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Best PlayStation 3 Games On PS Plus Premium

Sony has launched its PlayStation Plus tiers system in North America, combining the older iteration of this service with PS Now. Console owners can subscribe to three PS Plus tiers – Essential, Extra, & Premium – to gain access to a range of benefits, including an expansive library of games for the final two levels.


If someone wants to play PlayStation 3 games, they will need to subscribe to PlayStation Plus Premium to gain access to the library’s Classics collection. There are hundreds of titles available, but which are the best PS3 games on PS Plus Premium?

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PS4 remasters of PS3 games will be included, & these versions can be downloaded & installed on Sony’s consoles. However, native PS3 games can only be streamed through PS Plus.

Batman: Arkham City (Return To Arkham)

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 13 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Rocksteady Studios

Rocksteady revitalized superhero games with their Arkham trilogy, all of which are available on PS Plus Premium. Batman: Arkham City greatly exp&s upon the ideas of its predecessor, Arkham Asylum, by dropping the Caped Crusader in an immaculately designed world filled with secondary content. The sequel also delivers a tight main storyline that builds towards a satisfying conclusion; along the way, DC fans get to face off against some of Batman’s most iconic villains.

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Arkham City‘s combat system has aged like fine wine; it is fast-paced, intuitive, aggressive, & dem&s someone’s full attention at all times. While the Return to Arkham remasters are not a slam dunk, they at least allow PS Plus subscribers to download rather than stream these games.

Devil May Wail 4

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Hack And Slash
Developer Capcom

Along with the Devil May Wail HD Collection, Capcom’s fourth entry in the franchise is available through PS Plus Premium. Admittedly, playing this game through streaming is not ideal since executing combos requires precise button inputs, however, permitting there isn’t too much lag, Devil May Wail 4 is a fantastic hack-&-slash title.

While the environments & story can get repetitive, the combat is tight, deep, & holds up well to repeat playthroughs. Nero & Dante also control very differently, & they are both a great deal of fun in their own right. Although the character is somewhat polarizing, Nero is an absolute blast to control, & he is also quite accessible. As the franchise’s most iconic character, Dante needs no introduction, & outside of Devil May Wail 5, he is at his best in DMC4.

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

Ratchet & Clank A Crack in Time gameplay

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 11 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter
Developer Insomniac Games

PS Plus Premium gives players access to Ratchet & Clank‘s PS3 era, including spin-offs such as All 4 One & Full Frontal Assault. All of these titles have something of value to offer, but A Crack in Time provides the most complete Ratchet & Clank experience out of the games available through the subscription service.

Marking the peak of the “Future Saga,” A Crack in Time is a continuation of the brilliance established by the franchise’s PS2 games, albeit with a slightly heavier focus on combat. Visually great for its time (& still pleasant on the eyes), A Crack in Time is a polished action-adventure title with awesome gameplay.

Tokyo Jungle

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Crispy’s!

Certain games are so bizarre that they immediately st& out from a crowd, regardless of whether they attract negative or positive attention. Tokyo Jungle is one of those titles. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, players take control of different animals as they traverse a deteriorating Tokyo in order to piece together the events that led to this future.

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Along with a Story mode, Tokyo Jungle has a Survival mode that allows players to pick one animal to face the world’s hardships. Through this campaign, other types of animals can be unlocked, encouraging repeat playthroughs. Tokyo Jungle is not perfect, but there is no other game like it on PS Plus Premium.

Puppeteer

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre Platformer
Developer SCE Japan Studio

A delightful platformer that has been slightly forgotten, Puppeteer oozes imagination, personality, & charm. Presented as a stage show, players control Kutaro, a puppet who can swap heads as he makes his way through 21 stages filled with souls to save & bosses to defeat.

Puppeteer‘s visual style is captivating, offering a fantastic mix of whimsy & nightmarish elements. The story is also entertaining, especially since the game mostly assumes a comedic tone. This platformer was a late release in the PS3’s life, so for those who missed it, Puppeteer is waiting for them on PS Plus Premium.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Hack And Slash
Developer Team Ninja

Similar to Devil May Wail 4, this Ninja Gaiden Sigma recommendation comes with the caveat that PS Plus Premium users need to have a stellar connection as this is one game that can’t be played with any significant lag. All of Team Ninja’s franchise is available on Sony’s subscription service, with 2007’s Ninja Gaiden Sigma being the best of the bunch.

