The PS Plus Collection is a set of twenty games from the Playstation 4 era curated and touted to be some of the best titles of that generation. While that list is quite debatable, you cannot go wrong with twenty free games for a PS Plus subscription and it is quite possibly some of the best titles seen compared to the free games given in the last three years.
PS Plus is a service that’s been around for the last ten years and with the launch of the Playstation 4 back in 2013, the PS4 has been the next longest platform on the service since the exit of the PS3 and PS Vita on January of 2018. If you’ve been a dedicated member of such a service, ten of the games from the PS Plus Collection have already been given one way or another.
The ten featured games on this list hasn’t been offered for free on the PS Plus service at all. While it may be offered in the future, if you have a PS5, it’s a way to bide your time while waiting for the forthcoming next-gen games that’s shaping 2021 to be a big year for the system.
If you’re fortunate enough to secure a Playstation 5 during the holiday season, congratulations! Getting yourself some free games should be high on your agenda and here are the games you should get for free as a PS Plus subscriber.
Days Gone (2019)
Quite possibly the newest title in the list and the game I’m playing to take a break from Cyberpunk 2077. Days Gone is an underrated and overlooked title from last year. A precursor to pre-pandemic times, there’s a tendency for the player base to brush off zombie titles as they have been overdone in the last few years. Yet as far as open world games go, Days Gone is a solid addition to the list and I actually like it better than Ghost of Tsushima. My opinion.
God of War (2018)
God of War is probably one of the best games from the last generation and also one of the best narratives in video game history. I was partial of the God of War titles on the PS2 leading up to PS3, but it was not one of my favorites. I picked up this title about year after its release and it was a spectacular experience. If you’ve judged this title by its reputation during its PS2 times, at least try playing this game until the second act. It’s a franchise that has matured and I can’t wait for Ragnarok.
Monster Hunter: World (2018)
Say what you will about the new Paul W.S. Anderson film, but Monster Hunter has a large following that you can’t ignore how great this game was either as a multiplayer or just as a standalone grind. It’s definitely not for me, but I can understand its addictive qualities. While it does not have the Iceborne expansion, it has enough content to keep your attention for hours.
Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition (2018)
Final Fantasy XV was one of the first games I played on the PS4 and I can definitely say this is where the eighth generation really began. The title was massive and even if the ending felt a little unfinished, it also highlighted what the eighth gen was notably known for – unfinished games. (Looks at Cyberpunk)
Unfinished isn’t something you will find with the Royal Edition as it has the completed title along with the side stories that was available as expansions for its first year’s season pass. While it doesn’t have the latest DLC, if you really must play Ardyn’s story, it usually goes on sale for under $5 USD.
Resident Evil VII (2017)
I enjoyed the Resident Evil 2 remake, but nothing compares to how Resident Evil VII returned to its survival horror roots with a focus on the horror. The game is understandably creepy that escalates to downright terror within seconds of exploration. I’m in no way in a rush to play it again, but if you haven’t, try the first few hours. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Persona 5 (2017)
I would say treat this game as a demo for Persona 5 Royal, which is a massive upgrade from the original. It doesn’t mean that the original was bad, it was just an endless grind. It requires at least 75-100 hours to clear the main story and between 150-200 hours to platinum. Stylistically, the game is magnificent and turns Tokyo into a vibrant living setting that it’s become another character in this sprawling urban epic.
Play it until the first dungeon and if you like it, I would recommend picking up Persona 5 Royal after. Though I’ve heard questionable things about its new ending, and I actually didn’t mind how the original game resolved. Only prepare for a long grind and by the time you’re done, you probably are just in time for Horizon Forbidden West.
The Last Guardian (2016)
The game made a lot of waves from fans of similar titles like Ico and most notably Shadow of the Collossus. While it sat on the PS Store circling the $10-$20 USD price range for the last three years, it was one of those games that I was waiting to drop on the PS Plus. It’s good that I’m able to try it now on the PS5 even if the title has long dropped from the grave vine. It will probably be offered for free on the PS Plus in the future for the PS4, but PS5 owners get to have it now.
Battlefield 1 (2016)
I’m not one for shooters, but one thing that caught my attention with Battlefield 1 when it launched was that innovative but generally disturbing way of handling player respawn during the prologue. Every time you get killed on the battlefield, a soldier dies showing a real soldier who has died during WWI. It paints a grim picture of how war is like: Cold, brutal, and largely indiscriminate. I would probably try this title for that novelty alone.
Fallout 4 (2015)
Oh the days when Fallout was the poster child for post apocalyptic action in games. Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas were fantastic immersive games, especially the latter. When Fallout 4 launched back in 2015, I was excited to pick it up, and also was quick to put it down. It wasn’t the best title out there, but looking back, it had enough Fallout to sink my teeth into. For all it’s worth, it’s going back to simpler times when all you had to worry about from Bethesda is avoiding Preston Garvey and his goddamned settlements.
Mortal Kombat X (2015)
It is probably one of the oldest titles on the collection and definitely on this list. Just like Persona 5, I would treat it as a demo for Mortal Kombat 11. Not to say that Mortal Kombat X is a bad game and far from it, the title definitely has been updated since 2015 and Mortal Kombat 11 is the more serviceable title out. The latter has its own PS5 edition and if you feel your wallet isn’t ready for it yet, you have Mortal Kombat X to practice on.
Don’t Forget to Add Bugsnax and Worms Rumble
Let’s not forget that there are still free PS Plus games available until January 5th. Bugsnax, the very first game offered exclusively for the PS5 has been offered since its launch. Also December’s free PS5 title (also PS4), Worms Rumble is free until January. I’ve played the first hour of Bugsnax and let’s say that it is quite out there…