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Best PS5 Games On PS Plus Extra

In June 2022 in North America, Sony launched a revamped version of PlayStation Plus that combines the previous model with PS Now. Split into three tiers, subscribers who invest in PS Plus Extra or Premium gain access to a wide selection of PlayStation games. While the library mainly consists of PS4 titles, it also includes quite a few PS5 releases, something PS Now did not offer.


The addition of current-gen games is perhaps the new PS Plus’s greatest selling point, & the fact July’s Stray debuted directly on Sony’s service suggests that launch-day releases are on the cards. What are the best PS5 games on PS Plus Extra?

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Deathloop

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 16 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Arkane Studios
Release Date September 14, 2021

Added to PS Plus Extra on September 20, 2022, Deathloop is an FPS built upon a time loop concept. Players are cast as Colt, an assassin who must take out eight targets within a single day. If he fails, the day restarts from scratch, & this reset is part of the story & not just a mechanic. Producing Dishonored & Prey, Arkane is known for its creative shooters that blend enjoyable gunplay with versatile powers & stealth, all things that are part of Deathloop‘s blueprint.

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An argument could be made that the 2021 release is Arkane’s strongest effort to date, particularly in terms of gameplay. Designed to be replayed, Deathloop has a puzzle-style element to it as players gradually accumulate information as they pave their way to a perfect run. The story is also quite good & develops nicely as the campaign progresses.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 38 Hours (Including Episode INTERmission)
Genre Action JRPG
Developer Square Enix
Release Date June 10, 2021

As the first post-launch additions, Sony needed to knock PS Plus Premium & Extra’s July 19 line-up out of the park to demonstrate its commitment to the subscription service. And, for the most part, the selection delivered the goods, particularly for fans of Ubisoft & Square Enix. Except for a Day One release, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade was the biggest newcomer; in fact, this JRPG is good enough to warrant a one-month subscription on its own.

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Intergrade contains the 2020 base game & its Episode INTERmission DLC that introduces Yuffie as a playable character. As a whole, this package should keep someone busy for quite a while, & that’s if they only focus on the main story. With addictive real-time combat, gorgeous visuals, & a gripping story that changes a few things from the classic 1997 game, FF7 Remake Intergrade is a contender for the best PS5 game on PS Plus.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) N/A
Genre First-Person Shooter, Multiplayer
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date December 1, 2020 (PS5)

PS Plus has been adding a couple of Ubisoft games every month, most of which fall within the open-world genre; however, one of the very best additions to the service is an exception. Debuting in 2015 on last-gen consoles & PC, Rainbow Six Siege has more than proven its staying power. The multiplayer-focused tactical shooter pits two teams against each other in cutthroat battles that leave little room for error. The gameplay is considerably faster than most shooters under the Tom Clancy umbrella, a distinction that has served the game well over the last few years.

At this point in its existence, Rainbow Six Siege has a firmly established playerbase who know its ins & outs like the back of their h&s. Consequently, newcomers are likely to feel overwhelmed during their few (dozen) matches. The game comes with a steeper learning curve than most mainstream shooters on the market, but it is arguably worth the effort.

The Medium

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre Psychological Horror
Developer Bloober Team
Release Date September 3, 2021

Added to PS Plus Extra in time for Halloween, The Medium extends Bloober Team’s impressive catalog of horror games, a run that resulted in the developer l&ing the Silent Hill 2 remake. Although not the scariest project in the company’s resume, The Medium is arguably Bloober’s most complete & satisfying release, with its main competitor being Observer: System Redux (which is also on PS Plus Extra).

As implied by its title, the story revolves around a medium who can leave behind the mortal plane to walk among the spirits. This ability is a key mechanic in The Medium, as the game frequently splits the screen in two so that players can follow Marianne, the protagonist, while she exists in both realms. A few short encounters aside, The Medium primarily focuses on exploration & puzzles rather than action, a decision that fits well with the personal story the game tries to tell.

Metro Exodus

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre FPS
Developer 4A Games
Release Date June 18, 2021

An August 2022 addition to PS Plus, Metro Exodus‘ arrival means that Premium subscribers now have access to the full trilogy. Meanwhile, Extra members can at least experience the most recent project in 4A Games’ FPS franchise. As a shooter, Metro moves at a slower pace than most of its contemporaries, opting to incorporate elements of the survival genre into its campaign.

