While we can’t speak for every gamer in the world — we can say that time is a little more flexible these days thanks to the global pandemic. Of course, that might not be considered to be a good thing, what with the remainder of our daily agendas being thrown to the wolves. But it is, however, giving us the additional time we need to mop up those final trophies and platinum those few remaining lengthy campaigns. So, I mean — it’s not all that bad, right? And hey, at least we’ve got PlayStation Now to keep us busy.
With something as jam-packed as PlayStation Now, it would take a lifetime just to cram every playable title into bite-sized sessions. And while that can be incredibly frustrating, it does mean that we’re never short on things to do. That’s something PlayStation Now will never succumb to — a blank canvas. In fact, with well over 700 games backing the library, it’s unlikely that the platform will ever fall short on entertainment at all. But anyway, in case you’re on the market for your next five hits, might we suggest you take a gander at these?
5. Detroit: Become Human
If you happened to play Quantic Dream’s previous choice-based titles, then you’re definitely going to want to sink some hours into this one. Again, similar to earlier games such as Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, Detroit: Become Human centres its gameplay and outcomes around your decisions over the course of the story. However, with three unique characters to guide and multiple story arcs with alternative endings to consider along the way, pulling the strings can be a rather weighty responsibility.
Set in a dystopian city where androids slave under the greedy hands of humans, Detroit: Become Human follows the tale of three slaves, each of which believes their kind are entitled to the same rights as their owners. However, with the rogue androids being branded as deviants and slowly being picked off by the FBI, each of the three outcasts must step up and prove their worth before the weight of the world comes tumbling down on their cold metal shoulders.
4. RAGE 2
It’s time to descend into madness with yet another explosive chapter to the RAGE universe. Once again, with nothing but an arsenal of overpowered weapons and a whole roster of wild personalities backing your corner, you’ll be gearing up to tackle some truly outrageous missions in a savage wasteland where anything can happen. Of course, being a RAGE title, you can expect a few hazardous obstacles over your rocky ascension to victory. Still, nothing two smoking barrels won’t be able to handle.
Okay, so while RAGE 2 doesn’t home one of the most emotionally engaging stories in the world, it does bring a quality amount of fun to the table. Vehicular combat is a blast, and the same goes for practically all of the blazing shootouts that linger around almost every corner too. So, whilst you won’t be gawping over a meaty campaign with twists and turns at every corner — you will be returning on a regular basis purely for the addictive combat that never takes a backseat. Surely that’s worth the price of admission alone, right?
3. BioShock Remastered
It’s true, any survival horror fan will be able to spend an hour or two praising BioShock and all of its quality ingredients. From its deep-see surroundings to its eerie score and grotesque foes, BioShock delivers a truly mesmerizing experience that never falls short on ambience or character. And now, luckily for us, the whole series has been resurrected for current and ex-gen platforms. Yes — all three of them.
BioShock takes us deep into the darkest depths of Rapture, where mutated folk and monstrous creatures stalk the dystopian suburbia. As Jack, the sole survivor of a plane crash over the Atlantic Ocean, you must navigate the mysterious city of Rapture in search of an escape to the surface. However, with a twist hanging at every turn and a whole population of fractured souls blocking your path, your only hope of seeing daylight again is through a little voice that hides in the shadows. Are you willing to accept guidance from a stranger if it guarantees your survival?
If city-building is more to your taste and you’re on the prowl for something a tad edgier than your box-standard park management palaver — then Frostpunk might just be your next big adventure. Although, it is worth noting that this particular title is more for the strategic thinker as opposed to the causal carefree player. Why? Well, for starters, if you’re not at the peak of your game from the moment you boot up Frostpunk, then chances are you’ll be watching the credits plummet before establishing the first house.
It’s fair to say that Frostpunk truly does ramp up the difficulty compared to other similar titles in the city-building category. But that’s not to say that it’s a bad thing. It’s just that, well, you’ll need to do your research and carry out the trial and error procedure several times before settling into a final game. People will die, and your city will definitely overthrow you from the throne — but you’ll get there. Eventually.
1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
While there are hundreds of triple-A titles that span the PlayStation Now library, nothing quite snatches our attention as much as a Metal Gear Solid entry. It’s not very often we clock one of these enter the ring, and so, for The Phantom Pain to be made downloadable at the touch of a button is only too tempting. Of course, you’ll have to dish out a few extra pennies for the Ground Zero prequel, but that’s also a tempting factor nonetheless.
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain picks up after the events of Ground Zero, where you’ll take the reigns of Snake once again on an enticing new quest to unearth the development of a new weapon shaping under the hands of the Patriots. With stealth being a fundamental part of your everyday strategy, you must learn to infiltrate, extract and expose the enemy without tarnishing the Diamond Dogs name. So, are you ready for another round of shovelling through the dirt? Metal Gear awaits.