The 10 Best PlayStation Now Games

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PlayStation Now is coming to PC, allowing you to stream PlayStation 3 games to your computer for a monthly subscription fee. That includes some of the last console generation’s best games. It might be a bit overwhelming if you’ve not been paying attention beyond the borders of PC gaming, but luckily we’ve been playing console games for the past couple of decades in case of just such an eventuality. Here are the ten best games currently offered via PlayStation Now.

The subscription service’s full library currently sits at 400 games, which you can gain access to on PlayStation 4 via a seven-day trial or for £12.99/$19.99 per month. Although we don’t know for sure, right now it looks like the PC version of PlayStation Now will have the same library of games.

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  1. A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

    Demon Souls? Demon Souls? Demon Souls Demon Souls Demon Souls? Pleeease? Dammit

    • Morte66 says:

      But they have ICO, a game I have wanted to play for years…

      • grrrz says:

        it works on emulators

      • bill says:

        I played it on an emulator last year. It’s not bad, but don’t get too excited.

        I can definitely see why people loved it at the time, and it was clearly influential on a lot of games that came later… but a lot of games that came later have used elements from it.

        Lovely level design (dark souls 1 ish in that it all interlocks??) but horrible annoying combat and surprisingly lacking in emotion.
        Not quite as good as Sands of Time.

      • jrodman says:

        To expand somewhat on ICO:
        It does a good job letting you slowly develop a deeper feel of the overall space, though your path through it is pretty linear. This gives the impression and some of the fun of exploring without the actual ability to choose your path really. The puzzles are deliberately fair in terms of always showing the changes you’re applying to the world so there’s little need to fumble around, just think about what to do. The story is conveyed with a small minimum of words, which for me at least drew me in more than most.

        The two-character interaction some really liked though didn’t work for me too much, and as above the combat is pretty crap.

        It’s not a deep game, but I think it’s well crafted enough for most anyone to enjoy, when taken as a whole.

    • Raoul Duke says:

      Do you sit at your desk all day hitting refresh so that you can be first comment on new articles?

      • A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

        Hah, yeah and I used to just write “FIRST!”, jealous?

        No, RPS is just the first favourite on my favourites list and whenever I’m bored the first thing I do is whip the phone out and click. The last week is actually the only time I can remember being first commenter for a long time and it’s been like 3 articles in a week. Coincidence only.

        It’s enlightening though, you get some sensible responses, but then people just start replying to you about something else entirely just so it appears near the top. If it’s that important to people I’m happy to swap. Will wait and let some others have a go next time I see a blank canvas!

        • Raoul Duke says:

          Haha, wasn’t intended as a criticism, I’ve just noticed you there a lot.

          I actually wish RPS had a more reddit-ish comment system so that it wasn’t time-based but rather content-based.

  2. GWOP says:

    How’s the framerate and input lag? Is Vanquish available?

  3. soopytwist says:

    Sorry, I’m confused. So I don’t need a PS4 to play Last of Us or Uncharted 4 on my PC…?

    • Moraven says:

      PlayStation Now is a streaming service where you remotely play PS3 (not 4) games on custom made PS3 server racks.

      Last of Us was originally released on the PS3. This is not the Remastered, 60 fps version that is on the PS4.

    • FriendlyFire says:

      The Last of Us and Uncharted 3 were PS3 games which are therefore available in Sony’s streaming service coming soon to PC.

      • deadlybydsgn says:

        Any idea if I can play it with mouse & keyboard input?

        Because as sad as it sounds, I literally stopped playing The Last of Us because I couldn’t enjoy it with a controller. My controller comfort level is pretty much limited to platforming, racing/flying, and fighting games.

        • Legion1183 says:

          I’m a mouse and keyboard person myself and struggle to play any 1st/3rd person game with a controller where aiming a weapon is necessary (lack of practice) but I kept at it and am glad that I did. You really are missing out if you haven’t finished The Last of Us. Just lower the difficulty level and power through it, its worth it!

