20. inFAMOUS 2 (PS3)

inFAMOUS 2 (PS3)
inFAMOUS 2 (PS3)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Release Date: 7th Jun 2011 (USA) / 10th Jun 2011 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Premium

After the series got off to a promising start, inFAMOUS 2 is one of those sequels that improves basically everything, taking the franchise to the next level. Cole MacGrath is charged with stopping an almighty force from wiping out the country, and to do that, he'll need the help of some friends (and maybe enemies too). The morality system is still present, and you'll unlock brand new superpowers depending on the path you choose, giving Cole much more variety — and he even gets better melee combat to boot. With better gameplay, a more interesting setting, improved visuals, and an engaging story, it's a pitch-perfect sequel.

19. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Insomniac Games
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 19th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales may be shorter than its immediate predecessor, a spin-off if you like, but it’s lacking none of the character of its older, bigger brother. While Marvel’s Spider-Man did away with origin story clichés, Miles Morales is much more of a coming of age tale, as it sees the eponymous star coming to terms with his new-found powers. This is a deeply personal plot that adds depth to Insomniac Games’ wider Spider-Man universe, and it comes with some smart new gameplay wrinkles that make it a blast to play. Instant loading and sumptuous visuals are merely the frosting on the top of this wintery open world treat, which will leave you lusting after Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

18. Final Fantasy IX (PS4)

Final Fantasy IX (PS4)
Final Fantasy IX (PS4)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 19th Sep 2017 (USA) / 19th Sep 2017 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Many a Final Fantasy fan would tell you that Square's series peaked with Final Fantasy IX. An indisputable PlayStation classic, it first released as an utterly outstanding swansong for Sony's first console. A masterfully crafted world is inhabited by excellent characters, and it's all placed alongside more traditional RPG mechanics, refined to near perfection. With superb story pacing that whisks you from one gripping scenario to the next, it's still incredibly hard to fault Final Fantasy IX.

17. Returnal (PS5)

Returnal (PS5)
Returnal (PS5)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Housemarque
Release Date: 30th Apr 2021 (USA) / 30th Apr 2021 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Not that it needed to, but with Returnal, Housemarque has proven itself an incredibly capable studio. This PS5 exclusive is a frantic, ultra-tight third person shooter dressed up with some rogue-like elements to add variety and unpredictability to the mix, and the result is wonderful.

Trapped in a loop on a hostile alien world, Selene is forced to relive her fateful crash landing each time she dies. There's an amazing sense of accomplishment as you slowly progress through challenging boss encounters and explore six diverse environments full of randomised weapons, perks, and power-ups. It feels amazing to play, especially with amazing support for the DualSense's features, and the addictive gameplay is complemented by an enigmatic story that will leave you guessing.

The best part is that's just the start. A slew of additional modes flesh out Returnal, giving you a few extra ways to play when you're done with the single player campaign. The daily challenge mode provides all players with a fixed loadout and room layouts, with the goal of amassing the highest score possible by exploring and playing skilfully. Beyond that is the Tower of Sisyphus, an endless arcade mode that similarly tasks you with getting the highest score you can, only there's more of a sense of urgency. You're rewarded not just for skilled play but for fast play — your multiplier will start to tick down if you loiter for too long. The Tower also contains additional story, adding more layers to the mysterious narrative the main game offers.

Finally, there's two-player online co-op. This allows you to join or invite another player and go through the main campaign with a companion, potentially alleviating some of the challenge. While it isn't the primary focus of Returnal, the co-op works splendidly; resources are shared between you, forcing you to make decisions on who gets what, and a revival mechanic lets you bring each other back into the fight. It's just as much fun taking on the world of Atropos with a friend as it is alone, if not more so.

Whether you're in it for the world class gameplay, the atmospheric sci-fi setting, the intentionally mysterious story, or the variety of extra modes, Returnal is among the most robust, rewarding, and addictive games on PS5.

16. Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)

Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 10th Apr 2020 (USA) / 10th Apr 2020 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Square Enix actually did it. It actually remade Final Fantasy VII, and the result isn't a complete disaster. In fact, Final Fantasy VII Remake is a fantastic action RPG. It may not cover the whole story of the original, but it greatly expands on characters, themes, and plot points included in the Midgar arc. Its crowing achievement is its outstanding combat, which blends real time movement and action with time-pausing command menus. It feels like the evolution of Final Fantasy's classic Active Time Battle system, and it's amazing. What a time to be alive.

15. Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Guerrilla Games
Release Date: 28th Feb 2017 (USA) / 1st Mar 2017 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

A role-playing game with action more fulfilling than most corridor shooters, Guerrilla Games’ heritage with first-person shooters means that Horizon Zero Dawn’s sizeable quest list is one you’ll actually enjoy clearing. The real surprise here, though, is the richness of the post-apocalyptic world that protagonist Aloy inhabits; this is a science-fiction story set against a tribal backdrop, and it marries these incongruent themes masterfully. An incredible effort from the Dutch developer.

14. Demon's Souls (PS5)

Demon's Souls (PS5)
Demon's Souls (PS5)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Bluepoint Games
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 19th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Sony comfortably hooked the enthusiast crowd by adding Demon’s Souls to the PS5’s launch lineup. FromSoftware’s legendary action RPG – which would go on to spawn the so-called Soulsborne series and, eventually, even Elden Ring – was snubbed by the Japanese giant during the PS3 era, as it felt early builds were simply not up to snuff. Publishers like Atlus and Bandai Namco eventually picked it up, and it went on to become a cult classic. Perhaps as a tacit admission that it made a mistake, its recruited tech specialists Bluepoint Games to remake the game for a modern era – and the results are remarkable. This version uses original PS3 code to make for an incredibly authentic experience, but its visuals are among some of the best you’ll find on Sony’s new-gen console. It’s an extraordinary blend of old and new that comes highly recommended.

13. Yakuza 0 (PS4)

Yakuza 0 (PS4)
Yakuza 0 (PS4)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Yakuza Studio
Release Date: 24th Jan 2017 (USA) / 24th Jan 2017 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Yakuza 0 is largely regarded as one of the best games in SEGA's crime drama franchise. It takes place in 1980s Japan during the country's economic boom, and the vibes help set it apart from its brethren. The story steals the show, though — a brilliantly twisty tale that involves both series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima, before the latter became known as the Mad Dog. Packed with fantastic minigames, crazy side quests, and amazing boss fighters, Yakuza 0 is an absolute gem.

12. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: 9th Oct 2015 (USA) / 9th Oct 2015 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Premium

It's hard to fault the Uncharted PS3 trilogy — especially when all three games have been neatly compiled into one remastered package. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a no-brainer if you're on the market for cinematic action. While the first Uncharted is a bit shaky by more modern standards, it's still interesting to revisit the adventure that started it all. Meanwhile, Uncharted 2 and 3 remain genre-defining in a lot of ways, which is a testament to Naughty Dog's commitment to quality.

11. God of War Collection (PS3)

God of War Collection (PS3)
God of War Collection (PS3)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio
Release Date: 17th Nov 2009 (USA) / 19th Mar 2010 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Premium

God of War Collection remasters the original PS2 games God of War and God of War II, placing them together in one essential 720p package. Released shortly before God of War III, this collection presented a perfect opportunity for fans to refresh their memories of Kratos' original adventures. These are fantastic action games, even today.