The hidden gems of PlayStation Plus Extra

Looking for something totally different? From award-winning platformers to slow-burning undersea adventures, check out a huge selection of must-play indie hits available now with PlayStation Plus Extra. 

Ghostrunner 

Fast, furious and unforgiving, Ghostrunner’s first-person parkour combat isn’t for the faint of heart.

There’s little margin for error as you slice and dice through Ghostrunner’s cyberpunk city, but master its mechanics and you’ll find yourself in a thrilling state of flow that few other games can match.

For players who liked: Cyberpunk 2077, DOOM Eternal

Genre: Action/platformer

Ashen

Danger may be waiting around Ashen’s every corner, but its striking art direction and world design make it a joy to explore.  

Borrowing liberally from mainstream action RPGs, Ashen feels instantly familiar, but it sets itself apart with an innovative passive multiplayer system and an aesthetic that’s as charming as it is grim.

For players who liked: Dark Souls Remastered, Elden Ring

Genre: Action/adventure

The Messenger

This offbeat retro side-scroller lays on the '90s nostalgia with some stellar 8 and 16-bit visuals.

Step into the speedy shoes of a young ninja on a quest to save his clan in The Messenger. Fans of old-school action platformers and chiptune soundtracks will find plenty to sink their blades into here.

For players who liked: Cuphead, Celeste

Genre: Action/platformer

ABZÛ

Strap on your scuba gear and descend into this underwater adventure from the makers of Journey and Flower.

With a diverse ecosystem to explore, tons of secrets to uncover, and graceful swimming controls to play around with, ABZÛ is a chilled out aquatic trip that’s a delight to dip into.

For players who liked: Journey, The Pathless

Genre: Action/simulation

Dead Cells

No single run of Dead Cells is ever the same, and the secrets of its elaborate island fortress are sure to keep you coming back for more. 

A huge variety of potential builds and routes make every run of Dead Cells unique. With stacks of combat abilities to play with and traversal upgrades to unlock, it manages to stay fresh from the first run to the last.

For players who liked: Hades, Returnal

Genre: Action/roguelike

Thomas Was Alone

A small game with a big heart, Thomas Was Alone is a pure puzzle/platform experience brought to life by its charming cast of sentient shapes.

Slide, bounce and hop your way through 100 levels in this minimalist adventure by creator Mark Bithell. Thomas Was Alone’s witty narration and characters make it a standout indie with a great sense of humour. 

For players who liked: The Stanley Parable, Night in the Woods

Genre: Puzzle/platformer

Kona

An icy interactive adventure with a surreal twist that’s sure to chill you to the bone. 

Set in a remote Canadian village in the 1970s, Kona invites you to uncover the truth behind its mysterious goings-on while battling the elements and carefully manging resources to survive.

For players who liked: What Remains of Edith Finch, Amnesia: Rebirth

Genres: Mystery/survival

Blasphemous

Twisted religious imagery meets hack-and-slash combat in this gothic quest for redemption.

Don the thorn-wrapped helmet of The Penitent One and smite your way through hordes of grizzly foes in the world of Blasphemous. Pixel art aficionados will love cleaving their way through this one.

For players who liked: Hollow Knight, Bloodborne

Genre: Action/platformer

Celeste

Traverse the rocky terrain of Celeste Mountain and find yourself overcoming Madeline’s personal inner struggles along the way.

Combining gorgeous pixel art, pinpoint controls and hand-crafted platforming action, Celeste gives you the push you need for a leap of faith out of the darkness. Face down your fears! 

For players who liked: Hades, Life is Strange

Genre: Platformer

Kingdom: Two Crowns

Gather coins, commission defences and fight back against the encroaching darkness in Kingdom Two Crowns.

Saddle-up as a mounted monarch on a quest to protect your crown in this micro-strategy adventure. An immersive experience in single player, and one that shines when you rule with a friend in co-op.

