The PlayStation Plus value proposition is hard to beat. For as little a five dollars a month, gamers have access to online multiplayer, discounts on games and downloadable content, and a monthly rotation of free games. What some may not know, however, is that there’s a whole library of classic blockbuster titles that are available to play for free as well.
There’s no title on this list that doesn’t rise to the tier of a masterpiece. For anyone who hasn’t played any of the following games, log into PlayStation Plus and download them today.
10 Final Fantasy XV
Regarded as one of the best Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy XV tells the tale of Prince Noctis and his three friends Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto as they travel across the war-ravaged landscape of Eos. Along the way, they forge alliances and have the strength of their friendship and resolve tested by titanic foes.
Filled with magic, astral spirits, chocobos, and a strong character-driven story, the game is sure to tickle the fancy of franchise veterans while remaining accessible to newcomers. Final Fantasy XV succeeds most, however, is in its immersion. Such a detailed and expansive open world offers dozens of hours of exploration and fun for players.
9 Detroit: Become Human
Set in the year 2038, Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human tells a multifaceted cinematic story of three androids during an artificial intelligence rebellion. With a unique “cyber noir” aesthetic framed around a detective’s investigation, the game features third-person action thrills and an intricately plotted multiple-choice narrative.
Players make consequential decisions for each of the game’s main characters, weaving a complex story of freedom, technology, and what it means to be human, all with cutting-edge graphics and award-winning performances that still impress to this day.
Bloodborne’s story places the player in the heart of Yharnam, a gothic city beset by a beastly plague of Eldritch origin. Tasked to “seek Paleblood” and thrust headfirst into a horde of Lovecraftian monsters, FromSoftware’s 2015 hit does little to hold the hand of new players, earning the game a reputation for merciless difficulty.
Those who persist with the steep learning curve are rewarded with one of the most enjoyable and memorable games of the last decade, featuring an eerie nonlinear story and supremely satisfying skill-based gameplay.
7 Batman: Arkham Knight
The Batman: Arkham games have no bad entry in the series, and 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight is no exception. Featuring a dynamic open-world design, a famously fluid combat system, and more gadgets than most players can youse, it’s never been so fun to take to Gotham’s streets in pursuit of cowled justice.
Notable developments in this installment include a revamped Batmobile combat system that adds an enjoyable minigame quality to time spent between main missions. Batman: Arkham Knight is also a game completionist’s dream, with hours of sidequests, puzzles, and challenges to pursue outside the main story.
6 Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
For fans of the horror genre, Resident Evil VII: Biohazard is another must-play game available for free on PlayStation Plus. Set in a derelict Louisiana mansion, the story follows protagonist Ethan Winters as he attempts to escape a family of mutants with his wife Mia.
As the franchise’s first foray into first-person gameplay and the first game developed with the next-gen RE Engine, Resident Evil VII palpably raises the series’ aesthetic standards. The game features all of the elements that made the Resident Evil series a classic, including a meticulously crafted story, hair-raising scares from the twisted Baker family, and challenging puzzles while showcasing new and engaging first-person shooter mechanics.
5 Mortal Kombat X
From over-the-top fatalities to combo breakers and interactive environments, Mortal Kombat X effortlessly recalls the arcade fighters of yore while adding a next-gen polish to a classic model of gameplay. With a whopping thirty-three characters (including DLC), there’s a contender for every player’s style, including franchise favorites like Scorpion, Kitana, Sub-Zero, and Sonya Blade.
The Living Tower challenge mode also ensures that the fun doesn’t stop when the game’s story mode is beaten or when multiplayer isn’t an option.
4 The Last of Us Remastered
In 2013, The Last of Us showed the world the cinematic scope possible within video games and 2014’s remastered edition upgraded the title with next-gen aesthetics. Naughty Dog’s iconic game tells the story of Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a young woman named Ellie across the post-apocalyptic United States as it’s ravaged by a zombie-like plague.
On the journey, players will have to avoid The Last Of Us‘ numerous terrifying threats, from audio-sensitive “Clickers” to military platoons and infected humans. Grounded with critically-lauded performances by Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, the story represents the pinnacle of narrative-driven games. There’s no other way to dice it: The Last of Us Remastered on PlayStation Plus is a must-play for anyone who considers themselves a true gamer.
3 Days Gone
Get your motor runnin’, run over some zombies! While technically a survival-horror game, Bend Studio’s Days Gone takes the open-world RPG model of the Fallout and Witcher franchises and translates it masterfully to a zombie apocalypse setting.
The game places the player in control of biker Deacon St. John on a high-octane adventure to find his missing wife in the zombie-infested Pacific Northwest. Throughout the game, players must avoid hordes of mutated “Freakers” while completing missions, crafting weapons and supplies, and tricking out their rides. Despite its mixed reviews, Days Gone is a solid game absolutely worth downloading on PlayStation Plus.
2 Until Dawn
Until Dawn offers a contemporary take on the “cabin in the woods” horror trope, with an expansive branching narrative that follows eight friends as they fight to survive the night in a cursed mountain range. In this choose-your-own-adventure game, even the smallest choices can lead to drastically different conclusions and even character deaths.
This gives Until Dawn a stellar replay value, prompting players to retrace their steps and make alternate decisions to see how many characters they can save — or kill — before the night is over. Also notable are performances by Hayden Panettiere and Academy Award-winner Rami Malek, which endow the game with a cinematic grounding.
1 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End tells the thrilling conclusion to the Nathan Drake Saga, taking players from the underbelly of Panama to the jungles of Madagascar in search of adventure.
In this installment of the classic series, Nathan Drake reunites with his cantankerous partner Sully, his wife Elena, and his older brother Sam in a race to find lost pirate treasure before it falls into unscrupulous hands. The fun never stops with thrilling third-person action sequences, next-gen platforming mechanics, and challenging puzzles that have made Nathan Drake the millennial generation’s Indiana Jones.