With over 650 games, PlayStation Now is a comprehensive and immensely practical library that allows you to surf through a good part of PlayStation history with maximum ease and non-commitment.
Without much effort or a lot of hardware – if you don’t have a PS4, a not even mediocre PC with good internet connection and a controller is enough – you can experience many of the current and past highlights again – this is how game streaming can also be understood as a gaming history lesson.
At this point, we would like to recommend seven highlights from the PS3 generation to you, which for various reasons are worth experiencing again via PlayStation Now. At the same time, you could say that about dozen PS3 games in the subscription service. So here are a few honorary games that barely made it into our selection so that they deserve a mention …
So, complete first Killzone and Uncharted trilogy, Journey, Injustice: Gods Among Us, DMC HD Collection, Mega Man 9 and 10, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Rising Revengeance, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Classics HD, The Darkness 1 and 2, Catherine, Civilization Revolution, Braid, Machinarium, Resident Evil Code Veronica X, Infamous 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Flower and Dishonored – we all love you for various reasons and you will find your players!
1. Bioshock Infinite
Just like Bioshock 1 and 2 in the program, but probably the most heated and therefore the most interesting part of the series. Certainly also one of the reasons why Irrational Games imploded so publicly after the turbulent development that 2K is only now beginning to work on a successor with a new group, six years after the game was released.
Infinite itself is a game to fall in love with, if you overlook the solid, if rather useful, gameplay that was a little too much about your superpower-driven past. What was original and tactical for the 2007 debut felt a little like a compulsory program in 2013. It’s good that the plot and the world design pull everything out again. Booker DeWitt’s violent march through what is probably the most triumphant Twilight Zone episode of all time swings up to the finale in an escalating spiral of ever wilder revelations to a colossal and touching brainwrapper and finally says a lot about storytelling in video games per se. But also in the run-up to the hype that you will face with the successor coming in a few years, it is a fascinating title,
2. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Sure, if you’re in the mood for Bethesda role-playing games, PlayStation Now also has Fallout 3 and New Vegas, each of which is worth the trip in its own way. And Oblivion is certainly not even the best Elder Scrolls. But from today’s perspective, it is an incredibly exciting time capsule, and a pioneer that should define two console generations – and let’s see, maybe a third – how Todd Howard’s studio does role-playing games. In general, it’s a game full of incredibly great A-ha moments. The first step out of the dungeon into the fresh air and into the picturesque landscapes of Cyrodiil should be one of the most magical moments of the entire PS3 generation. The first time to stumble into the Oblivion hell world through a Daedric portal is a horror trip that has washed itself out.
At the same time, Oblivion kind of established the unofficial tradition that the side quests of a Bethesda RPG tell the more interesting stories. For example, an excursion into an oil painting is unforgettable – it is such and many other moments that make Oblivion worth playing even beyond its historical status.
3. God of War 2 HD
Younger semesters know Kratos mainly from the PS4 reboot – as a seething, grim father figure who doesn’t believe in weatherproof outer clothing even in the far north. But since Ascension from 2013 hardly knows anyone today and God of War 3 will soon have ten years under its belt, it is entirely conceivable that some newer fans did not even know the “old” Kratos. PlayStation Now gives you five opportunities to get closer to the origins of the antihero if you miss it. But we think it’s the second part that best sums up why this series enjoys cult status among PlayStation fans.