Sony’s flagship streaming platform PlayStation Now has seen quite the turnaround these past few months. Gone are the days of seeing a lackluster library with a few forgettable demos scattered within. For today, it’s anything but vacant, and is finally made up of quite the number of triple-A releases.
As we sail through March and divvy up the games PlayStation Now has to offer, we’re able to set aside the strong from the weak, the playable from the forgettable. And in this instance, with March being one of the biggest months for the platform to date, we’d say there’s more to experiment with than to discard altogether. But anyway, if you’re looking to play the best of the best—then be sure to check out these five.
5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — Definitive Edition
Rockstar’s florescent gem of an open-world game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, is Sony’s response to Microsoft claiming its successor for Game Pass. Which of the two comes across as the most appealing is subject to personal preference, though there’s no denying the fact that Vice City is the holy grail of eighties-themed video games. And it’s because of this, that Rockstar looked to rebuild it, alongside its siblings, from the ground up.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — Definitive Edition brings the power of eighties ballads and tropical tees to a whole new era on up-to-date hardware. The charm is still present and accounted for, despite the few knocks and bruises the base game encountered on launch day. But the fact that it’s free with a PlayStation Now subscription, though, just excuses its few minor flaws and amplifies the urge to relive Tommy Vercetti’s rags to riches crime drama.
4. Shadow Warrior 3
It’s unusual for PlayStation Now to employ new games into its ranks on day one. However, Sony must’ve seen something in Shadow Warrior 3, as it clasped it with both hands the moment it dropped on March 1, 2022. Although left without its predecessors to paint the whole picture, it’s still a welcome addition to the library, and one subscribers can definitely benefit from playing.
As far as shooters go, Shadow Warrior 3 earns a comfortable spot on the podium. Similar to one or two veins that entwine with the likes of DOOM, the gore-heavy and hell-bent action-adventure chapter goes in hard, using every trick in the book to execute a monster of a surprise. And so, regardless of whether or not you’re a new subscriber or a returning one—Shadow Warrior 3 deserves its time under the spotlight. Give it a few hours, and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
3. Crysis Remastered
At long last, Crysis makes its way to next-gen consoles as a full-fledged remastered edition. Although not the trilogy one would expect from the PlayStation Now frontline, the first entry does pop its head up to bear the torch for the universally acclaimed franchise. And honestly, that’s enough to reignite the nostalgia that once clasped the 2007 original.
For those who skipped the series, Crysis is a collection of first-person shooters that revolve around a technologically advanced military unit. Equipped with Nanosuits, which boost the likes of speed, strength, and defense, the highly-skilled Raptor Team move to drive back an all-powerful force. Crysis Remastered retells the same tale, only with bigger, better, and far more impressive enhancements. What’s not to like here?
2. Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat has proven itself as a key player in the fighting world time and time again. Even with the same old faces and a few of the same strung out plotlines regurgitated, nearly every chapter has brought something else to the table—and that has only continued to build since the series passed its tenth major instalment. And honestly, the fact it has finished its eleventh game and is now laying out the cards for the twelfth is a miracle in itself.
When it comes to next-level fighting games with techniques that dare to break the goody two-shoes formula, Mortal Kombat basically writes the book. With every verse and chorus being embellished with brutal executions and gore-heavy combos, most would say the series has secured its place as one of the founding fathers of violent video games. Bragging rights? Absolutely.
1. Detroit: Become Human
Quantum Dream has a real knack for carving up replayable video games. Thanks to its keen interest in developing stories that open up for multiple crossroads and endings—nearly every experience comes across as different. It was the same with BEYOND: Two Souls. And, as it goes, it’s a textbook copy and paste with Detroit: Become Human. Although, given the number of available story arcs, one can’t help but start to make sense of its permanent fixture on the platform.
Detroit: Become Human follows the tale of three unlikely droids. Although built to help develop society, the three share a mutual connection that allows for them to defy the social norm. However, after banding together to help give their kind a rightful place on the planet, trouble soon looks to disrupt the balance of power. Depending on how you hold your cards—the city of Detroit can either perish in smoke and haze, or unite as one under a new set of rules.
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