PlayStation Network video games are available in all styles and sizes. From the meditative exploration of Gone Home and What Remains of Edith Finch to the frantic multiplayer enjoyable of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and Rocket League, downloadable video games can mainly be something. Though you gained’t discover any massive AAA open-world or stay service video games on this listing, the breadth of experiences supplied on the PlayStation Store has by no means been wider. There’s one thing for everybody, and our listing of the perfect PlayStation Network video games takes all ages and ability ranges into consideration.The listing under contains shooters, roguelikes, platformers, puzzle video games, journey video games, sports activities video games, RPGs, and extra. But for those who don’t see what you’re searching for right here, you should definitely take a look at our lists of the perfect PS5 video games, the perfect split-screen PS4 video games, and the perfect PS4 video games.
Celeste is an attention-grabbing lesson in how troublesome video games can present the perfect of each worlds. On the one hand, it’s a tough-as-nails platformer, a la Super Meat Boy, the place your dying depend could nicely climb to skyscraping heights. On the opposite hand, developer Extremely OK Games is deeply dedicated to accessibility, permitting gamers to tweak the problem of their recreation expertise as a lot or as little as they need, with the choice to activate invincibility, give your self limitless jumps, and extra. This strategy feels becoming for a recreation, like Celeste, that gives a sustained take a look at psychological well being and what failure and success imply for various folks. Additionally, Celeste additionally feels nice to play, with a number of the finest platforming you’ll discover in a recreation not developed by Nintendo, and inventive ranges that take full benefit of protagonist Madeline’s leap and sprint. The temper in every of these ranges is ready masterfully by Lena Raine, whose soundtrack accommodates a number of the finest retro-inspired music you’re more likely to hear.See our Celeste evaluation.
This lovely Zelda-like journey recreation swaps out the sword and bow for a puzzle-solving paintbrush. Chicory is ready in a world known as Picnic the place artists known as Wielders alter the aesthetic of the world with a magic paintbrush. At the start of the sport, the most recent Wielder has deserted their calling and you are taking up the mantle and the magic brush. Brush in hand, you’ll accomplish duties for the denizens of Picnic, leaving a path of paint behind you (which conveniently lets you recognize which areas you’ve already visited). It’s a stellar recreation, with brain-tingling puzzles and a narrative that may tug at your heartstrings.See our Chicory: A Colorful Tale evaluation.
With hanging hand-drawn artwork impressed by the rubber hose animation of Max Fleischer and early Disney cartoons, Cuphead is as inviting as it’s deceptively lethal. You will die many, many, many occasions earlier than you attain the conclusion of this 2017 run-and-gun platformer. The title of the sport right here is sample recognition as you, by your self or with a pal, information Cuphead and his pal, Mugman, by a collection of punishing (however lavishly animated) boss encounters and occasional platforming shooter ranges that take cues from Contra. Though anybody can admire the artwork, Cuphead is, decidedly, not for the faint of coronary heart.See our Cuphead evaluation.
A punishing roguelike with a hanging look and distinct side-on perspective, Darkest Dungeon is, because the title implies, a brutish and darkish recreation with tons of depth to maintain gamers invested for a very long time. Released in 2016, this strategic RPG boasts an artwork fashion impressed by medieval woodcuts and a risk-reward strategy to dungeon-delving, the place group composition and group lineup (actually, your characters are offered in a right-to-left line on display screen) require deep and constant thought. Characters are plentiful and every has totally different strengths and weaknesses to think about as you compose a celebration. In truth, planning a run is simply as vital as executing it, although no quantity of planning can put together you for the whole lot that you just’ll encounter in Red Hook Studios’ procedurally generated dungeons. But anticipating each eventuality, and figuring out when to retreat for those who failed to take action, is a part of the enjoyable on this tense and shocking role-playing recreation.See our Darkest Dungeon evaluation.
