Welcome to our July selection of games on the PlayStation Subscription Service. This month, following our previous month (May), we will be running a theme. This month’s Theme is Space Odyssey. For this month we will highlight some of the best Space-based games on the service for you to drift away in, and of course to boldly go where no one has gone before. Here are the Best Games on PS Premium and Extra of July 2023.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Strap in and Jump into the first adventure on PS5 for the Lombax and Robot duo of Ratchet and Clank in an experience across the dimensions.
Unlike most Ratchet and Clank games, Rifts Apart shifts your focus from playing as the titular Ratchet at times and rather sets you in control of Rivet.
Accompanied by Kit and Glitch Ratchet and the alternative Dimension version, known as Rivet, needs to stop the ruler of that world, Emperor Nefarious, as well as put a stop to Ratchets dimension’s Dr Nefarious.
Developed by Insomniac Games and exclusively released for the PS5, this 3rd person action-adventure game has some of everything. Developed with the PS5 technology in mind, Insomniac made full use of the available resources and utilized the powerful SSD hard drive to produce a masterful adventure for Ratchet and Clank.
Deliver Us The Moon
Earth’s limited resources are depleted, and the fate of humanity must strike beyond the realms of their little world and look to the stars to provide answers.
Initially conceptualized through the passion of a relative of the Deetman brother, who founded the company, Deliver Us the Moon is a First and Third Person puzzle adventure game, set mostly in space. Set in a not-too-distant future where the planet’s natural resources have been used up, a Lone astronaut is sent to the moon to save humanity and avert extinction.
At times during the game, it doesn’t feel like it is a game, more like it is a simulation that happens. This could be to do with the use of the puzzles and the switching between first and third person, however, it is more to do with the mystery of space and the fascination to find what is going to happen next. Unlike the next selection on this list, this feels like there is more of an aim at an exploration kind of mechanic whereas the next game is a pure simulation. That’s not to say that Deliver Us the Moon doesn’t fall into this, as previously stated there are times that you can get that kind of immersion, however, it’s more of the quality. Deliver Us the Moon is definitely a quality game in our books, but it didn’t quite meet the requirements we were looking for in a total immersion experience.
Developed by Keoken Interactive and released initially through Self-publication as Deliver Us the Moon: Fortuna in 2018 for Windows, this gem was later released as an expanded version with the help of Wired Productions in 2020.
Space, some say the Final Frontier, in reality, a void of endless possibilities.
This short and sweet adventure beyond the confines of the planet we mere mortal beings call home is what most people can only dream of. The game is a masterpiece in its own right, let’s face it how many times can you look to the horizon and see the planet you live on? It really captures that science fiction look, on heading to the stars and the feeling of weightlessness as you struggle through the confines of the vacuum surrounding our tiny planet.
Honestly, if you were looking for a game you could sink into for a few hours enjoying the sense of being in space we can’t think of a better candidate for this other than ADR1FT, where the other selections on the list were a almost must have and are action orientated, this one is pure and untouched adventure. The previous Selection (Deliver Us The Moon) is a strong candidate for this but we feel that ADR1FT has the better potential, even with the subtle problems like faked physics ADR1FT makes you feel like you are the astronaut, and if this author could experience it in Virtual Reality.
Developed by Three One Zero and published by 505 Games in 2016, this first-person adventure is solely based in space in the wreckage of a space station. As stated by Adam Orth, the director and writer, he wanted to make stories and characters that were not typical for Video Games that resonate with people. This, in this author’s opinion, was achieved, the game is a marvel and really captures what one might think space would be like, and not something fantastical like Star Wars or Star Trek.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
The Marvel multiverse is a massive place and its heroes are well-versed, from the defenders of Manhatten all the way to the rag-tag heroes of the universe, The Guardians of the Galaxy.
Play as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, as his band of defenders joins him to save the galaxy from insurmountable odds. Set over 17 chapters and in a separate timeline from the other Marvel games to date (Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers), the Guardians set events in motion that could cause catastrophic events across the galaxy. Join Star-Lord, Gamoro, Rocket, Groot, and Drax in a rollercoaster of thrills across the galaxy, full of the twists and turns that only the Guardians of the Galaxy can provide.
This Marvel universe game was developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix in 2021. Guardians of the Galaxy has lots to look forward to both graphically and gameplay-wise. The only downside that we can see is you only play as Star-Lord, which is not really a bad point, it would have been nice to experience playing as one of the other members, just think what playing as Groot or Rocket could have been like.
Our final game is a space game with a Souls-like mechanic, of course, we had to include Returnal, let’s face it it’s a gem that really needs to be tried.
Set on a distant planet where when you die you are respawned at the crash site, players assume the role of Selene Vassos who is after a mysterious signal. Locked into a time loop Selene needs to find the answers to help her survive long enough to escape the hostile and changing landscape.
Designed as a souls-type game in a futuristic setting Returnal has all the thrills of FromSoftware’s Dark Souls/Demon Souls, Sekiro, and Elden Ring but with the added bonus of superior firepower and a science fiction take. Coupled with the combat there is the story of the game which for the most part will keep players guessing. Although the above-mentioned games from FromSoftware have a pretty simple story, in comparison Returnal is one of the most confusing and Unique stories in the genre the author has encountered. Where the goal is to locate the signal, Selene will encounter so much that will twist the fabric of what she perceives as the real. Saying the game is a real psychological pageturner is rather inaccurate but it has its moments.
Developed by Housemarque and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Returnal first saw a release as an exclusive PlayStation title in 2021. It was later released on PC in 2023. Considering how well the game plays and looks, it is a unique take on the genre and tells a pretty bizarre story, which will keep you thinking.
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