PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium Games coming to PS4/PS5 in September 2023

Sony has announced the latest line-up of PS Plus Extra and Premium titles which will be made available to subscribers on Tuesday, September 19th.

There are 20 games in total, with 16 games coming to the Extra tier of PlayStation Plus and 4 games coming to the Premium tier. Among the titles this month are the critically acclaimed action RPG NieR Replicant and not one but five titles in the Star Ocean franchise. 

Are you happy with this month’s titles? Are they worthy of the price hikes that Sony recently announced? Let us know in the comments below.


NieR Replicant (PS4)

Also known as NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139, this is an updated version of NieR Replicant that was only released in Japan. Set in a distant, apocalyptic future when humanity is on the brink, the game puts you in the shoes of a kind young man who embarks on a quest to save his sister Yonah who has fallen ill to the Black Scrawl. Uncover the truth about the world of NieR as you journey through this ruined world with an unlikely group of allies. 

Features:

  • A mesmerizing iconic soundtrack
  • Fight back against your enemies using a customizable blend of swordplay and magic
  • Customize your character’s magic, skills, and weapons

Metascore: 83


Star Ocean: The Divine Force (PS4, PS5)

Pick from two main characters in this action-packed sci-fi action RPG and experience a lavish, story-driven space opera, innovative traversal mechanics, and fast-paced combat. 

Story synopsis:

On a routine transport mission, Raymond Lawrence’s spaceship is attacked by the Pangalactic Federation and he crash-lands on an underdeveloped planet. He meets Princess Laeticia, who is fighting to protect her homeland from an invading empire. Together, they set off on an adventure that will shake the foundations of the entire universe.

Features:

  • Move and explore freely in three dimensions
  • High-speed movement attacks
  • A range of special abilities

Metascore: 69


13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4)

In this thrilling side-scrolling adventure title, players take control of thirteen high-school students in a fictionalized 1980s Japan who are dragged into a futuristic war between mechas and hostile Kaiju. 

The gameplay is split into three distinct sections: Remembrance, with exploration and dialogue taking priority; Destruction, where characters equip mecha and engage in battles against the Kaiju; and Analysis, a glossary which documents event scenes and important items and characters.

Features:

  • Customize the Sentinels with an arsenal of mechsuit weaponry
  • Thirteen intertwining stories
  • Battle the Kaiju in top-down combat

Metascore: 85


Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (PS4)

Civilization VI is the newest instalment in the award-winning Civilization Franchise. Expand your empire, explore new lands, conquer your enemies, and go head-to-head against history’s greatest leaders. 

Features:

  • Customize your city to your heart’s content
  • Improved map features
  • Pick and choose the districts which suit your needs. 

Metascore: 88


Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 (PS4, PS5)

In this modern warfare shooter set in the Middle East, you take control of Raven, a Contract Sniper Assassin, as he takes out a series of targets in the dramatic single-player campaign. Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to topple an insidious criminal organization and bring them to justice. 

Features:

  • Take out targets over 1000 metres away
  • Spend your earnings on improved gadgetry and weaponry
  • Replay missions with new tactics

Metascore: 73


Unpacking (PS4, PS5)

If you love unpacking boxes after moving house and fitting items into your home, you will love this zen 2D puzzler that tasks you with creating an inviting living space. 

Features:

  • 8 house moves
  • Learn clues about the life you’re unpacking
  • Meditative gameplay with no timers or scores

Metascore: 84


Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (PS4)

In this remake of the PS3 title Odin Sphere, you take control of magnificently hand-drawn characters and battle against mythical beasts and gargantuan monsters in beautiful 2D environments. 

Features:

  • Refined Mode – new monsters and an updated battle system
  • Classic Mode – experience the 2007 original with improved graphics
  • Five intertwining character plots

Metascore: 87


Planet Coaster: Console Edition (PS4, PS5)

Create the theme park of your choosing and manage a realistic world with unparalleled attention to detail. Surprise, delight, and thrill your park visitors as you build your coaster park empire.

Features:

  • Choose from over 700 pre-made objects to build your park
  • Discover the Frontier Workshop and harness the world’s best designs
  • Share your creativity with other players

Metascore: 84


This War Of Mine: Final Cut (PS4, PS5)

In this intense survival game, you play as a group of civilians who are trying to survive in a besieged city. Struggling with a lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers, you must maintain your hideout, care for your survivors, and journey into the night to scavenge for items. 

Features:

  • Make life-or-death decisions
  • A randomized game world
  • Charcoal-stylized aesthetics

Metascore: 82


Cloudpunk (PS4, PS5)

Experience a neon-noir story set in a rain-drenched cyberpunk metropolis. In this game, you take control of Rania on her first night working for Cloudpunk, the semi-legal delivery company based in the sprawling city of Nivalis. Explore the gameworld by hovercar and on foot, meet a diverse range of characters, and survive your first night on the job. 

