The best PS Plus Premium games you can play in April 2024

The best PS Plus Premium games include all-timers like the Uncharted series, Infamous 2, and more of your favorite classic PlayStation games.

The best PS Plus Premium games you can play in April 2024
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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Update: We have added Resistance Retribution to this list of the best PS Plus Premium titles.
Whether you're streaming some of the greatest PS3 titles ever made or if you're just looking to collect some retroactive PS1 platinum trophies, this list of the top 13 best PS Plus Premium games will make sure you make the best of your top tier subscription. Plus, we've updated this list to include Square Enix's Secret of Mana remake — a new addition to the Classics Catalog this month.

Top 13 best PlayStation Plus Premium games — ranked

TrueTrophies' writing team — that's Editor Kes and Staff Writers Lee and Sean — have produced a list of the very best PS Plus Premium games drawing upon their own first-hand experiences with each of these games. On this list, we plan to celebrate some of the classic games from our favorite PlayStation consoles, highlighting some of the excellent PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on offer.

While it can be a little tricky to rank such a diverse list, we've strived to put the games we think you'll have an immediately great time exploring right to the top. Plus, we've made the decision to only rank games with trophy lists — sorry, R4 Ridge Racer Type 4, better luck next time.

Check out our ranking of the best PS Plus Premium games below!

Mega Man

Lee

13. Mega Man Legacy Collection

Hot off the heels of those PS Plus December 2023 additions, we're happy to rank the Mega Man Legacy Collection among the very best games on offer on PS Plus Premium. While both volumes are available, we recommend you focus squarely on the first batch of four Mega Man games rather than the latter (less good) selection of games in Legacy Collection Vol. 2.

If you've never experience a Mega Man game before, Legacy Collection is a great place to start. These tough-as-nails action games require precision movement and platforming prowess, although they've mercifully been made a lot easier thanks to some generous save state options. These are four of the best titles in the franchise, including the beloved Mega Man 2, so check it out on PS Plus Premium!

PS Plus Premium

Lee

12. Killzone Liberation

While it diverges significantly from the mainline Killzone series with its top-down shoot-'em-up perspective, that doesn't make Killzone Liberation any less engaging an entry. Shootouts are just as intense as usual, and Liberation's 'Challenge Games' help bring out the best in this one's more arcade-leaning mechanics. Give it a whirl, and remember — the rewind function on PS Plus Premium is really useful for helping to unlock platinum trophies.
SeanL

11. Resistance Retribution

With Resistance Retribution being a PS Plus Premium success story recently, it would feel pretty odd to not include it here on the list of the best titles on PS Plus Premium. The reason for the game's success is likely due to the masses craving some more Resistance content. Come on Sony, we're dying for it over here.

While Resistance Retribution isn't the greatest entry in the series, it's still a solid title, especially considering this was a PSP entry that didn't see the same amount of love as its PS3 counterparts. However, most importantly, the trophy list is incredibly easy. You won't be stressing out at all while you snatch up the platinum 'Retribution Paid.' So, go on, jump on into this stellar title.

PS Plus Premium

Lee

10. Wild Arms 2

  • You can find the Wild Arms 2 trophies here
  • Developer: Media Vision
  • PS Plus Premium join date: February 2023
  • Can it be downloaded? Yes
Largely overlooked at the time because it wasn't as big or as glossy as a Final Fantasy, Wild Arms 2 nonetheless deserves its seat at the table of great PS1 JRPGs. With some visual striking camera work, a more tactical combat system that rewards the player's use of strategy, and a gripping story to boot, you owe it to yourself to play this one on PS Plus Premium.

Secret of Mana

Lee

9. Secret of Mana (2018)

  • You can find the Secret of Mana trophies here
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • PS Plus Premium join date: January 2024
  • Can it be downloaded? Yes
With 2024 set to bring us a thrilling series revival with the launch of Visions of Mana sometime later this year, there's never been a better time to get into Square Enix' Mana series than right now. Luckily, both early mainline entries Secret of Mana and Trials of Mana are available to play on PS5 and PS4 via PS Plus Premium, so it's never been easier to jump in and start playing.

Of the two games on offer, I've got to stick with the tried and true glory that is Secret of Mana. While the remake does differ from the original SNES game in some key ways — the absence of multiplayer certainly being probably the biggest change — Square Enix has done a great job translating that classic RPG action to modern consoles. I heartily recommend diving into it and catching up with the series before the big revamp later in 2024!

PS Plus Premium

Lee

8. Ape Escape

  • You can find the Ape Escape trophies here
  • Developer: Japan Studio
  • PS Plus Premium join date: June 2022
  • Can it be downloaded? Yes
If you manage to overcome the not-insignificant hurdle of how bizarre its "innovative" control scheme feels, one thing you might notice while gunning for this game's platinum trophy is just how fresh it feels as a platformer even today. As you navigate platforming challenges with your array of gadgets and employ strategy before chasing each monkey, you'll find the game has more in common with modern games like Super Mario Odyssey than it does contemporaries like Super Mario 64.

