The wait is finally over for the PS folk among you. Sony’s brand spanking new PlayStation Plus experience is live down under. After exploring it, I can now give you a better [p]lay of the land. Station. Whatever.In essence let’s take a moment to explore the pricing, benefits and yesteryear games you ought to beeline toward first.
Why might you need the latter bit of advice? Well, some of the games on offer are considerably more “classic” than others. You’re also a very busy person whose biggest problem is about to be way, way too much choice.
Australian PlayStation Plus Essential pricing
Essential is basically the existing PS + service, just with a fancier name. You’re getting online play, two free PS4 games and one free PS5 game (all PlayStation chosen sadly) 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
Australian PlayStation Plus Extra pricing
The next tier, Extra, nets you all of the above, PlayStation Plus Essential benefits including 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 games. There’s 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 pricing
Just as the Extra tier stacks onto the Essential one, Deluxe bolts on a bunch of PS1 / PS2 / PSP classic downloadables. Sadly, and for reasons I’ve yet to divine from local PR, the PS3 games enjoyed by our overseas brethren via a fourth “Premium” tier of this service … nope. 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 prioritise
9.5 / 10
Ape Escape is the best 3D platform game on the PlayStation. Hands down. It’s not only innovative, it digs deep into the analog control’s inherent movements and brings out a breadth of fantastic gameplay elements that are unique to the game.
- Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey – “Solve puzzles, unleash bodily functions.”
- Wild Arms – “Full of dungeons and mazes with difficult puzzles to solve.”
- Tekken 2 – “Befuddle your mates, kick some serious shin as Lei Wulong.”
- Jumping Flash – “Take the controls of a large robot rabbit named … Robbit.”
PS2 classics to prioritise
9.4 / 10
Jak and Daxter: Precursor Legacy
Jak and Daxter is a true 3D platform / adventure masterpiece and one of the top games ever released in the genre, easily on par with some of the all time greats released by the likes of Nintendo and Rare.
- Rogue Galaxy – “A great sci-fi themed RPG from the makers of DQVIII.” 8.7 / 10
- Star Wars Bounty Hunter – “A surprisingly well-done shooter that no fan should pass.” 8.3 / 10
- Dark Chronicle – “A superb RPG that doesn’t disappoint.” 9/10
- Jak X: Combat Racing – “A nicely presented, well-rounded combat racer.” 8/10
PS4 modern masterpieces to prioritise
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. PlayStation 3’s best game basically became one of PlayStation 4’s, too.
- Red Dead Redemption 2 – “A meticulously open-world ode to the outlaw era.” 10/10
- Horizon Zero Dawn Complete – “A beautiful open world with exhilarating 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 stirring and memorable game in the series.” 10/10
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