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The Best Games You Can Play on PS Now

You Don’t Need a PlayStation Console Thanks to PS Now

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It may have been overshadowed by Microsoft’s excellent Xbox Game Pass service, but Sony’s PlayStation Now is still pretty good.

For £8.99/$9.99 a month or less you gain access to over 700 games with PS Now. There’s a mixture of PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, with the majority now being PS4 titles. And if you’re a PS4 or PS5 owner, almost all of the PS4 and PS2 games available can be downloaded to your console, meaning you won’t have any streaming troubles.

The good thing about PS Now is that you don’t need a console to make use of it though. If you’ve got a PC – and who hasn’t? – you can simply download an app and gain access to a huge number of games that otherwise wouldn’t be available to you. Unfortunately there’s no option to download games on PC, so you’ll need a decent internet connection to get the most out of it, but it still offers excellent value.

Thinking about subscribing to PS Now and wondering which games you should tackle first? Here are what we believe to be the best games currently available via PS Now. Each and every one of these games comes highly recommended by us. And remember, there’s a free PS Now trial available if you want to give it a go without spending any money.

Shadow Warrior 3

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Shadow Warrior 3 was a bit of a surprise when it landed onto PS Now in March 2022: it became available on PS Now on the very same day it released everywhere else. It’s the first time it ever happened, and it could be showing a new direction for PS Now. Either way, we’re happy for it to be on the service, and it really is one of the best games you can play on PS Now.

The third in the series, Shadow Warrior 3 puts players back in the shoes of Lo Wang, a gun-toting ninja who likes nothing better to create chaos and carnage – especially when that chaos and carnage involves slicing demons up into teeny, tiny little pieces.

Needless to say, this isn’t a game for the squeamish, thanks to all the blood, guts and limbs flying around the screen at practically all times. But it is a ruddy good action game that will keep you on your toes from start to finish. It looks fantastic, too, and it’ll keep you chuckling as you play through thanks to its fantastic comical writing.

Read our review of Shadow Warrior 3

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

Horizon Zero Dawn may now be overshadowed by its successor, Horizon Forbidden West, but that doesn’t stop this open-world adventure being any less brilliant. Aloy’s first outing is one we’ll never forget, and if you’re yet to play it, what are you waiting for?

Horizon Zero Dawn takes you to a far-future world where humanity has left technology behind. Huge, deadly machines pose a threat to people, but they’re no match for Aloy, a trained hunter who uses ancient technology to track and take them down. There’s a huge world to explore, a gripping story to experience, and a huge range of abilities to unlock for Aloy. If you’re a fan of big open worlds, then this is one of the best games you can play on PS Now.

Being the Complete Edition, too, this version on PS Now also includes the game’s DLC, most notably the huge Frozen Wilds expansion. There’s so much content here, and it’s well worth sticking your teeth into.

Read our review of Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

Little Nightmares

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You probably didn’t think platform games could be scary. But then, you’ve probably never played Little Nightmares. From Bandai Namco, this eerie platform adventure will genuinely put the willies up you thanks to how creepy and unsettling it is. And that’s why we love it so.

Little Nightmares casts you in the role of Six, a tiny girl clad in a yellow raincoat. She’s a prisoner aboard The Maw, a scary, mysterious vessel filled with terrifying characters out to get Six – and so she must escape. That means making your way through various environments, sneaking past enemies, solving puzzles and outsmarting those who want to harm you. All the while, you’ll be charmed by just how wonderful this game looks – but also unsettled by its brilliant atmosphere and soundtrack.

If you’re not afraid of the dark, Little Nightmares is one of the best games on PS Now.

Ghostrunner

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Ever wish you were a cyborg ninja? Um, so just us, then? In any case, that’s what you are in Ghostrunner, a challenging game that mixes parkour with brutal combat. This ultra fast-paced action game will test your reflexes and your mettle as you dash around a sci-fi city, taking out enemies as you go.

Since its release in 2020, Ghostrunner has been subject to numerous updates, with many of them adding vast amounts of content for free. Needless to say, if you’ve never played before, there’s never been a better time to jump in. New modes mean that even if you’re not cut out for its brutal difficulty, you can turn on some assists to make your journey a bit easier. And it’s a journey worth taking, thanks to its fantastic story, brilliant visuals, and edge-of-your-seat action.

If you’re a fan of going fast, then Ghostrunner is one of the best games on PS Now.

Read our review of Ghostrunner

God of War

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Is God of War the best game on PS4? With competitors like The Last of Us Part II out there, it’s a tough call. But it might just be. Either way, it’s absurdly good, so if you’re a PS Now subscriber seeking out the best games on the service it’s a must-play.