  4. Moraven says:

    Tokyo Jungle – action survival game where you can grow a Pomeranian army or equip your Deer with hats and sweaters, for stat boosts.

    Rachet & Clank series
    Sly Cooper series
    Infamouse series
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma
    Some decent JRPGs on there

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      Flavour Beans says:

      Ratchet & Clank. Yessssssssssssss. Considering how delightful the games are, and how visually they’re the closest gaming has come to pulling off that Pixar vibe? I’m surprised they didn’t make this list.

      • Jakkar says:

        Good to see Ratchet and Clank being appreciated. Those games are the ones that achieved, for me, what everything since Mario 64 failed. Including Mario 64. Nothing quite had the charm and personality to make the mindless platforming, hitting things and collecting shiny rotating objects feel perfect.

        It’s a good sort of mindless gameplay, and R+C felt better than any other. One of the most relaxing, least frustrating games I’ve ever played, without being boring on the other side.

        If Beyond Good and Evil had a slightly less linear approach, it might have won that position.

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Tokyo Jungle is the bee’s titties.

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      shevek says:

      More games should be as playful as Tokyo Jungle, and as visibly uninterested in the things that video game culture takes seriously.

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    Flavour Beans says:

    Twenty bucks a month, though? $240 per year? I almost wonder what I could pull off with $240, Craigslist, and Gamestop, in terms of just buying the machine and the games I want to tool around with.

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Is the $60 annual subscription not available?

      • Mokinokaro says:

        Ps Now is a separate subscription than the normal PlayStation Plus.

    • jamesgecko says:

      I looked at the subscription price and did exactly this. In the US a used PS3 will run you $100-$150, and very few of the system exclusives are more than $20 new at this point. Here are a few of my most recent purchases:

      $1 Metal Gear Solid 4 (used)
      $3 Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PSN)
      $5 Okami HD (PSN)
      $4 LittleBigPlanet 3 (PSN)
      $2.50 Jak and Daxter (PSN)

      Additionally, a few friends either gave or loaned me their old games. I’ve played Neir, 3D Dot Heroes, The Last of Us, Uncharted 2, and Final Fantasy XIII without spending a dime. (Cue snide remarks about the worth of FF13).

      • Ragnar says:

        Hah, FF13? Why, who would ever want to play that for 50 hours? What with its brilliant transformation of standard JRPG combat making fights feel fast, frantic, strategic, and fun? And don’t even get me started on the beautiful graphics, the convenient save points, the boss fights that were challenging without being punishing, or the strong, un-sexualized female lead.

    • Ghostwise says:

      One can also consider how many older-but-really good PC games €240/year will get you.

      • Darth Gangrel says:

        Oh man, what with the ludicrously low prices of games in sales and especially bundles, I could get more than 100 games for that 240 Euros and I don’t mean crap games either.

        While this service is great for others, I’ve never been comfortable with subscriptions. I don’t even like borrowing books from the library, because you have to return them in one month. A month is a long time, but just the thought of not having all the time in the world to read it stresses me. I’d rather just buy it and keep it forever, just like I do with my games (and yes, no need to point out that they’re only mine as long as Steam or whatever is around).

      • Ragnar says:

        That’s assuming you’re starting fresh, and they’re not already in your GOG or Steam or Humble library.

        But I don’t like subscription services myself. I want to buy a game and not feel like I’m on the clock to play it.

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    AutonomyLost says:

    The Last of Us was a triumph. If anyone reading this owns a PS4, hasn’t played the original but would like to in a prettier and more refined package, and has no intention of streaming it to his or her PC (because… why?), purchase the “remastered” version immediately. Then play it. For me personally, having only ever completed the PS3 version but dipping into the re-release on PS4, the game was revelatory in its presentation and emotional evocation. It was and is a spectacular game; one of those games you dearly wish could be compatible with the PC setup you’re running, utilizing it to its fullest. Sadly, that won’t happen, but those with a Playstation don’t have an excuse to skip this one!