A standalone multiplayer enlargement to Klei Entertainment’s mega-popular survival recreation, Don’t Starve Together expands the participant depend and ups the ante. The goal is straightforward: don’t starve, however you possibly can accomplish that purpose in a wide range of methods. Establish farms to develop meals, mine sources, fend off wild animals, and tackle seasonal bosses. Klei’s hand-drawn artwork fashion appears to be like nice right here, and Don’t Starve Together’s procedurally generated world is endlessly explorable.See our Don’t Starve evaluation.
A surprisingly large hit for developer Mediatonic when it launched in 2020, Fall Guys takes a bunch of impediment programs and minigames that wouldn’t really feel misplaced in Mario Party, then provides a bunch of bean-looking bipeds, and makes them compete for a crown in Battle Royale trend. One of some multiplayer games–like Phasmophobia and Among Us–to get a giant pandemic enhance from bored quarantined gamers, Fall Guys is straightforward, however enjoyable, with wins approaching the again of ability and ample quantities of luck. The physics are wild, too–don’t be stunned for those who lose a spherical when your bean repeatedly will get yeeted off the map. Mediatonic continues to be updating the sport a yr later, which implies loads of new obstacles for brand new and returning gamers to deal with.See our Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout evaluation.
This strolling simulator created by former BioShock 2 builders kicked off years of debate about what makes a recreation a recreation. “Is Gone Home even a game?” gamers requested. Yes, and a very good one, at that. Developer Fullbright took the rules that guided the environmental design of immersive sims like Deus Ex and Thief: The Dark Project, stripped out the fight and stealth, and moved the motion to the pretty mundane setting of an empty household house within the Pacific Northwest. You are Katie, a university child visiting her household for the primary time since they moved into a brand new home, and suspiciously, none of them are round. Gone Home communicates the highly effective story that follows virtually solely by snooping and voyeurism. You will get to know these characters, not by lower scenes or dialogue, however by the crumpled up notes and private results they left behind.See our Gone Home evaluation.
A roguelike for individuals who don’t like roguelikes, Hades locations higher emphasis on characters, story, and normal ahead momentum than mainly any title within the style that got here earlier than. Exiting Early Access in 2020, indie developer Supergiant’s fourth recreation forged gamers as Zagreus, the discontented son of Hades, who has determined to flee from the underworld or die (over and again and again) making an attempt. With rock stable isometric motion fight, flashy skills, a brilliantly informed story, and hooky RPG development, Hades proves that the roguelike has large crossover attraction, offered the procedural parts are balanced by an writer’s skilled hand. The group at Supergiant has by no means labored in the identical style twice-Hades is the studio’s first roguelike and its first Early Access game– however the studio delivered a recreation so assured, lovely, and enjoyable to play that you’d suppose that they had been making video games like this for many years.See our Hades evaluation.
A narrative-driven in regards to the romance and intimacy between two lovers who crash land on an alien planet known as Source, Haven is a novel and strongly written indie RPG. Yu and Kay, the story’s central lovers, should work collectively to outlive, ceaselessly venturing out from their spaceship, Nest, so as to discover provides, clear up rust and heal hostile creatures by defeating them in fight.
This cooperative sci-fi shooter, closely impressed by Starship Troopers, has now introduced bug-squishing motion to a few generations of PlayStation homeowners. The four-player twin stick capturing gameplay is delightfully (and typically panic-inducingly) hectic as you try, often unsuccessfully, to keep away from capturing and/or crushing your teammates because of the recreation’s pleasant hearth. That’s not the one issue, although, as a lot of your time will likely be spent managing your meager ammo and slot-based Stratagems.See our Helldivers evaluation.
Drawing heavy inspiration from the Dark Souls collection, Hollow Knight is a 2D Metroidvania that, by its punishing mechanics and darkish artwork fashion, builds a powerful sense of setting. This is a world that’s value exploring, with secrets and techniques to uncover, hidden connections to make, and talents to unlock. Combat is tense and platforming is exact. Creative bosses and difficult platforming gauntlets await within the hand drawn depths, and a full sequel known as Hollow Knight: Silksong will most likely even nonetheless come out in some unspecified time in the future.See our Hollow Knight evaluation.