For players who liked: Frostpunk, Terraria

Genre: Strategy/adventure

Moonlighter

Follow the story of an adventurous shopkeeper who dreams of someday becoming a hero in this top-down action-RPG.

A unique blend of management sim and dungeon crawler, Moonlighter invites you to explore dangerous new realms as you loot gear, weapons and rare artefacts to upgrade your store and take on ever-greater foes.

For players who liked: Undertale, Stardew Valley

Genre: Strategy/adventure

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Immerse yourself in a fresh take on turn-based RPG action, inspired by the '90s comic book series of the same name.  

Brought to life by a vivid art style and snazzy character animation, Battle Chasers: Nightwar dials up the nostalgia for dungeon-crawling JRPGs. Just beware: the punchy, tactical combat also rocks.

For players who liked: Final Fantasy VII, The Banner Saga

Genre: Role playing/strategy

Outer Wilds

In the quiet moments on a deserted planet, at the edges of the known solar system, just before the nearest star explodes – what will you find? 

Environmental storytelling and emergent puzzle solving collide in Outer Wilds. Just one more 22-minute cycle and surely you’ll be able to piece together a thread of lore that will save your skin? 

For players who liked: Twelve Minutes, The Stanley Parable

Genre: Adventure/puzzle

Children of Morta

For the guardians of Mount Morta, this sweeping tale is anything but a family affair…

Satisfying hack-and-slash exploration meets a very story-driven take on roguelite action in Children of Morta. Be sure to share the Bergson family’s epic saga with a friend in couch co-op.

For players who liked: Slay the Spire, Curse of the Dead Gods

Genre: Action/roguelike

Child of Light

Treat yourself to the audio-visual feast of Aurora’s haunting journey through this lovingly crafted RPG. 

From arresting art direction, to a wondrous sense of exploration, Child of Light encourages you to reach for hope in a stunning watercolour world dripping with atmosphere.  

For players who liked: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Genshin Impact

Genre: RPG/Adventure

Enter the Gungeon

Live for the thrill of side-stepping bullet hell combat? Then you absolutely must Enter the Gungeon.

Lap up the charm of 16-bit sprites as you blast your foes to bits – the arsenal of Enter the Gungeon is quite something. Go solo or team up with a friend as you stick it to the Gundead!

For players who liked: Sol Cresta, Resogun

Genre: Roguelike/shoot 'em up

Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition

Venture into the 2D world of Hollow Knight if you dare; you might find yourself ensnared in a web of stunning artistic achievement and addictive gameplay.

Don’t be fooled by what might look like a straightforward action-platformer: Hollow Knight is packed with surprises and delights in equal measure – all lying there in wait to coax you deeper into the Hallownest…

For players who like: Cuphead, Dead Cells

Genre: Action/platformer

Nidhogg

For when real-life fencing just won’t do, there’s always the endless glee (or torment) of multiplayer Nidhogg…

Nidhogg offers the purest experience of a one-on-one showdown – the exhilaration, the tense standoffs, the nail-biting moments... this one is best enjoyed with players less skilled than yourself!  

For players who liked: Towerfall: Ascension, Street Fighter V

Genre: Fighting/platformer

Jotun: Valhalla Edition

Witness what it is to triumph over adversity – set against a stunning backdrop of Norse mythology.

In Jotun: Valhalla Edition, prove that you were born a warrior. Explore nine beautiful, hand-drawn realms in your mission to take down the Jotun – and overcome the insult of an inglorious death. 

For players who liked: Hyper Light Drifter, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Genre: Action/adventure

Steins;Gate Elite

When you stumble on a way to change the past, with just your handy email and a modified microwave at your disposal – how could you resist?!

Get your visual novel fix with STEINS;GATE ELITE – featuring the series’ signature style of rich visuals, remastered from the original. Savour it: This is one to take your time with.

For players who liked: Doki Doki Literature Club Plus, Life is Strange

Genre: Visual novel

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