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The 10 best games on PS Plus Extra and Premium right now

The new subscription tiers of PlayStation Plus have launched, which means that you can finally upgrade to PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to get access to hundreds of amazing games. With so many titles to choose from, it’s hard to pick one. We’re here to help out, with our list of the best games available on Playstation Plus Extra and Premium.

Published on: 23-06-2022

A screenshot of Assassin's Creed Valhalla in which Eivor fights off a group of bandits

1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Who doesn’t want to play as a Viking? In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you can! Get together with your merry band of drengr in your very own settlement Ravensthorpe, as you and your crew besiege England. As Eivor, a Dane, you explore the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom and lay waste to your enemies as you try to conquer the different kingdoms for your liege.

Just like previous Assassin’s Creed games, Valhalla features a brutal and engaging combat system, with a wide variety of weapons to choose from. When you’re not fighting Saxons, there’s plenty of fun to be had playing Orlog, a dice game and drinking gallons of ale in drinking contests. There is so much to do and see in Valhalla, that you can easily play for a hundred hours and still not see the credits.

It’s a fantastic game to pick up and play in casual settings, or to sink your teeth in and lose yourself in. A great addition to the PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium library!

A screenshot of Control in which Jesse Faden has her back towards the camera and is standing in front of a red glowing gate

2. Control: Ultimate Edition

Have you ever encountered something unexplainable and weird? Chances are that it was caused by an Object of Power, or that you experienced an Altered World Event. In Control, paranormal events like these are studied by the FBC - a secret organisation housed in a building that is constantly shapeshifting.

If that sounds like the perfect amount of “wtf” to you, then Control is your game. You play as Jesse Faden, who tracks down the FBC to confront their boss, only to find them dead by suicide and a note saying that you are their new boss. Things go from freaky to freakier, as bodies start to float and people are being terrorized by creepy mumbling entities called the Hiss.

Jesse has a few telepathic abilities of herself, so prepare to cause mayhem with your devastating kinetic powers as you get to the bottom of the mysteries. Control is frantic, mind-blowing, fun and as crazy as it is beautiful. It’s not a horror game, but it can get creepy. Nonetheless, it’s a game that everyone should play. And with it being included in PS Plus Extra and Premium, you don’t have any excuses not to!

A screenshot of Detroit: Become Human in which we see the back of Connor

3. Detroit: Become Human

Making choices in real life is already hard as it is, but in Detroit: Become Human, they are literally life-changing. That is, if you believe that androids have lifes.

That’s the question at the heart of this game, in which you follow three androids as they start to fight for themselves and their rights. Take Kara, a droid designed to help around the house, but decides to run off with a small child as she flees from her abusive owner. As you follow the stories of Kara, Connor and Marcus, you will be confronted with difficult decisions, some of which could even lead to the death of the main characters.

Detroit: Become Human looks absolutely stunning for a PS4 game, with photorealistic graphics and film-like cutscenes. There’s hardly any gameplay to speak of, as you just move the characters about and press buttons to interact with the environment and make choices. This makes Detroit a great substitute for a movie night. It’s especially great with friends, as you can bicker about what options you should pick.

A screenshot of Ghost of Tsushima in which Jin Sakai sneaks up on two unsuspecting guards

4. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

Think of Assassin’s Creed, but with samurai. That’s basically Ghost of Tsushima, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s a dream come true for lots of players. And developer Sucker Punch (known for the inFAMOUS series) delivered in spades.

You play as samurai Jin, who sees the island of Tsushima besieged by the Mongols and his fellow clansmen obliterated. It’s up to you to defend the island from further invasion by the Mongols, something that can only be achieved if Jin casts aside his code of honor and becomes a killer from the shadows. A ghost, if you will.

In Ghost of Tsushima, every sword fight is exhilarating, and button smashing won’t get you anywhere. You have to carefully study your opponent and counter them with the right strike from your sword. That alone makes Ghost of Tsushima such a bliss to play. Also, the beautiful environments and its heartwrenching storytelling make this game an absolute masterpiece. Don’t sleep on this gem if you haven’t played it yet!

A screenshot of Returnal in which Selene fights off two floating creatures that shoot purple lasers

5. Returnal

This one is exclusive to PlayStation 5 and with good reason. In Returnal, you need lightning fast reflexes and steady hands to come out of the cursed planet Atropos alive.

Enter Selene, who is trapped in a time loop. Everytime she dies, she wakes up again in her crashed spaceship, with no hopes of escaping - not even by death. You clear rooms by gunning down aliens as you try to navigate to the end of the maze. But every time you reset, the layout of the world changes again. As you get deeper and deeper into the mystery, Selene even starts to see things from her past. Why is her house on Atropos? And why do you keep finding audio logs of yourself that you can’t remember recording?

Returnal is mind bending, super atmospheric and features some of the most fluid and satisfying combat gameplay ever found in a game. It utilises the DualSense controller features in creative ways, and the seamless loading times are a godsend. Returnal is considered a very tough game, so it’s not for everyone. But with it being included in PS Plus Extra and Premium, you might as well give it some of your time. Just be careful you don’t get stuck in a loop!

A screenshot of Guardians of the Galaxy. Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot and Cosmos the dog are posing together.

6. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

I’m hooked on a feeling, I’m high on believing! Got the song in your head? Good. Now that we’ve set the mood for this game, we can move onto why you absolutely need to play Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

If you’re already in love with this merry band of space misfits from the Disney movies or the comic books, this game is an easy sell. While the characters don’t look the part of their MCU versions, the witty and hilarious banter between the Guardians is as authentic as it can get. Rarely have we laughed out loud from a game as much as we did while playing this game.

Guardians of the Galaxy is refreshing because it’s not an open world game. The story is quite straightforward, but that’s exactly why it works so well. The planets you visit are beautifully crafted, the story finds all the right beats to evoke all kinds of emotions, and the combat system is simple but effective. If you’re experiencing open world fatigue and are looking for a fun and tight adventure, you can’t go wrong with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

A screenshot of Shadow of the Colossus. Wander stands with his back towards the camera and in the distance a giant colossus can be seen towering above him.

7. Shadow of the Colossus

If you haven’t played Shadow of the Colossus yet, you’re in for an absolute treat. This classic originally came out on the PS2 and conquered so many hearts that Sony not only remastered it for PS3, but even made a remake for PS4. That remake is the version you can play via PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium now.

The premise is very simple. You climb giant colossi and kill them. There are seven in total, and every colossus needs to be approached in a different way. Some of them roam the lands, some fly, and some swim. Shadow of the Colossus is unique in how it makes you approach these epic battles like a puzzle. You only have your sword and your bow, so you need wits to take out these giants.

Saying anything more would spoil the experience, so we’ll just let you discover the rest on your own. Though it could be seen as a little bit dated by now, we hope you’ll be able to appreciate what made this game so universally loved back when it was first released.

A screenshot of Horizon Zero Dawn. Aloy draws her bow towards a gigantic Thunderjaw, a robotic t-rex, that's ready to strike.

8. Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

We can’t imagine anything more bad-ass than giant robot dinosaurs, so it comes as no surprise that Horizon Zero Dawn was a massive success when it first released on PS4.

Aloy, the red-haired and hot-headed protagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn has quickly become one of PlayStation’s favourite mascots, and with good reason. You can’t help but fall in love with Aloy as you explore post-apocalyptic North-America and hunt (and ride) robot dino’s, all while uncovering an intriguing mystery. Why did the Earth become uninhabitable? Where did all these robots come from, and why are they hostile? It’s just a few of the many questions that Aloy sets out to answer.

The gameplay is your typical open world fanfare. There’s crafting, lots of collectibles to find and side quests to complete, so nothing new on the Horizon for all you action-adventure veterans (sorry). It’s the way all these elements are weaved together in the nature-versus-technology setting that makes Horizon Zero Dawn truly unique, and why it deserves a spot on this list.

A screenshot of Red Dead Redemption 2. Arthur watches the sun set with his horse as they stand on a hill in the mountains.

9. Red Dead Redemption 2

How could we not include one of the best games ever made on this list? Red Dead Redemption II might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if a cowboy adventure is your rodeo, then this game is like a dream come true.

There’s something uniquely relaxing about Red Dead Redemption II, even though the stakes can get quite high and the shootouts will have your heart throbbing. This game really gives you time to soak in its western setting, and brings attention to the smallest of details. There aren’t many games in which shaving, getting haircuts and scrubbing your left leg in a bath are part of the gameplay, but Red Dead Redemption II has it all.

We can safely say that the story is one of the greatest stories ever told in a video game (and if you don’t cry at the end, are you even human?), but you can easily get sidetracked by all the excellent content in the game too. Just strolling through the forest with your horse, making camp and hunting wild animals can make for a fulfilling afternoon gaming session.

A screenshot of Until Dawn. Josh and Sam are standing nervously in the dark, looking behind them.

10. Until Dawn

Ever screamed at the television while watching a horror movie, because the characters did something incredibly dumb? Then this game will cure you from all that frustration.

In Until Dawn, you control a bunch of teenagers who decide to stay at a lodge in the middle of nowhere, for what they thought was going to be a fun getaway. Of course, nothing is as it seems and before they know it, they find themselves completely cut off from the outside world, being hunted by a murderous entity.

It’s up to you to make sure they survive until dawn by guiding the characters through life threatening situations and making important decisions for them. Will you try to hold your breath as you hide from the murderer, or is it better to make a run for it? All the choices you make ultimately decide which characters get to live, and which ones will face a horrible death.

It’s the perfect game to play with a group, passing on the controller as the perspective switches to different characters. Just make sure you lock the door and frequently check what’s behind you…

Ready for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium?

These are some of our favourite games included in PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Premium, but obviously there are many more titles that we wish we could include. The PS4 and PS5 library is absolutely loaded with amazing games, and being able to have so many titles at your fingertips with a PS Plus Extra or Premium subscription is reason enough to upgrade. So, what are you waiting for?

Go get your PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium subscription!

If you’re looking to upgrade your PS Plus subscription to Extra or Premium, make sure you use our PlayStation Store gift cards to instantly top up your wallet balance. We have a handy converter for you to see exactly how much credit you need to upgrade. And as official Sony partners, you'll receive a 100% official code.

Want to know what’s included with each PlayStation Plus tier? You can find all the information on our dedicated PlayStation Plus page. And if you have any more questions, our customer service is available every day of the week. We hope you enjoy all the games we listed, and be sure to check out our blog for more gaming news and recommendations.

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