An intense top-down shooter that calls for tactical pondering and fast reflexes, Hotline Miami is a brilliant and brutal piece of labor. With a hanging aesthetic, difficult gameplay, and memorable soundtrack, Hotline Miami is the ultraviolent pixel-art shooter to beat, even 9 years later.See our Hotline Miami evaluation.
The much less we let you know about Inside, the higher. Playdead’s 2016 follow-up to Limbo is as darkly atmospheric as followers of the Copenhagen-based studio had come to anticipate, casting you as a anonymous baby working by a terrifying and violent world the place males with weapons try and shoot you, pigs possessed by unusual, controlling leeches cost at you, and cruel canine attempt to rip you to bloody shreds. Set in darkish woods, a dystopian metropolis, a flooded cavern, and a sterile laboratory, Inside is mysterious and cinematic, evoking a world that you just might–against your higher judgment–like to go to, however the place you definitely wouldn’t wish to stay. Stellar platforming controls and fantastic degree design be certain that, whereas the world could also be foreboding, it’s all the time a pleasure to discover. This darkish odyssey all builds to a climactic conclusion so ugly, pointed, and unsettling that we haven’t forgotten it 5 years out from launch and doubt that we ever will.See our Inside evaluation.
That Game Company’s masterpiece of asynchronous multiplayer design is a research in loneliness and cooperation. Exploring this desert world of sand and rock is emotionally impactful, regardless of what number of occasions you expertise the feeling of gracefully gliding by its distinct landscapes.See our Journey evaluation.
The recreation that put Bloober Team (Observer, The Medium, Blair Witch) on the map, Layers of Fear is a first-person horror recreation the place you possibly can belief nobody, not even the world round you. Set in a well-realized deserted Victorian mansion setting, Layers of Fear casts you as a painter, and its world is, fittingly, one among ever-changing shapes and shades. Like all of Bloober Team’s video games, Layers of Fear is divisive. But, for the gamers it really works for, it actually, actually works.See our Layers of Fear evaluation.
With the choice to play out and in of VR, Rez Infinite is the definitive model of the basic rhythm shooter. Designed by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, who would go on to guide growth on Tetris Effect, Rez Infinite is, like its block-arranging descendant, an immersive, all-encompassing expertise. Though the gameplay isn’t too complicated–it’s a rail shooter at its core–Rez Infinite proves that there’s extra to the entire than the sum of the components.See our Rez Infinite evaluation.
An vital inclusion on this listing as Rocket League was catapulted to success by its inclusion as a free PlayStation Plus recreation. That isn’t to say it wouldn’t have discovered success in any other case, although; who can resist the attraction of a recreation the place you play soccer as a speedy automotive? Easy to choose up and play however endlessly deep, Psyonix’ multiplayer sports activities recreation manages to seize the sensation and physics of soccer in a means few video games have earlier than or since. Six years later, the sport continues to be receiving common assist and a spotlight as a profitable eSport (and, after Epic Games’ acquisition of Psyonix, fully free-to-play).See our Rocket League evaluation.
Shovel Knight is the retro 8-bit platformer as you bear in mind it. This is a recreation that would not have existed on the NES, and even the SNES, however that nonetheless captures the sensation of jamming the DuckTales or Super Castlevania IV cartridge into your console and watching because the afternoon flies by. Shovel Knight has a whopping 4 campaigns, all of that are included within the Treasure Trove package deal.See our Shovel Knight opinions.
How do you make a sequel to the “excellent recreation?” Mossmouth answered that query by making a recreation that was fairly just like the unique Spelunky, the action-platformer roguelike that gave rise to 1,000,000 different action-platformer roguelikes, however with sufficient new additions to maintain returning followers . New, inventive biomes, tameable mounts, and turkeys that may be killed and eaten for bonus HP are only a few of the brand new twists Derek Yu and group placed on the previous Spelunky system for this 2020 sequel.See our Spelunky 2 evaluation.
