With the recent release of PlayStation Extra, there is a plethora of just incredible games to pick from. With over 700 games in the premium catalog, it can feel extremely overwhelming to know where to start. However, today we are going to be looking at just ten of the best games on offer for you to get stuck into. From Red Dead Redemption to Dead Cells, there really is something on offer here for everyone, so without further ado, let’s get into the list.
10. Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is without a doubt one of the best games ever made, with some of the best character writing and storytelling in any form of media, not just gaming. What makes Red Dead Redemption 2 so special is how the game works as an ensemble. You have this beautiful, stunning world that has had so much time and care put into it, with just an insane amount of attention to detail. The game features easily one of the best-written main protagonists in gaming history; Arthur Morgan, and a story so gripping and unpredictable, that once you start this game you won’t want to put it down.
The fact that RDR2 is available on PS Extra is more than enough reason to try out Extra. From a world that is truly immersive and visually stunning, to a story that is without a doubt one of the best in any form of this medium available. If you were on the fence about getting PS Extra, RDR2 is more than worth a shot, as there are so few games that can give you an experience like Red Dead Redemption 2 can.
9. Dead Cells
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From the great folks over at Motion Twin Studios, Dead Cells is a roguelike 2D Metroidvania-inspired action platformer. Dead Cells, without a doubt, deserves a spot on this list as it is easily one of the most addictive and enjoyable games to play from a gameplay perspective that PS Extra has to offer.
Dead Cells is a very special game for a number of reasons, from the truly fantastic gameplay loop to an overall amazing world full of mystery and lore to boss fights that are just as rewarding as they can be unforgiving.
Where Dead Cells truly shines, however, is in the gameplay system and loop. From a constantly changing world layout that changes each time you die to different drops of items and weapons that force you to change your build and try a different style of gameplay with each run, Dead Cells only gets better with each run and continues to improve in quality the more you play.
The more you play, the more mutations you can unlock, which act as upgrades and allow you to be more powerful, but at a cost. Dead Cells is truly a brilliant game and definitely worth picking up even if you don’t like Rogue likes, as the gameplay is extremely interesting due to how fun it is and the fact that no two runs are the same.
8. Ghost of Tsushima
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If you can only play one game from this list, make it this one. “Ghost of Tsushima” is a modern-day masterpiece that is not only one of the best open-world games of this generation but also one of, if not Sony’s best platform-exclusive experiences.
You play as a samurai named Jin Sakai, who has lost everything after a fierce battle against the army of Mongol soldiers. You are faced with deciding whether to stick with your honorable samurai teachings and lose or fight with the shadows as a ghost to defend and reclaim your land and defend the people of Tsushima.
There is no game like Ghost of Tsushima, from the stunning visuals of the island of Tsushima to the just phenomenal soundtrack to accompany the brilliant gameplay that truly makes you feel like a samurai to the simply incredible story. Everything about this game, from beginning to end, is truly fantastic, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
7. Outer Wilds
Out of all the games on this list, I would have to say Outer Wilds has one of the most interesting and unique gameplay premises behind it. As the player, you take control of an unnamed space explorer who is suiting up and preparing for their first solo mission. However, the player quickly finds out they are stuck in an infinite time loop as, after every 22 minutes, the sun proceeds to go into a supernova, killing and wiping out everything there is.
The game will have you exploring and diving deep into this illustrious and mysterious, constantly evolving solar system, where you will learn and find out what is going on and why it is happening as you unravel more of this fantastic story. You’ll be solving puzzles, putting pieces together, and really having you firmly gripped throughout the entirety of your playthrough.
Outer Wilds is a game that a short entry here cannot simply do justice to. However, the game is simply brilliant. Don’t just take my word for it, as not only was the game named game of the year in 2019 by Giant Bomb, Polygon, Eurogamer, and The Guardian, and it also won “Best Game” at the 2020 BAFTA awards. This is a simply fantastic game to pick and a great addition to PlayStation Extra.
6. Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight is a game that needs no introduction. This amazing 2D Metriodvania-style action-adventure game has been highly acclaimed by every critic and consumer that has played it and has won multiple awards for its pure brilliance. Hollow Knight is definitely a game you should try out on this list, and with its highly anticipated sequel coming out this year, SilkSong, there really is no better time to give it a go than now.
Hollow Knight has the player randomly waking up in a mysterious and eerie kingdom called the Hallownest. After unraveling and exploring more of this desolate and fallen kingdom, you find out that the kingdom has been plagued by a supernatural disease. Why did this happen? Who did this and how? That’s for the player to find out and unravel.
The world you explore and inhabit in Hollow Knight is really what makes the game so special. From the beautifully hand-drawn environments to the just stellar soundtrack, not to mention the amazing boss fights and enemies you encounter in this game, everything works so perfectly as an ensemble here, packaging neatly for just an amazing gaming experience that I cannot recommend enough.
5. Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Final Fantasy 7, known as the forefather of not only modern JRPGs but also gaming in general, was given a remake in April 2020 and was met with highly acclaimed positivity and critical success. Square Enix not only managed to build upon what made Final Fantasy great for first-time players back in 1997, but they also managed to take the game and modernize it just enough so that it was great for new-timers and still great for the old-timers who loved Final Fantasy 7 when it first released.