    • Vandelay says:

      Yes, The Last of Us is a fantastic (linear) narrative told in game form. Obviously we have The Walking Dead: Season 1 telling a similar story, but this pushes it a lot further with the technology on offer, using some fantastic motion capture and facial tech to really pull you in. There are some seriously touching moments, both beautiful and harrowing (without giving too much away, knowing a bit about the plot, but not huge amounts, I assumed a character in the opening was going to present the whole game – it was gut wrenching to find out they wouldn’t be.)

      BUT, I found the gameplay lacking. The game emphasised survival, preserving your supplies, stealth, but wants to throw forced combat at you consistently. Numerous sections would start initially allowing you to stealth, right up to certain points when it was just spawn in a bunch of enemies that you would have to kill to progress. I also had the personal bug bear of being mediocre with a gamepad and struggling to get headshots, crucial when you want to keep ammo and for doing any kind of damage to the zombies. Fighting became a real chore and I dreaded most encounters (Probably my own fault for sticking it on Hard, assuming that the difficulty would be similar to Naughty Dog’s Uncharted games.)

      And then more story sequences would come up, quiet little walks with the kid through a deserted city, as the relationship between the two leads builds. The final moments are really touching in their quietness. There is little bombast there, as life in this post apocalyptic world just continues.

      Still yet to play the expansion, which I’m looking forward to giving a go at some point. I will just have to remember sticking the difficulty at medium!

      • welverin says:

        Heh, I too still have to play Left Behind and have issues aiming with an analog stick. I, however, have no compunctions about dropping the difficulty. Hell, I have to for some shooters.

        I do want to replay the game some time to do the ending differently (apparently you can shoot up).

      • Feedim says:

        Played the expansion. Made me cry. Not even ashamed to say it. 😢

    • golem09 says:

      It’s one of those games I can’t take seriously at all. Serious drama + killing goons like a madman… no. Also there was never a game that tried to be totally serious in the medium of videogames that didn’t come over as cringeworthy, and somehow, just like with the uncanny valley, the closer you come to truly good writing and presentation, the crappier it gets.
      Also cover shooter. Worst form of gameplay ever for me, so it’s a total snorefest 100% of the time.

      • woodsey says:

        A lot of the time is spent sneaking past goons, and when you do end up killing them like a madman it’s appropriately desperate and unpleasant. There’s no discordance between the character shown in cutscenes and the character you play.

      • sansenoy says:

        It’s not a cover shooter, you just duck next to cover when needed, no prompt, no separate button… Also you’re wrong about everything else you wrote.

    • Emeraude says:

      I’m always very conflicted about this game.

      The craftsmanship is top notch, and the people behind it really deserve respect for how well it’s been designed I think… but at the same time I positively hate what it is so perfectly exemplar of in the modern game-design ethos – the “game as spectacle” aspects especially.

    • Raoul Duke says:

      Interesting. I have a PC and a PS4. I bought The Last of Us due to posts like yours. I don’t like it very much.

      Pros:

      Looks great for a console game
      Nice ‘camera work’ if that makes sense
      Nice art/design throughout
      Nice sound

      Cons:

      Totally linear
      Very predictable
      Bloody zombies, why must everything be zombies
      Gameplay ranges from ok to pretty bad
      Essentially still boils down to sneaking + murdering
      Annoying ‘find the ladder’ type puzzles
      Console controls

      Personally, I would say that much more interesting and worthwhile console games from the PS3 generation are Red Dead Redemption (one of the best games ever IMHO) and Metal Gear Solid 4.

    • mnemos says:

      This, absolutely. I played the remastered version earlier this year when I first got a PS4, and it blew me away. Not necessarily on a gameplay level (though I do appreciate how visceral the combat is), but the storytelling, ooft. It hit me straight in the gut. I’m always shocked that there aren’t more developers copying Naughty Dog’s formula, but then it occurs to me that producing that level of writing requires a lot of skill, and so does threading it through the gameplay so effectively.

