Essential Picks sale: here are our picks, but what are yours?

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Say hello to the Essential Picks sale, packed to the rafters with staple titles! Our team have chosen three for you, but really, we want to know what you would pick. Leave a comment to have a chance of featuring in an article!

Essential Picks Sale community picks

The PlayStation Blog announced that the current sale on the PlayStation Store is all about Essential Picks, the games that should be regarded as the cream of the crop. We have an easily sortable table for the EU and US regions. These will help you sift through the games available in the easiest way possible! We have picked some out for you here, so make sure you let us know if you will be picking these up!

Most importantly, don't forget to leave a comment with what you have been eyeing up in this sale. We pick three comments every two weeks in a special Community Sales Picks article. It helps us celebrate you wonderful lot while pointing out some really cool games! See you there.


Kes — Uncharted: Lost Legacy

Uncharted: Lost Legacy a perfect rendition of the Uncharted formula. With Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross taking over from Nathan Drake, Elena Fisher, and Sully, the series found a new direction that actually helped improve upon the ageing go here, find this, big boom, of A Thief’s End. You see, Chloe has personal attachments to the treasure: the Tusk of Ganesh that is hidden away somewhere in the Western Ghats of India. Like Drake’s Deception and A Thief’s End, the way Chloe talks about the treasure, with the gravitas and knowledge of someone who has spent a lifetime researching, gives her journey a constant sense of intrigue and heft. It also gave Naughty Dog a chance to write some fantastic expository dialogue between Chloe and former-antagonist Nadine, even if it is a little predictable. The banter is always funny, veering into meaningful when needed, and never failing to land the emotional punch. Likewise, the shorter length of the game — around 12 hours, but a few more for the platinum — makes this a dense slab of adventure, where every story beat is purposeful, with no time spent dawdling. It really, really works. Every change from the main series, every fresh chapter title screen, works beyond a reasonable doubt.

The environments are where the game really shines, though. You open in the densely packed streets of an Indian city talking to a young shopkeep. Sneaking and striding through back alleys is disquieting and well realised. Likewise, the open expanse of the Western Ghats is actually sublime. Naughty Dog essentially tells you: “Here are three things to do, off you go!” You explore a water-logged jungle perched on a mountain to your heart's content, finding secrets, treasures, and viewpoints that sing with adventurous purpose. It is a never-ending chuckle of world design, but also a boastful display of technical mastery from the dev team with a beauty unrivalled even by The Last of Us II. I would go so far as to say that if you haven’t liked Uncharted in the past, then this is for you. If you have liked Uncharted, then you are in for a time. It is glorious and worth whatever it is you are paying. This is the most underrated underrated Uncharted, I’m telling you!

UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy

UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy

From award-winning developer Naughty Dog comes a brand new UNCHARTED game, starring Chloe Frazer.

In order to recover an ancient artifact and keep it out of the hands of a ruthless warmonger, Chloe must enlist the aid of renowned mercenary Nadine Ross and venture to India’s Western Ghats to locate the Golden Tusk of Ganesh. In Chloe’s greatest journey yet, she must confront her past and decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to forge her own legacy.

In addition, instantly unlock the Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Bundle to boost your multiplayer career with access to core unlocks ($9 value).

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Luke — Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition

Sure, Monster Hunter World is part of the PS Plus Collection for all you lucky folks who have managed to score yourselves a PS5, but without the incredible Iceborne expansion, you’re really only getting half a game. Well, that’s not actually true at all — I put well over 1,000 hours into World even before Iceborne launched, but there’s no denying that with the extra content, you get a much more fleshed-out endgame to enjoy. Master rank hunts are always exciting, since you can never really outgear them like you can a lot of the base game fights. This is especially true when it comes to the epic encounters that were added after launch, with Elder Dragons like Fatalis and Alatreon putting up one hell of a fight even for seasoned hunters. Capcom did some really cool stuff with the ‘event’ fights in World after the base game’s yawnsome Zorah Magdaros fight, from the competitive co-op hunt race of the lobby-wide Kulve Taroth siege to the evolving Safi’jiva battle and all the wonderful spoils it brings. Monster Hunter World was the best game of the last generation, and if you still haven’t played it, you need to fix that. It’s not at its cheapest or anything like that right now, but whatever — this is a game that you should be demanding to pay full price for anyway and if it gets its claws into you, prepare to part with months of your life as the hunt becomes everything you know and care about. It’s so, so worth it.

If you want to find this edition of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, this is the PlayStation Store link.

Sean — Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

At just $5.99/£3.74/€4.49, this week’s best deal from the PlayStation sale is, without a doubt, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. For that insanely low price, you are getting a Kojima classic and one of the best games ever released on the PS4. Set nine years after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, which saw the destruction of Militaires Sans Frontières, Big Boss awakes from a coma and sets out on a journey of revenge and to find those responsible. In The Phantom Pain, your time is split between two massive sandbox levels that have numerous missions to complete and are filled with outposts, enemies, and things to discover — it’s quite the departure from the more linear and restrictive structure of previous Metal Gear Solid games. How you approach each mission is up to you. Do you scope out an outpost, mark up the guards, and infiltrate the base under the guise of stealth without alerting anyone? Or do you go in guns blazing while calling in air support? Whatever the situation, the gameplay is absolutely rock solid, and you’ll soon find yourself in some crazy and fun scenario that has emerged out of nowhere. The story can be a bit hit and miss in places, and it probably won’t make a lot of sense if you haven’t played other entries into the Metal Gear Solid series, but if you can put that aside (or maybe do a little reading beforehand), you’re in for a treat. Just be aware that if you do start The Phantom Pain, a completion will take you between 150 and 200 hours… good luck!

If you want to find its version of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, this is the PlayStation Store link.

Tom — Dead Island

The one that started it all. The one that put us on this horrendous journey of chomping at the bit for even the slightest hint of information for a new entry into the series. Dead Island has positioned itself as one of the top contenders in the zombie survival genre, and for good reason — bodged together weaponry, dismemberment, fantastic co-op gameplay, an enjoyable storyline and a little more dismemberment all come together beautifully when exploring the picturesque tropical island of Banoi. I played through the entirety of Dead Island in co-op with my brother and can happily say that it was one of the best cooperative experiences I’ve had to date. It’s an open world that has you feeling like you’ve always got something to do, and with the addition of elite enemy types popping up all over the place, death is only a moment away. I can’t recommend it enough and considering the sale has caused 80% of the price tag to fall off like a rotting piece of putrid flesh, it’s a deal worth snapping up!

Dead Island Definitive Edition

Dead Island Definitive Edition

'The game that re-defined the Zombie genre - fully remastered.

Paradise meets Hell!
Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse experience of a lifetime – and now more beautiful than ever.
Caught in the midst of an epic zombie outbreak on the tropical island of Banoi, your only thought is: Survival!

The Dead Island Experience
Smash heads, crack skulls, and slice ‘em up with visceral astounding melee combat and true story-based 4 player co-op in a sprawling open world just waiting for exploration.

Including all previously released DLC.'

Additional hardware required for Remote Play.

Thank you for reading! We hope you enjoyed our selection. Now, remember to leave a comment with your pick for a chance to be featured in the community picks piece next week!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Hey, I'm Kes! I'm a Staff Writer, and I've been here since 2021. What do I like? The Outer Wilds is top notch. The Witcher 3 blew my mind over the course of five years completing it. I want Burnout back — I really miss crunching mechanical wonders into walls to the sound of Guns N' Roses. Cool, now we are acquainted, I'll see you around.