As a side note, you should also check out Ape Escape P (AKA Ape Escape On The Loose) on PS Plus Premium if you find the PS1 original's analog stick gimmicks too distracting. I was certain that taking out these out would make it play a lot worse, but it really doesn't. A testament to the fantastic platforming you'll find in that first Ape Escape game.
Lee

7. Star Ocean First Departure R

In my breakdown on how to get into Star Ocean via PS Plus, the biggest takeaway should have been this: play Star Ocean First Departure R on PS Plus Premium. This action RPG still feels compelling even after 25 years, with the modern remake making the game's combat feel sharper, the graphics cleaner, and thankfully bumping up the world map movement speed. You really owe it to yourself to play this one if you're a fan of JRPGs.
Lee

6. Resident Evil Code Veronica X

Originally destined to be Resident Evil 3, Code Veronica is a game that feels far more worthy of that title than the game that actually wound up owning it. Set only a few months after Resident Evil 2, players will see both Chris and Claire Redfield working to survive Rockfort Island — a zombie infested prison that makes a perfect Resident Evil setting. It's one of the best classic games in the series and an absolute treat for PS Plus Premium subscribers so check it out.

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Lee

5. Ratchet and Clank Up Your Arsenal

Everyone is bound to have a different favorite Ratchet and Clank game, and that's absolutely fine because almost all of them are on PS Plus Premium so you can just play the one you like most. Some will prefer the sharper writing and tone of the first game; others the smoother action of the second game. Personally, were its port not absolutely woeful, I would be recommending Ratchet Deadlocked here.

That said, I think most of us can agree that when it comes to the classics, Ratchet and Clank Up Your Arsenal offers the most well-rounded experience in the series. Facing off against Dr Nefarious for the first time, Ratchet and Clank 3 serves up another hilarious plot set across an array of memorable planets, and it also features some of the tightest gunplay in the entire series.

PS Plus Premium

Lee

4. The Legend of Dragoon

Even the merest hint of future The Legend of Dragoon back in August 2022 had us hungry for this game on PS Plus Premium, and we were thrilled to see it eventually come true back in February 2023. One of the best PlayStation RPGs of all time, the miraculous thing about The Legend of Dragoon is just how fresh it continues to feel nearly 25 years removed from its original release.

Japan Studio took an ambitious shot at the Final Fantasy crown, and in many ways succeeded in refreshing the RPG formula with its more active, timing-based battle system and its darker, twistier, and genuinely weirder storytelling techniques. The result feels off-brand in the very best way, even with its considerably aged graphics. Thankfully, the abstract backgrounds and striking character design still allow the full effect of this classic to register easily with players today.

PS Plus Premium

Lee

3. Infamous 2

  • You can find the Infamous 2 trophies here
  • Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
  • PS Plus Premium join date: June 2022
  • Can it be downloaded? No
While the first game in the series undeniably shocked the senses by delivering a true next-gen superhero experience for the PS3 (I mean, at the time), Sucker Punch Productions truly captured their vision for the series in the second game, Infamous 2. Pursued by "The Beast" — a hulking monster destroying everything in its wake — Cole McGrath takes to the New Orleans-inspired New Marais in order to buy himself some time and get powerful enough to fight back

Whether you choose to play the game as a goodie-two-shoes or as a jerk, either way the story of Infamous 2 does a much better job of taking advantage of that moral dichotomy. The elemental twist on Cole's powers gives the player more variety both in combat and in traversing the world, and the setting absolutely blows the previous trash heap of Empire City away. Easily one of the best PS3 games around, so check it out.

PS Plus Premium

Lee

2. Fallout New Vegas

  • You can find the Fallout New Vegas trophies here
  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • PS Plus Premium join date: June 2022
  • Can it be downloaded? No
Ask anyone on the internet which Fallout game they believe to be the best in the series — they're 99% of the time going to throw Fallout New Vegas right at you. Despite PS Plus Premium only having access to its somewhat slapdash PS3 release, it's still one of the best games you can find on the service.

In a wasteland torn apart by three major factions, your character — a courier — finds themselves embroiled in a war to take control of New Vegas; a (robotically maintained) peaceful oasis in a devastated world. It's a gripping experience that also takes advantage of some great RPG mechanics, particularly if you check out 'Hardcore Mode'. You think the desert is punishing already? Wait until you try crossing it after one of your legs has been blown off.
Lee

1. Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • PS Plus Premium join date: June 2022
  • Can it be downloaded? Yes
Offering players the chance to revisit the first three excellent Uncharted titles in one package, The Nathan Drake Collection is far and away the best thing about PS Plus Premium. I don't care if listing three games at once is cheating; this is what the Classics Catalog should be about — revisiting absolute gems in Sony's backlog.

Players can earn a platinum trophy for each of games featured here, and you'll even find that those Uncharted Drake's Fortune Remastered trophies are a lot more enjoyable to unlock without having to deal with that messy Sixaxis stuff. If you haven't played these games yet and you have PS Plus Premium, you absolutely owe it to yourself to check them out.

Well, that's our picks for the best PS Plus Premium games, but if you'd like a look at a more general list, why not check our some of the best PlayStation Plus games around in our overall ranking. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know your picks down in the comments below!
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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