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      phuzz says:

      I played, and/or watched my mate play, the first couple of hours or so, and honestly don’t get the hype.
      Perhaps the annoyance of using a joypad to shoot blinded me but the game I played was a zombie game that was also an escort mission. And lets face it, zombie games are two a penny, and escort missions are a pain.
      The plot was, ok, I guess. It seemed to be similar to every other big game/hollywood plot, so pretty inoffensive, but it did feel like so many corners had been knocked of there was nothing left to catch my memory.

      Does it change, later in the game?

    • noodlecake says:

      I don’t understand all the people saying that the gamepay was bad to okay. It has some of the smoothest, most brutal looking melee combat of any game ever made on any platform, and that smooth melee combat transitions back and forth into it’s more generic third person shootiness very seamlessly. For some reason = it doesn’t get any credit for it despite obviously being a technical masterpiece from the designers in that area. Same with Uncharted really, but The Last of Us feels much more brutal. As someone who loves good, realistic looking melee combat in video games I found it a real joy, and found a lot of the combat situations really fun. You could play the same part 15 times and have it all play out very differently each time. Not in terms of cutscens and branching stories, just more toying with the scavengers and having fun quirky stuff happen. It was pretty awesome. Awesome in a way that Dishonoured or Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain are but on a smaller scale and with less powers.

    • twaitsfan says:

      Thank you to everyone who is tempering reactions to this game/listing cons. After playing and then hearing everyone else worship it, I was slipping into solipsism.

    • deadlybydsgn says:

      I literally borrowed a friend’s PS3 to play The Last of Us, but couldn’t enjoy it with the gamepad limitation.

      Yeah, that will sound really silly to some people, but I fully transitioned to PC gaming before dual analogs were the norm. As a result, I have great platforming, racing and fighting gamepad comfortability, but feel somewhat tortured when forced to navigate first-or-third person games with them.

    • Sihoiba says:

      I always feel like I played an entirely different Last of Us to everyone else. For all it tries to do with the world, and trying to tell an interesting story it fundamentally undermines itself at every turn.

      Sure Joel wasn’t a pleasant character but given practically every other human is a raging psychopath that will shoot first, shoot second, ask questions never. Or the gangs that will continue to send wave after wave of their own men and waste theoretically limited resources trying to chase you down rather than cut their losses after the first dozen died in the ambush.

      Joel choices might well have felt more interesting, except the game has clearly shown there’s nothing redeemable about 99.999% of surviving humanity. Playing a not good protagonist only works if there’s something good to contrast with.

      Then there are all the mechanical flaws:

      A skill that lets you detect enemies at range that makes it perfectly obvious most are triggered spawns – i.e. nothing in range move forward two feet and suddenly there are five more zombies around the next corner.

      The scripted sequences like the sniper in the window that never actually has an enemy just a gun.

      Being able to easily predict who lived or who died given how they alternate NPC survival.

      The Last of Us being highly praised says more about how bad game stories are than anything positive about the Last of Us.

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    Flavour Beans says:

    Am glad to see that Heavy Rain got a shout-out. All the memes and the few nags about the game aside, it was actually really well done. Its oddly-satisfying (and I usually hate these things) quick-time-events structure could easily be stolen by anyone making games for the Vive.

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      Ben King says:

      I was going to just make a post here that Heavy Rain was TERRIBLE,… But now that there’s someone here who liked it I feel bad saying that. Heavy Rain is an aquirred taste? It DOES have the MegaRace announcer Lance Boyle in a cameo role so there’s that at least. He’s great even if the simple act of walking a guy up a muddy hill is still one of my most frustrating game memories ever.

      • suibhne says:

        I found Heavy Rain absolutely odious.

        Well, okay, that’s unfair. “Odious” seems to imply a certain intentionality, and it was mostly just incompetent. But really, it has some of the worst storytelling I’ve ever encountered in a game, larded with an intense self-importance, and those two things rarely go well together.

        • mavrik says:

          “Some of the worst storytelling”? Really?

