
One of the best tactical shooters available on the market, Rainbow Six Siege is one of, if not, the best console shooter currently available. The game has a much more deliberate pace and style as compared to other modern shooters such as Call of Duty and Battlefield, in that it asks players to move slowly through corridors, work with teammates, and successfully complete objectives.
The game forces players to make crucial decisions on the fly while communicating clearly with their teammates. The key to success in Rainbow Six is to always try and be one step ahead of your enemies and figure out a way to stop their progress. The game is currently available for both PS4 and PS5 on the Game Catalog.
1. Ghost of Tsushima DIRECTOR’s CUT
SuckerPunch Production’s finest work to date, Ghost of Tsushima is perhaps one of the most rewarding offerings from PlayStation Studios. The game is a finely-tuned work of art that perfectly encapsulates both the brutality and elegance of Samurai combat techniques. To top it all off, players can also go the less-honorable route and murder enemies by sneaking up on them or poisoning them from a distance.
This duality is not just represented in gameplay, but also the story as our protagonist must battle insurmountable odds by forgoing his honor and adopting the way of the fearsome Ghost. As the Ghost, you must strive to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies and slay them with precision and brutality.
Ghost of Tsushima is also one of the best-looking games on the PS5 and a must-have for fans of great storytelling paired with fantastic combat and exploration.