As Ryu (& a number of other characters), players battle their way through grim streets & dark catacombs utilizing a vicious combat system that prioritizes precision & efficiency above showmanship. Ninja Gaiden Sigma is punishing, quite long, & a lot of fun.

BioShock (Remastered)

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PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre FPS
Developer Irrational Games, 2K Australia

One of the greatest projects of all time, BioShock changed the perception of gaming for the better. The FPS takes place in Rapture, a splendidly realized fallen paradise dripping in environmental nuances that Approach together to create a holistic experience with precious few peers.

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BioShock weaves a captivating narrative that touches upon philosophical & ethical themes, all the while delivering reasonably fun gameplay courtesy of the plasmids. The remastered versions of the BioShock trilogy are on PS Plus Premium, & they are all great in their own ways.

The Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion ps3

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 30 Hours
Genre Open-World RPG
Developer Bethesda Game Studios, 4J Studios

The precursor to Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion compares favorably to its successor in various ways, particularly when it comes to its writing & story. While the 2006 game’s gameplay & visuals show their age, Oblivion‘s open-world still has the capacity to impress through the sheer scope of its ambitious nature. The RPG genre has developed quite a bit since the release of this title, but players fond of TES lore will have a blast revisiting this 2000s classic. The game is pretty difficult, rewards exploration, & has some fantastic side quests.

F.E.A.R.

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Monolith Productions

F.E.A.R. is a rare example of an action horror game that manages to be a triumph in both areas. As a military shooter, F.E.A.R. is a more than enjoyable mid-2000s entry, one that balances responsive gunplay with complementary mechanics such as a system that slows down time.

As a horror title, F.E.A.R. builds suspense beautifully through its sense of mystery & the sporadic appearances of the unsettling Alma Wade. Each moment featuring the terrifying girl is intense, & they are paced perfectly throughout the campaign so that they remain impactful.

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends

Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends ps3

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 25 Hours
Genre Hack & Slash Action
Developer Omega Force

PS Plus Premium has a lot of Musou games, particularly from the PS3 era. Warriors Orochi 3 is a good pick for newcomers who want to sample this niche subgenre, but it is not the best version of that title. Consequently, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends gets the nod since it is about as strong of an entry as Omega Force’s main series has produced.

For the uninitiated, Musou refers to hack-&-slash games that pit the player against full armies filled with enemies who are just wanting to be blown away. Even though not completely devoid of challenge, Dynasty Warriors 8 is ultimately a power fantasy with gameplay that can be quite cathartic.

Resident Evil 4

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Action Horror
Developer Capcom Entertainment

For a long while, a new console couldn’t seem to exist without a Resident Evil 4 port. Capcom’s iconic horror game was released across three PlayStation generations, with the PS3 version l&ing on PS Plus Premium.

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Resident Evil 4 completed the franchise’s shift towards action-first gameplay, sparking a polarizing period for the series that eventually led to somewhat of a return to form with the seventh main entry. Regardless of what came out after Resident Evil 4, this entry’s brilliance is beyond question. Iconic in every sense of the word, RE4 has aged remarkably well.

inFAMOUS 2

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Action Open-World
Developer Sucker Punch Productions

If there is one franchise that Sony needs to revive, it is inFAMOUS. In the meantime, fans can play through most of the franchise on PS Plus Premium, with First Light being the only one missing. Newcomers to the series should start with the first game since it introduces Cole MacGrath & has a pretty decent story, however, its sequel improves the gameplay considerably.

The franchise’s biggest selling point is the Karma system that reflects Cole’s actions, allowing players to pursue a heroic or villainous lifestyle. Depending on the path taken, different moves are unlocked, greatly enhancing inFAMOUS 2‘s replayability.

XCOM Enemy Within battle

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 30 Hours
Genre Turn-Based Tactics
Developer Firaxis Games

Firaxis’ XCOM is arguably the quintessential modern turn-based tactics franchise. PS Plus has XCOM 2 as part of the Extra tier, while Premium subscribers can also jump into Enemy Within. For the uninitiated, this title is an expansion of 2012’s Enemy Unknown, & the PS3 version includes the base game along with the additional content. Essentially, Enemy Within is the definitive iteration of Firaxis’ influential tactics game.