          I get it, it’s not really literature class, but you really had to play very few games to label it so.

    • Vandelay says:

      Just picked up the HD version of this (along with Beyond: Two Souls.)

      Only played it briefly, but I’m enjoying it so far. It uses a bizarre control scheme (hold right trigger to walk, point your head with the left stick,) that takes a little to get used to, but it is surprising how it seems to make even fairly mundane tasks, such as getting a meal for your son, engaging, as well as melancholic.

      I know many lambaste David Cage and his writing, but people like TellTale could really learn a thing or two from his games to make their own more interesting than the interactive novels they are.

      • Blad the impaler says:

        It is, indeed, brain trauma simulator, if you’re talking about the control scheme.

    • mavrik says:

      Yeah, I enjoyed Heavy Rain a lot. Didn’t care much for some strange scifi crap Cage threw in it, but the core mystery of a serial murderer and all the possible ways the story can unfold was extremely enjoyable and some of the scenes were extremely well done (the cleaver scene with the dad was painful to play through – in a good way).

      I do get that this kind of gameplay isn’t widely appealing though – most of the gameplay lies in exploration, talking and decision making, not action or twitch gameplay.

      Too bad Beyond: Two Souls is ruined by the cliched ending and bad writing – the initial idea and first few hours of the game are very good.

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        Mungrul says:

        I too enjoyed Heavy Rain, although I thought he missed a trick with the serial killer’s identity. I reckon it would have made the game a lot more interesting and replayable if the identity had been randomised.

    • noodlecake says:

      I loved Heavy Rain too. Screw those guys. :P

    • Ragnar says:

      I loved Heavy Rain, and thought it was a great adventure game. The music was fantastic. And while it was obviously cinematic, controlling the characters made me more invested than any movie.

      One scene was so intense, after I played through it I had to put the controller down and walk away.

      And I loved how characters could die and the story continued. My first playthrough had half the cast die, and it still worked. It wasn’t a happy ending, obviously, but it was absolutely a legitimate and realistic one.

    • santouryuu says:

      i have mixed feeling about heavy rain,but overall i’d say it was a disappointment.
      that’s not to say the game is overall bad,it has some pretty good stuff.the execution is pretty good,and the way the controller is used to immerse you in the story and characters is pretty cool.it’s really a good demonstration of what interactive drama can be.
      but ultimately a game like heavy rain relies on the story,which i feel just falls short.it’s not completely bad,it’s just not as good as it should be.plus,instead of feeling like a story where you are making decisions that affect it’s story,it felt like it was more of how good you can make things,which ultimately isn’t that hard.so,it was quite easy for me to get the perfect ending,and there is no incentive for me to check the other endings,because they are just inferior versions.
      but visuals and the music were pretty good.
      tldr overall i’d say it was a nice game,but i expected better

  8. Odoakar says:

    No Red Dead Redemption?:(

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      magogjack says:

      :(:(:(:(:(:(:/:/:/:/>:(>:(>:(>:(

    • Raoul Duke says:

      Yeah, easily the best PS3 game in my view.

      Probably the only time I’ve played anything on one of my consoles and thought “this is actually better than anything currently happening on PC”.

    • Steravel says:

      RDR is really the only thing that could get me onto this streaming service. Then again, a streamed version would be missing all the things Ive always wanted out of a PC RDR port–improved performance and graphics, keyboard and mouse support for more sensible shooting, and mod-ability. So really, I may as well borrow my brother’s Xbox to give it another playthrough.

      Come on Rockstar. The PC platform has treated you well. Give us a port.

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      phuzz says:

      RDR is the best GTA game.
      FACT.

      • Ragnar says:

        I’d argue that Sleeping Dogs is the best GTA game.

        RDR feels sufficiently different to be less a GTA clone and more its own thing. Grand Theft Equine?

        • anevilyak says:

          “Grand Theft Equine” makes me imagine playing the game as one of the horses for some reason.

