There have been many arguments about the pros and cons of both PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass. Because people would rather argue about the quality of different free game services instead of just enjoying the library of games available to them. Call it one of the last vestiges of the Console Wars, if you like. But I’m here to talk about PlayStation Plus.
PS Plus is a subscription service that gives PlayStation users access to a large backlog of games, as well as offering special discounts and new monthly free games. However, some people might be overwhelmed by the amount of games in the library. Or they’re just too lazy to search. So I went ahead and did the work for you.
Below is a list of 10 (actually 16 but shh) great games that you can download at no cost on PS Plus right now. Well, aside from the cost of a PS Plus subscription. These are games that are in the conversation for some of the greatest games ever made, as well as some personal favorites. There should be at least one that catches your eye.
Note: Sony are constantly adding and removing games from their service. This list could be outdated as soon as tomorrow. It’s to your benefit to check in every once in a while to see what they’ve added.
Grand Theft Auto V
Well this one requires no explanation. But I would get in trouble if I just left this space blank. Grand Theft Auto V is famous for being the Grand Theft Auto game that just would not die. The game originally released in 2013 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Over the following 10 years it would be remastered over and over again for Xbox One & PS4, and then Xbox Series X|S & PS5.
It wasn’t until late last year that developer Rockstar announced Grand Theft Auto VI for 2025. For context, the gap between GTA V & GTA VI is as long as the gap between the release of GTA III and GTA V. But there’s a reason GTA V lasted as long as it has. Beyond Rockstar milking GTA Online players’ life savings. It’s a massive game chock full of content to explore and enjoy, far beyond just the story.
There’s limitless fun to be had by just driving around the city of Los Santos and wreaking havoc. And now you can do all of that for free, as the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game are free on PlayStation Plus.
Remedy Entertainment has shot up the list of the hottest game development studios going right now thanks to the huge success of Alan Wake II. Not to mention all the interest in their ever-expanding Remedy Connected Universe. And the Federal Bureau of Control is at the center of it all.
Control is more than strong enough to stand on its own without any connections to other properties. Something that made the early Marvel Cinematic Universe films so great. The combat is thrilling and action packed, helped by an amazing physics engine that will have you trashing every room you fight in. And the Oldest House you’re trapped inside of is a very intricate building bursting with secrets.
If you aren’t a fan of Metroidvanias, or backtracking in general, Control probably isn’t for you. Though I recommend giving it a shot just for the worldbuilding and the combat alone. Since the Ultimate Edition is the one on PS Plus, you also get access to the two DLC stories. “The Foundation” and “AWE.” Both adding new sections to the map with new collectibles to find and powers to use.
The Uncharted Collection
I remember when Naughty Dog could do no wrong. Pushing the boundaries of narrative storytelling in video games with each game they put out. Creating the greatest Indiana Jones games to never exist. Only for them to get swept up in their own pretentiousness and forget that games, at their core, are meant to be fun. Let’s travel back to a time before all Naughty Dog knew was The Last of Us.
The entire Uncharted series is free on PS Plus. That includes The Nathan Drake Collection of HD remasters for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. As well as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and the Legacy of Thieves Collection that remasters both of them for PS5. You can experience the full Nathan Drake story for free with PS Plus.
And these games are actually fun. There’s no mixed messages on whether or not revenge is bad. No slowly walking around. You don’t have to watch as your beloved main character gets killed. And you aren’t forced to play as the person who just killed your beloved main character. They’re just four fun playable action movies with a charming main character and a worthwhile conclusion.
The Last of Us Remastered
Yes, I know I just trash talked the state of The Last of Us. But don’t let a terrible sequel and an underwhelming TV show make you forget just how good the original game is. Not that Naughty Dog will let you forget. They’ve released it three different times and it’s not even 10 years old yet.
The Last of Us is a shining example of the power of storytelling in video games. The unique element of interaction helping people get attached to characters almost right away when done right. The story of Joel and Ellie is near-perfection. And there isn’t a whole 70 minutes of screentime dedicated to two people who die and add nothing to the plot. Somehow that’s a rare positive in this series.
It can be easy to forget that The Last of Us is one of the greatest games of the past decade with how annoying Naughty Dog have been with the IP. How many other game series have 5 installments but 2 actual games? But if you’re able to ignore everything that came after it, which really shouldn’t be too hard, you will absolutely fall in love with the game.
The Sly Cooper Collection
This is the biggest personal favorite on the list. This game could also be on a list of hidden gems on PS Plus, because this series doesn’t get anywhere near the love it deserves for how charming and unique it is. Name me one other game where a turtle has his raccoon friend destroy a spider’s giant attack water tower robot as a part of a plan to free a hippo from prison.
Sly Cooper was one of Sony’s many attempts to have a popular mascot. And one of the more successful attempts. Both The Sly Collection and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time are available to be streamed on PS Plus. Meaning you’ll need a stable internet connection to play them, because you can’t download them. I never said PS Plus was perfect. The Sly Collection contains HD remasters of the first three games in the series.
