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The 10 best games on Playstation Now

Imagine Netflix but for video games. Seems too good to be true, right? Actually, this fantasy is a reality. PlayStation Now offers instant access to over 650 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 titles, all available to stream instantly to your PS4 or laptop.

With such a massive library of games, it can be tough to decide where to jump in. Fear not, because we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best games on PlayStation Now.

10. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The less you know about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter before you start playing, the better.  You play as Paul Prospero, a private detective with expertise in the supernatural, as he searches a small rural town for a missing boy. If you’re looking for action, look elsewhere. This game revels in its slow pace, gorgeous environments, and a building sense of dread. As Prospero searches the town, he slowly pieces together what happened there, all leading up to a poignant twist ending that truly defines this hidden gem.

9. Resident Evil 4

Widely agreed to be one of the best entries of the series, Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror classic. When the President’s daughter is kidnapped by a mysterious cult, Leon S. Kennedy heads to a small town in Spain on a rescue mission. However, there’s more going on here than a simple kidnapping, and Leon soon finds himself fighting for his life against the zombie-like Ganado that inhabit the town. The game is the first in the series to feature an over-the-shoulder camera and shooting mechanic, leading to some intense combat sequences. Fans of the series can also find a huge selection other Resident Evil titles on PlayStation Now, such as Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil Revelations.

8. Batman: Arkham City

The PlayStation Now library features all three PS3-era Batman: Arkham games, but Arkham City truly stands out as the highlight of the series. Several districts of Gotham City have been walled off and turned into a prison housing a host of Gotham’s most notorious villains. These villains include the Joker, Penguin, and the mysterious Dr. Hugo Strange. Players have access to a full arsenal of Batman’s gadgets and the fluid fighting controls that define the series. With a whole host of puzzles, easter eggs, and sidequests scattered across an open world map, this game offers hours and hours of content to enjoy.

7. Journey

Short but sweet, Journey is an indie hit and the winner of several “Game of the Year” awards. Journey is about exactly that: the journey of the player character as they attempt to cross a vast desert to reach a distant mountain. Though seemingly simple, Journey is a surprisingly emotional experience, underscored by gorgeous art, visuals, and a stunning, Grammy-nominated soundtrack. The game takes roughly two to three hours to complete, but the experience will stick with players long after they put down the controller.

6. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

With over 6 million copies sold, Among Thieves received universal critical acclaim. The second entry in the Uncharted series features wise-cracking fortune hunter Nathan Drake racing against a ruthless warlord and his mercenary army to find the mythical city of Shambala. This globe-trotting adventure features the deep characters and storytelling that Naughty Dog is known for, coupled with action-packed gameplay and jaw-dropping set pieces. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception are also available to stream on PlayStation Now.

5. Until Dawn

Perfect for fans of choice-based narrative games, Until Dawn follows a group of teenagers as they attempt to survive a harrowing night trapped inside a mountain lodge. Expect tense chase sequences and spine-chilling scares, made all the more real with incredible graphics and motion capture performances. The game’s all-star cast includes the likes of Hayden Panettiere, Rami Malek, and Peter Stormare, and will appeal to fans of games such as Beyond: Two Souls and Telltale’s The Walking Dead (both of which are also available on PS Now).

4. Bioshock: Infinite

Bioshock’s third entry saw players taking control of Booker DeWitt, a detective hired to retrieve a girl, Elizabeth, from the flying city of Columbia. This game perfects the gameplay of the first two entries in the series, but Infinite’s story is what really sets it apart. The shocking twist ending inspired endless discussion, speculation, and philosophical musings across the internet and beyond, and if you haven’t had it spoiled yet, we highly recommend experiencing it for yourself. If you’re looking for the classic Bioshock experience, however, fear not: the first two entries in the Bioshock series are also available on PlayStation Now.

3. Shadow of the Colossus

An instant classic first introduced on the Playstation 2, Shadow of the Colossus is a truly gorgeous game. As the player character, you travel to a mysterious land and fight a series of massive Colossus creatures in order to bring your true love back from the dead. The game is essentially an endless series of boss battles, with each Colossus bringing its own unique twist that makes every encounter as much of a puzzle as it is a fight. The graphics are gorgeous, and the breathtaking vistas are a huge part of what makes this game such an incredible experience.

2. The Last of Us

A true masterpiece from Naughty Dog. The Last of Us is set in the near future after a fungal plague wipes out nearly all of humanity. Grizzled smuggler Joel agrees to escort a young girl, Ellie, on a dangerous cross-country journey in the hopes of finding a cure for the infection. The story and performances of this game are what make it stand out. The emotional plot pairs well with stealth heavy survival gameplay, making each encounter into a uniquely satisfying challenge. The game’s Left Behind DLC is also available on PlayStation Now, and though short, is just as emotional and powerful as the main game. With the Last of Us 2 on the horizon, now is the perfect time to get caught up.

1. Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead is the most popular game on PlayStation Now for good reason, and with Red Dead Redemption 2 dropping in October, there’s no better time to play the original. The Rockstar title puts players in the shoes of outlaw John Marston in the waning days of the Old West. Players can explore a sprawling map featuring seemingly endless side quests and locations, customize their character, try their luck at gambling, enter horse races, and more. Think of it as a sort of Wild West version of Grand Theft Auto… except instead of cars, you’ll be hijacking horses.

New users can get their first month of PlayStation Now for just $9.99, or three months for $29.99.

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