The wait is finally over for the PS folks among you. Sony’s dazzling new PlayStation Plus experience is live. After exploring it, now I can give you a better [p]land layout. Station. Whatever. In essence, let’s take a moment to explore the prices, benefits, and games of yesteryear that you should target first.
Why might you need this last piece of advice? Well, some of the games on offer are considerably more “classic” than others. You are also a very busy person whose biggest problem is about to be road, road too much choice.
PlayStation Plus Essential prices in Australia
Essential is basically the existing PS+ service, just with a fancier name. You’ll get online games, two free PS4 games, and one free PS5 game (sadly, all chosen for PlayStation) to download per month. Oh, and discounts.
- PS+ Essential 1 Month – $11.95 AUD
- PS+ Essential 3 Months – $33.95 AUD
- PS+ Essential 12 Months – $79.95 AUD
Additional PlayStation Plus prices in Australia
The next tier, Extra, gives you all the previous PlayStation Plus Essential benefits, including 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 games. There are hours and hours of entertainment in this catalog.
- PS+ Extra 1 Month – $18.95 AUD
- PS+ Extra 3 Months – $54.95 AUD
- PS+ Extra 12 Months – $134.95 AUD
Australian PlayStation Plus Deluxe prices
Just as the Extra tier stacks with the Essential, Deluxe includes a bunch of classic PS1/PS2/PSP DLCs. Sadly, and for reasons I have yet to deduce from local PR, the PS3 games enjoyed by our overseas brethren through a fourth “Premium” tier of this service…nope. It’s not a thing for us. Here’s hoping this changes.
- PS+ Deluxe 1 Month – $21.95 AUD
- PS+ Deluxe 3 Months – $63.95 AUD
- PS+ Deluxe 12 Months – $154.95 AUD
PS One classics to prioritize
Bow Get away
Ape Escape is the best 3D platform game for PlayStation. Hands down. Not only is it innovative, it delves into the movements inherent in analog control and brings out a variety of fantastic gameplay elements that are unique to the game.
- Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey – “Solve puzzles, unleash bodily functions.”
- Wild Arms: “Filled with dungeons and mazes with difficult puzzles to solve.”
- Tekken 2: “Confuse your teammates, kick some shins like Lei Wulong.”
- Jumping Flash: “Take the controls of a large robot rabbit named… Robbit.”
PS2 classics to prioritize
Jak and Daxter: Forerunner Legacy
Jak and Daxter is a true 3D platformer/adventure masterpiece and one of the best games ever released in the genre, easily on par with some of the all-time greats released by Nintendo and Rare.
- Rogue Galaxy: “A great sci-fi RPG from the makers of DQVIII.” 8.7/10
- Star Wars Bounty Hunter: “A surprisingly well-made shooter that no fan should pass up.” 8.3/10
- Dark Chronicle: “An excellent RPG that does not disappoint.” 9/10
- Jak X: Combat Racing: “A well-rounded, well-presented combat racer.” 8/10
Modern PS4 masterpieces to prioritize
The last of us remastered
Whether you’ve already experienced it on PlayStation 3 or have no idea what you’re missing, The Last of Us: Remastered is worth your time and attention. The best PlayStation 3 game basically became a PlayStation 4 game as well.
- Red Dead Redemption 2: “A meticulously open ode to the era of outlaws.” 10/10
- Horizon Zero Dawn Complete: “A beautiful open world with exciting fights.” 9.3/10
- Marvel’s Spider-Man GOTY: “A Spider-Man story that both surprises and delights.” 8.7/10
- God of War: “By far the most moving and memorable game in the series.” 10/10
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