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus isn’t as strong as Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. But they’re all quality games. And Thieves in Time is the last installment of the series that has now laid dormant for 10 years. Meaning the series’ cliffhanger ending is close to going as unresolved as the ending to Alan Wake. But if a writer can write his next chapter, maybe a thief can steal his. Or something.
Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima and Sly Cooper are somehow developed by the same studio. Which Sucker Punch was happy to acknowledge with a few easter eggs referencing Sly and his friends hidden in their sprawling ancient Japanese landscape. The game proudly stands as one of the greatest PlayStation exclusives ever made. And the fact that it lost out on Game of the Year to The Last of Us Part II of all things is a sin we will one day answer for.
Everything about Ghost of Tsushima is beautiful. It’s the perfect mix of realistic graphics and added color and pop to make things stand out even more. You will rarely use the fast travel system, because having to travel means you get to see more beautiful vibrant landscapes. But the game isn’t just bright colors and stunning visuals. It has amazing sword fighting combat that will leave you looking for the next challenger, and an engaging story to hold everything together.
It’s a wonderful blend of realism and fantasy that will leave you wondering if it’s even legal to be playing the game for little to no charge. Just talking about it is making me want to pop the disc back in and slash some more Mongolian invaders.
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
Yes Resident Evil 6 is also on PS Plus but for the love of God whatever you do do not play Resident Evil 6. The Resident Evil series is in the midst of a renaissance, and it’s all thanks to the success of Resident Evil 7. See, Resident Evil 6 was so bad it caused them to overhaul the series entirely. Make sure you try it out before it leaves the roster on February 20th, though.
Resident Evil 7 takes the series back to its survival horror roots, but slaps some first person POV on it and increases the horror factor to max. And the best part is that you don’t need a full understanding of the lore to play it. Unfortunately the newly remade Resident Evils aren’t on PS Plus. Though they are on sale pretty often. Also, RE7 doesn’t have the tall lady that drove the internet crazy a few years ago. Just a creepy Louisiana family and lots of mold.
The Resident Evil series is a very mixed bag when it comes to quality. Producing some incredible games and some total failures. But Resident Evil 7 stands tall as one of the greatest in the series. Fun Fact: The games are called Biohazard in Japan instead of Resident Evil. So while the game is called Resident Evil VII: Biohazard for most of the world, in Japan it’s called Biohazard 7: Resident Evil.
This is like the fourth or fifth time I’ve written an article talking about Until Dawn but I promise it’s not intentional. It just tends to come up whenever I’m making a list of great things or horror games. Until Dawn is one of the greatest modern horror games regardless. It’s an interactive love letter to classic horror films where you control everyone’s fate. What’s not to love about that? Aside from the mountains of stress it puts on your shoulders.
Until Dawn is basically a Telltale horror game. All the decisions you make matter. The way you speak to others matters. And the smallest choices could be the difference between life and death hours down the line. It’s a thrilling experience with great replayability. Even if that replayability is the Markiplier approach of replaying the whole game because you got your favorite character killed right towards the end.
You’re in luck if you finish Until Dawn and find yourself wanting more. As three smaller horror games made by the same developers are also on PS Plus. Known as The Dark Pictures Anthology. The newest installment isn’t available on there, nor is their other large game The Quarry. Though you’ll probably be willing to drop some money on those if you play all the others.
I know classifying this as a “great” game isn’t going to fly with everyone. Especially when compared to everything else on this list. However, this is a game let down by a pretty annoying and vocal fanbase. Undertale, at its core, is still a great experience.
It’s a deconstruction of what an RPG is. Challenging the core ideas of the genre and using them to tell an engaging story within those rules. It’s full of memorable characters, great moments, and a killer soundtrack. There are also two different routes you can go down, so there’s value in replayability. This game is great for trophy hunters as well. You can get the Platinum Trophy in one playthrough without even finishing the game.
Maybe you’ve heard about Undertale in passing but have been hesitant to pay for it in case you don’t enjoy it. Well, there’s nothing to lose in downloading it for free and giving it a shot. The game starts slow like pretty much every RPG. Though it soon picks up and gets a lot more energy behind it.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This game is last on this list because it’s the one you should play last. Otherwise you won’t get to the other games until Christmas…2026. Skyrim is a whole world of content. Places to explore, people to meet, and monsters to slay.
The average time it takes to beat the main campaign of Skyrim is 34 hours. Add in all the other stuff you can do in the land of Skyrim and it skyrockets to 232 hours. The most time I’ve spent on a narrative-based game was when I put about 200 hours into Persona 5 Royal. And that accounted for two whole playthroughs to get 100%. And it’s still less time than it would take to see everything Skyrim has to offer.
This is only a snippet of the content available on PlayStation Plus. Obviously I can’t list every single game. And maybe you don’t consider the games on this list to be all that great. The PS Plus library is expansive and constantly shifting. So take it upon yourself to browse the catalogue every once in a while to see if anything sticks out.