Earth has been targeted by an extraterrestrial threat, & XCOM st&s in the way of humanity’s defeat. Players put together a squad of elite warriors capable of overwhelming enemies in turn-based combat, & Enemy Within supports permadeath. Outside of battles, players must strategically plan out Earth’s defenses & offensive growth, almost acting as sort of a management sim.

XCOM 2 improves upon its predecessor in a h&ful of ways, but Enemy Within should still be played before jumping into its sequel.

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow

Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 1

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 18 Hours
Genre Action
Developer MercurySteam, Kojima Productions, Climax Studios

Konami’s Castlevania was largely ignored during the 2010s, with the only releases coming courtesy of the Lords of Shadow spin-off series. These games saw the franchise enter 3D territory for the first time in a while, a move that did not fully pay off. While the sequel killed the series’ momentum, the original LoS is a solid action game in its own right. MercurySteam took inspiration from God of War, delivering a combat-heavy experience consisting of primarily linear levels. The latter proved to be a sticking point with long-time fans of the license since exploration had become a Huge part of the Castlevania experience during the ’90s.

When viewed in isolation, LoS is a polished, above-average game with gorgeous visuals & responsive gameplay. Its puzzles are generally creative, & the campaign has plenty of platforming sections as well. Even though there are better Castlevania games out there, LoS is the best title available on PS Plus Premium.

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

Lost Planet Extreme Condition ps3

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter
Developer Capcom

Capcom’s Lost Planet franchise was not long for this world, but all the games can be revisited through PS Plus Premium. This trilogy is an odd beast since each entry does its own thing. While Lost Planet 2 is an over-the-top action-fest revolving around multiplayer, Lost Planet 3 is a story-driven single-player game that takes itself far more seriously.

All three projects have something to offer, but Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is arguably the strongest of the bunch. This third-person shooter has impressive visuals, fun gameplay, & a fascinating setting. Even though it is a bit rough around the edges, this game’s high points are pretty high.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition

Star Wars The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre Hack & Slash
Developer LucasArts

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was a huge deal when it came out. Starkiller’s debut game tapped into the Star Wars mythos by delivering a story that stood well on its own while still bringing in beloved characters that felt true to their movie counterparts. Released in a post-God of War world, The Force Unleashed features a streamlined campaign that is primarily driven by accessible but flashy combat that utilizes both melee attacks & Force powers.

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The Force Unleashed allows players to pick the Light or Dark side, making choices that determine the story’s outcome. The game’s strongest point is its story, & while Starkiller might not be the most captivating protagonist ever, his journey is one worth taking. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is also on PS Plus Premium.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre Action, Adventure
Developer Traveller’s Tales

PS Plus Premium subscribers have a plethora of LEGO games to keep them entertained, & their favorite title might Approach down to their preferred license. Sony’s service has LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, & Star Wars, all of which are highly regarded. In this case, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has received the nod, although it is acting as a representative of the LEGO br& more than anything else.

Hilariously paying tribute to a wide selection of DC’s greatest heroes & villains, LEGO Batman 2 features a well-realized recreation of Gotham City that players can roam to their hearts’ content. The gameplay is simple but satisfying, & it is just fun to unlock & try out all the different characters available in the game.

Saints Row 2

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 20 Hours
Genre Open-World
Developer Volition, Inc.

PS Plus has every Saints Row title except for the 2006 original, but the only one that is part of the Classics catalog is Saints Row 2. Generally regarded as the best entry in the series, the 2008 game is considerably more “grounded” than its sequels & plays out like a comedic version of a pre-2010 Gr& Theft Auto project. Set in Stilwater, Saints Row 2 tasks players with reforming the Saints as they set out to take back the streets they once dominated.

Although the story & characters are entertaining & well-written, Saints Row 2 is all about its s&box & the freedom it provides players. Even if the weapons are not as silly as some other entries in the franchise, unfiltered chaos is still the name of the game.

