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Whether or not programs like Google Stadia succeed, our future includes some form of streaming games. Right now, there are multiple services that let you stream games, and there are probably more to come.
While PlayStation Now had a somewhat rough launch, it has become a great service. Yes, you can download PS2 and PS4 games to play, but you can also stream them. In addition, there is an entire library of games that you can only stream. We’ve put together some of the best.
1. Batman: Arkham Asylum
Many people will point to Batman: Arkham City as the superior game, but there are those like myself who think the more constrained setting of Batman: Arkham Asylum made it the better game. More so than future games, this one almost has a Metroidvania type of feel.
2. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
So you’ve played through Skyrim yet again, and Fallout 4 didn’t quite do it for you. What else is there? Fallout 76? While The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion looks somewhat dated now, it has everything you’re looking for from an Elder Scrolls game, including those remaining bugs that have a charm all their own.
If you’ve never played Journey, you should probably play Journey, even just so you know what people are talking about when they talk about the game. It’s a relatively short game too, so you can take in the entire experience in an afternoon.
4. The Last of Us
Released during the lead-up to the final days of the PlayStation 3, The Last of Us isn’t exactly what you’d expect from the developer of the Uncharted and Jak and Daxter series. The sequel is coming soon, so if you’ve never played the original, here you go.
5. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
It’s a shame that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots isn’t available on PlayStation Now, but this is the next best thing. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection contains Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater from the PlayStation 2, as well as Metal Gear: Peace Walker from the PSP, plus copies of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake for the MSX.
6. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
While a remastered version of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was released for the PlayStation 4, you might be on the fence if you’ve only played the uneven sequel. Whether you’re not sure about a purchase or just feel like playing an RPG that looks like a Miyazaki movie, this will do the trick.
7. Pixeljunk Shooter
All of Pixeljunk’s games have a certain type of charm to them, and most if not all of them are available on PlayStation Now. Pixeljunk Shooter is a colorful, side scrolling experience where physics play a large role.
8. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
The Ratchet & Clank franchise had a difficult time jumping from the PlayStation 2 to the PlayStation 3, with several sub-par games. Fortunately, Insomniac Games pulled things together with Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, delivering one of the finest entries in the series.
9. Red Dead Redemption
While Red Dead Redemption 2 is still selling like hotcakes, the original is still a quality game. Whether you’ve already played it and are feeling nostalgic or you’re just looking for more Wild West, this one is worth spending some time with.
10. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
While a few great Uncharted games have come out since, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves may still be the best in the series. It builds upon everything great about the last game, but isn’t as bogged down in its own story as later games. If you never grabbed Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, PS Now is a great way to play this game.
More PlayStation Now Games to Enjoy
A quality streaming experience relies on a few things, and you can’t control all of them. Depending on your location, you internet connection, and other factors, streaming may not be the best option for you.
If that’s the case, don’t worry. Just take a look at our list of the best PlayStation Now games to download and play offline.