The Harvest Moon collection has gone by inventive droughts and weirdness across the licensing–the authentic developer, Marvelous, is now making the Story of Seasons video games, whereas writer Natsume toils on soulless Harvest Moon video games of their absence–but Stardew Valley is Stardew Valley. This 2016 farming RPG takes the whole lot Harvest Moon did nicely and repackages it from a fan’s perspective with out the luggage. Developer Eric Barone, neatly, offers gamers an overarching goal–restoring the derelict neighborhood center–then populates the world with so many enjoyable issues to do (farming, fishing, arcade video games, romance, dungeon-crawling, and extra), that you just all the time have massive and small targets to perform.See our Stardew Valley evaluation.
“Time only moves when you move.” It’s a terrific conceit, and Superhot Team has now constructed three video games round it: Superhot, Superhot VR, and Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The first of these, the developer’s 2016 debut, took the management scheme of the first-person shooter and utilized it cleverly to a puzzle recreation framework. Superhot is way much less about quick reflexes and twitchy aim-down-sights capacity, and way more about studying the best way to strategize your means by a combat the place the chances are stacked towards you. The solely benefit you’ve in your opponents is you could transfer in bullet time, like Neo in The Matrix, which is a fairly cool benefit, to be trustworthy.See our Superhot evaluation.
It’s simple to pigeonhole Terraria as “2D Minecraft,” however Re-Logic’s side-scrolling action-platformer/sandbox survival recreation is greater than the sum of its recognizable components. Though… they definitely are recognizable components. Dropped right into a procedurally generated world, you (and a bunch of pals if you would like) discover absolutely destructible environments which could be damaged down into part components you should use to construct an unlimited array of things, weapons, buildings (which, collectively, can kind useful villages) and extra. As in Minecraft, the world is generally protected by day, and populated by harmful creatures at evening. With imposing enemies to conquer (the eyeball monsters are particularly freaky), large underground cavern networks to discover, and a powerful suite of inventive instruments, Terraria invitations gamers to dig deep (metaphorically and actually). Don’t be stunned in case you have a tough time stopping your self from investing lots of of hours into this compulsively playable inventive survival recreation.See our Terraria evaluation.
Developer Drool dubbed their creation a “rhythm violence” recreation and who’re we to argue? Thumper is a rhythm recreation for individuals who wish to be stressed and white-knuckling a controller whereas throbbing music assaults their eardrums. Controlling a silver-plated beetle, or one thing, you progress alongside a monitor as scary psychedelic visions play out round them. While most rhythm video games ask you to fake to play an instrument or faucet buttons in time to the beat, Thumper has you lurching aggressively from side-to-side. Part rollercoaster, half mosh pit, half Lovecraftian fever dream, Drool’s 2016 launch stays a brilliantly distinctive recreation within the music recreation house.See our Thumper evaluation.
A frantic multiplayer recreation from the individuals who made Celeste, TowerFall Ascension is as enjoyable and frenzied because it will get. This four-player native multiplayer recreation pits a quartet of combatants towards one another in kill-or-be-killed archery battles. The maps are small and the graphics are old-school, however TowerFall Ascension wrings large quantities of enjoyable out of its self-imposed limitations. Nothing beats dashing into an opponent’s oncoming arrow to seize it, then taking them down with their very own ammunition. It’s thrilling stuff, and match guidelines could be modified in a wide range of methods, so regardless of how lengthy you play, the sport retains its simple to choose up, laborious to grasp appeal.See our TowerFall Ascension evaluation.
What Remains of Edith Finch takes the fundamental premise of Gone Home–a younger lady visiting an deserted household house within the Pacific Northwest–but makes the lacking relations current, not by notes and private results, however by brief, playable vignettes. That would possibly imply enjoying by a horror story rendered in comedian guide panels with cel-shaded artwork. It additionally would possibly imply witnessing, by a digicam lens, a traumatic searching journey the place the plot solely advances while you snap an image. What Remains of Edith Finch is relentlessly ingenious on the extent of its particular person tales, but additionally manages to construct to a robust conclusion that ties the whole lot collectively. It could be accomplished in a day, however you’ll bear in mind it for years after you play it. Oh, and, Lewis’ “cannery sequence” is among the finest ranges we’ve ever performed in a recreation and, 4 years later, there may be nonetheless completely nothing prefer it.See our What Remains of Edith Finch evaluation.