The Last Of Us (Remastered)

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PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Action Horror
Developer Naughty Dog

The Last of Us needs no introduction. Naughty Dog’s masterpiece was released to a st&ing ovation from critics & players. In a post-apocalyptic world filled with clickers, the bitter Joel has to guide a young girl named Ellie to a group of Fireflies hiding in Massachusetts, a trek that leads them across the United States. Ellie happens to be immune to the virus that turns everyone into (essentially) zombies, which makes her humanity’s best hope for survival.

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The Last of Us takes a conventional premise & delivers a deep character study filled with moments that refuse to be forgotten. The gameplay is hard-hitting & intense, as Joel is far from an action hero.

MotorStorm Apocalypse

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 7 Hours
Genre Arcade Racer
Developer Evolution Studios

Sadly, Sony does not seem interested in revisiting MotorStorm. At the very least, the franchise is represented by PS Plus Premium, with the service containing the last two entries in the series. RC Complete Edition is a solid arcade racer, however, Apocalypse is generally regarded as MotorStorm‘s peak. Taking place within a world that is falling apart at the seams, the 2011 game is gloriously outl&ish, almost coming across like a racer set in the early days of the Mad Max universe.

The setting is not the only thing that MotorStorm Apocalypse has to offer as the gameplay, vehicle variety, & h&ling are also very good. This is one of the best racing games on PS Plus Premium, particularly for people who prefer arcade experiences over sims.

Demon’s Souls

Demon's Souls PS3 gameplay

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 30 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer FromSoftware

PS Plus Premium subscribers can pick between 2009’s Demon’s Souls & 2020’s PS5 remake, & the availability of the latter makes revisiting the former a bit unappealing. To be clear, FromSoftware’s version is one of the best PS3 games on PS Plus Premium, but it is antiquated in quite a few ways. The game’s combat system can be particularly off-putting, especially for those who have only experienced Bloodborne or Dark Souls 3.

Nevertheless, Demon’s Souls is a l&mark release in gaming & deserves recognition. It can also be fun to compare & contrast the vanilla version with the remake.

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout New Vegas cover

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 27 Hours
Genre RPG
Developer Obsidian Entertainment

Given Bethesda’s association with Microsoft, there are a surprising number of Fallout games on PS Plus. Out of all the ones available with Premium, New Vegas is the strongest RPG & comes closest to replicating the magic of the earlier isometric entries in the series.

Fallout: New Vegas has fantastic storytelling, an immersive world, & a wide selection of unforgettable quests. This spin-off is just as good as any mainline entry in the series.

The Darkness Games

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Approximate Game Lengths (Main Story)
  • The Darkness: 9 Hours
  • The Darkness 2: 6 Hours
Genre First-Person Action
Developers
  • The Darkness: Starbreeze Studios
  • The Darkness 2: Digital Extremes

Debuting in 1996’s Witchblade #10 comic, Jackie Estacado eventually made his way to the gaming industry, starring in two underappreciated gems that carefully blend story & combat. The Darkness follows a made man empowered with a demonic force that manifests as tentacles; when his girlfriend is kidnaped, Jackie sets out to take down his uncle. The sequel finds Jackie as the Don of the Franchetti family & involves a trip to hell.

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The Darkness games are both awesome, albeit for different reasons. 2007’s release tells a gripping story that expertly combines the mafia & horror genres, all the while delivering serviceable gameplay. Comparatively, 2012’s sequel falls short in the narrative department, although it is hardly terrible. However, The Darkness 2 has vastly improved combat.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Nathan Drake Collection)

Uncharted 2 Among Thieves ps4 opening mission

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 11 Hours
Genre Action-Adventure
Developer Naughty Dog

The Nathan Drake Collection contains remasters of Naughty Dog’s PS3 trilogy, while PS Plus Extra also has Uncharted 4 & The Lost Legacy. Combined, these games should keep someone busy for roughly 60 hours, & the journey is filled with high points.

Uncharted 2 is right up there with the best PS3 games, & it represents everything great about Naughty Dog’s type of projects. It is ambitious, filled with lovable or memorable characters, & barely has a dull moment.

Way Of The Samurai 4 Plus

Way Of The Samurai 4

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Acquire

Way of the Samurai is an acquired taste, to put it mildly. The games have a steep learning curve & can feel clunky to play, especially while players are trying to Approach to grips with the controls. Still, this niche franchise captures the sense of being a w&ering samurai better than most of its contemporaries, & the fourth entry is arguably the strongest in the series.