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Metro Exodus is the most expansive entry in the license, & it even includes a few open sections that provide some space for exploration. These sequences are enjoyable, but the game shines the brightest when it forces players underground & into tight corridors lurking with enemies.

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 26 Hours
Genre Open-World RPG
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Skyrim has survived three console generations, & Bethesda’s RPG continues to feel like a Huge deal. While PS Plus Extra’s November 2022 line-up was headlined by Kingdom Hearts, it would not be surprising if Skyrim gets the most downloads now that it is on Sony’s subscription service.

Along with remastering the 2011 version, the Special Edition also includes the DLC, specifically Dawnguard, Hearthfire, & Dragonborn. Therefore, players who have only experienced the vanilla game should have a lot of fresh content to play through if they decide to install the RPG. Even if some aspects feel dated when compared with more modern games, Skyrim‘s immaculate world, customization options, & storytelling hold up beautifully.

Stray

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) N/A
Genre Adventure
Developer BlueTwelve Studio
Release Date July 19, 2022

Stray is noteworthy for being PS Plus Premium & Extra’s first Day One title (not counting Shadow Warrior 3 on PS Now). Presuming history does not prove this release to be a one-off deal, Stray‘s existence marks a step in the right direction for Sony’s service.

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That said, it would be a disservice to credit the inclusion of BlueTwelve’s project in this rundown of PS Plus Extra’s best PlayStation 5 games solely to its debut status. A third-person adventure game played from the perspective of a cat, Stray looks ambitious, Gorgeous, & charming. The story takes place in an open-world cyberpunk city & the gameplay focuses primarily on exploration & puzzle-solving.

Dead By Daylight

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) N/A
Genre 4v1 Survival Horror
Developer Behaviour Digital
Release Date November 12, 2020

Dead by Daylight is one of the most popular multiplayer games of the last few years, & its frequent updates & expansions have kept the project in the public discourse.

Four Survivors must work together to turn on generators & escape before they are hunted down by a Killer. Players are free to pick from a wide selection of both Survivors & Killers, all of which Approach with unique abilities that greatly alter the flow of matches. Dead by Daylight‘s roster includes quite a few iconic faces, including Silent Hill‘s Pyramid Head, Hellraiser‘s Pinhead, The Ring‘s Sadako Yamamura.

Returnal

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 20 Hours
Genre Roguelike
Developer Housemarque
Release Date April 30, 2021

Housemarque’s Returnal is a sci-fi epic about Selene, a space traveler who visits a strange planet & becomes ensnared in a time loop. This plot point serves as narrative justification for the third-person shooter’s roguelike structure; as Selene explores Atropos’ six biomes, her demise will signal a return to the beginning.

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Returnal has fantastic gameplay, which is hardly surprising considering the studio’s previous releases like Alienation. The story builds an engrossing sense of mystery while cleverly diving into Selene’s history & mental state.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 60 Hours
Genre Open-World, Action RPG
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date November 10, 2020

Sony’s announcement that Ubisoft games would be joining PS Plus was significant, particularly for fans of open-worlds. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is massive, both in terms of prestige & also size. Focusing on the Viking invasion of Britain, the game follows Eivor, a raider who is (naturally) dragged into the ancient Assassin & Templar war.

Valhalla has the best combat in the entire series, building nicely on the work done by Origins & Odyssey. Along with feeling endless, the world is detailed, frequently gorgeous, & quite realistic. This is the type of PS Plus PS5 game that someone could get lost in.

Demon’s Souls

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 25 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Bluepoint Games
Release Date November 12, 2020

When the PlayStation 5 debuted, Bluepoint’s Demon’s Souls remake was the main reason to pick up the console. Since then Sony’s system has welcomed quite a few great projects, but this launch title continues to be one of the PS5’s crowning achievements.

FromSoftware’s 2009 original is also on PS Plus Premium, & as game-changing as that PS3 classic is, the remake’s improved gameplay & enhanced environments make it the version most worth playing on the subscription service.