God of War casts you as Kratos, but not quite as you’ve seen him before. Set years after his fights against the Gods of Olympus, he now resides alongside Norse Gods and monsters. And also, he has a young boy in his care: his own son, Atreus. Kratos isn’t exactly your typical doting father, but he does his best to keep Atreus safe and teach him about the world as the pair travel together.

Few single-player games are as immersive and engaging as God of War, which perfectly blends combat, exploration and storytelling to make an experience that you won’t forget in a hurry. Seriously, if you haven’t played this yet and you have a PS Now subscription, what are you waiting for?

Read our review of God of War

Sonic Mania

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If you’re a Sonic fan, Sonic Mania is a must-play. It’s one of the best Sonic games in more than a decade, capturing the magic of the classic games from the 90s while adding in new characters, worlds and other twists.

If you’re a long-time Sonic fan, you’ll get a kick out of seeing the zones and levels you loved from the Mega Drive/Genesis era brought back to life in stunning pixel detail. And even if you’re a newcomer to the series, looking to see what all the fuss is about, this is a great place to start. It acts as a sort-of ‘Best of’ of Sonic, blending together the old and new to create something entirely special.

There’s a huge range of familiar faces to be found, and the new levels sit seamlessly alongside old ones, feeling like they’ve been there for the last 30 years. It’s just a shame that other modern Sonic games haven’t lived up to the standard set by Sonic Mania.

Put simply, if you love the blue blur, then this is one of the best games on PS Now.

Read our review of Sonic Mania

Bloodborne

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We heard you like a challenge. And if you do, Bloodborne is the game for you. It’s been around since 2015, so there’s a good chance you’ve already played this PlayStation-exclusive epic. And if not, now’s the chance. This really is one of the best games on PS Now – for so many reasons.

Developed by FromSoftware, the team behind the Dark Souls series and more recently, Elden RingBloodborne is set in a gorgeous, but deadly, gothic world, dripping with atmosphere and begging to be explored. It’s not for the faint of heart, though; as you’d expect from the team at FromSoft, it’s hard as nails, requiring players to learn enemy patterns, hone their combat skills and persevere in order to come out on top.

There’s very little else like Bloodborne, and if you’re up for the challenge, you absolutely won’t regret taking some time to delve into its dark and sumptuous world.

Read our review of DOOM

Until Dawn

Essentially an interactive movie, Until Dawn is a great game to play with your partner, or friends, sat beside you. Although it released way back in 2015, it’s still one of PS4’s best exclusives, and now it sits pretty as one of the best games you can play on PS Now, too.

It’s from Supermassive Games, the team that went on to create the Dark Pictures Anthology, and so Until Dawn follows a similar style. Players take control of a group of friends spending the night in a mountain lodge where things quickly take a turn for the worse. The choices you make – be it what direction to move in or what line of dialogue to say – will directly impact the fate of each of the characters. They could all live, or they could all die – and it’s all down to you.

Until Dawn truly is a modern horror classic, combining excellent storytelling with edge-of-your-seat thrills. If you enjoy horror, this really isn’t one to be missed.

Read our review of Until Dawn

Prey

You can’t trust anything in Prey. That lamp over there? It could be a creature trying to end your life. So could that mug. Or that desk fan. You’re always in suspense, and that’s part of what makes Prey so good.

It isn’t for the faint-hearted, though. Set aboard Talos I, a space station which has been overrun by deadly aliens, you never quite know what waits around each corner for you in Prey. And chances are, there’s always something waiting for you. Like we said, you can’t trust anything, because the aliens that stalk you can disguise themselves as just about everything. And so, ordinary office furniture has never been so terrifying.

Prey really nails its atmosphere, creating a game that feels tense from start to finish. Despite the constant threat, though, its environments are a pleasure to explore, even if you might need clean pants by the time you’re done. If you like action games with more than a hint of thrilling horror, Prey is one of the best games you can play on PS Now.

Read our review of Prey

Sniper Elite 4

Sometimes, you just need to see someone’s skull blown to pieces from the inside out. And that’s where Sniper Elite 4 comes in. Yep, this over-the-top World War 2 game casts you as an experience sniper, tasked with taking down enemies from afar. Thanks to a unique X-ray Kill Camera, you get to experience the exact moment a bullet makes contact with a body part, seeing the damage it causes from the inside. Gnarly, but fun, for those of us with a strong constitution.

It’s not just about the blood and guts, though. Sniper Elite 4 is a great game in its own right, offering tactical combat, a huge campaign, and plenty of customisation. There’s also an impressive world to explore, taking you from the soak-soaked Mediterranean to dark, dense forests and Nazi megastructures. And so, yes, if you fancy seeing your enemies shot to pieces, quite literally, Sniper Elite 4 is one of the best games on PS Now.

Read our review of Sniper Elite 4

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