Features:

  • An immense cyberpunk vertical city
  • Hidden places that unlock new stories
  • Make decisions that will have a lasting impact on the citizens of the city

Metascore: 73


Contra: Rogue Corps (PS4)

Set in the fictional Damned City, this run-and-gun action game puts you in the shoes of a military merc, scrapper, or bounty hunter who must battle against aliens in a post-apocalyptic environment.

Features:

  • Local and online play for up to 4 players
  • Build over 100 weapons
  • Augment your character with bionic body parts

Metascore: 52


Tails Noir (PS4, PS5)

In this post-noir narrative adventure, you play as raccoon private eye Howard Lotor and explore a dystopian Vancouver to uncover a deeply personal story of change and transformation. Make meaningful connections with the city’s animal inhabitants, express your identity through dialogue choices, and explore the world around you. 

Features:

  • Inspired by old-school CRPGs. 
  • Decide what kind of person you want to be
  • Stunning high-resolution pixel art

Metascore: N/A


Call of the Sea (PS4, PS5)

An otherworldly tale of mystery and love set in the 1930s South Pacific. Play as a woman named Norah who has crossed the ocean on the trail of her husband’s missing expedition. During your journey, you end up on a lush island paradise that is dotted with remnants of a lost civilization. Investigate clues, explore your surroundings, and find out what happened to Norah’s husband. 

Features:

  • Explore a stunning tropical island
  • Solve cunning puzzles
  • Experience an immersive story-driven adventure.

Metascore: 75


West of Dead (PS4)

Step into the boots of dead man William Mason and descend into the grim and gritty world of Purgatory in this fast-paced cover shooter which combines the fluidity of twin-stick controls and tactical cover usage.

Features:

  • Procedurally generated hunting grounds
  • A shifting, chaotic world
  • A lead character voiced by Ron Perlman

Metascore: 69


Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (PS4)

The fifth entry in the sci-fi RPG saga.

Story synopsis:

The Pangalactic Federation is nearing the fulfilment of its mission to bring peace and order to the galaxy. However, the embers of conflict begin to stir once again, six thousand light years from Earth on the planet of Faykreed, as a mysterious young girl is found amongst the wreckage of a downed spacecraft.

Features:

  • Real-time combat
  • Interactive cutscenes
  • A variety of playable characters

Metascore: 58


PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls (PS4, PS5)

Choose from your favorite pups, including Chase, Skye, Marshall, and streetwise city girl, Liberty, and use their unique abilities in high-adrenaline rescue missions that can be played alone or with a friend in couch co-op mode.

Features:

  • Locations from the movie
  • Next-level gadgets and vehicles
  • Fun minigames

Metascore: N/A


Star Ocean First Departure R (PS4)

PlayStation Premium

Find out how the illustrious sci-fi RPG series began with this enhanced reimagining of the very first title.

Story synopsis:

Space Date 346. A new era is about to begin, hurled by an unknown power. The story begins on an underdeveloped planet, Roak. Kratus, where the main character Roddick resides, is situated on the southernmost tip of the continent of Muah. It is known as a peaceful yet uneventful town, free of accidents or incidents. One day, Roddick, a member of the defence force who patrols the town, is informed that an unknown epidemic is spreading in the neighbouring town ― a rare disease that petrifies the body while one is alive.

Features:

  • Played from a top-down perspective
  • Recruit up to 8 additional characters
  • Real-time battle events

Metascore: 73


Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (PS4)

PlayStation Premium

This third game in the action RPG series was originally released on the PS2. This is a remastered version that takes place in S.D. 772, four hundred years after the events of the second game.

Story synopsis:

A young 19-year-old college student Fayt Leingod and his family are having fun on their vacation in Hyda. While Fayt and his childhood friend Sophia Esteed stroll around the hotel and play the battle simulator, an unknown space force attacks Hyda. 

When Fayt ends up by himself, he must find a way back to Sophia and his parents.

Features:

  • Real-time combat
  • Random encounters
  • Item creation system

Metascore: 72


Star Ocean: The Last Hope (PS4)

PlayStation Premium

The fourth title in the series that debuted on the PlayStation in the form of this remastered PS4 version.

Story synopsis:

This action-packed RPG takes players on the epic journey of mankind’s last stand, with exploration and battle across some of the most mysterious, dangerous and fantastical worlds of the universe.

Earth has been decimated by World War III and now humanity must turn to the stars in search of a new home. Explore the galaxy on your quest, make allies and enemies among the alien races you encounter and uncover a danger so great that it threatens all of creation.

Features:

  • New 4K and full-HD visuals
  • Real-time battles
  • An epic story

Metascore: 74


Dragon’s Crown Pro (PS4)

PlayStation Premium

Official description:

Journey to the kingdom of Hydeland, and seek the Dragon’s Crown!

Regardless if magic or steel is your fancy, Dragon’s Crown Pro offers a variety of ranged and close combat options for this classic, side-scrolling, beat ‘em up. Band together, or journey solo, as one of six playable classes and explore a winding dungeon with new adventures at every turn.

Features:

  • Refined, painted artwork
  • 4K compatability
  • Revamped soundtrack by a live orchestra

Metascore: 80

 


Which titles will you be playing this month? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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