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Best PS Now Games to Stream or Download This Summer

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Certified Awkward Tech Guy™

Last Updated 05 Dec 2021


Playstation Now, launched in 2015, started out as more confusing than exciting. On paper, it was meant to be Sony's version of an online streaming service that gave gamers access to classic games. However, the monthly fee was pretty steep, and the platform also featured a pesky pay-per-hour pricing model on top of that. Plus, there was no support for PS4 games, at least not at first.

That said, PS Now has comes in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. Following in the footsteps of the popular Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, Sony has since shifted to an outright subscription model, charging either monthly or annually. At a much more reasonable price, you now have access to an extensive gallery of the best games for download or streaming, including PS4 and PS5 titles.

Sony routinely adds and removes games from the platform, but you can rest assured of finding at least 700 titles on the platform. Diving headlong into the service can be quite dejecting, particularly with the vast library of games, from AAA blockbusters to Indie favorites from all the way back to the PS2 era. But we're here to help: Below is a roundup of the 10 best PS games to try out during summer.

Quick Word on PS Now Streaming:

PS Now allows you to download plenty of games, even the classics, but some titles are only accessible via streaming. These games typically take an extra few minutes to load up, but they play just fine in principle- although graphical clarity tends to dip occasionally. Whenever possible, we would recommend downloading your preferred games directly to your Playstation console.

Let's get into the fun and cool stuff: 

Best Games for PS Now, Right Now

XCOM 2 - PlayStation 4

1. XCOM 2

Turn-based tactical games are immensely popular for a good reason; they can be challenging yet accessible, thrilling yet frustrating, and pappy yet serious. XCOM is truly the gold standard for this genre, arguably the best of the lot, bringing the sequel to a whole new dimension. And it equally comes as no surprise that XCOM 2 makes it to the top of best PS Now games.

Like other titles in the series, your main objective is to control a squad of soldiers. You take turns moving around a grid-based battlefield, trying to outwit and overpower a rival team of extraterrestrial beings. Things heat up a notch higher in XCOM 2 since you're essentially playing as a resistance force: You'll find yourself on the verge of getting overwhelmed multiple times, which pushes you to take more risks than you would have in the first title.

XCOM 2 comes with a deep inter-battle management subgame. Here, you can unlock new weapons, conduct research, recruit troops, set up the facility and even play manager. So if you're looking for a more savvy and intelligent game where you get to shoot aliens in the face with massive guns, then XCOM 2 is undoubtedly the first game you should try out!

Suitable if you like:
  • Tactical shooting
  • Strategic thinking
  • Base Management
  • Missing even shots listed as 99% accurate
Not suited to:
  • Those who don't like their favorite characters dying for good.
  • Those convinced a 99% shot accuracy means a 99% chance of hitting. 

Resident Evil 4 - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition

2. Resident Evil 4

The Resident Evil series is true vintage and completely worthy in any list of the best PS Now games. There are two distinct time periods in the Resident Evil Franchise: Before and after Resident Evil 4. The first games in the series were classic survival horror games, but the franchise switched to action games from Resident Evil 5 onwards, focusing more on explosive setpieces than spine-chilling narratives. Resident Evil 4 is ostensibly the best of both worlds, bridging the old and the new.

The game excels in its over-the-shoulder perspectives. You play as Leon Kennedy, who's sent off to an obscure village to rescue the president's daughter. There are zombies there, and lots of them! Plus, the plot beats will definitely send a few hair-raising chills your way. But hey, you'll have some pretty big guns to blow them away, literally.

Suitable if you like:
  • Playing story-mode games.
  • To replay titles.
Not suited to:
  • Hardcore Resident Evil 2 and 6 fans

Bloodborne Hits - PlayStation 4

3. Bloodborne

From Software -the studio that brought you Dark Souls (the game that promised to whoop your *beep*, and delivered duly)- comes yet another equally exciting title, Bloodborne. As you would expect, it's just as difficult but features a slightly different formula and flair. Whereas you had a sword and shield in Dark Souls, now you only have a sword in Bloodborne (although, technically, you also have a gun, albeit a nearly toothless one).

This pushes you to dodge, parry and dance around during combat on the battlefield. Even better, the action is well-polished that it never feels as if mistakes are the fault of substandard game design but more your own. But you could always look at these as learning moments in areas that can be improved.

The battles in Bloodborne are undeniably tough. So much so that some combatants can finish you off in just one hit. Therefore, it won't be surprising if you find yourself spending hours on end trying and retrying to take down just one honcho. Nevertheless, the victorious adrenaline that comes from overcoming these fair yet brutal challenges is highly rewarding with an exhilarating rush of achievement.

Suitable if you like:
  • Genuine challenges
Not suited to:
  • Those who prefer a game to let up a little.

Fallout 4 Game of The Year Edition - PlayStation 4

4. Fallout 4

Fallout 4, like its two previous predecessors, comes as an open-world RPG shooter blend set in a 5o's-future-colored post-apocalyptic America. While the other titles were based in Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas, Fallout 4 lands in you in the bomb-shattered ruins of the Greater Boston area. Even the shooting has been improved in this title, meaning the bullets do indeed go where you want them.

Fallout 4 plays out more similarly to the modern shooter games. The side quests are just as meaty and gripping as the main questline, particularly one in which you explore the ruins of the Salem Witchcraft Museum. Plus, the game also introduces a settlement system, a godlike building mode that allows you to build a network of small towns gradually, which earns you essential resources and crafting supplies.