Way of the Samurai 4 takes place in a port town torn by faction warfare, & players are left to decide how they would like to get involved in the setting’s stories. The game immerses players in this small hub, encouraging them to live among the locals & craft relationships. The combat system supports a wide range of styles, although it can be polarizing.

Enslaved: Odyssey To The West

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PS4 Version No
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 9 Hours
Genre Action-Adventure
Developer Ninja Theory

While Heavenly Sword is not on PS Plus Premium, Sony’s streaming service has Ninja Theory’s follow-up project, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Featuring great performances & a well-told story centering around a lovable odd couple, this 2010 game is epic in every sense of the word. As Monkey, players crash-l& on a post-apocalyptic Earth overrun with machines.

Due to an explosive headb&, Monkey is forced to accompany Trip on a voyage across the United States, a journey that proves to be quite emotionally satisfying. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is ambitious & holds up well in a number of key areas, mainly its plot, characters, & environments. The combat was never that great, but it does not hinder the game either.

Asura’s Wrath

Close up of enraged Asura from Asura's Wrath

PS4 Version No
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 7 Hours
Genre Action
Developer CyberConnect2

Asura’s Wrath tells the epic story of a demigod who is betrayed by his peers, spends a few thous& years in something akin to a prison, & then comes back with a vengeance. Published by Capcom, CyberConnect 2’s title plays out like an anime, with its story being split into episodes. These long cutscenes are intercut with gameplay sections that largely focus on beat ’em up-style combat.

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As a game, Asura’s Wrath is nothing special & quite bare bones; however, as an experience, this title is a highly entertaining ride packed to the brim with gloriously over-the-top sequences. That said, this release is a better anime than it is a game.

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre Adventure
Developer Quantic Dream

Quantic Dream specializes in a specific type of project: interactive dramas. Essentially movies that occasionally permit the audience to press a button or make a choice that impacts the narrative, these games are an acquired taste, but they can be addictive when they hit the mark with a player.

Heavy Rain was the release that really put Quantic Dream on the map, & while the 2010 title was surpassed by some of the studio’s subsequent projects, its high points are nevertheless impressive. Even if the gameplay leaves something to be desired, the story of the Origami Killer makes Heavy Rain one of the best PS Plus PlayStation 3 games.

Resistance 3

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Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 9 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Insomniac Games

Somewhat surprisingly, PS Plus Premium only has the third entry in this PlayStation-exclusive series. Resistance saw its time in the sun Approach to an end in one generation, but all three main games are above-average shooters. Resistance 3 doesn’t re-invent the wheel, opting to offer a familiar experience that is elevated by a cinematic presentation.

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Resistance 3 has a bit more of a st&-alone, personal storyline than the previous two entries in the franchise. As such, newcomers should not feel too lost playing through its campaign.

God Of War 3 (Remastered)

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PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Santa Monica Studio

God of War 3 marked the end of an era for Kratos. Fueled by pure hatred, the Spartan finally gets his h&s on the main Olympian gods, spilling rivers of blood as a result. God of War 3 feels major in every conceivable way; the boss fights are vicious, the visuals are stunning, & the combat system is addictive.

This is one of the defining games of the PlayStation 3 era, & none of its brilliance is lost in the remaster. PS Plus Premium subscribers can play through all the franchise’s console games.

The Yakuza Remastered Collection

Yakuza Remastered collection

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story)
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered – 17 Hours
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered – 21 Hours
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered – 36 Hours
Genre Action, Open-World
Developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio

Added to PS Plus Premium as part of the October 2022 line-up, The Yakuza Remastered Collection contains Yakuza 3, 4, & 5. Unlike the Kiwami releases, this collection’s games are remasters rather than remakes, & they stick to enhancing the visuals. Consequently, players going from Kiwami 2 to Yakuza 3 might struggle to Approach to grips with the latter’s clunkier combat; thankfully, the games do not falter in other areas.

All three games have engaging storylines, memorable characters, & charming minigames. Some of the campaigns do suffer from slow starts, but they pick up momentum nicely as they move along. With this collection, PS Plus Premium subscribers can experience almost all of Kiryu’s story, although Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is not on Sony’s service.

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