Earlier this year, Sony introduced its own take on rival Xbox’s Game Pass with the launch of PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Deluxe (aka PS Plus Premium). These are new subscription tiers that greatly enhance the original PS Plus membership, which is now called PS Plus Essential.
Among the three tiers, PS Plus Extra is logically the most value-for-money option, thanks to its vast Game Catalog. Some may reason that Deluxe/Premium — which has both Game Catalog and Classics Catalog — is better, but the fact is there aren’t enough fan-favorite classic titles available right now to justify its steep price.
Also, PS Plus Extra is arguably one of the best subscriptions you can get right now besides Game Pass. While it may not have many day-one releases, it unlocks various AAA games and must-play PlayStation exclusives that aren’t available on any other platform.
Top PS Plus Extra Games
After scouring the ocean for extra-tier games, we have shortlisted the best titles from the list below. It comprises everything from PS exclusives to unmissable indie titles. Take note that the order of the entries is arbitrary.
1. Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut (2021) | PS5, PS4
For years, gamers have clamored for a AAA game based on feudal Japan. Ghost Of Tsushima is the fulfillment of that demand and so much more. It’s a widely acclaimed game from Sucker Punch Studios, the developer behind another popular PS-exclusive franchise, Infamous. You assume the role of a vengeance-fuelled samurai, Jin Sakai, as he wages an ambitious retaliation against Khotun Khan, the Mongol general invading the Japanese island of Tsushima.
2. Spiderman Miles Morales (2020) | PS5, PS4
Admit it; since Insomniac’s Spider-man game landed, there hasn’t been anything quite as satisfying as web-swinging around Manhattan. Spider-man Miles Morales continues that fun streak with a fresh take. Picking up right where its predecessor left off, this game follows the story of its namesake as he strives to master his newly acquired spidey abilities under the aegis of the original webhead, Peter Parker.
3. Deathloop (2021) | PS5
Winner of multiple accolades, Deathloop is a unique FPS every gamer should try at least once. It cleverly combines the movie Groundhog Day and the game Dishonored to build its compelling gameplay. The story follows an assassin named Colt, who is stuck in a time loop and must eliminate a number of targets within 24 hours to escape the cycle. Challenge comes in the form of a rival assassin, Julianna, hellbent on foiling Colt’s plan.
4. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (2021) | PS5
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is a game that’s as grand as its name sounds. Square Enix’s remastered version of 2020’s FFVII Remake (also available for PS5/PS4 on Extra) is specially built for the PS5 and brings improved visual fidelity, new immersive haptics, and a bundled DLC episode. You take on the role of a mercenary called Cloud Strife in Midgar, a dystopian cyberpunk setting. The plot revolves around eco-terrorists, AVALANCHE, battling against Shinra Electric Power Company to save the planet.
5. Returnal (2021) | PS5
For those who are looking for a real challenge, playing Returnal is a no-brainer. It’s a soul-sucking Roguelike psychological horror that gets tougher and tougher as you progress. You play as a space traveler, named Selene Vassos, on a quest to break a time loop while slaying extra-terrestrial creatures using cutting-edge weapons and gear.
6. Stray (2022) | PS5, PS4
Move on from watching cat videos to playing cat games with one of the most loved titles of the year, Stray. In this fascinating adventure set in a cyberpunk future, you play as an adorable feline furball trying to find a way back home. Besides scratching, breaking objects, and doing the usual cat stuff, you can even meow in this one-of-a-kind game.
7. Demon’s Souls (2020) | PS5
When the PS5 hit the shelves in 2020, Demon’s Souls was a big reason to buy the console at launch. Coming from FromSoftware, a distinguished game developer, this title naturally gained a lot of praise. As the remake of its 2009 namesake, Demon’s Souls elevates the qualities of the original to a whole new level. You take on the mantle of a warrior and battle fantastical beasts on your path to save the kingdom of Boletaria from a wretched demon called “The Old One.”
8. Death Stranding Director’s Cut (2021) | PS5, PS4
The brainchild of legendary game designer Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding is a game unlike any other before it. It weaves a captivating and scarily relevant plot into a morbidly beautiful setting of a dystopian United States. You play as Sam Bridges who is trying to connect isolated places across the country while evading the obscure but dangerous foes known as “beached things.”
9. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018) | PS5, PS4
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes you back to ancient Greece and lets you take control of Alexios/Cassandra, the progeny of Leonidas I, a popular Spartan emperor. The game combines the established mechanics of the series with additional RPG elements to deliver an unprecedented AC experience. On top of that, you can check out historical places, witness major events of that era, and meet certain notable figures such as Sokrates and Alkibiades.
10. Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy (2021) | PS5, PS4
After messing up the Avengers game, Square Enix redeemed themselves thanks to Eidos-Montreal’s commendable work on Guardians Of The Galaxy. The action-adventure game pits the most charismatic team of galactic superheroes into a scenario where they must act quickly and vanquish an other-worldly threat to prevent the destruction of the entire universe. As Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, you navigate your way through various perils, take down foes, and lead other team members on the way.
Even though the aforementioned lineup is stacked with stellar games, there are many more exciting titles available on PS Plus Extra. The following honorable mentions are a good mix of PS-exclusive classics, AAA hits, and underrated indie gems.
- Days Gone (2019) | PS5, PS4
- Ghostrunner (2020) | PS5, PS4
- The Artful Escape (2021) | PS5, PS4
- Judgment (2018) | PS5, PS4
- Metro Exodus (2019) | PS5, PS4
- Control: Ultimate Edition (2019) | PS5, PS4
- Far Cry 5 (2018) | PS5, PS4
- Assassin’s Creed Origins (2018) | PS5, PS4
- Outer Wilds (2019) | PS5, PS4
- WWE 2K22 (2022) | PS5, PS4 (coming in January 2023)
- God Of War (2018) | PS5, PS4
- Marvel’s Spiderman: Game Of The Year Edition (2020) | PS5, PS4
- Dead Cells (2018) | PS5, PS4
- The Crew 1 & 2 (2014/2018) | PS5, PS4
- Mortal Kombat 11 (2019) | PS5, PS4
- The Division 1 & 2 (2016/2019) | PS5, PS4
- Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition (2017) | PS5, PS4
- Little Nightmares (2017) | PS5, PS4
- Bloodborne (2015) | PS5, PS4
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016) | PS5, PS4
- Watch Dogs 1 & 2 (2014/2016) | PS5, PS4
- What Remains Of Edith Finch (2017) | PS5, PS4
- Until Dawn (2015) | PS5, PS4
- inFamous: Second Son (2014) | PS5, PS4
The multitude of games is a big but not the only privilege PS Plus Extra members enjoy. Other benefits include online multiplayer, monthly free games (apart from the Game Catalog), exclusive discounts and digital goodies, cloud saves, and Share Play. Moreover, PS5 owners also get access to the PS Plus Collection, which has a bunch of generation-defining PS4 titles.
If you still don’t find the PS Plus Extra games convincing, you may check out the best games on offer from Xbox as part of its Game Pass subscription.