Suitable if you like:
  • The idea of Animal Crossing, but a bit more like Mad Max
Not suited to:
  • Fallout: New Vegas diehard
  • Red Sox fans

Dishonored 2 (PS4)

5. Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 is a solid addition to the sequel, like a darn good sophomore album. It retains the tone (yes, the off-kilter steampunk remains) and the game's foundation that made it stand out; first-person stealth action. What makes it a great game is that it does that while adding new, refreshing, creative elements that rightly sets it apart from other games.

The game introduces a second playable character, Emily Caldwin -Corvo's daughter, who's the first protagonist in the game. You can still play out the game as Corvo and Blink, but playing with Emily opens up an entire suite of supernatural abilities, including one insanely overpowered move that ties the enemies' fates to each other: Land a neat headshot on just one of them, the others go down too.

Dishonored 2 also features a stunning single best level, a game of cat-and-mouse in a labyrinthine mansion abounding traps and industrial gadgets. As always, you can also play any of the open-ended missions, just killing everyone in sight, or wade through nonlethal pathways. On top of that, the story is remarkably well-put-together, and as much as the game has plenty of tools and spaces, it doesn't always tell you what to do for even more savvy gaming.

Suitable if you like:
  • Environmental storytelling
  • First-person perspectives
  • Tense stealth sections
Not suited to:
  • Those looking for straightforward gameplay.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - PlayStation 4

6. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the final Hideo Kojima installment of the outstanding 30-year old Metal Gear series. The Phantom Pain is a total marvel in the modern video game, quite impressive even six years after its release. On top of that, the game is still raving bonkers, and it'll bring you plenty of excitement and emotion. While the narrative appears to taper off after some time, the minute-to-minute gameplay is as solid as it gets.

It's a third-person stealth game. You play as Punished "Venom" Snake, scoping out enemy bases, coming up with attack plans and engaging in intense stealth-focused gameplay. The gameplay is more fluid and impressively responsive, to the extent where enemies respond intelligently to how you play. For instance, if you take out enough enemies with headshots, the rest start wearing helmets.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is smart, modern and painstakingly well-designed. But let's not forget it's the same game that also has a scantily dressed female character named Quiet, who (you guessed it) doesn't speak at all. And she also breathes through her skin, thus the skimpy dressing. Plus, you can also make your horse relieve itself.

Suitable if you like:
  • 24 (the TV show); Kiefer Sutherland voices Venom
Not suited to:
  • Those two want a coherent, complete story.

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition Hits - PlayStation 4

7. Horizon Zero Dawn

It's almost remiss to put together the best games for PS Now without featuring Horizon Zero Dawn. A prehistoric earth inhabited entirely by... colossal robot dinosaurs! And you'll be hunting them down with just and bows and arrows. What a gusty premise? And if that description alone doesn't get you excited, wait until you get into the gameplay.

The storyline is set in the distant future, where you play as a huntress taking down the robotic versions of prehistoric beasts. Horizon Zero Dawn takes you through how humankind lost its place as the dominant species and how the gigantic robot beasts came to be in one of the most engrossing narratives we've come across. You're looking at one wild adventure after another.

Horizon Zero Dawn is an action RPG game, so expect lots of great combat and character progression as you level up. In fact, the deeper you get into the game, the more its well-thought-out worldbuilding comes to life. Guerilla Games, the game's developer, has announced a sequel that's due for release later in the year, so now is right about the best time to get into the franchise.

Suitable if you like:
  • Bold premises
  • Intense RPG gameplay
  • Character progression
Not suited to:
  • Those who want end-to-end gameplay.

The Last of Us Remastered Hits - PlayStation 4

8. The Last of Us Remastered 

If you haven't tried out Naughty Boy's 2013 magnum opus by now, it's probably by choice. The Last of Us was a befitting swansong to the PlayStation 3, in true poetic fashion. It brought an action-adventure-survival-shooter-fungi-zombie-killing title that completely pushed the limits of what a game could be. Yet, 8 years down the line, the desolate sappy tale of Joel and Ellie is still as thrilling as it is evocative.

A remastered version was released in 2014 for the PS4, featuring souped-up graphics and a couple of UI tweaks. The same went for the standalone prequel spin-off, Left Behind, which revolves around Elli's prequel story. Plenty has been said about what makes this truly one of the greatest games on PlayStation, saying more would start sounding like a broken record. But one thing is for sure, The Last of Us is a must-play, particularly with a new installment in the sequel.

Suitable if you like:
  • Tight narratives
  • Great third-person game mechanics
  • Complex crafting system
  • To replay the title before The Last of Us Part II is released.
Not suited to:
  • Those with fungal allergies, who might be thrown off. 

Notable Mentions

Suffice it to say, the eight featured titles cannot capture the best PS Now games fully. Here's a couple of exceptional games that might also be worth checking out:

  • Unchartered II: Among Thieves
  • God of War II
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Journey
  • inFAMOUS Second Son

So, grab a snack, sit back and play games -sensational ones at that- to your heart's content. Happy gaming!

About the author

Anton is the founder of 25pc. He is a huge gaming tech nerd and loves helping people save money. To find out more about him read his about me page.

Anton is the founder of 25pc. He is a huge gaming tech nerd and loves helping people save money. To find out more about him read his about me page.

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