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As I'm sure you've heard by now, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to enjoy a little bonus content when the PlayStation 5 launches next month. The PlayStation Plus Collection is a neat added incentive for gamers that allows access to a number of "generation-defining" PlayStation 4 titles on the next-gen console.
There are, in total, 18 games in the PlayStation Plus Collection. Whether Sony adds more as time goes on remains to be seen, but 18 is what you get at launch. For the most part, there are some really great games on offer, while some of the others stretch the term "generation-defining" to its breaking point. Still, that's why I'm here: to gently guide you in the direction of the PlayStation Plus Collection games you'll want to play first, and warn you of the one or two you should maybe just not bother with.
As someone who found the original God Of War and its sequels kind of boring, I was blown away with how effortlessly 2018's God Of War drew me in. A complete reinvention of the character and franchise, God Of War successfully repositioned Kratos from a one-note killer into a deeply conflicted and tragic individual living with the very real consequences of his violent past.
I dunno what else to tell you - play this damn game already.
Persona 5 is widely regarded as one of the finest games of this generation, as well as one of the greatest games of 2017. In a year that saw The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Nier Automata release, that's no mean feat.
An RPG that's large in every sense of the word, Persona 5 is almost constantly opening up new features, systems, secrets, areas, and characters to engage with. This game will eat up every ounce of free time you have. You've been warned.
From the twisted minds behind Dark Souls comes Bloodborne, a game that is faster, angrier, scarier, harder, and better in almost every way. Combining survival horror elements with monstrous boss battles that'll make you want to tie your controller in knots, Bloodborne is one of the best things FromSoftware has ever done.
Simply put, the best way to enjoy one of the greatest PlayStation games of all time. If you've yet to experience Joel and Ellie's harrowing, heartbreaking journey across America, then you absolutely have to check this one out. And if you played The Last Of Us Part II but haven't given the original a look yet? I can only imagine this will be an even better experience for you as a result.
While the game's title may give off the impression that it's about someone's bum - at least to someone of my mental age - Uncharted 4 is in fact a fantastic climax to one of gaming's best modern franchises.
If you can look past the fact a familial character was shoehorned in out of nowhere, Uncharted 4 provides a worthy coda for Nathan Drake and his friends, featuring series-best set pieces and stunning locations.
Have you always been tempted by the idea of the Monster Hunter games but found yourself put off by the impenetrable amount of systems and gear? Monster Hunter World is the game for you. Don't get me wrong, Capcom's last major Monster Hunter release still takes a few hours to really get the hang of, but the payoff is infinitely rewarding monster-slaying fun in a gorgeous, sprawling world.
Batman: Arkham Knight might not be the best game in the series, but it's still a fantastic end to this incarnation of the Dark Knight. An admittedly crappy Batmobile/tank thing does little to detract from the same intoxicating combination of exploration, combat, and stealth... to say nothing of a gripping story that examines what happens when Batman is backed against the wall and pushed to his absolute limit.
If you're looking for chaotic platforming action with plenty of over-the-top weapons, Ratchet & Clank is the game for you. A remake of the very first game in the series, Ratchet & Clank is a bright, colourful adventure with some truly fantastic ideas under its belt. Any game that has a weapon that forces enemies to uncontrollably shake their hips to disco music is a winner in my eyes.
After years of being left to sour like week-old milk on a warm day, Resident Evil 7 showed us that Capcom finally remembered what people loved about the survival horror franchise all along: the survival horror parts.
The generic action tat of Resident Evil 7's predecessor was stripped away in favour of a gripping game of cat and mouse with a family of terrifying mutated cannibals. Did it make me need to sleep with the light on for weeks after? Yes, and I loved it for that.
Big hair, big characters, and a big world: Final Fantasy XV has it all. It might not be the best Final Fantasy game out there, although lord knows that's not an argument we'll ever be able to settle. What Final Fantasy XV is, however, is a beautiful, massive game with a ton of heart and a ridiculous story to get invested in for a few dozen hours.
The Last Guardian might not be quite as captivating as Shadow Of The Colossus or as groundbreaking as ICO... but it's guaranteed to hold a place in the hearts of its fans for its intimate story and one of gaming's most adorable companions. It doesn't always work as well as should, but when it hits? It really hits.
There's a lot I hate about Days Gone. I mostly hate the story, which smacks of unoriginality in a crowded world of post-apocalyptic games. I also hate the main character, a douchey looking dude who I would very much like to beat to death with his ridiculous backwards cap because he's a grown ass man ffs.
And yet, in spite of the many things Days Gone wafts under my nose that sends me into a rage, I can't help but kind of like it, too. The open world feels truly dangerous, and the mutated monsters that inhabit it are a lot of fun to take down. If you've already got a PS Plus subscription, you've got nothing to lose in checking this one out.
Fallout 4 isn't even close to the best Fallout game. The good news is that it's also pretty damn far from being the worst Fallout game in a world where Fallout 76 continues to exist, so what we have is a happy middle ground. Thanks to the PlayStation Plus Collection, you can enjoy an average Fallout game. Lucky you.
Years before Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch released the criminally underrated superhero adventure Infamous Second Son. While its plot and characters a little dull, the sense of power Sucker Punch instills you with as your progress through the game and grow into an absolute unit is enjoyable enough to keep you entertained for a fair few hours.
If you're after a horror game to play with friends as you gather round the telly for some good old-fashioned scares, Until Dawn is the one for you. A sprawling interactive story where every choice matters, Until Dawn invites you to prove to us all that you're better than the dumb teenagers who stumble into slasher movies. Spoiler: You're not.
Not to be confused with the first Battlefield, which released back in 2002, 2016's Battlefield 1 takes players back to World War I. It's a setting that FPS games don't really bother with usually, instead favouring modern, sci-fi, or WWII periods. In terms of offering up something familiar in a wholly original package, Battlefield 1 is a big success.
If you've played a Mortal Kombat game before, I'm sure you know what to expect here. Mortal Kombat X is a brutal brawler with some gruesome finishing moves and plenty of unique characters to mess around with. Is it as good as Mortal Kombat 11? No. But if you want that you need to go out and pay for it, you damn scrub.
Do you know, I had no idea slavery and racism were bad until David Cage took the time to explain it to me in the incredibly subtle Detroit: Become Human? At no point did I feel like I was being slapped in the face with a heavy-handed and often deeply offensive metaphor. Nope. Not once.
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