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    A fine list. I would add Flower as well, a brief but lovely game. Also, Little Big Planet though that one doesn’t seem to be in the PSNow library yet… best played with 2 or more players that one. And Red Dead Redemption, also not available it seems.

  10. Rizlar says:

    Aw yeah God of War 2: Titan Stabbing. The rest look ok as well.

  11. KingFunk says:

    Catherine – yes! I love this game. I’ve never played anything quite like it, although it definitely has the Atlus vibe all over it.

    Can’t recommend this enough if you like games with a curious Japanese sensibility.

    • Chillicothe says:

      Catherine’s a wierd one, as the dev team’s natural eye towards observing people as they are works well when exploring other cultures (ala Chicago). It led to something all too rare last console generation: the careful Japanese eye observing, remembering, understanding, and adapting the world around them to make some interesting stuff that could exist nowhere else.

      Do check out the competitive Cathering puzzling at Fighter events like EVO; it is amazing. Check it out!

      Also: Tales of Graces f, Demon’s Souls, Folklore, Tokyo Jungle added to the list.

  12. rapchee says:

    i bought the ps3 for gran turismo, said the boring guy

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    caff says:

    I’m not a PC master race jerk but… ok I am. Why would I pay for a virtual streaming service for a handful of exclusive titles which can only encourage division in the gaming market, when I can play on a fairly open PC platform with a healthy and growing player base that respects publishers who don’t go exclusive?

    • Shinard says:

      If anything, I think this stuff is great for the PC. Look at it this way – there are a bunch of excellent games that previously couldn’t be played on PC, that now can be played on PC!

      Sure, doing it as a subscription based thing isn’t great, but it’s the first step. If you’re careful, you can probably play most of the unmissable titles (Speaking as someone who owns a PS3 – ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are unmissable) in a month, and just cancel after that. This can only be a good thing for PC.

    • Earl-Grey says:

      You know, it’s hard enough to make friends when using “PC master race” all ironic like. It’s far harder when you mean it.

      • bongi347 says:

        Pls ignore the dude that’s just here to make ‘um madd.

        • Earl-Grey says:

          Wait, am I here to make him/her mad or is he/she here to make me mad?

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Does this mean you also refuse to support games that are only available on PC?

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        Harlander says:

        Only if by ‘PC’ you mean Windows, because otherwise you could encompass it being available on MacOS and Linux.

    • April March says:

      I’m not you, thank goodness, but if I were, I’d pay for PSN Now on PC for a single reason: it’s not available for Xbox.

    • invitro says:

      You shouldn’t. So don’t.

    • Ragnar says:

      I fail to see how making PS3 exclusives playable on PC serves to divide the gaming market. If anything, it’s a testament to the robustness of the PC that NISA is porting over PS2 exclusives, SquareEnix is porting over their PS exclusives, Microsoft is bringing over XB1 exclusive, and now we can play PS3 exclusives.

      PC is the great unifier.

  14. typographie says:

    Bloodborne on PC or gtfo.

  15. dethtoll says:

    I didn’t buy a PS3 until late in its run; the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus HD remaster was one of my early purchases and to this day I hold it up as probably the single greatest justification of me buying the PS3.

  16. ulix says:

    Does this have God of War 3? Because if it has, it’s worth playing for the spectacle alone. The first sequence is still one of the technically most awe-inspiring moments in gaming. Absolutely stunning.

  17. TheAngriestHobo says:

    Subscription fees? What is this, 2001?

    Just sell us the damn ports, Sony.

  18. Darth Gangrel says:

    While great to others, this requires me to spend a lot of money on a console, just so that I can then spend a lot of money on the subscription cost – all for the purpose of increasing my backlog.

    Yeah, thanks, but no thanks.

    • malkav11 says:

      I think you missed the part where the service is coming to PC. No need to buy a PS4 for it.

      • Darth Gangrel says:

        But you still need a console to stream it from? Either way, the subscription cost alone is enough for me to stay away from it. Pay monthly to be able to expand your backlog and then probably not play enough to get your money’s worth.