Final Fantasy 7 has you playing as Cloud Strife, an ex-Shinra trooper now turned mercenary who has joined up with an eco-terrorist group known as AVALANCHE. The group has a plan to stop Shinra, who is draining the planet of all its natural resources, which will eventually end up destroying the planet. However, after performing your first mission with the group to blow up one of Shinra’s main powerplants, not everything goes quite as planned.
The Remake, in my eyes, is a perfect example of what a remake should be. Yes, the game overall is entirely different in terms of gameplay and mechanics, but what remains is the overall quality and the story. In fact, the remake even changes the story, adding in some huge yet brilliant changes that we won’t spoil here. Brilliant gameplay, fantastic story, simply stunning visuals, and a soundtrack that echoes through the world of Gaia. Final Fantasy 7 was one of the best JRPGs when it was released, and the remake just elevated it to another level for both the modern generation and nostalgia players to love.
4. Demon Souls
From the creative minds behind Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Sekiro, and arguably one of the best games ever made; Elden Ring, comes FromSoftwares’ first ever souls game in their beloved series, and that, of course, is Demon Souls. This 2020 remake of Demon Souls is a complete remaster of the original, which first appeared in 2009 for the PS3. Demon Souls (2020) was a flagship launch title exclusive to the PS5, with stunning new visuals and new features that really let you test out the PS5’s hardware, including the fantastic haptic feedback.
Demon’s Souls is set in Boletaria, a kingdom consumed by a dark being called the Old One. Following its release through the use of forbidden Soul Arts, your job as the player is to slay the fallen king and pacify the old one. Demon Souls is as unforgiving as it is beautiful in the new remake, with a drastic visual overhaul as the shadows and lighting work so well in this remake compared to the bleak and dark PS3 version.
However, as it is a Souls game, it will undoubtedly be difficult. In comparison to the rest of the series, the remake is more than manageable in terms of difficulty. That doesn’t mean the game is easy. The boss fights are certainly gripping and not just a walkthrough. More importantly, the world and lore are just fantastic and crying out to be explored. The characters you meet in this world are just as unnerving and mysterious as any other Souls game.
If you have played any of the Souls games, I definitely recommend this one as it’s not only great to see where FromSoftware started, but you can just tell this game was designed with the PS5 in mind as it’s not only insanely gorgeous but the haptic feedback is phenomenal.
Another PS5 flagship exclusive on the list is Returnal. In this game, you play as an astronaut by the name of Selene Vassos, who crashes on the planet Atropos in search of a mystery. However, it is not long until Selene Vassos realizes that she is stuck in a never-ending death loop on this mysterious planet, and the only way to get off of this planet is by solving the mystery that has, for some unknown reason, cursed this planet.
Returnal is a third-person roguelike shooter, and it is extremely fantastic for so many reasons. Firstly, the overall gameplay loop is brilliant. One of the best in the rogue-like genre. This is due to the upgrade system with specific guns and how they have different abilities to how parasites which can be found on the planet give you positive and negative effects, so you always have to weigh the pros and cons to overall how mechanically sound the game is from a mechanics perspective, as everything is just so solid, the controls are so responsive and in tune, that you never die from poor control camera placement.
However, what makes the gameplay so brilliant is that you have this amazing planet called Atropos that you get to explore throughout the entirety of the game, and a story that you unravel as you explore more of the planet. Furthermore, the story is fantastic here, as it’s filled with mystery and lore and really just keeps you wanting more.
Again, because this is a next-gen experience, the visuals and sound are simply stunning, and when combined with the brilliantly incorporated haptic feedback design elements, this is an absolute must-play for PS Extra owners.
Prey is definitely a game you should check out if you haven’t. As many describe Prey as the best survival sim of this generation, and there’s good merit for that. Prey takes place in an alternate timeline where the Soviet Union encounters a species of eusocial alien, called the Typhon, aboard one of their satellites, the Vorona 1.
Now, why is prey deserving of a spot on this? First of all, Prey does immersion and atmosphere honestly better than the majority of games out there. The way Prey manages to perfectly construct the environment around you, so you feel on edge at all times, really is truly special.
There’s a lot to get into with Prey, but the best thing to do is just jump in, as it’s one hell of a ride. Prey is definitely a game worth experiencing for PS Extra owners and is overall a fantastic game, and that’s not surprising as it’s from Arkane Studios, who brought us the brilliant Dishonored.
1. Horizon Zero Dawn
To round out the list of the best games available right now for PS Extra owners, we have one of Sony’s most successful IP’s ever, and that is, of course, the outstanding Horizon Zero Dawn.
Horizon Zero Dawn has you play as the loveable Aloy in a world set in the 31st century where civilization has collapsed, and the world is full of dangerous wild machines. However, civilization is not fully gone and still managing to pull together, and not everything and everyone is dangerous, which is good for Aloy, as that’s what she needs as she sets out to uncover her past.
The best things about Horizon Zero Dawn are easily the breathtaking visuals and the world you get to explore and really dive deep into. Where most open world games feel empty, this is the complete opposite, as the gameplay mixed with these beautiful run-down cities and open world wildlife really is just truly extraordinary.
This just about wraps up the top 10 best games on PS Extra as of now. Any game we missed? Any games that you are excited about, coming to Extra? Let us know! This is Jack from 9to5gamers signing off!