Control: Ultimate Edition

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 13 Hours
Genre Action-Adventure
Developer Remedy Entertainment
Release Date February 2, 2021

Remedy Entertainment has a track record of producing ambitious games with addictive combat & fascinating stories. In many ways, Control represents the studio at its best & most intriguing. The game is set in the Federal Bureau of Control, a government building devoted to investigating & storing the strange & otherworldly; unsurprisingly, things go desperately wrong & it is up to Jesse Faden to clean up the mess.

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Armed with a shape-shifting gun & an array of satisfying powers, Jesse traverses the FBC’s halls as reality twists & turns around her. Control‘s gameplay is incredible, & this world’s lore dem&s to be explored.

Ghostrunner

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre First-Person Action
Developers One More Level, 3D Realms, Slipgate Ironworks
Release Date October 27, 2020

Ghostrunner casts players as Jack, an amnesiac who is given a rescue mission that involves traversing a cyberpunk skyscraper. Although its lore & world are quite interesting, this title is ultimately about its gameplay, which blends precise melee combat with platforming.

In Ghostunner, encounters are generally decided by a solitary hit, with both Jack & enemies being glass cannons. Consequently, players must strategize the best ways to approach situations in order to allow them to take out targets with a single move, making each battle a nail-biting game of chess.

Evil Genius 2: World Domination

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 30 Hours
Genre Real-Time Strategy
Developer Rebellion Developments
Release Date March 30, 2021

Who has not dreamed of world domination? Evil Genius 2 actualizes these aspirations fueled by Despicable Me, all the while delivering in-depth strategy systems. As one of four villains, players must hide underneath a shell company as they strive to create a doomsday device, a project that requires minions, money, & meticulous planning. Along with building an army of henchmen who can be sent on missions, the diabolical protagonist must also defend their headquarters from enemy agents sent by the Forces of Justice.

Evil Genius 2 revels in its inspirations. Everything, from the game’s visuals to its quirky selection of characters, seems ripped from Saturday morning cartoons, & that is a good thing. Evil Genius 2‘s villains have different goals & features, meaning each campaign is relatively unique.

Assetto Corsa Competizione

Assetto Corsa Competizione

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Racing
Developer Kunos Simulazioni
Release Date October 26, 2021

Racing games are simultaneously extremely popular & also niche, & that goes double for sims. Assetto Corsa Competizione is a contender for the genre’s least accessible entry as the game comes with a steep learning curve. Drivers looking to st& a chance in this GT-focused racer will need to dedicate a great deal of time to not only master their chosen vehicle but also the tracks they will be competing on.

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That said, Assetto Corsa Competizione‘s attention to detail is admirable, & the same praise can be given to its graphics. Along with a solo career mode, the game also supports online play, so people who become enamored with this racer have a fair amount of content to go through.

Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 18 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Eidos Montreal
Release Date October 26, 2021

Following the disappointing Marvel’s Avengers, one would have been forgiven for being skeptical about Square Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy; thankfully, this single-player game is far superior to its live-service sibling. As Star-Lord, players get to experience a planet-hopping adventure packed with humor, action, & flashes of emotion.

While it is a bit disappointing that only Peter Quill is playable, GOTG‘s combat system blossoms nicely as the campaign progresses & players become more familiar with its intricacies. Narratively, this game should please both fans of the comics & the MCU movies.

Mortal Kombat 11

Scorpion deploying his attack in Mortal Kombat 11

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre Fighting
Developer NetherRealm Studios
Release Date November 17, 2020

NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat 11 was a contender for the best fighting game on the PS4, & the Ultimate version competes for the same crown on the PS5. Slowing things down from the previous games, the combat is vicious, tactical, & difficult to master while still being relatively accessible.

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MK 11 offers an endearingly cheesy story mode that should keep people who are only interested in the game’s single-player content entertained for a good few hours. For those who want more, an active multiplayer scene awaits.

The Artful Escape

Francis in The Artful Escape

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 5 Hours
Genre Platformer
Developer Beethoven & Dinosaur
Release Date January 25, 2022

Francis is expected to follow in his uncle’s Huge footsteps & become a folk singer. However, Francis prefers to shred than politely strum, & this internal conflict fuels The Artful Escape. A day before he is set to take the stage at a music festival for the first time, Francis is whisked away on an intergalactic journey by a strange sentient brain. As he visits gorgeous & peculiar worlds, Francis gradually breaks free from his own self-doubt.