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          kfix says:

          No, you stream from their servers. No console required.

          • Darth Gangrel says:

            That’s good (and almost completely deflates my original rant), but like I said, not a fan of subscription costs.

          • jrodman says:

            I prefer owning to renting, but if I’m choosing not to own a Playstation 3, then renting their games seems just fine to me.

            No, my objection here is the per-month level of cost. It’s too high for the rentals they’re offering, at least from where I sit. More power to those who this suits.

  19. Emeraude says:

    At that monthly price, I’m thinking it’s going to be cheaper to get a second hand console and the games you’re interested in very fast.

  20. Mahi_ says:

    I’m sorry, is this supposed to seem like a good deal to me? Playing games from an old console on my superior PC for $240/year? Yeah, NO.

  21. wodin says:

    Daughter has wanted to play Last of Us for a long time now..so this news makes her happy.

  22. zxcasdqwecat says:

    I don’t really want to play anything but shadow of the colossus tho:0

  23. malkav11 says:

    Ico is commonly overshadowed by Shadow of the Colossus because Shadow of the Colossus is a series of epic, imaginative, challenging and melancholy boss fights, while Ico is a game-long escort quest where the actually enjoyable gameplay (platforming and exploring around the gorgeous ruins) is incessantly interrupted by drawn out, repetive and intensely dull combat sequences that are no threat whatsoever to you but can easily separate you from your escortee and lead to failure that way. I really wanted to like Ico, but the combat ruins it.

    Also, Siren: Blood Curse is absolutely not the definitive version of Siren. That would be the original game on PS2. Blood Curse is prettier, to be sure, but it also shrinks the game by a substantial amount and omits a lot of really horrific details in the process, in addition to randomly rewriting the protagonists to mostly be members of an American TV crew for no apparent reason (shades of the American remake of Ju-On deciding it needed to be about Sarah Michelle Gellar as an American expat instead of the original Japanese characters) and screwing with the balance such that it’s far too easy to simply bash your way through things instead of the (admittedly brutal) stealth that is the point of the design and a key part of the horror. I cannot necessarily recommend either game – Siren is far too hard and a bit baffling in its story construction, Blood Curse is a weaksauce remake with inexplicable whitewashing – but the original (and its sequel) are the way to go if you do it at all.

    • dethtoll says:

      SotC is a great game, yes, but you are wrong about Ico. Dead wrong.

      • Darth Gangrel says:

        Oh, no! Someone on the internet dislikes a game that I like, therefore they must be wrong.

      • malkav11 says:

        How, exactly? Everything else about Ico is perfectly lovely, but that combat is, as far as I can tell, completely indefensible and it represents much too much of the experience. I guess if you’re far more patient than I, you could perhaps enjoy Ico in spite of it, but I would genuinely like to know how anyone could possibly think the combat is good or enjoyable in any way.

  24. Earl-Grey says:

    If you’re reading, Hivemind.
    I find these gallery style listings a lot more cumbersome than good old lists.
    Surely I’m not the only one?

    Naturally, Horace, praise be his omniscient neverendingness, has no problem purveying such articles.
    But for worthless meatbags like myself, pathetically perceiving the world through decaying gelatinous bulbs and grey matter, galleries are pants compared to lists.

    Respectfully yours.
    -oh, and praise be Horace, again to be sure.

    • BarneyL says:

      Agreed, I like my back button to take me to the articles list in one click not eleven.

    • Ragnar says:

      I agree, it’s even more cumbersome on mobile.

      Speaking of RPS on mobile, why does switching from landscape to portrait always reset the page to the top? This is the only site where this happens.

  25. emotionengine says:

    No mention of WipeOut HD? Heresy!

    • Feedim says:

      There’s still formula fusion on steam. That is, if you can stomach more early access nonsense.

      • emotionengine says:

        I know. I backed the Kickstarter for that game. It’s no WipeOut (yet).

        • Feedim says:

          Good man. Read something about the air brakes being shit. Put me right off. What is wipeout without decent air brakes? Saying that though, it was only 1 comment on steam saying that.

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    InfamousPotato says:

    I know this may be a stupid question, and I fear I know the answer, but is it at all possible to play the game with my trusty mouse and keyboard? It’s my dislike of other controllers that most prevents me from enjoying console games (despite the obvious benefits).

  27. ComicSansMS says:

    I really liked the concept of The Unfinished Swan, but was unable to complete it as it gave me crazy motion sickness.

    The problem seems to be that the black paint will leave surfaces completely black, without any kind of shading. So the world that you are moving through is mostly comprised of pixels that are either completely white or completely black. Which results in pretty impressive visuals, but unfortunately makes the motion-sickness-y part of my brain go bonkers.

  28. BooleanBob says:

    – Streaming quality audio/visuals
    – Input lag
    – Connection dependent
    – Don’t get to keep your games
    – £150 a year

    No thanks!

  29. Uninteresting Curse File Implement says:

    Apparently, the service has no Demon’s Souls or Yakuza 4, and I’d recommend those over anything on this list.

    Figure out your licensing already Sony, jeez.

  30. Unsheep says:

    My personal list would be:
    * Okami HD
    * Resistance 1-2-3
    * Gran Turismo 6
    * Ferrari Challenge
    * Supercar Challenge
    * Motorstorm: Apocalypse
    * Motorstorm: Pacific Rim
    * Formula One: Championship Edition, my favourite F1 game

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Okami!!!!!!!!!!! Best of all the games ever. A list without Okami is no list at all. I mean any list, even a list of shipping forecast areas or regional wines of Spain. I like Okami.

  31. Ross Angus says:

    That Shadow of the Colossus write up is excellent.

  32. brutaldeluxe09 says:

    I’m not sure how the subscription works for PC users but on the PS4 itself you can rent these games rather than subscribe, with something like Shadow of the Colossus costing a few pounds for a 30 day period. I think you can also cancel your membership at any point too so you may not need to have to commit to the annual fee however as said I can’t be sure.

    Other games I can recommend aside from those listed are Echochrome, LocoRoco Cocoreccho and R-Type Dimensions

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    Mungrul says:

    I’d also like to recommend Heavenly Sword. Okay, the main game’s a God of War clone, and on PS3 it suffered from poor load times, but the character acting, facial animation and motion capture are stunningly good and the bits where you either aim cannon-balls or play Twing-Twang are the best use of six-axis from any PS3 game.

    • santouryuu says:

      Heavenly Sword was my first game on PS3,as it came bundled with it.can’t say it was all that much good,but it didn’t particularly feel bad to me either.it’s certainly one of the few games where i can say i didn’t enjoy the gameplay much,but i really liked the story.
      and i don’t know if it’s because i just suck or not,but those Twing-Twang bits were really infuriating.i spent a lot of time trying to get through them,and in the end just barely manage to complete them

  34. santouryuu says:

    +1 to Catherine and Heavy Rain.
    Catherine is a pure delight,with great puzzle gameplay along with really atmpospheric bar environment which acts to build up story,characters,setting.the gameplay is not particularly easy,but once you learn to be a bit calm and get the hang of it,it’s somewhat easier.The story and characters are also engaging,and you get some awesome side-characters who all seem to have some form of guilt.the main characters’s relationship with the 2 catherine’s is also well written,and helps us not see him all the time as the”2-timing scumbag”(but he is a scumbag sometimes)
    heavy rain is also good,with some flaws(i wrote about in a previous comment)
    another great game which i think deserves mention is Puppetter:An awesome platformer game.i really loved this game,from the nice visuals,the feeling of being in a theatrical play,the solid mechanics,enjoyable powers,the brilliant voice acting and the entertaining story.a must play if you even remotely like platformers.
    Infamous was also okay,and had good comic-book style powers in a open world.
    don’t know about uncharted 2,but can’t say i liked the first part.