The Artful Escape is a simple platformer that does not offer much in the way of challenge or innovation; however, the gameplay accentuates Francis’s story well. More importantly, players can press one button to unleash a few sweet licks on a guitar.

Ghost Of Tsushima: Director’s Carve

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 25 Hours
Genre Action-Adventure, Open-World
Developer Sucker Punch Productions
Release Date August 20, 2021

Talk about a fantastic way to conclude the PS4 era. Ghost of Tsushima is a majestic open-world action game that expertly blends visuals, story, & gameplay to create an experience that feels complete. Inspired by the Mongol invasion of Tsushima Isl& in the 1270s, the eponymous ghost refers to Jin Sakai, a samurai who seeks to free his home & regain his honor.

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Carve packages the base game with the Iki Isl& expansion, adding roughly 10 hours of content to what is already quite an expansive campaign. Except for its plot, the DLC is of mostly high quality, & the same could be said for the Legends multiplayer mode.

Deliver Us The Moon

Deliver Us The Moon

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 5 Hours
Genre Adventure
Developer KeokeN Interactive
Release Date October 10, 2019

With Earth stripped of natural resources, humans turned to the moon for assistance. This led to the discovery of Helium-3, an isotope that has solved humanity’s crisis; however, when the machine that sends the energy to Earth stops transmitting, an astronaut is sent to the moon to hopefully fix things.

Deliver Us the Moon has a fascinating premise loaded with tension since this is an end-of-the-world situation, & the protagonist’s isolation adds to the narrative’s gravitas. The gameplay mostly consists of exploration & puzzle-solving. Although the latter does not offer much in the way of challenge, the puzzles are well throughout & engaging. Ultimately, Deliver Us the Moon is a story-driven experience, & the game does not drop the ball in that area.

Wreckfest

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 18 Hours
Genre Racing, Vehicular Combat
Developer Bugbear
Release Date May 4, 2021

Modern destruction derby games are, sadly, in short supply. Twisted Metal has been dormant for a decade, the last good FlatOut game came out in 2008, & Burnout has been reduced to a fleeting memory of a bygone era. Mad Max was one of the best vehicular combat games of the 2010s, & driving is just one (awesome) part of a larger whole in that title.

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Since debuting in 2018, Wreckfest has established itself as the default modern vehicular combat game due to a lack of competition. However, if vehicular combat were still an active genre, Bugbear’s release would have risen to the top regardless as it is simply that fun of a game.

What Remains Of Edith Finch

The Finch House in What Remains of Edith Finch

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 2 Hours
Genre Adventure
Developer Giant Sparrow
Available With PS Plus Extra Yes

Debuting in 2017 on PC & PS4, What Remains of Edith Finch made its way to the PS5 in July 2022. Short but unforgettable, Giant Sparrow’s game packs plenty of depth into its runtime. The eponymous character takes a harrowing trip through history while visiting her family home. Suffering from a curse that permits only one member of the Finch household to live at a time, the family has suffered tragedy after tragedy, & Edith will learn about all of them.

What Remains of Edith Finch can be described as a walking simulator, which means the gameplay largely revolves around exploration. In this case, players investigate the large Finch estate in order to piece together the family’s legacy. Although there is an overarching narrative, each relative’s story almost works as a st&alone short.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre Action, Open-World
Developer Insomniac Games
Release Date November 12, 2020

Miles Morales builds upon 2018’s stellar Marvel’s Spider-Man; in fact, the two releases are so similar that the spin-off can feel a bit like an expansion. That said, the game’s fundamentals are so unbelievably strong that they help nullify these criticisms.

As the titular hero, players get to swing around New York City during Christmas, all while they work through a deeply personal storyline that does a brilliant job of endearing Miles Morales to people unfamiliar with his comics. Like Marvel’s Spider-Man is one of the strongest PS4 titles on Sony’s subscription service, Miles Morales is among the best PS5 games on PS Plus​​​​​​ Extra.

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